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Hop JuJu Imperial IPA | Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Hop JuJu Imperial IPAHop JuJu Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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.

Added by AltBock on 09-26-2009

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Reviews: 236 | Ratings: 1,933
Photo of Caveworm
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hop JuJu Imperial IPA - Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon. Poured from the bottle into a snifter, this beer's head is two fingers thick, with web-like lacing, and a clear amber body with a very slight reddish hue.

Smells like a smattering of both citrus and pine hops, with a solid malt backbone. Not really picking up on the higher ABV on this alone.

I taste a very pleasing blend of the hops mentioned above, with even a small floral hop note arriving mid-palate. All in all, I'm getting a general "tropical" profile going on that is rather enjoyable and easy-drinking. The higher ABV is very well-masked by the hops.

The mouthfeel I'm getting is medium-light with mild carbonation.


I'll choose to give Hop JuJu Imperial IPA - Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon an overall 4.75. I've had my eye on this brew for a while and am glad to have finally experienced how great it truly is. Definitely give this a go!

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Surprised how much I enjoyed this, given that I've always been underwhelmed by Head Hunter. This one comes with a juicy citrus aroma that smacks you in the face, then follows up on your tongue. Cheers Fat Head!

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Photo of oldn00b
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into IPA glass - nice foamy white head, solid retention, darker amber color with near crystal clear clarity. Minimal lacing.

Nose is big huge DIPA - rather typical but spot on hitting lots of, if not all, the notes. Tropical, juicy, citrusy, piney, oniony...

Flavor follows and is a great mix of just huge crushing hops. I like this - I love this really. It's not one note, it's not a mishmash. It's huge and delicious. Its closest analog to me is Stone's Enjoy By. Both are spectacular and hit pretty much exactly the same notes.

Feel is big, brash, drying, and lingers long on the bitter as the juice fades away. Would definitely love to have more.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz growler purchased at Trenton Road Take Out in Levittown, PA.
Poured into a stemmed tulip.

Appearance
Gold with a short white head. Good clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Peach, pineapple, papaya, candied orange, passion fruit, dank, wintergreen, and honey.

Taste
Grapefruit pith, dank, wintergreen, and pine sap. Honey and caramel. Musky mango, overripe papaya, and candied orange. Hints of peach and passion fruit. Finishes with pine needles and bright florals.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, juicy, and semi-dry with a medium-light bitterness.

Overall
Yeah. That's a mighty fine DIPA.

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Photo of Mounty4Life
4.98/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

love headhunter and when i got to try this for the first time, i was blown away! big dank nose followed up with juicy piney and dry hop taste that is out of this world. this beer will get you in trouble!

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Photo of West08
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For me tbis beer is as good as it gets. It's so juicy and fruity. Tons of flavor that just keeps coming. Perfection!!!!! If you can get your hands on tbis beer do so. You won't be let down.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright golden body. Well made beer. Juicy citrus nose. Citrus juice/zest right away in the flavor followed by a blast of bitterness and some alcohol burn. Really tasty but you know it is 9%.

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Photo of pkalix
4.09/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

finally got a Hop JUJU!!!! can only compare it to other higher-abv-ed IPAs but i have to say it is nowhere near the Hopslam or Pliny Younger. love Fat Heads but this version is not comparable, in my opinion.... i mean, it's not bad.... but i was expecting more, i guess.....

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Photo of Ross_Bend_Brewing
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The tropical aroma, light maltiness and mild bite from the boil hops is all very balanced. The alcohol takes a back seat to the wonderful hops flavor and aroma. One of the best IIPAs on the market. Too bad it is only available in February. Cheers!

