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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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Reviews: 172
Hads: 1,604
Avg: 4.42
pDev: 25.79%
Wants: 534
Gots: 258 | FT: 11
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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States | website

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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Photo of RAlmeida77
3.05/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Didnt really impress me or blow me away. Tasted like a typical DIPA that I've had a thousand times before. Didnt really get any specific hop character - citrus, pine, etc....Was a little sweet up front and had some hop bite in the back. Mediocre beer for me at best. Not sure what all the hype is about.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -25.3%

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.




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-

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Photo of CraftFan5
3.36/5  rDev -24%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just not my cup of tea. Perhaps it was just too old. I got extreme bitterness with very little sweetness. It was a bit flat, with not much carbonation. One I definitely wanted to try, but I would not seek it out again.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.63/5  rDev -17.9%
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

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Photo of fscottkey
3.66/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.50] Pours a caramel color. There is very limited head on the pour. After a few seconds it is just a ring on the edge of the glass. The bottle has a date code that I can't figure out - but I know that it is only about a week old! Bottle lists the ABV 9.0% and IBU 100.

S: [4.25] Tropical fruits. Oranges, pineapple. Some pine. Big nose on this one.

T: [3.25] The taste deviates a little from the nose initially. I am getting quite a bit of bitter up front. After the initial bitter bite I get some of the tropical flavors. The tropical flavors are just not hitting front stage like I hoped. I read another review (I rarely do this) but the nailed the flavor "oniony". That is it exactly.

M: [3.75] The body is smooth and creamy with that bitter bite on the after taste. The alcohol is well hidden.

O: [3.75] I went to Cleveland hoping to score Chillwave (my favorite Imperial IPA) but it is not out yet. I got directed to Hop Juju by the forum. I expected really big things and I am a bit disappointed. It is decent - but it is not Chillwave. The bitter notes just club everything else down so none of the fruitiness is on the tongue. They hid the 9% really well - but that doesn't make up for the one note on the tongue. The nose gave me such high hopes - but alas the scents on the nose didn't hit the palate.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.68/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, mango and peach citrus. In the taste, pine like hops and dehydrated peaches. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine like hop in the aftertaste. Kind of summery with the nice fruitiness in the nose, but pine hops in the taste.

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Photo of adamette
3.72/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken earlier tonight at the brewery. Poured into a clean, clear pint glass. Notes from brewery: Double IPA brewed with incredible amounts of hops giving this beer supernatural hop aroma, flavor and bitterness. It's witchcraft on tap like a temporary hop tattoo on your tongue.

A Translucent orange brown body with little head and not much lacing either. 3.0

S Floral hops but nicely balanced with nice malt sweetness. 3.5

T Hops are the center but really they are not unbalanced. This beer luckily has a nice malt balance to it. 4.0

M Moderate with some hop bitterness but a very welcome smoothness too that really helped me enjoy this beer. 4.0

D Fair to good. 3.5

Notes: I really enjoyed this beer that I was not sure that I would. I do not enjoy hoppy beers as much as most.

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Photo of stakem
3.78/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to SteveOldrati for hooking me up with this. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears a dark burnt copper color, fairly clear with less than a finger of off-white cap that is quick to fade leaving patchy lace.

The aroma has a pleasant hop juiciness that mingles between fruity hoppiness and mild vegetative grassiness. Some cantaloupe and mellon feel come out with a mild alcohol accent. This brew kinda flirts back and forth between brilliant and just kinda meh. Strange.

The taste is quite bitter with a melon or dirty canteloupe-like yeasty and hoppy flavor. It is grassy and herbal with hints of pine resin and pithy pulp fruit and zest a bit like grapefruit. As it warms, a bit of maltiness comes out like burnt toffee.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A unique and enjoyable brew with plenty of hop flavor and bitterness. The malt is interesting in its inclusion but with hardly any sweetness. If given the choice, I think id rather have IBUsive or head hunter instead. Regardless, thank you Steve for the opportunity.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.85/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden orange and transparent. Poured with two fingers of white head that had ridiculous retention.

S - Lots of tropical fruits and a little bit of caramel malt. Smells very light, sweet, and fruity, quite refreshing.

T - Taste is a lot heavier than the nose. I found this beer you be quite sweet and sugary. Its got some pretty strong bitterness on the backend. It's good, but too sugary for me.

M - Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

O - Good, I think others have liked it more than I did as it was kind of sweet, but it is a good beer worth drinking. Bonus if you like fruity IPAs.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.92/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.92/5  rDev -11.3%
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

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Photo of fitrock2112
3.93/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured Hop JuJu into Belgian Tulip.

