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Hop JuJu Imperial IPA - Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Hop JuJu Imperial IPAHop JuJu Imperial IPA

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Ratings: 1,417
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 8.26%
Wants: 430
Gots: 232 | FT: 16
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: AltBock on 09-26-2009

The magical hops cast their spell, the natives chant and the drums beat... First let us confirm that there is no witchcraft used in creating this fine brew. None. Really. Well maybe a little. A supernatural beer with a powerhouse of hops creating aromas and flavors of citrus, pine and tropical fruit with a juicy resiny hop finish. Hakuna Matata.
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Ratings: 1,417 | Reviews: 190
Photo of YeahRightt
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Goldy locks in the light with an amber tint

Smell: Bready hops on the front, spices like garlic and earthy tones are present amongst soft citruses. Smells almost like a wild ale in certain respects, without a tart presence.

Taste: Similar to the head, the hops come full frontal attack followed by the spices you find in the head. Orange and resiny malts finish the flavor off with a last sucker punch of hops to round out the double style. There is a funky aspect to this beer that is deliberate and adds to the character of the beer in a very endearing way, but is definitely not for everyone. That earthy funk in the back of the nose is present on the tongue in a more subtle, intriguing way.

Feel: Medium viscosity, with a hint of heat from the ABV making its status as a double IPA known. Very pleasant without being overbearing or undrinkable.

Overall: A great twist on a classic style. I understand the popularity, but I hope it is in part of its unique characteristics. There are alot of potentially abrasive flavors present that manage to work with the style and incorporate themselves seamlessly. The earthiness gives way to a clean finish in a way that I wouldn't imagine possible as a beer enthusiast that does not brew himself. Very good and worth trying to get a hold of

Photo of Get_Lowell
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Golden goodness with inch and a half a snowy white bubbly foam. Head dissipates rather quickly. Leaves a phenomenal trail on the glass. Smell: Pungent tropical fruit on the nose Taste: Wowaweewa! Juicy tropical fruit dominant the palate. Piney resin on the front. Feel: Medium body, chewy at times, frothy. Overall: A delicious IIPA all around, the fruit aroma flavors are phenomenal. Another pour please!!

Photo of Damian74Shensky
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Good beer but I enjoy Fatheads IPA better.

Photo of Jonada
3.99/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottled 2/4/2015 and poured into a teku

Appearance: Pours a copper orange color with 3 fingers of an off white head with good retention and lacing. Body is lightly hazy with quite a bit of fine suspended sediment.

Smell: Grapefruit, sweet tropical fruit, mild pine.

Taste: Bitter grapefruit, citrus, pine, hint of mango and some residual sweetness. High bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Fuller end of medium bodied with a slightly sticky feel. Carbonation is medium. Mild boozy warmth in the finish.

Overall: Nice double IPA. Not the greatest, but worth trying.

Photo of Johnny_Danger
3.37/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Didn't like this at all. Was month old , but bitter

Photo of brother_rebus
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

exceptional beer. lives up to all the hysteria.
a bit boozy at the end, but its in a tasteful manner.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Candied oranges, pineapple & sticky tropical fruit. Guava Guava Guava.

This beer was bottled roughly 46 days ago. (2/12/2015) The malts have become more prominent in this beer I'm assuming than when it was a few weeks old. A very, very good DIPA. If I lived in , Ohio or.had this uber fresh, I'm positive my score would have been higher and the hops brighter.

I'll re-review when that happens.

Photo of StoutFox
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my absolute favorite IIPAs . Huge citrisy, hoppy start and a mild almost malty finnish

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the better Cleveland offerings IMO. Nice Juicy IPA!

Photo of Dumsboa09
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Fantastic aroma and flavor, superb bitterness and no abc bite.

Photo of Big_D008
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious, right up there with the best of the best

Photo of CraftFan5
3.36/5  rDev -25%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just not my cup of tea. Perhaps it was just too old. I got extreme bitterness with very little sweetness. It was a bit flat, with not much carbonation. One I definitely wanted to try, but I would not seek it out again.

