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

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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:
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Added by BB1313 on 10-09-2013

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65
Ratings:
505
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
6.98%
 
 
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Photo of bobhits
3.4/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up up tonight based on some reviews and comments on the forums. I'm already almost dressed to see I bought a bottle when cans exist. Why do breweries offer cans and then the horrible low quality CRAP that are bottles? Really sucks since I know this won't be as fresh or good but what can you do?

BTW just a soap box moment but once a brewery can afford a canning line, stop putting ANY beer in glass unless you think a cork is needed. Otherwise CAN, it's better, period end of story.

Ok to the beer.

Pours a bright golden color, light on carbonation and head. Kinda disappointing at the ABV and the talk of fresh hops.

The nose is citrus, lacking much malt even minor caramels are nearly non existent. I'm sadly getting vegetables. Hoppy goodness and veggies kinda putting this off.

The flavor sadly is going the same direction. I get nearly no malt character, it's there and keeping this from being a bittering puckering mess, but I get citrus and then vegetables. There's a bit of a wow factor and yet it is missing some elements of greatness. I really want to try this in a can to see if they got things balanced just a hair better.

I often here that IPA's don't have the same requirements in perfection to be good, that hops over power. Sorry but a 3% improvement in the hop flavor and malt flavor move this beer to the 4.5 range. There was just no room for flaws in this beer and there are flaws. Even a tiny MINOR improvement moves this into the world class level.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.52/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with a light beige head dying to a thin bubbly film.

Smell is tangerine, buttery biscuit, cracker, popcorn and lemon.

Taste is peppery cracker, tangerine, and bitter grapefruit pith.

Frothy but very dry.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Hazy deep orange. Medium white head. Smell is pine and grassy hops. Some caramel malts. Taste is grassy and almost immediately bitter. A little bit of sweet citrus behind it. Malty in the middle and bitterness takes over in the finish. Medium heavy. Flavorful but a bit too heavy for my tastes.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy orange, with a finger and a half of thick, white head. slow stream of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.
Smell- nice fruity, piney aroma.
Taste- Upfront pine, light fruit, hop funk, mild citrus, somewhat wheaty in the end.
Feel- Medium body, high carbonation, quite dry, and slightly chalky in the end.
Overall- not a bad IPA, i think it could have done with some filtering, as the grainy taste and chalky feel made the beer slightly less appealing to me. nevertheless there is a nice amount of fruitiness and pine going on and it drinks very nicely. worth trying for sure.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.87/5  rDev -10%
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 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 RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 10/15/14

Nice amber-ish color. Nose is vegetal hop tones. Flavor brings the same smooth vegetal tone. It's smooth and definitely nice and there is a nice oily vegetal thing going on. Not really blowing me away or anything though. Doesn't seem worthy of a 4.38 rating. (The average score when I rated this one.)

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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 Weisenbeer
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brewer does it again. Super hoppy, a bit of an aftertaste, but smooth. I have liked everything I have tried from these folks. Stick with their "standard" IPA generally, but try this for a slight chance of pace.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz. "tallboy" can into a standard pint glass.
Hazy gold with a nice cap of off-white foam.
Aroma-Big dose of fresh juicy hops
Taste-Full-on dank piney hops. Fresh and flavorful.

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Photo of Hoppierheadsprevail
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't really get into the whole description deal. But this is a golden orange clear pouring IPA. Small head with a very earthy smell. Taste of pine with a perfect bitter touch and clean finish. Solid brew!

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Photo of patpbr
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured copper with a nice inch head that had nice retention.
S - Fresh hops that tend towards citrus and earthy.
T - Pine and grapefruit with a bit of caramel malt to balance it out.
M - Medium body with a dry finish.
O - Another solid hoppy beer from Fat Heads.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The front of the CAN clearly delineates the name as “Hop Stalker Fresh Hop IPA” and the reverse of the CAN says that it originated from their Middleburg Heights, OH location. I have submitted updates, but I am going to post this review under every potential entry until this CAN be unscrewed.

