Head Hunter
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #14
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #580
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 8.29%
Reviews:
685
Ratings:
4,490
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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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tbone1384 from Wyoming

4/5  rDev -7.8%

Nov 03, 2012
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Head Hunter has enough hoppiness that it could be coloured green. It's not of course, but it aught to be. This honeyed golden beer is a divine nectar indeed and looks picture perfect: brilliant clarity, resplendent highlighting, stalwart carbonation and a bulky head.

What sets this IPA apart, however, is not its appearance but its aroma; the smell of hops can be appreciated from the other side of the table (literally, I'm not kidding). I've been around the IPA block enough times that it now takes something pretty special to impress me - and the brimming, aromatic, vivid, layered hop notes here are certainly noteworthy.

Head Hunter has at its core an iron fist of juicy, acidic, tropical fruitiness that includes mango, pineapple, grapefruit, lime, tangerine, and guava. The finish is accented by an almost minty note and herbal, piny backbone. It's astounding that something with such a strong personality be so agreeable; one could drink this all night (and will want to!)

Although it feels broad and large - and at 7.5% and 87 IBUs this is certainly no skinny puppy - it drinks with effortless ease. Most IPAs of similar strength and character (even some of the best ones) are nowhere as approachable nor so endlessly drinkable; nothing pithy or astringently bitter, there wasn't a single rough patch or off-note in the whole growler.

Believe the hype - Head Hunter is the real deal. It is the living, breathing antithesis of the theory that all the best IPAs hail from the West Coast. People in Cleveland must be saying: "Pliney, who?" With Fat Head's you pretty much can't go wrong - there's not a bad beer on the list - but make one-hundred percent certain you try Head Hunter. As if you needed me to tell you that!

Oct 16, 2014
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JArt from Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My go-to beer. Possibly the most under-hyped, best tasting IPA available. Similar to all FH's beers, this is a total hop bomb. Honestly, I kind of hope the BA world keeps giving a sh*t less about this beer so I can keep getting it fresh and delish without too much effort.

Jun 27, 2015
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

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

Fat Head's Head Hunter India Pale Ale"
on tap at Flanigan's Boathouse, Conshohocken, PA on 26 February 2016

Once in a while a beer comes along with the ability to turn my jaded head, and this is one of them. Of course, it's probably been around forever and I've just found it now!

It seems so big, so full of malt and just dripping in juicy tropical-citrus! It's grainy, malty-sweet and almost honeyish with a golden caramel side. That's then livened by notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, and mango as well as some pine and grass and pungent herbs - or is it the other way around, with the malt bouncing the fruit off of it? Either way it seems so full and satiating, and yet it's really not that big, it's simply medium bodied with a standard carbonation - it's just rich. A solid bitterness balances it and it finishes dry with a quick passing dollop of golden-orange malt and lingering citrus. Fairly complex and interesting, really nicely balanced all around, and highly drinkable. Worth seeking out!

Apr 14, 2016
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tectactoe from Michigan

4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to cneville for this local extra! Pours a very nice, almost perfect looking amber and copper color with pretty decent clarity. A big, foamy white head mounts itself slowly and leaves some fat lacing as it slowly crawls back down.

The aroma begins with a solid installment of heavy, heavy tropical and citrus fruits - at first, it's almost all you can smell. Pineapple would probably be the biggest, followed by some grapefruit and tangerines. The fruits induce a subtle sweetness on the nose as well as a mild, pith-like bitterness. It doesn't take long for the hops to come alive; pine, grass, and some light and spicy white pepper. Pretty West Coast-ish just from the aroma - and that's certainly a good thing. Malt is very light and subdued, I'm not really picking much up at all.

Upon the initial sip, the beer is just a touch more watery than I would have guessed, but it's not bad by any means - perhaps I just set my expectations a bit too high after that monstrous aroma. The hops hit first on the palate; white pepper, herbal, grassy, earthy, and almost a bit dirty. Pretty raw and in-your-face - I like it. The hops aren't left alone for long; citrus makes its way into the mix, coming in more so on the bitter side of things - citrus peel, pith, skins - you name it. Oranges and tangerines jump out more and more with each successive sip, and finally add a bit of sweetness - though some of that may be from the underlying malt, which also brings a mild bread and cracker flavor to the mix, albeit cowering in comparison to the hop profile. Bitter 'til the very end with just a hint of sweetness as it fades out. Slightly sticky on the palate with a medium body and medium-high carbonation.

Damn, how did this fly under the radar for so long? This beer is fantastic. Any IPA fan will go nuts for this - very tropical and fruity aromas coupled with bitter and hoppy flavor profiles make for some of the best IPAs out there. Hopheads rejoice!

Mar 06, 2013
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MaillardRx from Kansas

4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Jan 10, 2017
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the best IPAs I’ve ever had.

(L) It has a clear amber hue with a white two inch thick head.

(A) The aroma is grape fruit and pine.

(T) There’s some sweet malt back bone, and lots of pine, grapefruit, pineapple, dankness, all very well put together.


(F) Its smooth and crisp and juicy, and easy to drink too quickly. It is a top notch IPA in my opinion.

