Trail Head Pale Ale - Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Trail Head Pale AleTrail Head Pale Ale

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330 Ratings
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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 28
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Stinkypuss on 06-02-2013

Go off the grid and give back some good vibes. Brewed with whole flower Simcoe and Citra hops, Trail Head Pale Ale is a limited edition batch exclusive to Cleveland. A portion of the proceeds from this special beer go directly to the Cleveland Metroparks Trails Fund, which supports the rehabilitation of the park's more than 270 miles of trails. Now grab your gear and take the trail!
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Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from fat heads. Guys must be beer wizards.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Appears a brilliant copper slight ruby hue to it nice caramel malts came to play, with a whole lot of hops.

Aroma bright citrus notes with big tropical fruit hanging around with each sniff including papaya, mango, a bit of passionfruit in there as well. This is well made pale ale, it’s as hoppy as most IPAs but more flavorful with a moderate level of bitterness only 55 IBUs but it’s kickin’ ass.

Flavor has a strong malt presence some nice caramelization, complemented with big expressive hop notes again with the tropical fruit citrus and herbaceous pine notes in the backend. I could drink this in number without effort, glad to also see it on tap in the Burgh...cans can be found at Fat Head’s in the Southside intermittently that’s where I sourced my six pack.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied even carbonation slick oily hop textures on the palate pretty great tasting beer. Full on lingering hop finish, very nice pleasant experience with each sip.

Overall, I’m down with this beer…quintessentially one of the best pale ales I’ve ever had hands down!

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a can-shaped glass. Canned on 10/29/2014.

Great-looking beer right here. Huge frothy, foamy pale white head. It's massive. The body is dark amber with golden hues and crystal clarity. 4.5

Floral and citrusy simultaneously, with neither overpowering the other. Lemony notes and pine are there too. A biscuity malt presence is in the mix too. It all works pretty well together.

Lemony citrus notes lead on the palate before giving way to the biscuity malt which then leads to a resinous finish. There's a sweet fruity quality underneath the more prominent tastes just mentioned, giving this an impressive medley of flavors. Very well done. 4.25

This beer is potently bitter, creamy and and medium-bodied with a good malt presence. Carbonation is bubbly and colorful and almost has just the right touch. 4.25

Excellent brew. Quite an aggressive pale ale, but it hits all the right notes.

Photo of SomethingClever
4/5  rDev -2.2%

A: I always pour light so no real head and what there was dissipated quickly, by looks the dark nature of the beer leads you to think this is a resin bomb or it's malty because of it's darker coloring.

S: you get a little bit of fruit and a touch of flower it really doesn't have a super complex smell

T: this beer lets you know it's business up front it's fruity and you can taste the oily hop taste slightly bitter through out and finishes bitter.

M: feel is pretty balanced not too thick not super light and a very slight dryness this beer doesn't really coat your tongue but you can feel it on the edges afterwards

O: I was really looking for this beer to be a fruity citrus explosion while you do get the light fruit taste up front the beer just seems to lack character to me. Although it is an APA so what do I know. Definitely drink it again seek it out probably not

Photo of Roguer
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark copper brew for a pale ale, hazy and translucent, topped with a sizable flat white head. Retention is good, leaving behind tons of lacing.

Lots of citrus, pine, and brown sugar caramel in the aroma, matched with some pale biscuit and flowers. Very juicy: orange pulp and grapefruit peel.

Flavor is about what one would expect, although a little less hoppy and bitter (appropriate for an APA, but still a little surprising given the strong hop aroma). Slightly sweet, dancing between biscuit and caramel, with some flat, powdery bread giving a nice strong base. Hops are well represented in the flavors of the nose: grapefruit peel, citrus juice, wildflower honey, and pine resin. Fairly bitter, but nicely balanced.

Long resinous finish; the hops leave you smacking your gums for quite a while. Drinkable, slightly syrupy body.

This is a very solid APA. It's hoppy, sweet, balanced, and drinkable.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wife brought this gem home from a recent visit to Ohio. The beer poured a cloudy copper with thin white head that laced. The scent was mostly malt with hints of subtle pine. The taste was decent balance between malt and bitter hops....orange peel was present throughout. The mouthfeel medium body with good carbonation. Overall a solid sessionable Pale Ale.

