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Hop JuJu Imperial IPA - Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon

Hop JuJu Imperial IPAHop JuJu Imperial IPA

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Ratings: 575
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 8.26%


Brewed by:
Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: AltBock on 09-26-2009)
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon - Hop JuJu Imperial IPA, poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a hazy orange amber with a great soapy head that retains well and leaves tons of lacing.

Smell - Dank as hell, tropical citrus (mangoes, passion fruit, guava) with a side of pine. Absolutely phenomenal nose.

Taste - Malt gives this a great body for the rush of juicy fruit that comes in after and ends in a soft resiny sweet.

Mouthfeel - Almost heavy-bodied with low carbonation. Rests a resiny pine. Big beer with malt heat but super drinkable.

Overall - Wow, I can honestly say I haven't been this blown away by a DIPA in a long time. What a great surprise and what an excellently crafted brew. 100% recommend this stellar DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 16:53:14 | More by JMScowcroft
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JackTse

California

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

I live in California. There is no reason why I have any prejudice for or against this beer. It's a matter of tasting it and providing a review.

This beer exceeded my expectations.

A - Beautiful golden amber on the dark side hinting at the alcohol content and flavor.

S - Before I tool a sip, I was greeted by outgoing tropical aromas. Sweet mango, apple, plum, citrus just pulling me in...

T - Deep tropical flavors that tasted fresh and sweet on my palette. It challenges on the front with sweet and tropical and on the back with a light syrup malt and fleeting bitter. This boys and girls is how a balanced Imperial IPA beer should taste.

M - Light syrup. It was enough to linger in your mouth but not thick like a triple can be. It was not as carbonated as usual but I think this was a positive. I noticed it but did not hate it.

O - This is a World Class beer. Drink it and you will see.

This met all my qualifications on what I consider a great beer. I would not change any part of it.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 03:38:17 | More by JackTse
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle graciously provided by the people at The Daily Growler in Upper Arlington, OH. Poured into my Abandon Brewing snifter.

Pours a hazy, golden orange color, with a 1.5 inch head, and small streaks of lacing down the glass.

Heavy hop aroma and taste here- not much difference between the two. Tons of tropical and citrus flavors, pretty sweet, undercut by pleasant but not overpowering bitterness. Orange, tangerine, peach, apricot, grapefruit, and pineapple are all noted. Just amazing. Not much malt noted.

Medium bodied, starts sweet, finishes bitter and dry. Crips, low but effective carbonation.

Second beer from Fat Head's- they are certainly a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 13:48:24 | More by GreesyFizeek
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Ilovelampandbeer

New York

4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/13/14

I have to say if this beer wasnt nearly 2 months old i think it would get a 5 across the board...what a treat, even at this age...definitely need to seek this one out super fresh to see the difference...if you like piney east coast ipa, this is for you!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 03:14:40 | More by Ilovelampandbeer
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Duff27

Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Head quickly recedes to a collar. Body is light amber color. Small lacing around.

Green, trees. Almost get a honey smell in this.

Sweet to hop bitter goes from 0 to 60 in .9seconds. Big bitterness on the tail end of each pull. Would guess this one at 9.5%, booze apparent.

Mouthfeel borders on syrupy, low carbonation.

Bitterness was almost distracting but otherwise a solid DIPA from Fat Heads. Thanks for the try dannyfayy!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 23:57:32 | More by Duff27
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: a deep reddish orange color. good clarity and a small white head that fades to just about nothing

Smell: lots of hops, mostly resiny and pine. subtler notes of citrus and spicy. there is some good sweetness to it.

Taste: opens up with a wide variety of hops. again lots of resin and pine. turns an almost juicy tropical hop before going to bitter citrus. great hop flavors but a bit too resinous for me

Mouthfeel: good medium body. some sweetness but huge lingering bitterness wins out in the end.

Overall: a good IIPA. fat heads seems to do good things with the hops but never quite hit it for me. Id prefer a little less resin and just a bit more juiciness.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 01:16:26 | More by SportsandJorts
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle acquired in a trade with mps
Bottled on: 03/06/14
Served in a snifter

Dark, hazy, glowing amber appearance. The beer was topped by a super creamy and bubbly, two-finger tall, off-white crown. The head slowly dropped to a thick, frothy cap. Patchy streaks of drippy lacing coated the glass.

The aroma was really hoppy and complex. Intense orange peel notes were immediately apparent. There was a strong, dank, weed-like presence as well. Lots of rich, caramel malt sweetness. Hint of grapefruit. Tropical fruits came through as the beer warmed. Guava and mango were detectible.

