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

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

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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

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Reviews: 605 | Ratings: 4,201
Photo of hopflyer
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 6/27/16

Pours deep gold color with off white head. Filtered clarity with lively carbonation bubbles

Smell is biscuity malt with laid back citrus of orange, lemon, and some peach.

Taste up front is pretty balanced, although this has over 6 weeks on it. I did have this fresher about a month ago ( same bottle date) and I remember the hops being more prominent and tangy. Further into the glass, it does carry more apricot and peach flavors but the biscuit malt flavor remains solid. it also brings on some sugary cereal flavor as well.

Body is lighter side of medium and carbonation is on the higher side of medium which is a very good combo for a 7.5% IPA. Finish is pretty clean but oddly not "dry". The feel is the best aspect of this beer.

Certainly a very good IPA especially for someone looking for a seemless balance rather than a citrusy palate slapper. The 4.33 score here is about right but It's borderline "world class" classification.

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

A - pours a clear golden brown with a ruby tint. Fine spotty lace appear and disappear quickly after each sip.

S - Citrus dominates the nose - grapefruit, orange zest, some hop resin.

T - Hop forward - grapefruit, tropical fruit, some malts present, piney notes. Medium mouth feel, but easy to drink.

O - Very impressed by this IPA - robust and big flavors, but easy drinking. This would definitely be in my go to list of brews if I could get it in Michigan. Once again, one of the few good things to ever come from the state of Ohio.

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

Dark gold to copper in color with a quarter inch of off white in top. Moderate lacing. The aroma is pure orange juice and light malt. I taste a wallop of citrus hops and light malt. The mouth is light in nature and lightly chalky and dry.

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Photo of tjwarren
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Insanely good. Great look, aroma but the taste is so smooth for such an assertively bitter beer. When fresh it is hard to bear. One of the best out there.

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/7/2016. Pours slightly hazy golden yellow color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dank citrus/tropical/pine hops and light-moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Large amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange rind, pine, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish with a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dank citrus/tropical/pine hops and light-moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and minimal astringent hop flavors lingering after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness, that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, and lightly creamy/grainy mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an insane IPA as expected. All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dank citrus/tropical/pine hops and light-moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. An insanely amazing offering all around.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow this is a massive tropical IPA! So much of the aroma is dominated by pineapple, grapefruit juice, lots of resiny hops and grassy notes. Very hard to detect is a fresh bready malt base. Taste is tropical hoppy goodness with enough malt to give balance and body. Not many beers have this much of a layering of hops showcased. Hop lovers must try this! I would get it again for sure.

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Photo of Masonz223
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smell: mandarin oranges tangerine candy fruit peach pineapple grapefruit.
Taste: orange peel tangerine upfront middle of the mouth mellow tropical notes crackery malt some hop dankness finishes with a nice hit of grapefruit biterness. The taste isn't as sweet as the smell.
Feel: medium body super dry in the finish oily slick mouthfeel. The hop biterness lingers in the aftertaste.
Overall: a very solid IPA.

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

Tasted this one at PDX Craft Beer Festival.

Can't really comment on the appearance, as it was served draft in a plastic tumbler.

Taste was exactly what I look for in an IPA...beaucoup hops aroma, taste, and piney resin.
Excellent brew, I voted it top place at the show.
Had a couple more samplers, and will be taking a little trip to the taproom.

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Photo of Tone
3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus hops, caramel malt, slight pale malt, piney hops, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, slight floral hops, caramel malt, slight sweet malt, slight alcohol, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good complexity, but otherwise a standard AIPA.

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Photo of thebeers
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light yellow-orange-amber color with a thick and lasting white head that eventually leaves heavy lacing. Sweet malt and pine on the nose. Nice piney flavor that seems light and refined, with a good malt backbone balancing it out. Bitter aftertaste with a slight alcohol kick. Medium bodied with "scraping bubbles" carbonation. Excellent beer.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Probably an older bottle. Very standard west coast IPA but has a bit of extra malt and older hop notes. Not exactly my favorite thing. It looks and smells fine but just not there for me on the flavor side this go.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a copper orange with a finger plus of foamy head that settles to a ring with lots of fuzzy lacing. Pine resin aroma, taste follows nose. Very nice balance. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber color with a good foamy head. Retention is mild. Lacing is good. Has a big piney aroma with some citrus. This has a big piney hop at the end. Very aggressive. Assume it is dry hopped. Don't really get it from the aroma. It really overwhelms the citrus taste. Very astringent at the end.

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

Poured into shaker from bottle, nice 1 finger cream colored head. Nice retention and lacing. Light amber in the glass, not quite clear and some floaties. Smells of caramel, mango and pineapple. Taste a little sweet on the front followed by mango, pineapple and a little citrus bitterness. Great mouthfeel.

