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

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Hop JuJu Imperial IPAHop JuJu Imperial IPA

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Ratings: 1,501
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.28%
Wants: 459
Gots: 237 | FT: 12
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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon visit their website
Ohio, United States

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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Ratings: 1,501 | Reviews: 200
Photo of jdcompton2
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very glad to get this from a friend of a friend in Ohio. Look is beautiful in the glass. Smell is great. Taste is very juicy. For an imperial ipa, this is very easy to drink. Smell is a great mixture of pine and citrus. The lingering of pine thru the finish is amazing.

Photo of Pepper7
4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Wow!!!! what a great beer, tropical fruit with a touch of pine

Photo of JohnathanColeman
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer by Fat Heads! Can't wait to get this bad boy again next year!!

Photo of KYGunner
4.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The flavor of this DIPA is heavy on tropical fruits, watermelon, grapefruit, tangerines and oranges. Nice stiff caramel backbone but this finishes with a garlic and chive spiciness that is not my favorite.

Photo of HopBomb515
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber color with some hop haze and a big white head that laces the glass like crazy. Aromas are big and bold bringing tons of tropical notes, light citrus and pine. Taste starts slightly sweety, hoppy tropical notes, mid palate citrus and light pine. Finish is bitter with juicy resinous hop sting. Little sticky on the mouthfeel with a medium body which carries those hoppy resins over the palate. Super juicy DIPA which blends the whole spectrum of hop flavors. I've never had a bad Fat Head beer.

Photo of mothman
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lots of tropical fruit and citrus. Dank and weedy. Pineapple, grapefruit, melon.

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/12/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange zest, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying or astringent bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and sticky/resinous mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible DIPA style. All around outstanding complexity and balance of bright and juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and light-moderate malt flavor; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. An incredibly delicious offering.

Photo of KMachHops
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: 2/09/15 and poured in a tulip glass.
Look: Little head and amber in color.
Smells: Piney and tropical.
Taste: Sweet and lots of piney hops up front. Didn't get much tropical tasteVery subtle malts.
Mouth Feel: Oily but not heavy.
Overall: It similar to some of the west coast IPAs. One that comes to mind is Stone's Enjoy By.

Photo of thegerm87
3.44/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I get why people enjoy this. Smooth, piney, caramelly-sweet, American barlerywine-esque. It's just not for me.

Photo of Roguer
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very clear, active, golden amber brew. Topped by a decent snow-white head, with great retention and leaving nice flat fields of lacing.

Super resinous hoppy aroma! Pine resin, dank notes, pepper, and a touch each of juicy tropical fruits and citrus peel. No malt beyond a light, grainy cracker scent.

Flavor is just as balanced and complex as the aroma: citrus and tropical fruit and peel up front, along with wildflower honey, pine resin, and a bready maltiness (that had eluded me in the aroma); super dank, resinous, and flowery finish with a touch of pepper.

Very slick, active mouthfeel, minor sting, medium bodied, with a fairly long, oily finish. Lasting bitterness, leaving a kiss of citrus peel and herbs along the gums long after the taste has otherwise faded from the tongue. 9% ABV carries some heft, without sacrificing drinkability.

Wow, this is really an impressive brew, reminiscent of PtE in many ways.

Photo of NMA
4.87/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have had this beer before but never this fresh. 12 oz bottle with a date of 02/09/15. What can I say!? It's like drinking a mouth full of tropical fruit with a resin/piney finish. It's simply fantastic...can't wait to deliver some to MD for my brother to try it.

Photo of themaj
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sent as extra. Will Def be seeking out more of these!!!

Photo of gopens44
4.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Thank you very much @FlakyBiscuit for these! Although he has created an addict now....

I find it very difficult to rate this because I have never had this much "gushing" to do. I really don't want to come off as melodramatic or like I am a fanboy, but this one just floored me.

Okay, looked like a beer dream. Clear, golden and just the right amount of bubble swimmers joining the most picture perfect DIPA head I've ever seen. Solid 3/4" of slightly off-cream fluff that lent itself to definition perfect lacing.

