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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%
 
 
Wants:
654
Gots:
919
For Trade:
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Reviews: 594 | Ratings: 4,154
Photo of TheBrewo
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This brew was served from the bottle at The Brick Oven Bistro in Sandusky, Ohio. We poured into a set of half-sized house snifters, and the beer showed a clean sunset orange hue, with a quick finger tall head of white foam. This retained only okay, leaving behind an absence of lacing. No real haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be moderate. The aroma gave orange rind bitters, black olives, manila envelope dustiness, sticky caramel and pale maltiness, Band-Aid phenols, mandarin orange juiciness, resiny and grapefruity hoppiness, coiny metallics, lavender and rose petals, dried thyme, harsh tannic tea leafiness, and big musky perfumes, especially as it warmed. The taste gave bittered, chlorine chemical bite, citric and grassy hop bitterness, pale and amber adjuncty grain, fusel booziness, bitter herbal rumbles lactic creaminess, plastic phenols, light clove and black pepper spiciness, green sap resins, toasty pales, acidic tomato vegetals, gingerbread and pumpernickel starchiness, and tight aluminum metallics. The body was medium, and the carbonation was light. This translated into very light creaminess and mustache to the slurp, smack, froth, and pop, with the lips left otherwise evenly wet and tingling. Puck trumped astringency along the palate and cheeks. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank back lightly and nicely.

Overall, this was a beer enjoyed after a day of riding ten of the world’s best roller coasters at Cedar Point. We were most certainly thrashed from it, and ready for some swill and delicious grub. We found this little establishment on the interweb and loved it. The food was great and so was the beer, but we’ll leave a full review for it in the proper place. This beer was recommended to us by the knowledgeable bartender, although it has been on our “Ohio list” for a little while now. What we found was a nice local offering, but really were hard pressed to find much more. The flavoring was there, showcasing a deeper malt profile, but we were a bit let down in the department of feel. It was just a little light for the depth they’re going for. This, unfortunately, slows down the drinker, tricking them into thinking the flavors are lighter than they actually are. This is not the case in the nose, as we felt this to be its strongest aspect. This is a great Ohio beer, and one we would certainly seek out again, but we can’t help but feel that we prefer something more substantial to quench this thirst.

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Photo of Amanda_gree23
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, what a a great beer. This is one of the best IPAs I've ever had. Delicious and full of flavor. I am never disappointed with Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon. Very pleased with this brew and I have since recommended it to many. Very excited to get this again.

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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 womencantsail
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a clear golden-orange color with a nice big white head and some moderate lacing.

S: Smells really quite nice. Plenty of pine that is very resinous along with a big grapefruit aroma and plenty of citrus in general. There's a touch of grassy hop smell and not really much malt at all.

T: Unfortunately, the flavor falls off a little bit. Certainly a lot of pine and grapefruit, as well as a solid bitterness. There's more malt presence on the palate and just a bit of a step backward in terms of the hop intensity.

M: The body is medium with a lively carbonation and a nice dry and slightly bitter finish.

D: I really want to give this beer a better score, but the flavor just let me down after what was a very nice nose.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mostly grapefruit on the nose but the taste offers a more robust citrus fruit profile, with some pineapple & some other tropical notes to help smooth out the hop punch. An in-betweener, not as easy & smooth as something like two hearted but not a bitter bomb like lots of IPAs

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Photo of snaotheus
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014-11-22
12 oz bottle served in a little plastic hotel cup. 1421134140805 is the bottle code.

Pours clear golden with almost no head. Small amount of carbonation. Smell is fruity, juicy, nice. Pine and citrus zest.

Taste is bitter-- mostly grapefruit. Very slight honeysuckle sweetness, but mostly bitter.

Mouth feel it's dry. Overall, quite tasty.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber color with a good foamy head. Retention is mild. Lacing is good. Has a big piney aroma with some citrus. This has a big piney hop at the end. Very aggressive. Assume it is dry hopped. Don't really get it from the aroma. It really overwhelms the citrus taste. Very astringent at the end.

