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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 | website

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

Slightly oily body that is a mix of gold and orange full of citrus taste. The carb is on point and helps guide the hop profile across the palate. This IPA is west coast all the way. Distinctly bitter that is delicious cold and becomes a bit overpowering as it warms.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clean and beautiful amber in appearance, this West Coast-style IPA pours with a huge head of off-white foam and an exquisite amount of detailed lace.

Aroma is stunning and intoxicatingly hop-forward. All the floral, citrus, and pine loveliness you can imagine.

Taste is pure West Coast, as in big heavy hops resins with plenty of acidic bite and notes of sour grapefruit and pine.

Exquisite and a sure winner for serious hop-heads.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Clear orange, nicely carbonated, two finger head.

S-Hops, citrus, grass, grapefruit, slight malt as well. What you want out of an IPA.

T-Wonderful well balanced IPA. Has a strong malt presence but but earthy and citrus hops. Ends with a nice bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated and hop resins.

O-A great IPA, one of the best out there. Balance and the range of hop flavors was great.

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

12 oz bottle, generously shared by someone at Hunahpu Day 2013.

A- Pours a clear golden color, topped with a finger of white head, leaves nice lacing.

S- Huge hop aroma with tons of fruit, grapefruit, orange, tropical fruit, as well as lots of pine resin, as well as a bit of caramel malt. The fruitiness on this is really, really amazing.

T- Very bitter, lots of pine resin and grapefruit peel, the citrus and tropical fruit are still present but are only slightly toned down compared to the aroma, malty sweetness is subtle.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth with a dry finish.

O- Despite its huge bitterness this is still a very drinkable beer, the hop profile is killer, a great beer overall. The fruitiness also is just awesome, overall this is one of the better Midwestern IPAs I've had in a very, very long time.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A: The body is a deep golden yellow with a one finger off white head.

S: Very potent. There is a dominate pine aroma with subtle citrus and caramel.

T: Good not great. It is an unbalanced hop bomb. Heavy citrus, pine and hop bitterness. There is almost nothing tasted from the malt background.

M: Nice heavy body with sharp carbonation.

O: This is an good IPA. Not worth actively seeking out, but if you can get it thrown in as extras then go for it.

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Photo of brewskis
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a classic sunset orange color with a finger length white head that goes down slowly and leaves a thick lacing. Pretty good carbonation comign off the glass. Smells like an ipa should. Lots of resinous pine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, maybe some papaya. Tiny bit of a bready malt presence. Pretty dry. Taste starts with the resinous pine, grapefruit, and orange. Then there is a decent malt presence that brings some carmel and breadiness to balance it a little. Very resinous, dry finish with more pine, grapefruit, some pineapple, papaya, along with some sweetness to cut the hops. Almost like a bubblegum flavor. The hops get more abrasive as it goes down. Pretty hefty body for a single ipa. Creamy and surprisingly clean mouthfeel for such a hoppy beer due to the lively carbonation. Extremely well done ipa that lives up to the hype in my opinion..

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Photo of brian44556
4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Served at 45 degrees. Picked this one up at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati. Fathead's just started distributing to Indiana, so I will have access to this all of the time!

A - Dull orange, with a 1/4 inch white head. Nice lacing where the head once was. The smell makes the beer look better.

S - As I'm admiring the look of this beer I get a strong whiff of tropical fruit. I'm catching the smell from 3 feet away. Wonder what this was dry-hopped with? Simcoe? Columbus? Pine cone, tropical fruit, heavy citrus.

T - Pineapple, grapefruit, awesome bitterness. Simcoe, Columbus, and Centennial is a great combo. Perfectly hopped with a great malt balance.

M - Crisp and extremely drinkable at 7.5%, watch out!

O - Great beer. Now I know what all of the hype is about. Thanks Fathead's for making such a great beer.

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

Served in a bottle at Lola Bistro in Cleveland, OH

A: Pours a very slightly hazy golden orange in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some bright orange and yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops with some much lighter notes of pine/resin hops and tropical/pineapple hops. There is a very light hint of caramel malts as well.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of caramel malts with some light to moderate amounts of sweetness which is quickly overtaken by the strong hop presence - citrus/grapefruit dominates with some much lighter notes of tropical/pineapple and just a touch of pine. Moderate to heavy amounts of bitterness which linger for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a very enjoyable American IPA (possibly just on the edge of being a DIPA in my opinion) with very pleasant and strong grapefruit/citrus hops, which is a hop aroma/flavor profile that I like. I found the alcohol to be well hidden and this to be a pretty easy beer to drink.

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

Thanks to cneville for this local extra! Pours a very nice, almost perfect looking amber and copper color with pretty decent clarity. A big, foamy white head mounts itself slowly and leaves some fat lacing as it slowly crawls back down.