Here is another CAN courtesy of the good peeps at The Fridge. Futty got me a CAN of Fiddlehead B.C. Second Fiddle during a recent trip to Vermont and now Kevin Brown laid a CAN of this on me when a customer came in with a bunch of them following a trip to Ohio. I pays to advertise! I had wanted to trade for this when it first came out, but given The CANQuest’s ™ current backlog, I am being judicious in pulling in more beer for the time being. In fact, Brown made me promise to drink it sooner, rather than later. Aye aye! The bottom reads: “CANned on 10/15/14 10:16”.

From the CAN: “[-] Pour It Slowly [-] Unfiltered Beer Captured Inside [-] Go Commando [-] Drink it Fresh”; “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.”; “Chill Out Man, Have A Beer! ™ [undersigned] Matt [-] Chris [-] Glenn”; “Don’t let your [CAN ] wander. Stalk a recycling bin.”

Heaven forbid! My CANs now go to Jeff Lebo for inclusion in his House of CANs. I will recycle BMC and pop CANs, but not a craft CAN such as this.

All preliminaries having been accomplished, it was time for the Crack! Not only did it reveal another brimful craft CAN, but I got a Squirt across my fingertips to boot. It took a lot of willpower NOT to CANduct an inverted Glug, but the CAN specifically told me not to and I promised #TheOldLady back in July 2013 that I would not do so if the CAN advised against it. A promise is a promise, so I inclined both glass and CAN, although I was not inclined to do so, and used a very gentle deCANting process. I still produced a finger of dense, tawny head, but it quickly faded, leaving some really sticky lacing in its wake. Nose was dank, earthy, like freshly upturned soil, with notes of grass, lemon zest and evergreen. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity, which may be why they wanted a gentle pour: there may be bits to rouse at the end. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was MUCH earthier than Sixpoint Sensi, which I had previous to this one. I would be curious to know what hop varieties were used in each of them. While this did not have a pronounced hoppy bitterness, per se, it was clearly higher in ABV than my two previous beers. That earthiness reminded me of summer tomatoes or peppers, both of which my next door neighbor grows and allows me to pick and eat. Very little goes to waste around me as a lifelong bachelor and I have no CANpunction about eating FF&V. Finish was dry, but not bitter. It was very earthy and quite mellow. If they make it again next year, I may try to get some on a timelier basis, but I still think that it held up well. I was not getting a lot of malt characteristics, which is indicative of fading hops. And now for the final pour. Will it be like a box of Cracker Jacks and there will be a special prize at the bottom? I agitated the CAN repeatedly before engaging in an agro pour. Waste not, want not, I always say. I got a tad bit of lees, but the favor profile did not markedly change.

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Photo of LAp
4.17/5  rDev -3%
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 jlindros
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

10/07/15, thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Small fizzy head, almost no lacing, light sediment floaties, hazy orange slight reddish color.

Nose is quite nice, big hops, fruit stone fruit,, tropical notes, candied dried tree fruit, apricot, citrus orange peel, light floral, sticky mild resin candy, little dank.

Taste is Hoppy, big fruity grassy floral hops, citrus, juicy fruit, candied dried apricot tangerine candy, candied orange peel, sweet candy, little syrupy note. Into big bitter spicy hop, earthy briny, little hop resin sticky. Finish mildly sticky, little syrupy, drier, lingering citrus and candy, big bitterness, spicy notes.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, carb creamy but light, sticky.

Overall good but feels more like a dipa than ipa, but nice.

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Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade., shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear golden hue with fair amount of floaties. The head fades quickly to leave thin wisps.

S - Aromas of citrus flesh, little bit of dankness. Little bit of malt sweetness, nice well rounded hops.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, lots of dank hops, loads of citrus peel light malts and grapefruit. The finish is quite bitter, surprisingly so, almost double ipa level.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, aggressively bitter, bit sticky.

O - Overall this beer was a solid representation of the style. Really nice offering from Ohio.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pours a foggy orange-gold. Huge egg shell/off-white head. Great retention and significant lacing.

Smells of green hops, and more hops. Slightly dank/medicinal.

