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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

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4,189
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4.33
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
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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 Morey
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured fresh from my newly acquired Fatheads growler, this beer pours a yellowish-oranged color with an ever so slight haze to it. One finger white head has settled to a thin lace after about 5 minutes or so. Moderate head retention.

The aroma is very citrus forward with orange zest and there's also a bit of grapefruit coming through. along with hints of green onions.

Taste is more of the same. A very citrus forward Ipa. There's bit of a lingering hop bitterness, which I really enjoy.

Medium body with a good carbonation level.

I'm splitting a growler with my brother-in-law, but on a good day, I could put this down myself.

Morey's Bottom Line: A very good IPA for sure. Reminds me a bit of Two Hearted with the big citrus flavor and aroma. If Fathead's bottled this bad boy, I'd pick some up for sure.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a clear golden-orange color with a nice big white head and some moderate lacing.

S: Smells really quite nice. Plenty of pine that is very resinous along with a big grapefruit aroma and plenty of citrus in general. There's a touch of grassy hop smell and not really much malt at all.

T: Unfortunately, the flavor falls off a little bit. Certainly a lot of pine and grapefruit, as well as a solid bitterness. There's more malt presence on the palate and just a bit of a step backward in terms of the hop intensity.

M: The body is medium with a lively carbonation and a nice dry and slightly bitter finish.

D: I really want to give this beer a better score, but the flavor just let me down after what was a very nice nose.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

interesting copper-pink color, sulfur smell in the nose, clear color, little to no lace, short finish, metallic taste, stinky, short medium-length finish, little less than average overall finish. wouldn't seek out this beer, there are much better examples to choose from.

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Photo of alkemy
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of the 12oz. bottle...

A - Cloudy yellow pour with a few chunks...I think I "disturbed" the yeast on the bottom a bit too much. Nice fluffy white head doesn't hold up real well.

S - Grassy and doughy. Quite a bit of lemon and a touch of pineapple. There seems to be a cheesy sharpness to the aroma.

T - Apples and white grapes first, then that cheese note that I can't really place comes in. A hint of bubblegum before you really get hit with pepper towards the back end.

M - Lightish medium body with a good deal of carbonation. Really matched the flavor well and was probably my favorite part of the beer.

D - Pretty easy to drink. The lively feel really helps here. Alcohol wore on me a bit as I got through this one.

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

Big thanks to Turd fergison(Eric the great) for not one but a 4-pack of this fine brew.

A: Pours a honey color with a finger of white head.

S: initial pine hop aroma followed by nice citrus hops. Just a hint of malt.

T: WOW.. A nano second of sweet malt followed by pine, some tangerine then grapefruit in the finish. The smell leads you to think this is just huge hops, yet the flavor is much more complex.

M: Medium body with perfect carbonation.

D: Will drink several more.

Thanks again Eric. I owe you.

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Photo of injuredreserve
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thegrogbog for this awesome beer

A: Golden Copper with nice fizzy small bubble head.

S: Very Piney hop notes up front with citrus undertones. Oranges??

T: Caramel malt, citrus/orange hops with nice bitter linger.

M: medium body with moderate carbonation.

D: Goes down easy, and leaves you wanting for more.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-almost a pale yellow orange with white lacing
S-piney and citrus hops straight away. Not much else in the nose.
T-tastes a lot like it smells. nice mix of pine and citrus hops
M-medium body with a nice hops aftertaste
D-nicely drinkable. Very smooth and nixe

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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 Mississipping
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle at the Jackie O's release, and then ended up with a couple bottles afterwards ... thanks Paul! Back at home ... time for a proper review. 12oz bottle poured into a Jackie O's snifter.

A: Pours a completely clear, bright orangish-copper color with a very small eggshell head that recedes quickly, leaving a thick ring and decent lacing.

S: WOW! Piney, citrusy, hoppy, grassy. Grapefruit dominates with sweet mandarin and apricot just behind. Hops are a little subdued, making them equally as present as the other characteristics, with a slight grassy touch in background, which is very nice. This smells fantastic and really packs a punch!

T: Much like this smell, citrusy up front with an initial bite from the grapefruit, then sweeter fruit sneaks in perfectly. Quite hoppy and piney on the finish, which really lingers. Just a bit of booze, but it's not overwhelming and creates a nice complementary warmth that adds to the beer well.

M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Bubbly on the tongue with a subtle drying effect. The mouthfeel is pretty spot on, like the rest of this beer.

