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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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Reviews: 172
Hads: 1,604
Avg: 4.42
pDev: 25.79%
Wants: 535
Gots: 256 | FT: 10
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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States | website

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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Photo of Oswick
4.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I thought i was doomed. the IBU is 100. the smell was so piney and full of grapefruit. i was sure this would be too much for me. the feel and finish were nothing short of smooth and sexy. unreal, so glad i was able to try this at the brewery no less, fresh from the tap!

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Photo of John_M
4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at growler guys PDX the other day.

The beer pours a golden amber color with great head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is impressive, as you pick up a huge aroma of tropical fruit, dank weed and pine. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and while this is certainly an impressive DIPA from Fat Heads, once again the noticeable booziness, coupled with the tropical fruit and pine, is just a bit off putting. Frankly, it's hard to imagine drinking more than a small glass of this beer, for all that it's an impressive hop bomb with great drying bitterness on the finish otherwise.

Maybe it's a style thing, but good as they are, I always find myself having a hard time enjoying these Fat Head DIPA's. Be that as it may, undeniably, this is an impressive DIPA from FH.

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Photo of DCLAguy11
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks strong. Smells like thick hops and resin. Tastes silky and thick and sexy. Potent creamy syrupy feel. Definitively worthy of a top 250 BA offering.

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Photo of nonpo
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served dark golden with minimal head in a snifter at Brewpub.... Smell was strong grapefruit with a sweet undertone... Taste was citrus with grapefruit tones.... Mouthfeel was nice carbonation... Middle mouthfeel was complete, allowing grapefruit and citrus to play on palate but not overstay their welcome in the aftertaste... This beer is amazing on draft!!! Have had in bottles and never experienced the same reverence as I did today on draft!!! Highly recommend!!!

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Photo of portia99
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Pours a neutral amber in the glass, slightly hazy with a short cap of off-white foam that leaves webby lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet malt base with notes of caramel, piney hops, some orangey citrus, bit of booze. Nice.

T - Big beer, lightly noticeable alcohol presence. Clean bitterness at a controlled medium level that seems a bit subdued for a beer of this size. Resiny hop flavors of pine, a bit earthy and mild citrus. Nice balance to this. Hoppy, but not a total hop bomb either.

F - Rather full bodied DIPA, thick, sticky and resiny hops. A bit syrupy in feel. Carbonation is at a lower level.

O - Really solid and well balanced DIPA. It feels big and has plenty of hops, malt and booze - all well proportioned and integrated nicely. Not over the top in the hop department so some may be disappointed, but this is pretty damn tasty to me.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.07/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottles 3/4/2915 (2 months):
Thankful for a chance to try this, thanks to a trade with a friend, although we had to postpone the date, so lost a month (my fault). Trader indicated this was better fresh, which is not a surprise.

Pours a nice lightly copper-tinted golden, with the lightest haze and a moderate head. The head fades, but comes back with the agitation of every sip.

Hate to use this term, but smells like a typical DIPA. There is a tropical sweetness, malts hitting more than expected, and the alcohol is present. Papaya and melon, and a grassy or lightly dank bitterness is noticeable. Very interested in how this would have come across a month or more ago.

Taste has the characteristics of the nose, tropical malts and a dank side, both stronger than expected from the nose. The flanked are bold even at this age, body pretty full. Candied papaya, but of spice and mint bite with some alcohol. Cantaloupe sweetness comes as the spice dues, but so does a bit of wet grass and pine notes.

This particular pour ended up being an even see-saw, as it hit heavy on both the sweet and bitter (lasting feel is quite dry, piney). Reminded me of a stronger version of a 90-minute IPA. The alcohol showed a bit more than I'd like, and the bittering agents had a slightly metallic side to them, which I get sometime with older hoppy beers. Can at least see the potential, just need to try again to see if it's realized by this brew.

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Photo of fitrock2112
3.93/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured Hop JuJu into Belgian Tulip.

A - The brew pours orange amber with a full finger of off white head.

S - Strong hop aroma with grapefruit, pine and slight melon.

T - Strong hop flavors that follow the nose. Lots of overpowering pine and grapefruit. Mid palate is has a touch of malt but not enough to balance this beast. On the aftertaste its all bitter, pucker up hops.

M - Smooth brew with medium carbonation.

O - A bit over the top for this cat. Cheers!

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Hazy when cold. More orange than most. White medium head. Lacing does not stick around.

Smell - Bread. Dank hops. Faint citrus, mostly earthy.

Taste - Bitter throughout. Bread in the beginning. Not as much citrus as expected.

Feel - Bite on the tongue. Medium feel.

Overall - West Coast in the Midwest. Cleveland! Fat Heads! Dank with subtle citrus.

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4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A strong pour only gets about an inch of light tan head. Head fades to a rim skim in about two minutes. Body is classic golden honey in tone. Nose is big and juicy with tons of citrus just bursting to get to you smeller. Almost like smelling hoppy orange marmalade. Zesty and bright as the flavor jumps on the tongue. Strong grapefruit tones are mixed with piney, prickly notes. This is a very bold beer with a powerful bitter bite all throughout the body of this beer. This is really a hop lovers dream just a bitter blizzard on the taste buds. Only drawback for me is that the alcohol is just a tad bit hot, but not at all off putting. Wonderful overall.

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Photo of almostjay
4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent all around. The aroma is a bit better than the taste for me, but both are on point. A bit more bitter than the DIPAs I'm used to, but I like that. No cloying sweetness, just an endless hop assault. Well done.

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Photo of KSOZE
4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best imperials I've ever had. Huge tropical fruit with perfect amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel a bit thin, but other than that, close to perfect.

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Photo of YeahRightt
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
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

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Photo of Get_Lowell
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
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!!

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Photo of Jonada
3.99/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of CraftFan5
3.36/5  rDev -24%
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.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

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Photo of jdcompton2
4.73/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of KMachHops
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Roguer
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Photo of NMA
4.87/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have had this beer before but never this fresh. 12 oz bottle with a date of 02/09/15. What can I say!? It's like drinking a mouth full of tropical fruit with a resin/piney finish. It's simply fantastic...can't wait to deliver some to MD for my brother to try it.

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Photo of gopens44
4.92/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Thank you very much @FlakyBiscuit for these! Although he has created an addict now....

I find it very difficult to rate this because I have never had this much "gushing" to do. I really don't want to come off as melodramatic or like I am a fanboy, but this one just floored me.

Okay, looked like a beer dream. Clear, golden and just the right amount of bubble swimmers joining the most picture perfect DIPA head I've ever seen. Solid 3/4" of slightly off-cream fluff that lent itself to definition perfect lacing.

The aroma and taste are so similar that they become one thing. Fruity, piney and just the most delicate amount of sweetness to balance out the muted grapefruit bitterness on finish. Wow. I cannot put to words the majesty of the taste this has. I can only describe it as very similar to the fist time I had Hopslam (like 5 years ago maybe?) only without the cloyingly sweet aftertaste. And drinkable? No heat whatsoever and for a big beer, I could just gulp this like water.

I've yet to try Pliny, but based on every other DIPA I have had, this one has no peer.

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Hop JuJu Imperial IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
97 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.