A - The brew pours orange amber with a full finger of off white head.

S - Strong hop aroma with grapefruit, pine and slight melon.

T - Strong hop flavors that follow the nose. Lots of overpowering pine and grapefruit. Mid palate is has a touch of malt but not enough to balance this beast. On the aftertaste its all bitter, pucker up hops.

M - Smooth brew with medium carbonation.

O - A bit over the top for this cat. Cheers!

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Photo of Duff27
3.96/5  rDev -10.4%
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!

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Photo of Jonada
3.99/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottled 2/4/2015 and poured into a teku

Appearance: Pours a copper orange color with 3 fingers of an off white head with good retention and lacing. Body is lightly hazy with quite a bit of fine suspended sediment.

Smell: Grapefruit, sweet tropical fruit, mild pine.

Taste: Bitter grapefruit, citrus, pine, hint of mango and some residual sweetness. High bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Fuller end of medium bodied with a slightly sticky feel. Carbonation is medium. Mild boozy warmth in the finish.

Overall: Nice double IPA. Not the greatest, but worth trying.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.01/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by mendvicdog. Thanks Pat!

The beer is bright orange with a thick, off-white head. The aroma brings a huge bouquet of tropical fruits, to include pineapple, mango, melon, oranges. Present alcohol throughout the aroma and flavor. The beer is a bit hot. Teeming with tropical notes. Heavy on the palate. While there are some nice things happening here, the beer is a bit brash and shows the alcohol too much. Still, pretty tasty.

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Photo of koutkid41
4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale copper/amber with a small white head. Great lacing.

S: Mango, grapefruit, tangerine, pine, and slightly resinous.

T: Very piney and slightly citrus, semi harsh bitterness throughout. Bready on the back end with some caramel sweetness.

M: Medium and chewy. Dry and bitterness made it a bit chalky.

O: Really solid beer, not quite up to the hype. However I wouldn't mind drinking this every now and then.

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Photo of NuclearRich
4.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Copper, orange/gold hues. Slightly hazy. Soft white head fades to a thin cap. Thick screen laces very nicely.
S. Tropical, pineapple, pine, lemon, grapefruit. A little malty caramel sweetness at the end that gets a little peach/apricot.
T. Big time harsh citrus: grapefruit rind, lemons, pine. Some of the same light toast caramel with a peach/apricot hint.
M. Lighter body, crisp carbonation, Sharp bitterness. Overall very refreshing but a tad too harsh of citrus bitterness.
O. Well done, a bit of balance to it while still ripping the enamel off of your teeth.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.07/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottles 3/4/2915 (2 months):
Thankful for a chance to try this, thanks to a trade with a friend, although we had to postpone the date, so lost a month (my fault). Trader indicated this was better fresh, which is not a surprise.

Pours a nice lightly copper-tinted golden, with the lightest haze and a moderate head. The head fades, but comes back with the agitation of every sip.

Hate to use this term, but smells like a typical DIPA. There is a tropical sweetness, malts hitting more than expected, and the alcohol is present. Papaya and melon, and a grassy or lightly dank bitterness is noticeable. Very interested in how this would have come across a month or more ago.

Taste has the characteristics of the nose, tropical malts and a dank side, both stronger than expected from the nose. The flanked are bold even at this age, body pretty full. Candied papaya, but of spice and mint bite with some alcohol. Cantaloupe sweetness comes as the spice dues, but so does a bit of wet grass and pine notes.

This particular pour ended up being an even see-saw, as it hit heavy on both the sweet and bitter (lasting feel is quite dry, piney). Reminded me of a stronger version of a 90-minute IPA. The alcohol showed a bit more than I'd like, and the bittering agents had a slightly metallic side to them, which I get sometime with older hoppy beers. Can at least see the potential, just need to try again to see if it's realized by this brew.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange. Small white head. Leggy with some sticky lacing. Wispy surface.

Smell - Grapefruit and herbal hops. Smells kinda dank. Deep caramel.

Taste - Brighter hop flavor. Orange hops. A little herbal, but much less. Builds into a grapefruit bitterness. Caramel maltiness, but not too sweet.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, pushing medium heavy for a DIPA. Bitterness balances the residual sugars.

Overall - I wasn't blown away until I finished my pour and realized I had drank the whole thing before finishing my review. Greater than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of AltBock
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was able to try Fat Heads take on a Double/Imperial IPA there on 9/25/2009. The beer menu stated that it had an ABV of 8.7% and 100 IBUs. Fat Heads served it to me in a 12 oz. Snifter.

