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

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Hop Stalker Fresh Hop IPAHop Stalker Fresh Hop IPA

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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BB1313 on 10-09-2013

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to maximumu13 for sending me this one! Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Cigar City Brewing pint glass.

A: Medium gold and nearly totally clear. A good amount of visible carbonation, and it forms a finger's worth of white head.

S: Grassy, dank, and tropical fruity hops with the pineapple being a bit pronounced. Lesser notes of resinous hops and melon, with a light cracker and two-row malt body.

T: Follows the nose well. Hop-dominated, of course: dank, grassy, tropical fruits, melon, pineapple, and a touch of spicy hop character. Light cracker malts, and a modest citrus pith bitterness begins to grow towards the end. It finishes with just a touch of lingering malt sugars under the predominant bitter flavors. Very nice.

M: A light, crisp body with low alcohol presence. A good amount of carbonation sensation.

O: Very, very tasty and easy to drink (even though it took me two years to post this review). This would totally be a favorite if it made it down here like some of their other offerings. Really good.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I got this IPA in a beer trade and I loved it. The IBU 80 is just right and it is delicious. It goes down quick.

Look: clear golden hue with a thick bubbly white head.

Aroma: nice aroma of tropical fruit, grapefruit, and pine.

Taste: juicy, tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and pine, all the taste for a great dank IPA.

Feel: medium body, smooth feel, easy drinking.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Acquired from CapCollector16, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a nice blend of strong floral hops, strong fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong piney hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of fruity citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of AndreRus
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hop Juju is my favorite Fat Head's brew but Hop Stalker is not too far behind. Freshness of hops is just unbelievable. Consuming it a little over a month from the date on the bottle but it tastes like it was brewed just yesterday! Thank God I got the whole case of it!

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Photo of agreenman19
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - crystal gold fading orange. Has a boozey color that's almost vinous.

S - woof, huge juicy dank aroma right as I cracked the bottle. Didn't even take the bottle cap off, just a crack! Sticky ripened orange and sweaty hops. Tangerines and caramel. Hints of melon.

S - now there's the resiny hop punch absent in the smell (which is fruitily delicious on its own). Sweet orange citrus breaks into fresh pine and quickly nosedives into the dank. Sticky flavors of earthy grapefruit and melon. The bitterness sneaks up on you in the lingering finish with a drying rindiness. That's where I left my IBUs!

F - pleasant and drinkable, but a touch thin and seems to dissipate too quickly for the dank profile this beer lays out. Not bad by any stretch though.

O - great balance of juice and hops. Borders more on the sweet territory due to the dankness but an all around delicious brew.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Optics are as expected. Aroma is very delicate, packed with alluring tropical & flowery hop notes. Flavor is a tad non-descript and a letdown after that fantastic aroma, but still good. It's definitely a less harsh ipa, and has more tropical & citrus notes. Ends with a decent stab of grapefruit bitterness. Another very solid IPA from fat head's but lacks the robustness & depth of their best ones.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clean medium gold, thin white head fades leaving just a little soapy lacing. Sweet light malt and grass, citrus aroma. Tropical fruity taste, fress grass n pine bitterness, grapefruit peel as well. Very nice combo of flavors, fresh n crisp with bitter dry finish. Medium slick feel. One of the better fresh hop IPAs I've had so far.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dank, grassy hop aroma. The flavor is well-balanced between moderate bitterness and juicy hop flavor. There's a unique pretzel bread-like malt character and the ABV is hidden quite well. Would gladly have this in my fridge on a regular basis and I'm glad it doesn't exhibit the plastic-like taste that some fresh hop beers have.

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Description: Golden, clear appearance with no real head to speak of. The aroma is dank and fruity with hints of peach, mandarin orange and grapefruit. A little bit of grassy, earthiness, too. The dankness is more pronounced on the taste and is the first thing that hits you. It kind of resonates throughout the palate into a more bitter finish. The fruit flavors were not there as much. Feel is medium carbonation and medium body: about what you'd expect from an IPA.

