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Hop JuJu Imperial IPA - Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon

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Hop JuJu Imperial IPAHop JuJu Imperial IPA

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919 Ratings
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Ratings: 919
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 301
Gots: 91 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.70% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: AltBock on 09-26-2009)
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Rado, Feb 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

PenguinBeerFan, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of jbaker67
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange color with a medium white head that burns away steadily. Short strings of lacing. Piney hops, citrus and malt in the nose. Medium body with a moderately bitter hops flavor that has grapefruit and pine notes. Sweet malt in the background. The finish is hoppy with a citrus aftertaste.

jbaker67, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of wvsabbath
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan, amber with a 1/2 foamy head, decent lacing.

Smell - Sweet citric fruits, orange, tangerine, lemon, pineapple, grapes. mango, some honey.

Taste - Had this one before on draft at fat heads, pittsburgh, loved it, now time for a bottle. Starts off with smooth, sweet citric fruits. Lots of orange, pineapple and mango with some lemon and added sugars. You get a herbal flavor in each drink. Has a strong pine finish with some alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel - Citric hops nail the tongue, sweeten then bitter it. Palate gets more hops, some sugars and a alcohol bite at the end. Aftertaste is hoppy bitter and dry.

Overall - Excellent beer just as i remembered. It really is a world class dipa. You can add this beer to the mix now with hopslam, dirt wolf, sucks ect. It will come down to what YOU like, and thats all that matters. Still i would take permanent funeral and artic panzer wolf over this but honestly, theres not a bad beer between them.

wvsabbath, Feb 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

mjw1200, Feb 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

BobSacamano12, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of maximum12
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CaptCleveland & fiver29, the best two traders in the Midwest, for sending me bottles of this new brew one day apart. If it's anything like Head Hunter...sign me up. 12 oz. bottle poured lovingly by my underage daughter.

The pour is a clear orange with just enough carbonation to register on the beer scale. My daughter pronounces the smell "weird" which translates into the adult word for "yummy". Nose is ripe pear juice running down my chin, mixed with tropical fruit & backed up by a sugar-water mix.

Hop JuJu is woowoo my poopoo. Bitterness careens out of the gate & bruises the top of the mouth with a full shitwad of whoop-ass. Beneath the whoop are bits & pieces of the smell: most of a tropical island, pear, citrus, lemon, mango. Wears its ABV on its sleeve, actually drinks bigger than its ABV. Drier than Ordos, this sucks the moisture right out of my mouth & leaves it Dust Bowlesque. I could drink this until the rains came back.

Well, hell, this really does live up to its rep. Dry, tasty, complex, bitter, angry. Tasty. Yes, this is one excellent beer that puts a lot of IIPAs to shame. Brewers, take notice. This is how you do it.

maximum12, Feb 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

brother_kenneth, Feb 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

RMoeNay, Feb 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

huddyball, Feb 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

srgj88, Feb 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

phooky, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been waiting to try this beer for a long time, I usually catch every specialty release at Fathead's Pittsburgh but this one has always eluded me. I was thrilled to hear that it won this year's GABF Gold medal, and it beat my favorite 3F's Permanent Funeral out in blind tastings. This sample is super fresh bottled on 2/13/14...I love the packaging and the artwork on the label..."a supernatural beer".

Pours into a Fathead's Head Hunter pint glass glowing orange copper with a big white head filling up past the rim of the glass. Big chunks of sporadic lacing, aromatics hit hard with dank resinous hops everything I love about Head Hunter and then some, this time around there's grapefruit peel, tropical passionfruit notes, hop resins it's like diving into a bale of dried hops...what a great smelling DIPA. That happens to drink as easily as a single IPA.

Let's talk about flavors...layered resins of hop oils take on the palate, bringing lime/grapefruit citrus pith, dank cannabis oils, tropical fruit (think papaya/passionfruit combo), just an unrelenting level of hop bitterness that actually hits the palate in all the right ways! It comes off balanced not sugar coated hops, or caramelized sugars just a depth of malt presence and hop burps come of your nares after a few sips. Truly magnificent DIPA, to make something this drinkable, critics complain about 13.99 a 4 pack it's a bargain with the quality and amount of hops used in this offering. Alcohol definitely has a presence but it doesn't burn, it seems to be balanced into the combination of big malt and extraordinary hop components but be warned this beer is 9% abv and 100 walloping IBUs!

Matt Cole has quickly become a presence in the craft beer world after honing his skills at Rocky River in Ohio, he had a transcending meet up with Glen Benigni (excuse spelling) the founder of Fat Head's Pittsburgh which lead to a brewpub in New Olmstead, Ohio which lead to the production brewery pumping out bottles and very soon cans from Fathead's. The first time I visited Fathead's New Olmstead, it was a couple years ago Matt was loading his vehicle with GABF medals at that time...I am grateful to be close enough and part of the experience and I'm proud to see a somewhat local brewer/franchise gaining such deserved recognition for their talent, hardwork, and passion.

Sorry about the long review that pretty much pays homage to one of my favorite brewers in the world, but the mouthfeel on this beer is perfect with big hop oils gliding across the palate, creamy texture hop layers just so easy going down this beer is truly ridiculous!

Overall, a beer I can't live without now that I've tasted it, it best become part of their rotation if it doesn't we are all going to be let down, but the adds I've seen recently for Fathead's represents that this beer is going to be a standby offering, if not I really hope to see the next release come sooner than later. I wasn't being greedy I plan on sharing, and yes I grabbed the last 11 bottles available at my local! That's how rare this beer is!!!

WVbeergeek, Feb 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

ScottJWing, Feb 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

BradStokley, Feb 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

chippo33, Feb 21, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -43.9%

qazeqaz, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of BrewUSA
4.81/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fat Heads Hop Juju

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 40/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 20/20

Overall 96/100

Massive Hop bomb from Fat Head's. Dank Hops aggressively attack the taste buds instantly, giving way to tropical fruit and a rich creamy malt presence, All of which make it THEE most well balanced DIPA I have ever had. Easily hangs with the big dogs of the DIPA world. I can hardly find a flaw with this beer. The only reason I will rate it '1' less than Heady Topper is the fact that Heady Topper leaves you with an ENORMOUS hop feel in your mouth for what seems like eternity. While this does linger, it doesn't leave that watery/dank mouthfeel that 'Heady' does so well. Outside of that.... The 2nd best IPA I have ever had. Beating out Pliny, as it's much meatier and balanced. Also, much more smooth and drinkable than Dreadnaught. A bit more complex than Hopslam. Can't speak on Permanent Funeral. Over all, Fat Heads CRUSHED it with this 9% bruiser~

BrewUSA, Feb 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

cpuglisi, Feb 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

riemster, Feb 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Curt1, Feb 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

mps, Feb 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

JimmyFlatRock, Feb 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

SixPack6, Feb 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Jeffrey2310, Feb 20, 2014
Hop JuJu Imperial IPA from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
99 out of 100 based on 919 ratings.