The flavor profile was solid but a bit more simplistic than the aroma. Citrusy hop notes hit hard right off the bat. The hops melded with rich, sweet, caramel malts on the front end. Loads of candied orange peel and juicy tangerine flavors came through as well. Intense, piney, resiny notes were also noticeable. A mix of pinesap and white grapefruit carried into the finish. Moderately pithy and bitter, with the bitterness lingering long after every sip.

The mouthfeel was a bit of a letdown. It was somewhat thin for the style. The liquid contained a soft, mellow carbonation that turned somewhat smooth and creamy on the palate.

Hop JuJu Imperial IPA is a tasty, balanced and overall enjoyable offering from the folks at Fat Heads. This is far better than their brutally bitter Head Hunter IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 20:22:12 | More by Damian
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RaulMondesi

California

4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Wow. Wow... How can I review this thing when after taking a sip I feel like Olivia Wilde just gave me kissing lessons à la her and Joaquin Phoenix in "Her"? My sweet hell is this sucker just good on all levels. Piney like a thriving redwood, and then just straight smooth like a Kennedy in court.

Yes, Raul would not mind having another.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 02:25:25 | More by RaulMondesi
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schwemjw

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Slight hazy dark amber hue with hints of orange teasing on the side. the color of sunsets. off white egg shell head hangs around for a little bit.

S: Mouthwateringly juicy tropical fruits. Kiwi, pineapple, ripe mango, blood orange and grapefruit. the slightest touch of sugared strawberry sweetness. Damp pine towards the finish and herb to round it out.

T: After the first sip a dry bitter pine takes hold and doesnt let go. That's when the juicy fruit takes hold. Juicy pineapple, dried orange, citrus peel, morning grapefruit bring wave upon wave of tantalizing flavor to the palate. just a tease of a slightly caramlized malt leads flawlessly into a dry, bitter earth finish. Alot of sticky resin and dry pine.

M: medium to full bodied with not much carbonation. finish leaves dry pine needles in your mouth and it lasts seemingly forever.

O: An absolute standout. Its unbalanced but in a way that works so well. the alcohol sneaks up on you while the flavor just keeps coming. an absolute must try. /95

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 20:17:53 | More by schwemjw
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to CircusBoy for this one.

Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottled 02/24/14.

Pours a slightly hazy honey colored body with excellent retention. Some nice bittering hops mixed with fresh and juicy hops in the aroma. The flavor is awesome: real hoppy fruit juice, lots of citrus but also other fruit like peaches. Flavor lasts long, bitterness is persistent yet never overpowering. So damn drinkable as well; you would never guess this is close to 10%. Hands down one of the best IPAs have had the pleasure of drinking!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 11:40:07 | More by papat444
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Ri0

Wisconsin

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

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Pours a light orange/amber color with a full 2 finger white head that retains and falls into a collar. Thick webbed lacing clings to my glass.

S - Big Citrus hop aroma that has tons of grapefruit notes, pineapple and orange. A nice sweet honey and bread aroma with hints of caramel round it off.

T - Starts off with the bitter grapefruit with sweetness of pineapple and orange. Nice malt notes of bread, honey, and caramel to beat the bitterness back. The end is mostly bitter pine and grapefruit. It is superb.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a good amount of lingering bitterness.

O - To me this seems like a ramped up Headhunter and I enjoy it very much. I love th unique malt flavor of both Headhunter and Hop Juju; maybe it has something to do with the yeast?

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 23:04:35 | More by Ri0
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maxcoinage

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 12oz bottle dated 2/26/14 into snifter. 2 finger white head left some decent lacing. Sunburst orange. Noticeable sediment
S - loads of grapefruit and citrus notes
T - hops up front balanced with some malty sweetness, citrus fruits, huge bitter finish
M - great carb and body. A bit oily and dry finish
O - great DIPA not for the faint of heart this one is bitter but tasty

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 22:59:32 | More by maxcoinage
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Hendry

Vermont

4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amber orange pour,slightly cloudy,1 finger of tawny head,spotty lacing.

Aroma is exceptionally juicy and bright: mango,pineapple, and orange mixed with pine and herb.

Taste is also quite juicy, tons of citrus zest and piney resin, slightly sweet and delicious.

Medium bodied, well carbonated, good bitterness, some warming in the throat from the 9% but not really detected in the flavor.

