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

Hop Stalker Fresh Hop IPAHop Stalker Fresh Hop IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #21
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #699
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 6.68%
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
578
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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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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.

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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
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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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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.

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

Smells of dank pine 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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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
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Blogjackets from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | 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
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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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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
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dcotom from Iowa

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.

Feb 28, 2018
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Muss42 from Michigan

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.

Dec 25, 2017
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reitzbrewing from Pennsylvania

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

Nov 29, 2017
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mschrei from Illinois

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.

Nov 15, 2017
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

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!

Nov 03, 2017
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Jimmys from Pennsylvania

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.

Nov 02, 2017
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hop Stalker pours a perfect, and I mean perfect, clean and clear pale yellow to light orange color with a foamy white head. It coats the surface once it falls and could only be ranked a touch higher if it laced just a bit more.

It smells wonderful as well. Freshly squeezed mango, damp pine needles, and grapefruit rind.

The flavor follows with grapefruit actually taking the pole position. Resin dankness lingers on. There is some sweetness, but the actual flavor of itself is hard to determine behind the citrus, pine, and weed.

The feel is spot on. Easy and smooth, sticky and pungent, crisp and bitter. The alcohol is minimally noticed. The bitterness is a clean bitterness that enhances a percieved near perfect balance, though it is pleasantly bitter.

I've had a hell of a lot of fresh hop beers this year, but this one is delicious. Even better than the other Fat Heads fresh hop IPA I had. It drinks like a smooth pale, but packs a wallop! Cheers and thanks Corey!

Oct 28, 2017
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mambossa from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It’s nearly impossible to find a better wet hop beer where I am (about 25 miles away from the brewery). It’s unrivaled, by any wet hopped ale in distro in Ohio. Maybe even the entire US.

The aromatics simply exemplify how a top-tier IPA should be; balanced on the head of a pin consisting of your usual bright citrus, deeply ripened tropical fruits, some floral sheathed between, sappy resin, and overall just that rich alpha acid stanky pungency. Imagine all that doubled up into dripping intensity.

The flavor indentically replicates the nose with such clarity and finesse, yet with an aggressiveness that instantly forgives into a clean, scintillating finish.

You’re an idiot if you don’t like this beer.

Oct 21, 2017
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b__a from Ohio

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

Amber with a thin head, the beer smells and tastes... fresh. Everything about the beer is fresh. The nose and taste go together: mild grassiness, a bit of sweet, with a background of bitter hop punch. It also packs a dank punch, to which I am partial. The end is raw and rough, with just that green bitterness on the palate.

All told, a delicious and dangerously (at 7%) drinkable IPA.

Oct 18, 2017
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Dec 17, 2016
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Dec 02, 2016
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Nov 29, 2016
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AndreRus from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +15.2%
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!

Nov 25, 2016
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Nov 18, 2016
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Nov 17, 2016
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Nov 15, 2016
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A true ipa masterpiece much like head hunter. Fatheads gets nowhere near the acclimation they deserve for these beers but I'm fine with that. I love that I have IMO some of the best ipas in the country (even better than the majority of new england) on the shelves of supermarkets near me.

Nov 11, 2016
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Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 578 ratings