Bone Head Imperial Red
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Red Ale - Imperial
Ranked #5
Ranked #2,212
4.2 | pDev: 7.62%
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States
Bone Head Imperial RedBone Head Imperial Red
Notes: We can boldly say that this hoppy red is unlike any other you’ve tried. Hopped-up to the max, deep ruby in color, with a smooth as silk mouthfeel and an almost pungent piney aroma. Malts bone-up their magic with a hearty, biscuity, almost rustic touch of flavor and a slightly bitter fruitiness. A creamy head always tops it off. Bonefide with a gold medal at the GABF.

A full bodied Imperial Red Ale brewed with a massive amount of Pacific Northwest hops that are complemented by caramel malts. Dry hopped and hop-backed with Simcoe hops give this beer it’s pungent piney aroma.
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a nice looking semi-dark amber to brown color with a small cap of eggshell white foamy head swiftly gliding off to leave some sporadic lace.
The aroma punched some mango and pine together with some pine nuts, rustic farmy to slightly basement smooth character. It's odd to me since I don't necessarily think that farmy/basementy smell shouldn't be there however, it seems to "fit" to me.
The flavor made sure the mango and pine was in the front running through those pine nuts sweetly and with an earthy bitter crisp quality. Slight basement but honestly, barely there. Aftertaste was mildly mango, piney and orangey.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Good carbonation and skillful ABV. Crisp semi-dry finish with pine, semi-rustic and nutty earthy character.
Overall, to me, it's a solid take on an imperial red ale. The aroma seemed a bit different but I'd say it worked.

May 01, 2019
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SHDoyle from Ohio

4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Description: Clear with a ruby, amber, red color. Little to no head when poured into a snifter. Smell is dank, hoppy and delicious. Mango and pine come through to create a big, bold, enticing aroma. Taste is just like the smell: dank and hoppy with a nice bitter finish. The mouthfeel is a little heavier than an IPA with a dry, clean aftertaste.

Suggested food pairing: Fried fish

If you like this beer then you should also try: Redankulous

Overall: 4.5 (This beer is very good and I would definitely have it again) this is good. Big, bold flavors and aromas throughout. Tastes more like a DIPA than a normal red/amber ale (which I generally find pretty blah). Once again, Fat Head's shows they know what to do with hops. This is one not to pass up.

Jun 17, 2017
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jp32 from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Real big and boozy for an amber, this beer is warm and vicious. Nice dark amber color with decent head on top. Caramel malt backbone fades into some bready and biscuity notes alongside a resinous punch of pine and citrus. Still quite hoppy, but in a world dominated by IPAs and double IPAs, its a pleasant change of pace.

May 18, 2017
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dfconnor from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a pleasant bitterness to it and a noticeable grapefruit overtones. Has a boozy quality to it as well. This is definitely a one-and-done beer. Far too big to be a session ale.

May 14, 2017
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StonewallSipper from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber brown color, aroma is of malt and bread, taste is great for the style, I am not getting alot of hops, but the malt is there, it is like a hop devil but lacking the hoppiness I enjoy.

Apr 20, 2017
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - dark red Burgandy color with slight head and skimming
Smell - cherry, ruby red grapefruit, tangerine with a slight caramel malt backbone
Taste - really fruity hoppy taste but not overall bitter
Feel - full body and light carbonation, very smooth
Overall - incredible

Apr 14, 2017
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Deep red / mahogany with 1+ fingers of creamy off-white head. Excellent clarity with lively carbonation.

Grapefruit, orange citrus, pine, lemon, passion fruit, caramel, and candy sugar.

Pink grapefruit zest, tangerine, pine needle, and bright florals. Caramel maltiness with residual candy sugars. Finishes zesty and resiny with a lingering bitter bite.

Full bodied, crisp, silky, off-dry, and moderately bitter.

Nice classic west coast hop profile on top of a firm caramel base. Big flavors and a great Imperial Red IPA that drinks easy for the abv.

Apr 10, 2017
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ChilliHeights from Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoy this fantastic ale at Fats Heads on draft. Just great, great color, aroma taste and finish. it was easy to sip but strong on the alcohol. Nice citrus taste and hoppy, hoppy, hoppy. Cant wait to go back and have another.

Dec 29, 2016
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Plowbrain from Ohio

5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Screw your stupid mouth-feel.. And your gay smell, taste, hearing, or whatever else you wannabe wine-o's think!
I'm a down to earth, down home guy who LOVES craft beer and THIS ONE IS IT!
The MOST delicious beer I've EVER HAD!

