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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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654
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920
For Trade:
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Reviews: 594 | Ratings: 4,154
Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rudzud for sharing.

Slight hazy pale orange color, very little fizzy head.

Nose lots of typical fruit, grapefruit, musty resinous passion fruit, hint of booze and light sweetness malt. Citrus and tangerine.

Taste light musty resin and tropical fruit, passion fruit, grapefruit, bit of pineapple, light tangerine and citrus. Light malty sweetness and juicy flavor. Finish is fairly bitter with light tropical fruit and resinous tropical fruit.

Mouth is med bodied and decent carb.

Overall quite nice. Great hop additions with just enough malt balance and sweetness.

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Photo of Zach136
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle no date.

Big dank earthy hop character. Hints of citrus, and something that brings up memories of goat feed... Medium bodied, very drinkable.

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

Picked up a couple four packs while up visiting the old stomping grounds on the westside of Cleveland.

Pours a beautiful golden orange into my Bell's tulip. A lot of nice lacing and head on this beauty. A true pine smell to his West Coast style IPA. I also get a light citrus smell after the pine has dissipated. A crisp and mildly bitter hop bomb with a great finish. Not too malty and and not too sweet. A highly drinkable IPA and now I know why it has been receiving the numerous awards and recognitions.

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

Bottled on 7.15.2013

Appearance - pours a crimson golden color with white head

Smell - pineapple, mango, grapefruit

Taste - everything in the nose - pineapple, mango, grapefruit, hop bitterness

Mouthfeel - heavier side of medium bodied, a bit syrupy, medium to high carbonation, finish is long with citrus and hop bitterness

Overall - pretty good, flavorful and bold IPA. Recommended

Price Point - $2.25/12 oz single

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

Pint draft at North Olmsted brewery.

Thick white head atop yellow-orange elixir, belgian lace throughout.

Fruity, floral scent at first wiff, then over powered by dank, resinous, piney hops.

Smooth, buttery, bitter hops from front to back. Subtle malt backbone gives it up to a lingering bitter end. Overall nicely balanced.

Easy to down a few and an nice representation of the West Coast style IPA.

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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.

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

Dark gold to copper in color with a quarter inch of off white in top. Moderate lacing. The aroma is pure orange juice and light malt. I taste a wallop of citrus hops and light malt. The mouth is light in nature and lightly chalky and dry.

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

Thanks to duff27 for giving me a bottle of this beer to drink! Thanks duff!

Appearance: golden orange bodied beer. Over 2 fingers tall white head thats thick and soapy. Really nice lacing from this beer.

Smell: Big pine and citrus; mostly grapefruit, but also a hint of orange zest. Tropical fruits specifically pineapples and mangos. The hops smell bold, dank, and fresh!

Taste: on the high end of moderately bitter. Really big pine bite thats very oily, resinous. Am I sucking on pine needles? Whew! This beer is really serious about its hops. The beer tastes really fresh and dank. The grapefruit notes are really heavy too and I would definately say that its more of a grapefruit rind which seems to increase the already bitter pine notes. Maybe a hint of orange zest, pineapple and earthy note to finish things off with the hop profile. The malts dont offer much balance, but you can tell they offer a faint bready note to the overall effect of the beer. The bitterness just lingers on forever in this beer. Moderately heavy pine and grapefruit rind notes are still there minutes after taking a sip. I think that I get chalky notes in the aftertaste from this beer being so bitter.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer has a super dry finish on it that seems to amplify the bitterness of the hop profile.

Overall: This beer is just downright aggressive. Hopheads seek it out. I am thrilled to have gotten the oppurtunity to sip on this wonder from Ohio, but it really pushed my palate to the max. I think that I have gotten all the hop flavors that I need for the whole week from this beer alone!

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

12oz bottle into snifter. Thanks Josh!

