Head Hunter
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

Head HunterHead Hunter
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #15
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #552
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 8.29%
Reviews:
667
Ratings:
4,436
From:
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
 
Ohio, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  669
Gots
  1,019
SCORE
96
World-Class
Head HunterHead Hunter
Notes: Head Hunter is an aggressively dry-hopped, West Coast-style IPA with a huge hop display of pine, grapefruit, citrus and pineapple. A punch-you-in-the-mouth brew for those who truly love their hops! Uncivilized. Aggressive. Award-Winning.
Reviews: 667 | Ratings: 4,436
Photo of JWT3
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dirty gold colored beer with excellent clarity. Soapy head laces the glass.

The aroma of this beer is very tropical, lots of citrus and mango or pineapple notes. Then the flavor goes into an intense bitter, resinous beer with accents of lemon peel and fresh mango. Full bodied yet crisp and well carbonated. Really a top tier beer.

 338 characters

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My kind of IPA. Pours clear golden with a foamy and sticky bone white head that has exceptional lacing. Smells of dank resin, pine, citrus/grapefruit, and faint notes of tropical fruit that all transcend well into the flavor. Very rich and sticky feel, plenty of carbonation. Overall, this is another outstanding IPA from Fat Heads. I've only had two from them so far and have been very impressed. Thanks again Corey! Cheers!

 432 characters

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a transparent somewhat golden/orange and slightly yellow colored body with a spectacular looking one finger white foamy head that once it starts dieing. The lacing is just so thick and clingy, nice show. The smell has bitter hoppiness up front, primarily a nice combination of a citrus/pine-like substance of sorts, slightly spiciness of sorts plays nicely in the background. The taste has a nice combination of a bittersweetness that plays very nicely with the spicy flavoring coming from the aroma, dry piney aftertaste and finish. The palate has a nice light to medium body, and is fairly sessionable. Carbonation is great for an AIPA as a more than adequate sharpness invades my tongue and mouth. Overall, I can see why so many people really like this one.

 779 characters

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip and look is burnt orange with a fluffy bubbly head that dissolves yet leaves lacing around the glass. very hoppy in the body.
Smells is mild with scents of fruity hops. The mouthfeel is piney and dank with resin finish and a bit sticky. Taste is of pine, pineapple, melon, papaya, resin, grass, and malt. Overall delicious but falls short of topping Stone.

 379 characters

Photo of Vetbidder
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice copper look to this brew, almost see through. Love the scent of this beer, tropical fruit, citrus and pine, not much malt detected. Decent flavor of citrus and pine that has a gentle bitter and semi sweet finish. It doesn't quite live up to the nose of this beer. Also getting a bit of heat on the finish. Dare I call it a bit watery with less carbonation. All in all it's a good beer here.

 396 characters

Photo of b__a
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Truly exceptional, and one of the finest American IPAs I have tried.

The ale pours a deep orange-amber with a solid, irregular off-white head. The smell is intoxicating. It reminds me of papaya, a bit of citrus, a touch of piney bitterness, some dank notes, and some booze for warmth. The nose is so incredibly inviting. I wish I could bottle the sm... oh wait, I have many bottles of it.

The beer is complex, bitter, with just enough fruity and malty backbone to balance---but no more. The taste unfolds in stages, opening with some citrusy tang, followed by a wave of bitterness, then the papaya and sweet fruit, and ending with a dank and boozy finish.

In two words: near perfect.

 689 characters

Photo of citizencane
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours translucent orange with slight head with lingering rim and moderate lacing on tap. Smells of bitter hops and tropical fruits, though no clear fruit comes through. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. Really good IPA.

 219 characters

Photo of cjgiant
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap:
A nice golden color, maybe slightly to the darker side of it. Head is lasting, medium rim; spots of lacing.

Nose is subdued in this pour, but with a swirl and a deep inhale, I get grapefruit full on with pith in equal amounts. Overall leaning fruity, but generic bitterness keeps that in check.

