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Fat Head's Head Hunter IPAFat Head's Head Hunter IPA

Brewed by:
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
1st batches were 7.0% ABV

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Photo of mesatrin
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my go to IPA. Living in Pittsburgh this is readily available all the time. This is an aggressive IPA, not an IPA starter. A nice grapefruit, tropical fruit flavors, with heavy floral notes. Hoppy in the front and in the finish. If you love an aggressive IPA this is the beer for you.

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Photo of d5001986
3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A: Pours cloudy amber with a decent amount fluffy head.

S: Mostly grapefruit, a little tropical fruit, and honey.

T: Citrus, pine, and some floral followed by the malt. A slight lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. A bit over-carbonated for me. Goes down foamy at first.

O: Not bad. A bit malty, which isn't my style. Just not that memorable for me.

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Photo of jbwimer
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer so many times, it's about damn time I reviewed it. Spoiler alert: I'm gonna rate it highly. It's my go-to IPA. Hands down. LOVE this beer. Also, this one is two days "old." That's about as good as it gets.

A- Poured from a 12. oz bottle into a snifter. About a finger of an off-white head sticks around for a minute or two, leaving its mark on the glass as it fades. Beautiful translucent pale orange/golden hue. Fantastic lacing all the way down the glass.

S- My favorite part of this beer. Just hits you in the face like, "HEY. IN CASE YOU DIDN'T NOTICE, I'M AWESOME." A ton of pine dances beautifully with juicy tropical fruits. Mango, orange, pineapple, grapefruit. Everyone showed up to the party. Just enough malt to keep this beer well-balanced. But this is, without a doubt, a hop-bomb.

T- How Fat Head's has managed to do this baffles me. There is so much juiciness initially, and then an onslaught of hops with a dry finish. Then, the juicy fruits sneak their way back in on the aftertaste. It really is just wave after wave of tropical fruit followed by bitterness. I'll never be bored of drinking this beer. Fantastic.

M- Spot on. Great carbonation with a super crisp, yet not overly light mouthfeel. Towards the heavier end of light. Actually, this is really smooth for being such a hop-bomb. Really enjoyable.

O- So, I'm gonna say something I'm sure most will label as "blasphemous"... If my memory serves me well, this beer is just as good as Heady Topper. And I love Heady. But there's really not much about this beer that could be done any better. It certainly looks nicer than that ugly Heady. On all fronts, this beer is just as good as, or better than, Heady. Come to think of it... I think I'll trade for some more Heady so I can do a side-by-side comparison. The point is... This is a phenomenal beer.

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Photo of Dope
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear golden amber. Tall and frothy white head. Head fades slowly as can be with great retention. Heavy, fluffy chunks of lacing abound.

S: Whoa, bright and bold hoppiness. Can smell it as soon as I popped the cap off. Grapefruit primarily with juicy citrus everywhere. Tropical fruits join in with pineapple, mango and apricot I'd say. Tangerine? Juicy, juicy, juicy. Wonderful.

T: More of the same. Juicy citrus and tropical fruits but a spicy note here (kinda reminds me of Cascade hops). Pineapple is especially strong along with the grapefruit. Big citrus and spices everywhere. Not much of a malt, seems like a dry, crackery malt to me. Great burst of bitterness in the finish, drying this one out. Long lingering bitter grapefruit in the aftertaste with some spicy pine.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, bitter and dry.

O: Seriously good IPA. Big west coast in-your-face hoppiness. Good variety of hops, all equally balanced. Bitter and dry but not over the top. Crisp and refreshing. Just plain delicious, a treat to imbibe.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks a light copper with nice fluffy white head with good lacing. Smells of tropical fruit, hop resin, juicy juice, and starburst. Tastes resin with hop nectar & juices. Tropical fruit is there. Nice bit of bitterness, but not too much that's overwhelming. Medium bodied with plenty of hop juices to way you down. Very satisfying when you need a hop fix. Overall, a very nicely brewed IPA. Find this out! It's definitely worth it.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 10/22/13 but my distributor just got it!
At reefer temp into goblet.
Aroma a nice mixture of citrus and pine.
First one head was 4 cm, second one 1.5 cm, both into clean goblet.
Head off-white, creamy, mostly diminishing into approximately 3 mm layer, then into lasting islands.
Lacing good, forming continuous half rings as the level drops.
Body is medium orange, with chill haze.
Flavor begins nicely piney with no hint of malt or diacetyl.
Flavor ends with an long hang-time astringency.
The body is medium, oily, and has a nice soft carbonation.

Overall, an excellent example of the American IPA, much more aggressive than it's English ancestor.

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Photo of Scrapss
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice from the bottle.

