Head Hunter | Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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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): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Head Hunter is an aggressively dry-hopped, West Coast-style IPA with a huge hop display of pine, grapefruit, citrus and pineapple. A punch-you-in-the-mouth brew for those who truly love their hops! Uncivilized. Aggressive. Award-Winning.

Added by WVbeergeek on 06-19-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#743
Reviews:
646
Ratings:
4,381
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
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669
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1,003
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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the first sip, this was a fine IPA...

I always, and I mean always, pick up a six to twelve pack of beers of different variety and styles. Many times picking up a beer simply because it is inexpensive with the hope it will be surprisingly good, but as is the case the majority of the time - it is not. Well, not in this case. This was one of the better IPAs I have had in quite some time, and I'm really not an IPA-guy. The looks was copperish with yellow highlights with a mouthfeel that was spicy and medium bodied. What impressed me the most was the smell and taste. The smell was a punch in the nose of citrus - grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, and even some lemon and lime. The taste was just as citrusy and juicy and just damn good from beginning to end. Outstanding IPA at the very least from the most unexpected of places.

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Photo of sholbert
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

L. Clear golden pour, thin head, dissipated quickly, good lacing.
S. Loads of citrus and floral hop aroma. Not much else breaks through.
T. Similar to the nose. Grapefruit, orange, and floral notes. Just a touch of spice.
F. A bit slick, sticks to your mouth.
O. Great aroma, good flavor, but a bit oily on the finish

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Photo of bafcats
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DerAudi
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An excellent value!! Available at many large scale grocers in Ohio - an Ohio essential for all beer lovers. Piney, resinous with tropical fruit aftertones. This is a very hop-forward beer. One of my go-to’s.

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Photo of Chad473
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is some great stuff. Fantastic aroma. Taste is all juicy, fruity and piney. Solidly bitter but it's a quick hit with the residual taste being grapefruit.

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Photo of rossracing
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

5 oz pour at Cleveland Fat Head’s. Clear pale amber pour with white head. Aroma is distinctly piney, grapefruit, citrus with caramel notes - smells very inviting - screams drink me. Taste is hoppy pine, pineapple and citrus bitter sweetness; bitterness carries the day - but so well balanced with the sweet malt. Medium full mouthfeel - finishes with a delicious lingering happiness. A beer that I could drink every day and be perfectly happy.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nodder
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stadmo1
3.49/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beergoot
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden hued body with a fine foamy head; bits of lacing clinging to the glass. Spicy, herbal and pine aroma. Crystal malt base (it seems like) with a spicy, peppery hop taste; very bitter. Medium body; dry and prickly on the palate.

A most righteous IPA from Ohio, Head Hunter nails the west coast style and truly satisfies.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Today is the occasion of New Fat Rusty Head Rail Sunday (Week 714) & while we just began receiving distro of Fat Head's beers, we do not get the full oeuvre as yet. This will be my last from them for today, but it will be a glorious exit! This is not only one of their flagships but also one of my faves, both from them & in general.

From the Bottle: "Uncivilized & Aggressive"; "Head Hunter is an aggressively dry-hopped, uncivilized, West Coast-Style IPA with a huge hop display of pine, grapefruit, citrus and pineapple. A punch-you-in-the-mouth brew for those who truly love their hops! Respect the Resin, Hoppy Beers are best consumed fresh. Chill Out Man, Have A Beer! [undersigned] Matt * Chris * Glenn"; " Award-Winning SILVER AWARD American Style India Pale Ale WORLD BEER CUP® 2012 and 2014[;] 2010 BRONZE MEDAL and 2011 SILVER MEDAL American Style India Pale Ale GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL®".

I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow, gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting glass as my nod to respecting the resin. It respected me in return by forming just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with good retention that left a mess of sticky lacing in its wake. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, causing The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus to get off of the sofa, where they were watching NFL football, and join me in the kitchen for a taste. Nose smelled oily & resinous, like Simcoe the kitty doing her kitty business in a pine forest. What a naughty little kitty! She may have also had some caramel with her. Just sayin'. Mouthfeel was big, solid & firm, almost to a DIPA level. The 87 IBUs kicked in right away, giving me a warm feeling from my gullet down to my belly. Phew! The taste was pine, caramel, grapefruit & kitty p*ss, reminding me of how & why I got turned onto AIPAs in the first place. Mmm. It was like a punch inna face with a glove filled with hops! You'd better like 'em dank & resinous or this will not be your bag. Finish was strong, bitter, dry, everything that I ask for in/from the style.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.82/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first from Fat Heads, so I went on their website. A successful family business 25 years old and now full of friends and admirers as customers. So who am I to pan their cash cow? I won't.

Being a malt-head, it is hard for me to review any ale that bitters-up my buds. And since it is a critique that usually falls on deaf ears, I move on.
But bravo to Fat Heads for showing the way.

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Photo of Blbwell
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The first sip and smell are a little off, but it gets great.

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Photo of WoofImDrunkWoof
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LazyDog
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KurtisCarman
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewsOverHoes
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

And old school DIPA, juicy and bitter. With a clean malt bill, and at almost 8% it’s extremely drinkable. Citrus and pine dominate with hop bitterness on the finish. Awesome!

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Photo of JohnDon
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dkloubec
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Unclevince
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CoasterGuy
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drh88
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Head Hunter from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 4,381 ratings