Hop Stalker Fresh Hop IPA
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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From:
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
 
Ohio, United States
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #20
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #921
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 6.68%
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
500
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 06, 2021
Added:
Oct 09, 2013
Wants:
  71
Gots:
  104
SCORE
96
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Hop Stalker Fresh Hop IPAHop Stalker Fresh Hop IPA
Notes: Deep in the Yakima Valley, our hop-obsessed Head Brewmaster went commando in search of his prized nuggets. His mission: Capture the freshest hop flowers he could sneak up on. Then he wet-hopped this bad-ass brew for a deliciously dank IPA. Out of the wild emerged The Hop Stalker.
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Reviewed by Dan2213 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a gorgeous golden/amber. Has that great glow that you see from Fat Head’s. About a finger and a half of thick white head leaving behind great lacing. Big aromas of pine, citrus, lemon, and cracker. Taste is DANK and beautiful. Pine and citrus with a great bitter finish. Great mouthfeel, very crisp and perfect carbonation. This is exactly my type of beer I may be a bit biased but I find it world class and worthy of it’s BA rating
Nov 06, 2021
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Reviewed by BigIronH from Michigan

4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a medium gold, almost amber; completely translucent with a nice glow. 2 finger bubbly white head dissipates to a nice ring leaving plenty on lacing. Aroma is dank and piney hop, earthy tones and some citrus. Taste follows suit, very dank and piney plenty of bitterness on the finish. Good carbonation, awesome velvety mouthfeel but crisp as well. Excellent, will seek out in the future.
Oct 29, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by rare_bird from Michigan

Feb 27, 2021
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Reviewed by haines710 from Delaware

4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
The best stuff from an amazing brewer. I like their other IPAs but this one is the best. Great hops and mouthfeel is amazing. Scent is citrus with perfect bitter finish.
Jan 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.44 by spark3148857 from Ohio

Jan 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4.27 by CoasterGuy from Pennsylvania

Dec 14, 2020
 
Rated: 4.32 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania

Nov 07, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by paulytasker from New York

Nov 02, 2020
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Reviewed by cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
the reviews don't lie, man - it's a serious winner. born on 9/20, consumed 10/30, so thanks to my local peeps for getting it to philly & me in a hurry.
L: from the can, and it's a nice looking can. around the top: "deliciously dank fresh hop ipa"... truth in advertising.
S: aroma is a little sneaky. pine, lime, herbal. very inviting
T: whoa - big west coast flavor, man. and i like it. citrus, then pine banging upside your head, followed by a nice old school bitterness.
F: feels fine but who really cares. I'm still reeling from the hop explosion going off in my mouth...
O: run, don't walk. Hats off to Fat Head!
Oct 30, 2020
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Absolutely gorgeous golden color, “like looking through clear glass” clear with a sudsy pearl white head that provides beautiful lacing and bubbles throughout the drink, little bubble streams constantly rising.

There’s an herbal aroma on the nose that is intriguing, as well as some fresh citrus and pine. O. M. G. We are squarely in WCIPA territory, and I am VERY glad to be visiting.

I’m wondering if there’s actually whole cone hops somewhere in the can, because the “fresh hop” component of this beer is bruisingly evident on the taste - that earthy flavor is up front, followed immediately by the fresh citrus, and then a HOWITZER of a wallop of fresh pine.

This is Bitter’s big brother, and I’m the president of the fan club. The drying mouthfeel is the perfect finish to this decidedly old school fresh hop WCIPA. World-class, IMHO.
Oct 24, 2020
 
Rated: 4.28 by brewskis from Indiana

Oct 24, 2020
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Reviewed by trevormajor from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12oz can purchased at a local bottle shop, with no born on date (c'mon Fat Head's! update - upon investigation, the brewery puts the born on date on the cardboard packaging, I had thrown that away for this beer) poured into a pint glass at 42 degrees F:
L - pale yellow with a snow white head that lingered. moderate lacing
S - dank and bitterly floral, you can smell the wet hopping, very fresh
T - I just love wet hops. That fresh taste and the feel of hops almost exploding in your mouth. This one doesn't disappoint and overflows with dank pine flavor
F - carbonation on the nose with a medium mouthfeel
O - a very good, dank, drinkable beer, dank and bitter, just the way I like them
Oct 18, 2020
 
