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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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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%

Huge thanks to my friend Jay for this Ohio find! 64 oz growler into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color. The head is two fingers high and white in shade. While retention isn't fantastic, it does have a sticky texture which leaves behind a ton of lacing on the glass. (3.5)

Smell: There's nothing like a fresh IPA, especially when they have such a vibrant hop melange. There's a little bit of everything here: tropical fruits, orange, grapefruit, pine, and herbs. Hints of the biscuity malt tie everything together quite well. Powerfully pungent; smells like a total winner. (4.25)

Taste: On the flavor profile, I'm picking up more grapefruit than anything else. Still, not a bad thing by any means. The finishing bitterness is quite healthy - actually, it's more than that. It's totally biting and intense. But in a good way! Technically, there aren't any stand-out notes: it's just another big, bitter grapefruit-and-pine IPA. Where it succeeds (with flying colors) is how well defined the hop flavors are, and how well concealed the malt is. IPAs are all about showing off the hops, and this does a superb job of that. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: Very light on the palate, with the dryness keeping the residual sugar at bay. Yet, the hops giving a long, resinous back end. It's so bitter, in fact, it becomes slightly hard to drink at times. Carbonation is good. (4)

Overall: As a personal note, I'm starting to move away from the grapefruit-forward IPAs. But to dismiss this simply due to my own tastes would be ridiculous. It's a fantastically made punch to the face. Hop sissies need not apply; those who enjoy a vicious grapefruit attack (and a scorched earth palate) will absolutely fall in love with this. (4.25)

4.19/5: Help! My tongue has been stabbed by hops!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a relatively clear, orange color with a thick, compact, doughy, white head. Lines and bands of lacing. Aroma is filled with pungent, musty oranges and onion notes. Spicy hops. Soft, sweet, sugary malt. Flavor just smacks you with upfront citrus. Grapefruit uprising. Piney and grassy and hempy. Tropical fruitiness (mango, specifically) is detectable but starts to burn off by the aggressive bitterness. A submissive maltiness is a bit toasty. Percussive bitterness. Moderate carbonation. Resinous. It always feels good to finally nab a beer you've been eyeing and it also isn't a letdown. This beer is mightily hoppy. Bottled offering.

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Photo of Jmitchell3
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

FatHead's Headhunter IPA. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass.

A: Deep golden color, light white frothy head that dissipated quickly. Looks like some poor filtering as there is hop material that made it into the bottle and into my glass. A bit of a turn-off. 6/10
S: Wow, major fruit, grapefruit and citrus notes with some floral and a hint of dankness. Awesome aroma. Reminds me of Stone's enjoy by. 9/10
T: Bitterness through and through. only lightly malty with hops front and center. Some fruitiness, but not significant. clean flavors. 7/10
M: medium body, some hop astringency on the finish. a bit harsher than I'd like. 6/10
O: A nice IPA. Could use some work to clean up bottling practices at this small local Ohio brewery. Needs to be crystal clear, with only a hint of yeast haze if it is bottle conditioned. Great deep golden color, phenomenal aroma and clean flavors. A cleaner aftertaste would be preferable. I'd drink another though. 7/10 or 3.75 stars.

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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 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 jmdrpi
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%

12 oz bottle, no date

pours a clear golden color, bright white head. good head retention, and it leaves rings of lacing. nice strong hoppy aroma - floral, citrus. just a touch of malt in the taste before the same hoppy flavors take over. neither sweet nor dry. medium body and carbonation, appropriate for the style. overall - nice flavors and balance.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Appearance: Copperish amber. Leaves an OK head lace. Some
Smell: Grapefruit.
Taste: Bitter pine, citrus, and grapefruit.

This is awesome. This is an IPA. The smell is massively grapefruit. The taste is a mix of lots of pine, grapefruit, citrus, and a citrus rind. It's delightfully bitter. If you like hops, IPAs, or a nice bitter aftertaste, this is hard to match. I would definitely get this again.

