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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

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with an awesome citrus hop presence that makes this one super easy to drink.

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Photo of Pontus
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Super resin aroma of what I'm guessing is Simcoe and Cascade. About as much hop aroma as you could ever squeeze in to a beer. Slight woody and earthy smell.

Slight off-white head that lingers for a few minutes and dissipates to a slight white film over the beer.

The taste of the beer is surprisingly balanced considering the hop-heavy aroma. Although the beer is very much hop forward. A sticky hop flavor that lingers on your tongue for quite a while.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, MarkIntihar!

Gold and light amber in color with a moderately sized off-white head that leaves good amounts of lace behind.

The aroma is fantastic. There were tons of citrus, floral, earthy, and pine notes erupting from the glass. Very expressive and very bright aroma. Incredibly nice.

The flavor isn't quite as nice, with some of the bitterness getting in the way of the expressive citrus and passion fruit flavors, but all in all, this is still excellent.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Fantastic! ISO!

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Photo of akorsak
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap, Harrisburg Brewer's Fest. Feels like I didn't move from in front of Fat Head's.

A: The IPA is a lighter color. golden and translucent. A white head accompanies the ale where ever it goes.

S: The nose is resiny, oiled up with plenty of rich grapefruit and pine. Intense is probably the best word to use in this situation. Few IPAs muster up this type of powerful smell.

T: Hoppy and boozy, the ale provides on heck of a punch. Hops lead off (and never step aside), providing an oily citrus flavor. Pine follows, a thicker heaviness. Both types of hops can't hide the boozy strength of the IPA. Pale malts don't add much either. The resiny finish lingers long after each sip is gone. Wickedly good.

M: Possibly the highlight of the day for me. It's bite doesn't quit, leaving citrusy goodness in the back of my mouth.

O: Worth the long lines. After 4 glasses I went home a happy camper.

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Photo of orangesol
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Eric aka spoolinvw for giving me a fresh bottle of Head Hunter. I have always had terrible luck trying to find fresh bottles of this one, glad to finally try the real deal.

A - Pours clear golden orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving light lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of pungent citric hops, grass, tropical fruits - mostly grapefruit and oranges - pine resin and only the faintest hint of caramel sweetness. This one has once intense nose to it.

T - Starts off with a ton of bright citric hop bitterness mixed with some juicy grapefruit tartness slowly giving way to hints of pine resin, grass and some mild caramel sweetness. Finish is fairly bitter, lingering on the palate for quite awhile after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, oily feel with a ton of bitterness from start to finish.

O - This is one awesome IPA. I could drink a few of these no problem. When fresh this is definitely one of the better IPA's on the market today.

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Photo of stakem
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at the Pittsburgh location and took a couple bottles home for the formal review. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears a clear golden orange with a white cap a finger strong that fades to a thin film leaving a full wall of sticky lace. When held to the light, some yellow is seen around the edges.

The aroma is quite fresh and hoppy with tropical and rindy zest aspects like grapefruit. Some herbal component is minorly grassy as well to break things up. Seemingly no indication of malt or alcohol, this one is all about the hops in the nose.

The flavor is bitter with grapefruit rind and zest. Some grassy and herbal component blends into a lingering taste that is zesty and like pulp. A very dry bready grain flavor persists into the aftertaste as it warms up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is clean, crisp and easy drinking. A very solid IPA that I would drink regularly if given the chance. I paired this up with some sharp cheese and could not stop devouring both. I need more of this.

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Photo of markgugs
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass, extra'd courtesy of great BA member Madcap74

A: Pours what I consider the ideal color for an IPA, the "Arnold Palmer" half lemonade/half iced tea color. Great head, decent retention, but loads of enticing, sticky lacing that never goes away.

S: Strong grassy aroma, slight dankness like fresh wet vegetation. Nice grain presence.

T/M: Big piney hops, some citric grapefruit tang, additional bitterness from burnt malts and just the right amount of sweetness along the lines of toasted caramel. Creamy, lush body, a real easy-drinker.

