1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Trail Head Pale Ale - Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon

Trail Head Pale Ale
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.

89 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 89
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.23%

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

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Stinkypuss on 06-02-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 10 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of Omnium


3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Notes:
Served on-tap at the brewery on March 26th, 2013

A - Cloudy orange with two fingers of off white head, thick lacing.
S - Grassy, and very earthy hops, rye, pepper, biscuit, smells very spicy.
T - Earthy spicy hop resin, bread malt, light floral notes, kinda bland.
M - Medium feel, typical pale.
O - Really disappointing, not sure why, because I've heard good things about this plenty of times prior. Hopefully my review will change once bottles come out.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2014 20:28:55 | More by Omnium
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
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'...

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2013 15:27:45 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of ONUMello


4/5  rDev -3.1%
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

Serving type: growler

08-01-2013 23:41:46 | More by ONUMello
Photo of thecheapies


4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours out gold with some extra color. Nice foam top that holds beautifully.

Crispy floral hops with fruity notes of tropical rind, grapefruit, unripe orange, and lychee. Crackery malts showcase the hops well.

Lightly tropical with notes of mango rind, white grapefruit, flowery hops, whole cones, and tart papaya. Excellently hoppy, like a Head Hunter Lite. Pale as can be in the malt department with crackery dryness. Extra dry with the hops and a crisp bitterness that gushes out a bit. Nice and stable medium body with a pumping carbonation that acts like Winterfresh on the gums. Hard to slam because of the gassiness. Great pale ale, overall.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2013 05:34:31 | More by thecheapies
Photo of KYGunner


4.09/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2013 02:38:01 | More by KYGunner
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2013 22:15:52 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2014 13:44:11 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of rodlavers


4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft serving in Pittsburgh. Red-orange amber, clear, crisp white head, thins to nice white later, lots of cling. Amazing pine aromas, real tropical float presence about the smell, some malt in there. similar flavor profile, very pine forward, very good. Malt more noticeable in flavor. Literally feels wet; very juicy, mouthwatering, fresh and crispy. Overall tasty beer, very enjoyable, check it out, cheers.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2013 21:23:25 | More by rodlavers
Photo of BB1313


4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2013 17:18:12 | More by BB1313
Photo of JohnnyMc


4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

New beer to contribute to the Metro Parks system.

Pours out a very nice golden orange with 2 fingers of a fluffy white head.

The aroma is full of pine, grassy hop notes, grapefruit and orange peel. Despite the use of Citra I don't get any of the characteristically tropical fruit notes. A small amount of bready malt is detectable too.

The flavor has a ton of pine right away and that is followed by some bitter grapefruit peel and a nice amount of sweet orange. There is a little bit of bready malt, but not much and this finishes pretty dry and bitter.

The body is light and the mouthfeel is crisp.

This is an extremely refreshing and easy drinking APA, but it tastes more like an IPA with the firm bitterness. A great beer, but I wish the Citra hops would have come through more.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2013 20:46:25 | More by JohnnyMc
Trail Head Pale Ale from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
91 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.