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

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Hop JuJu Imperial IPAHop JuJu Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
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Reviews: 168
Hads: 1,515
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 2.7%
Wants: 466
Gots: 237 | FT: 10
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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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Photo of hosehead83
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a stubby 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Golden apricot in color, with a rather short cap of off-white foam.
Aroma-Big heady whiff of piney, resinous hops
Taste-Upfront sweet malt, quickly counter balanced by a big dose of piney resin-infused hops, leading to a rather dank finish. Nice drinkability for the strength. Well-balanced and tasty. (363 characters)

Photo of RobbDogg
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great beer enjoyed with good company. Medium amber with a thin head. Nice fruity nose, which translates to the initial taste. Mango, grapefruit and a touch of pine. A reasonable bitter dry finish. Overall a very drinkable beer with plenty going on. (250 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thank you Nick. Pours a clear medium amber with a thin white head that settles to a foamy cap. Good lacing. Subtle aromas of tropical fruit and citrus with sweet malt notes. The taste reveals what the aroma hinted at - mango, pineapple, grapefruit up front with a bitter pine resin kick on the back end. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink. Overall, a top ten DIPA if I've ever had one. (418 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle to tulip glass, no bottle date

A- pours a hazy but bright golden-orange color with a two-finger creamy and frothy white head that retains long after the pour, eventually leaving some thick patches of lace behind upon settling

S- lots of tropical fruity hop aromas up front with notes of pineapple, mango, guava, melon and grapefruit juice. Piney resin kicks in, followed by an underlying malty sweetness that gives a slightly doughy bready notes on the back end, finishes with a hint of fresh mint leaf

T- blast of tropical fruity hops hits the palate up front with flavors of pineapple and guava, raw piney resiny flavors kick in mid-palate with notes of fresh cut grass and mint. Sweet and bready malt underlies, adding just a hint of alcohol, leading to a fruity finish with citrusy hops dominating the palate

M- medium body and medium prickly carbonation leads to a chewy and creamy mouthfeel with a silky smooth finish, just a touch of alcohol warmth on the linger

O- Head Hunter is one of my favorite IPA's, and this just became one of my favorite DIPA's. So many complex hop flavors, yet surprisingly drinkable, maybe too drinkable. Will definitely seek out again. (1,184 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured this beer into a glass, it has a dark orange color body with a foamy, sticky head. The aroma is grapefruit and skunk hops. The taste just blasts off of pine and citrus hops, it also has a slight bitterness on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is great and leaves a hoppy after taste. Overall it is one of the best dipa I have had. (339 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange. Small white head. Leggy with some sticky lacing. Wispy surface.

Smell - Grapefruit and herbal hops. Smells kinda dank. Deep caramel.

Taste - Brighter hop flavor. Orange hops. A little herbal, but much less. Builds into a grapefruit bitterness. Caramel maltiness, but not too sweet.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, pushing medium heavy for a DIPA. Bitterness balances the residual sugars.

Overall - I wasn't blown away until I finished my pour and realized I had drank the whole thing before finishing my review. Greater than the sum of its parts. (607 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1783rd Review on BA
Bottle to Speiglau Tulip
12oz

Thanks to Reaser and Hodge for this one

App- This was more of a base looking IPA. Orange and yellows and a bit of caramel brown. A small 1 finger head that faded quickly and didn't leave too much lace.

Smell- This was a nice smelling IPA. A good balance was struck between the hops and a small amount of pine and malt. More like a west coast beer IMO. I liked the tropical notes and sweet I got.

Taste- I enjoyed this one. Can see why an award winner. A balance of sweet and tasty fruited hops with some mango, orange and tangerine with some bitter balance to it.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a fairly solid carbonation behind it. The fruits remain with a little bit of pine/resin and alcohol.

Drink- I've been pretty surprised and happy with the fat heads brews I have had. This was no exception. Would like a couple more of these. (893 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.71/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a re-assessment because the first time I had this I was sick.