The aroma begins with a solid installment of heavy, heavy tropical and citrus fruits - at first, it's almost all you can smell. Pineapple would probably be the biggest, followed by some grapefruit and tangerines. The fruits induce a subtle sweetness on the nose as well as a mild, pith-like bitterness. It doesn't take long for the hops to come alive; pine, grass, and some light and spicy white pepper. Pretty West Coast-ish just from the aroma - and that's certainly a good thing. Malt is very light and subdued, I'm not really picking much up at all.

Upon the initial sip, the beer is just a touch more watery than I would have guessed, but it's not bad by any means - perhaps I just set my expectations a bit too high after that monstrous aroma. The hops hit first on the palate; white pepper, herbal, grassy, earthy, and almost a bit dirty. Pretty raw and in-your-face - I like it. The hops aren't left alone for long; citrus makes its way into the mix, coming in more so on the bitter side of things - citrus peel, pith, skins - you name it. Oranges and tangerines jump out more and more with each successive sip, and finally add a bit of sweetness - though some of that may be from the underlying malt, which also brings a mild bread and cracker flavor to the mix, albeit cowering in comparison to the hop profile. Bitter 'til the very end with just a hint of sweetness as it fades out. Slightly sticky on the palate with a medium body and medium-high carbonation.

Damn, how did this fly under the radar for so long? This beer is fantastic. Any IPA fan will go nuts for this - very tropical and fruity aromas coupled with bitter and hoppy flavor profiles make for some of the best IPAs out there. Hopheads rejoice!

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The first shipment off of the truck to Indiana has a arrived and I am reviewing the bottle. Thanks for coming to Indiana Fat Heads.

The beer was poured into a snifter and was a light copper color with a fluffy white head. Retention and lacing at the top of the class was appropriate. A huge aroma left an immediate impression with notes of grass and fruit. In terms of the initial taste, this might be the best single IPA I have ever heard. On the forefront, one detects pineapple, apple, orange, and a little grass. I can not get over hop big the grapefruit is in the initial taste. Though the taste does not seem as intense on later tastes, it is still wonderful. The mouthfeel proves to be quite bubbly which brushes away the taste all too soon. In the aftertaste, one detects orange rind and grass with a mild warming sensation. This is a really good example of the style.

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Photo of --Dom--
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a clear honey color with 3 finger white head, good retention and lacing. Smells of citra.

Taste opens with bitter grapefruit and other citrus flavors. Never really gets sweet. I'm pretty sure it's citra hops I'm tasting here. Get's more bitter on the back end. Mouthfeel is decently carbonated and just slightly sticky.

Overall I really like this beer. Drinks almost like zombie dust except slightly more bitter/less sweet, and just a little stronger. It's something I'd revisit maybe 2 or 3 times a year. Definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of ridglens
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finally got distribution of this guy, sooo happy! usually stick to "hads", but felt compelled to give this gem a full review.

A: Pours a nice lighter amber, thick head that dissipates quickly... some lacing, some legs (?) too! skipping quickly to the smell because it's already hit me and it's real good...

S: With world class west-coasters, you know you are in for a treat when you pour the beer at arms length and the smell hits you at a distance, and you do a little mental cheer as you know it's gonna be good.... this my friends is a world class example! bursting with fresh hops, loads of citrus and grapefruit. also a sweetness coming into the back, but this is full-on IPA baby, i think this might be one of the few (if any) that outsmell hopslam...

T: woah.... this thing is awesome! Tiny sip at first, blew up my taste buds but fades to bitterness quickly. Upon some bigger drinks, the grapefruit is all there, with the typical (but oustanding and abundant in this case) citrus and piny-resiny-bitterness. a little grass in there at the end, with some malt sweetness but much less than a hopslam or others... on par with pliny for sure, just had a month old one three days ago and wish i did a side-by-side (thinking this would win right now!). the orange/lemon sticks around anf fades to bitterness, and it (wonderfully) hides in the corners of your mouth.

M: pretty light, actually, but thickens as a really carbonation hits your tongue. no qualms with this one (usually pay more attention to stout mouthfeel, baring poor carbonation).

O: Guys, track this one down, seriously. This one might be a real contender for a top ipa, i'm really glad i can finally get a knock-out any time! but don't hype it to the point i can't still pick it up for $10/4 pk, ok? ;)


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Photo of Hamburgers
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark orange with big fizzy white head. Big aroma of citrus fruit, mango and spice. Flavor much more predominate. Notes of citrus and yeast. Medium body with excellent carbonation. Extremely bitter finish. Very nicely balanced though lacking in complexity.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Never heard of these guys, so I’m guessing we just got distribution (even though they’re only in the next state over); lots of GABF awards plastered on the label, so I’m predicting good things.

