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Fat Head's Head Hunter IPAFat Head's Head Hunter IPA
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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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Reviews:
604
Ratings:
4,189
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
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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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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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