Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

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

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
588 Reviews
no score
Send samples
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

Added by WVbeergeek on 06-19-2009

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 588 | Ratings: 4,131
Photo of russpowell
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent gold with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Good lacing & great head retention

S: Grapefruit, pine, some breadyness & floral notes

T: Grapefruit, breadyness, a little pineyness & dryness up front. Grapefruit pith, breadyness & a little mango as this warms. Grapefruit, dryness & a little bit of woody hops in the finish

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation; great balance

Drinks easy, great, IPA

 419 characters

Photo of SaltofOH
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Single bottle, bottled on date was too smeared to read. [re-reviewed, bottle dated 9-14-15, again, very smeared]

Appearance: Pours a clear amber/light copper [dark gold, really] with a 1/4" rocky, off-white [white] head. Streams of tiny bubbles flow upward [less visible carbonation] , and lasting lacing lingers on the glass.

Aroma: Pineapple, mango, grapefruit. This is a tropical "fruit bomb." [Second time around, I'd emphasize the resinous/dank character more, but the kiwi/pineapple still definitely there].

Taste: Arrival is bitter (?) and slightly fruity. Tight & bitter across mid-palate, with hints of maltiness. Dry, bitter, almost woody/green finish. [Super bitter and] Utterly imbalanced. [Still the same; the malt weight and texture are there, but there is no sweetness to speak of]

Mouthfeel: Solidly mid-weight. with firm but not overpowering effervescence [much less carbonation this time around; very clean-finishing].

Overall: This was really talked up. In terms of aroma, it met and exceeded my expectations. But the malt profile is a little lacking for me. I like balance, and this is not balanced. For those who really like the West-coast IPA style, I can see this being off the charts. [Still true; among the three big Ohio Single IPAs, this is a tie for second with Columbus IPA; Columbus is danker/more piney, more malty and less bitter; still, white Rajah is my go-to Ohio single IPA. This bottle was less than a month old, and the bitterness was off the charts].

 1,495 characters

Photo of fmccormi
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a fat tulip; there’s a bottling date of June 2, 2014 printed in yellow ink on the side of this bottle, making it just under three weeks old at 20 days (“BOTTLED ON 06/02/14 13 19”).

Appearance (3.5): Two fingers of ecru foam caps a glowing, rich golden body with orange highlights boasting a pretty steady stream of bubbles making their way to the top. The head sticks around for an average period of time, showing moderate retention. Not a ton of lacing, really at all actually, but some suds do stick around here and there in loose legs and scattered patches of thin foam.

Smell (4.25): Beautifully floral, slightly dank, and very fruity: papaya and sweet mango, hibiscus, dankly faint onion, caramelized pineapple, sugar cookies, a tiny bit of something nutty, and juuust a little sappy pine resin to cap it all off.

Taste (4.0): More or less following the nose, the palate bears a pretty solid but well-integrated bitterness that emerges from the dank character. Citrus zest bitterness leads off, followed by a shot of the smooth, sweet fruit (pineapple and a bit of mango), followed by a sliiightly oniony, spicy dank character that opens up to lead into a solidly bitter, pine/resin-y dank finish that carries for a good amount of time. There’s some malt character in here, too, but it’s subtle in comparison to the hops: a little bit of pineapple upside-down cake and a dry biscuit note lay low but still anchor the hops just a bit. No booze is particularly noticeable, and the yeast component is very neutral.

Mouthfeel (4.75): This has an outstanding feel! The carbonation comes in with a quick prickle before resolving, moving into a smooth, lasting, velvety feel before washing out. The hoppy bitterness dries out the body substantially, making the otherwise pretty medium-weighted body go down very easily. Increadily easy to drink—way, way too easy.

Overall (4.0): This is, on its face, a technically excellent IPA, I think. It doesn’t really blow me away, though, in any regard. That said, every part of it is enjoyable (thought the lacing was unexpectedly lackluster), and it’s a beer that I would recommend to any IPA lover—especially those that like spicier ones. I'd be willing to bet that this is stupidly good on cask.

 2,310 characters

Photo of SerialTicker
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 6/12/14 and poured 6/22/14. $10 four pack.

Appearance: Pours a light amber with some floaters. Pretty heavy carbonation, unexpectedly. Two finger head doesn't last long, and there is very little lacing. A bit of a disappointment, but it's only the appearance.

