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

Brewed by:
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
1st batches were 7.0% ABV

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a Cigar City IPA Spiegelau.

Thick,frothy,off white,1 finger head that retains nicely.Light gold in color,with a slight orange tinge.Lots of carbonation in this one,the by bubbles start off fast in the beginning,then slow to medium pace.

The nose has alot of citrus,and pine to it.Very pleasant aroma.A little bit of dankness,but once again very pleasant.

The palate is nice and bitter,plenty of pine,and quite a bit of citrus as well.A little bit of earthiness from the hops...Not over the top on bitterness either.The malts and the hops are very well balanced.

The feel is light bodied,with a nice punch from the carbonation and hops sitting on the tongue.Finish is dry,with a nice smooth bitterness.

Overall this is a damn good IPA...One I have drank before,and will drink again.

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

on tap at Soho restaurant in Pittsburgh yesterday.

ever so slightly hazy orange yellow body, good persistent white head, very nice lacing.

grapefruit, orange and hops on the nose.

great hoppy bite, citrus flavors come through very well. seems to have a good solid malt background to hold up against the bitterness,

mouth is a tad above medium, alcohol hidden,

been looking forward to trying this one and it did not disappoint .

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Photo of larryarms847
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rather standard slight orange hued golden yellow, but at first glance I'm noticing not only a bit of haze (which is fine), but rather large particulate floating about, looks more like citrus rind that chunks of yeast.

Strong notes of orange, tangerine, and pineapple, with a slight caramel sweetness lingering.

Big notes of tangerine right up front, very strong flavor of citrus and a nice and firm caramel malt backbone for sweet support.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, creamy smooth, fruity, easy drinking.

Overall, this is quite a damn good beer in aroma and flavor; however, that being said, needs work on aesthetics. No matter what anyone says, first appearances are important. Other than the large chunks of particulate and rather unappealing site, this is an easy drinking and delicious beer.

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

A fabulous IPA - but very bitter - IBU of 87! Yikes prob higher that Stone Delicious (which is 75). Had at Tria Fitlers on tap yesterday in Phila. Beautiful creamy head that stays. It should be avail at Brewers Outlet.

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Photo of Leoherrmann9
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have had this beer several times, it is Incredible on tap; you can find it on tap at several locations throughout Pittsburgh. A very balanced IPA, does not over due it. I prefer it to several IPAs within the top 100; there is No surprise it has won so many awards.

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Photo of Jolivio
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Has a huge amount of citrus, among other fruit, on the forefront of drinking, but then mellows out with the citrus lingering on the tongue along with the more piney profile. Smell is likewise the same for what the flavor dictates.

Picked up a 4 pack for ~9$. Decent for a try, and would definitely pick up again if I'm looking for something unique, but most likely won't be something to keep on hand steadily.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Whoa! Serious hop punch with this one. Loads of tropical fruit and citrus hop in both the nose and taste. Where this IPA excels is in the back end - malt sweetness provides the perfect balance to the resinous aftertaste. This is a superior IPA. Get it if you can!

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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 rodbeermunch
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my all time favorites. One of the first elite tier ipas I had outside of the west coast. When they showed up at the Bistro ipa festivals, it was on.

Nice light body, golden in color, soft 1/4" white head. The aroma popped of amarillo hops I would guess. Very impressive.

The taste is such a light and dry body of toasted pale malts and 2 row. The hops burst all over it, prolly around 60 ibus, but so crushable. It has a little bit of everything hop flavor wise in the mouthfeel, pineapple, pine, tangerine, sage, melon. Hides abv very well.

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Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Quite an IPA, at first it reminded me of Two Hearted with a little extra kick and a little research shows they share Centennial hops (tho this has Columbus and Simcoe too). My bottle is 6 weeks old and the grapefruit, pine, passionfruit, and pineapple still seem to be in full effect, with just a hint of light caramel malts. Light bodied, dry, and dangerously drinkable. The more I think about it, this has a lot of Pliny to it as well. Damn tasty beer.

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Photo of jonwiseman
3.51/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty deep orange filtered color. Nice abundant lacing. Smells dank. Noticeable hop presence. Taste is malt and grapefruit with some pine present. Decent on the palate. Refreshing and well above average.

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Photo of Chestertonian82
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: A beautiful golden orange, like the color of Commodore Perry. Unlike Commodore Perry, it has a creamy, long-lasting head.
S: Lovely aroma of grapefruit and pine.
T: An EXPLOSION of grapefruit and pine! (Tastes very similar to Grapefruit Sculpin.) At once strongly bitter and incredibly smooth---the juxtaposition here is the lifeblood of this beer! It is very close to miraculous.
F: A delight to drink. My only complaint is that it left me rather gassy (I was letting off grapefruit belches!).
O: A world-class IPA.

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

L- The beer pours clear and golden in the light. The head is a solid 2 fingers of frothy white bubbles. Lacing is patchy but lasting.
S- The nose is strong upfront with grapefruit and hints of pine underlying. Pretty much what you would expect from a west coast style IPA.
T- Much the same as the nose. Lots of grapefruit pith right up front transitioning to light pine in the mid to late palate. Grapefruit overwhelms the pine pretty quickly for me ending in a solid pithy bitter finish. Alchohol is very well hidden for a single IPA of this abv.
F- The mouthfeel is medium overall with a slick oily texture. Even so the beer is light enough to drink in multiples. Top notch in this respect.
O- It's easy to see why this has won multiple awards. I tend to find many grapefruit dominant IPA's too blandly bitter. This one however has me grapefruit flavor that hasn't dulled my palate and finishes cleanly and enjoyable. The fact that the beer is able to completely hide the 7.5% abv so well only adds to the overall enjoyment. It's deceptively drinkable.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass bottled on 7/19/16. Pours a beautiful slightly hazy orange with a 2 finger sticky white head that clings to the glass.