Suggested food pairing: Salmon salad

If you like this beer then you should also try: reDANKulous

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely drink it again) Another rock solid IPA from Fat Head's. The dankness sets this apart from their others, e.g., Head Hunter, Hop JuJu. Nice balance of sweet, bitter and, mostly, dankness. Give this a shot if you have the chance.

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Photo of LAp
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A solid beer. The nose and palate are not as dank as I would anticipate. It's an outstanding IPA very much in the vein of Head Hunter and Hop Juju, but it seems to carry more of those characteristics than true wet-hop quality. The nose and palate are predominately piney hop with a strong bittering component (and a faint citrus background). A good IPA, but not a standout for a style (lags distantly behind, for example, Founders Harvest and Columbus Yakima Fresh).

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours fairly clear, with the amber liquid capped by an inch of foam; spotty lacing here and there

Smell: Fresh and bright aromatics, with tropical fruit and grapefruit notes; somewhat floral

Taste: A touch of the biscuit and we are off to the hop races; bright, tropical fruit flavors of mango and pineapple forward, with some grapefruit bitterness developing through the middle; dry finish, with a touch of the malt in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate, but crisp, carbonation

Overall: Bottled two weeks ago, this is a terrific fresh hop IPA that explodes with flavor and is nicely balanced

Thanks, PJ_, for the opportunity

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Photo of ChilliHeights
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking out of the bottle purchased two days ago. Super strong aroma of hopscan citrus. Very nice bitterness and excellent feel . Definitely taste fresh .

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taking full advantage of the the fresh hop harvest season, the Fat Head's brewers pluck the hops straight from the field and thrown into the brewing process without being dried or packaged for longterm storage first.

The results are a much more floral and grassier perfume that spills into the nose. Underneath its citrus and herb bouquet, the beer's hazy golden amber body crowns with a sturdy, foamy meringue. To taste, its the bright and juicy caramel and toasty, nutty malts that register early on the palate.

The middle palate blossoms with the bright taste of pink grapefruit and vibrantly ripe orange, especially with the malt receding in sweetness and creaminess. The hop onslaught continues as the taste of freshly cut grass, light chive and a mild nod to cannabis shows the hops raw and unbridled earthen charm.

Dry, refreshing and strikingly bitter, the beer's exit from the palate leaves a spicy bitterness of leaf, grass and stem to go along with the sharp bite of citrus peels. A floral aftertaste also invites a return of barley malt for a bready and toasty echo as well.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.52/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with a light beige head dying to a thin bubbly film.

Smell is tangerine, buttery biscuit, cracker, popcorn and lemon.

Taste is peppery cracker, tangerine, and bitter grapefruit pith.

Frothy but very dry.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brewer does it again. Super hoppy, a bit of an aftertaste, but smooth. I have liked everything I have tried from these folks. Stick with their "standard" IPA generally, but try this for a slight chance of pace.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear golden orange color with a small head that settles quickly and leaves a bit of lacing.
S - I was slowly opening this beer and all of a sudden my nose was filled with aroma of hops.
T - Flavor is dank and resinous. Maybe a hint of grapefruit and a lot of bitterness. More bitter than the 80 IBU would suggest.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - Very good fresh hop IPA, and another good one from Fat Head's.

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/8/2015. Pours slightly hazy orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of bright/dank citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Large amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pine, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of bright/dank citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and minimal hop astringency after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness that builds up after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding fresh hop IPA. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of bright/dank citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. The resinous quality does build up as you finish the glass, but never really gets to the point where it becomes unbearable. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle date was 10/2/15 and was consumed in early November. Super fresh beer.

A: A lighter orange color with a one finger white fluffy head. Lacing receeded into the glass.

S: Holy fresh hops. The smell on this beer is amazing. Off the bat I get this smell of fresh picked hops. Not just a little, but loads of fresh hops. Like you are putting your head into a vat of just picked hops. Other smells are loads of mint, fresh cut grass, grapefruit, orange and lemon. I get almost no malt detected in the smell.

