Head Hunter
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #14
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #597
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 8.29%
Reviews:
690
Ratings:
4,500
From:
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
 
Ohio, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
96
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Notes: 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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HopHunterCL from Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful clear orange color with two fingers of sticky white head. Incredible lacing.
Aroma of pineapple, mango, grapefruit, orange peel and caramel.
Taste is very well balanced between malt and hops. Orange, grapefruit, mango. Caramel sweetness. Finishes piny and bitter. So many flavors working together.
This is a beautifully crafted beer that is one of my favorites.

Jun 06, 2021
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Dan2213 from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Golden straw yellow look. Leaves about one finger of white head and nice lacing as it goes down. Smell is resinous pine and tropical fruit. Taste follows the nose. Pine and citrus with a nice cracker like finish. Feel is medium body with medium carbonation. Overall this beer is world class. It’s reputation is well deserved

Apr 25, 2021
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into grip shaped goblet: color is gold, transparent, head is off white with fine bubbles, presenting 1 finger thick and then dissipating to thin top with some lacing.

Smell is big hop notes of pine, grapefruit pith, lighter tropical fruit, then toasted malt not overly sweet but present and backing the hops.

Taste is pine, grapefruit, mixed tropical fruit, toasted malt, pale malt, lighter notes of orange and caramel with some warmth.

Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, moderate sweetness, firm bitterness, slight drying.

Overall an excellent ipa with great malt/hop balance for an ipa and notable pleasant hop/malt flavors.

Mar 30, 2021
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Appearance is a clear copper color, with more than a finger's worth of white head. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma: pineapple, mango, citrus and a hint of pine, caramel, orange, grapefruit, and honey.

Taste is hoppy, piney, and fruity. Really tasting the pine and grapefruit, and the sweetness is mainly from the oranges, mango, honey, and even tasting some tangerine. Body is medium and somewhat chunky.

Mar 25, 2021
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Ocalafox from Florida

4.99/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First ever can yesterday. The smell is amazing and intensifies when poured. The look is what you would expect with a lovely head. Taste is amazing all the way thru the glass and mouthfeel spot on. Overall OUTstanding ipa.

Mar 19, 2021
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mickyge from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from a can dated 2/22

Appearance is crystal clear copper/amber thick fluffy head that reduces to a thin veil light lacing

You can smell the fruit aroma as it's poured, pineapple, mango, citrus and a hint of pine

Taste is full, hoppy and fruity as the nose, notes of pine and floral

mouthfeel is big, medium carbonation, it runs prickly to astringent to a dry finish that hangs on in your throat,

Overall this is a crisp clean refreshing beer, not a sipper

Mar 07, 2021
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

GREAT beer. Copper/caramel color. Head is typical white, with great lacing. Nose is pungent with hops. Taste is delightful. Slight citrus with even more slight fruit flavor. Feel has a nice bitter bite and aftertaste that almost grips the backside of tongue.

Mar 02, 2021
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RobertB412 from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass with a clear golden color, 1"+ white head and minimal lacing. Smells of tropical fruit, pine and hops. Taste follows aroma with grapefruit/citrus notes, pine resin and lots of hops. Nicely bitter with a medium body, good carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a good WC IPA with a balance toward hops.

Feb 13, 2021
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Growler into pint glass. Pours a crystal clear gold (SRM 5-6) with a persistent off-white head. Great lacing. Initial impression is citrus (pineapple, lemon, grapefruit), pine resin, and a light touch of caramel. Mouthfeel is slightly on the thin side of medium. Finish fades to a slight bitterness. Overall, a good example of an old-school West Coast IPA.

