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Hop JuJu Imperial IPA - Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon

Hop JuJu Imperial IPAHop JuJu Imperial IPA

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Ratings: 575
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 8.26%


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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Brenden

Ohio

4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hop Juju is a clear dark orange color, like crystalized burnt amber. The head is off-white and plenty creamy. It rises to one finger in height and retains about half of that for the duration of the session, leaving good webbing interconnecting the lace.
Let it never be said that Fat Heads is every shy with the hops. This one's big in both aroma and flavor with a mingling of the earthier, more elemental as well as the fresher and brighter. It brings lots of grapefruit peel and pine resin, very floral up front giving way to those elements, some sharp cheese in the middle, with the tang, bite and leathery quality of dried tobacco leaf rounding out an interesting complexity. It's a hop bomb for sure, but some bready malts and caramel add the balance it needs. It also has a lot of heavy dankness in it. Tropical fruits come in and draw out into the finish, where it seems the caramel goes a little buttery as it meets it.
The raw bitterness brings out a certain dryness, but it has a lot evening it out to semi-dry. The crispness bites moderately and for the long-term, while it remains smooth into the lingering, almost herbal finish.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2014 20:19:32 | More by Brenden
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TheRealist

Yukon (Canada)

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

This. Beer. Is. Perfect
What else can I say? The nose on this beer... Unreal! Simply the best nose I've ever experienced on any IPA. My brother has turned me onto the wondrous beers of fatheads and if they know how to do one beer right its IPAs!
Lets begin, as I said before its hands down the best nose of any IPA. I wish my house, car, work, heck that everywhere smelled like this beauty! It has strong citrus and fruity undertones. The hops come out strong on the nose, but nothing like the taste. The taste is a hop bomb citrus explosion that lingers in the mouth and throat leaving a resinous layer of hoppy goodness. We are so lucky to live so close to this amazing brewery and I cannot wait to see what else they come up with!

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2014 21:13:26 | More by TheRealist
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terrapinmark

Ohio

4.94/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is truly one of the best DIPA's I have ever had. It pours a rich and heady copper into the snifter. I have this beer in bottles and on draft. I have had several different batches in bottles. It is very consistent. First off, it is a kick you in the teeth hop bomb. Where this beer excels is the balance of malt and in your face hops while not giving off that blatant alcohol burn. This beer is fantastic. As a reference, I am a big fan of Heady Topper, Russian River, Three Floyds, Stone, Founders, and Bells. Fat Heads Head Hunter and Hop Ju Ju are just two reasons why Fat Heads is now a cult favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2014 04:52:17 | More by terrapinmark
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PaulyB83

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Yellow Brick Pizza in Columbus, OH on Feb. 21. Reviewed from notes.

A- Deep amber with a small white head and medium-high degree of clarity.

S- Huge bright hop aromas. Lots of dank, pine, perhaps the most "weed" smelling beer I've had. Lots of bright citrus, getting mostly tangerine. Some very light onion.

T- Similar to aroma. Lots of smooth dank pine and citrus with some very light onion. The bitterness is very smooth.

M- On the heavier side of medium. The massive hops take away slightly from it's drinkability for me, at least compared to Head Hunter.

O- A great IPA. I would say that I still prefer the hop profile of Head Hunter. Was really surprised how dank it was but had a great citrus and medium level sweetness to it. Hope this becomes something they put out a few times a year. Ohio really puts out some great IPAs, more so than Michigan I'd say.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2014 04:38:33 | More by PaulyB83
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kgncfl

Ohio

4.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had the last glass on tap after rushing home from work. Was the best beer of the night.

A-Deep orange color, poured into a tulip glass, had the requisite amount of head.

S-I got some honey and some orange, sweet sweet orange.

T- Big hops, but not too big. Tasted some mango/orange combination. Got some honey at the end.

M-Feel like a double IPA, creamy and fresh.

Overall A fantastic IPA, reminded me of Hopslam, but a smoother, more fruity version. I'll need some more to be sure though.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2014 03:22:33 | More by kgncfl
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zimm421

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip at Yellow Brick Pizza on 2/20/14. Reviewed from notes, with updates from recent tastings. The appearance is a beautiful combination of amber and orange with a touch of haziness to it. The head was minimized by the bartender, but I could see a nice thick, white head during the pouring process.

