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

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Hop JuJu Imperial IPAHop JuJu Imperial IPA
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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: 232 | Ratings: 1,889
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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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours beautiful clear orange, two finger white head fades leaving soapy lace. Fruity tropical citrus aroma. Taste of citrus peel, pine, sweet pineapple hops with light malt backbone. Very clean crisp taste. Finishes with some piney earthy bitterness, mild alcohol coming out in the end. Clean medium slick mouthfeel. This is an outstanding DIPA, reminds me of a juiced up Jai Alai.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A big thanks to Dan for this one. 12oz. bottle (2.10.16) into a pint glass.

Nice, deep, clear dark orange color but doesn't pour much of a head or leave much lace. This one smells like a papaya pooped hop nuggets onto a mango. Huge dank hop and tropical fruit notes. So pulpy! Notes of pine resin, grass and tree sap with a heavy dose of cane sugar, mango and papaya towards the end. This one's almost all malt with a light sprinkle of sappy hop bitterness throughout. Really quenching and easy to drink and the ABV is hidden very well. Dry finish on the palate really brings out the hop bitterness that squeezes the palate.

I'm really impressed by Hop Juju. Thought this one would be good with all the accolades and it really came through as a winner!

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Description: Clear with minimal head, the color is sort of a dark, apple juice or even burnt orange. The aroma is piney, fruity and dank all at once. It's like a pine tree had a beautiful baby with a mango tree. Taste? Man, this is good. Like the smell, this delivers a swirling bouquet of fruit, pine and an underlying dankness. There's a bitter aftertaste and finish but the way these flavors are all balanced is remarkable. For an IPA, it's a bit on the fuller bodied side and carbonation is medium to low.

Suggested food pairing: Hawaiian pizza

If you like this beer then you should also try: Sip of Sunshine

Overall: 4.5 (This beer is very good and I would definitely drink it again) Wow! I expected this to be good and it exceeded expectations. It's not the pure West Coast style IPA that Head Hunter is so I don't know that it's totally fair to compare them, but this one would easily be my favorite. In fact, I'd say this is right up there with any of the more well-known, higher profile IPAs from the West Coast and Northeast. Explosion of smell and taste. Only knock on this is that it isn't brewed more often...

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Photo of brian44556
4.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Bell's Tulip. Bottled 2/6/2016. Super Fresh!

Pours a dull amber with a full white head. Small amounts of lacing coat the glass.

Aromas of grapefruit, pine sap, tropical fruits, come through the nose.

Amazingly balanced hop profile. Super dank, up front with a great juicy resin finish.

Full bodied DIPA, clean, crisp, and perfectly carbonated.

Great West Coast DIPA brewed in the Midwest. Can't get enough.

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Hop JuJu Imperial IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
98 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.