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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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Reviews: 594 | Ratings: 4,154
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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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wouldn't argue with you if you said this was the greatest single IPA in the world. Looks innocent enough, a slightly golden haze of a beer. Beautiful aroma up the nose, amazing simcoe and amarillo feel.

More of that in the taste, Plinyesque, so much dry hopping flavor, without a super heavy handed amount of bitterness. Totally resonates throughout the entire sample (tried at Bistro IPA festival, where it won gold). Extremely drinkable, would be difficult to stop drinking this if there weren't 61 other kegs of IPA that day.

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Photo of sbw138
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a pint of this at Fat Head's in Pittsburgh, probably the best bar ever!

Appearance - Nice copper/amber color. Very clear, with a solid 2 finger head, that left heavy lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell - Awesome! Huge citrus and piney hops hit you first, with a solid malt backbone to even things out. I was real excited to taste this after the initial smell.

Taste - The taste lives up to the smell. Piney and citrus hops which attack the taste buds. Solid malty backbone make this one deliciously tasting brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium mody, with a slightly oily feel. Perfect carbonation, not too strong, and not weak.

Drinkability - Excellent beer. Great West Coast IPA brewed in the east. Want more!

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Photo of jampics2
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Edit: the beer has gotten much better since the original review below, written over a year ago! I'm happy to say the bottles are fantastic - serious "A" material!

On tap at Fat Heads Cleveland.

I tried both the regular and cask versions. The regular was slightly better overall, so that's what I'll score here. Cask had better appearance, though, as it's head was immaculate.

Back to the beer at hand. Headhunter is Fat Heads flagship beer. It is orange with little head (except on cask, as noted above).

Smells of citrus and grapefruit. Pine as well. Nice nose!

Taste is citrus hops, caramel and crystal malts.

Mouthfeel was poor for the style - watery as can be. I was let down by this aspect of the beer. I know IPA's should be crisp but I found this lacking.

Drinkability therefore improved as it wasn't as "sticky" as other IPA's and certainly left me wanting more tastes in my mouth ;)

Not too bad, not so good. But, for a local IPA, I'll take it. I'd love to see an imperial version (Double headhunter anyone?)!

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Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pizza Plant.Cloudy grapefruit with a foaming white head. Lots of lace. Grapefruit aroma. Initially there is a strong hop bite, nay burn, then the mouth gets more used to the acidity. The flavour is pretty good grapefuit. 77IBU and you feel that. Hours later, acidic is still in my mouth.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at Fat Heads in Pittsburgh

A: A deep rich copper color, with a small white foam head. Very small amounts of lacing.

S: Hops? Oh yea, lots of big citrus hop scents with ample amount of pine hop as well. Not much in the way of malt, maybe some bread or caramel, was tough to distinguish with all the hops hitting the nose.

T: On the front end, the grapefruit and pine hop dominate, but the malt, a good amount of caramel are there on the back end that balance the beer out.

M: A very nice medium body beer, leaves a nice bitter taste on the palate.

D: The ABV is not over the top, so enjoying more than one of these IPA's is easy to do.

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Photo of Intimidtor
3.05/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tried this from the tap at Fatheads in North Olmsted Ohio. Everything fit and I though I was going to enjoy this one. Until I actually tried it.

As described in the previous tasting: "Uncivilized and aggressive, this West Coast styled IPA packs wicked hops flavors and aroma. Savage amounts of Simcoe, Columbus, and Cascade hops define this brew's signature pine and citrus notes".

I love IPAs but this one wasnt for me. The overpowering pine flavor killed this beer. Smell, Taste and after taste. Drank it all to get my money worth and then moved on. Their Weizenbock is wonderful though.

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

I had this on tap at Fat Heads in Cleveland, apparently brewed on premises. The menu description: "Uncivilized and aggressive, this west coast styled IPA packs wicked hops flavors and aroma. Savage amounts of Simcoe, Columbus, and Cascade hops define this brew's signature pine and citrus notes".

The beer is clear and gold colored with about 2 fingers of foam that lace into sheets on the glass. The smell is ridiculously on target, I've had Pliny the Elder each night for the last 3 nights and this is not really distinguishable by aroma. A lot of grapefruit and a little pine, this is near perfection. The taste is about the same, exactly what I crave from an IPA. Very assertive hops punches with grapefruit and alpha acids, nice counterbalance from malts but not enough to sweeten the hops to neutrality. Just very well done, this is a delicious IPA. The body's about right for the style, just north of water, very very drinkable.

This is an outstanding IPA when you factor in the low ABV (6.2%), just very good. I hope to see this bottled and distributed.