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Photo of jorg2619
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am happy that I was able to grab a growler of headhunter on my way out of fat heads.

Headhunter pours a light light amber almost apple juice colored and has a standard good amount of head with a decent amount of lacing. It has a fresh clean look which is ok. The first whiffs from my Chimay bell are pine and subtle citrus. I found the smell complex and very appealing begging me to drink some. Hop bitter stings the end of my tongue delightfully. This beer is all hops. I taste pine, and grapefruit bitter citrus, intermingling with resin and earthy hop flavors. My god this is a great tasting straight up IPA!!! The mouthfeel is also awesome not to thick and very approachable. Overall I am happy with this beer and would advocate anybody living in Western Pa or Ohio if only to find Head Hunter.

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Photo of rorykanderson
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in January, enjoyed ~10 weeks later. Dark golden orange pour with a, uh, fat head. Nose of muted citrus, tea and tobacco. Taste of orange rind, blood orange, tea and apricot. Hard to justify the rating, so much so that I'm doubting the bottle is a representative sample. So be it - not getting my hands on a couple more of these anytime soon. Solid beer but nothing heavy about the hops.

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Photo of Masonz223
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smell: mandarin oranges tangerine candy fruit peach pineapple grapefruit.
Taste: orange peel tangerine upfront middle of the mouth mellow tropical notes crackery malt some hop dankness finishes with a nice hit of grapefruit biterness. The taste isn't as sweet as the smell.
Feel: medium body super dry in the finish oily slick mouthfeel. The hop biterness lingers in the aftertaste.
Overall: a very solid IPA.

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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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Photo of Hamburgers
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark orange with big fizzy white head. Big aroma of citrus fruit, mango and spice. Flavor much more predominate. Notes of citrus and yeast. Medium body with excellent carbonation. Extremely bitter finish. Very nicely balanced though lacking in complexity.

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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

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Special thanks to Phyl21ca for sending this beer out west in a great trade.

A:Giant 3 fingers of creamy bone coloured head, it settles down in large craters and chunks. A hazy apple juice colour, with a few larger pieces of sediment suspended.

S: A smooth pine scent, presumably from the malts that tone down the sharpness. Yeast and bread blooms after a solid swirl.

T: Hoppy in the front with strong pine and pithy lemons. Middle notes of sweet caramel malts which leads to a lingering bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation which leads to a smooth finish.

O: Much greater amounts of malts than what I was expecting which results in a very smooth brew. Lots of hops and a nice bitter finish yet very balanced.

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

Flavorful, pretty heavily-hopped like current west-coast style quad-hopping (I am currently judging all IPAs by the standard of having experienced Heady Topper). Carbonation is a bit on the aggressive side. Overall a pretty well balanced IPA. Not an Imperial but very drinkable. I liked the beer, and the friendliness of the brewery.

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Photo of drtth
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Fat Head's line up is new to PA so before dinner out this evening I took advantage of an excellent tap list to see if I'd want to buy some of the bottled beer when I find it. The clear dark amber colored beer was served in a nonic glass with 1/4" white head on the top. While sipping down the beer some lacing and partial patches of foam cling to the sides of the glass. Sipping creates scattered small bits of lacing. Even to the end there's at least an island of foam on the liquid.
The aromas include grapefruit and other as well as both pine an pineapple all backed up with a bit of earthy character.
The flavors are much as anticipated from the nose in that there's some citrus, grapefruit pith, pine and pineapple. The hops are showcased throughout but the malt backbone keeps it in check so that the bitterness never overwhelms.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly crisp with persistent but light carbonation. The finish begins as the fruit flavors slowly fade, followed by the pine and citrus, but it all winds up with a dry bitterness that invites another sip.