This Double/Imperial IPA poured a semi clear dark golden amber with a few minor sunshine yellow highlights along the sides. Sitting on top of this beer was a creamy head of white foam. It wasn't an off white color, it was a solid cotton white color. This pure white head of foam had good retention that left behind a string of white rings and some big ass streaks of lace all around the glass.

The aroma was citrus all the way! It was one of those Double/Imperial IPAs that you can smell from a long distance. The aroma was strong with bitter citrus hops, bitter grapefruit, a hint of pine, a splash of lemon, and any other citrus fruit you can think of. Was there any malts to help balance out all the citrus aromas? Hell No there wasn't! This was the scent of a great Double/Imperial. Let's see if the taste matches the strong bitter citrus aroma.

The taste was extremely bitter with citrus fruits, bitter citrus hops, plenty of bitter grapefruit, a splash of lemon, and a touch of pine. Sometimes this taste got so bitter than I turned my head, but not in disgust. It was more of a reflex because the beer was too bitter. If you plan on drinking this beer, I sure hope you really like bitter beers because the malts will not come in at all to help balance out the beer. In other words, this was one great super bitter beer.

This was clearly a full bodied Double/Imperial IPA with the correct amount of carbonation and a full flavored bitter aftertaste. This strong bitter aftertaste was chock full of citrus hops, citrus fruits, pine, and grapefruit. This was the malts last chance to show up, but I'm thinking that all the citrus flavors combined all their citrus powers to completely kick out the malts. This aftertaste had nowhere to go anytime soon, so it stuck around in the back of my throat for quite a few minutes.

I know that Fat Heads makes some really good beers, but they raised the bar with this one. There was absolutely no shortage of citrus hops or fruits. The only thing missing from the taste was the malts and I couldn't care less about that. A 12 oz. glass is good enough for a beer this big. A growler might be a little too excessive. If you're a hop head (if you're on BA you probably are) and you see this on the beer board or menu, get it!

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Photo of sholland119
4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at the Pittsburgh location.

A-Pour is a clear, pale honeyed amber with a thin ring of white head, no appreciable lacing.

S-Citrus and lots of it. Mostly grapefruit and grapefruit rind, orange and a bit of pine.

T-A bit boozy but mostly delicious. Good light caramel malt, then lots of citrus bitterness nicely balanced by a honeyed sweetness and some boozy warmth. Quite tasty.

M-Medium bodied, maybe a bit to the heavy side with ice carbonation.

O-I am a big fan of this one. A delicious DIPA. Glad to have been able to grab it.


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Photo of barczar
4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very resiny, pine, grapefruit, and savory Amarillo character in aroma. Moderate caramel malt sweetness.

Muted grapefruit dominates the flavor, with pithy bitterness offsetting the modest caramel malt sweetness. That savory Amarillo comes through. A little bitter for my liking. Overrated, in my opinion. The flavoring hops are too one-note.

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Photo of rodlavers
4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at on tap at 3R6P in Delmont, PA,

Served in a 10oz. chalice. Looks just a shade darker than Head Hunter, more burnt orange/golden. Thin white head with nice retention. Smell is flowery and sweet with a great citrus blast. Taste is similar, with a really dry and pulpy finish. Can feel and taste extra abc. Smooth. Overall JuJu is very good, but I like HH better. Would like to try in a bottle, if available. Cheers.

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Photo of Dan3279
4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(review based on notes taken at the saloon)

Served on cask at the Fathead's Saloon in Cleveland.
Served in 8oz pint glass with a hazy dark orange body with a two and a half inch with a ton of sticky lacing.

Great smelling beer that is dominated by the grapefruit hops, instantly reminds me of a west coast IPA. The taste is great, hop citrus everywhere with a bit of pine and a great amount of bitterness.

This is a full bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation, the beer is really sticky and completely coats your mouth. Overall a solid Imperial IPA and I will defiantly pick up another glass during my next visit to Fat Head's.

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Photo of beerhan
4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An interesting double IPA with a very malty edge and bitter finish. Smells of floral hops, much caramel and honey and autumn mornings. Taste is very caramelly and sweet. Honestly it smells a lot better than the taste. JuJu goes down smooth but comes back for a bitter bite that allows you to really feel the alcohol. Two pints though and I felt like I had a full meal. Overall I would say it was quite good but a bit too rich and bitter.

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Hop JuJu Imperial IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
97 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.