Head Hunter | Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States

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.

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Reviews: 658 | Ratings: 4,413
Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head Hunter brewed by Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon, with an ABV of 7.50% This American IPA pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer. The color is a deep golden amber color with, a nice white head. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is Rich with hop bitterness mixed with earthy grains and malts. You also pick up some mild sweetness mixed with citrus. So far this brew has the look an smell of most American IPA's on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. This is a nice inviting IPA, now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors, lots of grapefruit mixed with hop bitterness. Then the brew milds out with some nice earthy grains and malts. This is well put together American IPA. The body of Head Hunter, is medium to heavy, but not to heavy. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. It is really hard to pick up on the 7.50% ABV on this be, it is just that smooth. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm going to give Head Hunter a solid 4 out of 5 I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity too. Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon, did a real nice job with this brew.

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

Very hazy golden pour with tiny amount of head. Smells of citrus and one of the beers where the label actually matches the flavor profile. Tastes smooth and finishes somewhat roughly. Feels like I’m having a beer, a good beer.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.32/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25


On tap, kite and key, Philadelphia.

Full yellow. Clear. Big healthy off white head. Good retention.

Citrus, perfume.

Biscuit, citrus. Becomes hair spray late.

Crisp and light bodied with good carbonation. A touch of astringent finish.


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Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date: Bottled on 03/04/19, eagerly revisited on 03/30/19.

Appearance: Pours out a pleasant and frankly refreshing ultra filtered, haze free brilliant gold color with a finger of off white head.

Aroma: Bold grapefruit zest along with a spritz of the sweet and somewhat acidic juice paired with a bright, almost sinus clearing, pine resin invaded the nose. Floral honey, herbs, and blueberry are also mixed lending complexity and a very small amount of bitterness countering sweetness. Head Hunter smells great, very aromatic, plenty of citrus, a real west coast style dank quality, and complexities that really flesh out the aroma.

Taste: The taste is basically a repeat of the nose and that certainly isn't a bad thing. On the taste, as it was on the nose, the grapefruit is wonderfully bold, almost like eating some of the actual fruit in the same way you would eat and apple, peel and all. Deeply resinous pine and herb flavors push hard through the mid palate ushering in a significant rising bitterness. Things do move into sweeter territory on the backend with a rich honey flavored maltiness. The aftertaste reverts to what this beer does so well, which is reveling in a palate wrecking bitterness, like hop distillate with a fun but substantial hop bite. The mouthfeel is full and thick, especially for this something in this ABV range. As it has warmed over the past hour or so, the blueberry from the nose has finally showed up around the mid palate as an extension of the sweet honey interlude. Also the herbal notes have asserted themselves to a greater degree but are more mild, something like dill or parsley. If Fat Heads was available closer to me, I believe they would join Stone as my go to IPA supplier.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.42/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/19/15; drank 12/31/15 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big off-white head; frothy lace.

Orange citrus, caramel & grapefruit notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Orange citrus flavor up front; mild caramel notes on the finish.

Not much to this but it's balanced & mildly enjoyable.

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Photo of good_to_sea
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Amber, mostly clear. Medium head and lacing.
Smell: Heavy, dank pine aroma. Spicy herbal aroma. Some mango/orange fruitiness.
Taste: Bitter, minty, dank pine flavor. Herbal, slightly medicinal/root beer flavor. Pineapple. Just enough sweet malt to balance the bitterness.
Feel: Creamy, medium-bodied, light carbonation.
Overall: This is a great dank/pine/herbal IPA -- it's going straight to the top of my IPA list. Really fun to drink, impressive, highly recommended.

Rated in a blind test against Troegs Perpetual IPA. The Head Hunter won.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear deep Amber color with 2 fingers of frothy off-white head. The head leaves a ton of splotchy lacing as it settles into a halo.

The aroma is all about dat citrus: Grapefruit, tangerines and oranges followed by a wave of earthy pine.

The flavor is full of citrus with some subtle notes of pineapple and mango. Very earthy and piney. The back end is full of caramel malts. Nicely balanced.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit slick and oily, but creamy and smooth. Easy drinking.

Overall, a great IPA that brings the West Coast vibe but never overwhelms the palate. Definitely a beer worth having in your fridge.

