Bone Head Imperial Red | Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Bone Head Imperial RedBone Head Imperial Red

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

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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4/5  rDev -5%

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Photo of WilliamLazaroff
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The last guy who reviewed this beer is an idiot who shouldn't drink beer. This beer smells like heaven, tastes like fresh vagina and looks like Kate Upton. How could anyone not like it is beyond me.

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Photo of Plowbrain
5/5  rDev +18.8%
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!

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Photo of BB1313
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3/25/15. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a deep auburn with a fluffy off-white head that leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are dank and exactly what you would expect from Fat Head's. Tons of tropical notes. Lots of peach and mango. Pineapple is in the mix with a touch of ripe grapefruit. Caramel malts are present in the aromas and flavors, but the hops still dominate. The flavors are bitter with a subtle sweetness. There's also subtle hints of cocoa. More peach and mango. Some sweet caramel in the mix attempting to give this one some balance. Lots of fresh pine needles too. Maybe some rye or black pepper in the finish. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation; very creamy and smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed; dangerously drinkable.

This is exactly what I expect from Fat Head's. Well executed. This has their classic hop profile, but with a malt backbone. Great stuff. Recommended.

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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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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 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 jp32
4.04/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of OhioBobcat
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of GameOfBeers
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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 BuckeyeSlim
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of JC333
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HeyYoMar
4.17/5  rDev -1%

Photo of GOBLIN
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another delicious and well crafted beer from Fat Heads. This is a fantastic imperial red ale. Deep ruby in appearance. Smooth and silky in it's feel. Hoppy and touch of caramel in it's flavor. Not much in the way of aromas however. Sticky traces of lacing on the glass. Shhh . . . if it weren't for Nosferatu, this would be my favorite imperial red ale. Not just in Ohio but in the country. Well done.

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Photo of Juicer
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jminch
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Zonian1
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigMac59
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Bone Head Imperial Red from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
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