Hop JuJu
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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From:
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
 
Ohio, United States
Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #23
ABV:
9%
Score:
98
Ranked #312
Avg:
4.45 | pDev: 7.87%
Ratings:
2,391
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 16, 2022
Added:
Sep 26, 2009
Wants:
  588
Gots:
  469
SCORE
98
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Notes: The magical hops cast their spell, the natives chant and the drums beat... First let us confirm that there is no witchcraft used in creating this fine brew. None. Really. Well maybe a little. A supernatural beer with a powerhouse of hops creating aromas and flavors of citrus, pine and tropical fruit with a juicy resiny hop finish. Hakuna Matata.
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Photo of Explorer_Bill
4.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by Explorer_Bill from Kentucky

One of the best I’ve had. I understand now why this beer is held in such high regard. Piney, citrusy, hoppy, delicious.

May 16, 2022
Photo of MacMalt
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by MacMalt from New Jersey

Canned on 2/9/2022. Poured into a snulip glass. It pours a hazy, bright orange color with almost two fingers of foamy, egg white head and thick, soapy lacing. The smell is a fragrant blend of pineapple, tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, bready malt, and floral hops. Despite its age the fruit hasn't faded. There's abundant orange/tangerine and tart lemon, lime, and grapefruit rind. The Ekuanot hops are used well. Beneath the fruit is a solid base of Carapils malt that adds sweetness and balances the bitterness of the hops. The Simcoe contributes earthy, resinous pine notes while the Mosaic adds additional spiciness throughout. My guess is that when fresher there is more tropical fruit and berry flavors, as well. Still, it's very well-balanced and flavorful. The mouth feel is moderately thick and creamy with pleasant carbonation, and it drinks very easily for 9% ABV. Overall, I understand why so many beer nerds rave about Hop Juju. Even at almost 3 months it's a terrific DIPA. I'm glad to finally have the chance to enjoy it.

May 01, 2022
 
4.5 by freewill35 from Indiana on Apr 16, 2022
 
Photo of BikeChef
4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by BikeChef from District of Columbia

Huge, dank nose of ripe oranges; some malt lurks in the background. A thick palate of sticky tropical fruits. Brings me back to the days of the juicier west coast DIPAs that followed the first, very malty DIPAs. Have always wanted to try this beer, and it lives up to the hype it once got.

Apr 04, 2022
 
4.56 by Thadtrick from Pennsylvania on Mar 13, 2022
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4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by KT3418 from Colorado

Idk this was simply delicious and probably the best ipa I've had since I've been here, but you don't need me to tell you that either lol.

Feb 19, 2022
 
4.09 by Danzifer from Ohio on Feb 15, 2022
 
4.21 by wafers from New York on Jan 19, 2022
 
4.25 by jhlosito75 from Pennsylvania on Dec 04, 2021
Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by oberon from North Carolina

Pours into an impy Monica a clear burnt orange tinged golden with a half finger quicker to fade white head atop.A mix citrus and sharp grapefruit rind in the nose,a little booze as it warms.A great mix of hop flavors from melon to resin with not much juiciness Wich I love.Old school and bitter,love it

Nov 17, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by brewme from Massachusetts

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Beers Guys in Havertown, PA for about sixteen dollars. My first brew from these guys, as they do not distribute to MA. I have been wanting to try this beer for a while, so pulled the trigger, despite the 6/30/21 canned-on date. Total west coast IPA, very dank. This is good, did not quite live up to the hype, perhaps due to the age?

Oct 12, 2021
 
4.5 by beermanben from Wisconsin on Oct 05, 2021
Photo of Dan2213
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Dan2213 from Pennsylvania

L: pours a nice clear amber with about 1 finger of head. Minimal lacing left behind.
S: citrus and tropical fruit finishing with a touch of pine
T: pretty much follows the nose. With a nice strong, bitter finish
F: nice carbonation, thin to medium mouthfeel
O: Fat Head’s does not disappoint and this is another excellent offering

Sep 11, 2021
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4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Tuck_leepulin from Texas

16 oz can poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with 1 finger of head with decent lace

Smell: Earthy and tropical hop aromas

Taste: Sticky, tropical, and citrus hop flavors that interplay with some boozy malt notes that is incredibly well-balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium with plenty of body, yet a satisfying finish

Overall: This beer is certainly deserving of its reputation. This is absolute West-Coast in all respects. I did not expect to have such a quality DIPA like this in Ohio. This is worth going out of your way for.

Sep 03, 2021
 
4.71 by trevormajor from Ohio on Sep 01, 2021
 
4 by micada from New York on Aug 09, 2021
 
4.55 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Jul 27, 2021
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4.02/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

Can dated 6/30/21 into pint glass. Pours a clear deep gold color, with a persistent off-white head. Great lacing. Initial impression is juicy citrus, pine resin, and a huge hops bite - old school West Coast. Mouthfeel is clean and quite hefty - perfect for a DIPA. Finish is clean and fairly bitter - none of this caramel stuff. Overall, a great alternative to the NEIPAs - which I love dearly, but every so often you gotta take a break. Hop Juju will smack you alongside the head.

