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

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4.34/5
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Hop Stalker Fresh Hop IPAHop Stalker Fresh Hop IPA
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BB1313 on 10-09-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#517
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
541
pDev:
6.91%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
67
Gots:
99
Trade:
3
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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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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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4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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

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

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

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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4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Casey3236
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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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Hop Stalker Fresh Hop IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 541 ratings
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