T: Wow is all I can say. There is no doubt this is a fresh hop beer, it just screams freshness. Taste is loads of citrus with grapefruit and orange predominant. I also get some fresh cut grass flavors and minty and herbal flavors. Malt is very subtle and cracker like and towards the finish I get a hint of pine. Finish is bitter, but not overly so and is oh so damn good. This is a spectacular beer.

M: The mouthfeel is perfect. A bit prickly but smooth and dry with it being really, really drinkable. No alcohol at all and it does not drink like a 7.5% beer.

O: This is a spectacular beer. The smell and flavor really make you think you are standing in a field smelling the fresh picked hops whille drinking it, its unbelievable. The beer carries way less malt than Head Hunter, so it seems all that much more drinkable, yet has enough malt to make it not taste like a session IPA. Trust me, this is NOT session IPA like, this is just a superb fresh hop beer. I have always said Founders Harvest was the best fresh hop beer, but not anymore. This beer is spectacular. I love Fat Heads.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hop Stalker is another reason why Fat Heads is rapidly climbing to one of my favorite brewers!!! This is a solid 80 ibu ipa that hop head should revel in. The beer poured a copper clear with white head that did not leave much lace. The scent was a bouquet of hoppiness. The taste was very even but bitter enough to ensure you know you're drinking a ipa. The hops lent to more pine and bitter citrus. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall.....OH YEAH!

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Photo of larryi86
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to SomethingClever for this
12 oz bottle, dated 10/10/15, poured into a snifter

A- A clear golden orange with a two finger white head.

S- Grapefruit, some tropical fruits, piney, slightly dank, touch of wet grass.

T- Super dank and piney, huge bitter finish, grapefruit, citrus, some tropical fruits, light sweet malt backbone.

M- Smooth, dry, light to medium body.

O- A super easy drinking IPA. Hoppy as hell, definitely worth seeking out. Second IPA I've tried from Fat Head's and they are both winners. Wet grass in the nose was a little out of place, but doesn't come out in the taste.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Hazy deep orange. Medium white head. Smell is pine and grassy hops. Some caramel malts. Taste is grassy and almost immediately bitter. A little bit of sweet citrus behind it. Malty in the middle and bitterness takes over in the finish. Medium heavy. Flavorful but a bit too heavy for my tastes.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is a light amber orange, fairly clear, and some floaties are evident (always a good sign with an IPA). A rather rough pour produces about a finger of fine white foam. The nose is fresh and citrus-like, but not as potent or in-your-face as Head Hunter. It's more delicate.

Light-medium body (more substantial than I typically get from a wet-hop IPA) and a nice sharp pleasantly bitter hoppy character. Lots of orange marmalade up front, followed by lemon juice, grapefruit, and a nice orange rind and pineapple finish. There's a little bit of a resin-like, piney character, but the predominant notes are citrus fruit. Very reminiscent of Head Hunter, but the finish doesn't linger quite as long.

This is another one of those beers that defies logic. There's no way something this bitter should taste good, but it does. An outstanding wet-hop IPA. Founders Harvest Ale, Three Floyds Broo Doo, Victory Harvest Ale, and this. 'Nuff said.

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Photo of Hoppierheadsprevail
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't really get into the whole description deal. But this is a golden orange clear pouring IPA. Small head with a very earthy smell. Taste of pine with a perfect bitter touch and clean finish. Solid brew!

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Nice golden color, fairly clear in appearance, good amount of carbonation
Smell - Citrusy, dank, some pine, grapefruit, slight floral notes, super fresh hops
Taste - Dank, tons of citrus, slight onion note, grapefruit, pithy, pine, earthy

Overall - Wow, this fresh hop blew me away! Absolutely phenomenal. By far my favorite fresh/wet hop of the season.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated 10/7/15 poured into a Teku glass
A: Orange with a thin head
S: Fresh hop aromas- citrus, tropical fruit (particularly pineapple) and a hint of pine. A bit of malt/caramel underneath
T: This smells fresh but tastes even fresher. It's less than a month old but I've been sitting on it for a week- shame on me, I should have opened it that night. Similar hop notes as the aromas with the same malt/caramel in the background
M: Medium-bodied, fresh & crisp
O: As with most of Fat Head's hoppy ales this is a winner

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