The nose is absolutely overpowering, as it is noticeable even from a few feet away. It smells strongly of pine and citrus, with dank and resinous notes also present, and just a touch of sweet caramel. The taste brings more of the citrus into play, as it is the overwhelming flavor here. The pine is still present, but this starts and finishes with the citrus. There's a slight trace of the sweet malt coming through, but it's quickly pushed away.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with good levels of carbonation. It isn't overly drinkable for the style, and finished slightly drier than expected. Overall, this is a wonderful DIPA, and almost worth the hype it received. The aroma is by far the best feature, as it keeps drawing you in for more.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2014 22:54:38 | More by zimm421
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CaptCleveland

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz pour into snifter for $6.50 at FH brewery.

Slight haze to this orange-yellow brew. Thick one finger head, copious lacing.

Huge tropical fruits explode out of the vessel. Mango, pineapple, oranges, grapefruit. Really could deeply inhale this all day.

Smooth hoppy happiness with pineapple and grapefruit right up front with a subtle pine backbone. A wisp of alcohol creeps in at the end.

Nicely balanced, medium mouthfeel, well carbonated.

Well deserved gold at GABF.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2014 23:03:23 | More by CaptCleveland
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VitoFerrante

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is just one of those beers that can't get any better. All the components are there for a big West Coast style DIPA. This beer has joins the ranks of the greats in the category. Citrus, pine, smooth. It has it all. If you like HT, you will love the JuJu. For such a big beer, you cannot taste the alcohol, making this one dangerous brew. I normally don't drink a second big beer like this one after the other. I drank three. If I could, I would drink this beer everyday. It is literally liquid gold. I thank the beers gods of North Olmstead for bringing this beer to life.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2014 11:26:38 | More by VitoFerrante
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fathead's in Cleveland, OH about 3 days after it was released.

A - golden copper / melted honey-ish. forced head reduces to very thin white cloud

S - Mike Tyson candy hop punch to the face. Little booze as it warms. Laundry.

T - lemon, orange peel, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, bananna, mango, hints of cinnamon / pepper, matchstick, a touch of honey, simcoe pine. A Little booze buts that's why I came to party. Very nice bitterness trail. Imagine that?

M - Thinner than it looks. Little oil and cream. Resin. Carbonation Is on point. Makes great mouthwash.

O - fathead's and Matt Cole killed it again. Excellent imperial ipa. 10 second flavor experience here. Palate wrecker. Highly recommend. Hide the brown ales. Very intense. Smells similar to Sucks and looks and tastes like Permanent Funeral if your looking for reference points. Beer is fun. Enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2014 01:58:37 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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BB1313

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Fat Head's in N. Olmsted, Ohio

Pours golden with a fluffy white head; great lacing and retention. The aromas are dank and full of juicy citrus. Mango, pineapple, and watermelon in the mix. This one also has hints of pine needles and grass. Flavors are extremely earthy and bitter. Lots of grapefruit. Lots of pine resin. Very resinous. Very sharp and crisp. This one has a west-coast vibe to it. There's also a touch of sweetness from the subtle malts, giving it a midwest vibe as well. Very astringent. Mouthfeel is full-bodied; active carbonation and very smooth and creamy. Alcohol goes unnoticed and this is pretty easy to drink, despite the bitterness.

I've had this in the past and I was happy to revisit it. Wonderful DIPA that can hang with the best in the country. Extremely well done. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2013 17:39:22 | More by BB1313
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rodlavers

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2012 00:22:31 | More by rodlavers
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice looking copper color on this beer. The head is thin and white leaving behind just a touch of lacing on the glass with a small amount of retention. The smell if loaded with a bunch of hop aromas that range from resin to pine to fruit. The taste of the beer is very good too, nicely balanced sweet malts with a punishing bitter finish. The mouthfeel is oily and kind of heavy too. Overall this beer is a tasty, it's a hop bomb for sure, but if you're a hophead you'll love this for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2012 23:41:16 | More by Knapp85
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laintringulis

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chilled beer glass

A: Clear pale amber yellow with a large 2 inch beige head. Head dies down quickly with minimal lacing

S: Fruity sweetness, unable to tell specifically what type. Just smells juicy. General citrus, pine, and grass notes.