A - I love the murky, dark orange appearance. Sticky lacing and head quickly disappeared into a thin halo.
S - The floral hops mix with the pine scents to produce a pleasant aroma.
T - Just when you thought that you were going to get slapped by a cocky fat head, this brew steps aside and shows some respect. It isn't overpowering, it is balanced and full of flavor. It has a laid back piney, citrusy taste with a very light malt backbone. I sense a hint of alcohol.
M - It sits well in the mouth. Light, medium dense carbonation that fills the mouth.
O - This is almost a masterpiece, something is missing. I wouldn't consider this a 99 on BA. The mouthfeel and smell are lacking, and the taste is missing something intricate. I will say, it is definitely a contender.

This almost reminds me of Double Jack, except it is missing the ultra smooth ending, is not as balanced, and is sweeter. I would drink this again if available.

Update - This year's batch is spectacular...(2015) (1,055 characters)

Photo of bman13
4.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought a 12 oz bottle at world market.

Smell - Dank as hell, tropical citrus (mangoes, passion fruit, guava) with a side of pine. Absolutely phenomenal nose.

Taste - Malt gives this a great body for the rush of juicy fruit that comes in after and ends in a soft resiny sweet.

Mouthfeel - Almost heavy-bodied with low carbonation. resiny pine. Big beer with malt heat but super drinkable.

L - mostly amber colored with an orange tinge to it. Some white head with a bunch of lacing going on .

T - citrusy hoppy goodness. Very tropical as well as an undertone of semi-sweet malt on the finish. Simply put, perfect for a double IPA.

M - medium to full bodied. Extremely drinkabe for the 9% alcohol .no leftover alcohol feeling with this beer. Tastes as if it could be a 5 or 6% beer. Some soapy feeling but in a good way. This is my new favorite IPA.

O - my favorite new DIPA. tastes tropical and hoppy and semi sweet malt all in one. YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS BEER. it is simply phenomenal. (991 characters)

Photo of neurobot01
4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Straight from a bottle, date indecipherable. Lots of tropical hops, and lots of sweetness. Doesn't strike me as overwhelmingly malty in its sweetness (which, for me, is good—brews like 90 Minute or even Maharaja tilt too much toward malt for my taste). Honestly, feels like it belongs more in the company of Undercover Investigation Shut-down or Bigfoot than your average IIPA—but then again, I'm more of a West Coast IPA guy, so fans of East Coast style might find this more familiar. Either way, pretty tasty. (515 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.97/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon - Hop JuJu Imperial IPA, poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a hazy orange amber with a great soapy head that retains well and leaves tons of lacing.

Smell - Dank as hell, tropical citrus (mangoes, passion fruit, guava) with a side of pine. Absolutely phenomenal nose.

Taste - Malt gives this a great body for the rush of juicy fruit that comes in after and ends in a soft resiny sweet.

Mouthfeel - Almost heavy-bodied with low carbonation. Rests a resiny pine. Big beer with malt heat but super drinkable.

Overall - Wow, I can honestly say I haven't been this blown away by a DIPA in a long time. What a great surprise and what an excellently crafted brew. 100% recommend this stellar DIPA. (735 characters)

Photo of JackTse
5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I live in California. There is no reason why I have any prejudice for or against this beer. It's a matter of tasting it and providing a review.

This beer exceeded my expectations.

A - Beautiful golden amber on the dark side hinting at the alcohol content and flavor.

S - Before I tool a sip, I was greeted by outgoing tropical aromas. Sweet mango, apple, plum, citrus just pulling me in...

T - Deep tropical flavors that tasted fresh and sweet on my palette. It challenges on the front with sweet and tropical and on the back with a light syrup malt and fleeting bitter. This boys and girls is how a balanced Imperial IPA beer should taste.

M - Light syrup. It was enough to linger in your mouth but not thick like a triple can be. It was not as carbonated as usual but I think this was a positive. I noticed it but did not hate it.

O - This is a World Class beer. Drink it and you will see.

This met all my qualifications on what I consider a great beer. I would not change any part of it. (997 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle graciously provided by the people at The Daily Growler in Upper Arlington, OH. Poured into my Abandon Brewing snifter.

Pours a hazy, golden orange color, with a 1.5 inch head, and small streaks of lacing down the glass.

