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Bonehead Imperial Red | Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TheRemyLeabeau on 03-13-2014

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41
Ratings:
223
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
19%
 
 
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Photo of Plowbrain
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW! WOW!WOW!WOW!WOW!
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!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
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

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Photo of jlindros
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of FBarber
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of barczar
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Kinger2425
5/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of mclugnut
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

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Photo of Stevem68
4.25/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

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Photo of JakerLou
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Roguer
3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber in color, with a moderate-to-short head of light tan foam.
Aroma-Big piney hops
Taste-Up front onrush of piney hops, followed by toasted malt, caramel and tropical fruit. Dangerously drinkable for strength.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a oversized brandy snifter. A vigorous pour achieves a solid inch of light tan head. Body is a deep mahogany in tone. Nose is a beautiful mix of hops and malts. Hop tones are of resin and citrus pulp in terms of smell. With first sip I think WOW this beer is very well put together in terms of smell. Big and bold with tons of resinous hop characters playing here. Malt stays strong as the backbone but really acts to make this beer creamy smooth. This beer gives you such a wonderful gelling of big hop flavors and bold malts. It is a true joy to drink but watch out, at 9.4% this one sneaks up on you in a hurry.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fat Heads Bonehead

Look 9/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 88/100

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Photo of Brenden
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is a deep medium-dark red with a big, soapy off-white head. It sticks around pretty tall for the duration of the session, leaving creamy lacing on the walls of the glass in good volume.
This is a big, rich red that is surprisingly balanced for its size and depth. It shows lots of fruitiness in wide variety through both the aroma and flavor, from a touch of tropical to ripened dark fruits to some more citrusy. This balances with some toffee and caramel sweetness, and all of this balances against a huge hop bill (some of the fruitier notes being a part of that). Thick, toasty breads, earth, and something spicy and rye-like add some more balance and flavor to it. As for the hops themselves, they seems to all be a part of the overall while attributing some more earth, herb and pine. This is big and robust, massively flavorful but still more drinkable than one might think.
The feel is just as big, rich and robust as the aroma and flavor. The body reaches full while flowing smoothly, even with a great creaminess, going right together with a full crispness. It ends up being somewhere in the middle but leaning semi-dry, adding to how easy it is to drink.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: A nice blend of heavy grassy hop notes with some bready, caramel like malty sweetness. Clean fermentation character. Very inviting with a richness of dank grassy hop aroma and caramel malty sweetness.

Appearance: Hazy brick red pour with a low white head. Head retention is good. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: A rush of caramel-like sweetness with grassy bitter hop flavors. Balance is to the earthy bitterness but there is a nice sweet bread malt base with lots of grassy hop character. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is lingering and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Has a slightly oily and creamy character to it.

Overall impression: Very nice hoppy amber! Approaching American Barleywine character while remaining lighter and drinkable. Another winner from Fat Head’s!

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Photo of ONUMello
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated 3/24/15 poured into a pint glass
A: Reddish brown with a 1/2-finger head
S: Lots of hop notes, particularly pine and tropical fruit, with a solid malt backbone
T: Matches the nose, adding a nice peppery/herbal note
M: Medium+ bodied, bitter
O: Another enjoyable hop-forward ale from Fat Head's

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz.

Pours mostly clear dark reddish brown. Off-white head retains indefinitely.

Smells of bready malts, caramel, hempy grains, and lightly piney bitter hops.

Tastes of bready malts, piney hops, and caramel.

Medium to full body, tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Really nice hoppier red ale, nothing super unique about it, but just well above average on every point. Very worth trying.

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Photo of Bone53
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Amber color in the glass with a one finger light beige head

Smell: That sweet caramel malt right off the bat that youd expect in an amber ale, ton of dank tropical and slight citrus fruit, onion undertone

Taste: A great balance of sweet caramel malt and dank citrusy, onion hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body, goes down smooth considering the abv. with a little more hop bitterness than i prefer in an amber

Overall: Really nice imperial amber ale right here. The balance of sweet malt and dank hops is awesome, although it does have more onion/garlic spice than i really prefer, which keeps it from being world class for me. Also huge bitterness that i dont relate amber/red ales with. Nitpicking aside, this is one of the better imperial amber ales I've had. Id almost put this up there with Nugget Nectar, but not quite

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Man, Fat Head's can do no wrong.

This has that fruity tone that I really love to see in an amber, but rarely do to this level. This is an amber ale at its best.

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