Mar 30, 2016
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TheIPAHunter from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look is above par; smell is like refined bitterness, coarse, grassy, and filled with grapefruit. The taste follows with exquisite balance. It's dank; it's bready; it's fruity; it's dry; it's malty; it's all of those things. This beer is world-class. So damn larrrge. If you want an IPA that hits on all your notes, yet traditional, this is the one.

Apr 03, 2016
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invertalon from Ohio

4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Head Hunter is always running through my veins… Living <15mins from the production brewery MIGHT be a reason why, but it really is because the beer is just so damn good. I actually only drink this fresh on tap, never from the bottle.

Aroma is piney/resinous with notes of citrus. Flavor is intensely bitter, a little sweetness in there but a dry finish overall. Carbonation is lively, mouthfeel is typical for an IPA. Color is a nice clear, golden hue… At least a finger of head typical.

I suppose you can say this beer is not all that balanced in the finish, but in a good way. The hop bitterness is so intense, sometimes that can linger on the palette for a while. Fat Head’s describes Head Hunter as being “aggressive” and that is a perfect way to describe it. It really is an intense IPA with delicious, complex flavors.

One of my favorite IPA’s, for sure

Oct 21, 2015
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aronamerican from Ohio

4.94/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Jan 02, 2017
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OGFGabv from West Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hands down the best IPA out of Ohio, and definitely does not get the national credit it deserves. Smell is outstanding with citrus dankness, and tropical fruit. Taste is very bitter, but done exceptionally well. If you like a citrus, resiny, hop explosion, this is for you. Uncivilized and aggressive!

Jul 09, 2015
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woemad from Washington

4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

13oz bottle received through the lunatic generosity of WesMantooth, whose name must be spoken in hushed tones and with downcast eyes by UPS workers the world over. According to the stamp on the bottle, this was bottled on September 8, 2017. My 1st from Fat Head's.

Poured into a Fat Head's nonic pint glass (again, thanks, Corey), this was a very slightly chill-hazed, coppery amber. Big, creamy off-white head with impressive staying power that left lots of lace. A really good looking beer!

Hop aroma exited with gusto the moment the cap was popped. Big, grapefruity hoppy nose and pine sap notes. I can pick up some melon-y notes as well.

This drinks an awful lot like an old school IPA from this part of the country! Big, thick grapefruit-and-pine hop flavor that gives the tastebuds a big 'ol thwack. Fairly minor, bready input from the malts, with the finish a dry, bitter herbal hop note that surprised me given the big, thick citrusiness of the opening taste. I could drink the bejesus out of this!

Medium bodied, with a big, oily, resiny mouthfeel.

What a beer! I get the hype. This is some seriously delicious shit. It's actually been a little while since I've had such an IPA, what with everybody making tropical fruity, New England-influenced IPAs. I don't hate on those, or at least some of them, but this hits all the right notes for an IPA not trying to be one of those. I'd be hitting this on a near constant basis if I could. Thanks, Corey!

Oct 05, 2017
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

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

Pours a copper orange with a finger plus of foamy head that settles to a ring with lots of fuzzy lacing. Pine resin aroma, taste follows nose. Very nice balance. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Jun 18, 2016
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sholbert from California

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
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

Dec 05, 2018
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micada from New York

4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

Sep 06, 2018
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67couple from South Carolina

5/5  rDev +15.2%

Nov 17, 2011
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Soneast from Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nov 01, 2014
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Bill for this one. I've been wanting to try this for a while! 12oz bottle into a Heady Topper pint.

Pours a rich, 2 finger frothy white head with great retention. Beer is clear dark orange. Lacing is thick, layered, and webbed. Very pretty.

Nose is pure and very aromatic. Citrus, pine and cane sugar. Simple but delicious!

Opens citrus, tea, grapefruit. Cane sugar and tea leaf hop bitterness towards the middle. Sappy. More citrus, grapefruit and some papaya at the end. Great balance. Finishes fruity and hoppy. Same aftertaste. Pretty f-ing tasty!

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Light, clean and crisp in the mouth and goes down dry. Dry finish with an astringent, clinging aftertaste. Perfect for the style. Can't believe this is over 7%.

I've heard a lot about this beer and it definitely doesn't disappoint. Nothing outrageous but incredible balance in the flavor and feel with a perfectly executed look and nose. Definitely wish this was a local for me.

Dec 04, 2012
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mychalg9 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Feb 17, 2013
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tepee28 from New York

4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jun 15, 2016
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Etan from Wisconsin

4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh 12oz bottle from the brewery, picked up generously by MarkIntihar. Into a Revolution pint glass.

A: Pours a clear light orange-brass with a nice white head. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Huge amounts of grapefruit, orange peel, vanilla, pineapple, and green leaf in the nose. Dank.

T: The taste is much drier, with lots of grassy bitterness, somewhat herbal with lots of fresh grain in the finish, leaving a resinous aftertaste.

M: Light-bodied with some creaminess to it.

O: I wish there was as much fruit in the taste as the nose but this is still great stuff.

Oct 22, 2012
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DrHoptagon from California

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Sep 20, 2012
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Gus_13 from Mississippi

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Jun 12, 2014
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craft_shannie from Indiana

4/5  rDev -7.8%

May 11, 2013
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Hopmeplease from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Feb 11, 2013
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