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 BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
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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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 superspak
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/8/2015. Pours slightly hazy orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of bright/dank citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Large amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pine, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of bright/dank citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and minimal hop astringency after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness that builds up after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding fresh hop IPA. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of bright/dank citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. The resinous quality does build up as you finish the glass, but never really gets to the point where it becomes unbearable. A highly enjoyable offering.

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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 TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Tucquan
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on fresh 2014-11-10 in Columbia, PA from a 16 oz can. Again on 2016-11-24 in Pittsburgh from a 12oz bottle.

A - Clear golden-orange with a 2-finger white head that drops to 1/2-finger pretty quickly leaving moderate lace.

S - Very fresh-picked hops with an expected grassy/vegetal element and some cousin dankness. There's a nice dollop of pineapple flesh and a touch of pale malt. I'm enjoying this fresh-from-the-field aroma.

T - Hop forward for sure and the epitome of a hop cone crushed in the hand and sucked on in the mouth. If you like the taste of fresh hops; it's definitely in here. It's dank but not beyond the level that I enjoy. There is some lemon/grapefruit flesh and zest, plenty of pine and a mild amount of pale malt. It's not very sweet/caramel; certainly less-so than Head Hunter. The bitterness continues into the finish but so does the fresh hop / just-picked flavor.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Resinous and prickly for sure.

O - The brewers did a great job capturing the fresh hop aromas and flavors. Definitely check this out if you like fresh hop brews.

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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 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 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 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 agreenman19
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
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 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 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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