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Fat Head's Head Hunter IPAFat Head's Head Hunter IPA
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
586
Ratings:
4,117
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
22.17%
 
 
Wants:
654
Gots:
903
For Trade:
36
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Reviews: 586 | Ratings: 4,117
Photo of hardysf
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear Amber color. Head is a thick foam that dissipates quickly leaving a thin film. Well carbonated. Smell is of clean malt with lots of hop profile. Mango, citrus, pineapple. Taste is crispwith sine nice malt sweetness seeping in, with some bitterness from the hops. Very well balanced. Finishes nice and dry urging you to drink more.

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

Served on tap, into a Guulden Draak tulip

A. About on inch of lacing hangs around for a few minutes, minimal lacing. Light orange/yellow coloring. Extremely hazy -- can't see through this one.

S. Zesty citrus hops, mostly grapefruit with a bit of pine.

T. Follows nose, with more intensity. Through the grapefruit rind into this and it's almost like a fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. Pine is there as well. I like this. It gets better as it warms.

M. Light to medium carbonation, hoppy after taste which emphasizes the pine.

O. I really like this beer. It gets better and better at is warms, and at 7.5% ABV (as advertised in this here bar), it's a good way to start the day. I'll have this again when I see it.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking hazy golden orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute leaving some light messy lacing sticking and then sliding down into the beer.
The smell started off with bitter fresh pine with a nice citrus blend and then some light caramel malts to balance.
The taste was bittersweet thoroughly. It balances nicely between the malts and the hops. A nice bittersweet citrus aftertaste leads into the finish.
The mouthfeel had a great sessionability and sat about a light to medium on the body. Carbonation runs somewhat light enough to allow the bitterness to take full effect.
Overall, I see the hype behind this beer and am super thrilled that I got to try it and am taking some back to ID with me.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served chilled into a pint glass.

Head Hunter is a slightly hazy pale copper color. The head is thin and short lived and leaves no lacing.

Aroma is hoppy in a west coast kind of way. Big citrus and a little pine dominate the nose.

Flavor is bold and bitter with just enough malt sweetness to get by. It's got all the citrus character from the hops with both hop flavor and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and properly carbonated.

Overall a very good IPA and probably one of the best I've had from Ohio. Go Buckeyes!

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Photo of oline73
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a two finger fluffy white head. The head fades to a layer on top of the pour that sticks around while you sip.

Smell: Sweet with tons of citrus peel notes. Juicy fruit notes with some grain, but I'm really excited by the hop notes that I'm picking up.

Taste: I would put this up against many of the top west coast IPAs. Citrus peel hops dominate with just a hint of pine and enough sweetness to balance things out. The finish is bitter and hoppy. Really nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with constantly tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: Fantastic IPA. The hop profile is spot on. I will definitely have another given the chance.

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Photo of ike4tay45
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear golden color, nice white 2 finger head. Slowley disapating with some nice lacing.

S: Aroma is nice with lots of pine and plenty citrus hops, and some malts.

T: Taste is bold, citrus, and hoppy.

M: Feel is crisp clean, light and smooth.

Overall: Excellent. Can hang with any west coast IPA. Glad I could finally score some bottles!

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from the 7.9.14 batch, enjoyed out of a teku

A: this looks absolutely radiant in the glass: bright golden orange with faint hues of copper. not much head or lacing, but very bubbly

S: great blend of aromas. there are notes of candied oranges and marmalade, and notes of sweet, peppery onions or chives. all of that is tied to a thick, concentrated smell of piney, resiny hops.

T: grapefruit pith, some of those candied oranges from the nose, and juicy, resiny hops. the finish is dry and bitter.

M: star of the show. it's light and refreshing, but creamy, smooth, and full-bodied. pretty much the epitome of a beer that's flavorful, refreshing, and endlessly drinkable.

O: this beer is proof that all is not lost in Ohio

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy orange with a two finger white head

S - Grapefruit, orange,and pineapple with some piney hops.

T - Just like the nose - grapefruit and orange. Nice hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Nice creaminess.

O - Very delicious IPA. Full of flavor and very easy to drink. If I could get this regularly it be a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to thebouch01 for this awesome extra in our last trade.

Pours a beautiful clean and crisp golden orange with a finger of foamy bright white head.

The aroma is exploding with grapefruit, orange, lemon and resinous pine hops. Not much, if any, malt to speak of. I'm not complaining, this beer smells amazing.

The taste follows the nose. Grapefruit forward with vibrant citrus notes take the lead while the sticky pine hops finish this one off. Fantastic taste.

