Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA | Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Fat Head's Head Hunter IPAFat Head's Head Hunter IPA

Brewed by:
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
1st batches were 7.0% ABV

Added by WVbeergeek on 06-19-2009

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Reviews: 605 | Ratings: 4,200
Photo of Den7854
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Golden - copper color w/ good lacing throughout. Great smell w/ hints of pine and citrus. Taste and feel are substantial. You know you are drinking an exceptional beer as soon as you first taste. Finish is equally good. Fatheads brewery, North Olmsted, oh

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mostly clear, golden amber color. Foamy, off white head with streak lacing. Aroma is light tropical fruit, grain, and spice. Flavor is citrus and pine, bread and mango. A hoppy bite to it, but still smooth. A good beer overall.

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Photo of EMV
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish tulip

L: Clear medium golden copper pour. 2 fingers of off-white head leave sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Grains and pine. Grapefruit and spice.

T/F: Follows the smell. Grain character gives it some body. Bitter hop profile... lots of resinous pine... grapefruit and black pepper. Sharp and crisp.... and hop bitterness dominates. Finish is sticky.

O: A quality IPA... nice and bitter, and overall very refreshing. Lots to like here.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled 2/24/17.

pours fairly clear copper hue. white fluffy head with good retention and lacing. very inviting aroma of pine, citrus, and mango. bitterness is fairly strong, but not off-putting.
overall, everything you want in an IPA. great looking pour, hop forward, intense but not overwhelming. highly regarded as it should be. this was super fresh, i am sure that didnt hurt anything.

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Photo of William-Wade
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers from one of my favorite hang out spots. Drinks really smooth and it has a great aroma. It's hard to get where I live and it's a must have when I'm on vacation.

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Photo of Grizzarky
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear rich gold, with a 1 inch head that fades into a lingering ring.
Aroma is pungent grapefruit, and citrus hops.
Taste Definetly follows the nose here, big grapefruit and citrus, followed by a dank resinous pine like finish.
Mouthfeel is good but leaves a a dry, sticky, lingering feelin.
Overall a very solid west coast IPA, very aggressive hop profile that blends citrus, pine, and dank hops beautifully.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from mantoury74 so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors citrus and caramel that are quickly followed by a nice floral hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of MaillardRx
4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. I thought it was well balanced and drinkable, yet had dimension to its taste and booze that leaves you feeling accomplished. This is what I look for in my IPA daily driver.

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Photo of aronamerican
4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent IPA. The scent conjures foggy images of late afternoon tea time (perhaps solely herbal) at a sophisticated cat lady's domicile. Typically I would consider this repugnant, though for some inexplicable reason, I find myself memorized by the humulus lupulus. Mouthfeel is exemplary. Consider this hophead's intractable palate sufficiently placated.

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Photo of DarkBeerGuy
4.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Picked up a sixtal of this I PA, glad I did. Cleaned the line's and faucet first, haven't wasted a drop since the first pour. It made the bar area smell of Hops. Great lacing however the head doesn't stick around long. Hope it lasts until Christmas, I don't think it will make it to New Year's Eve.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a Cigar City IPA Spiegelau.

Thick,frothy,off white,1 finger head that retains nicely.Light gold in color,with a slight orange tinge.Lots of carbonation in this one,the by bubbles start off fast in the beginning,then slow to medium pace.

The nose has alot of citrus,and pine to it.Very pleasant aroma.A little bit of dankness,but once again very pleasant.

The palate is nice and bitter,plenty of pine,and quite a bit of citrus as well.A little bit of earthiness from the hops...Not over the top on bitterness either.The malts and the hops are very well balanced.

The feel is light bodied,with a nice punch from the carbonation and hops sitting on the tongue.Finish is dry,with a nice smooth bitterness.

Overall this is a damn good IPA...One I have drank before,and will drink again.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at Soho restaurant in Pittsburgh yesterday.

ever so slightly hazy orange yellow body, good persistent white head, very nice lacing.

grapefruit, orange and hops on the nose.

great hoppy bite, citrus flavors come through very well. seems to have a good solid malt background to hold up against the bitterness,

mouth is a tad above medium, alcohol hidden,

been looking forward to trying this one and it did not disappoint .

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Photo of larryarms847
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rather standard slight orange hued golden yellow, but at first glance I'm noticing not only a bit of haze (which is fine), but rather large particulate floating about, looks more like citrus rind that chunks of yeast.

Strong notes of orange, tangerine, and pineapple, with a slight caramel sweetness lingering.

Big notes of tangerine right up front, very strong flavor of citrus and a nice and firm caramel malt backbone for sweet support.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, creamy smooth, fruity, easy drinking.

Overall, this is quite a damn good beer in aroma and flavor; however, that being said, needs work on aesthetics. No matter what anyone says, first appearances are important. Other than the large chunks of particulate and rather unappealing site, this is an easy drinking and delicious beer.

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

A fabulous IPA - but very bitter - IBU of 87! Yikes prob higher that Stone Delicious (which is 75). Had at Tria Fitlers on tap yesterday in Phila. Beautiful creamy head that stays. It should be avail at Brewers Outlet.

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Photo of Leoherrmann9
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have had this beer several times, it is Incredible on tap; you can find it on tap at several locations throughout Pittsburgh. A very balanced IPA, does not over due it. I prefer it to several IPAs within the top 100; there is No surprise it has won so many awards.