O: A lot of hype for this IPA, and this brewery, so I was pretty psyched to get one as an extra. No bottle date, but I'm near-certain it was very fresh (certainly tasted fresh). Superb brew, serious hop bite, yet extremely well-balanced and each sip leaves you wanting more. Would love this one again and again.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

At the Pittsburgh location (even though I live in Cleveland). This is a really great IPA, on par with Two Hearted and a few others in that class. Super fresh and refreshing. Really clean hoppy flavors with some nice underlying malt. The real all-stars in this beer are the citrus and piney hops. Great aroma, great flavor. Very easy-drinking, a bit lighter in body, but that ups the drinkability for sure. I wouldn't say a "must-have" in terms of "you must drive 500 miles to get this beer," but if you head to Fat Head's, you better order one.

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Photo of Resuin
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a willibecher. This was bottled on 03/19/2014 - 1 month ago.

Appearance: Pours a translucent medium amber/gold (not very hazy) and leaves a finger of white head which fades relatively quickly to a white layer atop the beer. Carbonation can be seen floating to the surface.

Smell: Big resin, malts, some citrus. Pleasant, balanced IPA aroma.

Taste: Taste is much bigger than the smell - big piney hops, resin, bitter citrus rinds, grapefruit, malts. Still pretty balanced, with big hop flavors.

Mouth-feel: Well carbonated with a medium, slightly creamy body. ABV is hidden well. Finishes a tad bitter.

Overall: A nice, delicious IPA with big, tasty hops. Very drinkable. If this were available in my area it would definitely be a go-to.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tried on tap in Dayton as well as from bottles at a later date. Poured a dull copper orange and gave off a nice fragrant west-coast hop nose. Typical grapefruit/pine aroma. Mouthfeel could have been a bit fuller, but overall very good flavor. Not as bitter as I expected, but a tasty brew indeed. Might be just average if it was in San Diego, but it seems to shine brighter in Ohio.

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Bruery tulip

Thanks out to rpbuckeye for this one

Pour: Hazy cloudy orange with a gigantic four finger puffy, fluffy off white head on an overly aggressive pour. Lacing all over the glass as the head recedes. Soft pillow remains in the center of the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit, mango, pineapple, orange peel, with a real nice sweet bready malt backbone.

Taste: Grapefruit, pineapple, orange zest up front. There is the bready malt sweetness mid palate and a bitter pine bite in the aftertaste. Not to simplify this at all but that sums it up.

Mouthfeel: Light in the feel with a fruity easy drinking taste. Carbonation seems at medium.

Overall: This would be one hell of a refreshing hot summer day treat. So refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA

Thanks to Ncketchum for scooping up a four pack of this fine beverage.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) Nice golden amber with about a half finger of soapy head. This settles to a wispy dusting. A little lacing is present.

S) The aroma is pretty sweet on the pour with a good amount of citrus and ripe pineapple. The pine is more prevalent as it sits a bit.

T) The tropical fruit noted in the aroma is much more muted in the flavor, as the bitter resinous hops steal the show. This definitely has some bite. The 7.5% ABV is not a factor.

M) Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Piney aftertaste....

O) Highly enjoyable, and worth seeking out for hopheads. This was pretty fresh, so that was a huge bonus. Glad to recommend.

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

12oz Bottle received in trade with iguenard - thanks!

Appearance - Slightly hazy gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, apricots, grapefruits, tangerine/orange zest

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, grapefruits, and hops. There is also some caramel and apricots and oranges/tangerines.

Overall - Tastes kind of like a Sculpin mixed with a Red Racer. Very good stuff that I would love to have access to locally.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Scott for this bottle.

A: Darker brown than I anticipated. Two finger head.

S: wow. Pineapple orange grapefruit. bright hops with some sweet malt.

T: Ok... it doesn't taste as good as it smells. but it's still great. it's hoppy but its also malty. I prefer my IPA a bit less balanced and more refreshing. Pine bitterness towards the end is quite nice. Tropical hops up front, sweet malt, then bittering hops near the end.
M: solid. Nicely carbed. dry.

O: very very solid but not my favorite. Heady > Head Hunter.