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Photo of stephens101
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours with a rolling, huge, off-white head. Color is a clear amber. Smells of resin, pine and subtle peach. Tastes earthy with a wave of citrus, a slight chalkiness, orange peel and subdued spice. Medium-bodied with a touch of alcohol heat. Straight up IPA awesomeness.

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

Big Thanks to Michael Gabor for letting me taste this one!

This is like drinking a hop massacre, so many hops went into this beer it's hard not to appreciate it if you're a big hop head. Appears a beautiful amber orange color with some redish highlights. It smells fantastic giant hop dankness and resin, grapefruit, a whole bouquet of citrus in the nose. Taking a sip, this beer might have the longest journey I've tasted from beginning to the finish. It starts with that nice light pineapple and peach, some orange, moves into mango and citrus peel, keeps going on the tongue into a burnt hop phase, then caramel, then the malt and hops finish together with some VERY pleasant bitterness. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and gives it a huge prickly and tingling sensation in the mouth, medium to full bodied for an IPA.

Overall I think they should have called this stupidly aggressive hop attack, Hop Massacre, but what do I know? I just drink the stuff. Exceptional IPA.

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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 themind
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pineapple, citrus, pine, punch in the face is very tasty. A good, dry hop profile really makes for a crisp tasting IPA. This beer has excellent carbonation giving an enjoyable, balanced mouthfeel.. The beer pours a small head and looks amazing in the goblet. This brew lives up to its ratings and I would seek it out again.

Bottom Line: Great IPA!

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Photo of cbutova
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed during the last week when out of service area/Wifi in WY/UT. Full phone notes taken at the Watchman Campground, Zion National Park, UT.

A- Stubby 12oz bottle poured into a chalice with a yellow body and some yeast haze unsettles as its poured. A cap crowns the beer with a frothy foamy texture and fair retention. A ring remains depositing small sheets and spots of lacing.

S- Hops burst out of the bottle after I open iingand from the glass as I pour. Strong notes of grapefruit, citrus, lemon and tangerine with hints of melon, floral and pine. Some grainy malts in the backdrop.

T- The pine certainly shifts closer to the strong side of things but the main players are still citrus and stone fruit. It is not a juicy fruit bomb as the bitter pine and zesty citrus hops provide an edge. Notes of grapefruit, orange, strong bitter lemon peel, melon, dank, floral and resinous hops. Light pale cracked grains and sweetness provide a pedestal for the hops.

MF- Moderately thick body with a creamy and foamy texture that isn't chewy but some good puffiness forms on the palate. Carbonation is high with a nice crisp touch that accentuates the medium high bitter finish.

This is my second bottle of this beer and I am glad I reviewed this one. The aggressive citrus hops are dominant but layers of other hop notes mix in nicely. This shows that modern IPAs dont jusy have to be a hop fruit juice. Packs a nice punch but delivers waves of flavor.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz shorty brown bottle. Label consists of literally of a bright blue sky with clouds forming and the typical but great Fat Head sitting directly in the middle of the label. His style this time is of a tribal head hunter. Face paint, piercings, shades and all. Just more fun artwork from Fat Heads. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - fairly clear amber gold with bright golden highlights in the light. I say clear, but look close and see the tiny specs of haze particles moving about. Minimal but there. Bright white head forms nice on the pour settling to a bubbly yet clumpy ring of lacing leaving thin but plentiful stick.

S - big tropical fruit in the nose. Absolutely gushes the nose with sweet pineapple and mango goodies flowing into a kick of grapefruit, orange and pine resin. Sweet malt and slightly bready undertones lay off a complex yet very balanced nose.

T - this displays big time bitterness in the flavor profile. Suddenly those lush sweet tropical notes found in the nose turn to more grapefruit and pine resin. Like a grenade packed full of explosive bitterness going off in your mouth. Some slight pineapple toward the finish with the malt backbone turned nearly completely down. Spme floral notes and boozy alcohol spice as this warms. This is a hop heads flavor profile where the nose is more a balancing act. If you like sturdy, resinous pine and grapefruit bitterness in the mouth this is for you.