Rated: 4.29 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Oct 17, 2020
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Reviewed by Judgie from Indiana

4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Always looking for Fresh Hop IPA's and this one doesn't disappoint. Bottled on 9/21/20 according to the box packaging 4 x 12 oz. cans ($16.00). Pours clear, bright golden with a thin light head and nice lacing. Smell is a little subdued but hints a t the hoppy pine that will follow on the tongue. Dankness dominates the taste from tip to finish and then lingers at the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is perfect. IMO, fresh hop ales don't need to be balanced nor necessarily refreshing. They are nice to have to showcase hops, and again, Hop Stalker does not disappoint.
Oct 17, 2020
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Reviewed by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From an undated 12oz can. Assuming fresh (~1 month) given the style and when it showed up at my local. (Review edited slightly 10/24/21-can dated 10/6/21)

Pours a translucent amber with about a finger and a half of off-white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Smells of dank pine, fresh cut grass and resin with some floral notes in the background.

Taste follows. Bitter pine with a touch of malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel is sticky but highly drinkable. Decent bitter aftertaste. Medium carbonation.

Overall, very good. Not my favorite fresh hop beer, but one worth revisiting.
Oct 10, 2020
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
12oz CANNED 09/21/20 (2 weeks ago) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 7% ABV 77 IBU. The beer pours mostly bright light honey amber in color with very light khaki head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is moderate in strength featuring pine, resin & dank earthy notes. The taste is pungent dank bitterness laid over a backbone of barely sweet pale malt that finishes with pine, over ripe tropical fruit and earth. Moderately high bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, excellent. I had high expectations and I was not disappointed. Very pungent wet hop presence with an emphasis on earthy & dank flavor.
Oct 03, 2020
 
Rated: 4.39 by Manthon from Pennsylvania

Oct 03, 2020
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Reviewed by Blogjackets from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Sample was a crowler fresh from the Fat Heads beer hall. Crisp, bitter and clean fresh hopped IPA Some might say one note but I’d prefer focused. The beer has a good bitterness that will please fans of old school IPAs. Malt is there as a balance, but no more than that. Linger on a gulp and the malt briefly shows itself.. Yellow-copper color with minimal lacing. Nose is minimal in comparison to many tropical/citrus IPA noses. May not be your thing, but it nestled in my happy zone.
Mar 20, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by ClutchPerformance from Ohio

Feb 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by tuowl74a from Pennsylvania

Dec 17, 2019
 
Rated: 3.89 by sanandreas

Dec 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by BeerMe8 from Florida

Nov 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.09 by philbe311 from Pennsylvania

Nov 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.49 by bubseymour from Maryland

Nov 04, 2019
 
Rated: 4.59 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Oct 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4.15 by Lelampp from Ohio

Oct 26, 2019
 
Rated: 4.23 by Hernando13 from Ohio

Jul 18, 2019
 
Rated: 4.75 by jwat from Pennsylvania

Jan 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4.21 by MKrauss from Pennsylvania

Dec 30, 2018
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
On tap at The Belgian Cafe in Philadelphia.

Pours a clear amber with fluffy head.

Smell is piney and citrusy with some floralality and fruitiness.

Taste is a little bit dank and sweet before launching into a powerful, piney bitterness balanced by citrusy fruitiness. Long, lingering finish but terrific balance.

Mouthfeel is medium and sticky, with good carbonation.

Overall, a superb west coast IPA.
Dec 11, 2018
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Rated by NCSapiens from Indiana

3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
It’s a good beer but a bit too piney for me personally.
Nov 17, 2018
 
Rated: 4.37 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

Nov 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.46 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Nov 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

Nov 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.41 by MrDis from Indiana

Nov 09, 2018
 
Rated: 5 by SerMosh from Ohio

Oct 26, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Oct 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4.41 by Dkloubec from Illinois

Oct 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4.46 by sposter4 from Pennsylvania

Jun 21, 2018
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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Nice resinous bite, good grapefruit and caramel with a bit of biscuit. Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation, nice resinous and leafy bite on the backend. Another solid IPA from Fat Head's.
May 06, 2018
Hop Stalker Fresh Hop IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
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