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Photo of BeersOverBaghdad
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First Fat Head that I've been able to get my hands on thus far.

Poured a robust golden color, not particularly hazy or cloudy.

Smell was out of this world. Grapefruit coming out of the woodwork. Other citrus flavors were mixed in there as well. Clearly well hopped with a variety of strands.

Lots of citrus in the taste. Given the amount of hops in the nose, i was expecting a harsher taste, but I was pleasantly surprised. The one downside was that the flavors were a bit muddled together and less layered than I hoped.

Feel was very smooth and drinkable. I was surprised when I saw it had an ABV of 7.5

Overall: would absolutely drink again. I describe it as hop juice. Would love to get my hands on a Hop Juju now

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Photo of rboinski
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from Ridglens poured into a wine tasting glass

Appearance: Pours a deep orange color with a 1" slightly offwhite head that dissipates over a few minutes into a 1/8" ring around the edge of the glass

Smell: The aroma does not burst from the glass, but what there is has a sweet, piney smell. There is a light citrus aroma but to be honest it is overwhelmed by the piney character in the smell, with a little bit of malt character lingering in the back.

Taste: The taste is predominantly pine just as with the nose, but there is no sweetness to the taste. There is a little bit of grapefruit and citrus zest character that becomes more prominent as it warms. Really nice balance between the malt and hop character. The bitterness hits fairly quickly and lingers on the palate, but does not overwhelm the subtle hop flavors in the beer.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very smooth, with perfect carbonation. I can't find any faults with it. It retains head well and lends to a nice creamy texture.

Overall: Really good west coast IPA but to be great I would have wanted the aromas and flavors to just burst out of the glass, which does not happen on this one. Awesome overall though and a beer worthy of it's reputation.

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

12oz bottle poured into a stemless wine glass, enjoyed with family at a great BBQ.

The beer pours a nice honey, copper color, clear with a slight chill haze and a fluffy white head, nearly 2 fingers high that has moderate retention and a light network of sticky lace. The aroma is quite pleasant, bright citrus, sticky pine with some floral character before some sweet, honey-esque malt pushes through. The balance is very nice with a great emphasis on the citrus profile that is nicely backed by the pine and malt. On the tongue, the balance is just a nice, lots of juicy citrus, lightly tangy, sticky, bitter pine with nice resinous hop spice, wildflower, grassiness with just a kiss of lightly sweet, pale malt. The body is quite juicy, carbonation is on the lower end, but still lively, coast the mouth well with a lightly dry finish.

Verdict: A really delicious IPA from Fat Heads, a definite Ohio gem. The balance is very nice, the bitterness is kept in check and it's got a great dry finish. It does strike me as a fairly simple IPA, not too complex but that isn't really a bad thing. Definitely worthy of the accolades!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a relatively clear, orange color with a thick, compact, doughy, white head. Lines and bands of lacing. Aroma is filled with pungent, musty oranges and onion notes. Spicy hops. Soft, sweet, sugary malt. Flavor just smacks you with upfront citrus. Grapefruit uprising. Piney and grassy and hempy. Tropical fruitiness (mango, specifically) is detectable but starts to burn off by the aggressive bitterness. A submissive maltiness is a bit toasty. Percussive bitterness. Moderate carbonation. Resinous. It always feels good to finally nab a beer you've been eyeing and it also isn't a letdown. This beer is mightily hoppy. Bottled offering.

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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 patpbr
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - A hazy orange somewhat close to copper. The head dissipates quick but with nice lacing.
S - big time citrus hops and pine
T - Citrus, Pine and Grapefruit. A hop head IPA. Malts do the job of balancing.
M - Medium body and moderate carbination. A dry finish with a lingering bitterness.
O - Have recently noticed this one but not big on four packs. Bought a single bottle and glad that I did it. This one is up front hops and made in my state of Ohio.

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

2 weeks old in the bottle.

It took me a 2 of these before I could place the aroma and flavor. This beer reminds me so much of Port Wipeout that it isn't even funny. Light, smooth, and ultra aromatic. That said, its delicious if you can get it fresh (if you can't, pass and get something else). If you can get it fresh, try it closer to room temp. I tried one ice cold and wasn't impressed. One that had been out of the fridge for a bit was so much more expressive. Glad I picked up some extras to share with friends.

