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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:
594
Ratings:
4,154
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
22.17%
 
 
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Photo of Tilley4
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of the best IPAs I've ever had... Bright and citrusy with loads of flavor and aromas.... Delicious... So glad I found this fresh... Its superb.. Would be a staple in my fridge if it was local...

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a beautiful clean copper/amber in color with 2 fingers of frothy off-white head, lots of visible carbonation and excellent lacing. the smell is wonderful, tons of cascade/centennial west coast piney hops, a really nice caramel profile, grapefruit scent is very present. a wonderful sweet malty experience with blasts of grapefruit citrus and piney/floral hops.. this tastes sooo fresh it's ridiculous. medium body with moderate carbonation.. creamy on the lips, but goes down nice and easy making it an extremely refreshing ipa.

i love this beer. definitely worth the trade i did (1 2011 DFH WWS for 4pk of this and 2 white rajah). everything about this beer is excellent from its appearance down to the way it tingles your palate is damn close to perfection.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours somewhat cloudy bright orange with a big 2 finger pillowey off white head with good retention and a solid coating down the glass.

Best word to describe the smell is dank. Lots of dank grapefruit that probably comes from Simcoe. Other citrus fruits and fresh cut grass as well.

Flavor is very dank as well. Starts out with some citrus, more fresh grass and a bit of grapefruit. A touch of toffee sneaks in for a while, but the hops shine through just how I like them. Finishes resiny and oily with a sharp pine bitterness.

A tad bit creamy with good carbonation levels.

I now understand why it won all the medals the bottle brags about. While I prefer a bit more of a citrus lean to the flavor this was one of the best smelling beers I've ever had and the taste only disappoints compared to it. Not sure of distribution on this, but if it's available in Western Ohio I'm all over it every time I'm there.

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

I poured it into a glass, it has a gold color body with a small head to it. The aroma has a piney smell to it. The taste is in your face hop explosion. Pine notes and slight bitterness follows. The mouthfeel is good, well balanced and leaves a hop aftertaste on your tongue.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Beergod1 for the initial hookup with this beer.

Appearance: Perfectly clear. Gold/light copper/burnt orange. More dark gold than anything. Head is bright-white, creamy, fluffy, and dense. Sheets of lacing coat the glass. Head retention is decent, but drops to a creamy, chunky cap after a few minutes. So clean, so pretty.

Smell: Pith, grapefruit rind, oily citrus. Pine, pine resin, orange flesh and skin. Oily and floral. Bright sweetness from the hops, it's that weird combo that I've encountered in other aggressively hopped beers. Delicious. Reminds me of cotton candy if you rolled it in pine resin. Mild breadiness. Some caramel sweetness as well. Mango, peach, and pineapple. It's a hop explosion. Slightly dank with some hints of mint on the edges.

Taste: Bitter, pithy, and floral. Huge hits of grapefruit flesh and zest. Pine resin lingers. Dry, sticky hop resins. Huge punches of citrus. Malts struggle to come through throwing some caramel sweetness, touches of roasted malt with a mild toasted edge. Building bitterness, but not unrelenting. Some nice herbal, almost minty, notes in the background. Bitterness lingers and lingers. Dank. Unbalanced, but delightfully so.

Mouthfeel: Dry, slick, and slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation on a medium body.

Overall: Delightful and well-worth it.

Aggressively unbalanced with enough going on with the hop profile to make it interesting and tasty. The best kind of aggressive.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 6/12/14 and poured 6/22/14. $10 four pack.

Appearance: Pours a light amber with some floaters. Pretty heavy carbonation, unexpectedly. Two finger head doesn't last long, and there is very little lacing. A bit of a disappointment, but it's only the appearance.

Smell: Man, this stuff is fresh. Massive citrus and pine... major West Coast IPA vibe coming through with this beer. Pineapple sort of aromas creep through as well. Phenomenal. "Bursting", as they say.

Taste/feel: Screamin'. This truly does have a West Coast IPA flavor, and it says it right on the bottle. While a lot of IPAs brewed in the Midwest have a maltier profile, this one's almost all about the hops. Pungent and in-your-face. Pine, grapefruit, and pineapple. Super dry finish with a hefty lingering bitterness. Nice body with a moderate carbonation. Malt is more obvious in the nose and a little more on the tongue as the beer warms up a bit... that's when I enjoy this most.

As far as West Coast regular IPAs out there, this is probably the best one I've had, due probably in large part to this beer's freshness. I PERSONALLY like my IPAs with a little more malt balance, but this is still an outstanding beer. The bitterness mellows out a touch as it warms, and malt comes through, but it is still definitely an IPA that's more bitter than many others.

