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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

Added by WVbeergeek on 06-19-2009

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Reviews: 588 | Ratings: 4,131
Photo of hillvt4me
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from the bottle.

A: nice white head and solid lacing with a golden amber hue.

S: strong tropical fruit and hops. Pineapple and pine are rather pungent.

T: strong pineapple, citrus and notes of pine hops. Bitterness is rather balanced.

M: Dry and bitter citrus and medium bodied and carbonation.

O: A real solid IPA; which is becoming and has been the norm for most established breweries.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with just under a finger of head. Sticky lacing left behind. Color is a burnt orange color. Moderate active carbonation.

Smell: Big fruity, floral front of pineapple, kiwi, mangos, and tangerines. Impressive bouquet on the front sets up a pleasant caramel malt body. Moderate pine and resin hop tones pick up on the back end to really bring the aroma full circle.

Taste: A very rounded front of chewy malt and hop tones of some darker fruits. Brighter hops shine through on the body and continue to buzz the palate long after drinking. Pine hop tones disguise themselves well but provide an extra element to digest on the back end of this brew.

Mouthfeel: All the traditional tones of a west coast ipa make themselves known at some point. Bright fruits transition to a solid malt body which is rounded out by some well done pine accents. Carbonation is lightly done which plays well here.

Overall: Exactly what a great west coast IPA should be. Lots of different levels to this brew. Love this brighter tones which get balanced well by the malt and pine.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has a great golden look with good everything and a great citrus smell. Only reason I downgrade the taste is because it's to bitter but has a good citrus taste as well. Creamy but crisp feel with a full body. Pretty good but like I said, to bitter for all the other taste.

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Photo of markgugs
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass, extra'd courtesy of great BA member Madcap74

A: Pours what I consider the ideal color for an IPA, the "Arnold Palmer" half lemonade/half iced tea color. Great head, decent retention, but loads of enticing, sticky lacing that never goes away.

S: Strong grassy aroma, slight dankness like fresh wet vegetation. Nice grain presence.

T/M: Big piney hops, some citric grapefruit tang, additional bitterness from burnt malts and just the right amount of sweetness along the lines of toasted caramel. Creamy, lush body, a real easy-drinker.

O: A lot of hype for this IPA, and this brewery, so I was pretty psyched to get one as an extra. No bottle date, but I'm near-certain it was very fresh (certainly tasted fresh). Superb brew, serious hop bite, yet extremely well-balanced and each sip leaves you wanting more. Would love this one again and again.

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

Pours a clear orange with some yeast sediment, two fingers of white foam that settles to a thin ring with big splotches of lace on the glass. Smell: grapefruit rind, apricot, big simcoe dank blast. Taste: tangerine, tropical note, rindy, soft biscuit in the back. Sweet, drying finish. Well done.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle received in trade with iguenard - thanks!

Appearance - Slightly hazy gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, apricots, grapefruits, tangerine/orange zest

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, grapefruits, and hops. There is also some caramel and apricots and oranges/tangerines.

Overall - Tastes kind of like a Sculpin mixed with a Red Racer. Very good stuff that I would love to have access to locally.

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Photo of dar482
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a clear reddish amber.

The aroma has some stone fruits like nectarine and peach, orange peel, some sweet tropical notes. Big hits of dankness on the end.

The flavor hits of immediate grapefruit bitterness. Hints of sweet citrus and then some sour pineapple and mangos. A light white bready malt. The finish stays aggressively bitter of grapefruit juice and peel, almost some spiciness and floral in there as well. Almost a white wine drying as well. It's an extremely bitter IPA.

A fruity and very West Coast bitter IPA. Next to Columbus IPA and White Rajah, White Rajah won out slightly over this.

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Photo of lochef81
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one of my goal beers on my Ohio buying trip and I was not disappointed. This ale pours a very cloudy copper color with a ton of sediment (god I love unfiltered beers). The head is off white and short lasting but the lacing is quite substantial. The nose is a delicious blend of bitter hops; both citrus and pine. This offering smells very fresh and lively. The taste totally follows suit; all hops. It is a sparkling delicious and fresh ipa. Not complex but awesomely is what it is. Think hopslam but smoother and a little less in your face. This is a great beer and will pick up every time I'm in Ohio.

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Photo of GJ40
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Melts in Independence, OH.

Beautiful golden color with excellent clarity and a small white head and great lacing. Nice citrus and tropical fruits in the nose. Outstanding hop flavor with excellent complexity and a moderate bitterness. The flavors echo well after you've swallowed. A creamy, smooth consistency.

It's nice to see such great west coast IPAs coming out of other parts of the country.

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4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle to small snifter. Bottled on 12/27/13. Sampled 09FEB14.

[A] Head Hunter pours with a pretty copper orange body, mostly clear, and a nice 2 1/2 finger high ivory colored head. Retention is spectacular. Lacing is well above-average.

[S] The first pour gives of bright hop aromas covering an impressive blend of all the major bases: Tropical, citrus & pine. The second pour, after a bit of warming, begins to lose the tropical aspect, focusing on the pine, and then adding just a bit of a raw, dank scallion flavor. Just a bit.

[T] Same flavors as the aromas mentioned above. The balance between sweetness and bitterness is wonderful. It's hard to believe they're packing 87 IBU's into this.

[M] I love the mouthfeel. The body is quite substantial. Carbonation adds a modest bite. Plus, there is a slight hop oil slickness that coats the tongue which extends the mouthfeel and flavor. Then the dryness sets in. Practically perfect.

[O] Even at a month and a half, this beer is pretty damn good, although the first, colder half was quite a bit better than the second half. Wish this beer made it out to SEPA more often.

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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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Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
4.33 out of 5 based on 4,131 ratings.
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