Medium to light in body but this one drank a lot thinner than the body would have originally led me to believe. It was thinner than I would have liked is what I guess I am getting at. Other than that, I thought it had the right amount of carbonation.

Overall, this was an amazing IPA! I wish that I had more of these. My only complaint is the body on it but it didn't ruin or slow this beer down for a minute.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pretty pumped to try this one. thanks a ton to Lat! enjoyed from my HF tulipy wine glass.

a - brew poured the classic transparent orange with a generous frothy foamy head. as the head dissipated it left massive chunky lacing in its wake. plenty of visible even carbonation could be seen.

s - YUM. dank sticky piny hops. just what the doctor ordered. smells UBER fresh. resiny. citric grapefruit blast. YUM.

t - the flavor is no let down, just what one would expect...slap you in the face dank and piny hops. the finish is rather bitter.

m - medium bodied with a bitter finish.

o - overall i understand all the accolades and medals boasted about on the label, this beer is a winner. if anything, i'd ask for a bit more sweetness to balance things out a bit more, but this one is unapologetic. deliciousness.

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Photo of Dope
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear golden amber. Tall and frothy white head. Head fades slowly as can be with great retention. Heavy, fluffy chunks of lacing abound.

S: Whoa, bright and bold hoppiness. Can smell it as soon as I popped the cap off. Grapefruit primarily with juicy citrus everywhere. Tropical fruits join in with pineapple, mango and apricot I'd say. Tangerine? Juicy, juicy, juicy. Wonderful.

T: More of the same. Juicy citrus and tropical fruits but a spicy note here (kinda reminds me of Cascade hops). Pineapple is especially strong along with the grapefruit. Big citrus and spices everywhere. Not much of a malt, seems like a dry, crackery malt to me. Great burst of bitterness in the finish, drying this one out. Long lingering bitter grapefruit in the aftertaste with some spicy pine.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, bitter and dry.

O: Seriously good IPA. Big west coast in-your-face hoppiness. Good variety of hops, all equally balanced. Bitter and dry but not over the top. Crisp and refreshing. Just plain delicious, a treat to imbibe.

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Photo of stephens101
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours with a rolling, huge, off-white head. Color is a clear amber. Smells of resin, pine and subtle peach. Tastes earthy with a wave of citrus, a slight chalkiness, orange peel and subdued spice. Medium-bodied with a touch of alcohol heat. Straight up IPA awesomeness.

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Photo of MatthewPlus
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to pschnei3 for this in a trade!

Poured a beautiful deep golden color with a foamy 1 finger off white head into a Cycle Brewing snifter.
Smells resinous and piney. Lots of hop with a hint of underlying sweetness.
Tastes freaking delicious. follows the nose pretty well, with sappy pine and grapefruit. i bit of maltiness, but i wouldnt go so far as to call this beer balanced. pretty much a hop bomb, which i dig.
Excellent mouthfeel, decent carbonation and weight on the palate. fantastic, lasting bitter finish.
Overall, an extremely enjoyable beer, i would recommend it, and wuld seek it out again.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to the Thorpes for picking this growler up, I really appreciate it.

Beer is orange and mostly clear with a nice white head, thick, contiguous, lacing is a plus and carbonation is moderate, looks awesome.

Hops that win out are citrus / fruit in variety, nice volume on the aroma, very inviting.

Wow, super drinkable, a very nice AIPA for sure, medium bodied, chewy hops, lots of esters in the midpalate, great hop flavor, great hop bitterness to finish, not too dry on the back palate, overall a wonderful beer.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass. I got a case of this rare gem (around these parts anyway) from Kunda Beverage who somehow got a few fresh cases in. Beer was dated 2 weeks prior when purchased.

A: A golden orange color with a one finger white fully head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Tropical fruit and citrus hops just jump out at you. Slight pine and darker smells mix with the malt. Great smelling beer.

T: The tropical and citrus hops just pop with mango, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit along with some pine notes. The malt is heavy with a caramel sweetness that is subdued from the hops. The finish keeps hoppy with pine bitterness and some earthy tones. Lots going on here, great balance.

M: Full, coating, prickly, slight alcohol, just fantastic.

O: Such a well balanced but super hoppy beer made in the west coast style. If you like tropical hoppy beers, this one is for you. Fantastic, fantastic IPA.

I wish I could get this everyday here in eastern PA. If I could, it would be a staple in my fridge. Excellent beer.

Edit: 1/21/2016. Well, this is now available in our area and I couldn't be happier. This is one kick ass IPA. Some additional notes to my above review based on my home tapped keg dated 2 weeks ago, talk about fresh.

