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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%
 
 
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903
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Reviews: 586 | Ratings: 4,117
Photo of itsscience
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden copper with a big soapy head. The nose is full of pine, lemon, and hop resin, with perfumy hops and clean malty sweetness. Bitter grapefruit hop flavors abound, but are kept in check with caramel malt, toasted oat notes, and sweeter fruits like pineapple. The end result is a tasty, balanced brew that is straightforward without being one-note. Mouthfeel is medium and the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of glass_house
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Slightly hazy orange-amber. One finger of off-white head leaves a thin cap with lots of light oily lacing. Aroma is bursting with bright citrus and floral notes, with hints of pine and caramel malt in the background.

The taste starts off with a flowery, slightly tropical entrance. Big juicy grapefruit quickly takes over, and grassy pine has the last word. Medium-bodied with fairly mild carbonation. Pretty smooth overall but the sharp citrus does give it a little bite.

Headhunter is a beautifully done, grapefruit-forward IPA that hits all the right notes. The flavors are simple but bold and delicious. At 7.5% it's bordering on DIPA status but maintains the lighter, smoother body of a great IPA. A classic that makes me glad I live where it's always on the shelf.

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Photo of kidthunder
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

More thorough review to come later, but in brief this is one of my personal favorites. Moved around PA over the last four years, but just became acquainted with this brew in 2013. Fantastic citrus-leading IPA. Clean crisp taste, with a light overall mouthfeel.

A must try for any fan of the IPA.

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Photo of turbotype
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

tasted from both a bottle and a poured into a glass.

Pours orange. sticky lacing all down the glass. off white medium head that lingers. Small flecks of something floating in the glass. The glass was hand washed, dried and chilled by me, so I know it was in the beer. I've read that it is hop resin? Beats me, other than actually seeing it when looking for it, I didn't notice it. (reminded me of a Belgian White)

very aromatic. floral and fresh fruit mixed together.

Short version? Hop bomb. Long version? tastes fantastic. no angle of an AIPA was missed in this offering. Fruit, pine, honey flavor. Basically looking at strong, in your face hoppy goodness countered by sweet honey flavored malt. Crisp finish for the most part, but bitterness lingers for a little bit. Outstanding. One of my highest rated AIPAs.

Medium body. appropriate for the style, imo. Medium "carbonation". Balanced, no complaints.

I grabbed this brew at my local craft beer store for the hell of it, not really expecting much to be completely honest. I was wrong. Way wrong. This AIPA is fantastic. It drinks like a double, so much hops, but carefully balanced out by copious amounts of honey flavored malt. I will be adding this fantastic India Pale Ale to my short list of super good, can't go wrong with - AIPAs! Recommended and will be buying again.

* If Fat Head increases their market area, this beer will become huge... Calling it now.

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Photo of jjdc
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden amber on the pour. Nose is pretty standard, but nice pine and floral hop scents -- a little less tropical fruit than some. Flavor makes it squarely a "Midcoast" IPA (I.e. Midwest take on a West Coast style). Pungent hops are warmed over with a heavy pour of sweet, gooey malt. The proceedings are well balanced and clean. Good beer all around.

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Photo of terrapinmark
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the holy grail. Beautiful copper pour into snifter with nice head and awesome citrus and smash mouth hop aroma. This beer is what others aspire to be. Great malt balance and hop head kick you in the mouth. Matt and Fat Heads hit a grand slam with this classic.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful, clear golden orange with a half inch fluffy, off-white head. Simmers down to a slim film, leaving spider web lacing on the glass. Citrus fruits shine through the first whiff, followed by a malt, caramel sweetness. All of which play nicely off each other. Citrus fruits, grassy notes flow across the tongue first. The malt flavors finish it off. Another medium body IPA, that's smooth and finishes with a nice bitterness. Overall, another fantastic IPA from the Midwest.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear orange with a thick two finger off-white head. Leaves some lacing and has good retention.

Caramel sweetness comes through with pine, grapefruit, and pineapple hoppiness.

Smooth drinking medium body with quite a bitter hop bite delivering flavors of grapefruit, pine, tropical fruit, floral, and sweet malt.

Could pass as a DIPA with how it hits with bitterness and hop character.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottling date of 01/29/14

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

A- Pours a medium burnt orange/yellow with a high slightly off white head. Looks to be medium bodied. Nice degree of clarity, some hop resin chunks floating around.