D: Despite the 7.5%, this is very, very drinkable. Well balanced, flavorful, delicious. This is up there on my all time favorite IPA's, and I really hope I have a chance to try this again. If you have the opportunity to pick up a bottle or two, definitely do ... this can certainly compete with the more hyped DIPAs. Very highly recommended!

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

Appearance -- Pours a faintly hazed orange hue with a slim but stiff beige head. Moderate lacing.

Smell -- Lots of juicy citrus evoking tangerines, grapefruit, and apricot, along with pine resin and dank, leafy vegetation. Caramel baseline really makes those juicy citron notes sing.

Taste -- Again, massive fruity/juicy hop notes propelled by a gentle caramel malt base in the forefront. Toward mid-palate the resinous hops crescendos. Lingering flavor of caramel and resin.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied, mild prickly carbonation. Feels pretty damn good.

Drinkability -- I had heard good things about Head Hunter, but this really exceeded my hopes. Bright juicy notes and caramel malting paired with resounding pine bitterness. I'd put this up against any of the top-rated IPA's. Good show, Fat Heads!

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Photo of Hophead101
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

blind beer #1 from sitarist in round 4 of Blind Beer BIF

an aggressive pour into my chalice glass produced a gorgeous, super clear light orange colored beer. golden highlights made the color of this beer truly appealing. it also produced a great frothy off white head which seemed to last forever. once it did dissipate, it left a nice collar of froth.

bringing the glass to my nose provided an instant burst of hops, hops and more hops. almost resiny hop oil smell. mostly pine in scent, but some citrus is hidden in the background as well.

taste is really nice - really nice. blast of hops (kind of assumed that would be the case). hoppy bitterness was abundant. there was some lingering citrus but mostly pine in the hops. there is some nice malty earthiness hanging in the background as well, giving it a nice balance, but this beer is all about hops.

nice mouthfeel - a bit light in body at first sip, but quickly transitioned into a nice medium body. this beer is very drinkable as well.

I am psyched to have tried this beer - didn't realize they had this in bottles. GREAT first beer to start round 4.

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Photo of fastpass17
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Bottle Thanks, Mike.

A: Amber to light orange, nice two finger head, carbonation is firm it coats the glass.

S: Hop dominates, with citrus, pine, grapefruit, nice malt sweetness near the end.

T: Starts with a sharp hop bite that opens towards the middle of the drink, clean malt, wonderful bouquet of hops, very tasty.

M: Stings at first sip then opens, refreshing, and zesty.

D: One or two glasses with spicy food or sharp cheese would be really nice.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really psyched to try this in bottle since I have it pretty much every other week on tap. New bottles purchased in the Pittsburgh store. 12 oz. bottle poured into a Founder's pint glass....

A - Pours a pretty clear golden-yellow color. A nice fizzy eggshell white head forms, about 1 finger thick and quickly recedes to a top of the same color. Slight yeast spots here and there. Really nice lacing.

S - Good. Lord. DANK! Just a wallop of hops right in your face. Pineapple, grapefruit, some tangerine too. Really very nice. Slight piney-ness in there as well.

T - Wish this got to more people because I think this would very quickly climb the ranks of amazing IPA's. Just a TKO of hops, piney and citrusy, up front. Some grapefruit, melon, tangerine and some other juicy fruits. Actually juicy really is a perfect word for this one.

M - Light, medium-light if that is such a thing. Nice bite from the carbonation adds nicely to the overall feel. Oily and ever so slightly resiny at the end of the palate.

D - Just a great beer and a near perfect example of the American IPA. Really hope this one gets out to more people so they get to experience it.

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

Picked up a couple four packs while up visiting the old stomping grounds on the westside of Cleveland.

Pours a beautiful golden orange into my Bell's tulip. A lot of nice lacing and head on this beauty. A true pine smell to his West Coast style IPA. I also get a light citrus smell after the pine has dissipated. A crisp and mildly bitter hop bomb with a great finish. Not too malty and and not too sweet. A highly drinkable IPA and now I know why it has been receiving the numerous awards and recognitions.

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Photo of btorsdog
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very Proud to have this as a "Homer"beer!Totally awesome brew from a totally awesome facility!
Golden/Orange clear and beautiful,with a smaller cottontop head and beautiful lacing
Smelled of excellence,nice citrusy,fruity,flowery goodness happening!
taste is as good as it can be for a single IPA, similar to the nose but abitter/smooth thing going on at the same time,a hop head's dream!
mouth is clean and crisp,with an o so pleasant lingering Hoppy aftertaste,very nice!
dinkability is out fuc%in standing, not real heavy and the aftertaste leaves you NEEDING another brew,Totally AWESOME!

