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

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Fat Head's Head Hunter IPAFat Head's Head Hunter IPA
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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
Ranking:
#403
Reviews:
621
Ratings:
4,283
pDev:
8.31%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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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 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 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 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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Photo of zeff80
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a bubbly, off-white head of foam. It smelled of pine, grapefruit, orange and toasted caramel. Big bold, hoppy bite of pine and citrus. Nice roasty malt, caramel and toffee, too.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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

Draft at The Bistro IPA festival. Golden amber, bright and clear, with a solid white cap that slowly settles to a collar. Very floral aroma, centennial hops are prominent but there's also a citrusy, herbal character, a little weed and cut grass. Little perceptible malt in the aroma, but it has a touch of bready sweetness on the palate beneath the huge hop flavors. Floral with orange and grapefruit, bitter herbs, a little toasted biscuit. Nice bitter grapefruit finish that lingers for a long time. Pretty damn good.

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Photo of superspak
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/7/2016. Pours slightly hazy golden yellow color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dank citrus/tropical/pine hops and light-moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Large amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange rind, pine, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish with a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dank citrus/tropical/pine hops and light-moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and minimal astringent hop flavors lingering after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness, that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, and lightly creamy/grainy mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an insane IPA as expected. All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dank citrus/tropical/pine hops and light-moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. An insanely amazing offering all around.

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Photo of Boone757
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zestar
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a golden amber. A lot of tropical fruits here, but also dank and weedy. Mango and pineapple. Very juicy. A solid dipa that I wasn't expecting to be so good.

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Photo of DrBier
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a bottle at Lola Bistro in Cleveland, OH

A: Pours a very slightly hazy golden orange in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some bright orange and yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops with some much lighter notes of pine/resin hops and tropical/pineapple hops. There is a very light hint of caramel malts as well.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of caramel malts with some light to moderate amounts of sweetness which is quickly overtaken by the strong hop presence - citrus/grapefruit dominates with some much lighter notes of tropical/pineapple and just a touch of pine. Moderate to heavy amounts of bitterness which linger for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a very enjoyable American IPA (possibly just on the edge of being a DIPA in my opinion) with very pleasant and strong grapefruit/citrus hops, which is a hop aroma/flavor profile that I like. I found the alcohol to be well hidden and this to be a pretty easy beer to drink.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rudzud for sharing.

Slight hazy pale orange color, very little fizzy head.

Nose lots of typical fruit, grapefruit, musty resinous passion fruit, hint of booze and light sweetness malt. Citrus and tangerine.

Taste light musty resin and tropical fruit, passion fruit, grapefruit, bit of pineapple, light tangerine and citrus. Light malty sweetness and juicy flavor. Finish is fairly bitter with light tropical fruit and resinous tropical fruit.

Mouth is med bodied and decent carb.

Overall quite nice. Great hop additions with just enough malt balance and sweetness.

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

Acquired from mantoury74 so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors citrus and caramel that are quickly followed by a nice floral hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fat Heads in Cleveland.

Pours a nice gold to light copper color with a nice white head and a good amount of lacing. Nice retention as well. The nose brought forward a large amount of hops ranging from citrus to floral to tropical. Altogether a really nice package from a mixed back of hops. I can't recall them at the moment, but there was a sign on the wall that seemed to indicate the hops used in this one. The flavor hit the spot as well with a nice hop character coming through as the dominant character and a good, brisk finish. A bit of alcohol in the finish, though not too much. Terribly drinkable. I wish this were available locally and weren't quite as high in ABV.

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Photo of nickfl
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Small white head on a hazy, copper body. The foam settles moderately and leaves nice lace. A very nice citrus and dank pine aroma. Sweet malt in the flavor with a bit of pine and sweaty hops. Medium thick body, average carbonation, and a balanced finish. Very nice, the aroma really shines with a great combination of citrus and tropical fruit.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First had: ?
This review is for a recent tasting on tap at Pinocchio's.

Clear amber pour with a full finger of frothy white head that retained well and laced the glass nicely. Nice aroma of fresh hops, pine and grapefruit, distant pale malt base. Crisp and juicy. The taste reflected the aroma, with a nice blast of fresh hops, oily citrus, resinous pine, light biscuity pale malts somewhere off in the distance, bringing in a sense of balance, but ensuring that the hop profile is still the dominant factor. Perhaps nothing you wouldn't expect, but nevertheless, this is pretty much exemplary of the style. Medium body, crisp mouthfeel, super drinkable.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Kegatron
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ Fathead's (Pittsburgh, PA) on 7/18/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, which is topped with a finger of foamy off-white head. Rich and creamy looking retention, that leaves back lace that hangs in thick swathes down the sides of the glass. The aroma is pretty much West Coast smelling. Floral and a bit piney hop character, with some big-time spice and a thick tang of tropical fruits. Some even more sweeter notes of caramel and bread come out under the citrus, and I'm also pleased to not be picking up any warmth at all. I'm really digging the mix of flavors here, but I wish that they were popping just a bit more.

The taste starts with a big hop bite up front of very aggressive spicy bitterness, with a sticky resinous edge to it. That sweet mix of citrus and caramel from the nose is present, but it's not nearly balancing enough here in the taste, leaving this way too uneven and bitter up front. The hops are just lingering way too long in this, keeping this IPA from being completely enjoyable. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mellow creaminess to the carbonation up front but then prickles up towards the back. This sharpness in the back is actually right where the most unpleasant aspects of the bitterness is lingering, but I'm not going to hold that against the feel. The one saving grace of the unbalanced nature of this, is that I'm not picking up any alcohol beef whatsoever. Pretty darn impressive for a 7% beer with raging hops in it.

Tis a shame, as I really liked this everywhere but the taste. I know that the board described this as "aggressive" and uncivilized" but it was just way too uneven towards the hops for my taste. If you don't mind out-of-control bitterness, then by all means go for it, as the aroma is quite nice and the body and drinkibility are right on for a higher ABV IPA.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of billab914
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tasting glass. It poured clear and amber orange in color with a pillowy white head filling one inch of the glass.

The aroma is very juicy with pineapple, peach and mango all coming out. It has a little bitter grapefruit and citrus rind presence to it as well. Very nice bright and hoppy aroma to it.

Taste shows more of the pineapple and tropical fruits at first but the finish shows a little More dry, resiny, grapefruit bitterness. I love the tropical fruit notes to it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I thought it was a great beer overall. It was a very flavorful and easy drinking beer of the style with some excellent bright, fruity, fresh hoppy flavors to it.

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Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 4,283 ratings
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