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

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4.2/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TheRemyLeabeau on 03-13-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,671
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
267
pDev:
7.86%
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Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/26/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, mango, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toffee, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, mango, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toffee, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, mango, pineapple, peach, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel, toffee, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial red ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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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 jlindros
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.

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Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of WoodBrew
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of mdfb79
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IrishColonial
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 Duff27
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sweffin
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eziel
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of ShanePB
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sabtos
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.

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Photo of rudzud
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

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Photo of outoffocus
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an amber red color with a white soapy head. Aroma of big malt and perhaps a whiskey element. In the taste, spicy rye, toasted malt and a dry hop bite. Alcohol is there but not overpowering. Has a doughy malt, spicy rye, caramel and bitters thing going on. Medium to full bodied ale, with a dry bite and cleaner finish. Overall, I quite enjoyed the bigger version of the bonehead.

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Bone Head Imperial Red from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 267 ratings