A: Pours a lightly hazy bright orange with a couple fingers of rocky, greasy and dense off-white head that slowly faded into a rocky film. Sticky streaks of lacing were left down the glass.
S: Huge notes of citrus fill my nose. Grapefruit pith, orange peel and a hint of lemon come through.
T: Big citrus hop palate as expected. Grapefruit, lightly sweet fruit juice, orange zest and splash of pine are strong, with a bit of caramel and toasted malt poking through in the finish. The aftertaste is lemony, lemon pine-sol, and bitter.
M: Medium-full body, crisp and bitter mouthfeel, with a smooth and tingly carbonation.
O: An aggressively hopped ipa that should probably fall into dipa category. This one is a keeper. Thanks again Stormking47.

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

on tap at Soho restaurant in pittsburgh yesterday.

ever so slightly hazy orange yellow body, good persistent white head, very nice lacing.

grapefruit, orange and hops on the nose.

great hoppy bite, citrus flavors come through very well. seems to have a good solid malt background to hold up against the bitterness,

mouth is a tad above medium, alcohol hidden,

been looking forward to trying this one and it did not disappoint .

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a DFH signature goblet. No bottle dating info to be found. Thanks to ZRT for sending this.

A - Pours a bright caramel color with excellent clarity. The head sits at a full finger for the duration; impressive retention. One coat of lacing paints the glass.

S - Grapefruit and guava on the forefront. A hint of pine offers some bitter to counteract the juicy fruits. Biscuity malt is an afterthought.

T - Starts off lightly sweet with mellow citrus. Caramel carries through midpallate followed by a bittering pine finish. More bitter and less fruity than I was anticipating from the nose.

M - Medium bodied with full carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O - Happy to finally try this one. The aromas are tropical and citrus forward while the hop flavors are primarily pine. It is definitely hoppier than your average IPA, but it never crosses the line from balanced to hop bomb. This is definitely one I would get if I had access. Not the best I have had, but very good.

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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!

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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.

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

Pours a copper orange with a finger plus of foamy head that settles to a ring with lots of fuzzy lacing. Pine resin aroma, taste follows nose. Very nice balance. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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

12 oz bottle. Pours bright orange, light haze, finger white head, fades to a ring with soapy lace. Aroma is fruity, orange peel. Very balanced IPA, dank weedy hops with grapefruit and orange peel turning earthy in the swallow. Just enough sweet malt balance. Medium soft slick mouth, slightly oily. Have had this one many times on trips to Florida, and it never disappoints.

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

Pours a golden hue, little-to-no foam head forms. The nose is nice, grapefruit/citrus and juicy qualities. The nose is killer, its got some big mango notes as well - my favorite smell. Taste is delicious, lot of juicy qualities still - leaves you with a bitter bite but its welcomed at this point. a true to style IPA with tons of flavor. Hop forward punch in your face in the end but nice medium mouthfeel, alcohol cold be hidden just a bit better but this is very good, I will seek it out again.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received this in a trade this weekend. However, it is being poured at about a month and a half after the bottled date. There doesn't seem to be as much of the great citrus flavor I read about. A A little more malt/bread flavor than expected.

With that being said, I do believe this is a fantastic IPA. Having drank it a month + old, I still really enjoyed it. I will certainly try to trade for this again, and re-review

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

Pours a hazy golden amber with a two finger frothy white head that fades slowly leaving moderate lacing.

Aroma of citrus, grass and floral hops.

Taste follows the nose with grapefruit and a very strong floral hp domination with hints of pine.

Mouth Feel is medium body, moderate carbonation, crisp, dry and a strong bitterness all the way thru.

Overall this is an excellent IPA , I'm not a big IPA fan, but this is a very enjoyable beer that I highly recommend.

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

12 oz. bottle.

Partly cloudy bronze-orange head. Small finger of tight-bubbled, eggshell white head. Lots of pine, resin, dank, citrus zest, and orange marmalade on the nose. Some fruity malt sweetness pokes through as well. Still, this beer has the aroma of a hop monster.

