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IBUsive - Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 6.89%

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Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: merc7186 on 02-16-2013)
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Photo of Rifugium


4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the source, which I brought to share at Pin's. Thanks to Tony for the hook-up!

Golden orange color, clear, with a foamy white head that retained well and left strands of lacing on the glass. Dank and resinous in the nose, ripe tropical fruits and some citrus rind. Taste was similar, big hop profile going on, pine, citrus rind, orange marmalade, ripe pineapple, distant pale malt sweetness; lots of hoppiness without being palate-wreckingly bitter. Medium body, easy drinkability. This is how DIPAs should be done.

Serving type: growler

04-16-2014 23:52:04 | More by Rifugium
Photo of jbwimer


4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Grabbed a growler of this while picking up a couple 4-packs of JuJu. Both are great. Trying to decide which one is better.

A- A fairly aggressive pour into a tulip yields about two fingers of off-white head. Fades after a minute or so leaving sticky lacing on the glass. Film on top is constant. Clean, translucent hue of pale gold. Love the look of this beer.

S- Well, scratch my back with a hacksaw... Absolutely monstrous pine and floral notes. Smells like I'm walking through a pine forest. This is awesome. I'm also getting lemon and orange zest, grapefruit, and just enough sweetness from the malt, though the floral/pine aromas dominate. What a bouquet. I want my girlfriend to shower in this stuff. Then I'd be that creepy guy who's always closing his eyes and sniffing.

T- Yup... It's been named IBUsive for a reason. Addictively bitter. Fat Head's loved making dry IPAs and this is no exception. So much pine and resin. Tropical fruits definitely make their presence known with orange, grapefruit, and faint mango. But the bitterness dominates, and it is wonderful. I can't get enough. This drinks way too easily...

M- I think they nailed the mouthfeel. Mid-light carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Really crisp, with just enough of the oily resin from the hops. Really, really well done. Faint warming sensation from the 8% ABV. Love it.

O- It's been decided... I like this one more than JuJu, and JuJu is a great beer. This one simply has better balance and is a lot cleaner on the flavor and aroma. This actually might be the best IPA I've ever had... And I've had some damn good IPAs. Getting more Heady in a couple days, so we'll see. Cheers!

Serving type: growler

02-26-2014 21:43:00 | More by jbwimer
Photo of stakem


4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Catching up on reviews from September. This was freshly released at the Pitt location, served on tap in a snifter. The brew appears a polished clear golden orange with a white cap. Some stringy lace sticks to the glass.

The smell is as tropical as any non-fruited brew I have ever smelled. Floral, resinous with grapefruit juice and some herbs. An absolute fantastic set of aromatics to this.

The taste is dank yet rindy like orange, mandarin and grapefruit juice. Rindy and zesty with pithy bitterness. So much hop flavoring without getting excessively bitter. There is a faint dry malt backing.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. This is a downright crushable, amazing dipa. Even better than the freshest headhunter. This beer absolutely spoiled me, after drinking it, I didnt want anything else, just more IBUsive. I really hope to come across this again, would love to have more.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2013 15:00:37 | More by stakem
Photo of MarriedAtGI


4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Three Floyds, served in a tulip.

A: orange with thick white head, slight haziness
S: tangerine and a hint of mango
T: tangerine, distinctively bitter but not overly so
M: dry IPA with fine carbonation
O: it is like head hunter but with mosaic hops, though less of a bitter edge than head hunter. Great beer.

I wanted to get this at Fat Heads in Pittsburgh last month, and they ran out earlier the same day I was there. Drove an hour and a half to FFF when I saw it on their tap list, waited outside for an hour to get a table, and the beer was definitely worth it. Drinking a second one now.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2013 20:43:30 | More by MarriedAtGI
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.91/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wowcoolman/AndrewK/drewone for sharing this one at GRG1313's tasting.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and floral hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice citrus forward hop presence all around.

Serving type: growler

09-30-2013 23:30:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a perfectly clear, bright copper color. Smells like citrus and other tropical fruits like mango and papaya. In the taste, citrus and pine and a honeyed malt character. Medium bodied ale with a good level of carbonation. Overall this is a damn fine IPA. I would love to get this in six packs.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2013 18:23:49 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of BB1313


4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Fat Head's in N. Olmsted, Ohio

Pours golden with a fluffy eggshell white head that leaves great retention and lacing. The aromas are dank and full of peach and mango. There are also hints of grapefruit and lemon zest as well. Flavors are very bitter. Tons of citrus and pine resin. It's pretty astringent. There are subtle hints of caramel malts, but barely. West-coast vibe going on. Nice use of mosaic hops. As bitter as it is, it's extremely easy to drink. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied; active carbonation making it creamy and smooth.

Another awesome beer from Fat Head's. I've had this before when it debuted and was impressed then as well. It has that signature Fat Head's twist on it. Well done.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2013 17:50:19 | More by BB1313
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District of Columbia

4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On-tap at the Fat Head's Pittsburgh location, served in a typical British-style pint glass, drank 4/9/13 over one hour.

A: 4.5 - golden appearing, fair clarity with slight hop haze, white one finger head lingers for a while eventually dissipating into glass lacing, moderate alcohol legs

S: 4.75 - wow, great tropical fruit aroma from the Mosaic HBC369...mango, papaya, pineapple, melon...reminds me a LOT of the aroma of Lagunitas Sucks

T: 4.75 - very subtle bitterness on the anterior tongue, which really allows the hops and malt complexity to shine through --> pine, resiny, spicy even without dank flavors admixed with subtle biscuity and fruit sweetness; again, this tastes very similar to Sucks

M: 4.75 - moderate body, creamy, moderate carbonation

O: 4.75 - as you can see from my accompanying review of Head Hunter IPA, this drinking session and reviewing process taught me much about what I like and don't like in IPAs; in short, bitter, dry IPAs just don't appeal to my taste buds and olfactory cortex; I am very thankfully that many breweries are now making these more tropical flavored/low IBUs IPAs/DIPAs, and this is an excellent example; it also sparks an interest in using Mosaic ASAP in a homebrew!

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2013 03:09:49 | More by MNishCT77
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4.98/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On Tap at North Olmsted Fat Heads., 7.5% ABV 90 IBU:

A: A crisp/clear amber with a nice head/lacing.

S: An intense tropical hop aroma that smacks you in the nose. Possibly the best smelling beer I have ever come across.

T: Tropical notes (grapefruit, citrus and pine) and as the name suggests, a very bitter bite.

M: A nice bitter burn that that I can't get enough of.

O: This beer holds up to my ideal as an IPA. A nice balance with the 7.5% ABV The beer is brewed with Simcoe, Centennial, Citra and Mosaic hops, and the tropical notes and aroma were intense and delicious.

Since this beer showed up at Fat Heads, I have refilled my growler twice. Next time I visit, I will be taking home some more IBUsive.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2013 22:09:06 | More by HopCraverDave
IBUsive from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
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