Head Hunter
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #14
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #556
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 8.29%
Reviews:
674
Ratings:
4,470
From:
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
 
Ohio, United States
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Year-round
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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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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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Jimmy_Kneecaps from Tennessee

4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The look of this beer is amazing. Perfectly crystal clear golden amber color with a finger and a half of stark white head resting gently on top. The scent is loaded with Resinous Pine, pineapple, orange, and a little bit of lemon. Taste is where this beer really shines, the flavors are huge and abrasive. The nose gives a hint of what is to follow in the taste, and while the scent is pretty powerful it holds no candle to the taste. Head hunter packs a wallop on the taste buds and I am really digging it. Flavors of deep resinous (bordering on dank but not quite there) pine go along with grapefruit, pineapple, orange, and melon perfectly. On the higher side of moderately bitter and welcomely so, following the style guidelines. Mouthfeel is smooth, soft, sticky, on the hefty side of medium, and finishes dry. Overall this is an outstanding west coast ipa that is worthy of the praise it receives!

Jun 23, 2019
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alexanderplatz from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Piney, a touch of dank. Well balanced. Well made beer. Some of my other favorite IPAs are Resin and Waldos Special Ale. This reminds me of a slightly less intense Waldos.

Jun 08, 2019
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

May 11, 2019
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Fatheroftoomany from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Apr 29, 2019
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.32/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

**
04/16/19

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.

**

Apr 16, 2019
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DoghouseReilly3946 from Kentucky

4.34/5  rDev 0%
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.

Apr 01, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.42/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Apr 01, 2019
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Mar 18, 2019
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -6%
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.

Mar 11, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

4.34/5  rDev 0%
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.

Feb 23, 2019
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev 0%
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.

Jan 24, 2019
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Dec 26, 2018
Head Hunter from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 4470 ratings