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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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Ratings: 868
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 284
Gots: 93 | FT: 9
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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1/5  rDev -77.6%

mryoshi33, Mar 10, 2014
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1/5  rDev -77.6%

whiskey8, Wednesday at 01:32 AM
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2.5/5  rDev -43.9%

jeff_mc33, Apr 06, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -43.9%

isojealous, May 12, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -43.9%

qazeqaz, Feb 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -32.7%

spoonsock, Jun 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -32.7%

Woppy5, Jul 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -27.1%

Zbeetleman, Jul 07, 2013
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3.3/5  rDev -26%

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-

kojevergas, Aug 17, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -22%

Sandtownchuck, Aug 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

huskermike12, Jun 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

Thorpe429, Apr 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

facesnorth, Jun 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

chadwicktorres, Monday at 07:48 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

drummermattie02, Jul 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

KJ2013, Oct 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

jrallen34, Mar 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

rflips86, Mar 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

dunlap926, Jun 24, 2014
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3.59/5  rDev -19.5%
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

gueuzedreg, Mar 31, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev -18.4%

cannabispinoy, Sep 05, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

OWSLEY069, Sep 23, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Prospero, Apr 27, 2014
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acurtis, Mar 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

nhirsch04, Mar 15, 2014
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Hop JuJu Imperial IPA from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
99 out of 100 based on 868 ratings.