Photo of mickyge
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hoppy nice bitterness citrus notes really drinkable

Photo of gillagorilla
4.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Chimay glass (bottled on 2/18/15, had on 3/18/15)

A: Nice burnished copper body with a three finger head that likes to linger with some lacing.
S: This is just straight papaya. Like a goddamn fruit salad. Tropical Island in a glass.
T: Tons of flavor from tons of hops. Surprisingly balanced but still a ton of pine and resin, especially on the backside.
M: Perfect level of carbonation for this beer. Just a bit of fuzz that just tickles the tongue and spreads the flavor.
O: 100 IBUs and 9% ABV goes a long way. This one produces some delicious burps. Pick one up!

Photo of 2dogbrew
4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid double IPA, one of the best I've had (well not quite in Heady territory). Great aroma and taste.

Photo of jdcompton2
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very glad to get this from a friend of a friend in Ohio. Look is beautiful in the glass. Smell is great. Taste is very juicy. For an imperial ipa, this is very easy to drink. Smell is a great mixture of pine and citrus. The lingering of pine thru the finish is amazing.

Photo of Pepper7
4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Wow!!!! what a great beer, tropical fruit with a touch of pine

Photo of JohnathanColeman
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer by Fat Heads! Can't wait to get this bad boy again next year!!

Photo of KYGunner
4.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The flavor of this DIPA is heavy on tropical fruits, watermelon, grapefruit, tangerines and oranges. Nice stiff caramel backbone but this finishes with a garlic and chive spiciness that is not my favorite.

Photo of HopBomb515
4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber color with some hop haze and a big white head that laces the glass like crazy. Aromas are big and bold bringing tons of tropical notes, light citrus and pine. Taste starts slightly sweety, hoppy tropical notes, mid palate citrus and light pine. Finish is bitter with juicy resinous hop sting. Little sticky on the mouthfeel with a medium body which carries those hoppy resins over the palate. Super juicy DIPA which blends the whole spectrum of hop flavors. I've never had a bad Fat Head beer.

Photo of mothman
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lots of tropical fruit and citrus. Dank and weedy. Pineapple, grapefruit, melon.

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/12/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange zest, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying or astringent bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and sticky/resinous mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible DIPA style. All around outstanding complexity and balance of bright and juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and light-moderate malt flavor; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. An incredibly delicious offering.

Photo of KMachHops
4.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: 2/09/15 and poured in a tulip glass.
Look: Little head and amber in color.
Smells: Piney and tropical.
Taste: Sweet and lots of piney hops up front. Didn't get much tropical tasteVery subtle malts.
Mouth Feel: Oily but not heavy.
Overall: It similar to some of the west coast IPAs. One that comes to mind is Stone's Enjoy By.

Photo of thegerm87
3.44/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I get why people enjoy this. Smooth, piney, caramelly-sweet, American barlerywine-esque. It's just not for me.

Photo of Roguer
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very clear, active, golden amber brew. Topped by a decent snow-white head, with great retention and leaving nice flat fields of lacing.

Super resinous hoppy aroma! Pine resin, dank notes, pepper, and a touch each of juicy tropical fruits and citrus peel. No malt beyond a light, grainy cracker scent.

Flavor is just as balanced and complex as the aroma: citrus and tropical fruit and peel up front, along with wildflower honey, pine resin, and a bready maltiness (that had eluded me in the aroma); super dank, resinous, and flowery finish with a touch of pepper.

Very slick, active mouthfeel, minor sting, medium bodied, with a fairly long, oily finish. Lasting bitterness, leaving a kiss of citrus peel and herbs along the gums long after the taste has otherwise faded from the tongue. 9% ABV carries some heft, without sacrificing drinkability.

Wow, this is really an impressive brew, reminiscent of PtE in many ways.

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Hop JuJu Imperial IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
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