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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 | 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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581
Ratings:
4,092
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
22.17%
 
 
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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dull copper with a 1 finger white head. Lacing is soapy

S- Ruby red grapefruit, tangerine for sure, and some melon. Not overly juicy, but clean and inviting.

T- Follows nose, but takes it up a notch. A bouquet of citrus and fruity hops up front, then a wave of doughy malt. At first you think it finishes smooth, but then a fashionably late bitter tone comes nocking at the door late...giving that "west coast" style it claims.

M- Mid body, clean, crisp, no booze.

O- Impressive. Just a really, really well done IPA. I will certainly pick up more next time I have the chance.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Pace High Carry-Out in Columbus, OH.

Pours a clear golden dark orange, with a 3/4 inch head and globs of lacing down the glass.

Bright and vibrant citrus aroma, quite dank. Slight herbal smells too.

The overarching citrus character carries over into the taste as well. Definitely some orange, pineapple, and grapefruit. The only malt character I can pick out is honey sweetness, which complements the juicy hop flavor well. Not very bitter, doesn't linger on the palate very long.

Starts a bit sweet, but finishes dry and slightly crackery. Medium body, crisp mouthfeel and low carbonation.

A great IPA, been looking to try this one for a while now.

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Photo of Evahflow
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After its recent 2nd silver medal I decided to review an old stand by
Poured into a Voodoo Tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle that is 2 weeks old

A- A clear medium amber color,maybe a finger of white head that clears quickly, leaves a lot of good lacing. I'm more of a fan of murkier IPA's. That is just me though

S- You get pine right off the bat and lets you know this is heavy on the Simcoe. Smells like a basic west coast IPA. You do get some grapefruit/pine apple once it warms up. I'd like the smell to project a little more but it does smell good.

T- Resiny pine good-ness, Grapefruit zest, Tangerine, light cracker like malt, slight sweetness up front. The ibu's hit your middle then front tongue. The bitterness is pleasant and does linger a bit. This is where the beer shines and I think that is whats most important

M- Thin bodied but certainly not watery. Good usage of IBU's. great bitterness.

O- This is a stand by in this area and you can see why. Very underrated beer that should be getting a lot more attention from national beer drinkers. Classic west coast style IPA but it does fall short of the upper echelon IPA's. Do yourself a favor and get this beer if you haven't.

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Photo of Johnbenco34
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Availability- year round...style- IPA(west coast style)
Abv- 7.5%...87 ibu
Bottled on: 12/20/13---enjoyed on 04/14/14

A- pours a golden hue (5-6srm), slightly off white head sits well and slowly descends into the beer leaving a small thin layer of foam presenting itself as you enjoy it.great lacing helps this beer appear as sexy as my girlfriend looks(actually she is the most beautiful in the world).

S- a bouquet of tropical aromas like grapefruit,pine,citrusy sweetness,and pineapple. As an aggressively dry hopped west coast style beer, be prepared for a hop blast of bitterness aromas and resins qualities. If you like IPAs then you will fall in love with the bitter resin aromas that travel through your nasal cavity showing an intimidating robust bitterness that also showcases fruity aromas as well as lightly kilned, malt aroma.

T- "uncivilized and aggressive" and it's 100% true! A perfect blast of hop bitterness that lingers on the palate and sits so well as you dive into a fruity, citrusy sweet, pineapple,aggressive pine and grapefruit astringency that tingles the side of the tounge. Fits all the characters that IPA drinkers look for when they are walking threw there local beers hop. Very robust bitterness and fruity astringent characters. Hops are up front and upholds its bitter characters.

M- medium/full bodied,, carbonation is there but doesn't play a major role in the beer. The bitterness is preserved from the first sip to the last. A blast of bitterness upfront followed by a slight sweet tang and astringency (like chewing on grapefruit skins, notes of ripe grape fruits are as clear as sight).also in the middle the bitterness over powers all. On the finish a bombshell of bitterness lingering on the palate yet still silky smooth enough to enjoy another point after you finish the first glass and trust me you will want more, it's effin amazing.

O- a viscous yet playful IPA, showcasing its bitterness as a perfect example of a west coast style IPA. Very tropical and piney aromas lure you in for a taste and showcases its flavors of citrus, pines grapefruit, pineapple and luscious resin character. Great IPA if you want a hop blast of flavors and aromas.
Cheers my friends drink and share your experience with friends and family you never know they may take it into consider ration when they are shopping for beer! Peace love and beer
Food pairing- very sweet desserts like carrot cake, caramel cheesecake or crime brûlée. Also for a more robust plate try smoked beef brisket with this ale

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Photo of Mikus
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is about 4 weeks old, poured into the Spiegelau glass. Looks clear, carbonated, and a beautiful deep hue. Aromas are off the hook. Big citrus, a hint of pine, orange juice, fresh smelling as can be. Love everything about these aromas. Huge hit of citrus on the front end, major bitterness (and so clean), and strong backbone. To me, this drinks like a big DIPA. Clean mouthfeel with a bitter note that reminds you of the freshness. This is a awesome IPA. One of my very tip top. Get it!

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Photo of mverity
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a hint of amber. Off white head that holds fairly well before fading into a medium collar and wisps of head across the surface. Fair lacing. Aroma is bold citrus (grapefruit and lemon) with some resiny pine and a bit of pineapple. Medium body and high carbonation with a good hop bite. Taste is complex. Grapefruit, pineapple, pine and floral hops all intermingle and compete for attention. The aftertaste is piney, grapefruit in the front. I had this with two weeks from bottling and the flavors were much more pronounced and played better. This was written from a 3.5 week old bottle.

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Photo of exposd
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great IPA with an amazing taste and a smell that's even better! Golden tint with light amber in color, with great head and nice even lacing around the glass. The spicy, citrus, and pine nose really started thing off great and the beer tastes almost as good as it smells. A bit of bitterness, but the sting leaves the tongue after a few sips... I taste hints of heavy citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, roasted carmel, and even a little bit of spiciness which is my favorite thing about this brew. This is one of my favorite IPAs I've tried as of recently, I would for sure recommend it to any IPA lover!

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