The aroma and taste are so similar that they become one thing. Fruity, piney and just the most delicate amount of sweetness to balance out the muted grapefruit bitterness on finish. Wow. I cannot put to words the majesty of the taste this has. I can only describe it as very similar to the fist time I had Hopslam (like 5 years ago maybe?) only without the cloyingly sweet aftertaste. And drinkable? No heat whatsoever and for a big beer, I could just gulp this like water.

I've yet to try Pliny, but based on every other DIPA I have had, this one has no peer.

Photo of greshdoghophead
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Apart from the typical accolades the only critique is that the finish is a tad syrup-py and lingering.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just a delicious IPA. Fairly dank, robust bitterness, juicy, and a swift hop kick in the butt. Wonderful piney and tropical aroma. Complexity abound. Very deserving of its accolades.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: very light amber color with perfect clarity nice head that slowly drops down into a small ring

S: beautiful tangerine rich pine softer lemon and a little spice with some grass

T: such a beautiful mixture between piney and super fruity with a nice spiciness and malty crackery finish

M: fairly light with a little bit of syrupy ness

O: This beer is so good it's an over the top DIPA it's so fruity with a great pine presence and a nice slight spice kick to it. I do advise to drink thus at a touch colder at complete room temp the booze tries to sneak out a little.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: clear deep gold with a couple of fingers of off-white head... left some arms of lace draped down the glass

S: potent hop aromas for juicy citrus running with undercurrents of darker pine...

T: big fat hop blast - tropical, juicy, fruity, bitter, and citric - lots of big flavors from the serious hop action, a string malt backbone threatening to snap under the hop pressure

M: big and juicy, mouthful of feel and flavor, smooth but bitter, lush but crisp - moderate carbonation, lots of subtle bittering, great aftertaste...

O: what a smashing success - a massive DIPA with abig hop profile and a juiciness that will quench any D/IPA lover's thirst - get some...

Photo of LewisJCorcoran
4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Make dogfish head 90 minute taste like trash.

Photo of RAlmeida77
3.05/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hop explosion. Citrus, floral nose, juicy. Piney resin dankness on the palate. Big beer.

Photo of MorpheusIPA
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smooth for a DIPA. Great hops. Delicious!

Photo of BradenMK
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

APPEARANCE (4.5) - A honey amber of perfect clarity with half a hundred tiny, tiny bubbles crawling sleepily toward the top of the glass at any given moment. Upon a measured pour I drew half a finger of foamy, white head in a tight configuration of a myriad of those same infinitesimal bubbles. Clumps of chunky lacing clung to the edges of my tulip as I gulped this beverage down (and I indeed I did crush this magnificent beast maybe a bit too quickly).

SMELL (4.5) - A gorgeous melange of honeyed malts meets pine, orange peel, lemon zest, and green grass. The smell leans more toward the malty side, maybe like an extremely hoppy American Barleywine, but don't let that fool you...

TASTE (4.75) - She starts strong with exotic fruits and a flash of sweetness, has a long caramel malt/orange peel/orange dreamsickle middle, and finishes dry with a bit of green grass, a touch of grapefruit, and a blast of pine. Delicious.

FEEL (5.0) - This is the standard from now on for where a DIPA should be with mouthfeel for me. Big, full, but medium bodied rather than heavy and syrupy; wet and creamy up front, with a drying finish that keeps me coming back to guzzle down some more.

OVERALL (5.0) - This is just the most balanced, most polished DIPA ever to grace my lips. I had it last year, and loved it then, and this year tastes identical. I don't know why it took me this long to review the beer, but let me simply say - Fat Heads, please, never change the recipe for this beer. You nailed it. First try. I have had DIPAs I enjoy more, but they've had imbalances here and there. This is a thoroughbred with no faults and plenty of standout awesomeness. Cheers!

Photo of California2Cleveland
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cleveland is a great beer town, and this is my favorite Cleveland beer.

Photo of azdback
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow!! Fat Heads has hit this out ouf the ballpark!!

Photo of hophead_87
4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic. Easy drinking but doesn't compromise the big hop flavor. Clean finish

Hop JuJu Imperial IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
99 out of 100 based on 1,501 ratings.