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

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BB1313 on 10-09-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#533
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
549
pDev:
6.91%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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70
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Ratings: 549 |  Reviews: 76
Photo of sposter4
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stevedore
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.

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Photo of dcotom
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a stemless wine glass. Lovely appearance: slightly hazy, light amber in color, three-finger white head, lots of pretty lacing. Big blast of hoppy aroma upon opening the bottle. Poured cold, the hops dominated the aroma and flavor profiles. Lots of dank, juicy pine and citrus, lots of zesty and resiny bitterness. Once it starts to warm a bit, the balance becomes apparent. Good malt structure that provides a little sweetness while allowing the hops to shine. Clean finish, well-hidden ABV. Great beer with food, too.

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Photo of travelguy
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of themayorkoch
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Muss42
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at a reputable beer store in Cleveland but should have checked the date. This was from early October so I don't feel this was the best. Overall pretty okay. Definitely need to try one of these fresh.

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Photo of heddar33
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KAP1356
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billbeers
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On draft in pint glass. darker color than expected. head lasted a while. smell is straight bitter hops. Taste is NE style IPA without any citrus. Great beer that i will watch for in future

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Photo of Amalak
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Peaches13
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of mschrei
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was bottled 10/4, so it's about six weeks old.

The first thing about this beer that jumped out at me was the big smell of hops. Fresh, citrusy, and dank, yes, even at this age. It's got a cloudy bronze tint to it that gets darker the higher in the glass, plus a creamy looking lacing and a constant carbonation stream. I think the taste has faded slightly, but it's still got a healthy freshness mixed with dankness and a bit of bitterness. I'm kind of surprised how not bitter it is for an 80 IBU beer, plus it's rather crisp and clean with little evidence that it's 7 percent ABV.

I think the thing I like best about it, other than the smell, is how balanced it is with citrusy hoppy flavor and the mild amount of bitterness.

A rather quite enjoyable beer.

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Photo of guzzleacoldone
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MDDMD
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JCaweinstein
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of petrusek23
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of justintcoons
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a shaped IPA glass.

Appearance
Golden blonde. 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Excellent retention. Lively carbonation. Good clarity.

Nose
Peach, passion fruit, pineapple, candied orange, mango, dank, pine, honey, and candy sugar.

Taste
Peach, passion fruit, mango, pineapple, and candied orange. Dank, pine sap, and wintergreen. Light honey and candy sugar maltiness.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, juicy, and lightly bitter.

Overall
Tropical, dank, and juicy. An awesome Wet Hop IPA!

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Photo of Jimmys
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

10/10/17 bottled on date.

Pours with a little haze on an otherwise light orange hue. Aroma is predominantly piney and citrus. Mango notes as well. Great citrus notes on a full flavored hoppy body. Bitterness is heavy in the finish. Really tasty stuff, only ping is for the assertive bitterness.

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Photo of fthegiants
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of luke12345
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tdm168
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Hop Stalker Fresh Hop IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 549 ratings