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.69/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours coppery gold, with a large fluffy white head
S- Pine, tropical fruits, hop resin
T- Dank hops dominate, followed by a very juicy hop resin, although it doesn't stick to the tongue and linger.
F-Full body, crisp and finishes clean, moderate carbonation, very drinkable considering the ABV and IBUs.
O-This is one that lives up to the hype. Excellent DIPA all around.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle dated 2/22/16 poured into a DFH chalice L: clear tangerine color poured a finger of head that slowly dissipated with sticky lacing and heavy alcohol legs S: strong onion/cat urine aroma up front with a mild piney and sweet citrus finish T: wonderful balance of bitter hop resin and sweet sugary citrus with a slight onion dankness M: creamy and powdery, the softest DIPA I've ever had O: it's unfortunate that this is a seasonal limited release

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Photo of Dopen993
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into tulip. 12/8/16

L. Copper orange in color with the lightest of hazes. 1 finger head with average lacing.
S. Candied oranges and mango. Light malty sweetness.
T. This beer is smooth as hell. For 100 ibus and 9%, it is extremely well balanced and very easy to drink. Upfront, it is all tropical fruit. A slight biterness on the finish that lingers till the next sip, but very light.
F. Medium mouthfeel and nice carbonation.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look - golden clear color with slight head that goes away quick.
smell - tropical fruit, maybe mango, grapefruit scents. piney and resin. Smells strong!
taste - well balanced but still bitter. lots of citrus and some pine.
feel - medium body and carbonation
Overall - yummy beer but I think the best part about is the smell.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fat Head's Hop Juju is a beer I have been waiting to try for a while now. It won Gold at the Great American Beer Festival in 2013 AND in 2015 for the Imperial India Pale Ale category, which was one of, if not the most crowded category in the entire competition. This 12 oz bottle was bottled on 2/12/16.

The pour is a copper amber color, with excellent clarity and a large, two finger thick tan head that compacts tight, and slowly recedes with time. The lacing is incredible on this. Very sticky...

The aroma is filled with tropical juice notes, and hints at pineapple, honey dew melon, passion fruit, ripe strawberry, white peach and sage. There is even a little garlic after it warms a bit.

The balance of this beer is impressive. There is a bitter, resinous finish which coats the mouth with hop oils, and that helps keep the honey-like fruity malt flavor in check. There are a ton of flavors here that work well together, with hints of tropical fruits, honey, pine, melon. The carbonation is perfect, (slightly sharp, more effervescent but not like a Belgian ale) helping to keep this heavy hitter moving along across the palate, and making this beer dangerously drinkable.

I'm very impressed by Fat Heads right now. They really created something that rivals the best IPA's in the world. The beer is drinkable, well-balanced, delicious, and insanely aromatic. I can't even imagine what could be possible with a food pairing for this beer.

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Photo of CTpilgrim
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got this in a trade. I'm in New England and have a bias toward the cloudy juice bombs that we have access to. When I first opened the bottle I was blown away by the aroma. It is super tropical with almost a candy scent to it. I poured it into my treehouse tulip and the appearance is absolutely beautiful, deep gold with a finger white head and good lacing. The taste follows the nose with tropical fruits and just a hint of pine resin on the back end. Mouthfeel is slick and oily like a dipa should be. Overall this beer is simply outstanding and ranks right up there with any of the great ipas out there. I wish we could get this regularly here where I live. Very well done!

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle.

A: Big danky piney, citrusy, tropical hops upfront, light malt sweetness and a bit of alcohol

A: light orange/yellow color, totally clear with a white head of bubbles that has decent retention. Lots of lacing in the glass.

T: Lots of piney/citrusy/tropical hops upfront, moderately light malt sweetness with a surprisingly juicy finish. There is a moderately light hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Bit of alcoholic warmth is noticeable on the finish

O: The hops are always the star when it comes to DIPAs and Fat Heads doesn’t disappoint. This was one of the first IPAs that have a juicy finish. While I now tend to drink beers with less piney hops, this one is still pretty tasty!

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Clear golden/copper type color
Smell - DANK! pine, hop resin, grapefruit, pineapple
Taste - Follows the nose. Grapefruit, dank, fresh hops, pine

Overall - An absolute hop assault! Dank and pungent. Fat Heads is great!