May 25, 2016
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours deep ruby amber, thin tan head, soapy lace. Big fruity aroma, was expecting resiny bready aroma but was surprised with the tropical nose. Taste follows with a balance of caramel malt sweetness, fruity and floral hops, piney bitterness in the very end. Finishes dry. Medium slippery mouth. Impressed again by Fat Heads.

May 22, 2016
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Phyl21ca from Canada

4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a clear amber/copper color ale with a nice foamy head. Aroma of citrusy and piney hops with nice floral undertones. Taste is a nice mix of citrusy and piney hops notes with limited bitterness and some nice floral undertones with limited residual sugar notes. Body is full with good carbonation. Another super enjoyable hoppy ale from this brewer.

May 09, 2016
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Wow is that a dark dank brew! Almost dark brown in color I don't think I ever seen such an opaque colored head in a red ale before which is a 1/2 inch that pulls back to great lacing.
S - Mostly sweet but it does have a distinct pine needles smell others described. Smell is excellent.
T - Bitter yet balanced with a touch of caramel sweetness the bitterness does linger a bit with every sip.
M - Does show its boozy side a bit but is easy to put away slick medium bodied brew.

Overall I am not sure why I don't buy more Fatheads brews this one was fantastic.

May 07, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra, poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice crystal clear reddish brown with a nice fat one finger off white head that fades slowly to leave sticky lacing and a nice thin creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of light caramels, lightly sweet malts, real faint pine needles, very light citrus, primarily oranges and zest. No alcohol, but, a bit sweet.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Fair amount of malty caramel sweetness, booze/alcohol is fairly prominent here. Strong lingering bitterness on the finish. Fair amount of candied orange peel. Sticky, loads of earthy piney hops.

M - Mouthfeel is pleasantly bitter, still fairly boozy and a bit sticky though.

O - Overall this was a solid imperial red ale. Big, boozy, bitter.

Serving Type: Bottle

May 02, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to rudzud for sharing. Bottled 4/01/16, so very fresh.

Pours syrupy looking with a smaller but decent 1/4 finger fizzy head that fades semi slowly, mild lacing, dark but clear mahogany color.

Nose some reddish sweet candy malts, toasty malts with a little sweet toffee notes, some nice hops, a bit floral but some citrus and orange peel, a touch of candied spicy hop and orange zest.

Taste brings sweet malts out front, sweet and a little syrupy with some caramel, toasted reddish malts, a little toffee, faint booze warmth, maybe a touch of fruity esters but hard to tell as the big hops kick in quickly, spicy with a pretty big bitter kick after a few seconds, more candied orange peel, some generic citrus and fruit, a little floral, etc. Finish is a bit sticky, a touch more warming booze, pretty big spicy earthy hop punch.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, little syrupy, decent carb, bit of warming booze.

Overall not bad, decent hop and malt profile, feel and booze about what I expected them to be at, same with general taste profile, nothing special, but a good big hoppy red IPA style when you're craving that.

Apr 29, 2016
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FBarber from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber hue - clear and crisp. One finger off-white head slowly dissipates leaving some nice sticky lacing along the glass and a film along the top of the beer.

Smell is grapefruit and pine with some catty notes. Bit of a malty undertone comes through as well. Nice balanced aroma.

Taste has notes of ruby red grapefruit with some nice strong pine notes giving way to catty notes and a mildly bitter finish. Clear malt backbone in this one, but the malt never really overpowers any of the hop flavors, its just there in the background providing balance. Flavor hides the alcohol very well in spite of the ABV.

Feel is smooth and on the lighter side with medium carbonation. Keeps it pretty drinkable.

Overall, a really fine amber ale from Fat Head's. Really enjoyed this one.

Apr 27, 2016
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barczar from Kentucky

4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge grapefruit, pine, grass, and light onion and catty notes in aroma.

Flavor doesn't disappoint, with sharp grapefruit that carries throughout. Pine emerges in the moderately bitter finish. The amber malt provides a light sweetness, to contrast, but the hop notes override the amber malt fruitiness I typically find offputting.

Apr 19, 2016
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Kinger2425 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I never even heard of this beer and found it this week. After buying a 4 pack to try it, I immediately called the distributor to reserve a case. Maybe my new favorite.

