Special Hoperations (Three Floyds)
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

Special Hoperations (Three Floyds)Special Hoperations (Three Floyds)
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #475
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,101
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 6.1%
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
28
From:
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
 
Ohio, United States
Avail:
One-off
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
90
Outstanding
Special Hoperations (Three Floyds)Special Hoperations (Three Floyds)
Notes: Collaboration with 3 Floyds Brewing
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 28 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of cmiller4642
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 01-07-20. Poured into a teku. Color is a nice champagne gold with a fluffy 2 finger head. Smell is nice, citra hops coming out of the glass but a bit more subdued than the hop bombs. Taste follows the very zesty smell briefly but gives way to a dry bitter finish with pine on the end. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, coats the back of the throat ever so briefly with the citra hops then falls right off into a nice bitterness that lingers for a long time, doesn't stick to your teeth like a lot of newer style IPAs do (which I prefer to be honest). This isn't a juicy IPA by any means, but a well done classic style. At $10.99 a 6 pack it's a fantastic collaboration between 2 of the best brewers in the Great Lakes region. It's nice to revisit that bitter "dank" style after so many juicy haze bombs.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sparkling clear wedding band gold with a moderately tall, puffy white foam head that slowly settles to a lumpy firm blanket leaving some light arms of lace here and there.

An assertive bitterness leads with notes of pine, lemon and orange rind, further translating as spicy eucalyptus and evergreen cologne.

The medium-light body is crisply refreshing, and finishes semi-dry with hints of Smarties and Froot Loops as well as contrasting dank spice and toasted cracker in the exhale.

Classic FFF and Fat Head's in one bottle--and a bottle date of 1/6/2020 doesn't hurt either!

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2 powerhouse hop bomb makers collab on what else, a hop bomb.

Clear Golden color with a nice tightly packed bubbled 2 finger head. Nice lacing.

Smells of grassy hops, a touch of dank and slightly sweet cracker malt.

Taste is nicely balanced. Citrus peel, grass, a hint of dank, slightly sweet malt with a lingering bitterness. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel is spot on for the style.

One of the better collabs I have had. A well needed step back to the classic IPAs that made me fall in love with craft beer. Well crafted and freaking delicious.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Woo hoo! Fat Heads is putting that big brewery of theirs to good use. This is a great one of (I assume it is a one time brew).

It pours perfectly clear yellow with just a tiny AIPA head. The aroma is very hoppy and grassy but not funky. Clean. The taste is also hoppy but not too bitter. It has a lot of malt taste too. I like it - a great west coast style AIPA.

Highly recommended. Get it now!

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Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.

Appearance
Blonde. Excellent clarity. Light carbonation. 1/2 finger of white head.

Nose
Dank, grapefruit, wintergreen, and mango.

Taste
Dank, green, wintergreen, and pine sap. Grapefruit zest and mango. Light biscuity and cracker maltiness.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, sticky, crisp, bitter, and dry.

Overall
Nice, semi-juicy West Coast style IPA. Mostly green flavors with some light tropics.

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Photo of invertalon
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably the best new west coast style IPA I have had in quite some time. Think Head Hunter, but with a more fruit-forward, tropical quality to it. Yet still retaining that wonderful, firm bitterness. Big, aggressive hop aroma on this one. Beautiful IPA.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I would describe this as about a 60-40 Head Hunter-Zombie Dust mix. The more recent Zombie Dust, not the Citra bursting version from earlier years, but this is still a really good beer. More of what a current version of a “West Coast” IPA would be than traditional, which is more sweeter malt and fruit forward with a candied orange and pineapple rather than a pithy grapefruit and piney/dank bitterness.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2020-01-12 in Pittsburgh, PA at the Fat Head's pub on tap

A - Clear golden-orange with a 3/4-finger off-white head and light lace

S - Biscuit, orange, pine, earthy

T - Pine, orange, mint, mildly dank. Moderately bitter

M - Medium body and carbonation. Smooth then crisp.

O - Top notch cross between Head Hunter and Zombie Dust!

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Photo of puck1225
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had it from tap at the Pittsburgh Fat Head taproom.

Poured into an English pint, golden yellow color with good head and lacing. Nice citrus taste. Earthy and a bit piney. Went great with my porgies and fish sandwich!

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Photo of mambossa
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brimming gold color with crystal clarity.

Aroma of candied citrus and soft young spruce. Flavor resembles the nose with a delicate malt sweetness, a resinous grip, and a tremendously dry finish. A gently resinous linger, but it’s an indisputably brilliant example of those WCIPAs we used to have melded with new world hopping techniques.

All-star beer. So damn drinkable.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - clear golden copper color slight head but good film
Smell - perfume fruity
Taste - same as scent but more fruity. Citrus earthy maybe pineapple
Feel - medium body lighter car
Overall - really great beer

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Photo of Hasher90
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow 2 great breweries combined to make an awesome ipa. Sometimes zombie dust is hard to come by. When i cant find that this will make a great 2nd choice! And its cheaper. I pay 15 for a 6 pk of zombie. Thisone is only 10.99.

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Photo of Brian29
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best values Ive come across. Pungent hops. Clean. Flavorful.
Its somewhere around juju, trailhead, head hunter, zombie dust. Fresh and at this price point it is outstanding.

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Photo of BB1313
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Partial proceeds benefit the Honor Flight Network. Bottled on 12/30/19. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with great clarity and transparency with bubbles racing upwards; small white head that fades leaving solid retention and lacing. Great color. The aromas have some citrus and floral notes. Some bread and crackers. Subtle hints of caramel. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose. More floral notes. Some grapefruit. Lots of fresh grass. Mild hints of pine. Moderate bitterness. Malts do their thing. Finishes juicy and dry, but it's definitely on the drier side. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's sharp, fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid IPA. It's not bad at all, but I guess I was personally expecting something crazier considering this is a collaboration between two heavyweights. It's enjoyable and is brewed for a good cause.

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Photo of meanmutt
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I saw a new Fat Head's/FFF collaboration on the store shelf, I grabbed a sixer without hesitation.

Bottled 12/30/19...very fresh.

Huge nose on this one...can smell it from a few feet away.

The taste is Head Hunter x Zombie Dust.

Fantastic beer and a great buy at $10.99 a six pack.

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Special Hoperations (Three Floyds) from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 28 ratings