Imperial Head Hunter - Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
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Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
4/5 rDev -2.2%
Review from notes taken back in March.
Served in a pint glass, this brew appears a lightly hazed color of orange white whispy lace that sits atop with decent retention. Thin leggy lace sticks to the glassware. A swirl revives a finger of head that lasts.
The aroma of this brew is primarily scents of grapefruit imparted by the hops along with a backing of herbs and a catty aspect. Light fruity alcohol character comes out as the brew warms somewhat from a combination of hops and alcohol. A pleasant backing of toasted malt is evident.
This brew tastes bith catty and herbal from the hops. More tastes reveal flavors that are grassy and spiced somewhat like pepper. The alcohol is fairly evident in this brew in both taste and warmth but it is not overpowering, it mingles well with the rest of the flavors. The malt provides a taste that is toasted without much residual sweetness that really let's the hops be the star of this offering. The warmer this brew gets, the more dank it becomes.
This is a medium bodied brew with a light feel and a matching light level of carbonation. It is a nice spicy take on the style that showcases more depth of flavor than just brutal bitterness. The alcohol incorporation is right in line with what you would expect for 9%. It is pleasantly warming and worth giving a try.
06-16-2011 17:11:22 | More by stakem
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
On tap at Fat Heads. Served in a pint glass for around $5. I had this the first day it was tapped after hearing about it for weeks. While a great beer, the imperial aspect made this a bit less exceptional than Head Hunter, probably because Head Hunter drinks like someone crammed all the imperial flavors they could fit into a 7% brew.
Things start off well enough, with an attractive appearance noted. The beer is orange with some touches of gold around the edges. It has a small white head with very light lace. The beer isn't cloudy at all - it's clear with noticeable carbonation. While the color and clarity were great, the head was lacking.
As I put my nose in the glass, I'm reminded why I love the blend of hops Matt uses in this and the non-imperial version. CTZ, Simcoe and Centennial make the perfect blend. There are huge citrus, green onion, orange, pine and grapefruit notes. There's no booze but a touch of sugar, and no malt is present. The "hugeness" of "regular" Head Hunter has scaled well, but this just falls short due to the hop aromas being just a touch less than dialed in.
The taste is equally sublime, but also just a hair short of perfection. There are huge mango notes, as well as a plethora of orange, pine and grapefruit. The hops come across as lush with the trademark simcoe cattiness showing up half-way through. There's no real malt presence but just enough viscosity and a touch of sweetness to try to balance. That's like paper handcuffs on King Kong, as the beer finishes with a moderately devastating grapefruit rind aftertaste. If there were a touch more depth, finesse and a bit less of a harsh finish, this would be up there with the top of the crop.
Surprisingly, I felt the mouthfeel was the best part of this beer. The malt was light, just north of water, but never syrupy or sticky. Combine that with a perfect amount of carbonation and you get a flawless feel. Overall, this beer is good - very good - but just doesn't shimmer in the field of great DIPA's the way Head Hunter decimates IPA's. I liked this more than Hop Juju, but less than OG Head Hunter. Still, I appreciate the effort in letting this big dog out of the cage.
04-20-2011 14:18:00 | More by jampics2
4.8/5 rDev +17.4%
Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, citrus, mango, and pineapple. In the taste, HOPS! Citrus and mango, with an ending of pine hops. A hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry orange citrus hop aftertaste. Head Hunter but better, big hops and hides the alcohol, and very west coast like.
04-05-2011 19:13:03 | More by OWSLEY069
3.68/5 rDev -10%
A - Pours an orange amber color with minimal carbonation and a thin, white lacing around the top of the snifter.
S - Big tropical fruit nose...in fact, a big, overripe tropical fruit nose leaning towards the pungent side. (very nice)
T - This is an interesting beer because I'm not getting all the nuances associated with what my nose was detecting. In fact, the malt bill is forward with a spicey, peppery, herbal, vegetable garlic/onion-like presence. The malts vs. hops is somewhat balanced but the nod goes towards the malt side (which is surprising, considering the HeadHunter is such a hop bomb. The finish is spicey first, then piney secondly. Unlike the other reviews, for what I'm experiencing in this particular glass, I'd have to say this is the closest thing I've ever had to Oscar Blues Gubna. Maybe it's an older keg, the citrus goodness is there but it's overcome with a spicey malt and vegetables that make it "Gubna-esque".
M - Full bodied and thick for an Imperial IPA.
O - Honestly, it taste along the same lines as Gubna (for me) and Gubna seems to be a hit or miss beer with many. I can see where it could be a love/hate thing with people. Me? I rather enjoy this beer but the regular Head Hunter is far better.
04-01-2011 04:50:13 | More by jzeilinger
3.13/5 rDev -23.5%
Imperial Head Hunter has a dark orange body and a slim, light tan head that leaves a spot or two of lacing behind.
The aroma has lots of fruit in it, with pineapple, grapefruit and orange. A little bit of pine, a good bit of bitterness, and some caramel sweetness also come through.