Lightly toasted malt up front. Citrus rind and herbal hop bitterness quickly follows. Bitterness swells, with notes of lots of citrus, pine, and resinous danky hops. Toffeish malt with fruit notes provide a little malty sweetness. Lots of grapefruit and dank resinous hop flavor and bitterness dry out the palate into the finish. Lingering citrus and pine. Medium bodied, with a slightly creamy feel. Very nice.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from 4 pack dated 8/3 into tulip glass

A- Well filtered coppery/orange with thin head. No lacing
S- Big hop juice, sweet citrus, grapefruit and orange peel
T- Yep, very juicy. Nice citrusy hops, but finish is a bit "soapy" to me
M- Medium for an IPA

O- Very good and drinkable beer. The only thing that I could see being better is the finish which is a bit buttery/soapy to me.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Beergod1 for the initial hookup with this beer.

Appearance: Perfectly clear. Gold/light copper/burnt orange. More dark gold than anything. Head is bright-white, creamy, fluffy, and dense. Sheets of lacing coat the glass. Head retention is decent, but drops to a creamy, chunky cap after a few minutes. So clean, so pretty.

Smell: Pith, grapefruit rind, oily citrus. Pine, pine resin, orange flesh and skin. Oily and floral. Bright sweetness from the hops, it's that weird combo that I've encountered in other aggressively hopped beers. Delicious. Reminds me of cotton candy if you rolled it in pine resin. Mild breadiness. Some caramel sweetness as well. Mango, peach, and pineapple. It's a hop explosion. Slightly dank with some hints of mint on the edges.

Taste: Bitter, pithy, and floral. Huge hits of grapefruit flesh and zest. Pine resin lingers. Dry, sticky hop resins. Huge punches of citrus. Malts struggle to come through throwing some caramel sweetness, touches of roasted malt with a mild toasted edge. Building bitterness, but not unrelenting. Some nice herbal, almost minty, notes in the background. Bitterness lingers and lingers. Dank. Unbalanced, but delightfully so.

Mouthfeel: Dry, slick, and slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation on a medium body.

Overall: Delightful and well-worth it.

Aggressively unbalanced with enough going on with the hop profile to make it interesting and tasty. The best kind of aggressive.

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Photo of beerlust
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Very good. Excellent IPA, or American IPA if you must. Huge flavor, tons of hops and simply awesome.
Seek this one out, it's worth it. Fatheads has some very nice varieties, but this is so far the best.
One of the best Midwest beers out there.MMMMMMMMMMM.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottled on 2/18/2015 poured into an IPA glass.

A - clear golden orange with a fluffy one and a half finger head. Visible active bubbling.

S - It says resin on the label, and it is resinous. Grapefruit, sea salt/onion, maybe a touch of pine.

T - The hops come through direct. You do get some notes of citrus and pineapple on the back of the tongue, but the hops are in charge. There is enough malt balance to keep it from being overly one-sided.

M - The mouthfeel is solid, medium carbonation and a slightly creamy, if bitter, finish.

O - Not available locally, wished I picked up a few more to take back from Ohio. Recommended IPA.

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Photo of barczar
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aggressive pour yields a chill hazed light copper body with a frothy 2 inch cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving spotty lacing.

Onion, pine, resin, and citrus dominate the initial aroma. There's a slightly bready malt backbone underlying notes of grapefruit, lime, and tangerine.

Flavor initially brings instant memories of sweettarts, becoming resiny and fairly bitter at the finish. Grapefruit, melon, papaya, pineapple, and mango are party of the fruit salad of hop flavoring. Slightly sweet initially, but bitterness dominates in the end. Grassy tones emerge in the aftertaste. Bready malt is an afterthought.

Body is moderate and slightly creamy, with moderate carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Yummy hop flavoring, and just enough bitterness to not totally overwhelm. Fairly complex.

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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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