A: Sweet Jesus, that’s a fizzy pour – a fat, off-white head of foam stands at two fingers as bubbles fly violently around the burnt orange. Thick webs of lacing circumvent the glass, not missing a spot while the head condenses to a milky cream. Gorgeous. Note: after finishing the glass, I have to say that this is some of the best lacing I’ve seen on any beer to date – it’s literally everywhere.

S: The dankest of the dank: the scent of pine needles and fresh-cut grass erupt from the glass. Dense, powerful, and purely West Coast. A light vanilla sweetness is evident underneath, mixing with the less dominant, fruity hop notes – strawberry, lime, pineapple – to give this a wonderful fruit-and-cream dessert quality (all beneath the massive resins of the hops, of course).

T&M: This palate is a treat for any fan of this seemingly done-to-death style – each sip relishes in the taste, not just the bitterness, of the hop. A bright, delicious spiciness of pepper, pine, and citrus zest fill the senses with a complex profile, tightening the palate with astringency only for a moment. A quick burst of carbonation accompanies the mouth-puckering but subsides quickly, leaving a taste that’s (unfortunately) unfamiliar in this style: a chewy, earthy, leafy grass flavor that can only be attributed to the hop. A flavor that’s as natural and fulfilling as any you’d find in an IPA, especially one with a purported 87 IBUs; I love it. Malt tastes take a back seat here, but they do wonders to fill out the feel and provide some balance (emphasis: some) with toasted grain flavors: granola and faint honey provide a sizeable base for the hops to stand on. Finishes with a flavor of wheat bread and astringent tea, drying slightly but remaining pretty mellow overall.

O: Yesterday I’d never heard of them, but today I’m singing their praises: this is one of the best IPAs I’ve had in a long time. It has an organic quality to it that reminds me that beer is just that: organic, a mixture of natural material. And what a product Fat Head’s has created with a little help from nature…

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Photo of BeernDrum
4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely one of the best IPAs out there. At first pour a nice amber color with nice head. Not overly carbonated. Smells of citrus and pine. At first taste a bitter yet delicious grapefruit hits the palette. The seconds taste and you are sucked in and nothing else matters. This stuff is great. Second only to Zombie Dust. For me this is easy to get. zombie Dust is harder than hell to find so this is my first choice. A must try for true IPA lovers.

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Photo of admiral1
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My favorite IPA. This beer smells wonderful, pours with a firm head and the finish is a hopheads dream. Living outside the Burgh, I've been to Fatheads a couple times and they never had this on tap! Always out. Now that they are bottling it, I love the availabilty of it. Alittle high priced, But LIFE'S TO SHORT TO DRINK CHEAP BEER! Tried to order a sixtel and was told they quit filling sixtels. BUMMER!! Maybe splurge on a 1/4 sometime.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Scott for this bottle.

A: Darker brown than I anticipated. Two finger head.

S: wow. Pineapple orange grapefruit. bright hops with some sweet malt.

T: Ok... it doesn't taste as good as it smells. but it's still great. it's hoppy but its also malty. I prefer my IPA a bit less balanced and more refreshing. Pine bitterness towards the end is quite nice. Tropical hops up front, sweet malt, then bittering hops near the end.
M: solid. Nicely carbed. dry.

O: very very solid but not my favorite. Heady > Head Hunter.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Thanks for the trade, maximumu13!

A- Pours a mostly clear (maybe a little haze) light-ish orange amber, with a big puffy off-white head. Excellent appearance.

S- Big pine hops dominate. Resinous. A little citrus. Not much of a malt component.

T/M- This is one bitter IPA. I like the bitterness, but it might not be for everybody. Pine is the dominant hop flavor again. Earthy. Woody, almost. Very clean. Not much malt presence. Astringent. Drying. Mouthfeel and carbonation are both medium. Long, bitter finish.

O- Like I said, this is a super bitter IPA, so if you like the bitterness you'll like it, and if not, you won't. The earthy, almost woody flavor is interesting and not something you see in the style every day. I'd say it's not as complex as the best of the best, but it's a very nice IPA.

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Photo of Omnium
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adam's Alpine Spring 16oz glass

A - Pours a golden yellow-orange, two finger head, thick lacing.

S - Fresh, juicy hops, pineapple, orange peel, big time grapefruit, light pine, good amount of floral traits present as well.

T - Bright flavors going on here that give way to the bite of aggressive hop bitterness. Pineapple is the most noticeable fruit taste here, just absolutely delicious. You also get that lush grapefruit flavor that gives to mild bitterness afterward. The powerful hopping and IBU's still resonate on your palate long after you've taken that gulp.

M - Incredible. A full feeling ale that is bursting with flavor, take a large sip and gulp it down in succession to gather all the goodness this beer has.

