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

Fat Head's Head Hunter IPAFat Head's Head Hunter IPA
BA SCORE
96.2%
Liked This Beer
4.33 w/ 4,266 ratings
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
Ranking:
#406
Reviews:
615
Ratings:
4,266
Liked:
4,105
Avg:
4.33/5
pDev:
8.31%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
667
Gots:
972
Trade:
38
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Ratings: 4,266 |  Reviews: 615
Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pizza Plant.Cloudy grapefruit with a foaming white head. Lots of lace. Grapefruit aroma. Initially there is a strong hop bite, nay burn, then the mouth gets more used to the acidity. The flavour is pretty good grapefuit. 77IBU and you feel that. Hours later, acidic is still in my mouth.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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

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 GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very very good ipa. clear and quite pale in color, a little darker than golden, call it bronze, with an inch or so of white suds. the nose is very fruity hops, citra maybe, pineapple and lemon attack the nostrils. flavor is more grapefruit than lemon, with equal parts tropical fruit. the hops taste just picked to me, full of resins and oils that i just love in an ipa. alcohol is strong, and can be tasted a bit in the finish, my only real critique of an otherwise near flawless brew. nice lighter medium body keeps it sessionable, and the carbonation is very bright, aiding in a clean crisp finish that gets more and more bitter as the beer warms up. perfect with a chilli chese burger stacked hugh with frito chips. god i want another. one of the more fruity and citrusy india pales in recent memory. this should make its way out to colorado, id be a regular on it.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a slightly hazy copper color, there was a white foamy head on top. The lacing was sticky and hung on the glass nicely. The smell of the beer was loaded with hops. Very nice aromas ranging from floral to fruity. The taste of the beer is piney, and has a nice balanced malt sweetness to it in there. The mouthfeel is smooth with a subtle carbonation to it. Overall I believe that it's pretty damn good, I'd still put a few others before it but still worth having.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With a proud exert on the label that reminds us that this beer took silver and bronze medals in the Great American Beer Festival '10 and '11 respectfully, this high praise comes with high expectations. And this west coast IPA doesn't disappoint!

While its appearance does nothing to deter from the classic look of IPA, its medium amber color reminds me of honey. But capped with an eggshell white sheet, the beer laces and retains wonderfully right down to the last sip.

But the IPA begins to separate from the pack with a bright and drippy citrus aroma. Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, pineapple, tangerine, and herbal (cannabis-like) character mixes with grassy notes. Mild starchy malts carry with it a caramel and butter note that makes the fruit notes seem ripe and plump rather than trying to compete for balance.

The flavors are starkly consistent with aroma. Both the hop flavor and malt sweetness hit the front of the mouth with balanced intensity, Honey dipped slices of grapefruit and oranges are first and foremost in taste. Complementary notes of tropical fruit juice rounds the beer in nearly coctail-like precision. The waves of varying flavors wash over the middle palate and fold in malty starch flavors and the grassy and herbal notes that were described in the beer's aroma. But the beer suddenly falls off in order to provide a resiny bitterness and malty dryness that lingers on the back of the throat like pine needles and fresh-cut grasses. Mild salts and metals blend into the hop bitterness and gives a glimpse into the water profiles.

Medium bodied, but the beer seems lighter because of its quick-strike dryness. The enamel clinching sweetness, hop, and alcohol textures pretend to deliver a seductive citric acidity, but the beer is focused on a dry finish and a memory of fruit. The malt textures fall off just as the bitterness comes to a crescendo, a light leafy astringency, and the alcohol dryness closes the beer with confidence.

Fat Head's Head Hunter is a fantastic IPA that doesn't simply deliver "proper" IPA flavor or become complacent on making an "error free" beer. It pushes further into the smooth bitterness, ultimate dryness, and intangible fruity hop flavors and aromas that begin to separate it from the rest.