S- Sticky, lightly dank pine, pineapple, some citrus, light tropical notes and bitter burn in the nostrils. Medium-light malt on the back.

T- Pine, a pretty big smooth, long bitterness, all 87 IBUs are accounted for, Grapefruit, nice level of sweet tropical notes of pineapple and papaya. A lighter malt character than in the nose. Leaves a pretty high degree of bitterness on the tongue.

M- Surprisingly light mouthfeel the makes this a pretty easy drinking high hopped beverage.

O- This is one of my favorite IPAs. It has much of the things I look for in a great IPA. It has a big hop presence and a nice medium sweetness and is very easy to drink. I try to go to Indiana or Ohio and grab some whenever I can. Wish it came in 6 packs though, I mean if Bell's can do 2Hearted in 6ers and this seems to be just as equally hopped, just with 3 hops instead of 1, then surely this can be put in 6ers.

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Photo of Bone53
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass at around 45°F

Appearance: Burnt orange color with a one finger off white head that sticks around; Sticky with great lacing.

Smell: Tropical and citrus fruits (grapefruit, pineapple, mango, orange, lemon), pine, and sweet malt. They blend together perfectly; The most aromatic AIPA I've encountered.

Taste: Everything you want in an AIPA is there. Enormous amount of tropical and citrus hops (although more on the citrus side), bittering hops, pine, and sweet malt for a great balance. Bright fruits carry on in the aftertaste. Burps taste great too! I pick up more tropical notes in the nose, but the taste is still world class.

Mouthfeel: Light medium body; resinous with substantial bitterness and a dry finish. Well carbonated; Crisp

Overall: It's hard to pull off an IPA of this caliber, and Fat Head's has done it! An AIPA done to near perfection and one of my favorites in the style. I feel lucky to have a regular (fresh) supply of this. If you're a hop head, this would be a great go to locally, and certainly worth a trade. Highly recommended!

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just as the bottle suggests . . . this beer is uncivilized and Aggressive. Pours a deep and dark burnt yellow with floating sediments. An awesome, glowing ipa ! Smell is dank with huge hop scents of pine, grapefruit, citrus and pineapple. Huge hop bitterness and flavor. Above mentioned fruits and a touch of caramel. Medium-sized feel with tangy carbonation. Resiny and sticky. Leaves a sticky finish on the lips. A punch you in the mouth brew for those who truly love their hops !

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Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau Dogfish Head IPA glass. Bottled Feb 17th 2014.

A real nice deep bronze and orange body, nearly crystal clear with lots of good thin rising carbonation. Head only makes about two fingers tall though, with a tiny soapy even bubbled appearance. Tan head in color, and settles slowly with even layers of retention and clumpy qualities.

Real nice aroma. Very noticeable dank earth, faint citrus orange a bit, and some pickle like salty brine also. Quite woody and aromatic and campfire like smoke hop aromas to match. This is a neat bouquet on this brew.

A real nice straightforward palate. A solid but simple mouthfeel that isn't too wet, but coats with a thin oil sheen. Hop forward in the palate, but also quite fleeting on the fruit and earth suggested aromas before. Good front of mild pine but it's interesting how the flavor of this beer is all in the front, and has virtually no aftertaste. Light bodied it seems and real impressive on masking the abv, almost tastes like a "sessionable IPA".

Overall it's really well made, but it is not quite making it up there with the big boys just yet. However, it is a great beer and one easily worth having again.

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Photo of Beer4B
3.23/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was let down with this one but will be giving it another chance when I find some fresher bottles.

Good smell and feel to it but the taste was disappointing to where it made we wonder how old it was or if it was a bad batch I got. There was a distinctive bad bitterness to the finish, hopefully not standard for this brew.

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Photo of hillvt4me
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from the bottle.

A: nice white head and solid lacing with a golden amber hue.

S: strong tropical fruit and hops. Pineapple and pine are rather pungent.

T: strong pineapple, citrus and notes of pine hops. Bitterness is rather balanced.

M: Dry and bitter citrus and medium bodied and carbonation.

O: A real solid IPA; which is becoming and has been the norm for most established breweries.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with just under a finger of head. Sticky lacing left behind. Color is a burnt orange color. Moderate active carbonation.