Heavy hop aroma and taste here- not much difference between the two. Tons of tropical and citrus flavors, pretty sweet, undercut by pleasant but not overpowering bitterness. Orange, tangerine, peach, apricot, grapefruit, and pineapple are all noted. Just amazing. Not much malt noted.

Medium bodied, starts sweet, finishes bitter and dry. Crips, low but effective carbonation.

Second beer from Fat Head's- they are certainly a great brewery. (673 characters)

Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/13/14

I have to say if this beer wasnt nearly 2 months old i think it would get a 5 across the board...what a treat, even at this age...definitely need to seek this one out super fresh to see the difference...if you like piney east coast ipa, this is for you! (270 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.96/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Head quickly recedes to a collar. Body is light amber color. Small lacing around.

Green, trees. Almost get a honey smell in this.

Sweet to hop bitter goes from 0 to 60 in .9seconds. Big bitterness on the tail end of each pull. Would guess this one at 9.5%, booze apparent.

Mouthfeel borders on syrupy, low carbonation.

Bitterness was almost distracting but otherwise a solid DIPA from Fat Heads. Thanks for the try dannyfayy! (429 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.92/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: a deep reddish orange color. good clarity and a small white head that fades to just about nothing

Smell: lots of hops, mostly resiny and pine. subtler notes of citrus and spicy. there is some good sweetness to it.

Taste: opens up with a wide variety of hops. again lots of resin and pine. turns an almost juicy tropical hop before going to bitter citrus. great hop flavors but a bit too resinous for me

Mouthfeel: good medium body. some sweetness but huge lingering bitterness wins out in the end.

Overall: a good IIPA. fat heads seems to do good things with the hops but never quite hit it for me. Id prefer a little less resin and just a bit more juiciness. (675 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle acquired in a trade with mps
Bottled on: 03/06/14
Served in a snifter

Dark, hazy, glowing amber appearance. The beer was topped by a super creamy and bubbly, two-finger tall, off-white crown. The head slowly dropped to a thick, frothy cap. Patchy streaks of drippy lacing coated the glass.

The aroma was really hoppy and complex. Intense orange peel notes were immediately apparent. There was a strong, dank, weed-like presence as well. Lots of rich, caramel malt sweetness. Hint of grapefruit. Tropical fruits came through as the beer warmed. Guava and mango were detectible.

The flavor profile was solid but a bit more simplistic than the aroma. Citrusy hop notes hit hard right off the bat. The hops melded with rich, sweet, caramel malts on the front end. Loads of candied orange peel and juicy tangerine flavors came through as well. Intense, piney, resiny notes were also noticeable. A mix of pinesap and white grapefruit carried into the finish. Moderately pithy and bitter, with the bitterness lingering long after every sip.

The mouthfeel was a bit of a letdown. It was somewhat thin for the style. The liquid contained a soft, mellow carbonation that turned somewhat smooth and creamy on the palate.

Hop JuJu Imperial IPA is a tasty, balanced and overall enjoyable offering from the folks at Fat Heads. This is far better than their brutally bitter Head Hunter IPA. (1,411 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Wow. Wow... How can I review this thing when after taking a sip I feel like Olivia Wilde just gave me kissing lessons à la her and Joaquin Phoenix in "Her"? My sweet hell is this sucker just good on all levels. Piney like a thriving redwood, and then just straight smooth like a Kennedy in court.

Yes, Raul would not mind having another. (344 characters)

Photo of schwemjw
4.62/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Slight hazy dark amber hue with hints of orange teasing on the side. the color of sunsets. off white egg shell head hangs around for a little bit.

S: Mouthwateringly juicy tropical fruits. Kiwi, pineapple, ripe mango, blood orange and grapefruit. the slightest touch of sugared strawberry sweetness. Damp pine towards the finish and herb to round it out.

T: After the first sip a dry bitter pine takes hold and doesnt let go. That's when the juicy fruit takes hold. Juicy pineapple, dried orange, citrus peel, morning grapefruit bring wave upon wave of tantalizing flavor to the palate. just a tease of a slightly caramlized malt leads flawlessly into a dry, bitter earth finish. Alot of sticky resin and dry pine.

M: medium to full bodied with not much carbonation. finish leaves dry pine needles in your mouth and it lasts seemingly forever.

