Head Hunter
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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From:
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
 
Ohio, United States
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #25
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #936
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 8.31%
Reviews:
708
Ratings:
4,558
Status:
Active
Rated:
Saturday at 03:57 AM
Added:
Jun 19, 2009
Wants:
  680
Gots:
  1,040
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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Ratings by TheRemyLeabeau:
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Reviewed by TheRemyLeabeau from Ohio

4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5
Ok so this is an interesting one. I'm lucky enough to have fresh access to all 3 of the awesome Ohio IPAs (Columbus, White Rajah, and Headhunter). I have also had HT, PtE, OTWOA, Jai Alai, and the list goes on. Let me tell you that nothing compares to Headhunter that is only a couple days old. It is impossible to find because you have to be lucky enough to find a store that gets it within a couple days of it getting bottled (I went to friggin Fatheads Brewery today and the freshest HH they had was bottled on 8/2.... like seriously!!?!?) but if you can somehow find it fresh, I swear this is the best IPA on the market. It is a waterfall of incredible hoppiness and as smooth as Heady. The mouthfeel is top notch and I swear the nose is so perfect I wish I could capture it in an air freshener. But do be warned, no beer falls off like this puppy. After 2-3 weeks its cringeworthy, a month, bleeehkk! only the drain enjoys the taste at that point.

Chhezz!!
Aug 14, 2013
More User Ratings:
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Rated by FRANKHAZE from Florida

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On draft, superb IPA. Taste is akin to Pliny.
Saturday at 03:57 AM
 
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Rated by RingnesExtra from Minnesota

4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A superb IPA.
Jan 27, 2024
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Reviewed by Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a light golden amber with an off white head that hangs around.

Fresh floral notes and tropical fruit peach, mango , raspberry.

Taste is sweet malt and tropical fruit with bitter citrus and herbs.
Jan 08, 2024
 
Rated: 4.7 by bruceb from Pennsylvania

Jan 02, 2024
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Rated by PaMike from Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Citrusy, piney, very hoppy
Dec 30, 2023
 
Rated: 4.38 by Curt2969 from Ohio

Dec 09, 2023
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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Deep gold pour, nose of grapefruit and pine. This West Coast style IPA is not shy. Nice opening citrus bite charging straight to pine resin and a nice prolonged hop bitter finish. Not surprising because there's a lot in here--5 hop varieties, 5 malt varieties. If you like your West Coasters aggressive, go Head Hunting.
Dec 06, 2023
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Reviewed by GregBlatz from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Dark copper, A little cloudy. Head settles and stays with a bit of rockiness

Smell of pine and orange citrus. Smells like a west coast IPA.

Taste is a great balance of malt and hops. Excellent. Finished with a strong grapefruit taste that then gets backed up with a strong and welcome bitterness that remains on the tongue.

What a great old school IPA. I really like most of their beers and this one is fantastic.
Nov 25, 2023
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Reviewed by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
11/9/23 On tap at Caliente Pizza and Draft House in Crafton on our way home from Pittsburgh International after trip to Florida.

Aromas of apricot and pineapple. Pine for sure!

Taste is EXCELLENT! Hop bite overwhelms at first with a subtle sweet lemon peel. Complex with a very good salsa dance of hop and sweet. This is good, no this borders on great!
Nov 10, 2023
 
Rated: 3.79 by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania

Nov 01, 2023
 
Rated: 4.34 by Iggy88 from Ohio

Oct 25, 2023
 
Rated: 4.49 by saymike32 from New Jersey

Sep 30, 2023
 
Rated: 3.75 by dan58 from Ohio

Aug 15, 2023
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Reviewed by dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12oz can purchased from the fridge as a single for $2.99 plus tax. Canned on 05/15/23, so this beer is almost three months old.

Look: It has a nice orange gold color with a half finger of beige colored head. The beer is fairly clear, however it is unfiltered and there is a slight haziness / chill haze.

Smell: Lots of resinous pine and citrus (grapefruit and orange) notes. Also dried pineapple. This smells really nice, I wouldn't mind wearing fragrance that smelled like this. There's a subtle darker biscuit malt underneath all of the hops. Spicy notes along with some paint thinner. Subtle green bell pepper on the finish. More fruitiness comes through on the nose as I get into it and as the beer warms up. I ultimately get a nice, sweet cantaloupe note along with lots of orange zest.

Taste: Ooooh, this is seriously intense! They weren't kidding when they said "aggressively hopped West-Coast IPA"! It has a bit of that enamel-stripping character that scares you at first and then ultimately endears you. I's actually really nice and while it is very bitter on the finish, it still has very clean flavors on the palate and the bitterness doesn't linger too long. It also has a nice caramel malt character to stand up to the piney, resinous hops and bitterness. So it's actually fairly balanced for such an aggressively hopped beer. Quite impressive and enjoyable.

Feel: It has a medium to medium plus mouthfeel with a bit of chewiness. Very clean.

Overall: It's really good. I kind of liken this beer to a stronger version of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. For such a bitter and resinous beer, it's actually quite drinkable and refreshing! This is just my second Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon beer. Good stuff.

From the website:
HOPS: SIMCOE, CENTENNIAL, MOSAIC, CITRA, CHINOOK
MALT: PALE, C-15, CARAPILS, CARAHELL, WHEAT
YEAST: AMERICAN ALE
BEGINNING GRAVITY: 16.8 PLATO
ENDING GRAVITY: 3.0 PLATO
COLOR: DEEP GOLDEN
Aug 10, 2023
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Reviewed by CarolinaCardinals from North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Enjoyed a pint with lunch after visiting the Pro Football Hall of Fame 8-9-23 for $5.50.

Beer was served golden orange with a nice white head.

Nose was a nice combination of tropical and citrus fruits.

Taste was new school IPA with a not quite imperial sized malt base that displays nice flavorful hops that give notes of orange, grapefruit, mango, and some strawberry finishing with a nice piney bitterness; 6/10 on my scale.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and refreshing.

Overall a delicious WCIPA, this is dangerously crushable!
Aug 10, 2023
 
Rated: 4.35 by Taenim from Maine

Aug 05, 2023
 
Rated: 4.5 by Schrow21 from Ohio

Aug 03, 2023
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Reviewed by MikeB_from_Macomb from Michigan

4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I consulted the top-rated beers list for Ohio on this site before taking a road trip. This beer was #21 on the list, with thousands of reviews, so I had to find some. This is a superior IPA. Nice fresh scent when I first poured it, and lots of foam that lasted. A little hazy, dark amber color. This was hoppy, but I’ve had more intense hop taste; even so, this was delicious. I tasted grapefruit and maybe some orange or lemon. Nice mouth feel. Should have bought more. Next road trip…
Jul 30, 2023
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