T: Pleasant pineapple and nectarine flavors with a well balanced piney/grassy hop profile. Keeps up wanting more. Alcohol is not noticeable due to the incredible flavors.

M: Slightly oily up front with a pleasant bitterness from the hops. Nice dryness on the finish. Medium body.

O: I would definitely like more of this beer. It is quite easy to drink and is complex even that you don't get bored.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2011 07:00:39 | More by laintringulis
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cosmo4u

New York

4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on tap in pittsburgh fatheads

Huge blast of hops cone aromas... pine, pineapple, mango, grapefruit. Heavenly. Body is a fairly light golden orange with a little bit of a head and many streams of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. Flavor is darn near perfect for anything aspiring to be my kind of IPA.... lots of hops, enough malt to balance and thicken things up a bit and a very bitter finish with some resin.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2011 05:27:00 | More by cosmo4u
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Three Floyds. I really dug Headhunter, so I was excited to try this one. Served in a half-pint.

A - A finger of white foam that has fantastic retention and leaves behind splotchy lace. Golden transparent body.

S - Big hop aroma, with plenty of pithy grapefruit, light pine, other citrus zest and juice, and a light sugar cookie and bread malt backdrop.

T - Taste is a little less exciting, although it's still fairly enjoyable. Less sweetness and more bitterness, particularly in the finish. As it warms up some icing sugar malt character comes, but this is largely grapefruits and a hint of orange.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, some light alcohol warmth, and a super dry finish. Plenty if resinous hop oils are left behind.

D - A very good Midwest DIPA that I would gladly have again if I saw it on-tap (or had a growler). There's a nice group of hoppy brews popping up in Ohio (Fat Heads, Columbus, etc.) which is a nice change of pace from the less hop-oriented offerings from Jackie O's and Great Lakes. This isn't a beer that you could drink all night, but I had no problem finishing my glass.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 21:27:37 | More by MasterSki
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2011 02:26:01 | More by AgentZero
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nrbw23

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a bright amberish orange color with just a tiny bit of haze to it. Head is a white foam that becomes a layer of bubbles on top of the brew. Head leaves some really nice layered lacing.

S- Picking a up a ton of citrus, a bit of orange, lemon and ton of grapefruit. A bit of pine and the slightest touch of malt sweetness.

T- Taste is great. Hop citrus everywhere! A bit of pine and a great amount of bitterness.

M- Full in body and carbonation is good. The feel to this beer was great super sticky and almost syrup like.

O- This is a great beer. Seek this one out if you get a chance to make it up there.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2011 20:35:19 | More by nrbw23
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fat Heads.

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark orangish brown color. Provides a small off white foam head with a slight amount of lacing down the side.

S: Ample amounts of citrus and pine hops are most evident on the nose. Small amounts of caramel, bread and biscuit as well.

T: Starts off with ample amounts of pine hop bitterness. The middle and back end produce a nice undertone of caramel and bread malt taste balancing the beer a tad but the pine/citrus are most predominant.

M: Leaves a nice bitter taste on the palate. These beer is medium bodied.

O: Another nice DIPA from Fat Heads. Lots of big hop flavor with a slight undertone of malts. Extremely tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2011 13:56:17 | More by IronCitySteve
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fatheads Hop Juju

Poured into a 12 oz snifter. Bright shiney new copper colored beer, almost neon. Sweet dank nose. Pine, lime citrus and alittle malt sweetness. Some tropical fruit (pineapple,mango) notes go well with a moderate level of bitterness. Good carbonation, light to medium bodied feel. Another awesome Fatheads IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2011 02:49:43 | More by Stinkypuss
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2010 15:27:10 | More by OWSLEY069
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jampics2

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

9-1-2010

Imperial snifter served at the brewpub the day after it was put on tap. Super fresh batch. Looks nice, oranger than headhunter. Some nice head that sticks to the sides. Overall, it's a nice looking beer, very west-coast inspired.

