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

Hop Stalker Fresh Hop IPAHop Stalker Fresh Hop IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #22
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #679
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 6.68%
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
561
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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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Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 561
Photo of JamFuel
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 Lingenbrau
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!

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Photo of mambossa
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.

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Photo of b__a
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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
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.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

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Photo of AndreRus
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!

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Photo of agreenman19
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.

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Photo of ajm5108
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.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
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.

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Photo of rypkr
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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 -3%
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 -3.9%
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 +3%
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 +1.8%
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 -2.3%
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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Hop Stalker Fresh Hop IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 561 ratings