Hop Marauder Imperial IPA
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #292
Ranked #2,412
4.3 | pDev: 6.28%
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States
Notes: Firm bitterness and just the right amount of malty body are married with tantalizing layers of pine, papaya, earth and tropical fruits.
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 73 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear burnt orange with a frothy white head that leaves some streaks

Smell: Very piney, with some honey, mango and grapefruit

Taste: A little tropical, up front, with the honey and mango tones but the pine and pith wallop the palate through the middle; fairly bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A bit too much on the piney side when the world has moved in a tropical direction

 444 characters

Photo of SWOhio-aquifer
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

best ipa on the shelf period wish I had more to say but this one is well hyped because it deserves such acclaim.
ohio has the best ipa..are you lying dog.. no this is for real. be warned though the alcohol at 7.5 can creeps up on you.
hits all notes.

 254 characters

Photo of ajm5108
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice balance on the nose between tropical aromatics, stone fruit and a dash of 'resin'. Taste is more piney and alpha acidic, but there are some nice peach and pear notes underneath as well to smooth it out. Another solid IPA from fat heads

 241 characters

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, bold and a hoppy monster. Well crafted and enjoyable. Very little malt to support the onslaught of hops but it works well and is a nice change of pace DIPA. Finishes dry and bitter. Not in the league od JuJu or Dank Sinatra but really good nonetheless. Recommended if you want a hop bomb that strips the enamel off of your teeth.

 334 characters

Photo of FBarber
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brownish orange. Clear and crisp. Thick frothy white head dissipates slowly leaving a layer of foam on the glass with a thin layer of white foam on top of the beer.

Aroma is a blend of piney hops, honey, pine needles, citrus fruit, mango, and grapefruit.

Taste follows the nose with notes of pine, pine needles, sap, grapefruit, mango, honey and an almost blueberry flavor on the back end. Very smooth flavors that are well balanced. Its somewhat bitter on the backend but not overly so.

Feel is light, drinkable, and smooth. Mild carbonation.

Overall this is a really nice DIPA. Excellently crafted and very tasty.

 634 characters

Photo of SHDoyle
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Description: Honey colored and clear with white head and lacing. Smell is big and bold: dank, resin, pine, mango and floral. Tons going on here and it smells fantastic. Taste is similar with the mango and fruit more pronounced than with the aroma but the pine, dank and hoppy, delicious, bitter funk all come through as well. Everything plays together very well and the alcohol is masked. Body is medium to heavy for an IPA and a smooth drinker.

Suggested food pairing: Chicken kabobs

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

Overall: 4.5 (This beer is very good and I would definitely have it again) Wow. Picked this up on a whim without much research and it was outstanding. Once again, Fat Head's has proven that it knows what to do with some hops. This is certainly in the same league as Hop Juju, which, if you've had Hop Juju, you know is pretty high praise. Head to head, I think I might even give this the edge over Juju. Seriously. If you get a chance, don't pass by this one!

 1,013 characters

Photo of buschbeer
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

32 ounce growler
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours a beautiful amber color with burnt orange highlights. It is topped with an inch of beige head that leaves a little lacing.

It has a dank aroma intermingled with citrus notes. Orange seems to be the most prevalent.

The flavor is dank with loads of citrus and pine.

Medium, slick mouthfeel

It is brewed by Fat Head's and contains hops. How could it possibly be anything but great?

 442 characters

Photo of DeFaz
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's hard not to compare this to Hop Juju when it comes out around the same time. I can't say it's quite as good, but it's still great. Unlike Juju, there's a lot of pine here (not just fruit), but the fruit that's there is tropical. Comes with a nice big head and really smooth feel. Carbonation is moderate. Alcohol is well concealed. Not overly sweet as some DIPAs can be. Oh, and lots and lots of hops.

 406 characters

Photo of sposter4
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz draft pour. Deep amber color with little head. Smells of pine work some citrus. Taste is similar. Big hop flavor! Very similar to hop juju but a little more bitter. Great beer.

 186 characters

Photo of WesMantooth
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a snifter on tap at the brewery

It is a mostly clear, deep gold color. Moderate soapy white head

It smells pretty dank/weed like. Very green hops with pungent mango, grapefruit, melon. Malts are fairly light.

Tastes a lot like it smells with a very "west coast" like piney/floral/medical overtone. Very pungent. A lot of spicy mango and some ripe melon and grapefruit. A bit of noticeable alcohol. Strong, consistent bitterness with a lot of oily resin.

This beer reminds me of a less balanced Hop Ju Ju. It's more boozy (even though it is not ABV wise), less fruity, and more hoppy and bitter. Don't sleep on this beer though. It is outstanding


 664 characters

Photo of SomethingClever
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz pour into snifter on tap at brewery.

A: dark gold, deep rich amber in color with a small soapy white head.

S: Lots of tangerine, grapefruit, and pineapple, a little alcohol on the end.

T: Lots of bitter grapfruit, pineapple, lots of resin bitterness with a light malt backbone that finishes a little boozy.

M: Medium bodied with decent carbonation a little bit of slickness from the alcohol.

O: This is a great beer, not as good as hop juju which tends to me more bright fruit flavors this one is more dank and weedy fruits. The alcohol finish brings the rating of this beer down a touch, but if you don't mind that too much this is a pretty great beer overall.

 672 characters

Photo of ONUMello
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz glass poured at the brewery
A: Medium orange, thin head
S: Tropical fruit, burnt orange peel
T: Fresh tropical fruit, orange, hop oil, a bit of malt
M: Lively, fairly full-bodied, bitter, hides the alcohol well
O: Super fresh and tasty. I would love to see this in a bottle

 278 characters

Photo of JohnnyMc
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brand new! Just tapped today!

Pours out a bright, clear golden orange.

Aroma starts off with papaya and mango with citrus and goes into more pine, resin, dank and earthy tones as well. Even a slight melon type of note too.

Taste is also very tropical and bright up front. Lots of mango, hints of pineapple, sweet orange, grapefruit, bit of melon, papaya and then piney, resin, dank, earthy and slightly floral. Some "green" tasting hop flavor too. Lots of complexity.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean, firm but not overwhelming bitterness. Super smooth with no trace of the ABV!

Another killer West Coast IPA from Fat Head's!!

 626 characters

Hop Marauder Imperial IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 73 ratings