Smell is passion fruit, guava, tangerine, pine, and grapefruit very nice.

Taste follows very tropical upfront and finishes agressive with piny and fairly bitter grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is large for its style, sticky almost leaves a layer hop scum on the palate, lively carbonation, maybe a little dry, and incredible drinkability.

Overall this is world class!!!..... If you like fairly aggressive IPA'S this is your bag. Thanks @jzeilinger for this surprise package.

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Photo of philbe311
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"Uncivilized and aggressive" - Love it...

L - Slightly less than two fingers worth of slightly late to develop uniform crisp light khaki colored froth displaying a bit of a rocky top as it settles... Solid retention, turning a bit richer and creamier as it begins to settle... The color is a deep rich amber... A moderate bit of small bubbled rapid carbonation which rises randomly throughout... A slight bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Bursting at the seems with tropical fruits... Pineapple... Mango... Tangerine... Oranges... A subtle malt base lingers beneath the surface that takes on biscuit and caramel notes... Simple, straight forward and quite effective...

T - Additional depth and complexity emerges on the palate... The tropical fruit notes are dialed down several notches and an enjoyable and assertive piney character takes center stage... The two hop profiles ebb and flow added layers of flavor... There is also a slightly spicy character... The malt base is solid certainly in the background... It takes on notes of bread crust and graham crackers...

F - Medium bodied... Starts lush... Finishes with a touch of dryness... Even and consistent throughout... Light to moderate carbonation... A bit dense...

O - Quite simply put, this is an awesome American IPA... Look, smell and mouthfeel are all very good or better, but this one really shines in terms of taste where it is world class... I was sad when I got to the end of the glass... Hides its 7.5% ABV rather well...

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Photo of hopflyer
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 6/27/16

Pours deep gold color with off white head. Filtered clarity with lively carbonation bubbles

Smell is biscuity malt with laid back citrus of orange, lemon, and some peach.

Taste up front is pretty balanced, although this has over 6 weeks on it. I did have this fresher about a month ago ( same bottle date) and I remember the hops being more prominent and tangy. Further into the glass, it does carry more apricot and peach flavors but the biscuit malt flavor remains solid. it also brings on some sugary cereal flavor as well.

Body is lighter side of medium and carbonation is on the higher side of medium which is a very good combo for a 7.5% IPA. Finish is pretty clean but oddly not "dry". The feel is the best aspect of this beer.

Certainly a very good IPA especially for someone looking for a seemless balance rather than a citrusy palate slapper. The 4.33 score here is about right but It's borderline "world class" classification.

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

A - pours a clear golden brown with a ruby tint. Fine spotty lace appear and disappear quickly after each sip.

S - Citrus dominates the nose - grapefruit, orange zest, some hop resin.

T - Hop forward - grapefruit, tropical fruit, some malts present, piney notes. Medium mouth feel, but easy to drink.

O - Very impressed by this IPA - robust and big flavors, but easy drinking. This would definitely be in my go to list of brews if I could get it in Michigan. Once again, one of the few good things to ever come from the state of Ohio.

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

Dark gold to copper in color with a quarter inch of off white in top. Moderate lacing. The aroma is pure orange juice and light malt. I taste a wallop of citrus hops and light malt. The mouth is light in nature and lightly chalky and dry.

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Photo of tjwarren
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Insanely good. Great look, aroma but the taste is so smooth for such an assertively bitter beer. When fresh it is hard to bear. One of the best out there.

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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 scottbrew4u
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow this is a massive tropical IPA! So much of the aroma is dominated by pineapple, grapefruit juice, lots of resiny hops and grassy notes. Very hard to detect is a fresh bready malt base. Taste is tropical hoppy goodness with enough malt to give balance and body. Not many beers have this much of a layering of hops showcased. Hop lovers must try this! I would get it again for sure.

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Photo of Masonz223
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smell: mandarin oranges tangerine candy fruit peach pineapple grapefruit.
Taste: orange peel tangerine upfront middle of the mouth mellow tropical notes crackery malt some hop dankness finishes with a nice hit of grapefruit biterness. The taste isn't as sweet as the smell.
Feel: medium body super dry in the finish oily slick mouthfeel. The hop biterness lingers in the aftertaste.
Overall: a very solid IPA.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted this one at PDX Craft Beer Festival.

Can't really comment on the appearance, as it was served draft in a plastic tumbler.

Taste was exactly what I look for in an IPA...beaucoup hops aroma, taste, and piney resin.
Excellent brew, I voted it top place at the show.
Had a couple more samplers, and will be taking a little trip to the taproom.

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Photo of Tone
3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus hops, caramel malt, slight pale malt, piney hops, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, slight floral hops, caramel malt, slight sweet malt, slight alcohol, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good complexity, but otherwise a standard AIPA.

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Photo of thebeers
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light yellow-orange-amber color with a thick and lasting white head that eventually leaves heavy lacing. Sweet malt and pine on the nose. Nice piney flavor that seems light and refined, with a good malt backbone balancing it out. Bitter aftertaste with a slight alcohol kick. Medium bodied with "scraping bubbles" carbonation. Excellent beer.

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