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

Has a huge amount of citrus, among other fruit, on the forefront of drinking, but then mellows out with the citrus lingering on the tongue along with the more piney profile. Smell is likewise the same for what the flavor dictates.

Picked up a 4 pack for ~9$. Decent for a try, and would definitely pick up again if I'm looking for something unique, but most likely won't be something to keep on hand steadily.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Whoa! Serious hop punch with this one. Loads of tropical fruit and citrus hop in both the nose and taste. Where this IPA excels is in the back end - malt sweetness provides the perfect balance to the resinous aftertaste. This is a superior IPA. Get it if you can!

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Photo of Tilley4
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of the best IPAs I've ever had... Bright and citrusy with loads of flavor and aromas.... Delicious... So glad I found this fresh... Its superb.. Would be a staple in my fridge if it was local...

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my all time favorites. One of the first elite tier ipas I had outside of the west coast. When they showed up at the Bistro ipa festivals, it was on.

Nice light body, golden in color, soft 1/4" white head. The aroma popped of amarillo hops I would guess. Very impressive.

The taste is such a light and dry body of toasted pale malts and 2 row. The hops burst all over it, prolly around 60 ibus, but so crushable. It has a little bit of everything hop flavor wise in the mouthfeel, pineapple, pine, tangerine, sage, melon. Hides abv very well.

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Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Quite an IPA, at first it reminded me of Two Hearted with a little extra kick and a little research shows they share Centennial hops (tho this has Columbus and Simcoe too). My bottle is 6 weeks old and the grapefruit, pine, passionfruit, and pineapple still seem to be in full effect, with just a hint of light caramel malts. Light bodied, dry, and dangerously drinkable. The more I think about it, this has a lot of Pliny to it as well. Damn tasty beer.

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Photo of jonwiseman
3.51/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty deep orange filtered color. Nice abundant lacing. Smells dank. Noticeable hop presence. Taste is malt and grapefruit with some pine present. Decent on the palate. Refreshing and well above average.

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Photo of Chestertonian82
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: A beautiful golden orange, like the color of Commodore Perry. Unlike Commodore Perry, it has a creamy, long-lasting head.
S: Lovely aroma of grapefruit and pine.
T: An EXPLOSION of grapefruit and pine! (Tastes very similar to Grapefruit Sculpin.) At once strongly bitter and incredibly smooth---the juxtaposition here is the lifeblood of this beer! It is very close to miraculous.
F: A delight to drink. My only complaint is that it left me rather gassy (I was letting off grapefruit belches!).
O: A world-class IPA.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- The beer pours clear and golden in the light. The head is a solid 2 fingers of frothy white bubbles. Lacing is patchy but lasting.
S- The nose is strong upfront with grapefruit and hints of pine underlying. Pretty much what you would expect from a west coast style IPA.
T- Much the same as the nose. Lots of grapefruit pith right up front transitioning to light pine in the mid to late palate. Grapefruit overwhelms the pine pretty quickly for me ending in a solid pithy bitter finish. Alchohol is very well hidden for a single IPA of this abv.
F- The mouthfeel is medium overall with a slick oily texture. Even so the beer is light enough to drink in multiples. Top notch in this respect.
O- It's easy to see why this has won multiple awards. I tend to find many grapefruit dominant IPA's too blandly bitter. This one however has me grapefruit flavor that hasn't dulled my palate and finishes cleanly and enjoyable. The fact that the beer is able to completely hide the 7.5% abv so well only adds to the overall enjoyment. It's deceptively drinkable.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass bottled on 7/19/16. Pours a beautiful slightly hazy orange with a 2 finger sticky white head that clings to the glass.

Smell is passion fruit, guava, tangerine, pine, and grapefruit very nice.

Taste follows very tropical upfront and finishes agressive with piny and fairly bitter grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is large for its style, sticky almost leaves a layer hop scum on the palate, lively carbonation, maybe a little dry, and incredible drinkability.

Overall this is world class!!!..... If you like fairly aggressive IPA'S this is your bag. Thanks @jzeilinger for this surprise package.

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Photo of philbe311
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"Uncivilized and aggressive" - Love it...

L - Slightly less than two fingers worth of slightly late to develop uniform crisp light khaki colored froth displaying a bit of a rocky top as it settles... Solid retention, turning a bit richer and creamier as it begins to settle... The color is a deep rich amber... A moderate bit of small bubbled rapid carbonation which rises randomly throughout... A slight bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Bursting at the seems with tropical fruits... Pineapple... Mango... Tangerine... Oranges... A subtle malt base lingers beneath the surface that takes on biscuit and caramel notes... Simple, straight forward and quite effective...

T - Additional depth and complexity emerges on the palate... The tropical fruit notes are dialed down several notches and an enjoyable and assertive piney character takes center stage... The two hop profiles ebb and flow added layers of flavor... There is also a slightly spicy character... The malt base is solid certainly in the background... It takes on notes of bread crust and graham crackers...

F - Medium bodied... Starts lush... Finishes with a touch of dryness... Even and consistent throughout... Light to moderate carbonation... A bit dense...

O - Quite simply put, this is an awesome American IPA... Look, smell and mouthfeel are all very good or better, but this one really shines in terms of taste where it is world class... I was sad when I got to the end of the glass... Hides its 7.5% ABV rather well...

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