O: An absolute standout. Its unbalanced but in a way that works so well. the alcohol sneaks up on you while the flavor just keeps coming. an absolute must try. /95 (1,014 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.61/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to CircusBoy for this one.

Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottled 02/24/14.

Pours a slightly hazy honey colored body with excellent retention. Some nice bittering hops mixed with fresh and juicy hops in the aroma. The flavor is awesome: real hoppy fruit juice, lots of citrus but also other fruit like peaches. Flavor lasts long, bitterness is persistent yet never overpowering. So damn drinkable as well; you would never guess this is close to 10%. Hands down one of the best IPAs have had the pleasure of drinking! (525 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Pours a light orange/amber color with a full 2 finger white head that retains and falls into a collar. Thick webbed lacing clings to my glass.

S - Big Citrus hop aroma that has tons of grapefruit notes, pineapple and orange. A nice sweet honey and bread aroma with hints of caramel round it off.

T - Starts off with the bitter grapefruit with sweetness of pineapple and orange. Nice malt notes of bread, honey, and caramel to beat the bitterness back. The end is mostly bitter pine and grapefruit. It is superb.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a good amount of lingering bitterness.

O - To me this seems like a ramped up Headhunter and I enjoy it very much. I love th unique malt flavor of both Headhunter and Hop Juju; maybe it has something to do with the yeast? (815 characters)

Photo of maxcoinage
4.34/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 12oz bottle dated 2/26/14 into snifter. 2 finger white head left some decent lacing. Sunburst orange. Noticeable sediment
S - loads of grapefruit and citrus notes
T - hops up front balanced with some malty sweetness, citrus fruits, huge bitter finish
M - great carb and body. A bit oily and dry finish
O - great DIPA not for the faint of heart this one is bitter but tasty (379 characters)

Photo of Hendry
4.81/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amber orange pour,slightly cloudy,1 finger of tawny head,spotty lacing.

Aroma is exceptionally juicy and bright: mango,pineapple, and orange mixed with pine and herb.

Taste is also quite juicy, tons of citrus zest and piney resin, slightly sweet and delicious.

Medium bodied, well carbonated, good bitterness, some warming in the throat from the 9% but not really detected in the flavor.

2013 Gold Medal GABF winner, and completely justified. Outstanding Imperial IPA that is well worth trying if you can find it. (517 characters)

Photo of blankenhoney
4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from the 3-6-14 batch. Pours a dark hazy burnt orange with amber tones. The nose is delicious: ripe pineapple, oranges, pine resin, and tropical fruit. Thankfully, taste is not nearly as sweet as I was fearing from the nose. A very refreshing fruitiness quickly gives way to an intense but controlled bitterness, a bitterness that's in line with grapefruit rind but not overpowering.
Aftertaste is dry and bitter with faint traces of caramel; the beer's 100 IBUs definitely make themselves known here. Mouthfeel is fantastic: very juicy, nicely carbed, and almost chewy. Overall, I loved this one. Mouthfeel is where the beer really shines, and the taste has just enough sweet fruit to prevent the bitterness from being overpowering. A really well-balanced beer. (774 characters)

Photo of angelmonster
3.92/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

!2 ozer bottled on 2-21-14

Pours a white, quarter-inch head, body is a translucent orange color. Lots of bubbles rising through out. Lacing was above average and head was thin but hung around awhile.

Smells of a tropical fruit cup, lots of mango, pineapple, guava, and lime. Bits of piney resin meld with some caramel malts. Not much in the alcohol area is detected.

First taste is definitely more malt forward than the aroma leads on. It has characteristics of a heavily hopped barley wine, a thick malt backbone with hits of pine and lime. Wish the hops would pack more of a punch, as they did in the nose. Alcohol is present but for almost 9% it drinks smooth.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Wish head was more present, it seems to have died a bit. Richness and bitterness of beer leaves a slight coating on the roof of the mouth while carbonation stings the tongue.

Overall this was a solid Double Ipa but I was expecting more from it considering its rating/awards. Malts covered up the bitterness too much and the head was abit on the weak side. Would drink it again but wouldn't add it to my top 10 IPA list (1,135 characters)

Hop JuJu Imperial IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
98 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.