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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
605
Ratings:
4,200
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
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661
Gots:
945
For Trade:
36
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Reviews: 605 | Ratings: 4,200
Photo of cmq103
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Freshly tapped 1/6 keg at my basement bar poured into a Belgian tulip glass. Lacing is sticky and impressive. Orange, copper in color with a hint of haziness. Swirling the glass brings out all the aromas. Pine, sweet grapefruit with hints of pineapple and mango. They should make an air freshener out of this, seriously...The hoppy bitter goodness gives you a quick smack in the face, followed by the citrus grapefruit, sweet pineapple and malt, finishing with the same bitterness that reminds you that you're drinking a fine IPA. This is my first beer from Fat Head's Brewery and won't be the last. The 1/6 keg was a bit pricey at $105.99 plus tax, which is about what I paid for my last keg of Ballast Point Sculpin Grapefruit. I think the Sculpin is just a tad better though IMO. Either way, Head Hunter is definitely one to seek out and drink again and again.

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Photo of GregA135
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the better IPA's I have had here in Pittsburgh! This was a delicious beer, poured a nice golden/orange color and smelled of grapefruit, citrus, hops, pine, and a bit of lemon. Once I tasted it I was hooked! Crisp clean IPA taste! If you find this beer I highly recommend drinking this one! Two Thumbs Up!!

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Photo of glass_house
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Slightly hazy orange-amber. One finger of off-white head leaves a thin cap with lots of light oily lacing. Aroma is bursting with bright citrus and floral notes, with hints of pine and caramel malt in the background.

The taste starts off with a flowery, slightly tropical entrance. Big juicy grapefruit quickly takes over, and grassy pine has the last word. Medium-bodied with fairly mild carbonation. Pretty smooth overall but the sharp citrus does give it a little bite.

Headhunter is a beautifully done, grapefruit-forward IPA that hits all the right notes. The flavors are simple but bold and delicious. At 7.5% it's bordering on DIPA status but maintains the lighter, smoother body of a great IPA. A classic that makes me glad I live where it's always on the shelf.

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Photo of MarkJBurch
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Witty artwork, bottling date clearly stamped on the neck of the bottle, 5/13/13, six days ago!
Moderate pour into the new Dogfish/SN IPA glass, clean, golden hue, eggshell white head that lingers for less than a minute, light lacing.

HUGE pine aroma, subtle sweetness, fruit and grass.

Like licking a Christmas tree... This one grabs you by the tongue and slaps you in the face. A real shock to the palate. More pine, earthy, cheek puckering bitterness. Yum. There is lemon in there somewhere... if there are malt notes to be found, I'm not finding them. Alcohol is well hidden.

Carbonation is relatively smooth, not overly intense, which is good because I don't think my mouth could handle it. Goes down nice, to say the least.

After drinking this beer, the thought of it alone will make your mouth water. Any hop junkie will find their fix here.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold into a tulip glass. Consumed on 8/10/14, bottled less than a month ago.
Look = 4.0 Pours a mostly clear golden orange color with 2.5 fingers of dense frothy head that fades to a cap. Great Lace, no bubbles on pour.
Aroma = 4.5 Hops forward big time. Citrus/tropical and pine notes dominate. Very fresh and intense aroma.
Taste = 4.5 Follows the nose; big citrus and tropical fruit hops with pine coming in later. A significant bitter bite on the finish that sticks around in the aftertaste. Balanced on a sweet bready malt backbone, but fresh hops all the way through.
Feel = 4.0 Light to medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Resiny as the bitter after taste sticks around for quite awhile. A little thin for my tastes but refreshing.
Drinkability = 4.0 Refreshing at 7.5% ABV but the bitterness detracts from the drinkability a little bit.
Overall = 4.3 Top of the line IPA; Solid in all categories but sines in the extreme hop aroma and taste.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy golden orange amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a nice layer and laces beautifully.

S: Citrus, grapefruit, lemon, tropical fruit, mango, pine, faint dank notes, and light caramel malt.

T: Big citrus, lemon and grapefruit, resinous pine, light tropical fruit, mango and maybe passion fruit, a little herbal dankness but just enough to give another layer, with some bready malt and just enough light caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Very drinkable.

O: My bottle wasn't super fresh, but there was still a ton of hoppy goodness remaining. I can only imagine what this is like fresh. Damn good IPA. Really happy my friend was able to sneak one out to me.