Smell: Man, this stuff is fresh. Massive citrus and pine... major West Coast IPA vibe coming through with this beer. Pineapple sort of aromas creep through as well. Phenomenal. "Bursting", as they say.

Taste/feel: Screamin'. This truly does have a West Coast IPA flavor, and it says it right on the bottle. While a lot of IPAs brewed in the Midwest have a maltier profile, this one's almost all about the hops. Pungent and in-your-face. Pine, grapefruit, and pineapple. Super dry finish with a hefty lingering bitterness. Nice body with a moderate carbonation. Malt is more obvious in the nose and a little more on the tongue as the beer warms up a bit... that's when I enjoy this most.

As far as West Coast regular IPAs out there, this is probably the best one I've had, due probably in large part to this beer's freshness. I PERSONALLY like my IPAs with a little more malt balance, but this is still an outstanding beer. The bitterness mellows out a touch as it warms, and malt comes through, but it is still definitely an IPA that's more bitter than many others.

If you like unrelenting IPAs and are a self-proclaimed hophead who wants a beer that tastes like sucking on a hopcone, here ya go. I really enjoy this beer (ESPECIALLY the aroma), and I like it more as it warms for about ten to fifteen minutes. Buy it if you find it.

 1,606 characters

Photo of JulioH
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good IPA, worth your money.

Pours a nice yellow beer. Forms a medium head. Smell is very good, very hoppy. Taste is good also, hoppy, a bit bitter, and also a little sweet. Has a light mouth feel.

For my palate, this beer is one of the best IPAs out there, and that is available at stores.

 296 characters

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

You can definitely smell the cascade and taste the simcoe. It's light to medium with quarter inch head. It's a beautiful light copper color (probably crystal 20 or 30 in the malt). Overall great IPA. Will definitely be added to my regular rotation (if it ever gets any cheaper)!

 279 characters

Photo of neurobot01
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle into an IPA glass. Hadn't planned on reviewing this (didn't love JuJu and didn't have high hopes for this), but it surprised me, so here we are.

Look: slightly cloudy rich yellow. Small head.

Smell: delicious tropical fruits. On the sweeter side, but I don't get the sense this is going to be a sugar bomb.

Taste: a near-perfect balance of bitter and sweet. This reminds me of some of my all-time favorite IPAs from Port Brewing—both in taste, and in how unabashedly it puts hops to the fore. Delivers on the tropical fruit flavors promised in the nose. Also some more grassy hop notes, along with some mild floral character.

Feel: light-to-medium body and dry. Pretty sharp and well-carbonated.

Overall: I was expecting more of an East-coast malt-forward IPA (or worse yet, a Midwest sugar bomb), but this is fantastic!

 842 characters

Photo of John_M
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is based on the most recent bottle I sampled.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and very nice lacing. At least for this bottle, the nose is the best part of this beer, as I pick up considerable dry citrus, light skunky weed, some noticable pine and white pepper. The flavor profile replicates the nose to some extent, but there is already some noticeable sweet maltiness in the mid palate and finish that I associate with less than optimal freshness in this beer. Otherwise, this IPA is on the dry side, with a moderately long, bitter finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and mouthfeel is medium bodied with a clean, moderately bitter finish.

A couple of thoughts about this beer. I used to see this beer on tap frequently at various bars in Pittsburgh when I lived in Morgantown. While always pretty good, I was also always a bit hesitant to order it, as in my experience this beer goes down hill pretty quickly once it's been tapped. Fresh, this beer was a tasty IPA that I would frequently order as an alternative to Bells Two Hearted, which was the other staple I'd see on tap in and around Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, I ordered far too many pints of HH that were nowhere close to optimal freshness, which is why I became increasingly cautious about ordering it. On the other hand, a bottle sent to me by a friend a few months back was incredible, and at long last I could see some basis for the lofty score this beer seems to routinely get on BA. The one I drank last night was decent, but in light of the bottle I enjoyed a few months back, something of a disappointment. Bottle/batch variation seems to be the order of the day with this beer, which is the only cautionary note I would make regarding this otherwise well made IPA from Fat Head's.

 1,809 characters

Photo of pkthebuckeye
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - a nice amber golden color with a good head

S - A very hoppy and hempy smell. I liked it alot though

T - A very good and hoppy IPa. Expecting a little more citrus notes but that developed through out the beer. Very smooth

M - a good body and very smooth

O - I really liked this IPA

 288 characters

Photo of Pontus
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Super resin aroma of what I'm guessing is Simcoe and Cascade. About as much hop aroma as you could ever squeeze in to a beer. Slight woody and earthy smell.