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Photo of jkblr
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled 1/8/19 (46 days ago) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 7.5% ABV 87 IBU. The beer pours bright light honey amber in color with pale khaki head. The head starts big and recedes to a fluffy island and ring leaving the entire glass laced. The aroma is candied orange, pine and slight dank. The taste is more piney, candied orange with an earthy bitterness that builds toward a mostly dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and adequately carbonated. There is some definite stickiness from the hops and malt, but it doesn't come off as sweet. Overall, excellent.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured int a tulip glass.

L---Clear, orange/amber color. Pillowy white head faded quickl Nice carbonation. Still has a slick, oily feel.y. very good lacing.

S---Big pine & grapefruit. Very hoppy, with orange. There's some malts in the nose as well.

T---Pine, resin, grapefruit & other citrus & tropical notes. Good & complex.

O---Can't believe I've never had this one before. I'll have it again, tough, for sure.

F---Full bodied. Still juicy & wet, though.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Coppery orange with a full head.

S: Blood orange spiced tea. Grapefruit zest.

M: Slick and oily. Med body.

T: Punch of citrus, left hook of pine resin. Papaya and melon finishing blow. Tropical hard candy with a sour coating and grapefruit jelly interior. This reminds me of the IPAs that got me into this site in the first place.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tria Taproom in Philadelphia.

Pours a clear amber with thck, fluffy head.

Smell is piney and citrusy with some resinous grapefruit coming through.

Taste is unabashedly bitter and piney, but perfectly balanced. Strong notes of citrus, grapefruit in particular helps round it out.

Mouthfeel is medium, sticky and well carbonated.

Overall, a terrific old school west coast IPA. Reminds me a bit of Alesmith IPA, but a bit more bitter.

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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 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 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 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 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 micada
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Again, another brewery JUST coming to this god forsaken land of Western New York. So late to the game, but now that it’s here...wow! Fresh growler tap, poured chilled aggressively to a tulip glass. In hindsight, a moderate to slow pour is in order, as this has some lively carbonation. Huge white foamy head that dissipates to a bubbling hot tub sizzle. Nose is immensely fragrant citrus and pine, sensed easily from two feet away. Clear amber, with tons of carbonation deep from the bottom...reminds me of PtE’s bubble pattern. Pause for Pliny respect...oh, I’d have to drive to Philadelphia to get another one...damn you Russian River with your spartan distro! First sips are all juicy, piney, grassy, hoppy bright tones. Totally balanced by a semisweet malt back end, that is dark like a hoarhound. Mouthfeel is just above thin, but stays full with a lingering hoppiness. Alcohol is in the above average range, but the crispness and flavor put it in the crushable range. I’ve seen reviews that this will fade fast, but one doesn’t expect a juicy IPA to live long, right? I could see this as a summer staple while I bide time for stout season!

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Photo of Tony210
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden clear, appropriate foamy head. Aroma is faint - dank and hoppy. Very hoppy flavor - plenty of bitterness, piney hops. Carbonation is on point. I remember this beer a bit bolder: that being said, this beer is 2 months old. I will revisit with a fresher beer in the future. Several years ago, before the explosion of breweries, this was my go to beer. My palate may have shifted to the New England style of IPA.. This still a great west coast IPA.

12 oz bottle dated 6/26/18
4 rating

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz glass into a high sided pilsner glass.

Look is a clear orange amber with a white head.

Aroma is aggressive hops with a deep rich caramel malt.

Taste is a delicious combo of malt and hops.

Excellent beer.

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

Had a bottle at D'agnese Italian restaurant in Richfield Ohio. Served in a pint glass, this beer was a clear, amber color with a small white head. Good lacing and retention. Aroma and flavor featured citrus (grapefruit) and dry, biscuity malt. Good strong favor and nice level of bitterness. Mouthfeel is crisp and rich with the balance favoring the hops. I would drink this one again.

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Photo of BigGold
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had poured from 12-oz. bottle, neck stamped “BOTTLED ON 06/11/18,” into hotel water glass. You are greeted at the door with a huge hop hug, then malt slides over, says hello and hangs around, while hops firmly but friendly escort you to an IPA throw down.

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Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 4,413 ratings