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:
#426
Reviews:
633
Ratings:
4,342
pDev:
8.31%
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Photo of JMFP
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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

Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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

A : Poured a clouded orangish color with a 1/4 inch white head. There is a good amount of white lacing present.

S : Big whiff of tropical fruits, grassiness and some grains with a dash of pine needles as well. It smells refreshing and I am hping it tastes as good as it smells.

T : Initial tropical fruit bouquet meets grass. A little bit of biscuity undertones with a nice dryness to it. The finish is rather dry, refrshing with a moderate bitterness and more tropical fruits

M: Light-medium/ medium bodied, well carbonated. Nice amount of bitterness and tropical fruits, grass sit on the palate.

O: A solid drinking IPA. Balanced.

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Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Immortale25
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottleneck says Bottled 08/30/13.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Spotty lacing sticks to the glass.

S- Citrusy hop aroma that has notes of pineapple juice and orange. Also a bit of malt and booze.

T- The bitterness sinks in immediately and does more to suppress the tropical fruit flavors than enhance them. The alcohol is well-concealed though. The lingering bitterness is the dominant force and, while not unwelcome, creates a one-dimensional flavor profile.

M- Sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- I saw someone refer to this as their "Pliny killer" in a thread a while ago. Though my bottle isn't the freshest, neither was my bottle of Pliny I had and I wouldn't say this is even in the same league. Good but not mind-blowing.

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3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a bowtie glass)
A- There is a hint of haze to the bright orange body with a thick beige cream that last a good bit as a thin film.

S- There is a full woody green hops with a mint quality to it as it opens up

T- The herbal hops have a slight spicy pungency with some green bitterness that lingers a moment after each sip. There is a pale and lightly toasted malt hint in the first few sips but it gets covered by the hop pungency as it grows.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight fizzy bite in the finish.

O- The big fizz boost the hop bitterness which covers a lot of the other flavors but it does have some nice hop flavors and some malt hints. It is just the bitterness is out of balance.

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

Photo of kscaldef
2.93/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Revisited, 5 Sept 2014

Better than previous experiences, but still not as good as the 3-way we had side by side, which wasn't even a particularly good can of 3-way.

3.5

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Old review at 2.95, 12/12/12. Unfortunately, don't have the full breakdown, post changes to the reviewing system:

No bottling date I can discern.

A: Rather orange in color. Raises a rather small head which quickly turns into a ring and some large, loose bubbles.

S: Piney and tropical hops, somewhat dank. Unfortunately, I'm also getting more than a whiff of diacetyl.

T: Very bitter, followed by mild orange-caramel, more bitterness, some cracker, finishing with bitter.

M: Well carbonated. Quite astringent.

O: I don't want to slam this beer; people looking for the mouth-scraping-est IPA out there will probably like this. But, personally, I find it lacking in flavor and aroma hops that would make it a more interesting beer. Also, the diacetyl suggests the brewery may be rushing the beer out prematurely.

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Photo of rspauldi
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of barnzy78
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, Bottled on 04/14/14. New brewery for me. Indiana pick up at Liquor Stop in Highland - a place I haven't stopped in at in years
L - creamy off-white head tops a tangerine colored ale
S - super fresh, juicy and tropical nose with fresh pineapple, mango, pine
T - hop forward and pungently bitter with juicy, tropical notes of mango, pineapple and grapefruit; heavy pine on the finish. The juiciness comes across as sweet with some light caramel and biscuit, but the bitterness predominates the palate
F - medium body, very dry and very bitter finish.
O - very nice and refreshing IPA. Not to take away from this too much, but it reminds me of a couple others with similar flavor profiles that I prefer a little more than this one. Still really solid IPA either way.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of barczar
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aggressive pour yields a chill hazed light copper body with a frothy 2 inch cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving spotty lacing.

Onion, pine, resin, and citrus dominate the initial aroma. There's a slightly bready malt backbone underlying notes of grapefruit, lime, and tangerine.

Flavor initially brings instant memories of sweettarts, becoming resiny and fairly bitter at the finish. Grapefruit, melon, papaya, pineapple, and mango are party of the fruit salad of hop flavoring. Slightly sweet initially, but bitterness dominates in the end. Grassy tones emerge in the aftertaste. Bready malt is an afterthought.

Body is moderate and slightly creamy, with moderate carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Yummy hop flavoring, and just enough bitterness to not totally overwhelm. Fairly complex.

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4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed during the last week when out of service area/Wifi in WY/UT. Full phone notes taken at the Watchman Campground, Zion National Park, UT.

A- Stubby 12oz bottle poured into a chalice with a yellow body and some yeast haze unsettles as its poured. A cap crowns the beer with a frothy foamy texture and fair retention. A ring remains depositing small sheets and spots of lacing.

S- Hops burst out of the bottle after I open iingand from the glass as I pour. Strong notes of grapefruit, citrus, lemon and tangerine with hints of melon, floral and pine. Some grainy malts in the backdrop.

T- The pine certainly shifts closer to the strong side of things but the main players are still citrus and stone fruit. It is not a juicy fruit bomb as the bitter pine and zesty citrus hops provide an edge. Notes of grapefruit, orange, strong bitter lemon peel, melon, dank, floral and resinous hops. Light pale cracked grains and sweetness provide a pedestal for the hops.

MF- Moderately thick body with a creamy and foamy texture that isn't chewy but some good puffiness forms on the palate. Carbonation is high with a nice crisp touch that accentuates the medium high bitter finish.

This is my second bottle of this beer and I am glad I reviewed this one. The aggressive citrus hops are dominant but layers of other hop notes mix in nicely. This shows that modern IPAs dont jusy have to be a hop fruit juice. Packs a nice punch but delivers waves of flavor.

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3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of maximum12
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CaptCleveland for sending me *fresh* bottles of this brew that's been on my wants list for a while. Some other traders could learn things from Mr. Cleveland & sending fresh IPAs in trades...you know who you are. 12 oz. bottle.

Pour is orange with plenty of ozone in the sunset, not clear, but uniformly hazy. Industrial-scale tropical fruits split the fifth sense; terrifyingly sweet. And by terrifying I mean lovely, since I love sweet. Citrus trickles underneath.

Head Hunter is a fascinating IPA. Huge notes of orange, mango, grapefruit run full-speed into an iron wall of citrus, pine, & resiny bitterness. Though it's hard to concentrate with all the pleasure coursing through my veins, bits of caramel & herbs nips here & there. The fruity notes keep the bitterness from peaking too far, but at the same time, the hops hang around for overtime. Damn. Slurp. Slurp. Ahhh.

I am glad to have finally found out what the fuss is about, because this is a straight-up excellent IPA. Thanks again, Dan, happy to have a few more of these around. For a very short period of time.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 4,342 ratings