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

4 pack purchased at Kroger supermarket in North Dayton, OH (Tripp city to be exact) during my cross country road trip from Tucson AZ to NJ. Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip glass. Bottled 4/18/16 (originally consumed on 5/12/16)

A- amber in color, crystal clear with a fluffy white head that never seems to go away. amazing looking beer.

S- lots of citrus hops in the nose. stone fruit (peaches, mangos). a bit of pine as well. Excellent

T- bright citrus hop flavor again. orange peel, lemon. more stone fruit (peach). light pine bitterness near the end. malts compliment hop profile nicely. an excellent IPA. About as good as any I've had in California

M- slightly dry mouthfeel. quite nice and refreshing for an IPA

O- easily the best Ohio brewed beer I've ever had. Went down nicely after a 450 mile rainy drive. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BlakeA85
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden amber with a decent head.
Smell is very floral, it's essentially just hops but its nice.
Taste is lots of floral hop with a decent citrus like malt and burn taste. It's very pleasant actually
Mouthfeel is a bit carbonated, medium bodied.
Overall, really nice IPA. Both beers I've had today are from my home state, and it pleases me greatly.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

bottled 5/16/16 and enjoyed on 6/1/16

pours clear golden amber with a thick head.

smell is absolutely amazing. clean sweet juicy hops. so pure, one of the best beers i have ever smelled.

the taste is outstanding. super bitter yet very fruity. lots of hops to this. taste is oddly similar to Stone's Enjoy By. finishes with a touch of sweetness and lingering bitterness.

so glad i was able to pick this up. a truly great IPA. one of the best beers i've ever had. this beer was bottled about 16 days ago, so damn good.

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Photo of StonewallSipper
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light amber color, aroma of grapefruit, pineapple, slight pine, and malt. Taste is very hop forward like I prefer, citrusy, slightly malty, and a resin aftertaste which is fabulous. I like It. Keep up the good work, this beer is in my top 5, Thanks. After tating this beer for a few more months,... I have put it at the top of my list,... I have rated it higher than any other beer, the aroma, taste, it always is fresh. Thanks.

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

2 weeks old in the bottle.

It took me a 2 of these before I could place the aroma and flavor. This beer reminds me so much of Port Wipeout that it isn't even funny. Light, smooth, and ultra aromatic. That said, its delicious if you can get it fresh (if you can't, pass and get something else). If you can get it fresh, try it closer to room temp. I tried one ice cold and wasn't impressed. One that had been out of the fridge for a bit was so much more expressive. Glad I picked up some extras to share with friends.

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Photo of tigg924
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Pours clear, bright yellow in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is wet hops, big pine, and a nice dose of lemon. Very tasty first brew from this brewery. Has me curious to try other brews from them.

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

Had on tap. The flagship IPA. Solid all around IPA with a crisp pine and citrus character and a drying finish. Just enough bitterness to bring things into focus.

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

Phenomenal flavor and depth of hop character. Aroma of crisp malt and sharp hops. Flavor expands across the palette and leaves with a clean flavor. This beer is pine and sticky simcoe/Amarillo vegtel notes that compliment the bitterness perfectly.

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Photo of gatornation
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with a white head, smells of malt first with some citrus hops, taste follows the nose more malty than hoppy, did not care for that, mouth feel was sweet with a slight, hop bitterness in the finish, preferred Hop JuJu to this one.

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Photo of drtth
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Fat Head's line up is new to PA so before dinner out this evening I took advantage of an excellent tap list to see if I'd want to buy some of the bottled beer when I find it. The clear dark amber colored beer was served in a nonic glass with 1/4" white head on the top. While sipping down the beer some lacing and partial patches of foam cling to the sides of the glass. Sipping creates scattered small bits of lacing. Even to the end there's at least an island of foam on the liquid.

The aromas include grapefruit and other as well as both pine an pineapple all backed up with a bit of earthy character.

The flavors are much as anticipated from the nose in that there's some citrus, grapefruit pith, pine and pineapple. The hops are showcased throughout but the malt backbone keeps it in check so that the bitterness never overwhelms.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly crisp with persistent but light carbonation. The finish begins as the fruit flavors slowly fade, followed by the pine and citrus, but it all winds up with a dry bitterness that invites another sip.

Overall this is a well made beer I'll probably be having again. However, it doesn't quite make my list for regular rotation since I tend to prefer a bit more malt backbone so that the beer is more balanced between malt and hops. I guess I'm just not a big fan of the West Coast bitter IPA.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
3.48/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Golden in color and very clear, thick white head on top that goes away after a minute. Smell is very hoppy and citrusy. Very hoppy and piney in taste.

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Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
4.33 out of 5 based on 4,201 ratings.
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