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Photo of trygelski1
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle that was bottled on 2/10/16 poured into tulip glass:

Look: Pours a clear orange/amber color with about an inch of head with nice lacing present.

Smell: Citrus, grapefruit, pine, tropical fruits.

Taste: Dank awesomeness! Super fresh with plenty of citrus and pine but not overly bitter and well balanced!

Feel: Medium bodied. Crisp and refreshing!

Overall: One of the best double IPAs I have ever had! Fat Heads can do no wrong with their hoppy beers as every single one I have had has been fantastic. I highly recommend at least picking up a 4 pack of this one if its still available as this brew is highly sought after and sells out quickly!

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Photo of Sad_Larry
4.81/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into a Carton Brewing IPA glass.

Look - Poured a clear amber/bronze color with a 3 finger head, and little to no lacing present.

Smell - Strong tropical fruits (mango, guava, pineapple), pine, and a light hint of citrus.

Taste - Excellent! Tropical fruits with a backdrop of pine and resin.

Mouthfeel - Perfect carbonation and just enough bitterness to not be overwhelming. A very easy beer to drink.

Overall - A truly fantastic imperial IPA. Very easy to drink for 9% ABV. Fruity, piney, and most of all, refreshing.

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Photo of emalc
4.17/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a gorgeous amber-orange. Nose is a blast of catty papaya, with a side of fresh cut grass and pine. The resin comes to the front in the taste, but it doesn't linger unforgivingly on the palate like a 100+ IBU beer can. I've heard people compare this to Pliny (in terms of characteristics), and they're not wrong, but the two beers are more like cousins rather than siblings. The hop profile doesn't strike my personal tastes as squarely as they could, but I get the love for this beer. Well done, Fat Head's!

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Photo of Hootie159
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From bottle. Dark honey color. Good lacing and retention. Smell is best attribute. Wet dank hops. Bitter and assertive. Taste is just good. Bitter and a bit of sweetness from the hops. Nice sticky feel. Strong but not over-carbonated. Very good beer.

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Photo of EJJ1848
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 12oz snifter pours Orange Carmel color
Nose of Tropical hops
Taste of Sticky Pine and Grapefruit with a touch of caramel and booze on the back end,
I think the caramel on the back end doesn't jive with me
Overall very solid beer,

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Photo of Tertullian007
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Thanks to @RayOhioFelton for this one.

Pours a golden hue with minimal to moderate head. Not much lacing.

The nose is like a punch in the face. But a punch in the face from the fist of God after she has been harvesting hops from her garden.

A trinity of Juicy Citrus and Tropical flavors explode in your mouth like the second coming. Or the first. You wonder where the bitterness is hiding behind those 100 IBUs. It never appears.

Thick mouthfeel, but not like the honey thickness we find in the East Coast cans. Minimal carbing.

A delicious smack to the taste buds. Go get some.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle of the fresh 2016 release. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a light caramel-brown body, two finger offwhite head with great retention and splotches of lacing. Smells simply wonderful, with a major grapefruit and citrus overload wafting out of the glass. A dry caramel sweetness, mild grainy cereal. Flavour follows, with a hunk of grapefruit, some lemon zest backed up by caramel sweetness that is nevertheless a bit dry and not enough to balance out the juiciness. Which I'm never going to complain about. It finishes with a zesty bitterness balanced by the sweet caramel. Nicely done. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, finishes slightly dry, substantial body with a bitter zest and sweet caramel combination. Overall, a very tasty double IPA with a lot of grapefruit aromatic hops. Wonderful.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden amber hue with moderate head, little retention. Aroma is just mountains of tropical hops featuring mango, pineapple & grapefruit. Very sweet & inviting. Flavor is as expected, nothing rule-breaking for a high-end IPA with lots of intermingling tropical & citrus notes. Finishes very bitter with pine & grapefruit. Mouthfeel is oily & resinous.

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Hop JuJu Imperial IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
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