M - nice medium to full bodied with a good mouthfeel. Not quite as thick as the aroma would suggest maybe, but still near perfect for what they were aiming for with big bitter flavors and a more west coast feel. Coats very well and still comes off to me as refreshing on this humid summer night.

O - Head Hunter is a world class brew no doubt. It has me blown away with its aroma and yet even after turning into a completely different take through the flavor profile it still produces some fine results all the way around. Fat Heads brew some very good stuff and Head Hunter is up there with the best of them. A great year round offering but must be enjoyed fresh. It took me awhile to find it fresh, but drinking a few of these less than 2 weeks old really made the wait worthwhile. A must try! And one ill enjoy again.

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Photo of sfprint
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: light tea orange with moderate carbonation, seafoam head and flakes of yeast floating around the glass.
S: Beautiful, piney, moderately sweet pineapple.
T: Barely bitter, pine trees, with a hint of twig tea. wet wood
M: Slight roughness, and an interesting sharpness in the carbonation.
O: Well made!

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from the 7.9.14 batch, enjoyed out of a teku

A: this looks absolutely radiant in the glass: bright golden orange with faint hues of copper. not much head or lacing, but very bubbly

S: great blend of aromas. there are notes of candied oranges and marmalade, and notes of sweet, peppery onions or chives. all of that is tied to a thick, concentrated smell of piney, resiny hops.

T: grapefruit pith, some of those candied oranges from the nose, and juicy, resiny hops. the finish is dry and bitter.

M: star of the show. it's light and refreshing, but creamy, smooth, and full-bodied. pretty much the epitome of a beer that's flavorful, refreshing, and endlessly drinkable.

O: this beer is proof that all is not lost in Ohio

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

Bottle date 7/9/2014. I had to double check, as I never thought I would get to try this beer at a week old.

This beer is just silly. I cannot believe how amazing this beer is, especially when it is this fresh. Completely blew me away. As soon as I popped the cap, this aroma of amazing hop-fuitness floral-citrusness hit my nasal cavity and I started salivating immediately as I poured it into a glass. The mouthfeel of this is so intense. Remember swish and spit in gradeschool? Imagine taking whole cone hops, soaking them in grapefruit and pineapple juice, and swishing them around your mouth. That is what it is like, except this time you get to swallow it :)

Damn near perfect.

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

Pours an effervescent gold with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Good lacing & great head retention

S: Grapefruit, pine, some breadyness & floral notes

T: Grapefruit, breadyness, a little pineyness & dryness up front. Grapefruit pith, breadyness & a little mango as this warms. Grapefruit, dryness & a little bit of woody hops in the finish

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation; great balance

Drinks easy, great, IPA

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Single bottle, bottled on date was too smeared to read. [re-reviewed, bottle dated 9-14-15, again, very smeared]

Appearance: Pours a clear amber/light copper [dark gold, really] with a 1/4" rocky, off-white [white] head. Streams of tiny bubbles flow upward [less visible carbonation] , and lasting lacing lingers on the glass.

Aroma: Pineapple, mango, grapefruit. This is a tropical "fruit bomb." [Second time around, I'd emphasize the resinous/dank character more, but the kiwi/pineapple still definitely there].

Taste: Arrival is bitter (?) and slightly fruity. Tight & bitter across mid-palate, with hints of maltiness. Dry, bitter, almost woody/green finish. [Super bitter and] Utterly imbalanced. [Still the same; the malt weight and texture are there, but there is no sweetness to speak of]

Mouthfeel: Solidly mid-weight. with firm but not overpowering effervescence [much less carbonation this time around; very clean-finishing].

Overall: This was really talked up. In terms of aroma, it met and exceeded my expectations. But the malt profile is a little lacking for me. I like balance, and this is not balanced. For those who really like the West-coast IPA style, I can see this being off the charts. [Still true; among the three big Ohio Single IPAs, this is a tie for second with Columbus IPA; Columbus is danker/more piney, more malty and less bitter; still, white Rajah is my go-to Ohio single IPA. This bottle was less than a month old, and the bitterness was off the charts].

