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

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Hop Stalker Fresh Hop IPAHop Stalker Fresh Hop IPA

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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: 65 | Ratings: 505
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 AndreRus
5/5  rDev +16.3%
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 trygelski1
4.81/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Super fresh 12oz bottle that was just bottled on 10/6 poured into a tulip glass:

Look: Awesome golden color with about 3/4 inch of head with lacing present

Smell: Citrus, pine, hoppy goodness, tropical fruits

Taste: Loads of citrus, pine, hoppy deliciousness, this beer is dank

Feel: Medium bodied

Overall: This is one of my favorite fresh/wet hopped beers. This beer is full of hoppy deliciousness. Fat Heads knows what they are doing with their hoppy brews as they are all great. I am glad I picked up a 4 pack and I will revisit this one again next fall!

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Photo of Kadonny
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle date was 10/2/15 and was consumed in early November. Super fresh beer.

A: A lighter orange color with a one finger white fluffy head. Lacing receeded into the glass.

S: Holy fresh hops. The smell on this beer is amazing. Off the bat I get this smell of fresh picked hops. Not just a little, but loads of fresh hops. Like you are putting your head into a vat of just picked hops. Other smells are loads of mint, fresh cut grass, grapefruit, orange and lemon. I get almost no malt detected in the smell.

T: Wow is all I can say. There is no doubt this is a fresh hop beer, it just screams freshness. Taste is loads of citrus with grapefruit and orange predominant. I also get some fresh cut grass flavors and minty and herbal flavors. Malt is very subtle and cracker like and towards the finish I get a hint of pine. Finish is bitter, but not overly so and is oh so damn good. This is a spectacular beer.

M: The mouthfeel is perfect. A bit prickly but smooth and dry with it being really, really drinkable. No alcohol at all and it does not drink like a 7.5% beer.

O: This is a spectacular beer. The smell and flavor really make you think you are standing in a field smelling the fresh picked hops whille drinking it, its unbelievable. The beer carries way less malt than Head Hunter, so it seems all that much more drinkable, yet has enough malt to make it not taste like a session IPA. Trust me, this is NOT session IPA like, this is just a superb fresh hop beer. I have always said Founders Harvest was the best fresh hop beer, but not anymore. This beer is spectacular. I love Fat Heads.

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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 Tonyjenlasc
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Nice golden color, fairly clear in appearance, good amount of carbonation
Smell - Citrusy, dank, some pine, grapefruit, slight floral notes, super fresh hops
Taste - Dank, tons of citrus, slight onion note, grapefruit, pithy, pine, earthy

Overall - Wow, this fresh hop blew me away! Absolutely phenomenal. By far my favorite fresh/wet hop of the season.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a medium golden color with a 2 finger, slightly off-white head.

Smells of, what else, hops, hops, hops.

Taste wonderful... Citruisy, bitter.

You can tell a f difference between wet hops and dry. Not saying they make for a better bee... just different.

A great beer and buy.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fat Heads in North Olmsted OH

L-awesome looking beer. Orange color with a pillowy head. Great lacing around the rim of the glass.
S-wow, tons of orange zest. Very fresh smelling. The hops pop.
T-orange zest, grapefruit and lime. Just a bit of sweet malt trying to fight the hop bitterness. Hops win.
M-super smooth and easy going down. Dangerous beer here folks.
O-one of the best wet hop beers I have ever had. Very fortunate to have easy access every year. Highly recommended if you like well made wet hop IPAs.

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Photo of sourd
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

16oz can poured into a 16oz har glass...be burley

pours a hazy sunshine orange with a proper head, somewhere between bubbly and creamy

smells like what i imagine a grapefruit harvesters hands would smell like after a long day of picking fruit and rolling joints

tastes squarely of grapefruit peel, with fleeting notes of tropical fruit and whiffs of dank cannabis and yeast

pleasantly creamy mouthfeel (initially) that left my toungue stuck to the roof of my mouth with resiny oily goodness

this is like drinking a proto-headhunter that climbed out of some primordial trub that the brewers forgot about and it snuck into the fermentation room and absorbed all of the other evolving beers life force and morphed into some sort of humuloic demon bent on consuming every hop flower in existence...and its fantastic

*now, if they would just cut it out with the horrible label art we could be best friends

note: it has now been 2 hours since my last gulp, during which i have had a glass of water and a banana with peanut butter, and all i can taste is hop resin...its like stuck in my teeth or something

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hop Stalker is another reason why Fat Heads is rapidly climbing to one of my favorite brewers!!! This is a solid 80 ibu ipa that hop head should revel in. The beer poured a copper clear with white head that did not leave much lace. The scent was a bouquet of hoppiness. The taste was very even but bitter enough to ensure you know you're drinking a ipa. The hops lent to more pine and bitter citrus. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall.....OH YEAH!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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 DrDemento456
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Picked up the can for 4 bucks at D's Six packs. Into a pint glass.