Jul 19, 2021
 
4.25 by Beerbom from California on Jul 11, 2021
 
4.44 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio on Jun 30, 2021
 
3.5 by Rkitchen from Michigan on Jun 19, 2021
Photo of tone77
3.92/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

Well here it is. Review number 5,000, quite an accomplishment (pats self on back). I'd like to thank beer advocate for being THE resource for all things beer. Also a shout out to the world's greatest trader, woodychandler, whose vast contributions make this possible.

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has an orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, pine. Taste is pine, resin, hints of citrus and alcohol, considerable bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall it's a good beer, but it didn't meet my expectations.

Jun 17, 2021
 
4.4 by BRLockwood from Florida on Apr 20, 2021
 
3.75 by blackcloud from Alaska on Apr 15, 2021
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3.57/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

Thanks to Pinz412 for this one, from a box in NBS BIF #13. 16oz can (dated 2/11/21) poured into 14oz teku. Poured a clean, clear, bright copper color with an inch of white head that had good retention and very light lacing.

Bright, citrusy hops topped caramel malts in the nose.

Very similar on the tongue, with a very nice bitterness to keep the tastebuds awake.

The body was medium-full, a bit coarse across the palate, and had a dry finish.

Drinkability was good, easy to see this being in rotation if it were local.

Overall, a very nice brew. Certainly worth your time if you see it.

Apr 02, 2021
Photo of bret27
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by bret27 from California

Fresh can courtesy of JohnnyHops.

Mar 30, 2021
 
4.2 by lsudduth from Ohio on Mar 07, 2021
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4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by SaltofOH from Ohio

Can dated 2-18-21. GLBC tulip.

A: pours a bright, crystal-clear orangey-gold. One finger white head dissolves quickly to a 1/16 skim of foam that lasts. Tiny stream of carbonation coming from the center. Looks how I want and expect a DIPA to look, except not much lacing to speak of.

S: immediately when I cracked the can open I smelled the hops from a foot and a half away. Smells sweet, tropical, piney and floral. More tropical aromas than I expected, actually. Pineapple, mango. Hyacinth?

T: initial burst of lightly sweet tangy hoppiness, crisp, crackery malt center on mid palate with the hops beginning to express themselves, turning at the end to a big, brash, bold explosion of dank, floral, “high note” hops. The slightest hint of alcohol is detectable on the finish, blended in with that bold, lingering floral hop bite.

M: this beer really stands out in terms of feel; it is supremely crisp for something so big. Never cloying, and for as bruising as it should be for this ABV and IBU, it is remarkably drinkable. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a bruiser of a beer, but it feels remarkably light on the palate for the style. Not astringent at all. Pretty low carb, not much of the “fluff” I enjoy from ales. Hard at this gravity.

O: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I am too old to be drinking beers like this. It is a big, potent, relatively clean hop wallop if that is what you are in the mood for. Tropical and floral, not oniony or garlicky, or too piney on the palate, which is good for me. Although there is a good, crisp, clean malt presence, this beer is totally out of balance in favor of hops. Although the alcohol is well hidden, it is noticeable on the finish and this will impair you on the first beer (esp. in a 16 ounce can!) perfectly to style.

I came, I saw, I conquered. More than anything, the craftsmanship of this beer makes me want to revisit the other Fat Heads beers I haven’t had in a while, and to try some of those I haven’t had before.

Mar 06, 2021
 
4.46 by GreatStoutman from Texas on Feb 28, 2021
Photo of Korbynlehr
4.74/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Korbynlehr from Kentucky

Amber in color, but VERY clear otherwise. Head was malty white in color. Nose is slightly citrus. Taste is where the magic happens. Nice hoppy bitterness with the backbite us hopheads love. 9% did not feel like it. Good beer, nay GREAT beer!

Feb 28, 2021
Photo of q33jeff
4.09/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by q33jeff from New Jersey

**
02/26/21

Can to snifter. (canned 2/12/21)

LOOK: dark yellow with hints of brown and orange. clear. creamy and foamy off white head. head fades pretty quickly but has excellent retention, with legs.
AROMA: pine, wood, grass.
TASTE: pine, grapefruit, grass, ash, strong and sharp dank-hop finish.
FEEL: medium body, smooth and creamy,

I was down on this from the start, but worked my way into it. This followed a DDH King Sue, so there was definitely a smack in the face to start. flavors really come together after 4-5 ounces and/or 10-15 minutes. There is a complexity here that is not initially evident. Reminds me of Troegs Nugget Nectar.


**

Feb 26, 2021
 
4.43 by shreead from Pennsylvania on Jan 06, 2021
 
4.61 by OfficerKramitz from Pennsylvania on Dec 31, 2020
 
3.59 by jheimbigner from Washington on Nov 29, 2020
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4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by loudmacleod from Ohio

Pours a light caramel color with a fine lacy head. Very light tropical aroma. Great big juicy notes on the front of the tongue - enormous hop bite on the finish with a great mouthfeel. Super smooth, all things considered at 100IBUs. Indeed, “a reckless use of hops”.

Bottle / Pint glass / No food pairing

Nov 20, 2020
 
4.5 by Skellbop from New York on Nov 15, 2020
 
4.46 by zotzot from Vermont on Nov 03, 2020
 
3.84 by drunkenmess from Michigan on Nov 01, 2020
 
4.21 by GoffmanvsDuffman from Arizona on Oct 29, 2020
Hop JuJu from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 2391 ratings