Slight off-white head that lingers for a few minutes and dissipates to a slight white film over the beer.

The taste of the beer is surprisingly balanced considering the hop-heavy aroma. Although the beer is very much hop forward. A sticky hop flavor that lingers on your tongue for quite a while.

 456 characters

Photo of lurpy1
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big ups, no wait, big big ups, to kgncfl for gracing me with a bottle of this longtime want. Well worth the wait. A fruity, juicy bomb that goes down aggressively and easily at the same time. Extra shot of hops on the finish. Highly recommended. Possibly a permawant for me.

 274 characters

Photo of shangwang
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/28, very fresh.

Nothing out of the ordinary in regards to the appearance and smell, but what sets it apart is the darkness and hop punch in the taste. Lots of bitter citrus grapefruit and piney dryness. And as much of a hop bomb as it is, it finishes smoothly so you're quick to come back for more.

 309 characters

Photo of xzqrut
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap, nice golden color, good carbonation, nice thick head and lacing all the way down. The aroma has great floral hop and citrus scent. Flavor is perfectly balanced. Good malt base, with great and well balanced hop flavor and bitterness. This is really one of the best IPA's out there.

 301 characters

Photo of barnzy78
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, Bottled on 04/14/14. New brewery for me. Indiana pick up at Liquor Stop in Highland - a place I haven't stopped in at in years
L - creamy off-white head tops a tangerine colored ale
S - super fresh, juicy and tropical nose with fresh pineapple, mango, pine
T - hop forward and pungently bitter with juicy, tropical notes of mango, pineapple and grapefruit; heavy pine on the finish. The juiciness comes across as sweet with some light caramel and biscuit, but the bitterness predominates the palate
F - medium body, very dry and very bitter finish.
O - very nice and refreshing IPA. Not to take away from this too much, but it reminds me of a couple others with similar flavor profiles that I prefer a little more than this one. Still really solid IPA either way.

 769 characters

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce glass into a teku.

This beer has a glow about it. The body is a deep orange color with some blonde hues. It's somewhat cloudy and unfiltered, but the color still shines. The head is big, four fingers maybe, and incredibly persistent. Streaks of lace remain as it dissipates.

A sweet, resinous citrus and floral nose awaits me. Some spicy, piney hops are there on second examination. The aromas seem a bit muted, so I'll have to take a look at the bottle for dates. Still smells pretty tasty.

This is dank IPA right here. Very spicy and bitter with a hop punch just like the bottle describes. Citrus flavors are present, but not as heavily as on the nose, and the same good be said for the piney and floral hops. Everything seems to take a back seat to the bitter blast, which seems to be present throughout, but lingers on my now numb tongue. Fat Heads was kind enough to throw some sweet malt into the mix and this adds a mellowing bit of vanilla flavor.

This beer is aggressive and bitter, but it's tasty and still fairly light. It could be go-to no problem.

 1,088 characters

Photo of WoodBrew
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA is an outstanding beer. I first tried this off the tap on only rated it. But my wife recently visited Ohio and stopped by a beer store to kindly pick me up a bottle. The beer poured a clear golden color with white head that is leaving a lace. The scent was fresh hops bordering on bitterness and pine. The taste was crisp and bordered more on bitter with touches of sweet malt and pine like hops. The mouthfeel was medium body with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer and would recommend it to any one who like the Z'Dust.

 564 characters

Photo of Cory_Brown
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A- bronze color with some nice creamy lacing but not much head.
S- big hop punch in the nose. Pine, grapefruit, mango. Very light malt presence if any. Smells like what an IPA should smell like.
T- the taste is perfect! Follows the nose and is definitely hop dominant. Pine, mango, grapefruit and some citrus. A pleasant pine and grapefruit taste lingers on the tongue. This may not be the best IPA for those who like more malt presence, but the flavors that the hops produce balance it out perfect for my tastes.
M- HOPS. the hops jump on the tongue and tingle the roof of the mouth.
O- this is my favorite IPA to date. Any true hop heads will love this one. Introduced my friend to it and this got him into the style. I wish I had regular access to these

 758 characters

Photo of SebD
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, dank pine hops and light bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a bunch of tropical notes (citrus, grapefruit and pineapple), plenty of dank pine resins and some bready/toasty malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a great overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas.This is probably one of the best IPA's I've had. Great display of hops, very well balanced and a highly drinkable.

