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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

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4,154
Avg:
4.33
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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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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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Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
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