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

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Hop Stalker Fresh Hop IPAHop Stalker Fresh Hop IPA

Brewed by:
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BB1313 on 10-09-2013

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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 397
Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Weisenbeer
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
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 -2.1%
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 -1.8%
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 +10.4%
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 +3.9%
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 +0.2%
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 -14.3%
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 -1.4%
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 -4.8%
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 +6.7%
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 -0.2%
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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Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

10/07/15, thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Small fizzy head, almost no lacing, light sediment floaties, hazy orange slight reddish color.

Nose is quite nice, big hops, fruit stone fruit,, tropical notes, candied dried tree fruit, apricot, citrus orange peel, light floral, sticky mild resin candy, little dank.

Taste is Hoppy, big fruity grassy floral hops, citrus, juicy fruit, candied dried apricot tangerine candy, candied orange peel, sweet candy, little syrupy note. Into big bitter spicy hop, earthy briny, little hop resin sticky. Finish mildly sticky, little syrupy, drier, lingering citrus and candy, big bitterness, spicy notes.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, carb creamy but light, sticky.

Overall good but feels more like a dipa than ipa, but nice.

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Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade., shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear golden hue with fair amount of floaties. The head fades quickly to leave thin wisps.

S - Aromas of citrus flesh, little bit of dankness. Little bit of malt sweetness, nice well rounded hops.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, lots of dank hops, loads of citrus peel light malts and grapefruit. The finish is quite bitter, surprisingly so, almost double ipa level.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, aggressively bitter, bit sticky.

O - Overall this beer was a solid representation of the style. Really nice offering from Ohio.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of do_ob
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Vibrant gold on the pour and settles as a beautiful copper in the glass. Looks like a brand new penny with 2 fingers of sticky, white foam on top. Great clarity and carbonation. Huge aroma - one of those you can smell while you're pouring it. Dank, sticky pine, hops, juicy tropical fruit, and more hops. Relatively light weight compared to some other IPA's of this abv. The mouthfeel is lively and smooth, but not overly creamy. Sweet malts, pine, and tropical fruit up front on the taste. Those hops creep in as it warms on the palate, and damn they are delicious. Finishes smooth and you're left with a hugely bitter aftertaste. Damn there are some hops in this thing.

Overall, outstanding for sure. Beautifully balanced with hopheads in mind. My only dilemma is deciding whether I like this better than Head Hunter.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Somehow I missed this one last year. This year it's in bottles. Yum, it's real good.

It has the right look - medium, light yellow IPA, slightly golden. Nice little head and lace. The aroma is a strong - hoppy in every way. Piney.

The taste is thick with hops. Mounds of green oozing from every sip. It's resinous. This is one of the best over hopped drinks - this is what they all are shooting for. Fat Heads, of course, hits it perfectly.

This is highly recommended for those looking for a hops OD. This is it - enjoy.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - clear and yellow. look of a good IPA

S - hoppy bitterness. i like this

T - lots of citrus and pineyness. This is very bitter as well, but it's enjoyable. Different for this type, but you can tell it's wet hopped

F - medium bodied and pretty well carbonated. a little heavier for an IPA

O - Bitter, hoppy, and citrusy. Nice beer. Different than expected, but I am glad I was able to get a bottle of this finally.

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5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have no option but to rate this beer straight 5's across the board. THIS is what a fresh hop beer should taste like. so dank and demanding, but so easy to drink. if I could drink this year round, I would have little use for most other brews. out of the park fat man

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a foggy orange-gold. Huge egg shell/off-white head. Great retention and significant lacing.

Smells of green hops, and more hops. Slightly dank/medicinal.

This thing is a taste bud destroyer. So much that you don't think it is a hoppy beer by the time it's gone. It throws everyrhing and the kitchen sink at you. Very fresh/green tasting hop juice with a hint of weed, a lot of fresh grass and pine, and citrus. Some semi sweet malts do creep in toward the end.

It becomes a little drying eventually. You would swear it has more alcohol. Otherwise, a very nice body. Almost creamy.

This beer isn't hoppy for hoppy's sake. The quality of the flavors is excellent. However, it does get pretty much to the total numbing point for me before it is gone, so I am not going to score the taste as high as it probably should be- which is world class. One of the best 3 wet hopped beers I have had.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a medium golden color with a 2 finger, slightly off-white head.

Smells of, what else, hops, hops, hops.

Taste wonderful... Citruisy, bitter.

You can tell a f difference between wet hops and dry. Not saying they make for a better bee... just different.

A great beer and buy.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at the Pint Room October 17, 2015.

Look - Very clear. Yellow. Good finger of head down to white ring. Great lacing.

Smell - Hop. Very little citrus.

Taste - Definitely on the bitter/pine side of bitter/citrus/must.

Feel - Tears the tongue. Medium bodied. This keg wasn't overly carbonated.

Overall - If you want bitter, this is it. Walks a fine line of being a fine beer and terrible beer.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Super fresh 12oz bottle that was just bottled on 10/6 poured into a tulip glass:

Look: Awesome golden color with about 3/4 inch of head with lacing present

Smell: Citrus, pine, hoppy goodness, tropical fruits

Taste: Loads of citrus, pine, hoppy deliciousness, this beer is dank

Feel: Medium bodied

Overall: This is one of my favorite fresh/wet hopped beers. This beer is full of hoppy deliciousness. Fat Heads knows what they are doing with their hoppy brews as they are all great. I am glad I picked up a 4 pack and I will revisit this one again next fall!

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Photo of bobhits
3.4/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up up tonight based on some reviews and comments on the forums. I'm already almost dressed to see I bought a bottle when cans exist. Why do breweries offer cans and then the horrible low quality CRAP that are bottles? Really sucks since I know this won't be as fresh or good but what can you do?

BTW just a soap box moment but once a brewery can afford a canning line, stop putting ANY beer in glass unless you think a cork is needed. Otherwise CAN, it's better, period end of story.

Ok to the beer.

Pours a bright golden color, light on carbonation and head. Kinda disappointing at the ABV and the talk of fresh hops.

The nose is citrus, lacking much malt even minor caramels are nearly non existent. I'm sadly getting vegetables. Hoppy goodness and veggies kinda putting this off.

The flavor sadly is going the same direction. I get nearly no malt character, it's there and keeping this from being a bittering puckering mess, but I get citrus and then vegetables. There's a bit of a wow factor and yet it is missing some elements of greatness. I really want to try this in a can to see if they got things balanced just a hair better.

I often here that IPA's don't have the same requirements in perfection to be good, that hops over power. Sorry but a 3% improvement in the hop flavor and malt flavor move this beer to the 4.5 range. There was just no room for flaws in this beer and there are flaws. Even a tiny MINOR improvement moves this into the world class level.

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Photo of Bone53
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10/02/15

Appearance: Clear pale golden color with a one to two finger white head

Smell: Pungent dankness, rich tropical notes, pine

Taste: Dank and pine dominate with tropical and citrus notes

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied; Slick and smooth on the palate with a moderately bitter finish

Overall: This is what i imagine a fresh hop IPA should be like. Very dense and rich hop aromas and flavors. This and Founders Harvest Ale are two of my favorite representations of the style iv had. Fat Heads must have one of the best IPA programs in the world and i feel very fortunate to have easy access to their beers

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Photo of Stevem68
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear light amber color. Has a nice citrusy hoppy aroma. Flavor is really clean. Great citrus flavor and light resin hops. Has a pretty smooth finish. A really nice IPA from these guys again

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