If you like unrelenting IPAs and are a self-proclaimed hophead who wants a beer that tastes like sucking on a hopcone, here ya go. I really enjoy this beer (ESPECIALLY the aroma), and I like it more as it warms for about ten to fifteen minutes. Buy it if you find it.

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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 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 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 MbpBugeye
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler split with Ryan011235. A long review using two different glasses, Ryan's famed "E&J Cask and Cream" antique shop find glass and an over-sized snifter, carefully chosen to not be "his" snifter.

Appearance
The beer is a very light, pale gold, I'll even go as far as calling it a rustic shade of yellow. Average sized head from a rough pour from a new growler. Not much lacing and retention is but a thin skim of white bubbles.

Smell
Yeah, this aroma is about perfect. Really making up for the looks here. Its very bright and citrusy. There's not much in the way of malts, at least until the glass becomes over-swirled and room-temperatured. What malts are there are lightly toasted and crackery. Nice floral smells of orange blossom, candied tangerine, mango, pineapple. Lots of really pithy, fleshy citrus. Pine is there, but serves as a second layer to this hop-bomb aroma.

Taste
Bitterness starts stronger then the beer becomes sweetened once you have a few more sips. Lots of that dense, pithy citrus flesh with fresh pine bough and a green sapling type of woodiness. Light crackery malts show up late to the party, and become stronger once the beer warms. I think this one is best served pretty chilled. Keep this at refrigerator temp. There is a strong lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel
Reasonable carbonation that dies off with all the swirling and smelling I did. The aroma was the best part of this though! The body is dry, dry and keeps a long, bitter finish going. It really keeps the palate ready for another pour from the growler.

Overallability
This is a kick ass IPA for sure. The Pliny of Ohio? It certainly follows that style of IPA, more that Columbus IPA or Two Hearted. I think I do prefer this over Elder too. It's by leaps and bounds better than what Cleveland beer drinkers used to have as their standard, go to, local IPA.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from 4 pack dated 8/3 into tulip glass

A- Well filtered coppery/orange with thin head. No lacing
S- Big hop juice, sweet citrus, grapefruit and orange peel
T- Yep, very juicy. Nice citrusy hops, but finish is a bit "soapy" to me
M- Medium for an IPA

O- Very good and drinkable beer. The only thing that I could see being better is the finish which is a bit buttery/soapy to me.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dull copper with a 1 finger white head. Lacing is soapy

S- Ruby red grapefruit, tangerine for sure, and some melon. Not overly juicy, but clean and inviting.

T- Follows nose, but takes it up a notch. A bouquet of citrus and fruity hops up front, then a wave of doughy malt. At first you think it finishes smooth, but then a fashionably late bitter tone comes nocking at the door late...giving that "west coast" style it claims.

M- Mid body, clean, crisp, no booze.

O- Impressive. Just a really, really well done IPA. I will certainly pick up more next time I have the chance.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours bright orange, light haze, finger white head, fades to a ring with soapy lace. Aroma is fruity, orange peel. Very balanced IPA, dank weedy hops with grapefruit and orange peel turning earthy in the swallow. Just enough sweet malt balance. Medium soft slick mouth, slightly oily. Have had this one many times on trips to Florida, and it never disappoints.

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Photo of RickS95
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is good and bad. The bad is that while it's a light copper color, it's extremely clear and very translucent...only slightly darker than ginger ale, so points off for that. However, the head is gorgeous and fits the style to a T. Three fingers of bright white, foamy meringue sits up top this clearness in a glass. Great retention as there's still a finger of froth after several minutes and a thick, sticky lace left behind.

The smell is amazing as the pineapple is the key player, and how can you go wrong with that. It's a citrus bomb with faint notes of pine.

The pine and some malt characteristics show up in the taste as the hops start to assert themselves. Crackerlike up front with earthy flowers taking over soon after. Pine is prevalent and grapefruit makes an appearance late.

It's a bit tame for the first few drinks but then the bitter simply explodes on your palate. There's a slight burn about midsip and then the bitter just attacks the tongue, coating it so it's bitter well after the swallow. While it's an aggressive bitterness, it's good for the style and not just crappy beer, which is welcomed.

I'd heard rave reviews about this beer and it didn't disappoint. While potent, it's enjoyable for the style and dare I say, easy to drink. Sure, you won't feel your tongue after a while, but it's so worth it.

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Photo of scotorum
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a mixed six on a Florida trip. Bottled 9/23/14. More than 3 months old.

a: Clear dark gold with a two inch thick white head which receded to uneven thick surface foam and dense lacing

s:Citrus and pine

t:
Strong pine resin up front with considerable bite, over a medium biscuit maltiness.
Bitter finish.

m: Medium, excellent body, plenty of carbonation tingle

o: A lot of flavor and hop bitterness here, not as good as expected given the high BA rating, but age may have adversely affected this bottle. As is, a strong-tasting but impressive brew nonetheless.

