Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA - Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Ratings: 3,508
Reviews: 510
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 583
Gots: 614 | FT: 36
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 06-19-2009

1st batches were 7.0% ABV
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Photo of rolltide8425
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been seeking this out for years and was not disappointed.

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a white head that leaves a little lacing around the glass. Smell is tropical fruit and citrus right away. Taste starts out with bitter orange/grapefruit rind and then paves way to mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and pine resin. Bitterness is very aggressive, but maybe a bit too much for a tropical fruit bomb like this. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but very drinkable. Carbonation is on the higher side. This may be one of the midwest's best interpretations of a west coast IPA, although I think I prefer White Rajah which I just had recently as well.

Photo of DanKarPgh
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mango nose. Very, very hoppy but not too happy. Citrusy flavors with may be a little a little something in the finnish I can't define other than a good but of hoppiness. Nice for an IPA. Ballsy on the hops.

Photo of Beerds
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow! Great head and flavor and mouthfeel. Very smooth drinker. Upon first smell and sip all I'm thinking is Resin minus the extra ABV. See it as a go to in the near future....as long as its within reach.

Photo of JArt
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My go-to beer. Possibly the most under-hyped, best tasting IPA available. Similar to all FH's beers, this is a total hop bomb. Honestly, I kind of hope the BA world keeps giving a sh*t less about this beer so I can keep getting it fresh and delish without too much effort.

Photo of MarkSansone
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A really solid IPA. Great stuff.

Photo of Seejae
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent all around IPA. Upfront Hop Profile with an excellent finish.

Photo of Dahl0499
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had it at a bar I Pittsburg when I asked about a good local ipa and they recommended it. I loved it. Outstanding!

Photo of Spikester
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear orange amber with two big fingers of off white head. Moderate lacing.
Smell is mild mango.
Taste is tropical fruits with some pine. Good balance in the hop bill. Malts are lightly sweet and help keep the bitterness in check.
Mouthfeel is smooth well carbonated and medium dry bitter in the finish.
Overall a better than average IPA that is easy drinking. I am glad to have tried it.
From a local taphouse in Salem, OR. Sparky's.

Photo of jkrich
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from a 4-pack: deep, clear golden pour with a quickly receding white-head. There was a date stamped on the bottle indicating the ale was less than a month old.

This ale is exploding with fresh pine, resin and citrus aromas. My cat ran like a bat out of hell after she bravely smelled the bottle opening.

Being fresh, you really can enjoy all the subtleties of bittersweet tropical fruit flavors - the abrasive citrus and the gentler and sweeter marmalade and mango flavors. I am pleased that the piney flavors complement the bitterness and are not dominant.

Nice medium bodied ale with a zesty carbonation; the faint lingering bitterness on the palate eventually gives way to some malt in the aftertaste.

This ale is not very balanced, indeed, that is its strong point for an American IPA. Despite the aggressive bitterness and abrasiveness, this is a very quaffable ale. At 7.5 ABV maybe that is why it only comes in 4 packs.

Photo of Drank
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Powerful, aromatic, bitter and exceptionally good. Awesome IPA.

Photo of jancona
3.77/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a lot of depth to the flavor profile - ok but not a winner.

Photo of BryanP
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Can't find anything wrong with this beer. Would drink everyday if possible

Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Huge pine taste juicy and mouthwatering .

Photo of CraftBeerMatt88
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great citrus, pine, and resiny hop aromas. Well balanced malt and hop flavors. Not overly bitter or lingering hops. Well made beer.

Photo of ajm5108
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mostly grapefruit on the nose but the taste offers a more robust citrus fruit profile, with some pineapple & some other tropical notes to help smooth out the hop punch. An in-betweener, not as easy & smooth as something like two hearted but not a bitter bomb like lots of IPAs

Photo of Mike_Honcho1
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Poured an orange color with 1 finger of eggshell white head quickly dissipating into a thin cap. Awesome lacing left on the glass.

Smell: I'm pulling out a lot of grapefruit/citrus in the nose. Nice and hop forward.

Taste: I taste grapefruit and citrus followed by a bit of biscuity/bready malts. Nice bitterness on the back end. Finishes nice and dry.

Overall: Nice IPA, reminds me of Half Acre Daisy Cutter. Wish we could get this in Chicago.

Photo of dmgeng
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I got this once and it was terribly oxidized and awful which made me not want to get another one but this one has a bottling date of less than 2 weeks old so I gave it another try.

A - Very nice dark honey golden color. Fluffy, fine bubbled white head with very good lacing. Clear beer. What an American IPA should look like.

S - Amazing hop nose with Pacific NW hops. Citrus and grapefruit hop character outstanding. Very slight grain and malt character but the rich citrus, herbal, and resin hop character shines true.

T - Has a great hop flavor that holds the beer nicely on the tongue. It's a pretty big hitting IPA with that resin, citrus, herbal, and grapefruit. More malt sweetness than in the smell that balances nicely. Moderate bitter finish that is accompanied by some sweet multigrain character that makes this a good drinker.

M - Moderate mouth-feel. Moderate carbonation. This one is quite balanced and easy going down. Still sweet on the front and bitter on the finish leaving it balanced on the palate.

Overall, a very good and sterling example of a NW American IPA. I really enjoyed this IPA with the serious American hops and the great balance over the tongue. Not the best IPA that I've ever had but I can understand the awards that this one as won. If you like IPAs no doubt you should get this one.

Glass- Perfect Pint

Photo of beermeplz
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really well done. Had to pay a premium for a bottle in CA but glad I tried it. Great ripe citrus and tropical fruit flavor balanced by a solid but appropriately subtle malt backbone. This west coast IPA, made in the midwest, beats out a lot of IPAs actually brewed over here.

Photo of KSOZE
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer - nice balance of piney bitterness and citrus/tropical fruit. Decent enough malt backbone to support the aggressive hoppiness.

Photo of JayRichter44
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good, citrus isn't overpowering.

Photo of do_ob
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Pours a dark gold with 1 finger of dense white foam. Strong pine and citrus on the nose with mangonand grapefruit in the background. Light weight, crisp mouthfeel. Big hop flavor up front. Lots of piney bitterness with some grapefruit and caramel. Decent malt on the back end. Dank, bitter-pine aftertaste.

If you like your IPA's more pine/dank forward, this beer is for you. Awesome IPA all around. Plenty of bitterness, some fruit presence but not a lot. I pick this one up every chance I get.

Photo of CraigS119
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at my local spirits shop in Tampa, FL. $12.99 for the 4-pk, outrageous! Btld 3/10/15, drunk 4/13/15.

Pours a murky yella-amber. Mango, passionfruit, grapefruit pith, and other lush, juicy tropical and citrus notes... sour peach, granny smith apple, I could go on and on. A much more subdued flavor profile when compared to the nose: spicy piney/resinous notes accompany some fruity-tartness with lingering bitter pine and apricot/peach skin. Comparable to Racer 5, but not quite a syrupy sweet, which I like, much more drinkable than the likes. 8.93/10

What she said: "Better than the other IPAs you like... milder." 6/10

Photo of tone77
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden/orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is bursting with grapefruit. Taste is very hoppy, grapefruit, pine, tropical fruits, bitter and dry. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a very good beer.

Photo of tlema1
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Resin, tropical fruit, citrusy finish, not too bitter, good job!

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Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
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