A: nice white multi-finger head that compacts to a 2 mm disk. clear deep golden color.

S: strong hops scents, Pine, grapefruit and pineapple dominate.

T: strong hoppy notes as in the nose, strong bittering hops are there. malt is only slightly present, yeast was used for one purpose...and it wasn't taste!

M: Spicy finish, with spritely piney flavors. Dry and puckery. Bitter citrus on outbreath. Full but not overly ful

O: Hell yes. Very good citrusy piney IPA.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is the jam- bitter like a mofo and piney as a forest. This is one of my all time favorite IPAs. Clear and two finger head with a vigorous pour (pour vigorously).

Smell is super piney. Not much to say except an exceptional pine resin smell.

Tastes awesome- pine resin aroma and bitterness balanced with a slight biscuity malt profile.

Medium light bodied with moderate carbonation. If you love your ipas aggressive bitter and uncivilized, this is the beer for you. Seek it out. Now.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Super excited to try this one! Another find at Palm Beach TW.
A - 4.25 - Nice super clear amber-gold color with a white film of bubbles on top that leave nice lacing.
S - 4.75 - BOOM! Grapefruit, pineapple, pine, resin, ganja, absolutely no malt to speak of (and there shouldn't be!) It smells amazing.
T - 4.75 - Grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, lemon/lime, pine, resin, ganja. Just an explosion of hops.
M - 4.75 - Light/medium, so bitter. Alc completely covered. Aftertaste is grapefruit, orange zest, pine...
O - 4.75 - This is an amazing beer. Most similar to La Cumbre Elevated or Ballast Point Sculpin. Just another example of why the overhyped IPAs aren't really as good as people say they are.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.. acquired as an extra in a trade.

A- Pours a hazy bright orange body with a 2 finger white head that reduces fairly quickly but leaves excellent lacing.

S- Floral and citrusy.. not overly potent but definitely invites a sip, what's there is nice. Subtle pine and resin too in the background.

T- Yummy yums. Upfront is a blast of tropical and citrus fruits, balanced with a lightly sweet malty backbone that gives way to a resinous bitterness that lingers for a bit.

M- Medium-low carbonation, medium-light body, pretty drinkable.

Overall a well done DIPA. The balance here is excellent and the hop profile is quite tasty.

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Photo of kami
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle poured aggressively into a 500 mL Unibroue tulip. Bottled date is 06 Dec 2013. This stuff is the freshie-fresh, barely 4 days old.

A: Clear, dark gold hue with 3 fingers of sticky egg-white foam leaving spotty lacing the entire way down.

S: Citrus. Oh, so much citrus. Aromas of piney grapefruit and and lemon peel. Malt aroma is basically absent.

T: Huge initial blast of citrus and pine tree, middle is extremely clean with suggestions of caramel malt. Finish is a long-lingering beta-acid hop bitterness. They definitely nailed the hop bitterness spectrum with this one.

M: This brew definitely got a bit cloying as it warmed, but this only detracts ever so slightly from the rating. Initial 40 degree temp left very little after the fact other than dank, hoppy aftertaste. IMO the sweet malt undertones that revealed themselves at around 50 degrees definitely enhanced the brew and gave it some much needed depth/complexity.

O: Can't do much better. I was remiss to not rate this beer when I had it bottled literally 16 hours before. It was amazing them, it remains amazing even when it's *JUST* 4 days old. Freshness matters people.

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Photo of soycory
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color is transparent orange, but hazy. Nose is citrusy and great. Taste is citrus, orange peel, grapefruit, pine. This is sweet, but not overly sweet, just right. The mouth is slightly creamy, which tames the citrus astringency just enough to make it perfect. This beer is more like an Imperial than an IPA so I enjoy it in a snifter, and sip on it. Could be the perfect beer. Hoppy, but the hop bite is a soft bite. Awesome. Bottle.

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Photo of zookerman182
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a golden yellow color with a two finger head.
Aroma is sweet pine, and floral.
Flavor is pine, little malt backbone and citrus undertones.
Dry mouthfeel with a lingering bitterness on the back of the palate.
Solid ipa for sure. Reminds me a lot of two hearted.

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Photo of Karl_M
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Yet another awesome IPA.

Definite Citra notes and fruitiness to balance the chewy bitters hidden in this light golden ale. The easy going maltiness was just enough to bolster the hops.

The head diminished quickly but some rocky chunks stayed on the surface. It was constantly fizzing but not enough to keep it thick.

This was very refreshing and did not have a chance to come up to room temp in my mug.

Cannot wait to try the IIPA.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottleneck says Bottled 08/30/13.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Spotty lacing sticks to the glass.

