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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 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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Photo of Axic10
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Cleveland Fat Head's.

Appearance: Golden yellow with a thin layer of head that lingered throughout the entire drink.

Smell: Tart, bitey citrus nose (grapefruit) and a nice piney resin aroma.

Taste: Tastes as expected from the nose, tart and bitter grapefruit with a nice hoppy taste. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Definitely will have again when I'm visiting back to my old home of Cleveland....why did this place have to open AFTER I moved. Great flagship beer for these guys.

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

A - Pours a medium golden orange, clear, and a very mild head with little to no carbonation.

S - Resinous, piny hops with tons of juicy ripe citrus and tangy, zesty hop oil. Some caramel malt but not much to speak of. Pretty much a juicy, piny, hop bomb based solely on smell. LOTS of hop oils!

T - Not the same as the nose. Not as juicy on the tongue as the nose may suggest, but still...very, very generous piny goodness. The bitterness strikes the tongue first followed by a small and brief hit of caramel malt. The malt hangs out very briefly before the citric onslaught slams the tongue with lots of orange and grapefruit. The 7.2% is extremely well hidden and leaves the mouth with a uniform coating of metallic orange, dry grapefruit bitterness, and a small trace of pepper.

M - Medium body with mild carbonation on the tongue.

D - VERY!!!

Considering this is brewed in the Midwest, this is as close to a bold, West Coast style I've had...hands down. Absolutely worth checking out.

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

Appearance: An orange/gold in color with a bone white head that leaves substantial lacing down the glass. The head hunter looks as good as it smells.

Smell: Awesome hop nose, like a tropical Christmas tree with citrus, mango and pine notes.

Taste: Fresh, fruity and zesty hops and a solid malt body, but make no mistake, this ones all about the hops. Pine, resin, dank and citrus. Lovely. Every time I get this beer I am impressed.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation making it nice and crisp with a bit of a bite.

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this beer. Had it side by side with Ballast Point's Sculpin and held its own.

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

Draft at The Bistro IPA festival. Golden amber, bright and clear, with a solid white cap that slowly settles to a collar. Very floral aroma, centennial hops are prominent but there's also a citrusy, herbal character, a little weed and cut grass. Little perceptible malt in the aroma, but it has a touch of bready sweetness on the palate beneath the huge hop flavors. Floral with orange and grapefruit, bitter herbs, a little toasted biscuit. Nice bitter grapefruit finish that lingers for a long time. Pretty damn good.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clean, pale orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, big citrus, grapefruity hops. In the taste, big hops, citrus and grapefruity, yet very well balanced with a nice malt. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a grapefruity hop aftertaste. Fantastic, big hops, but not too big.

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Photo of mikey711
3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

growler thanks to miketd in a recent trade.

A: Straw gold color with a ton of carbonation that provides a really nice white head about an inch an a half thick on top. Great clarity and lacing with lots of rising carbonation

S: Heavy pine note with some citrus and a fair bit of earthiness, but none of that gubna smell.

T: Very piney with bits of grapfruit and apricot. Definitely very earthy with the hops and a mild caramel note in the background

M: Nothing really too harsh, but also nothing hugely creamy. No heat but a little more body would be nice

D: A very tasty IPA growler indeed that i am happy to have tried, not as citrusy as i expected but still quite good.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.47/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color with a slight head. The aroma is of floral and earthy hops with hints of citrus fruits. The taste is of a slight caramel malt backbone with touches of citrus fruits. The main taste is of earthy hops and touches of floral hops. The mouthfeel is moderate carbonation. Overall its a nice beer, good flavor and nice aroma, not the best IPA you will ever have, but it is very solid.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler from Fathead's in Pittsburgh.

A-pours a hazy golden honey color with a pretty tight creamy white head.

S-notes of malt but very faint, lots of hops! light pine, grassy herbal hops, hints of tangerine and grapefruit in the back.

T-the taste is so hoppy and nice. virtually no malt, awesome hop presence. piney up front, notes of caramel and brown sugar maltiness makes its only appearance. grassy hops in the middle with grapefruit taking over in the back with a nice present bitterness.

M-this is extremely smooth on the palate, nice carbontion holds a lighter medium body, dry in the back with a hint of crispness.

D-this is a huge hop lovers IPA, which I am. very tasty, nice balance of flavors that work really well together. by far fathead's best offering!

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Headhunter IPA has a cloudy orange body with a soapy white head. Retention is OK and a few scraps of lacing stay behind on the glass.

The aroma is intense. It's absolutely packed with hops. Lots of grapefruit, some tropical fruit and loads of pine. A slight note of floral or earthy hops lingers in the background also. I don't really notice any malt, but I don't care because the powerful and complex hop profile in the aroma of this one is fantastic.

The flavor of Headhunter IPA isn't disappointing even when compared to the ridiculously good aroma. A ton of grapefruit and pine resin provide a good punch of bitterness. The initial sip I took of this actually reminded me a bit of grapefruit juice. The hops bring some good tropical fruit characteristics too, specifically a good amount of pineapple flavor. All together, Headhunter's hop profile provides a wonderful blast of fruity hop juice that has a moderate amount of bitterness. Underneath all those hops is a touch of a pale malt to provide a little bit of balance, but only a little bit. The finish is pretty bitter and a bit dry. Great IPA.