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Photo of rabsten
3.48/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow, not overly impressed with this. Orange body, pale white head, average lacing. Pine and citrus nose. Enh. Grapefruity taste but quite sour; a little TOO much grapefruit, it seems. Astringent 'feel. Okay drinkability.

Seems all west coast on the surface but underneath it's pedestrian at best. Get one of the other 41 beers on tap is my advice. And, as an unabashed Fat Heads fanboy, it hurts to say this. Honestly. Bottom line: get something else.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon on 8/10/09.

A - Clear amber/orange body with slim, creamy off-white head that disolved into a patchy film and left thin strands of lace around the glass.

S - Very similar hop character as the S.P.A. byt with more of a pronounced citrus oomph. Some piney accents also join the party. Hops are balanced by a sweet caramel malt backbone.

T - Opens with an assertive hop bite right off the bat with equal parts juicy citrus fruit and sharp, pungent pine notes. Sweet caramel malt evens the playing field a bit, but ultimately the hops dominate the flavor.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and lots of residual hop oils resulting in a mild syrupy mouthfeel overall. Finishes with an assertive hop bite that lingers for a while on the palate.

D - Solid IPA with plenty of hop character. This one features a nice hop profile ncluding Simcoe, Cascade and Columbus varieties. Nice, although I liked the Pack-a-Wallop S.P.A. better.

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Photo of adamette
2.6/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery a few hours ago. Review from notes. Poured into a clean, clear glass. Notes from brewery: Uncivilized and aggressive this west coast styled IPA packs wicked hop flavors and aroma. Savage amounts of Simcoe, Columbus and Cascade hops define this brews signature pine and citrus notes. Try with our smoked wings in the Killer sauce and run the risk of a shrunken head!

A Basic Orange brown translucent body under a minimal light head.

S Cascade hops but not that strong. This is what I expected and it is true to the style.

T Hops, unbalanced hops. Grapefruit tartness from start to finish. Unimaginitive and unbalanced.

M Moderate feel. Would have been thin but the hops beef up the feel with their tangy tartness.

D Only fair. I cannot have more than one of these.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ Fathead's (Pittsburgh, PA) on 7/18/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, which is topped with a finger of foamy off-white head. Rich and creamy looking retention, that leaves back lace that hangs in thick swathes down the sides of the glass. The aroma is pretty much West Coast smelling. Floral and a bit piney hop character, with some big-time spice and a thick tang of tropical fruits. Some even more sweeter notes of caramel and bread come out under the citrus, and I'm also pleased to not be picking up any warmth at all. I'm really digging the mix of flavors here, but I wish that they were popping just a bit more.

The taste starts with a big hop bite up front of very aggressive spicy bitterness, with a sticky resinous edge to it. That sweet mix of citrus and caramel from the nose is present, but it's not nearly balancing enough here in the taste, leaving this way too uneven and bitter up front. The hops are just lingering way too long in this, keeping this IPA from being completely enjoyable. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mellow creaminess to the carbonation up front but then prickles up towards the back. This sharpness in the back is actually right where the most unpleasant aspects of the bitterness is lingering, but I'm not going to hold that against the feel. The one saving grace of the unbalanced nature of this, is that I'm not picking up any alcohol beef whatsoever. Pretty darn impressive for a 7% beer with raging hops in it.

Tis a shame, as I really liked this everywhere but the taste. I know that the board described this as "aggressive" and uncivilized" but it was just way too uneven towards the hops for my taste. If you don't mind out-of-control bitterness, then by all means go for it, as the aroma is quite nice and the body and drinkibility are right on for a higher ABV IPA.

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Photo of FLYINGSCOOTER
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great IPA!
I usually buy in single bottles from a local beverage store largely being afraid of buying sixes to not like what i bought.
I had to get Headhunter IPA in a Growler (my first) and was offered a sample before i bought it. Being bold, I said no to the sample and bought the 64oz growler to be surprised.
I figured that this breweries brewmiester worked for Great Lakes for a bit, so it had to be good.
Good?!?!?! This was great and I highly recomend it.

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Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boy, did I love this beer. On tap at the Fathead's in Pittsburgh.

A-Pours a pale amber with a thin white head and little to no lacing.

S-What an excellent aroma. Lots of pine and citrus goodness with a hint of sweetness, again from the hops I believe.

T-Delicious. Aggressive earthy hope presence right away giving way to a piney hop and citrus finish. Not a lot of malt there, just enough to provide a solid backbone.

M-Medium bodied, oily, a bit resinous.

D-This is right up my alley. Aromatic, hoppy, delicious.

HV

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