Hop JuJu Imperial IPA - Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
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4.59/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
From bottle to nonic pint. Thanks, CaptCleveland for sending this dankness my way!!!
A. Hop Juju is a deep, honey gold with hints of amber. It has a luminescent quality, at least in this soft light. Big finger and a half of off-white head...mostly tight, small bubbles with thick beading on the glass.
S. Oh, wow. This is 100% pure tropical nectar here. The pineapple, tangerine, and mango notes are dialed up to 11. Sweet, sticky honey and fresh pine sap add a sugar and spice note. This is a lush bouquet. One of the best.
T. A lot more refined than the nose would lead me to believe, which is mildly disappointing. Initial citrus zest and pine notes that quickly blossom into this really enjoyable wildflower honey, tropical fruit, bubble gum, and slightly herbal flavor profile. The finish is drying and bitter, but the tropical fruitiness and sweet honey notes balance it well.
M. Balance is very good, even if the herbal bitterness of the hops overrides the tropical notes just a bit more than I would like. Also, I think I detect hints of booziness on the finish. With the sheer power of the flavor profile, though, this is very well done. Powerful beers are hard to reel in but Fat Heads did this one justice.
O. This is the real deal. It shouldn't be surprising that Fat Heads produces a world class DIPA, as their greatest hits list (including Head Hunter) implies they've mastered the Hop Arts a long time ago. I'm very excited they've decided to bottle this old favorite, and even more excited it received some well-deserved recognition at the GABF last year. This is one of the best DIPAs around, not the least of which is because it packs so much flavor and complexity into a very smooth, enjoyable concoction. It is boldly flavored without ever being overwhelming. It's extremely tropical yet pleasantly dry and herbal. It punches the palate without drying my mouth out for the rest of the week. It's a special hop-forward beer from a brewery that makes so many special hop-forward beers. Congratulations, Fat Heads, on another outstanding effort and to the BAs of Cleveland who now have a legitimate claim to the IPA crown by having three classics bottled right in their backyard: White Rajah, Head Hunter, and, now, Hop JuJu.
Dan...you're going to need to get me some more of this...
Serving type: bottle
02-19-2014 23:30:56 | More by siege06nd
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