Taste has a nice malt backbone upon which the hops can play. Not crisp, but clean, providing some body. The nose foretold the taste pretty well, grapefruit citrus and its pithy bitterness run this beer. The malt seems to throw a bit of orange or tangerine zest, maybe a hint of tropical into the mix as an accent.

Nice, mid-school (given current trends) IPA, or old school AIPA (not west coast). Malty enough to not be hop tea, but bitter enough in its citrus nature to not be "juicy." The more I drank, the higher my overall went.

 844 characters

Photo of Den7854
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Golden - copper color w/ good lacing throughout. Great smell w/ hints of pine and citrus. Taste and feel are substantial. You know you are drinking an exceptional beer as soon as you first taste. Finish is equally good. Fatheads brewery, North Olmsted, oh

 262 characters

Photo of Skrumpy
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mostly clear, golden amber color. Foamy, off white head with streak lacing. Aroma is light tropical fruit, grain, and spice. Flavor is citrus and pine, bread and mango. A hoppy bite to it, but still smooth. A good beer overall.

 232 characters

Photo of VABA
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revisited 6/8/18

A-A very vibrant amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has hoppy hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a hoppy flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A very nice IPA

 206 characters

Photo of EMV
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish tulip

L: Clear medium golden copper pour. 2 fingers of off-white head leave sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Grains and pine. Grapefruit and spice.

T/F: Follows the smell. Grain character gives it some body. Bitter hop profile... lots of resinous pine... grapefruit and black pepper. Sharp and crisp.... and hop bitterness dominates. Finish is sticky.

O: A quality IPA... nice and bitter, and overall very refreshing. Lots to like here.

 491 characters

Photo of Jimmys
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled 2/24/17.

pours fairly clear copper hue. white fluffy head with good retention and lacing. very inviting aroma of pine, citrus, and mango. bitterness is fairly strong, but not off-putting.
overall, everything you want in an IPA. great looking pour, hop forward, intense but not overwhelming. highly regarded as it should be. this was super fresh, i am sure that didnt hurt anything.

 390 characters

Photo of William-Wade
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers from one of my favorite hang out spots. Drinks really smooth and it has a great aroma. It's hard to get where I live and it's a must have when I'm on vacation.

 184 characters

Photo of Grizzarky
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear rich gold, with a 1 inch head that fades into a lingering ring.
Aroma is pungent grapefruit, and citrus hops.
Taste Definetly follows the nose here, big grapefruit and citrus, followed by a dank resinous pine like finish.
Mouthfeel is good but leaves a a dry, sticky, lingering feelin.
Overall a very solid west coast IPA, very aggressive hop profile that blends citrus, pine, and dank hops beautifully.

 417 characters

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

 821 characters

Photo of MaillardRx
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. I thought it was well balanced and drinkable, yet had dimension to its taste and booze that leaves you feeling accomplished. This is what I look for in my IPA daily driver.

 200 characters

Photo of aronamerican
4.94/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent IPA. The scent conjures foggy images of late afternoon tea time (perhaps solely herbal) at a sophisticated cat lady's domicile. Typically I would consider this repugnant, though for some inexplicable reason, I find myself memorized by the humulus lupulus. Mouthfeel is exemplary. Consider this hophead's intractable palate sufficiently placated.

 355 characters

Photo of DarkBeerGuy
4.86/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Picked up a sixtal of this I PA, glad I did. Cleaned the line's and faucet first, haven't wasted a drop since the first pour. It made the bar area smell of Hops. Great lacing however the head doesn't stick around long. Hope it lasts until Christmas, I don't think it will make it to New Year's Eve.

 302 characters

Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

 818 characters

Photo of MikeWard
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
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 .

 433 characters

Photo of larryarms847
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

 815 characters

Photo of DuaneL
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. LATER But I've found it at Aston Beverage! Woo hoo! BUT - too bitter! Am lowering rating from 4.5 to 3.75.

 332 characters

Photo of Leoherrmann9
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

 268 characters

Photo of Jolivio
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

 411 characters

Head Hunter from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 4436 ratings