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

Bottled in April 2013. Poured into Greenbush snifter

Appearance is clear and light golden orange

Smell is dank earthy piney hops. Smells like simcoe hops to me

Taste is dominated by hops. Nice bitterness with a piney citrusy fruit taste from the hops. Not getting much from the malt and I don't mind since I like hop forward ipas. Very slight sweetness is all I get from the malt

Mouthfeel is very nice. Medium carbonation and a dry feel

Overall this would be one of my go to standard ipas if it were readily available here. Will pick up whenever I see this

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Photo of pixieskid
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in my moeder lambic tulip/snifter hybrid.

Pours a translucent orange hue with one inch white head.

Nose; citrus, pine resign, and nice fruitiness (tangerines).

Taste; herbal hops upfront, a touch of mint, leads into a strong piney bitterness with notes of floral hops in the finish. As it warms up, it becomes somewhat overly bitter and less balanced/refreshing as originally poured. A lingering vegetal note is present, which is my only complaint...

Mouthfeel; slick yet somewhat crisp, a bit syrupy.

Overall; pretty solid stuff, now that I think of it, it's actually quite similar to Jai Alai...lucky inhabitants of Ohio ;-)

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.77/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crisp yellowish orange. Sme nice solid head tht dissipates quickly. Nice lacing. Smells great. Lots of piney hops on the nose. Taste is a bit overly bitter. The mouthfeel is a bit lacking due to the bitterness but the drinkability is decent for how hoppy it is. Overall, worth trying but i wouldn't drink it regularly

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Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a AleSmith snifter.

A- Pours a hazy dark orange with a 1 finger off-white head. Small bubbles and blotches remain on the glass.

S- Big floral notes and lots of fresh hop aromas.

T- Light caramel and some toast flavors, grassy and pine hop bitterness.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Dry finish from bitterness.

O- Good IPA with big floral, pine and grass hop bitterness.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - A beautiful IPA, clear golden orange body, big white head, fades to a ring and film across the top with copious lacing all the way down.

S - Pine is front. Hints of pith and citrus peel, oranges and passionfruit. A bit of bubble gum sweetness.

T - Strong open of grapefruit and pith, pine and peppermint, with a bit of biscuity malt in the middle, coming to a strong punch of bitterness in the close. Hints of aspirin stay in check when cooler, but blossom forth more powerfully as it warms, which is the primary knock on taste - so drink it cool.

M - Chewy and drying, with residual coating of the tongue in the close. The drying invites you to keep drinking, but this is one that you do not want to stack.

O - A huge beer that delivers a big hop taste without completely blowing out your palate. It is a close thing, with this beer walking right up to the edge of wreckage without stepping over.

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Photo of zac16125
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
No born on date

A: An absolutely crystal clear golden amber.  A very aggressive pour yields just over 2 fingers of bright but slightly off white colored head, which takes a long time to dissipate down.  Leaves tons of thick, cobweb lacing.  

S: Lots of citrus hops with just tons of pineapple, along with some mango and tangerine.  A noticeable sweet malt backbone.  Subtle hints of juniper/pine.  Really quite wonderful.  

T: Lots of piney bitterness in the taste.  Pineapple and tangerine come out, but  bitterness by far is the dominating characteristic, mostly piney but also citrus zest bitterness.   Tasty, but very little going on apart from the bitter characters.

M/D: Heavily carbonated, too  much for my liking.  Medium bodied.  Drinkability is good.  

O: There are a lot of great IPAs out there, and although this one is very good, for me it falls short of the top tier.  The aroma is excellent, but the taste is rather run of the mill (in terms of good IPAs that is) with a rather simple, albeit strong, piney bitterness without a whole lot else going on.  Don't get me wrong, I would never turn down this beer if it were offered to me, however, I wouldn't seek it out as there are a number of IPAs distributed to the Southeast that I think are superior to this one.  

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

Fresh 12oz bottle from the brewery, picked up generously by MarkIntihar. Into a Revolution pint glass.

A: Pours a clear light orange-brass with a nice white head. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Huge amounts of grapefruit, orange peel, vanilla, pineapple, and green leaf in the nose. Dank.

T: The taste is much drier, with lots of grassy bitterness, somewhat herbal with lots of fresh grain in the finish, leaving a resinous aftertaste.

M: Light-bodied with some creaminess to it.

O: I wish there was as much fruit in the taste as the nose but this is still great stuff.

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