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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 | website

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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585
Ratings:
4,116
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
22.17%
 
 
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Reviews: 585 | Ratings: 4,116
Photo of sfprint
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: light tea orange with moderate carbonation, seafoam head and flakes of yeast floating around the glass.
S: Beautiful, piney, moderately sweet pineapple.
T: Barely bitter, pine trees, with a hint of twig tea. wet wood
M: Slight roughness, and an interesting sharpness in the carbonation.
O: Well made!

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Photo of thagr81us
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to JM03 for sending this one my way as an extra in a recent trade! Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a minimal white head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pine, pine hop, fruit, fruit hop, tropical fruit, and subtle apple juice. The flavor was of sweet malt, pine, pine hop, fruit, fruit hop, tropical fruit, bitter hop, and subtle pine resin. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I really liked what is going on in this one. There was tons of pine notes going on, but it had a nice touch of fruit to help balance it out and leave your palate feeling refreshed for a moment. After that moment the hops come flooding in to carry what is left of your palate away. A really well done brew that should be enjoyed by anyone who calls themselves a hop-head.

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Photo of dleigh
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a high quality workhorse IPA. Smells great when fresh, and even when it's not super fresh, has a very pleasant resiny, grapefruit taste. Dry finish with some spicy carbonation.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange with a nice head and decent lacing.

Pungent pine and grapefruit out the ying-yang. Sweet malty overtures.

Taste is fabulous. Easy piney grapefruit along with a smooth hops flavor accented by a touch of smooth malts.

Feel is rich and thick, with ample silky carbonation.

Overall this beer is simply and only one dimensional: Delicious!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks so much to Stakem for bringing me one back from the 'Burgh for tenderbranson69 and me to try-enjoyed chilled from the shortneck brown bottle.

The color is deep golden with resplendent clarity and thick off white head with ultra fine bead. The smell is a mix of grapefruit, lemon zest and light tangelo with some herbal natural hop aromas, the dry hopping has done it's job, smell the magic. The feel is very good with lots carbonation allowing the hop resins to seem light on the tongue with a gentle bitterness at first which builds toward the middle until a semi-dry finish with practically no alcohol in the feel.

The taste is great ! I love the fresh squeezed citrus juice flavors from the hops with a blend of grapefruit and valencia orange-tangy juicy taste that spreads out and reveals some vegetative flavor from the more than ample dry hopping with a light spice and very gentle malt sweetness. Overall this deserves the accolades as it is a well crafted American IPA, better than some of my previous favorites -I recommend picking some up if you possibly can!

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Photo of Zetcha7x
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle was a few months old (12/24/14). Still tasted great. Probably would have been rated higher if it was fresh. Had it on tap a few weeks ago and it was amazing.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear amber with a thin white head. The nose is pure citrus hops that evolves into a balanced sweet citrus. The taste is incredibly citrusy and bitter with a crisp hop cone finish. Although this beer is immensely hoppy it's very drinkable and tasty. I can't wait to see it on tap in buffalo.

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

Crystal clean profile to this IPA it's color tends more to a golden than a typical offering. The head was alive in a boldly fizzy crown that build for a while and dissipated slowly.

The scent is very earthy and piney, almost creamy, yet very simple.

The flavor is a hop lovers dream and the consummate hop flavor. I don't get any fruit tones or off putting onion but just true floral, flowery hop flavor. There is a supporting undertone of malt that is very well represented in tastiness.

The feel is quite lively on the tongue and has the crispness and bite of a soda. Despite the bite it remains very smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear gold, with a hint of yellow to it, lots of white, creamy foam that retains wonderfully.
steady stream of bubbles rising to the surface constantly. Aroma is quite mild but pleasant, containing clean, pine and floral notes. Taste is wonderful, starts with tropical fruitiness with notes of mango and guava, finishes slightly bitter. Texture is light/ medium, lots of carbonation and slightly dry in the finish.
overall if i had regular access to this beer i would buy it regularly

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

A : Poured a clouded orangish color with a 1/4 inch white head. There is a good amount of white lacing present.

S : Big whiff of tropical fruits, grassiness and some grains with a dash of pine needles as well. It smells refreshing and I am hping it tastes as good as it smells.