 693 characters

Photo of mabermud
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - The beer appears a complex orange with a great deal of debris floating amongst the steady stream of bubbles rising to the surface. White, sticky, good looking lacing.
S - Sweet, ripe grapefruit.
T - Pine up front, mild fruit, with a bitter end.
M - Good froth expanding in the mouth.
O - There was quite a bit of carbonation. I appreciated the appearance. The taste was impressive. If this was available in WA, it might could be a go-to IPA.

This would be rated a little higher if it weren't for the bitter end. This was bottled 02/24/14, I am sure a fresh bottle would score higher.

 591 characters

Photo of HarmsWay88
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- bright amber that is not completly clear
S- great hop smell that makes me want to start drinking
T- nice balance of hops across the entire sip that leaves the hop profile on your palate
M- feels like a nice big ipa, which it is yet still very approachable and drinkable. Not watery not viscous, everything you want nothing you don't
O- overall this an excellent ipa. It profiles and showcases the hops very well, it's a big hoppy beer that leaves a nice hop aftertaste. Really enjoyed it.

 491 characters

Photo of DIM
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Clear, orange tinted golden color; served with a small, foamy cap.

s: Rich, resinous, and pungent hop aromas of pithy grapefruit, pine, and maybe some pineapple. Plenty of caramel and biscuity malts for balance.

t: Quite the hop assault here. Resinous pine with some bitter grapefruit and a lingering, dank bitterness. The caramel comes through middle to late.

m: Sticky and surprisingly hefty.

o: Really nice IPA that just isn't quite top tier to me.

 459 characters

Photo of toppoop
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter a rich yellow body with a small head. Down to tiny ring with a bit of lacing. Smell wasn't big but what was there was tropical fruit and sweet malt. Taste was a very good balance of hop and malt. Here you get the grapefruit with very little bitterness and sweet caramel malt. Very pleasing to the palate with slight carbonation and very little bitterness. Solid brew that could be an everyday for me.

 422 characters

Photo of Br0wnsfn31
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

bottled 2/11/14-- date on the bottle

A- Semi clear gold color with hints of orange.. very nice lacing, 2 fingers of head that anticipated pretty quickly

S- can you say PINE? lol very piney hop notes up front.. very faint citrus.. very nice aroma

T- Pine up front with a nice fruity balance with a bitter aftertaste... very impressed with this..

M- Smooth with a bitter feel.. nicely done

O- being from the cleveland area.. this is very easy to get.. ive had it before really liked it.. it belongs in my top 10 but there are 4 or 5 beers i like better than this one.. if you come to cleveland visit fatheads.. they do a great job

 634 characters

Photo of TheStBernard
4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite IPA that I've ever had; sampled this beaut at the FatHeads on the Southside of Pittsburgh in a pint glass. Could God have crafted 16.9 oz more perfectly? I'm not sure...

A: Glorious- cloudy, but just right for something this powerful. The head was about an inch on this pour, and felt... right.

S: So fruity, earthy, and mellow. Citrus and pine are the predominant notes, but there's others. My early-spring nostrils didn't catch them all, so I'll come back soon to update.

T: Those same citrus and pine notes, plus apple and pineapple (good work, Fatheads). Oh, and I forgot- HOPS. SO MANY HOPS AND I LOVE IT.

M: Great carbonation, but a little (and I mean little) more light than I would normally ask for.

O: Amazing. My all-time favorite beer.

 776 characters

Photo of Resuin
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a willibecher. This was bottled on 03/19/2014 - 1 month ago.

Appearance: Pours a translucent medium amber/gold (not very hazy) and leaves a finger of white head which fades relatively quickly to a white layer atop the beer. Carbonation can be seen floating to the surface.

Smell: Big resin, malts, some citrus. Pleasant, balanced IPA aroma.

Taste: Taste is much bigger than the smell - big piney hops, resin, bitter citrus rinds, grapefruit, malts. Still pretty balanced, with big hop flavors.

Mouth-feel: Well carbonated with a medium, slightly creamy body. ABV is hidden well. Finishes a tad bitter.

Overall: A nice, delicious IPA with big, tasty hops. Very drinkable. If this were available in my area it would definitely be a go-to.

 776 characters

Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
4.33 out of 5 based on 4,131 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!