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Photo of Ri0
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Pours a light amber color with a full 2 finger white head that retains and falls into a collar. Thick webbed lacing clings to my glass.

S - Big Citrus hop aroma that has tons of grapefruit notes, pineapple and orange. A nice sweet honey and bread aroma with hints of caramel round it off.

T - Starts off with the bitter grapefruit with sweetness of pineapple and orange. Nice malt notes of bread, honey, and caramel to beat the bitterness back. The end is mostly bitter pine and grapefruit. It is superb.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a good amount of lingering bitterness.

O - An excellent IPA that Ohio should be proud of. I can see why this won some medals. It was worth trading for.

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Photo of jhavs
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bottles, poured into snifter.

A= Quite clear, golden with slight amber tint. Lots of rising bubbles creating a thick frothy white head.

S= Lots of piney hops with some bitter grapefruit peal.

T= Old school IPA flavors with a bit more citrus especially grapefruit. Get a decent amount of sweet caramel malt and toasty flavors in the finish. Bold but not overpowering bitterness.

M= Medium body with moderate carbonation, a bit syrupy.

O= Good, refined, balanced, old school IPA flavors with big bitter finish.

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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 stewart124
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my new DFH IPA glass.

Orangish yellow with a thin head. Nice lacing as this goes down. Piney nose.

Sharp bitterness but a very nice malt character throughout blends beautifully. Big carbonation really makes this shine. Great citrus notes, tropical fruit, and piney resin notes. Lingering background bitterness but nothing that makes this unpalatable. Drinkability is very high on this IPA.

Delicious but everyone knows this. Finishes very dry and it would be easy to put away a few of these.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Date of 07/14/14, just under a week old!

A: Clear copper body, with a strong pour it produces a finger of head. Decent retention.

S: Yup. West coast hop bomb. Tons of citrus from the "C" hops.

T: Delicious hop flavor, more of that citrus. A fair amount of bitterness as well. Very similar hop bitterness to a lot of Stone IPAs. Light malt backbone that keeps this one pretty dry and bitter towards the end. This one leans towards its west coast influences, which I'm a huge fan of.

M: Good for the style, moderate carbonation. Soft.

O: Delicious IPA. Definitely worth the hype, at least when it's this fresh. I would drink the hell out of this if I lived in Ohio, but let's hope that never happens.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer appears transparent and orange in color with a finger of white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a pleasant citrus scent, along with some floral and tropical fruit notes.

Very tasty stuff. Really easy to drink, Fresh hop presence throughout, with various flavors melding together nicely. The beer finishes with a tangy bitterness and lingers on the palate. Alcohol presence is muted, but this beer will sneak up on you if you're not careful. I would happily drink this again.

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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.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Pours a clear tangerine orange with a nice, large white head. Great lace is left when the head comes down and nice carbonation. looks great

S Citrusy hops dominate the nose with some grass and pine.

T Big bitterness and citrus from front to back. Bold biting citrusy bitterness comes out upfront followed by some citrus and more earthy bitterness. Excellent tasting IPA

M Very dry finish and a medium to lighter feel on the tongue. Carbonation feels about right where it should be with a medium to light feel of tiny bubbles.

O I was completely floored by this extra, everything was solid. Thanks Brian.

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

I am pretty sure I had this at the restaurant in North Olmstead a year or two ago, but today I found it at Andrews Beverage so I picked up a four pack.

Everything about this brew is quintessential AIPA. It is clearer than many of the style, with a nice bit of lacing. The aroma is not overpowering (I could take more). The taste is a beautiful balance - hoppy (piney and fruity, yet bitter as can be), malty, and just a hint of yeasty.

There are so many great AIPAs, but this one is way up at the top. I must buy this again and again!

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Photo of Josh012012
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

look and smell are nothing special

A flavorful brew for sure. To me this packs more punch than some double IPAs. More bitter than most but not in a bad way. Sweetness is a bit above average. Also get some booziness from this one. Not super fruity but if I had to pick a I would say grapefruit is most noticeable. Overall, I think that their description of the beer being "uncivilized"is accurate in its own right.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip - bottled on 5/3 - thanks phil

Pours a brilliant golden orange color with minimal fogginess, topped by a thinner cropping of creamy white head. Streaks of webbed lacing adhere to the glass with a collar of film left behind.

Pungent, fragrant hops sting the nose with pine and citrus fruits. Grapefruit and caramel sweetness with bready toasted malts and a soft warmth.