T : Initial tropical fruit bouquet meets grass. A little bit of biscuity undertones with a nice dryness to it. The finish is rather dry, refrshing with a moderate bitterness and more tropical fruits

M: Light-medium/ medium bodied, well carbonated. Nice amount of bitterness and tropical fruits, grass sit on the palate.

O: A solid drinking IPA. Balanced.

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

Pours a beautiful, fluffy big head, with a vibrant yellow-amber color.

Smells irresistable lemony, very juicy, coated up by toffeeish, balancing malts. Citrus mingles together with dried orange peel outstandingly well, creating a crisp, lemon defined hoppy nose.

Has a medium carbonation with an extremely crisp and dry, refreshing mouthfeel.

Taste mirrors the nose, as it begins with toasty, biscuity malts, as well as bitter, luscious lemons hitting the palate in an uncompromising, fruity fashion. The beers intense lemony hop profile gets enhanced by a mineralic bubbly carbonation, revealing a grassy dryness. This dryness leads to the brews finish, in which the profound lemon character even gets enhanced by a prominent, bitter, lime infused dry note as well as slick sweeter malts, unleashing a very focused lemon fruitiness.

Easy drinking ipa with a great hoppiness to it, gently balanced by sweeter, flavorwise fitting malts, leaving the beers spotlight on the fruity hops flavors.

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Photo of Spikester
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear orange amber with two big fingers of off white head. Moderate lacing.
Smell is mild mango.
Taste is tropical fruits with some pine. Good balance in the hop bill. Malts are lightly sweet and help keep the bitterness in check.
Mouthfeel is smooth well carbonated and medium dry bitter in the finish.
Overall a better than average IPA that is easy drinking. I am glad to have tried it.
From a local taphouse in Salem, OR. Sparky's.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very nice mix of pine and citrus going on. Grapefruit and orange both present. Fairly bitter, but offset a bit by a nice caramel malt base. The nose gives off pine resin and citrus. Tasty.

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Photo of donManguno
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed blind. Sent to me by Sitarist, and I wasn't even his target! Thanks Sitarist!

A: Clear coppery yellow, a vigorous pour into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass produces a one finger head that subsides rather quickly leaving a single ring where it crested. Very little lacing as the glass empties.

S: When I opened this bottle I was blasted by a very fresh hop smell, and it brought a wide smile to my face. Fresh citrusy hops, grapefruit and orange with some pine in the background. Sweet malt body, surprisingly strong for such a pale beer. This is an IPA for sure, could it be a double?

T: Piney hops on a sweet malt base. Some citrus here, but pine dominates in the hop flavor profile. Long lasting residual bitterness keeps drawing me in for another sip. and another. This one is flirting with the the IPA/DIPA line.

M: Medium bodied, and the carbonation is just enough to excite the palate without being distracting.

D: This is wonderful, just my kind of IPA. A huge hop blast with enough malt to back it up! I could toss back quite a few of these without thinking twice.

The reveal: Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA! Damn, at 7.5% this beer could be trouble! I don't think this was a want, but it should have been!

Bottled: Feb. 24, 2011
Reviewed: March 3, 2011

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Photo of KillerJigger
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good white head and a very apparent floral perfume hop smell. Very full mouth feel due to the carbonation. Bittef back end that hides the malt completely. Solid beer!

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Photo of jvillefan
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A: The body is a deep golden yellow with a one finger off white head.

S: Very potent. There is a dominate pine aroma with subtle citrus and caramel.

T: Good not great. It is an unbalanced hop bomb. Heavy citrus, pine and hop bitterness. There is almost nothing tasted from the malt background.

M: Nice heavy body with sharp carbonation.

O: This is an good IPA. Not worth actively seeking out, but if you can get it thrown in as extras then go for it.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%

Huge thanks to my friend Jay for this Ohio find! 64 oz growler into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color. The head is two fingers high and white in shade. While retention isn't fantastic, it does have a sticky texture which leaves behind a ton of lacing on the glass. (3.5)

Smell: There's nothing like a fresh IPA, especially when they have such a vibrant hop melange. There's a little bit of everything here: tropical fruits, orange, grapefruit, pine, and herbs. Hints of the biscuity malt tie everything together quite well. Powerfully pungent; smells like a total winner. (4.25)