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Photo of rhinos00
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my pops for hooking me up some serious bottles from Cleveland. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a light golden color. Perfect clarity with a fingers with of foamy white head. Reduced to a thin layer throughout consumption. Decent lacing for an IPA.

S- Holy dankness!!! I feel like I just woke up from a deep slumber and found myself in forest surrounded by pine trees. Pine, pine, pine upfront. Underneath there is a subtle amount of tropical aromas that are able to come through.

T- Can hardly find the words to describe this. Amazing perhaps??? Bitter, crisp, piney hops assault the palate. Just a great beginning to set the mood. Midway through the flavors open up and a wealth grapefruit and pineapple flavors pour in. Really gives the beer an added dimension. Finishes with a perfect blend of tropical sweetness and pine bitterness.

M- Well carbonated, light bodied and very crisp on the palate. Leaves a bitter residue after consumption.

D- This beer is so drinkable that it's dangerous! At 7.5% abv you really have to watch out.

So silver medal at the 2010 GABF, 1st place at National IPA Championship 2010, gold medal West Coast IPA Fest 2009, and top 25 beers in the world 2009 from Draft magazine...

This beer is worth every accolade it has ever received and more. Easily one of the best, if not the best, IPA I have ever had. This beer was so dank and delicious that drinking this beer was actually an experience in itself. If you have a bottle...drink it NOW!!!

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Photo of Stigs
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

4th of the 4 sources of Head Hunter. Fat Head's: if you ever nitro this, I will destroy you.

12oz bottle from the Pittsburgh location. Served in a 12oz tulip glass.

A - poured with moderate aggression yielding almost half an inch of loose yet dense, fluffy slightly off-white foam. the beer itself is crystal clear, dark gold (bordering copper) in color. thin and wet, yet solid lacing left behind around the glass.

S - very rich, dank...Simcoe hops bring their distinctive "cattyness" and spice, dominating the nose. other notes of pineapple, tangerine, and grapefruit mesh nicely with just a bit of wet pine. malt? sweetness? nowhere to be found. good.

T - bitter, hop explosion from the first sip. tropical fruits...melon, grapefruit, and tangerine run rampant. Simcoe slowly creeps in, with tastes of earthy spice, wet pine needles, and a slight addition toward the citrus (more orange rind) fruits. malts add just the slightest bit of slightly burnt caramel, but this is all about the hops.

M - light, to medium-light body...slightly punchy carbonation, not overdone. oily going down with a lightly dry and sticky finish. long, drawn out bitter hoppy finish.

D - great beer all around. the latest batches (these bottles, growler, and some recent tap pours) seem a bit more Simcoe heavy than what I was used to. again, straight from the West Coast via Ohio. wonderful to see this in bottles and at a decent price (~$2.50 apiece).

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Photo of psuKinger
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this beer numerous times on draft at Fathead's under circumstances not conducive for reviewing (but hella fun). I believe this bottle is the first batch of Headhunter ever bottled, and I also believe it's relatively fresh. I've always been very impressed by this as a draft, so I'm excited to see how this bottle goes.

A: Nice, thick, frothy, 1 finger head sits on top of a light colored translucent golden beer. Carbonation appears appropriate.

S: Big huge smell of grapefruit, and maybe a hint of mango or pineapple.

T: Huge bitter flavor of grapefruit just overwhelms. It's simultaneously light, smooth, and refreshing, and yet full of delightfully bitter grapefruit hops, and I'm still picking up on some hints of mango or maybe pineapple. I don't think I've ever picked up on that mango/pineapple nuance on draft at the Saloon. Only here in the bottle, and it really adds another level of character to this brew. This beer starts purely bitter before those grapefruit/citrus flavors rush in at the middle and carry this beer to the finish line.

This beer is ferociously dank. Probably my favorite beer of all beers. Probably.

M: Light and smooth with perfect carbonation, this beer then finishes with a perfect punch of hop citrus that coats the tongue very well.

D: This beer is delightfully hoppy. By far and away the best IPA I've come across East of Michigan. This is a great beer. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was in Pittsburgh visiting family for the holidays, and one of my first stops is always Fathead's on the South Side. I haven't been in several years, and was interested to see that they had opened their own brewery in Cleveland. Far out. I saw a banner hanging on their ceiling toting this beer as National IPA Champion (at what fest, I know not) so I figured it was worth a shot. Glad I tried it...

