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

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

Style: American Imperial Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 270
Photo of WilliamLazaroff
5/5  rDev +19%
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 Kinger2425
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.

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Photo of Plowbrain
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!

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Photo of TheRemyLeabeau
4.96/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Will edit review from notes, am heading to the taphouse tonight to indulge in more of this one of a kind brew. Simply amazing! Will edit review in next couple days. Please note this is the Imperial version of their Red Rye beer and this is the first time it was brewed.

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Photo of ChilliHeights
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.

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Photo of trygelski1
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!

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Photo of mclugnut
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!

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Photo of Brenden
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Phyl21ca
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.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle:

"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. Recently Bonefide with a Silver Award at The World Beer Cup."

Spot on. I couldn't do it any more justice. The creamy head is not an exaggeration by any means. Pungent piney hops and chewy malty body. Together they are doing battle American Gladiator style and it works to near perfection.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
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

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Photo of SHDoyle
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.

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Photo of DeFaz
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this today at Spinoza's in Beavercreek, Ohio. Served on tap, it had a light red color, and the head left full lacing around the glass. The smell was a nice balance between rye and hop flavor, especially pine. The taste was consistent with the balance, with pronounced rye but also plenty of hop punch in there. It was fairly bitter, and the alcohol was concealed nicely. The mouthfeel was great, as this beer had the right amount of thickness and carbonation and went down very nicely. Overall, while I'm not a huge fan of rye beers, I recognize that this is well crafted and is easily the best rye IPA I've had.

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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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 EyePeeAyBryan
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I normally dislike red ales quite a bit but this is the best I've ever had. So hoppy, slightly sweet, tons of caramel and the head is fluffy like a pillow. What an outstanding beer!

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Photo of ajm5108
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
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 ChrisMon02
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz pour into a snifter.

Ruby red, clear with a sturdy off white head that leaves sticky lacing around the rim of the glass. Sweet malt, dank, tropical hops. Tropical sweetness, dank hops and and caramel malt blend well to provide an intense flavor without being cloying. Finishes semi-dry.

Another great brew from Fat Head's. Hoppy sweet goodness that is super drinkable for the ABV. Well done.

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Photo of Bone53
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
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 BB1313
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
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 NolaHopHead
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.

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

12oz pour into snifter for $5 at the brewery in N. Olmsted, OH.

Clear, amber/ruby elixir, 3mm slightly off-white head, thick lacing covers the glass.

Huge citrus and piney hops, spice, and caramel. Some underlying earth tones. Really nice, complex aroma.

The piney/earthy hops are at the forefront with a nice smooth bitterness. Some caramel malt at the end, quickly overwhelmed by the hops for a bittering aftertaste.

Medium body, nicely carbonated, the alcohol well hidden.

This is my kind of Imperial Red. Another well done brew by Fatheads.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Triple Digit tulip. Crystal clear pour. Very red in color - almost burgundy when held up to the light - and an impressive head of rocky ivory-colored foam with good retention and clumpy lacing. I get lots of nice citrusy hops on the nose. It smells like a good IIPA. Lemons, grapefruit, orange blossoms, and a hint of fresh linen.

Medium body with a slick feel and a nicely balanced flavor. Rich toasted malt, fresh bread, caramel, and biscuits with honey. A nice salvo of American hops charges in quickly and scours the palate without destroying it. Nice tropical fruit bitter notes of lemon peel, oranges, and grapefruit juice. The malt never leaves the palate. The toasty notes remain lingering in the background and the sweet breadiness supports the hops through the finish.

I'm usually not a big fan of this style, but anything from Fat Head's that involves lots of hops is usually worth a look so I took a flyer on this beer. I'm glad I did. The reason I don't usually like this style is because the precise combination of toasted malt, hops, and alcohol one finds in it makes the beer taste like an American barleywine that has been sitting around for several months and whose hops tend towards an herbal, tea-like character. That is not the case with this one. The hops are bright and fruity with nice tropical citrus notes. The toasted malt is there, but is content to play second fiddle.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look – Medium sized bubbled head. Not too much darker than white. Beer is dark, almost burnt orange. You can see through it, barely.

Smell – It smells like a dank IPA. There is passion fruit, grapefruit, and a little malt.

Taste – It is a mellowed out IPA taste. Finishes with the classic bitterness you expect.

Feel – I like the creamy, smooth feel in the beginning. You don’t really lose that feel going down or after it has settled.

Overall – I was really surprised by this one. I was not expecting the hop flavor, maybe I should have looked at the picture. It is toned down enough to where a hop hater can drink it. Versatile.

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Photo of JakerLou
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.

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