O - So far in my quest of IPA's, this beer takes the crown. It has won prestigious awards for a reason. The day Fat Head's opened their production brewery should be treated as a national holiday. It is a nearly perfect example of what a great IPA should aspire to be. People that think Pliny is the best, need to have this beer and have their palate's re-examined. It actually tastes and feels like it has all the qualities of an Imperial IPA, but packed in at a more moderate 7.5%. My ONLY complaint about this brew is that the bitterness can hang on a bit longer than you want.
This is just another feather in the cap of Pittsburgh's great breweries, and I feel privileged to have ready access to such an amazing brewery.

Also take note that this beer is year round, and for most PA and Ohio residents, this beer isnt too hard to grab. People get excessively excited about seasonal IPA brews, and overpay and over-hype it because its so darn hard to get. This IPA is as every bit as good as those, and much more obtainable. If you can get it, do it, I doubt you'll regret it.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-golden amber color with a ice white head and good lacing

S-pine, grapefruit, malt, slightly herbal

T-grapefruit, pine, caramel malt, slightly floral, nice bitter hoppy finish

F-medium body and moderate carbonation, crisp and slightly astringent

O-a nice solid IPA with good balance, easy drinking

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Photo of azdback
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Bright orange with yellow highlights. Millions of medium sized carbonation bubbles lead to a small one finger head that is more tan than it is white in color and creamy and rocky in appearance. Lace seems to want to play and is sticking very well.

Smell is very bright and full of citrus and pine. Yellow grapefruit, pineapple and some more mellowed smells of mango. Just a fantastic nose. Reminds me of fresh Union Jack.

Taste is bitter and a bit of a sneaker at that. First flavors I get are mellow bitter and mild malt. Then the swallow goes deeper on the tongue and gets the tart of a yellow grapefruit and as it goes down a sweeter flavor of pineapple and mango come out. There is just a hint of alcohol as well.

Mouth is crisp with a thin body and medium to high carbonation. Finish is on the long side and a bit wrecking of the palate. Very nice though.

Overall I am very happy to get the chance at this one. It doesn't have a very large distribution so to get a 4 pack of this in Arizona I can only thank rpbuckey for the chance at this hop lovers gem.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Clear golden orange, slight haze upon swirl. A massive three finger white head with good retention.

S- Intense citrus. A ton of pineapple, pine, lemon, mango. A sugary sweet malt backbone. Delightful stuff.

T- A slight bitterness at front. A tong of citrus to this beer. A massive grapefruit flavor to it. A ton of pineapple, lemon and pine as well. A massively hopped west coast style IPA. The citrus is really extenuated by a sugary sweet malt backbone that work to enhance the hop profile.

M- Bitter and extremely dry. But drinkable. A hop bite on the tongue.

O- An incredible IPA. A hop forward IPA but not big enough to where it is undrinkable. Super fresh hop flavors. I cant get this in my area so I'm kicking myself for only buying a single :(

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Photo of kirok1999
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had both on tap and bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy light gold with a nice fluffy head and great legs.
The nose is musky and dense. A very nice blend of spice, pine and fruits backed up by a nice malt sweetness. This is not overly sweet, just the right amount with a real backbone. Very well balanced. Feels solid on the mouth, not watery at all.
On tap the funk came through and made me think of a wet dog. Very rich and drinkable just for the novelty of the funk.
A top notch IPA.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a DFH signature goblet. No bottle dating info to be found. Thanks to ZRT for sending this.

A - Pours a bright caramel color with excellent clarity. The head sits at a full finger for the duration; impressive retention. One coat of lacing paints the glass.

S - Grapefruit and guava on the forefront. A hint of pine offers some bitter to counteract the juicy fruits. Biscuity malt is an afterthought.

T - Starts off lightly sweet with mellow citrus. Caramel carries through midpallate followed by a bittering pine finish. More bitter and less fruity than I was anticipating from the nose.

M - Medium bodied with full carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O - Happy to finally try this one. The aromas are tropical and citrus forward while the hop flavors are primarily pine. It is definitely hoppier than your average IPA, but it never crosses the line from balanced to hop bomb. This is definitely one I would get if I had access. Not the best I have had, but very good.

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Photo of brewtus
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into tulip. Poured pretty clear orange with a nice two finger head. Smell is citrusy, pine, bready, tropical fruits. Taste is bitter hops up front with great cutrus flavors, great west coast style hops, piney, subtle malts, nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel is right on. Overall this is a great IPA that hits you hard with bitter hops. The malty flavor takes a backseat to the piney, floral hops that dominate the flavor of this one. I had this at the brewery before they finally started bottling it, hope the distro keeps expanding so more people can experience superior Ohio brews.

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