Photo of Evahflow
4.5/5  rDev +10%

A: Dark Copper, thick white head that hangs around

S: Immediately you know citra is in this. Big burst of Mango, Guava, Tangelo, Pine and Biscuity backbone.

T: Simcoe with a capital S. You get that dank pine upfront, Berries, there are berries folks, Orange pulp, Tropical fruit fusion, Caramel biscuitness.

M: Medium carb, its substantial in your mouth. They aren't hitting you with just some 2 row and an adjunct. There is a maltiness to it that is in the kitchen with you dancing while you are getting dinner ready but you never step on its toes, but its presence is known if not felt. Nice bitterness that lets you know it's real.

O: Fat Heads does it again. This is not a pale ale, step off with that. Hold your tongue. This is a straight up IPA and it's a Damn good one. Simcoe and Citra are in the spotlight while the Malt backbone plays the piano. Get this if you Can

Photo of KYGunner
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This poured a bronze to light copper with a dense highly retentive white head.

The scent was all hops with bountiful floral and citrus aromas. I caught gragefruit, lemon, pine needle, cannabis and resin.

Pale Ale my ass! This has so much hop character that it revivals any DIPA. I actually get no malt character at all but grapefruit, tangerines, lemon, pine, leafy cannabis and floral hop cone.

The feel is a tad too astringent and leaves a resinous metallic aftertaste. Otherwise, it moves smoothly across the palate and is easy through and through.

Photo of puboflyons
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 07/08/14 so this is pretty fresh. Sampled on July 25, 2014. Received in trades from a non BA member.

There is an amber-copper pour leading up to a full off-white head and a touch of haziness.

The breaded malts are picked up in the aroma quickly but they are abruptly overtaken by the resiny, earthy hop sensations.

Medium to heavy body.

Again, I pick up a brief homage to roasted malts but the powerful hops roar in like an express train and overtake it all...leaving a long lasting bitterness at the end.

Photo of BrewUSA
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Fat Heads Trail Head

Look 8/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 10/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 91/100

Really nice pale that really drinks more like an IPA, has a nice malt back one too. Def hop forward and at 6.3 it has a fair amount of bite (for a pale) it really packs a decant hop wallop and has and exceptionally smooth feel and consistency. I'm drinking it less than 10 days old, So it's rather fresh. I could imagine it may fade with age. Still would be good I imagine...

Final Verdict: Real hop heavy and smooth pale worth seeking out~

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Bob's Bar in Columbus, OH.

Pours a dark orange/amber color, with a 1.5 inch head, and some good lacing down the glass.

Smells quite hoppy, with some pine needles and sap, some grapefruit.

Lots of orange and mango on the palate, slammed with some intense pine bitterness. Lots of lingering bitterness for a simple pale ale. A little bit of caramel malt flavor is drowned out by nice intense hop flavor.

Medium bodied, very drinkable despite the amount of hops. Crisp and dry mouthfeel.

An excellent beer, and my first from this brewery.

Photo of buschbeer
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 FL. OZ. can
Served in a tulip glass
Wet hopped 9/16/14

L - This beer is amber with golden highlights. It is topped off with several inches of off-white head that clings to the sides of the glass.

S - I get dank citrus with grapefruit and pine asserting themselves.

T - The taste is full of bitter citrus and pine with a lingering pine finish.

M- Medium with plenty of carbonation.

O - This pale ale is better than most IPA's. A fantastic example of what Matt Cole can do.

Photo of mtomlins
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can into a stemmed tulip glass

Poured a slightly hazy copper color with a big white, persistent head that leaves nice lacing as it falls to a creamy collar. It has a fantastic big hoppy nose, pine, grapefruit and floral. The taste is also hop dominated with dry grapefruit, hints of herbal/floral notes, and some other citrus, but there is still a mild malt character providing body and balance. It has a medium body and good carbonation and is light, creamy and refreshing. Overall, this is a great pale ale that, with its 6+ ABV and aggressive hopping, is also a great IPA. Whatever you want to call it, it is fantastic!

Photo of BB1313
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours a pretty golden with a fluffy white head that leaves nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are pretty dank and full of grapefruit and pine. There's a touch of caramel malts, but they basically take a backseat. Flavors are extremely sharp and crisp. Lots of grass and tastes like a fresh hop vine. Tons of pine resin and citrus. Very bitter and earthy. More grapefruit with some orange and lemon in the mix. It has a west-coast vibe to it. Moutheel is wonderful. It's light, but medium bodied. Active carbonation that makes it smooth and creamy. Very fun and easy to drink.