Headhunter's body is medium with some pretty lively carbonation. It's a little bit oily on the tongue, like a good hop bomb should be.

It seems like every time I stop at fat head's the Headhunter has just kicked. Not this time, and I'm really happy about that. Anytime I see this is still on tap, I will definitely be ordering it.

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

Had this one on tap at Fat Head's Cleveland.

A: Rich burnt orange/golden color with half an inch of head, little to no lacing

S: Wow, the citrus and pine really explodes on the nose with this one. Couldn't wait to take a drink.

T: Taste does not disappoint the big smell. Nice grapefruit, citrus, and pine flavors boldly consume the taste buds. Solid yet subtle malt backbone follows up on the back end... with a slight taste of caramel? Hops dominate over the malt enough however to satisfy my bitter cravings. Just what I like in an IPA.

M: Medium mouthful with carbonation that really dances on the tongue.

D: Very drinkable IPA, however I found myself taking my time and savoring every sip. ABV is low enough that I definitely could enjoy a handful of these on a given night.

As a side note, bartender informed me that they had recently acquired a bottling machine, done some test runs, and have a label made up. Excited to see this one on the shelves!

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Photo of primrose54
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: orangish golden. Nice color!

S: Citrus hops, with a some malt.

T: Citrus hops punches you in the face!!! This is a great IPA!

M: Light for 7% ABV

D: When you think of a citrus IPA head-hunter comes to mind.

There is a reason why this beer has already won awards! If you love IPAs you have to try this beer it is the best IPA I have ever had!!!

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Photo of jminsc76
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very little head atop a golden/orangish body.

Aromas of citrus, malts, vanilla, and an intense pine upon agitation. Quite good.

Flavors include grapefruit, a sweet malty flavor, and the aforementioned pine. Pairs incredibly well with the pulled pork sandwiches I am consuming.

Mouthfeel is thin but smooth.

Overall, this is a great non-West Coast IPA that offers intense flavors (though a little excessive on the maltiness) and a nice complexity to it that is probably well worth the Gold award it recently won.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear amber-orangeish color an off white head. Head recedes into a thin film on top of the brew and leaves some layered lacing here in there.

S- Quite a bit of citrus hops here with a nice piney hop smell as well. Sweet caramel malt backbone here too.

T- Hops smack you in the face right away. A great amount of tropical fruit with a nice amount of pine in here too. Some sweet caramel malts try to balance things out but the hops dominant.

M- Medium in body and carbonation is right on.

D- I like this one quite a bit. A great hop bit but nothing thats undrinkable by any means.

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Photo of MrSnrub
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Fat Head's in Pittsburgh, 2010.2.2.

Light copper color with lacy white head. Very enticing bouquet with pine and citrus hops aplenty. Mouthfeel is creamy and resinous. Taste is crisp and bursting with fresh hops; grapefruit flavors predominate. Drinkability is exceptional; I could guzzle this beer all day.

Headhunter is a truly fantastic IPA. It is similar to Green Flash (one of my favorites), but slightly less bitter and with a lighter body. Apparently this beer won first prize at a San Diego IPA competition - no mean feat for a beer from Cleveland. Bravo, Fat Head's.

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Photo of portia99
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the pub poured into a british style pint glass.

A - pours a clear amber orange color with a very thin, basically surface level skim coat with no lacing left behind.

S - Smell is thick and heavy with fresh grapefruit, pineapple, mango, peaches...really intense! Just a bit of caramel malt in the background.

T - Taste closely mirrors the aroma...grapefruit juice with some other assorted tropical fruit juices - pineapple and mango. Nothing else gets in here, nor should it...this is one great tasting IPA.

M - Medium bodied with plenty if carbonation-a bit prickly on the tongue. A long lingering bitterness stings the tastebuds and lingers forever after the swallow.

D - A very impressive IPA...outsanding aroma and flavor. At 7%, not too strong. Flavors are intense, but oh so good. A great beer and a pretty cool bar to get it at too.

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

I was lucky to get to try this amazing IPA a few times during the NIPAC, plus the bottle I took home.

A lovely beer this one is. There was a slight haze in it's deep golden/copper hue that was promising from the start. I prefer my beers unfiltered as much as possible. The head on it was fine too, nice lacing.

But on the the main event. The nose on this was hits well before the glass is close to my face. It is at once "thick" in the aroma with grapefruit and a heavy dose of pine. But I don't get total hops, there is a strong malt following as well with a hint of caramel.

This one is a keeper. "Aggressive" is a great word to describe the hops here as they punch you right in the mouth and don't leave. Actually, a half hour after finishing this I can still feel/taste the hops and residual oils in my mouth. This is the only aspect subtracting a bit from overall mouthfeel and drinkability as I feel like once I have one, it's either nothing or more Headhunter due to the staying power. On the other hand, compared to other IPA's I've had in recent time this one actually has the body and grain bill to support the hops used. The body lies on the medium/medium heavy side instead of taking shortcuts and coming out too thin.

Should I ever find myself in the area this will be my first stop. I am not surprised this went on to win NIPAC this year.

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Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
4.33 out of 5 based on 4,130 ratings.
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