The hops kick in immediately, with tons of bitterness and mouth-twisting fruit sweetness. Loads of grapefruit and orange are sharp and powerful, following by lots of bitterness and pine. The two come together to form a slight pine-sol type of flavor, but not quite as powerful or unpleasant as I have encountered in other IIPAs. The make comes in next to provide some backbone, and it adds quite a bit of caramel and biscuit sweetness. A noticeable wave of warmth and a bit of alcohol.
Low on carbonation, big in body.
I love the normal Head Hunter IPA, so I was excited to try this one. It is a bit of a disappointment. The hops come off as a little bit messy, and a little too sharp. The malt is just a touch too sweet, and its size makes this one seem really boozy. Order the normal head hunter!
03-26-2011 16:40:11 | More by Hojaminbag
3.28/5 rDev -19.8%
Going a little bit out of order on my notes here but oh well. Had on tap at Fat Head's North Olmstead. Served in a snifter, nice.
A- Not much in the way of a head, but my snifter was filled to the brim. I guess you cant get away from that practice no matter where you go. Anyway, there was still a tiny film of a head that seemed like it wanted to hang around. Lacing was thin. The beer has decent clarity, but it occupies an area somewhere between hazy and clear. Nice, lighter orange color.
S- The aroma is the best part of this beer. Undoubtedly hoppy. Citrus is the name of the game, that an alcohol. Perhaps the alcohol ruins the lusciousness that could have been.
T- Indeed, alcohol has a sharp presence here. It hacks away at the juicy citrus hops. I'm still getting plenty of mango, pineapple and grapefruit but its just a bit too harsh.
D- I liked this alright, but I expected more. Drinkability is lower, mostly because of the strong booziness.
03-16-2011 06:54:39 | More by MbpBugeye
3.95/5 rDev -3.4%
Had on tap at Fat Heads...
A- Pours a orange amber color. One finger white head shows light retention. There is some spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.
S- Citrus hops in the front of the beer. Pineapple, orange, grapefruit, and mango come into play throughout the entire beer. Caramel malts play the backbone to the rest of the beer. Alcohol is very much evident in the backing of the beer. Short simple and to the point.
T- Citrus hops in the front of the beer kill the palate right off the bat. Tropical flavors come through the most in the front. Middle of the beer shows a caramel malt base that shines only there and only for a short second. Citrus hops come in the backing once again with hints of bitter hops here and there. Alcohol comes in the backing strong and a little medicinal.
M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Citrus hops in the front of the palate coat everything in a nice hop resin. Caramel malts also show on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly alcohol heat, caramel malts, and a lingering citrus hop. Flavors are balanced for the most part to the style. Citrus hops do come forward a little more than anything else. No off flavors at all except for a light alcohol overtone at times. High alcohol drying on the palate.
D- This beer had some drinkability to it. I finished it actually very quickly. The ABV is high enough to limit the drinking of it but overall you can have a couple snifters before moving onto something else.
03-13-2011 04:04:16 | More by alleykatking
4/5 rDev -2.2%
Had on tap at Fat Heads Pgh.
A: Pours a nice bright orangish amber color. Provides a one finger foam head with some spotty lacing.
S: Ample amounts of grapefruit, pineapple, oranges and pine. There is a small amount of bread or biscuit malt scents.
T: Very bitter when it hits the palate.. Lots of citrus hops hit the palate first. The bready caramel comes through slightly in the middle, giving the beer a little balace. It finishes the same way. Despite the mild malt undertones, this bitter has plenty of hop bitterness.
M: A nice full bodied beer. Leaves the palate with a bitter citrus flavor.
D: A really nice IPA. I really enjoyed this beer but enjoy the balance of the regular Head Hunter more...not that this is bad as I would never turn this beer down.
02-26-2011 16:31:31 | More by IronCitySteve
4.15/5 rDev +1.5%
Had this on 2010-02-21 out of a growler from the Pittsburgh Fat Head's.
A - Clear amber with a 2-finger head with light lacing into a nonic glass.
S - Excellent and strong aromas of pineapple, mango, some pine and a really wonderful hop cone floral as if you are standing next to a fresh hop plant and crushed a cone in your fingers.
T - Very tasty. Reminds me of a dank Bell's Hopslam. The tropical fruits are more subdued than in the smell but in their place are flavors of fresh, juicy citrus, sweet caramel malt, a touch of grain, a hint of clove, some black pepper and a fresh, vegetal hop cone taste with a welcome amount of bitterness. The alcohol is noticeable but integrated. The aftertaste yields some honey and orange sweetness solidly supported by the vegetal hop flavor and bitterness. The two vie for attention. It's a long, cage match with the hop flavors and bitterness eventually coming out on top. Not surprising with the 100 IBUs. Well done.
M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Smooth, resinous and a bit prickly. Doesn't completely dry out like a Pliny the Elder does.
D - Well-worth seeking out. It's a very fine representation of one of my favorite styles. One minor critique is the fresh, green vegetal taste could be dialed back a bit. A fine brew.
02-22-2011 00:19:17 | More by Tucquan
Imperial Head Hunter from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
89 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.