Cascading waves of hoppiness descend upon the tongue right up front, heaping layers of pine and grapefruit with sticky resin clinging to the taste buds. Touches of fruit with soft sweetness, caramel and toasted bread crust. Milder malt backbone allows the hops to sing throughout the profile. Finishes bitter and slightly warm.

Fuller medium body, well carbonated, sticky and lingering on the tongue. Easily a top tier IPA worthy of the accolades and bouquets people continually throw its way.

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Photo of Jolivio
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Has a huge amount of citrus, among other fruit, on the forefront of drinking, but then mellows out with the citrus lingering on the tongue along with the more piney profile. Smell is likewise the same for what the flavor dictates.

Picked up a 4 pack for ~9$. Decent for a try, and would definitely pick up again if I'm looking for something unique, but most likely won't be something to keep on hand steadily.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA - 12fl oz bottle

Look - Pours a mostly clear amber caramel with a nice soapy head. Nice sticky lacing. Minimal carbonation.

Smell - Deep caramel malts smoothly blended (not overly sweet) with a citrus blast overridden by big pine/resin that complements this brew quite nicely. Super smooth aroma with punch.

Taste - Malty and sweet at first, but the hops rides in immediately after, citrus and pine, then sites resin/pine on the top of the tongue. My preferred kind of hop bite here with a nice hearty undercarriage. For its style it certainly has a heck of a hop blast. I enjoyed letting this one warm up a bit because it changed over the hops a little, more juicy citrus less bitter pine and resin.

Mouthfeel - The maltiness gives it a little bit of stickiness, and on the other end the hops remind you that they mean business, which is a nice blend. Somewhat boozy and a little sweet, decent here. Decent drinkability.

Overall - This one might take a little time to get the most out of, let it warm up a little and take your time to notice the different parts of the taste wave. Sounds weird but this one is both hearty and smooth at the same time. It might not be best-in-class but I would recommend it for sure, quite unique in regards to what I have had so far.

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Photo of sommersb
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 03-24-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Globe glass
Purchased: Received in a trade

I've been on an IPA kick of late; here's another gem from Ohio courtesy of trader Chad.

Appearance is very nice, starting with a sizable off-white head on a hazy orange/amber beer. Head retention is excellent, as is the lacing.

Smell is spicy and big on hops, of citrus/grapefruits plus pine and tropical fruit.

The taste is first of big hoppy bitterness with grapefruit and pine notes, but there's also some malt background with caramel flavors.

Prickly mouthfeel due to the high carbonation, with a medium body. The finish is dry and bitter, but has some balance from the malt bill.

Overall an excellent American-style IPA that I'd recommend!

Thanks to buschbeer for this!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, might as well take advantage of the chance to try this on-tap. I think the nose on this might actually be more interesting than the bottled version. Very salty flavor profile though. A bit too much in that it masks a lot of the other citric and piney characteristics that are trying to show. Still a very nice IPA. Loud and brash, but still bringing enough to keep it respectable.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Color is clear honey gold with a three finger fluffy white head. Excellent retention and sticky lacing. Smell is delicious and juicy. Lots of grapefruit and tropical aromas. Flavor is bitter grapefruit rind on the palate followed by tropical juices. Finish is very bitter and crisp. Body is light, maybe a tad thin with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a very delicious IPA. Maybe a tad thin and not as complex on the flavor as I had hoped, but I'm really nitpicking.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Whoa! Serious hop punch with this one. Loads of tropical fruit and citrus hop in both the nose and taste. Where this IPA excels is in the back end - malt sweetness provides the perfect balance to the resinous aftertaste. This is a superior IPA. Get it if you can!

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from notes

A - medium yellow body, quite clear, small head.

S - lovely big grapefruity hop aroma

T - Great hop complexity - bitter, dry, citrusy, spicy.

M - light and full-bodied. quite nice for a single IPA

O (D) - Very drinkable, very tasty. Would be a good daily beer.

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Photo of Grizzarky
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear rich gold, with a 1 inch head that fades into a lingering ring.
Aroma is pungent grapefruit, and citrus hops.
Taste Definetly follows the nose here, big grapefruit and citrus, followed by a dank resinous pine like finish.
Mouthfeel is good but leaves a a dry, sticky, lingering feelin.
Overall a very solid west coast IPA, very aggressive hop profile that blends citrus, pine, and dank hops beautifully.

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