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

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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:
72
Ratings:
535
pDev:
6.91%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
67
Gots:
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Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.72/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of nmann08
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
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 +3%
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
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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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

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

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

Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
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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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.71/5  rDev -14.5%
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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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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Hop Stalker Fresh Hop IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 535 ratings
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