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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: 1,134
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 409
Gots: 182 | FT: 20
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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon visit their website
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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Reviews by siege06nd:
Photo of siege06nd
4.6/5  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...

More User Reviews:
Photo of FogDishHead
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The aroma on this beer is unbelievable... the best thing I have ever smelled in my life. Tastes like heaven. Exceptionally crafted beer. If the hop goddess has nipples, this is the milk.

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

Been waiting to try this beer for a long time, I usually catch every specialty release at Fathead's Pittsburgh but this one has always eluded me. I was thrilled to hear that it won this year's GABF Gold medal, and it beat my favorite 3F's Permanent Funeral out in blind tastings. This sample is super fresh bottled on 2/13/14...I love the packaging and the artwork on the label..."a supernatural beer".

Pours into a Fathead's Head Hunter pint glass glowing orange copper with a big white head filling up past the rim of the glass. Big chunks of sporadic lacing, aromatics hit hard with dank resinous hops everything I love about Head Hunter and then some, this time around there's grapefruit peel, tropical passionfruit notes, hop resins it's like diving into a bale of dried hops...what a great smelling DIPA. That happens to drink as easily as a single IPA.

Let's talk about flavors...layered resins of hop oils take on the palate, bringing lime/grapefruit citrus pith, dank cannabis oils, tropical fruit (think papaya/passionfruit combo), just an unrelenting level of hop bitterness that actually hits the palate in all the right ways! It comes off balanced not sugar coated hops, or caramelized sugars just a depth of malt presence and hop burps come of your nares after a few sips. Truly magnificent DIPA, to make something this drinkable, critics complain about 13.99 a 4 pack it's a bargain with the quality and amount of hops used in this offering. Alcohol definitely has a presence but it doesn't burn, it seems to be balanced into the combination of big malt and extraordinary hop components but be warned this beer is 9% abv and 100 walloping IBUs!

Matt Cole has quickly become a presence in the craft beer world after honing his skills at Rocky River in Ohio, he had a transcending meet up with Glen Benigni (excuse spelling) the founder of Fat Head's Pittsburgh which lead to a brewpub in New Olmstead, Ohio which lead to the production brewery pumping out bottles and very soon cans from Fathead's. The first time I visited Fathead's New Olmstead, it was a couple years ago Matt was loading his vehicle with GABF medals at that time...I am grateful to be close enough and part of the experience and I'm proud to see a somewhat local brewer/franchise gaining such deserved recognition for their talent, hardwork, and passion.

Sorry about the long review that pretty much pays homage to one of my favorite brewers in the world, but the mouthfeel on this beer is perfect with big hop oils gliding across the palate, creamy texture hop layers just so easy going down this beer is truly ridiculous!

Overall, a beer I can't live without now that I've tasted it, it best become part of their rotation if it doesn't we are all going to be let down, but the adds I've seen recently for Fathead's represents that this beer is going to be a standby offering, if not I really hope to see the next release come sooner than later. I wasn't being greedy I plan on sharing, and yes I grabbed the last 11 bottles available at my local! That's how rare this beer is!!!

Photo of Aaron8099
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My all time favorite Beer

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

on draft in 12oz snifter glass

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Photo of frenchblood21
4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz. bottle into tuliped pint glass. Date of review is 2/14/14 (Valentine's Day)

Appearance- Hard pour leads to a finger and a half of creamy white head. Head fades slowly and leaves great lacing. This beer looks like a brand, spanking-new, penny.

Smell- I get mango, kiwi and honey right away. This is followed by pear and white grapes. Really hoping it taste like it smells.

Taste- Way more bitter than I had anticipated. I know I know, it's an imperial IPA what do I expect. The nose is so complex and so beautiful, I just expected more then bitter hops on the tongue. I am starting to detect tropical fruits and strawberries.

Mouthfeel- This 9% beer goes down smoother than lemonade on a hot August day. This is, by far, the smoothest 9%+ beer I have ever enjoyed. A bit thinner than I have come to expect from the style, but does not detract from the quality whatsoever.

Overall- I bought a whole case at the release party and I would do it again! So freaking good! I always judge a beer on if I would trade/pay shipping for it and the answer for this beer is YES.

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Hop JuJu Imperial IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
99 out of 100 based on 1,134 ratings.