S- Citrusy hop aroma that has notes of pineapple juice and orange. Also a bit of malt and booze.

T- The bitterness sinks in immediately and does more to suppress the tropical fruit flavors than enhance them. The alcohol is well-concealed though. The lingering bitterness is the dominant force and, while not unwelcome, creates a one-dimensional flavor profile.

M- Sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- I saw someone refer to this as their "Pliny killer" in a thread a while ago. Though my bottle isn't the freshest, neither was my bottle of Pliny I had and I wouldn't say this is even in the same league. Good but not mind-blowing.

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Photo of guityler83
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: A dense finger of bright white head formed when poured into an english style pint glass. Retention was low/moderate but when it fell it left a coat of foam on the entire edge of the glass with no dry spots. The beer is a light copper color with a mild amount of haze. A few particles of hop sediment settled in the bottom of the glass.

S: Huge, bright citrus, reisen and pine hop aroma comes off even when poured into the glass. Think mango, passion fruit and pine with an underlying 'dankness'. Behind the big hop aroma I get a toasty malt note but it is very faint.

T: Big bold reisinous bitterness that clings on your pallet from the first sip. The pine and tropical passion fruit hop flavors come through in the middle and stay very consistant with the aroma. The hop flavor is very round and there is a bit of the oniony flavor but it never gets harsh or unpleasent. The toasty, bread crust malt backbone flavors are enough to support the hops and work to make it very drinkable.

M: Low to moderate body that feels bigger with the reisinous hop oils lingering on the pallet. carbonation is middle of the road.

O: This is an American IPA done right. Big aroma, flavorfull, bitterness firm but not overpowering with a malt backbone to support the whole thing. Fat Head is doing some killer stuff.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a relatively clear golden copper color with a finger of light tan head, fantastic retention and near perfect lacing. An incredibly thick/dense outer ring remains 10-15 minutes after the pour with a very thin layer of head across the surface.

S - Light grapefruit/lemony/orange citrus aromas, sweet rindy notes. Decent bit of resinous/spiced nose.

T - Lots of dry bitterness up front, spicey rinds followed quickly by a wallop of citrus. Middle/finish of the beer is all spiced heavy rinds - very resinous. Superbly resinous/bitter through the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied, this along with the flavor profile and good carbonation make it quite drinkable.

O - Resinous bitterness is very refreshing but takes a bit away from the drinkability. This is one hell of a resinous bitter IPA.

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Photo of rievelx6
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- poured into a glass has a nice golden orange color with little off white head that dissipates quickly.

S- Very good smelling beer citrus hops and some pines.

T- Taste match the smell with citrus hops and pines has very good taste.

M- Little bit on the lower side of carbonation pretty good body nice bitterness.

O- Overall this is a very good IPA definitely will be getting some more soon.

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Photo of corby112
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to sideshowe for hooking me up with these bottles.

Pours a slightly hazy, bright golden orange color with lighter golden yellow edges and a half finger, white foam head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring.  Streaks of spotty lacing left behind.

Dank floral hop aroma with a boat load of citrus and tropical fruit notes followed by pale biscuit malt.  Earthy with some grass and pine needle followed by grapefruit, pineapple, mango and blood orange.  The nose has a nice balance of resinous oils, earthy grass, citrus fruit and pale malt.  

Fuller bodied than expected with stronger hop bitterness than the aroma suggests.  There's a blast of dank, earthy hop resins up front with sticky grass, pine needle and spruce tip flavors.  Nice amount of dry bitterness that lingers over the sweeter notes and pale malt into a bone dry finish.  Floral and perfume like at first followed by tropical and citrus fruit sweetness.  This isn't as strong as in the nose but nicely balances things out with some pineapple, grapefruit and orange zest.  Pale malt backbone adds balance without hindering the hop flavor.  Some bread and a decent amount of biscuit-like flavor.  Clean, crisp and pretty easy to drink but the bitterness could be balanced a little more by the sweeter fruit notes.  Still, this is a very good beer that I could session for long periods of time.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, no clear bottling date, at bd Mongolian BBQ in Coventry (Cleveland OH). Poured into an unlabeled pint glass. This is the third time I've had this beer, but the first time I'm feeling like reviewing this.

Review #261.

Pours a nice copper-orange body with a 2cm white head, decent retention, nothing special. Looks like a typical IPA to me, rings of lacing stick around on the glass as I drink this beer down.

Smells quite hoppy- citrus and pine primarily. Some orange and lemon up front with pine at the end, mixed in with a fairly decent but not substantial bready malt backbone.