Pours on the lighter side of the spectrum for IPAs, bright and golden orange, healthy sticky head and lacing galore. Sharp piney aromas and loads of tropical fruit, citrus, uber fresh. I was expecting decent or even tasty at best, but I was really blown away by this beer. Super bitter, nearly astringent (in a good way), light malt profile allowing the citrus hops to shine. Really amazing pineapple-y minty sappy resinous danky hops. So bitter. My special lady friend was drinking other top tier IPAs such as Sculpin and Green Flash, and swapping sips I think this was a notch ahead, which is saying a lot. Nice smooth mouthfeel, not overly heavy, thick, syrupy, or sweet like some IPAs pushing the imperial tend to be. Crisp, fresh, quenching and highly quaffable. Definitely in the top tier of IPAs in my book. Wish it was more widely available but now I have another excuse to go visit the folks in Pittsburgh.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

At the Pittsburgh location (even though I live in Cleveland). This is a really great IPA, on par with Two Hearted and a few others in that class. Super fresh and refreshing. Really clean hoppy flavors with some nice underlying malt. The real all-stars in this beer are the citrus and piney hops. Great aroma, great flavor. Very easy-drinking, a bit lighter in body, but that ups the drinkability for sure. I wouldn't say a "must-have" in terms of "you must drive 500 miles to get this beer," but if you head to Fat Head's, you better order one.

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

I've had this many times, starting back over a year ago when they first introduced it. I've had it all at the Pittsburgh Fat Head's restaurant (never at the pub in Ohio). Always fresh, as it gets kicked fast and the Ohio brewery rockets more kegs out to the Pittsburgh restaurant. Worthy of the accolades it receives.

A: Headhunter pours light for an IPA of this size. Pours a light gold (similiar in color to Hopslam). From this I can only assume that the base of this beer is very plain (2-row) with minimal crystal and munich malts. Thus, this is going to be a hop explosion (which I like) without much underlyding malt presense.

S: As expected, this is big and bold with a myriad of citrus characteristics. Orange, mango, pineapple, peach, grass. Like a fresh fruit basket (a la Scuplin), but I prefer this. It is just extremely fresh as if the fruits were juiced into this beer moments ago. Nice bitter smell though, and a little pine hops to balance.

T: Nice and bitter, uber fresh citrus with orange juice, orange zest, pineapple, and mango. All of the great flavors you expect in a west-coast sype IPA and Headhunter pushes it to the next level. Like Hopslam, this is hop dominant and there is not much malt presense. Just a fresh hop bomb.

M/D: Not much to be said here. Not much room for improvement. Very drinkable and great mouthfeel.

One of the best west-coast style IPAs brewed in the east. A necessity for any hophead to try.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real piney, citric hop nose that even hits grape-like aroma on top of a golden body w/ large head that dies quick and leaves lace ring. Very dry - first thing that hits me - as the citric hops are prevelant throughout entire drink yet it flows smooth, not haggard, and has a nice touch of sweetness to it as well. A well-balanced, solid IPA that a hop lover will love and so will fans of less hoppy, more malty beers as well...must say did not realize 7% until I saw this website b/c they hid it well.

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Photo of sitarist
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden color...small bubbles rise to a thick, frothy white head that falls to a ring and top coating that leaves webs of lacing.

Herbal and tropical...I smell pine, tangerine, dried papaya, dried mango, puppy-breath, filo, and some dank kindness...I cant explain, I think its love!

All the love from the nose carries over with a slight bitterness...herbal, fruity, and resinous...A West Coast IPA from the North Coast?!?!!

Medium body with just the right amount of carbonation...slightly sticky and warm. A pleasant numbing bitterness assaults my tongue.

Addictive and delicious...this beer deserves some hype!

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

Growler thanks to TurdFurgison. Leaked a touch in transit, and was hissing when I threw it into the freezer for a quick cooldown. Served in my Stone pint glass.

A - Pours with a surprising large three fingers of soapy white foam that settles to a thick chunky cap and leaves sheets of lace. Transparent pale golden color.

S - Wow, this is one hoppy brew. Huge grapefruit, orange rind, pine, and some dank, with a sugar cookie and light toffee malt backbone. Reminds me a lot of O'Brien's IPA. Huge surprise for a Midwest IPA.

T - Taste is a little less intense, but filled with grapefruit and citrus zest. Not much malt character at all. Big bitter finish that lingers well into the aftertaste. No obvious alcohol.

M - Carbonation is a little low, but more present than the flat Hopfather growler I shipped myself a month ago with just the lightest tingle on the top of the lip. Body is medium-light and might be a touch undersized for 7%. Lightly dry finish, with some residual oily resins.

D - Goes down pretty fast, with the only thing getting in the way being the bruising bitterness. It's a shame no one is free to help me with this one. Where's d0b when you need him?

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