A - Exceptional pour! In my imperial pint glass it gave me a 2 inch's of head that slowly settles to a sticky lace ring. Slight sediment floaties in the glass with a golden amber color.
S - Resinous yet balanced hops, slight sweet malts, no noticeable ABV.
T - Smooth crisp hop bitterness straight from the tank! Balancing sweet malts, not noticeable ABV burn. One hella good beer!
M - Light to medium bodied easy to drink pounder.

Overall I was highly impressed with this it ranks up with the top take on the style (Founders Harvest) Price is good I would get it again!

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Photo of Brackh
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a goldy hazy orangish beauty. Great pine and citrus smell. Big hop punch when on the tastebuds. A sweetness immediately followed by a strong bitterness that lingers. Not an IPA for the faint of heart. Great though. I really like it.

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Photo of Hossjob
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Phenomenal beer. I love a hoppy, bitter beer, but I also like the mouthfeel of a good DIPA. This one has a thicker mouth feel than a typical IPA, but not that of a good DIPA. The flavor is amazing though. Very complex. Citrusy, resinous, bitter, with a sweet malt after taste. Just the right amount of bite and carbonation. I like to let it linger on my palate. Hoping fatheads continues this limited release beer. It's an all time favorite of mine.

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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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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +4%
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 Omnium
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pounder into a pint glass.

A. Clear gold with a nice frothy white with medium lacing.
S. Cracker malt big citrus, pineapple, pine, nice and grass, slightly dank, a little white grape.
T. Amazing, this is like this fresh hop version of head hunter. Pineapple, mango, pine, big citrus. Massive delicious hop flavor.
M. Clean and bright, yet bitter medium feel.
O. Outstanding flavor, just epic

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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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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can Courtesy of SomethingClever, Dank You beer brother!

I received this in the mail, only aching to rip into it. I'm glad I did not wait to enjoy it later. Enough gibberish time for the brew. This brew is gorgeous in appearance. Nice light copper body with a fine soapy white head. It's a very great looking brew.

The aroma is insane! Dense tropical fruits/flowers and resinous hops just shine their way to the forefront. Nice peach/apricot tones creep from behind. Passion fruit sweetness with citric notes are also present. Very well orchestrated to make a pleasant aroma.

The flavor is just as outrageous as the aroma! First the tongue picks up that mixture of Resinous and some citric hop notes. It's a rich experience to the palate for me. Then the tropical passion fruits rest in the aftertaste. The malts are sweet almost honey-ish yet balanced. The finish is semi-dry that coats the palate in hop oils. Lingering leafy hop bitterness lingers in a pleasant way. The way the brew feels on the palate is almost perfect for an IPA. It's has some body, yet it's very limber that flows around like it knows you. Carbonation is on point to accent the flavors.

Overall: Holy $hit! This brew is one hoppy beast. This brew hit everything I look for in an IPA. Huge hoppy aroma - Check. Huge balanced hop flavor - Check. Lingering leafy hop aftertaste - Double Check! This isn't for the faint of heart. The amount of hops that went into this brew, you might've just labeled this a fresh hopped DIPA! All in all, this brew is damn delicious and has my seal of approval. This brew is Recommended!

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4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into snifter

A: nice lively head that dropped away after a few to a small tight head. Nice light copper color. good clarity

S: very pungent hop flavor and all over the spectrum, it's sweet smelling with a light Carmel smell that rounds into a fruity smell like overripe fruit and then a little herbal

T: Bracing fruit, then piney, then a little floral ending with a biscuity herbal taste and a little bit spicy

M: not bad at all but pretty common for an an IPA semi light bodied with a little but of cloying

O: Wonderful beer the hops explode on the tongue and it's very in your face and a lot of different hop flavors, nice bready sweet fruity smell. Really nothing to complain about on this beer look for it you'll love it.

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Photo of ChilliHeights
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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 BMMillsy
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

Can from Joe. Thanks big guy! Pours very slightly hazy golden with a big fluffy white head that sticks around a while and sticks all over the glass. Amazing aroma of citrus grapefruit, mangos, pine, grass, and definite sweet caramel malts in there but the hops are what shine in the nose. Flavor is pineapple, grapefruit, citrus zest, hint of bitter dry pine, grass, yum. Not as dry and bitter as Head Hunter and with a bit more vegetal raw hop flavor and juiciness. Light bodied and easy going with medium plus carbonation. This is good, but what do you expect from these guys when they get their hands on some hops?

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
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 NolaHopHead
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
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 larryi86
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to SomethingClever for this
12 oz bottle, dated 10/10/15, poured into a snifter

A- A clear golden orange with a two finger white head.

S- Grapefruit, some tropical fruits, piney, slightly dank, touch of wet grass.

T- Super dank and piney, huge bitter finish, grapefruit, citrus, some tropical fruits, light sweet malt backbone.

M- Smooth, dry, light to medium body.

O- A super easy drinking IPA. Hoppy as hell, definitely worth seeking out. Second IPA I've tried from Fat Head's and they are both winners. Wet grass in the nose was a little out of place, but doesn't come out in the taste.

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