This is an amazing beer. It definitely drinks more like an IPA. It's hitting on all cylinders. It's another hop delight from Fat Head's. Great use of citra and simcoe. One of my new favorites from Fat Head's.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma a mellow citrus hop. In the taste, a dryer citrus hop, but more hops than malt. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry citrus like hop in the aftertaste. Quite hop heavy for a pale, not complaining, just sayin'...

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fat Heads : Trail Head Pale Ale

Tropical hops, a solid pinch of bitterness muted caramel malts, slight roast, but insanely bitter for a pale. This can be an IPA. Aroma of pungent hops and toasted malt. Mango, herb, pine assault the palate and faint malts are trying to balance. Citra and Simcoe hops going to town giving off a very nice flavor. Medium bodied, well carbonated with a solid hop bite. Overall, this is a hell of a pale and certainly one worth trying out. I'd definitely get this again.

Photo of Beerma
3.11/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Did not like this beer. Bitter sour not smooth!

Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a taste of this on draft yesterday at the brewery and bought a sixer to go from the gift shop. I have to admit that this beer tastes much better out of a can, IMHO. A very citrus-forward pale ale.

Photo of mrtoast
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Welcome to my first beer rating. Those of us lucky enough to live in NE Ohio are able to enjoy some freaking outstanding beers (most of them from Fat Heads), but this is the one I look forward to the most. It hits me perfectly in the zone between a session ale and an IPA. Totally refreshing and flavorful but without the heaviness of an IPA or the thinness of a session ale, and they do a wet hopped version that takes it to an even higher level of hoppy perfection. Can't say enough good things about this one. I'd give it a 5 but I don't want people to discount my first rating as a noobish beerjackulation.

Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a pint glass
A: Bronze-colored with a two-fingered head that settles very slowly
S: Nice pine/citrus rine hops up front with a solid malt backbone
T: Matches the nose with hoppy pine/citrus up front & malt following closely behind
M: Crisp, medium-bodied
O: Very solid, easy & enjoyable to drink

Photo of brewohio1
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I don't know if anyone else has had this problem. I have bought 3 sixpacks of this beer from different places and 1 or 2 beer cans were pierced. I love this beer other than that.

Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a lot of floaties (never seen that before in a pale ale); the cap levels out at a couple of inches and leaves strands of lacing

Smell: Sugary and floral, with a shortbread and caramel malt tone and tropical fruit

Taste: Shortbread with a touch of caramel (or treacle), up front, with a huge blast of tropical fruit - mango, honeybell tangelo and pineapple; increasing floral sweetness, after the swallow, though the hops really dominate at all times

Mouthfeel: Medium body, quite creamy; moderate carbonation

Overall: A really tasty APA; while some will argue that it verges on an IPA (and it does), I would stick with the APA classification due to the beguiling malt base; and I will forgive the floaties, except for the occasional clump that winds up in my mouth

Thanks, bittermestupid, for the opportunity

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice grassy flavor profile here. Earthy in the right ways. Easy drinker. I like it.

Photo of mabermud
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pale ale looks and smells delicious. It appears a dark, rich, orange, with a fine white head of micro-bubbles. There looks to be some yummy solids floating around in the body. The smell is of overripe grapefruit, pine, and hops. I can smell the Citra. Then, there is the taste. It smells and looks like it's going to be a hop bomb, but it isn't. What am I thinking, it's a pale ale. The taste is fantastic - light grapefruit, light pine, flavorful hops, and some maltiness. This is a session IPA, marketed as as an American pale ale. The mouthfeel holds it's own.

Overall, this is a very good pale ale, if you decide to call it that. The lines are blurred. Fat head's Brewery makes some outstanding beers.

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Currently my highest rated pale ale. Just an amazing concoction of Simcoe and Citra hops; the taste really hits home. Well done Fat Heads.

So happy to see they finally got around to canning this. I'll always have a fresh can in my fridge when the distribution hits Columbus.

The wet hopped version tops the regular version, but both are fantastic!

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Trail Head Pale Ale from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
91 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.