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Fat Head's / Barley Brown's - Special Hoperations | Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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50 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
We collaborated with Barley Brown’s (Baker City, OR) on this IPA. It includes 5 Hop additions using Warrior, Simcoe, Citra, Lupulin powder & Mosaic Leaf. Oh Yeeeeahhh! Our hoppy tribute to American Veterans everywhere. Proceeds Benefit Honor Flight Network.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
50
pDev:
6.05%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/2/2019. Pours slightly hazy medium golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, onion, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, onion, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine, citrus peel.rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, onion, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, sticky/resinous/rindy, and fairy crisp balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 6.5%. Overall this is a fantastic IPA. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp to drink, with the moderately bitter/resinous/drying finish, not overly aggressive. Amazing Warrior, Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic profile. Extremely juicy, vibrant, dank, and earthy hop complexity; with a great balancing clean pale malt backbone. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp resin dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding West Coast style example as expected.

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Photo of tuowl74a
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMV
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear medium golden pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Great lacing.

S: Pine and resin mixed with tropicals and stone fruit.

T/F: Light crackery malt base with a big mishmash of a lot of hop flavors. West coast slightly stronger with pine, herbal, and resin. Some lighter fruit and sweetness come through... peach, tropicals, and tangerine. Medium bodied... oily with a nice bitter finish.

O: A nice collaboration IPA, and it picks up nice flavors from both the east and west coast hop profiles. Nicely done.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stofko1992
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Bottled on 1-30-19.

A - Pours a crystal clear medium to dark orange gold color and nice creamy bright white lacing, carbonation is moderate.

S - Tropical fruit aroma that is very oily and resiny on the nose. Sweet and sticky oily pine resin, nectarine / tangerine, citrus.

T - Oily grapefruit, citrus, lime, pine, orange, and ends with resiny pine bitterness. Nice balance between sweetness and bitterness.

M - Thick for only 6.5% and fairly dry on the finish.

O - A fantastic IPA for a fantastic cause.

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Photo of ChuckofHampstead
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 01.31.19. Delicious.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Having this on-tap at the brewpub in North Olmsted. This beer is a collaboration with Barley Brown’s in Baker City, Oregon. A portion of the proceeds from this beer go to benefit veterans. Served in a standard pint glass, this beer draws a clear medium golden color with a white head that’s about half an inch thick when first drawn and served. Settles eventually to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass. Not much lacing unfortunately though. Aromas of some bready malts with a hint of caramelnsweetness that gives way to floral, piney, citrus hops. The taste pretty much follows suit, with some breaey, slightly zesty, malts with a bit of caramel sweetness that gives way to big, dank, floral, piney, and slightly citrusy hop flavors. The hop flavors certainly dominate the overall flavor profile, but the bitterness is not overwhelming. Has a crisp, slightly prickly, yet smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Has a slightly bitter aftertaste and a clean finish. A good beer here.

Eric

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Photo of DCHritz
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jakecattleco
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WoodBrew
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a 6pck of this from the beer store just around the corner. It poured a clear copper with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had a wonderful bouquet of citrus peel. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with citrus peel presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

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Photo of reitzbrewing
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.34/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Their Head Hunter is so good why even stray, this is not bad, but a step down.

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Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of khargro2
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marzen_Fan
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nephilium
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bright pine and citrus aroma, pours a clear golden with a thin white head. Medium body, with a touch of sweetness in the beginning. This goes to grapefruit, tropical fruit, and a touch of pine. The finish is moderately bitter. Overall another solid AIPA from Fat Head's.

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Photo of Wizzle32
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wheels2532
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold color with a 1 finger white head. Lacing is spotty. Pineapple, citrus, light floral notes and pine on the nose and palate. Smooth and easy drinking. Hop Juju light. Quite delicious.

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Photo of Rholmgren
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What I’m looking for in an American IPA

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Photo of tone77
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell has lots of citrus and pine. Taste is of citrus, pineapple, a got bit of pine at the finish, light malts, significant bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a beer worth trying.

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Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 50 ratings