Overall this is a well made one I'll probably be having again. However, it doesn't quite make my list for regular rotation since I tend to prefer a bit more malt backbone so that the beer is more balanced between malt and hops. I guess I'm just not a big fan of the West Coast bitter IPA.

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Photo of Roby923
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of citrus and grapefruit flavours in this tasty ipa. Smooth finish that doesn't leave you reaching for water. Surprisingly refreshing considering the 86 ibu. On tap at Fat Heads Sah Side, PIT.

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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 FosterJM
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1463rd Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
12oz

2012 Bottling

CA Gang Bang BIF

App- This poured out with high hopes for me. I watched it settle to a golden orange with a good amount of clarity and filtration. A 1/2 finger pure white head formed and was gone. No lace stuck around. No cling either.

Smell- Its your typical hop/malt bomb. Its got the best of both worlds in the glass and needs a bit more to it. Opens with thick full hops and then a bombardment of pine on the 2nd pull. A bit of orange zest and grapefruit zest battle it out on this.

Taste- I will say this profile is not my favorite with the duality of the bitter and the piney. This was a good beer with nice citrus and hops and somewhat tepidly balanced out by a little piney note as it warmed. The 7% was very well hidden on this as well.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium carbonation level. Wouldve liked to see this one more bubbly and light. A bit too much residual pine.

Drink- It was pretty good. I am not sure I would award a medal to it. But being from CA we are spoiled by IPA's.

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Photo of BlackJeep
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle to a pint glass

This is my first review. Please bear with me.

A - Golden/amber, light on head. I think about what I'd expect from a beer heavy on hops and grapefruit

S - A citrus/hops floral punchy wind gust in the face with heavy grapefruit and pineapple dominating the bouquet.

T - Grapefruit is the major player here, along with the hops, then the pineapple and pine come in. Hoppy citrus IPA with a coppery pine hops aftertaste with reoccurring pineapple. Somewhat bitter.

M - Medium bitter and a little dry on the tongue. Not over carbonated

O - Aroma is impressively refreshing....perhaps more refreshing than the taste. I am not a huge fan of IPA's so my enthusiasm may be tempered but I recognize this as a quality hoppy IPA. If you like a hoppy IPA, this probably rates above average, but i would not call it exceptional.

I'd probably try another beer for my second beer if the pub had other choices I adn't tried yet.

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Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow, white head, thin collar. Nose is pine, grass, light citrus. Flavor is mostly pine with a nice hoppy kick. Smooth and easy to drink, more citrus then the nose. Light body, good carbonation, nice bitter bite on the end.

A nice IPA but not sure I would consider this world class. Easy drinking, refreshing, and good. I really don't have many bad things to say about this beer but I'm not blown away. Good, not great.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this one, but was not blown away after some of the TH stuff I drank before it. This one is your prototypical IPA. Lots of hoppiness on the nose and good balance, but bot as juicy and dank as I prefer.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured it into a glass, it has a gold color body with a small head to it. The aroma has a piney smell to it. The taste is in your face hop explosion. Pine notes and slight bitterness follows. The mouthfeel is good, well balanced and leaves a hop aftertaste on your tongue.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real piney, citric hop nose that even hits grape-like aroma on top of a golden body w/ large head that dies quick and leaves lace ring. Very dry - first thing that hits me - as the citric hops are prevelant throughout entire drink yet it flows smooth, not haggard, and has a nice touch of sweetness to it as well. A well-balanced, solid IPA that a hop lover will love and so will fans of less hoppy, more malty beers as well...must say did not realize 7% until I saw this website b/c they hid it well.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a AleSmith snifter.

A- Pours a hazy dark orange with a 1 finger off-white head. Small bubbles and blotches remain on the glass.

S- Big floral notes and lots of fresh hop aromas.

T- Light caramel and some toast flavors, grassy and pine hop bitterness.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Dry finish from bitterness.

O- Good IPA with big floral, pine and grass hop bitterness.

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