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Photo of tdm168
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - bright orange with a big, soft, dense cap of off white head that has good retention and leaves great lacing on the glass

S - huge grapefruit aroma, faint cake batter, faint alcohol

T - big pine and grapefruit, lightly sweet malt, bitter finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, slightly dry finish

This is a really plush, citrusy, bitter IPA that is easy to drink and very refreshing. I really wish this was an IPA that I could get my hands on on a regular basis.

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Photo of IronLover
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark honey yellow in color with a heavy chill haze. Poured with a big frothy foam that reduced to a thick cap that never faltered. Huge sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Pungent citrus hop aromas, ripe orange and pineapple, with faint pine hop notes in the distance. Hop aromas are delicate enough to allow sweet caramel to show through beneath the hoppiness. Medium bodied with a slight oily feel and aggressive, but not fizzy carbonation. Pungent citrus hop flavors down the middle with pine hops on the edges. Nice sweet caramel malt backbone keeps the bitterness in check. Citrus flavors taper through the middle as the pine hops take over to the end. Finishes with a strong, lingering pine hop bitterness. A nice variety of hop aromas and flavors.

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Photo of Johnbenco34
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Availability- year round...style- IPA(west coast style)
Abv- 7.5%...87 ibu
Bottled on: 12/20/13---enjoyed on 04/14/14

A- pours a golden hue (5-6srm), slightly off white head sits well and slowly descends into the beer leaving a small thin layer of foam presenting itself as you enjoy it.great lacing helps this beer appear as sexy as my girlfriend looks(actually she is the most beautiful in the world).

S- a bouquet of tropical aromas like grapefruit,pine,citrusy sweetness,and pineapple. As an aggressively dry hopped west coast style beer, be prepared for a hop blast of bitterness aromas and resins qualities. If you like IPAs then you will fall in love with the bitter resin aromas that travel through your nasal cavity showing an intimidating robust bitterness that also showcases fruity aromas as well as lightly kilned, malt aroma.

T- "uncivilized and aggressive" and it's 100% true! A perfect blast of hop bitterness that lingers on the palate and sits so well as you dive into a fruity, citrusy sweet, pineapple,aggressive pine and grapefruit astringency that tingles the side of the tounge. Fits all the characters that IPA drinkers look for when they are walking threw there local beers hop. Very robust bitterness and fruity astringent characters. Hops are up front and upholds its bitter characters.

M- medium/full bodied,, carbonation is there but doesn't play a major role in the beer. The bitterness is preserved from the first sip to the last. A blast of bitterness upfront followed by a slight sweet tang and astringency (like chewing on grapefruit skins, notes of ripe grape fruits are as clear as sight).also in the middle the bitterness over powers all. On the finish a bombshell of bitterness lingering on the palate yet still silky smooth enough to enjoy another point after you finish the first glass and trust me you will want more, it's effin amazing.

O- a viscous yet playful IPA, showcasing its bitterness as a perfect example of a west coast style IPA. Very tropical and piney aromas lure you in for a taste and showcases its flavors of citrus, pines grapefruit, pineapple and luscious resin character. Great IPA if you want a hop blast of flavors and aromas.
Cheers my friends drink and share your experience with friends and family you never know they may take it into consider ration when they are shopping for beer! Peace love and beer
Food pairing- very sweet desserts like carrot cake, caramel cheesecake or crime brûlée. Also for a more robust plate try smoked beef brisket with this ale

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Photo of Hop_God
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: clear golden to amber orange with yellow. Thin opaque head

S: citrus. Lemon and orange peel. Mild resin. Tropical fruits. Guava. Mango pith.

T: tropical fruit. Pineapple. Mango peel. Papaya. Citrus. Orange peel. Juicy fruit gum. Piney resin on the finish

F: clean but chewy. Fruity flavor coating the palate

O: 2 month old from bottling date. Really great. Awesome tropical notes with some bitter bite

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