Dec 30, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 1+ finger finely pored off white head that receded to wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: I could smell the beer as I poured it; pineapple with orange, grapefruit, and mango;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: nice complexity of flavor;

Sep 26, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two 12 oz. cans poured into a clear glass liter mug and a beautiful rich and clear amber beer is let loose. There's a nice off-white head, but very little glass lacing. A wonderful IPA aroma is there for the nose. It's hoppy, just hoppy. Not dank hoppy, not juicy hoppy, it's just hoppy. Head Hunter is a delicious AIPA. The malts provide a great backbone and with the a little hint of alcohol and yeast, just the right amount of sweet balance. The hops are the most pronounced contributor to the flavor. The malts provide enough body to make this very pleasant to consume. Truly an outstanding American IPA.

Sep 17, 2020
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haines710 from Delaware

4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

So happy that we can get this fresh in Southeastern Pennsylvania now. Found at Wegmans and immediately purchase a six pack that was only a few weeks old. This is a classic IPA with great hop citrus / pine smell. Not a hazy but great mouthfeel and awesome finish. I find it easy to drink and very tasty.

Jun 16, 2020
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear copper with a small white head. Great retention.

The aroma sings of fresh grapefruit and orange zest, crushed pine needles, honey and some tart mango.

The taste follows the nose. Bittersweet and oily orange and grapefruit upfront, peel and juicy equally represented. There is a backbone of tart mango. Pine dominates through a lot of the palate. The malt is biscuit and honey; but super crisp and dry. A bit of black tea, and then finishes with more pine and grapefruit peel. Moderately bitter. Extremely dry and crisp.

Fizzy and well carbonated, slightly oily, medium mouthfeel; quite clean and dry.

An excellent West Coast style IPA. Very well done.

Apr 18, 2020
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden straw color and had a nice, short lived head. The aroma is strong bordering on citrus and the hops. More hops than malt. The taste is way different from anything I've had before. That makes it unique. I think I can see the West Coast style as it's less malty. It's very clean and tasty. No bitterness. Smooth as silk and a fabulous easy drinking mouthfeel. I suppose they could be slammed down before you realize you're wasted. Overall this beer is really awesome. I could get used to having these around all time. I could do another one right now. From a 12 ounce can dated 02/19/20 into a Hopslam glass. From a GREAT guy in PA.

Apr 03, 2020
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drinkdrankdrunk56

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Living so close to the brewery i get some of the freshest around, sometimes under two weeks old. Looks like a dark golden hay color with a smell of tropical and piney notes. Taste is very dank and follows the nose well with some tropical notes hitting first then some bitter pineyness.
the mouthfeel is great, not too thin not too watery. All in all a very good west coast style ipa that doesn't get the credit it deserves.

Jan 27, 2020
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Lucular from Maryland

4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle split with my brother-in-law, dated 11-14-19. A clean, citrusy, relatively bitter American IPA. Some pine resin and a hint of vegetal dankness. Complex, drinkable, and delicious.

Dec 25, 2019
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ClareQuilty

4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Toasty, citrusy, bright, bitter.
Pairs well with pizza and poultry.
Easy to down three or four or five because of the taste alone keeps you coming back.
Higher alcohol is a plus.
Aftertaste is a bit rough, but dulls after one or two.
Very good IPA.

Dec 12, 2019
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DrBeergood from Ohio

3.89/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Golden, filtered, clear.
S: Dank on the nose, immediately noticable Juicy smelling tropical hops abound.
T: On the front palate, a thought provoking grapefruit + curious orange rind. Middle is the citrus hop blend, and back is a staggering pine resin. Hops too strong to judge malts.
F: "Juicy" = beverage features moderately bitter lupulin oil.
O: Great beer at a great price.

Oct 17, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 9/5/19

Pours a clear golden orange body topped with multiple fingers of dense white foam; excellent retention fades slowly to a thick cap and lasting variety of bubbly, soapy lacing.

Aromas open with hoppy floral tones and a bit of malty spice, leading to a marriage of pine/evergreen and sweet grapefruit; accents of a tropical edge featuring mango pineapple, as well as a flaky malt sweetness.

Taste brings resinous evergreen and pineapple emanating through the profile, touched with light grapefruit zest and flaky malts; building tropical depth continues to reveal its layers as it evolves along the palate.