Huge tangerine and pine smells in the nose. In talking to the brewer, he mentioned CTZ hops and simcoe. You can def. pick out the spiciness of the CTZ and the slight cattiness of the simcoe. Pineapple, orange, and grapefruit. Intense and expressive. Just a touch too spicy for me.

The taste is intense and hoppy as hell. The pine and citrus flavors are lush and intense. Very bitter with just a touch of pale sweet malt underneath. This beer isn't messing around.

Medium body with nice carbonation. Overall, I liked this beer but it is ruinous and very, very brash. Not a lover, certainly a fighter. This beer will knock out your tastebuds, but it's worth getting in the ring.

Edit - the first bottled batch, released 2-2014 is much more refined, less brash, and pretty much the best beer these guys have ever made. Updated smell and taste to 5's!

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2010 21:37:37 | More by jampics2
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Cleveland location. The menu notes: Double IPA brewed with incredible amounts of hops giving this beer supernatural hops aroma, flavor, and bitterness.

The beer is kind of dark copper color, mostly clear with a little haze, and a wet looking white foam. Lots of lacing on the glass as the glass emptied. The aroma was all citrus hops, grapefruit and lemon, really mouthwatering. This is exactly the approach I like to see with a DIPA, some go too far with malt balance but not Hop JuJu. The taste was no disappointment either, The hops citrus flavors come through in a big way, and here the malts showed up a little more than in the aroma. The initial tastes are sweet but with a strong bitter edge in the aftertaste.

Full bodied and filling, a strong mouthfeel to complement the strong flavors. This is another great IPA from Fat Heads, a brewery that makes nothing but good beers. This microbrewery should consider bottling.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2010 10:53:37 | More by TurdFurgison
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this at Fatheads in Pittsburgh on tap, the only place you can get this stuff. Pours a deep amber orange, no carbonation, thin light lacing around the top of the glass.

Smell is Tart grapefruit, orange, light malt sweetness, and some pepper. Smells a little acidic in the hop department, almost dank in nature.

Taste is surprisingly much BETTER than expected. Has a HUGE grapefruit presence, slight malt sweetness on the palette, a little peppery, orange citrus, but the grapefruit bitterness definately dominates. Has a mild sweetness up front before the bitterness immediately takes over and slams the malts into submission. The malts do linger underneath to keep things in check, but definately plays a back seat to the bitterness. As a side note, I definitely dig the flavor of this private label D-IPA.

Mouthfeel is smooth, finishes dry, medium to full body, and leaves a metallic orange citrus coating in the mouth with a modest warming in the throat from the ABV.

Drinkability runs very, very high. Fatheads hit a home run with this recipe. Hey, can you bottle this stuff? This is an absolutely fabulous beer. I bought a growler to take home and if I had easier access to this, I'd keep it in my fdridge as long as they had it on tap. Very well done and a definite surprise. Nice job.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2010 06:22:47 | More by jzeilinger
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft last night at Fat Heads in Pittsburgh. Joe is the best bartender there and we also mixed this with Head hunter to create quite an awesome IPA.

A-copper color with a thin white head that lingers for a moment and leaves a light lacing.

S-big nose of tropical fruits and floral aromas. Grapefruit, apricot and some citrus make up the fruits with a light hint of pine to back up all the sweetness.

T-follows the nose and is quite big! the grapefruit and apricot dominate with a touch of citrus bringing up the font of the flavor. a resigny pine comes in next with lots of bitterness coming in at the finish.

M-medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. it is syrupy but extremely smooth and it coats the mouth as it goes down.

D-extremely easy drinking hiding the alcohol very well. solid DIPA and will have to go back to grab a growler.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2010 00:42:16 | More by cpetrone84
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well another phenomenal Fat Head effort at the Double IPA festival.

Looks like a Pliny clone, its light in appearance. That is the only thing it is "light" in. Massive grapefruit hop aromas. The best. Taste is more of the same, but without any heavy malt bill, or feeling of unbalanced bitterness. Bitterness subsides before its even there. Delicious.

Mouthfeel, relatively straightforward, there is no evolution here, which is good, because its phenomenal from the first waft. Could drink this all day.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2010 17:06:47 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Hop JuJu Imperial IPA from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
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