Taste: On the flavor profile, I'm picking up more grapefruit than anything else. Still, not a bad thing by any means. The finishing bitterness is quite healthy - actually, it's more than that. It's totally biting and intense. But in a good way! Technically, there aren't any stand-out notes: it's just another big, bitter grapefruit-and-pine IPA. Where it succeeds (with flying colors) is how well defined the hop flavors are, and how well concealed the malt is. IPAs are all about showing off the hops, and this does a superb job of that. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: Very light on the palate, with the dryness keeping the residual sugar at bay. Yet, the hops giving a long, resinous back end. It's so bitter, in fact, it becomes slightly hard to drink at times. Carbonation is good. (4)

Overall: As a personal note, I'm starting to move away from the grapefruit-forward IPAs. But to dismiss this simply due to my own tastes would be ridiculous. It's a fantastically made punch to the face. Hop sissies need not apply; those who enjoy a vicious grapefruit attack (and a scorched earth palate) will absolutely fall in love with this. (4.25)

4.19/5: Help! My tongue has been stabbed by hops!

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Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Quite an IPA, at first it reminded me of Two Hearted with a little extra kick and a little research shows they share Centennial hops (tho this has Columbus and Simcoe too). My bottle is 6 weeks old and the grapefruit, pine, passionfruit, and pineapple still seem to be in full effect, with just a hint of light caramel malts. Light bodied, dry, and dangerously drinkable. The more I think about it, this has a lot of Pliny to it as well. Damn tasty beer.

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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 cmadd
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The smell is by far the most impressive aspect of this beer: grapefruit, lemon, guava, fruit loops, pine. The first sip is monstrously pine forward with a oily resin. Playful carbonation in an amber body with nice carbonation. Very well done, albeit slightly unbalanced. This is the definition of hops.

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

Bottle opened on 8.17.12.

A - Pours a clear medium orange with a one inch off-white head that is foamy and with good retention.

S - Pine and orange peel.

T - Same as the nose. Bitter finish.

D - Solid carbonation with a nice medium body.

O - Pine dominated, some orange rind. Bitter finish.

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Photo of eclipse54
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle from JM03; thanks! My first one of these, and I'm more than excited to give it a try. Poured into a tulip.

Pours an orange, gold color with about an inch of fluffy, yet sticky white head. Good retention and lacing. The aroma is loaded with grapefruit and spicy hops, with some grass, herbs, and pine resin in there as well. It tastes of spicy, earthen hops, with lots of pine and grass/herb notes. Loads of citrus come through as well - predominantly grapefruit, but some orange as well. Mouthfeel is bitter, slightly acidic, and dry on the finish. A piney resin seems to linger, accentuating the raw hop character. Overall, this is an awesome “west coast” IPA that really showcases a number of aspects of the hops: citrusy, earthen, and of course, bitter. Well done.

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Photo of Dan3279
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't make it to the west side of Cleveland too often and I was finally in the neighborhood near Fat Head's and decided to run in and grab a growler of Head Hunter and see what the fuss is all about.

I poured part of the growler into my DFH snifter glass to find a nice golden amber body that I wouldn't call clear or hazy, more middle of the road. A vigorouss pour gave me a two inch head and I can notice a nice bit of carbonation. The aroma is dominated by the pine hops with hints of citrus and caramel.

I was actually disappointed with the first sip, nothing special, it was good, not mind blowing. My expectations were not super high and I expected more citrus than an earthy pine. After a few minutes I took another sip, and another, this beer was quickly growing on me. Its a VERY good American IPA, Personally I go for more of the citrus IPA's, but I really enjoyed this beer after I adjusted my perception of what I thought it was going to be.

This American IPA was medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, I don't want to go as far as to call it crisp, but it was full of flavor, and easy to drink. If it wasn't for my brother in law stopping over and sitting on some for my wife I could have easily enjoyed the entire growler.

Overall a solid IPA and I will defiantly be stopping into Fat Head's more often when I am on the West side of Cleveland.

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

16 ounce draft

A: light gold, slightly hazy, stiff white head,

S: lots of hops, floral, citrus,

T: nice I like the way the hops work together, awsome ipa from a great small brewery,

M: lots of carbonation, dry.

D: I like this one its only a half hour from where I grew up so I like the fact that I feel as if it can stand up to some of the best Ipa's i have had

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