On the nose I am picking up the tropical fruits and citrus, but also I'm getting some dank weed smell and even a little cat piss mixed in. The nose is just amazing. Taste is similar with some more weed flavor mixed in with the other flavors. Still, really, really, really freaking good.

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Photo of falcon1
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA is a remarkable example of what an American IPA should taste like. The aroma is pleasnat and the taste is really oustanding! I am so glad that it is being bottled now. It would be great if Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon bottled more of their products in the future. Head Hunter IPA is certainly worth tracking down at your neighborhood bottle shop if possible.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a one finger soapy white head. Not much retention, but excellent sheets of lacing. Smell is pine, citrus and grapefruit. Taste is similar with a huge resiny dankness and a good deal of bitterness on the back end. Feel is light and almost sticky from the dankness. Overall this beer is amazing. Blows a lot of west coast IPAs that are actually from the west coast out of the water. Will need to trade for some more Fat Heads beers soon.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden color. Has a huge aroma of citrus piny hops. Has a big flavor of citrus with an almost resin pony taste. A nice touch of malt to balance and a pleasant hoppy aftertaste. Great beer

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a white head that leaves a little lacing around the glass. Smell is tropical fruit and citrus right away. Taste starts out with bitter orange/grapefruit rind and then paves way to mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and pine resin. Bitterness is very aggressive, but maybe a bit too much for a tropical fruit bomb like this. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but very drinkable. Carbonation is on the higher side. This may be one of the midwest's best interpretations of a west coast IPA, although I think I prefer White Rajah which I just had recently as well.

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Photo of JG-90
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into glass

A - Pours a clear straw color, with a moderate head that recedes to a ring around the edge. Really great lacing.

S - Pineapple, grapefruit, slightly stale white bread, and a little pine

T - Very citrus forward, great flavor that is balanced out with bread/malt and pine

M - Medium/heavy mouthfeel with low carbonation, a touch of creaminess in the finish

O - This is a great IPA, would drink it any day.

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Photo of HopSynonymous
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank in my damn house! 12 oz bottle in my HF chalice. Date tough to read, but just received in a trade, and dude shipped fresh, so I'm guessing no older than a month.

L- Amber pour, semi transparent and pretty, small 1/2 cm head, lacing along the glass.
S- Dankness, grapefruit and other citrusy, hoppy and punchy (hopefully soon I'll be better to identify the types), but just fresh and good.
T- Citrus punch! Grapefruit and orange, but touch of sweetness. Really nice.
F- Great mouthfeel, bit sticky on the swirl. Nice carb but thick enough to linger.
O- Overall a fantastic beer. Can't imagine what it's like a few weeks ago, or on tap. Really really nice, and will seek out again.

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Photo of GJ40
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Melts in Independence, OH.

Beautiful golden color with excellent clarity and a small white head and great lacing. Nice citrus and tropical fruits in the nose. Outstanding hop flavor with excellent complexity and a moderate bitterness. The flavors echo well after you've swallowed. A creamy, smooth consistency.

It's nice to see such great west coast IPAs coming out of other parts of the country.

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Photo of 420Dude
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great west coast style beer. Can taste the chinook. centennial and cascade hops. Not sure of the exact variety but they did a good job balancing with the hops.

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Photo of pagriley
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, pretty old (3 months) into a snifter

L - pours slightly hazy orange wit ha touch of amber. Fluffy white 1 inch head to heavy lacing
S - Old school pine, citrus rind and a slight earthy dank
T - Big pine and grapefruit up front. Smooth sweetness and balance. Firmly bitter finish
F - Fantastic fine carb and silky smooth body

Overall this is a perfect IPA - great malt balance, classic hop profile and silky smooth. Totally poundable, but dangerously drinkable given the ABV. Please start distro in Illinois!!

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Photo of thecheapies
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blonde-to-orange body. An inch of head only, but that just means more beer. Bone-colored topper with good lacing.

Citrus (grapefruit juice, tangerine), tropical fruits (spicy mango, guava), and a lovely cracker-y base malt.

Citric rush of volatile hop oils! Grapefruit, tangerine, papaya, and green grass. Some lemongrass, too. Pale malts come off dry and freshly-baked, like white bread. Great bitterness, prolonged after the swallow. Fresh hop cone greenness. A 'wowser'!

Very drinkable, medium-to-light body with a powerful, crisp effervescence. Great overall feel.

An incredible brew! Highly recommended! A big fruity IPA with some balance, remarkable aroma, and excellent thirst-quenching bitterness.

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