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

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Hop JuJu Imperial IPAHop JuJu Imperial IPA

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Reviews: 172
Hads: 1,604
Avg: 4.42
pDev: 25.79%
Wants: 535
Gots: 256 | FT: 10
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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States | website

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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Reviews: 172 | Hads: 1,604
Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I gave my rating awhile back, but I figured I needed to put the notes on this as well.

2 - 12 oz short Broan bottle with a fantastic green label done is awesome Fathead's fashion. Poured into a Nonic style pint glass.

A - glowing golden light orange colored body that just screams deliciousness. It just looks like it's gushing with flavor. Head isn't massive, but still a grand display and lasts throughout leaving plenty of thin stick rings all around the glass.

S - this smells like a dream. Almost insane like. Juicy fruits wafting all over this aroma. Pineapple, passion fruits, mango, and a big pile of ripe pineapple hug the pine resin hops like lovers on some exotic beach. The malt backbone and big fruit aromas blend so well together and I can't describe this as sweet but it's just so Damn spot on its unbelievable.

T - just a continuation of its great aroma. Pineapple, passion fruit, gushing mango, pineapple, lime, and a hit of pine resin all flowing as one sticking the taste buds with gushing notes of fruitiness and hop oils. It's so ripe and fresh yet just enough dank character to magnificent. Breaded malt lays a superb backbone and Juju is neatly balanced.

M - big bodied but smooth. Thickness is exceptional and texture is out of this world. It's drinkability is scary while it's balance is the stuff of legends. It just cakes the mouth in complex fruitiness and ripe hop notes and never really shifts you into that boozy, bitter feeling.

O - JuJu is so Damn delicious and I recommend it anyone that loves dipa's. This is as good as any beer I've ever had. It's not running close like so many these days, Hop JuJu is running beside the great ones. I sure hope I run across this one again, soon. Fat Heads has a world class double ipa in Hop JuJu

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Photo of rjp217
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date is not legible...

A - Dark orange color with an awesome sticky lace that permeates the glass. Great looker

S - Nothing too special here. I get a malt bomb with some mixed in pine and maybe the slightest of grapefruit

T - Pretty much as the label describes... tropical up front, malt and pines in the middle with a nice bitter finish. Hop profile is difficult to identify. There's a great spectrum of flavors here.

M - Light to medium feel, mild carbonation, smooth off the palate

O - Not quite "World Class" in my humble opinion. This may have to do with the unreadable bottle date. If it's a little older than that explains the malty aroma. That's really the only thing holding this back from being another notch above. Overall, a fine DIPA

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Photo of EMB1960
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I can understand after having this beer why Fat Heads won the gold for this recipe..

Very well blended imperial/DIPA.

Hints of citrus, piney flavors abound with a just right sweetness to a balance the variety of hops used in this recipe.

I found the beer golden in color and slightly cloudy. The beer poured very well with a decent head of foam to release the flavorful aroma.

Mouth feel was medium to full bodied, and satisfying.

Glad I grabbed a 4 pack to bring back with me and share with friends.

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

From notes

Appearance: It has a nice deep golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints dank pine resins, tropical notes (citrus, grapefruit, mango and pineapple) and some sweet caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has loads of bitter pine resins, tropical notes (citrus, grapefruit and pineapple) and some sweet caramelly malts to balance.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of RobbDogg
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of chefhatt
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1783rd Review on BA
Bottle to Speiglau Tulip

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.

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Photo of mabermud
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
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)

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Photo of bman13
4.99/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of JackTse
5/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

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Photo of Duff27
3.96/5  rDev -10.4%
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!

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.92/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of Damian
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of schwemjw
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
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

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Photo of papat444
4.61/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

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Photo of Ri0
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
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?

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Hop JuJu Imperial IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
97 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.