This thing is a taste bud destroyer. So much that you don't think it is a hoppy beer by the time it's gone. It throws everyrhing and the kitchen sink at you. Very fresh/green tasting hop juice with a hint of weed, a lot of fresh grass and pine, and citrus. Some semi sweet malts do creep in toward the end.

It becomes a little drying eventually. You would swear it has more alcohol. Otherwise, a very nice body. Almost creamy.

This beer isn't hoppy for hoppy's sake. The quality of the flavors is excellent. However, it does get pretty much to the total numbing point for me before it is gone, so I am not going to score the taste as high as it probably should be- which is world class. One of the best 3 wet hopped beers I have had.

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

Somehow I missed this one last year. This year it's in bottles. Yum, it's real good.

It has the right look - medium, light yellow IPA, slightly golden. Nice little head and lace. The aroma is a strong - hoppy in every way. Piney.

The taste is thick with hops. Mounds of green oozing from every sip. It's resinous. This is one of the best over hopped drinks - this is what they all are shooting for. Fat Heads, of course, hits it perfectly.

This is highly recommended for those looking for a hops OD. This is it - enjoy.

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

1 PINT can
Served in a nonic pint glass

L - It pours golden amber in color. It is crystal clear. It is topped with several inches of eggshell head.

S - The smell is great. I pick up on some citrus. It's dank, and I even smell a little weed.

T - The taste consists of bitter grapefruit. It is dank with a pine finish.

F - Medium

O - Yet another great offering from Fat Heads. They seem to do no wrong with hops.

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Photo of BB1313
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Fat Head's in N. Olmsted, Ohio

Pours golden with a slght haze; small eggshell white head that leaves nice lacing and retention. Smells awesome. Lots of mango, peach, and watermelon. There's a bit of sweet bready malts in the background. Flavors are very sharp and bitter. Sweet fruits along with some citrus. Nice amount of grapefruit. Hints of pine needles. West coast vibe. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied; smooth with active carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

Yep, this is an awesome IPA. Most breweries would be extremely proud of this, but it comes off as just another day at the office for Fat Head's. Well executed.

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
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 do_ob
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Vibrant gold on the pour and settles as a beautiful copper in the glass. Looks like a brand new penny with 2 fingers of sticky, white foam on top. Great clarity and carbonation. Huge aroma - one of those you can smell while you're pouring it. Dank, sticky pine, hops, juicy tropical fruit, and more hops. Relatively light weight compared to some other IPA's of this abv. The mouthfeel is lively and smooth, but not overly creamy. Sweet malts, pine, and tropical fruit up front on the taste. Those hops creep in as it warms on the palate, and damn they are delicious. Finishes smooth and you're left with a hugely bitter aftertaste. Damn there are some hops in this thing.

Overall, outstanding for sure. Beautifully balanced with hopheads in mind. My only dilemma is deciding whether I like this better than Head Hunter.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the can into a pint glass. Canned on 10/13/14, very fresh.

A- Poured a semi-clear orange color with some visible carbonation, big fluffy off-white head left dense, glass-coating lace.

S- Huge pungent and dank hoppiness, lots of grapefruit, pine, orange citrus, and tropical hop notes.

T- Lots of sweet citrus hop notes, big sweet candy caramel malt presence, lots of leafy and grassy hops. Finishes with moderate to high bitterness.

M- Very smooth, creamy, soft carbonation, dry, and medium bodied.

O- The taste didn't totally match the aroma. The aroma had a much more bold hop character, but this is a really nice well-balanced fresh hop IPA. The malt bill was very rich, flavorful, and played off the hop bill very nicely. It is hard to beat a fresh IPA in 16 oz. can.

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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 spacecake9
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear golden orange color with a small head that settles quickly and leaves a bit of lacing.
S - I was slowly opening this beer and all of a sudden my nose was filled with aroma of hops.
T - Flavor is dank and resinous. Maybe a hint of grapefruit and a lot of bitterness. More bitter than the 80 IBU would suggest.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - Very good fresh hop IPA, and another good one from Fat Head's.

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