2013 Gold Medal GABF winner, and completely justified. Outstanding Imperial IPA that is well worth trying if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 04:00:44 | More by Hendry
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blankenhoney

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from the 3-6-14 batch. Pours a dark hazy burnt orange with amber tones. The nose is delicious: ripe pineapple, oranges, pine resin, and tropical fruit. Thankfully, taste is not nearly as sweet as I was fearing from the nose. A very refreshing fruitiness quickly gives way to an intense but controlled bitterness, a bitterness that's in line with grapefruit rind but not overpowering.
Aftertaste is dry and bitter with faint traces of caramel; the beer's 100 IBUs definitely make themselves known here. Mouthfeel is fantastic: very juicy, nicely carbed, and almost chewy. Overall, I loved this one. Mouthfeel is where the beer really shines, and the taste has just enough sweet fruit to prevent the bitterness from being overpowering. A really well-balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 01:09:14 | More by blankenhoney
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angelmonster

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

!2 ozer bottled on 2-21-14

Pours a white, quarter-inch head, body is a translucent orange color. Lots of bubbles rising through out. Lacing was above average and head was thin but hung around awhile.

Smells of a tropical fruit cup, lots of mango, pineapple, guava, and lime. Bits of piney resin meld with some caramel malts. Not much in the alcohol area is detected.

First taste is definitely more malt forward than the aroma leads on. It has characteristics of a heavily hopped barley wine, a thick malt backbone with hits of pine and lime. Wish the hops would pack more of a punch, as they did in the nose. Alcohol is present but for almost 9% it drinks smooth.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Wish head was more present, it seems to have died a bit. Richness and bitterness of beer leaves a slight coating on the roof of the mouth while carbonation stings the tongue.

Overall this was a solid Double Ipa but I was expecting more from it considering its rating/awards. Malts covered up the bitterness too much and the head was abit on the weak side. Would drink it again but wouldn't add it to my top 10 IPA list

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 01:59:06 | More by angelmonster
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

3.59/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Darker than norm golden honey. Thin lacing. Translucent

S- Kinda bland, but some honey background

T- Not my style of IPA, huge malt pine backbone, I am not getting much fruit as the description tells.

M- Kinda thin, a bit too much carb for my liking.

O- I am surprised the rating for this is 4.5+ Just about preference of style for me

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 22:12:35 | More by gueuzedreg
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic head retention! Head is creamy and wispy. Brew is cloudy tangerine color.

Heaps of mango, tangerine, peppery, cloves, pineapple...aroma for days.

Smooth, wet, elegant fluid carbonation, well placed light sweetness, backward bitterness. Piney, mangos, spicy, ginger esque flavors. Great, just lacking a bit of depth.

A killer brew! One to not be missed. I would gladly drink this all day, if I could... Well done Fat Heads.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 00:55:59 | More by chugalug06
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear copper with a one-finger foamy white head. Nice lacing.

S - A big amount of citrus (mango, orange, peach! & tangerine) and some sweet malt.

T - Follows the nose. Awesome amount of citrus right upfront. There is a sweet malt backbone and a nice hop bite in the finish. Great balance.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Sticky dry finish.

O - This is an outstanding DIPA. The total package of tropical fruits, piney hops, and sweet malts. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 04:27:17 | More by TreyIsWilson
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Tsar_Riga

Indiana

4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper color, clear, with a light tan head that forms then fades quickly. Minor lacing.

S - Citrus and more citrus illustrates the powerful hop experience to come. Mostly grapefruit and orange rind, pith and a note of pine resin.

T - Hops all the way down. A slight hint of sugar and pepper, but mostly grapefruit and assorted tropicals (mango, pineapple), fading off the fruit and into the pith, closing with a chewy, resin-based pine bitterness that is significant. A big, big beer, but quite drinkable.

M - Crunchy resin with serious dry. Not a wrecker, per se, but this will leave a mark. Still, carbonation and malt keep things in check and the result is easy to tip back. That it clocks at 9% ABV is not at all apparent until you're in real trouble.

O - I love this beer - an excellent DIPA without the funkiness that can sometimes crop up. Lovely fruits, and the pine finish is bold but not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 03:43:24 | More by Tsar_Riga
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is hazy, golden-orange, sports two fingers of fluffy white head, and is loaded with floaties. The nose is not as pungent as I anticipated, but still quite assertive and dripping with fresh oranges, lemons, grapefruit, and peaches.

