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Hop JuJu Imperial IPA - Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon

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Hop JuJu Imperial IPAHop JuJu Imperial IPA

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972 Ratings
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Ratings: 972
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 342
Gots: 98 | FT: 7
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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Reviews by siege06nd:
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4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
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...

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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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Bottle aggressively poured into a tulip

A - A crystal clear deep copper. Big 2 finger head with an off white head and soapy bubbles. Head dissipates fairly quickly.

S - BIG aggressive nose. I get dank first with a touch of pine and citrus in the background.

T - It follows the nose pretty closely except the citrus is overshadowing the pine. I don't think I've ever had a beer so aggressively hoppy. It's glorious.

M - Easily the worst part of the beer. Aggressively bitter that lingers on the tongue with a super dry finish.

O - The nose and the taste are truly top notch but the very bitter finish is frustrating. It's the only thing keeping this beer from the truly elite of the elite.

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Hop JuJu Imperial IPA from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
99 out of 100 based on 972 ratings.