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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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world-class

825 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 825
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.5%
Wants: 253
Gots: 86 | FT: 10
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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Pennsylvania

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kojevergas

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -26.2%

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz size. Brown glass. Fun label art. Branded orange pry-off pressure cap.

I got this from Duff27; thanks again, man! 9.00% ABV. 100 IBU.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Expectations are extremely high as this is currently #87 on the Top 250 list. Reviewed live as an imperial IPA since the label refers to it as such.

HEAD: Over one finger in width. Off-white colour. It's appealingly smooth and even, with a nice full thick consistency and attractive creaminess. Appears soft. Not as frothy as it could be. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Head retention is good - about 7-8 minutes.

BODY: Mango with orange and copper hues. Average in vibrance. A biteen hazy; there's some oiliness to the appearance but it's still transparent and translucent. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's an appealing appearance for an imperial IPA, and isn't the usual boring copper colour of most beers in the style. I'm looking forward to trying it, and don't notice any obvious flaws. Definitely an above average appearance for the style.

AROMA: Fruity hop character dominates the hop profile. Mango, tangerine, citrusy esters, citrus zest, a kiss of grapefruit, seemingly balanced tropical fruit, nectary character, and a kiss of pine.

Sweetbread. Pale malt. There's enough sweetness to balance the hop bitterness, but I worry it'll be too sweet once I get to the taste.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

Overall, it's a pleasant aroma of above average strength.

TASTE: Yes, the sweetness is a bit overpowering - or at least imbalanced - for the style. Pale malt and caramalt sweetness mixes with sweetbread, lending it substantial sweetness.

The hops can hardly compete. Hints of pine, some tropical fruit (mainly mango, but perhaps some tangerine), citrus zest, plenty of resins, and a hint of apricot.

The caramel feels out of place.

FLAVOUR INTENSITY: Moderate.

FLAVOUR DEPTH: Medium.

FLAVOUR DURATION: Average.

Amplitude of flavour is nice; this is a cohesive flavour profile with an interesting atypical build, but it's certainly not gestalt.

It's far from the most complex or intricate beer in the style, and doesn't boast much subtlety, but I do like it. The resiny and nectary hop notes are a highlight.

TEXTURE: Sticky, smooth, wet, lightly oily, and medium-bodied. Unrefreshing. Thickness is apt - enough to support the flavour profile without going overboard. It's a filling beer.

Not gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

Overall presence on the palate is nice, but not ideal. This texture suits the taste generally well, but doesn't feel tailored specifically to it. It's a bit overcarbonated.

OVERALL: A likeable imperial IPA which hides its ABV well and doesn't go for the increasingly boring grapefruit-emphatic hop profile. I've never been big on the tropical fruit approach to imperial IPAs, though, and I find this a bit lacking. More commitment to the nectary and resiny hop notes would be lovely, as would a bit more bitterness to even out the balance. I'll enjoy finishing this glass, but I definitely don't think this lives up to its current 87/250 position on the top beers list. Worth trying, but far from world class. Certainly drinkable.

Low B-

08-17-2014 04:41:03 | More by kojevergas
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Hop JuJu Imperial IPA from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
99 out of 100 based on 825 ratings.