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

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Added by BB1313 on 10-09-2013

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Reviews by jaxray8:
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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Photo of mattcrill
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Strong citrus hop notes up front. Abundant lemon and melon notes. Clean fermentation character. Dank and grassy character appears as the beer opens up. Flowery and honey-like sweetness appears as well.

Appearance: Hazy amber pours with a low white head. Head retention is good.

Flavor: Wow…bitter grassy hop notes up front followed by more citrus…lemon and orange with grapefruit highlights. Balance is to the aggressive hop bitterness. Finish is lingering with pleasant citrus bitterness.

Moutheel: Medium bodied, slightly oily, with high carbonation. No alcohol heat.

Overall impression: An immensely drinkable IPA.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Tasting at Fat Heads Tap House on 10/15/2014, CLE Beer Week release of Hop Stalker.

Clear saffron-yellow elixir presented in nonic pint glass. Two-finger, thick, white head, heavy laced glass at the end of the draught.

Really nice battle of the hops going on here: dank, resinous pine in a battle with the citrus, mango and grapefruit. The sweet, sweet citrus wins by a nose.

Crisp citrus flavors of mango, pineapple and grapefruit cut by what seems like cane sugar caramel, then smooth hop pine, resin and subtle spice come up to provide balance. The mouth waters. The citra and simcoe hops really create a complex amalgam of flavors.

Medium body, nicely slick, alcohol hidden.

Another fantastic hop-driven brew from Matt Cole and FHs.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%
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 WVbeergeek
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Bright copper color on the pour it's head is cream colored forms thick bands of lacing evenly as it settles out a bit.

Aroma has dank earthy citrus notes hops right off the vine with tropical fruit notes think papaya and pineapple in there amongst the foray of hops. Biscuit malts give off a bit of bread like notes and perceived malt sweetness.

Flavor is pure hop juice, I'm sucking on hop candy raw hops with balanced sweetness Citra is one of the hops harmed in the making of this beer. Big citrus rind, tropical fruit notes including mango/pineapple on the palate. Stream of hop oils crosses the palate, this batch was canned on 10/15/14 I'm in heaven!!!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly resinous in the fact that you feel like there are hop oils flowing across your palate within that experience is one of the most amazing hop profiles I've come across so drinkable, burping hop hops even carbonation canned a day ago.

Overall, incredible experience from Fat Head's I hope to have more like this...I'm probably driving down to Fathead's again soon to grab some more!!! They are that good!

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Photo of Radome
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 1 pint aluminum can into a goblet.

A - Dark gold or light copper color. Clear but just a bit of haze. Off-white head subsides quickly, but maintains a thin sheet and good lacing.

S - Aromas are dominated by hops, which are a mix of earthy and citrusy notes. Citrus is grapefruit-like. Not much malt or anything else comes through. Overall impression is clean and fresh and hoppy.

T - Hops dominate totally, with mostly grapefruit and pine ntes. No malt or yeast notes get through. Alcohol taste not noticeable. Fairly dry finish.

M - Medium body. Very strong bitterness from the hops, with a harsh astringency in mid-palate that fades toward the end. Some alcohol presence. Low carbonation.

O - This is a one-trick pony with extreme hops bitterness levels, but nothing else to add complexity or interest for me.

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Photo of maximum12
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

Thanks to CaptCleveland, a ridiculously generous guy who keeps sending me good things for no apparent reason. I’ll have to ask him about that someday. On second though, no , I won’t. 16 oz. can that arrived with a bunch of friends yesterday.

The pour is pure sunshine. I swear, if I hold it above my head, I can feel the UV rays pouring on my receding hairline. Crystal clear. The nose is held hostage by earthy hops that are so clean I can smell a touch of Palmolive. Subdued pine, pretty tame.

Hop Stalker almost choked me on hops…not just the first taste, but the second, too. Srs, am a bit verklempt. Now that I’m prepared, this is like biting into a hop tamale. By the fourth sip I have hop burn on the top of my mouth. Searingly bitter, with ginormince amounts of pine initially, citrus comes out to play as the liquid warms. Fresh hop earthiness lurks in the mid-palate, & a malty caramel bliss accompanies without cutting the hop pleasure at all: that, my friends, is some trick. Ends with everything coming together like a well-produced political ad. Very slick in the mouth. 16 ounces? Yes, please. This is a slugger.

Fat Heads can do no wrong with the hop in my book. This brew can stand up with Head Hunter & Hop JuJu in the pantheon. Swig after swing is just beautiful; am going to have to do a side-by-side with The Crusher to determine a ‘winner’ – oh, wait, having both, that would be me. Excellent beer.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of SanFranJake
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jpinoniemi
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jcorn
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of juicebox
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of buyyourfreedom
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of boogerisu
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of GOBLIN
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a luscious gold color and produces plenty of sticky lacing. Aromas are dank as described as well as piney, grassy, earthy, peppery and dandelion like flavors . . . Aromas and flavors are similar. Feel is crisp and sticky.

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Photo of jminch
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mtpHokie
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Zonian1
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Adkins1203
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of acurtis
3.72/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brenden
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The color is a medium orange with some brightness and complete clarity. The head is a creamy one, eggshell white if not a shade darker. Retention is pretty good, and it leaves a foamy layer within a few minutes after settling while it drops down a sturdy ring and strong patching to follow.
Lots of dank earth, wet wood and generally piney notes come off the nose with some pith and lots of orange peel. Really very must above it all, the focus really is on the dank earth. A little more balance would do some good, but it's a great aroma otherwise.
Hopheads will be pleased with this offering, as they typically are with FatHead's. THe dank must earth, citrus and pine all translate well to the palate. There's something a little juicier up front before some pith takes it away. It needs a minute or two to actually unfold, as the first sip hit me with some astringency in the back of the throat. Given just a brief time to sit, that astringency backed way off. It is quite pithy, especially in the middle, but just a little sweetness comes in to cut out the harshness. As such, this is a great beer, but I actually feel this is a case in which the perfect balance could make this absolutely world-class.
There is a bite of sharpness that isn't shed in the mouthfeel, though it is tamed. Otherwise it's actually fairly smooth considering, dry all the way with good crispness from front to back in a medium body.

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Photo of Mtooman
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Iparedman
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%

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