Mouthfeel presents a medium body and balancing medium carbonation; deeply resinous across the mid-palate as a vague tartness develops alongside a moderate bitterness drying into the swallow; so much brought to the table without overwhelming the palate.

Aggressive in approach, yet so level in its temperament/execution; a pure example of balance in an American IPA, and one I could drink virtually ad infinitum.

Sep 25, 2019
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jadpsu from Georgia

4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Wegman's in State College

LOOK: Pours a crystal clear amber with an off white head that subsides fairly quickly to a thin skin but does leave some prominent side glass lace.
AROMA: Pine, resin, grapefruit, and aromatic hops.
Taste: Malts even out the sharper hop characteristics that still carry the resin and grapefruit.

The 7.5 ABV warms, slightly tart but definitely drying finish.

Sep 06, 2019
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Samlover55 from New York

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into IPA glass
Bottled on 6/6/19
Pours a clear amber with rocky cream colored head
Malty, piney,  resiny
Bready malt, grapefruit, pine
Feel is medium bodied crisp, with drying finish
Overall exactly how an IPA should be

Aug 26, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz bottle, bottled on 05/21/19; purchased cold single... poured into nonic)

L: polished-clear, amber liquid; tall 2-plus finger-high mattress of dull white foam... rocksteady, spitty cap kept, but somehow not much lace - what's left though is crystal-y splotches

S: subtly pepper-spiced dried sweet mango, pineapple right behind it; aromas popping hard as soon as crown popped... does the alcohol have a vague coconut rum note? hmm... moderate, green-leafy overtones

T: oodles of layered hop (resins), dried mango still ripping, but with a firm-yet-frayed, flower petal/stem mashed green bitterness providing a counterpoint... vague lemon-orange hard candy essence in the aftertaste, malt undeniably has armor of light-crystal malt, but its altogether not very sweet... bit of grapefruit starts emerging around halfway

F: ghostly plush rush up front, fanned out with the mellow blast of (spicy) boozy warmth in the finish; warmth starts to linger early on... perfect amount of alcohol heat (and its influence) against the smoothly-rounded, but smartly clipped fade

O: vibrant, intense hop flavors, the nuances of which are not exactly my favorite,especially matched against the bold (yet curiously-clipped) crusty crystal malts... nothing new experienced here - it's basically alcoholic hop candy... another mis-categorized amber? (1481)

Aug 25, 2019
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had known about this brew for ages but had never seen it so was pleasantly surpised to see a six pack in a Sheetz across from my hotel near Pittsburgh while in town for a concert. Pours with a bright amber hue, excellent clarity and a moderate head. Nose is bursting with a rainbow of tropical fruit flavors.

Flavor is varied, with blasting, bitter pine flavors ombinined with mint and medicinal qualities as well as the same tropical fruits from the nose. Enough balance to keep your face from puckering, but not a lot. The texture is dainty and thin but able to carry the heavy flavor load. This label proudly proclaims this beer to be "uncivilized and aggressive".

Jul 15, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great, crisp, refreshing IPA that lives up to its stellar reputation. Pours an amber color with some great looking fluffy white head and smaller sheets of lingering lacing. Smells great, some citrus zest hops in the foreground - grapefruit, lemon, orange, pineapple - as well as some malt, vanilla, faint nuttiness and some great floral and piney notes. Taste follows the nose, and the hit of hoppy bitterness at the end is so bracing and refreshing and powerful, yet so well balanced with the weaker sweet malt backbone. Smooth, mild, slightly sticky mouthfeel with good carbonation. A pleasure to drink, easy to enjoy and the higher ABV is well-hidden.

Jul 12, 2019
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BlakeT49ers from Colorado

4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

New to this site writing reviews, but I use Beer Advocate almost exclusively to research beers I find on a menu. I travel a lot and found myself in Cleveland this week. This is a very good IPA. Nice pine and grapefruit notes without being too bitter. Not super strong aroma, but more amber than many IPAs

Jul 09, 2019
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