The beer has a medium-full body and loads of flavor. I get a surprising amount of bready sweetness up front, with lots of marmalade and honey flavors. The hops round out the flavors and provide a fruity, quinine-like bitterness, but do not rake across your palate. I get notes of grapefruit, tobacco, and apricots. No booziness at all on the finish as the hops dry things out and leave a lingering flavor.

Overall a good IIPA, but it's not the palate-wrecker I thought it would be. The beer has a bottled-on date of 2/26/14, making it exactly 31 days old as of this writing. I am somewhat suspicious that this beer is not what it used to be (and baffled that a retailer like Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati continues to carelessly store their IPAs at room temperature). Ordinarily, I wouldn't buy an IPA that old, but I was desperate to try this one. It's good, but far from great. I would love to try it again when I can get a fresher bottle. I have a feeling that some of the magic may be lost from this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 17:43:55 | More by deadonhisfeet
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Amber orange with a very slight haze. Not much of a white head.

S- Super dank and bold in citrus. Very fresh and bold. Strong but in all the right ways.

T- Very strong hop presence at first. A slightly sticky onion flavor but this beer is huge on the citrus. A lot of grapefruit in this one, even has a lot of the puckering bitterness of a real grapefruit. Very much a west coast style. A hint of orange and lemon peel. The malts exist only to allow you to focus on the hops in this beer and thats OK. Any stronger and I might taste alcohol but its not there.

M- Very solid in feel. A strong lingering bitterness but its to be expected.

O- This is a world class DIPA, much like its flagship younger sibling Head Hunter.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 00:09:42 | More by TwelveOunces
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

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

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku. No freshness date.

Appearance- Clear amber with no head but mild lacing around the rim of the beer.

Smell- Pine and grass with some tangerine and peaches. Nice mix of earthy/floral and fruity.

Taste- Great balance of malts and hops. Caramel, vanilla, peaches, pears, citrus, grassyness, pine. Good balance, But I like Head Hunter more.

Mouthfeel- Pretty full bodied with low-medium carbonation. Resinous and big, but with no heat.

Overall- A good double IPA, but Head Hunter is so much better. It's good, but I just don't see the hype.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 15:25:34 | More by Seanniek91
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance - The poured a copper color with very little head or lacing around the sides of the glass.

Smell - A big grapefruit aroma is present. There is also some earthy grassiness in the background.

Taste - This is what an IPA should taste like. Grapefruit comes to the front and is pleasantly sour. A gentle malty background makes the drinker aware this IPA is well constructed. The sourness of the grapefruit lingers nicely in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - This is my second bottle of Juju and it is completely flat. It has the mouthfeel of a can of coke left out over night. The mouthfeel does not take away from the taste; it just does not feel right. Was there a problem in packing?

Overall - I really like the taste. I would love to try a batch with carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 01:22:01 | More by JohnnyHopps
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Brenden

Ohio

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

Hop Juju is a clear dark orange color, like crystalized burnt amber. The head is off-white and plenty creamy. It rises to one finger in height and retains about half of that for the duration of the session, leaving good webbing interconnecting the lace.
Let it never be said that Fat Heads is every shy with the hops. This one's big in both aroma and flavor with a mingling of the earthier, more elemental as well as the fresher and brighter. It brings lots of grapefruit peel and pine resin, very floral up front giving way to those elements, some sharp cheese in the middle, with the tang, bite and leathery quality of dried tobacco leaf rounding out an interesting complexity. It's a hop bomb for sure, but some bready malts and caramel add the balance it needs. It also has a lot of heavy dankness in it. Tropical fruits come in and draw out into the finish, where it seems the caramel goes a little buttery as it meets it.
The raw bitterness brings out a certain dryness, but it has a lot evening it out to semi-dry. The crispness bites moderately and for the long-term, while it remains smooth into the lingering, almost herbal finish.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2014 20:19:32 | More by Brenden
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lochef81

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a recent fan of hop head's ipa I couldn't wait to try this even higher rated imperial ipa. This ale pours a almost red copper color with a significant slightly off white head that gives way to a slight film and little lacing. The nose is an awesome hoppy bomb with tons of citrus, grass, and pine notes. There is a little malt sweetness for balance but it is very subtle in comparison to all the awesome. This beer is great. Not the best imperial I've ever had but damn close. Wish I could get it in Michigan.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 00:20:27 | More by lochef81
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Hop JuJu Imperial IPA from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
99 out of 100 based on 575 ratings.