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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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Ratings: 1,134
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 409
Gots: 184 | FT: 20
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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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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Amber orange with a very slight haze. Not much of a white head.

S- Super dank and bold in citrus. Very fresh and bold. Strong but in all the right ways.

T- Very strong hop presence at first. A slightly sticky onion flavor but this beer is huge on the citrus. A lot of grapefruit in this one, even has a lot of the puckering bitterness of a real grapefruit. Very much a west coast style. A hint of orange and lemon peel. The malts exist only to allow you to focus on the hops in this beer and thats OK. Any stronger and I might taste alcohol but its not there.

M- Very solid in feel. A strong lingering bitterness but its to be expected.

O- This is a world class DIPA, much like its flagship younger sibling Head Hunter.

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Seanniek91
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku. No freshness date.

Appearance- Clear amber with no head but mild lacing around the rim of the beer.

Smell- Pine and grass with some tangerine and peaches. Nice mix of earthy/floral and fruity.

Taste- Great balance of malts and hops. Caramel, vanilla, peaches, pears, citrus, grassyness, pine. Good balance, But I like Head Hunter more.

Mouthfeel- Pretty full bodied with low-medium carbonation. Resinous and big, but with no heat.

Overall- A good double IPA, but Head Hunter is so much better. It's good, but I just don't see the hype.

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4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance - The poured a copper color with very little head or lacing around the sides of the glass.

Smell - A big grapefruit aroma is present. There is also some earthy grassiness in the background.

Taste - This is what an IPA should taste like. Grapefruit comes to the front and is pleasantly sour. A gentle malty background makes the drinker aware this IPA is well constructed. The sourness of the grapefruit lingers nicely in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - This is my second bottle of Juju and it is completely flat. It has the mouthfeel of a can of coke left out over night. The mouthfeel does not take away from the taste; it just does not feel right. Was there a problem in packing?

Overall - I really like the taste. I would love to try a batch with carbonation.

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4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hop Juju is a clear dark orange color, like crystalized burnt amber. The head is off-white and plenty creamy. It rises to one finger in height and retains about half of that for the duration of the session, leaving good webbing interconnecting the lace.
Let it never be said that Fat Heads is every shy with the hops. This one's big in both aroma and flavor with a mingling of the earthier, more elemental as well as the fresher and brighter. It brings lots of grapefruit peel and pine resin, very floral up front giving way to those elements, some sharp cheese in the middle, with the tang, bite and leathery quality of dried tobacco leaf rounding out an interesting complexity. It's a hop bomb for sure, but some bready malts and caramel add the balance it needs. It also has a lot of heavy dankness in it. Tropical fruits come in and draw out into the finish, where it seems the caramel goes a little buttery as it meets it.
The raw bitterness brings out a certain dryness, but it has a lot evening it out to semi-dry. The crispness bites moderately and for the long-term, while it remains smooth into the lingering, almost herbal finish.

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Photo of lochef81
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a recent fan of hop head's ipa I couldn't wait to try this even higher rated imperial ipa. This ale pours a almost red copper color with a significant slightly off white head that gives way to a slight film and little lacing. The nose is an awesome hoppy bomb with tons of citrus, grass, and pine notes. There is a little malt sweetness for balance but it is very subtle in comparison to all the awesome. This beer is great. Not the best imperial I've ever had but damn close. Wish I could get it in Michigan.

Hop JuJu Imperial IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
99 out of 100 based on 1,134 ratings.