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3.71/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ah, here we are. A want for awhile now. I received this today from a trade with michaellcoates - thanks, buddy! 7.5% ABV confirmed. "American-Style India Pale Ale." 87 IBU. Expectations are through the roof; this is my first beer from Fat Head's and its on the list of top beers. Really looking forward to it. Don't see a bottle date/julian code. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with cool fun label and orange branded pry-off cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours almost entirely head, seven fingers wide at the least. Head is a healthy beige colour. Gorgeous soft complexion. Nice creaminess. Good frothiness and thickness. Retention is excellent, about 8-10 minutes. Lacing is light and even yet inconsistent as the head slowly recedes.

Body colour is a pretty vibrant somewhat pale copper. Translucent and transparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Overall, it's an attractive appearance for the style, but I wouldn't call it unique or special. The head is impressive. I'm looking forward to trying it. Quite inviting.

Sm: Piney. Resinous. Floral hops, with a twinge of grapefruit zest on the back end. Nectary and citrusy, even a bit juicy. I don't get the pineapple mentioned on the label - which is good, I hate pineapple in IPAs (and beer in general, actually). I guess you could call it dank. Fairly pungent, but not overbearing. A biteen soapy; maybe just a bit too long in primary. Pale malts. Hop oils. Grassy character. Light buttery character. Maybe a bit of caramalt. Soft and approachable. Most importantly, it's balanced. No naked hop bitterness is obvious. A good aroma overall, but maybe not as clean as I'd like. And a bit too dry; I'd like it more overtly juicy and refreshing. Moderately strong.

T: A bit more tropical than I'd like; I do get some light pineapple and mango. Hop profile is diverse: floral hops, oily hops, nectary hops, light citrusy hops (in the form of a timid grapefruit twang), and piney hops. Somewhat dank, but also not as clean as I'd like. Herbal cannabis-like hops are prominent, perhaps even dominant. Well balanced, with no overt hop bitterness. Lots happening here; good complexity and flavour integration. It comes off cohesive. Pleasant to drink, with no alcohol coming through. Resiny. I don't get any yeasty notes from it. Body is comprised of pale malts and a bit of light caramalt. Some subtlety here. Lightly bready. Maybe even light fleeting candied notes on the climax.

Overall, it's a different type of IPA than I'm used to; much more herbal and cannabis-like than any IPA I've ever had. I quite fancy it, and the more I get accustomed to it the more I like it. Tasty stuff. Good depth of flavour. Good flavour duration.

Mf: First thing that hit me when I sipped it was how soft it is. Very pleasant and soothing to drink. Smooth as hell. Not as clean as it needs to be, and not crisp at all. A bit scratchy, like the feeling cannabis generates in one's throat. Somewhat dry in the second act, but it gets wet on the finish. Oily. Good thickness. Somewhat refreshing. Not as juicy as I'd like. Overall, it suits the flavour profile quite well and facilitates each note nicely. Feels custom-tailored to the flavour profile, yet it shares the herbal cannabis-like scratchy quality that's really holding this beer back. Undercarbonated.

Dr: Drinkable and it hides its ABV well, but that scratchy somewhat rough texture along with the cannabis-esque flavours does limit drinkability; I doubt I'd want to kill a 6 pack of this in a night. It's pleasant and enjoyable and I really respect its approach to the style. Feels innovative, not imitative or mimetic. I'd love to try this on-draught. But it does make me want to cough a bit; it tickles the back of the throat with those pesky herbal notes. I can see why it has its high ranking, and while I don't know that's it's world class, it's definitely amongst the most unique IPAs I've had. I'd happily have it again and I'd recommend it to friends, but I doubt I'd trade for it again. A solid staple from Ohio and one that would be a mainstay in my fridge if I lived out there.

High B

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Photo of emerge077
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a modest head seated atop the clear amber liquid; splotchy lace is left behind

Smell: Grapefruit and nothing but

Taste: Grapefruit, with a hint of biscuity malt underneath; citrusy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really nice grapefruity IPA; though it has a hint of residual sweetness, it never comes close to becoming cloying

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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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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a bright clear orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some a good lacing. Aroma consists of fruity ester with some citrus hoppy notes and light sweet malt notes. Taste is also dominated by citrusy hops with fresh sweet fruity notes and some lightly sweet malt notes with limited level of bitterness. Body is about average with good carbonation. Definitely above standard IPA from those guys.

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