Smell: Big fruity, floral front of pineapple, kiwi, mangos, and tangerines. Impressive bouquet on the front sets up a pleasant caramel malt body. Moderate pine and resin hop tones pick up on the back end to really bring the aroma full circle.

Taste: A very rounded front of chewy malt and hop tones of some darker fruits. Brighter hops shine through on the body and continue to buzz the palate long after drinking. Pine hop tones disguise themselves well but provide an extra element to digest on the back end of this brew.

Mouthfeel: All the traditional tones of a west coast ipa make themselves known at some point. Bright fruits transition to a solid malt body which is rounded out by some well done pine accents. Carbonation is lightly done which plays well here.

Overall: Exactly what a great west coast IPA should be. Lots of different levels to this brew. Love this brighter tones which get balanced well by the malt and pine.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has a great golden look with good everything and a great citrus smell. Only reason I downgrade the taste is because it's to bitter but has a good citrus taste as well. Creamy but crisp feel with a full body. Pretty good but like I said, to bitter for all the other taste.

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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 babaracas
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with some yeast sediment, two fingers of white foam that settles to a thin ring with big splotches of lace on the glass. Smell: grapefruit rind, apricot, big simcoe dank blast. Taste: tangerine, tropical note, rindy, soft biscuit in the back. Sweet, drying finish. Well done.

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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 dar482
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a clear reddish amber.

The aroma has some stone fruits like nectarine and peach, orange peel, some sweet tropical notes. Big hits of dankness on the end.

The flavor hits of immediate grapefruit bitterness. Hints of sweet citrus and then some sour pineapple and mangos. A light white bready malt. The finish stays aggressively bitter of grapefruit juice and peel, almost some spiciness and floral in there as well. Almost a white wine drying as well. It's an extremely bitter IPA.

A fruity and very West Coast bitter IPA. Next to Columbus IPA and White Rajah, White Rajah won out slightly over this.

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Photo of lochef81
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one of my goal beers on my Ohio buying trip and I was not disappointed. This ale pours a very cloudy copper color with a ton of sediment (god I love unfiltered beers). The head is off white and short lasting but the lacing is quite substantial. The nose is a delicious blend of bitter hops; both citrus and pine. This offering smells very fresh and lively. The taste totally follows suit; all hops. It is a sparkling delicious and fresh ipa. Not complex but awesomely is what it is. Think hopslam but smoother and a little less in your face. This is a great beer and will pick up every time I'm in Ohio.

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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 FeDUBBELFIST
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle to small snifter. Bottled on 12/27/13. Sampled 09FEB14.

[A] Head Hunter pours with a pretty copper orange body, mostly clear, and a nice 2 1/2 finger high ivory colored head. Retention is spectacular. Lacing is well above-average.

[S] The first pour gives of bright hop aromas covering an impressive blend of all the major bases: Tropical, citrus & pine. The second pour, after a bit of warming, begins to lose the tropical aspect, focusing on the pine, and then adding just a bit of a raw, dank scallion flavor. Just a bit.

[T] Same flavors as the aromas mentioned above. The balance between sweetness and bitterness is wonderful. It's hard to believe they're packing 87 IBU's into this.

[M] I love the mouthfeel. The body is quite substantial. Carbonation adds a modest bite. Plus, there is a slight hop oil slickness that coats the tongue which extends the mouthfeel and flavor. Then the dryness sets in. Practically perfect.

[O] Even at a month and a half, this beer is pretty damn good, although the first, colder half was quite a bit better than the second half. Wish this beer made it out to SEPA more often.

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Photo of mesatrin
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my go to IPA. Living in Pittsburgh this is readily available all the time. This is an aggressive IPA, not an IPA starter. A nice grapefruit, tropical fruit flavors, with heavy floral notes. Hoppy in the front and in the finish. If you love an aggressive IPA this is the beer for you.

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Photo of d5001986
3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A: Pours cloudy amber with a decent amount fluffy head.

S: Mostly grapefruit, a little tropical fruit, and honey.

T: Citrus, pine, and some floral followed by the malt. A slight lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. A bit over-carbonated for me. Goes down foamy at first.

O: Not bad. A bit malty, which isn't my style. Just not that memorable for me.

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