Apr 15, 2016
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mclugnut from Maryland

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear and ruby reddish orange color with a thick white head with lacing that sticks around! The smells slightly piney with big citrus notes, grapefruity and very pleasant. The taste is very well balance between he smooth malt which is slightly sweet and offsets the big hops flavor. for being 90 IBU's I expected to have my taste buds ripped out but instead the flavor is so balanced that the IBU's don't seem to be as big. Finish is also smooth and not sharp and does not have bitter finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and resinous but not unpleasant. This could be a daily drinker except for he 9+ ABV. I like this a lot!

Apr 10, 2016
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Stevem68 from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear ruby Amber color. Aroma is pine and citrus with a malty backbone. Flavor has nice pines notes with a balanced malty finish. This is incredibly drinkable with a great feel. Overall this is one of the best red ales I've ever had.

Apr 09, 2016
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep amber with moderate fluffy head. Average retention. Aroma has deep caramel malt with citra hop notes. The malt / hop ratio on this pretty balanced, rich golden & caramel malt with a sharp pine finish, undertones of citra. Good harmony in flavors, certainly bitter at the end but not overwhelmingly so. Good body and feel, slick and resinous.

Apr 09, 2016
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trygelski1 from Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle that was just bottled on 3/31 poured into tulip glass:

Look: Pours a deep ruby red with about an inch of head and tons of lacing present.

Smell: Citrus, hops, pine, tropical fruits.

Taste: Dank awesomeness! Loads of citrus, pine, tropical notes, and a nice solid caramel malt backbone.

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: This is one tasty imperial red IPA. This might be the best one I have had to date. I put this right up there with the Founders Redankulous if not better. This brew is very worthy of that gold medal last year at the GABF! Get out there and grab a 4 pack or heck even a case if you can!

Apr 09, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Revisiting this a few years after I became far more fond of bitterness, this seems like an entirely different (read: much more enjoyable) beer to me.

Burnt amber-red with a thick khaki foam.

Smell is both spicily dank and fruity, where the fruit sort of leans towards cotton candy with strawberry and orange cream.

Taste originally comes off as caramel, carpet, rug and biscuit. Then a sharp, contrasting piney bitterness, which somehow manages to avoid being too extreme, helps develop notes of round toffee and freshly baked biscuit, which is all given some pep by accents of orange and strawberry cream.

The medium-light body has a full fizz and finishes semi-dry.

Dec 17, 2015
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JakerLou from New Hampshire

4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish brown with a finger of white head. Nice lacing throughout.

Smells of pineapple, lemon, grass, melon, and spice.

I get a lot of pineapple at the front of the mouth. Hints of lemon, over ripe melon, grass, and touch of spice. Middle of the mouth has a nice sweetness to it. The finish is a mildly bitter pineapple.

The mouthfeel is soft and pleasant.

Overall this is a very nice beer especially considering this is one of my least favorite styles. To me this beer has very little bitterness and a huge pineapple flavor, and I like me some pineapple.

Aug 30, 2015
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Roguer from Georgia

3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark reddish amber ale. Head is very poor, even after an exceptionally aggressive finishing pour. Retention is similarly sub-standard. Lacing is short-lived.

Lovely hoppy aroma, melded with dry grainy notes of caramel malt. Light citrus, spicy and peppery earthy notes, floral hints, and pine resin.

Flavor is a little less sweet than expected, especially given the high ABV. There's a touch of brown sugar and caramel, quite a bit of chewy grain, and very nicely integrated hop notes (citrus, pine, floral, spice, earth). I would prefer at least a touch more sweetness. Bitterness is present but not particularly bracing.

Balanced brew, showing no hint of the high ABV; this could pass for 6%. Nice long finish, semi-dry effervescence but with a sticky hop oil coating that lasts.

This is a solid beer, but it doesn't fill a niche for a craving of mine. It reminds me of Brown Shugga, but with far less sweetness - and in this case, that's to this beer's detriment.

Jun 07, 2015
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mdfb79 from New York

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 05/30/15 notes. On tap at the brewpub in Pittsburgh, PA.

Pours a deep murky red brown color with one inch of off white and low carbonation evident. Fruity malts, some pine hops, citrus hops, dank resin, bready malts. and tropical notes. Medium body and low carbonation, doesn't feel like 9.4% ABV.

Overall very good, great taste and easy to drink. Very good for a red ale.

Jun 01, 2015
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