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Photo of fmccormi
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a fat tulip; there’s a bottling date of June 2, 2014 printed in yellow ink on the side of this bottle, making it just under three weeks old at 20 days (“BOTTLED ON 06/02/14 13 19”).

Appearance (3.5): Two fingers of ecru foam caps a glowing, rich golden body with orange highlights boasting a pretty steady stream of bubbles making their way to the top. The head sticks around for an average period of time, showing moderate retention. Not a ton of lacing, really at all actually, but some suds do stick around here and there in loose legs and scattered patches of thin foam.

Smell (4.25): Beautifully floral, slightly dank, and very fruity: papaya and sweet mango, hibiscus, dankly faint onion, caramelized pineapple, sugar cookies, a tiny bit of something nutty, and juuust a little sappy pine resin to cap it all off.

Taste (4.0): More or less following the nose, the palate bears a pretty solid but well-integrated bitterness that emerges from the dank character. Citrus zest bitterness leads off, followed by a shot of the smooth, sweet fruit (pineapple and a bit of mango), followed by a sliiightly oniony, spicy dank character that opens up to lead into a solidly bitter, pine/resin-y dank finish that carries for a good amount of time. There’s some malt character in here, too, but it’s subtle in comparison to the hops: a little bit of pineapple upside-down cake and a dry biscuit note lay low but still anchor the hops just a bit. No booze is particularly noticeable, and the yeast component is very neutral.

Mouthfeel (4.75): This has an outstanding feel! The carbonation comes in with a quick prickle before resolving, moving into a smooth, lasting, velvety feel before washing out. The hoppy bitterness dries out the body substantially, making the otherwise pretty medium-weighted body go down very easily. Increadily easy to drink—way, way too easy.

Overall (4.0): This is, on its face, a technically excellent IPA, I think. It doesn’t really blow me away, though, in any regard. That said, every part of it is enjoyable (thought the lacing was unexpectedly lackluster), and it’s a beer that I would recommend to any IPA lover—especially those that like spicier ones. I'd be willing to bet that this is stupidly good on cask.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 6/12/14 and poured 6/22/14. $10 four pack.

Appearance: Pours a light amber with some floaters. Pretty heavy carbonation, unexpectedly. Two finger head doesn't last long, and there is very little lacing. A bit of a disappointment, but it's only the appearance.

Smell: Man, this stuff is fresh. Massive citrus and pine... major West Coast IPA vibe coming through with this beer. Pineapple sort of aromas creep through as well. Phenomenal. "Bursting", as they say.

Taste/feel: Screamin'. This truly does have a West Coast IPA flavor, and it says it right on the bottle. While a lot of IPAs brewed in the Midwest have a maltier profile, this one's almost all about the hops. Pungent and in-your-face. Pine, grapefruit, and pineapple. Super dry finish with a hefty lingering bitterness. Nice body with a moderate carbonation. Malt is more obvious in the nose and a little more on the tongue as the beer warms up a bit... that's when I enjoy this most.

As far as West Coast regular IPAs out there, this is probably the best one I've had, due probably in large part to this beer's freshness. I PERSONALLY like my IPAs with a little more malt balance, but this is still an outstanding beer. The bitterness mellows out a touch as it warms, and malt comes through, but it is still definitely an IPA that's more bitter than many others.

If you like unrelenting IPAs and are a self-proclaimed hophead who wants a beer that tastes like sucking on a hopcone, here ya go. I really enjoy this beer (ESPECIALLY the aroma), and I like it more as it warms for about ten to fifteen minutes. Buy it if you find it.

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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 miamibrewer
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You can definitely smell the cascade and taste the simcoe. It's light to medium with quarter inch head. It's a beautiful light copper color (probably crystal 20 or 30 in the malt). Overall great IPA. Will definitely be added to my regular rotation (if it ever gets any cheaper)!

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