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

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 345
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 6.02%
Wants: 28
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
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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 SerialTicker
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Teetering on a 4.25 overall here. While some pale ales are so loaded with hops that you can mistake them for an IPA, Trail Head truly tastes like an APA. The bitterness is a little higher than maybe some pale ales, but it's still not on the level of an IPA. Nice sweetness, clean and solid herbal and slightly fruity hop character, and a smooth I-want-another-sip finish. Pretty thirst quenching. Fat Heads makes the most of a style of beer that a lot of people I feel look at as boring. (487 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 5/28/2014. Thanks, Mark!

A. Pours a mostly clear light copper color. A stiff three finger white head pops right off the top. It calms to a finger and leaves some very soapy lacing as I sip the brew down. This is a frothy, juicy looking pale ale. Very nice.

S. Citra hopping is very prevalent, with tropical and creamy accents being quite prominent in the bouquet. An underlying herbal and grassy hop profile provides some welcome spiciness to the sweeter, softer citra. Also some very subtle malt on the nose, with a mild biscuity doughiness rounding out the bouquet.

T. Big orange creamsicle, dry, bitter grapefruit zest up front. At that point, the tropically fades out and is replaced, albeit briefly, by some herbal, grassy bitterness with hints of sage and even arugula. Tropicality then returns with sweet orange and some bready malt. Finish goes back to spicy, dry, grassy hops. Finish is slightly astringent, would have enjoyed the brighter tropical notes over the tea leaf and tobacco finish presented here. That said, it's a tasty ass beer.

M. Moderately carved with a surprisingly creamy feel. It's tropical, sweet, and light up front, though the finish really skews towards sage, herbs, and tea leaf. Perhaps a little much so.

O. This is an excellent pale ale with some great citra hopping and an initially tropical flavor profile. While the finish is a little more astringent and drying than I would prefer, it definitely gives you a classic pale ale flavor that is an interesting contrast to the brightness of the citra hops up front. The finish is just a little to herbal/tea leaf for me...almost a plasticy taste in its thin bitterness. But everything before is super top notch, and these notes fade quickly as you are left with a pleasant malt kiss and tropical residual flavor. A great pale ale, Fat Heads Trail Head is another in a long line of top-notch hop-forward offerings from one of the best brewers in the country. (1,955 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (711 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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~ (545 characters)

Photo of lundqu23
3.44/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some good grassy flavors and light but nothing to great. Poured a hazy light orange with tiny head. Piney hops and simcoe here as well as a citrus smell. Light pale and piney undertones in the back. Medium orange rind bitterness. Medium light body. An alright beer. (265 characters)

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
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! (349 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


From a can right into a mason pint.
A - Cloudy orange in color with two fingers of soapy foamy white head, medium lacing.
S - Aroma is very grassy, vibrant, lemon zest, and orange, cracker and bread malts. Pleasant.
T - Taste is very good, lots of grassy tones, lemon, pine, vibrant bright flavors, the malt base is just enough, its like fresh bread.
M - Clean and crisp, refreshing.
O - Wayyyy better than I remember having it on tap, so I'm kinda stoked about that. (958 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.11/5  rDev -1%

Had this on 2014-08-14 in Columbia, PA

A - Pretty clear copper-gold with a 1-finger off-white head and very good lace.

S - Dank hops, some pine, citrus, floral, pale malt. Nice aroma although not real strong.

T - Dank and bitter up front then some fruit and bready sweetness. Citrus flesh expresses itself then yields to lots of pine and finally to lingering grapefruit bitterness.

M -Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Prickly and lightly resinous. Dries nicely.

O - Sits between a Head Hunter and a Sunshine Daydream, which is a lofty perch. (561 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (649 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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! (1,081 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of rodlavers
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of BB1313
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (837 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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 (322 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
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'... (301 characters)

Photo of JohnnyMc
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (791 characters)

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. (502 characters)

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Trail Head Pale Ale from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
91 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.