Flavour is actually fairly mild- mostly citrus and biscuits, finishing off with hints of pine. Fairly hoppy, but overall quite balanced and not skewed in any one department.

Smooth, drinkable, medium bodied with good carbonation. Not particularly resinous but leaves a fairly nice dry feel on the palate. No hint of alcohol.

Fairly good regional IPA, it gets a lot of love on here and I kind of get it.. but its certainly not among the best I've had. It's not mindblowingly good, while its a very well constructed, balanced IPA with good flavours. But well, maybe I just need to get into that proper Cleveland mindset.

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Photo of DeFaz
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't normally expect much from little known breweries, but after having their autumn seasonal, I had to give this a try.

Appearance: Not an exceptional color, but the head pours 2+ inches and slowly recedes, leaving impressive lacing.

Smell: Very fresh, and all about the hops. Citrus, particularly grapefruit standing out. No alcohol in the smell.

Taste: Wow. This beer is powerful. The hops provide citrus flavors, namely pineapple and grapefruit. It is balanced? For an IPA, I guess, if hops being balanced by more hops makes sense (which with the hop trend currently going on, yes). This tastes great.

Mouthfeel; Really nice drinkability here with the thickness and carbonation just right. It finishes bitter and dry, but this is a hoppy beer.

Overall: I'm impressed. The flavors are great, the mouthfeel is great, the appearance is great, and the smell is great. I'd put this up there with 90 minute as one of the best IPAs available, and I'm especially impressed given that this is a small brewery. Bravo.

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

12oz bottle dated 10/3/13 poured into an IPA glass
A: Solid orange with a full 2+ finger head and a steady stream of carbonation
S: Lots of hops, pine & some lemon, rounded out with herbs & dried flowers
T: Again hop-forward, matches the nose along with the herbs/flowers but adds a nice grain/caramel element underneath. Very balanced
M: Medium-bodied, crisp, a touch bitter
O: Really well-made & a pleasure to drink

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Photo of beertunes
3.54/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Kurmaraja for this one. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a medium hazy bright gold color with about 1/3 inch of white that had moderate retention and good lacing.

The aroma was mostly sharp hops, mainly citrus and cat with some light pine in the background. No real malt in the nose. Pretty much the same story on the tongue, citrus, cat pee, and the gentle pine, and just the faintest malt presence.

The body was pretty typical for the style, crisp, clean, and dry. The bitterness lingered a bit too long on the finish for my tastes. Drinkability was pretty good, I could see having a few of these if I were in a hoppy mood. Overall, a very good example of the style. Is it an elite level beer? I don't know. But, I do know if this were available regularly to me, it would be on my rotation. Certainly worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of sublimesipping
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The pride of Pittsburgh- for beer-Even if brewed in Ohio. Had it on tap 2 years ago at Fatheads southside. Now thanks to my iron city in-laws gave procured multiple bottles. Let me first say there is no other IIPA that can hold a candle to this beer'S aroma- pungent pine, spruce, freshly cut grass. I would buy for the aroma itself. Great bitterness and mouthfeel and the flavor lingers of summer evergreen nights and bitter grapefruit mornings. Great balance and finish. Have had it on tap and most recently in bottle. This review orompted by cellar temp drinking. So so good and satisfying. A hidden gem, kinda like the iron city. Find it in pittsburgh and not much farther but so worth the physical and beer drinking trip. Cheers

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Photo of Kadonny
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass. I got a case of this rare gem (around these parts anyway) from Kunda Beverage who somehow got a few fresh cases in. Beer was dated 2 weeks prior when purchased.

A: A golden orange color with a one finger white fully head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Tropical fruit and citrus hops just jump out at you. Slight pine and darker smells mix with the malt. Great smelling beer.

T: The tropical and citrus hops just pop with mango, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit along with some pine notes. The malt is heavy with a caramel sweetness that is subdued from the hops. The finish keeps hoppy with pine bitterness and some earthy tones. Lots going on here, great balance.

M: Full, coating, prickly, slight alcohol, just fantastic.

O: Such a well balanced but super hoppy beer made in the west coast style. If you like tropical hoppy beers, this one is for you. Fantastic, fantastic IPA.

I wish I could get this everyday here in eastern PA. If I could, it would be a staple in my fridge. Excellent beer.

Edit: 1/21/2016. Well, this is now available in our area and I couldn't be happier. This is one kick ass IPA. Some additional notes to my above review based on my home tapped keg dated 2 weeks ago, talk about fresh.

On the nose I am picking up the tropical fruits and citrus, but also I'm getting some dank weed smell and even a little cat piss mixed in. The nose is just amazing. Taste is similar with some more weed flavor mixed in with the other flavors. Still, really, really, really freaking good.

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