Hop JuJu
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #16
ABV:
9%
Score:
99
Ranked #225
Avg:
4.47 | pDev: 7.83%
Reviews:
314
Ratings:
2,374
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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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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.57/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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
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SaltofOH from Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

**
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
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loudmacleod from Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hop Juju pours a gorgeous amber gold color with a thick creamy head. It has some serious carbonation. The aroma is equally fine. A great blend of hops and malt. The taste supports that great blend I smell. Supreme. It has enough hop bitterness to really accentuate this Imperial IPA. The mouthfeel is somewhat thick and chewy. The hops separate this from other similar beers. Overall an outstanding brew I believe I could get used to having around. Love the subtle differences in this beer.
Canned on 02/05/20. And a Special Thanks again to @Jzeilinger.

Apr 18, 2020
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paltemose2303

4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm normally not the biggest fan of traditional American IPAs; however, this is one of the most balanced and flavorful. Poured from 12 oz can to a traditional pint glass.

L: Clear and clean amber color with a short head. Not much head retention, but looks great in a traditional pint glass

S: Fairly aggressive smell that lets you know exactly what you're in for. Aroma hits you without a deep sniff in the glass. Most of the aroma is a resinous hoppy smell with some more subtle tropical fruits

T: So balanced! For 100 IBU, the beer is not overly bitter. The beer is packed with fruit on first taste which transitions to a piney resinous finish that balances the tropical fruit flavors. I was really surprised how the bitterness hides within the beer, but is still present throughout. This made my drinking experience extremely pleasant. For such an aggressive beer, it's extremely approachable.

F: Clean and moderate mouthfeel. Carbonation is moderate.

Lives up to the hype! Great beer, and my new go-to American IPA!

Apr 10, 2020
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Canned 2/3. Hot damn this is fresh, dank, and resinous as hell. Crushing, pungent citrus dominates up front with a nicely balanced bitter pine note joining at the end.

Mar 01, 2020
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puck1225 from Texas

4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had it at the Fat Heads in Pittsburgh. Met up with a cousin and his wife that I haven’t seen in 20 years, had a great time.

Started the evening with this beer, was happy to see it on the tap list.

Served in a snifter. Clear golden yellow color with excellent head and lacing. Pine smell and taste. Strong citrus and vanilla. Classic imperial IPA! Happy to get it on tap!

Had a wonderful time at the tap house!

Jan 12, 2020
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cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Beautiful clear orange liquid with small head that doesn't last long.
S: Very strong, lots of tropical fruit, some pine.
T: Yes, it's very good. Bitter piney dank hop bomb. I love it.
F: Heavy, resiny, smooth.
O: Heck of an IPA. Seek it out!

Jan 03, 2020
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NebraskaBill

4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried in the taproom a few months back. Really strong hip and citrus flavors, but nicely balanced and a great finish. Probably the best IPA I’ve ever had, up there with some Seattle IPAs.

Dec 27, 2019
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DrBeergood from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Very frothy. Amber. Clear.

S: You can smell it from across the room.

T: Big hop flavor that doesn't pull any punches. Swiming in hops, may take your palate a moment to adjust. It makes Lake Erie Monster look like Lake Erie Gecko. This beer will slap your ass and call you Sally.

F: It's heavy whatever it is. My favorite part is how resiny it is.

O: Sometimes one will have a craving for super hoppy IPA, and Hop Juju will satisfy. The only problem is the availability sucks. In my store, I promote Fatheads like I do Great Lakes, and I have for years, and I'm lucky if I get two cases a year.

Oct 19, 2019
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Trevor11 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Traditional Big West Coast IPA out of Ohio. Balanced with tropical aromas, the bitterness is evident but not overwhelming. Dank, citrus, piney resin. Only complaint is the alcohol is quite noticeable. Check it out given the opportunity.

Aug 19, 2019
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into a pint glass, courtesy of friend Greg. Canned 6/21/19, so 2 months old.

Bright golden yellow body, faintly hazy, decent white head which dissipates to a solid covering leaving good lacing.

Delightful aroma Pine and citrus notes fighting it out on the nose, with pine coming out just ahead.

On the taste, they battle it out again, this time citrus comes out in front. A little warmth comes through towards the end, the only hint of the abv, as this one is extremely drinkable.

Mouth between medium and full, finish a little sweet.

Overall, a very good and tasty double IPA, and one I've been after for a while. Thanks Greg!

Aug 18, 2019
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve sought this for awhile, really excited to finally try it. Gorgeous orange color with a light tan head, this is not hazy at all. Dank citrus notes dominate the nose, and there’s also a healthy pine note.

The taste has a nice boozy note up front. I don’t normally appreciate booze, but this works magnificently with the dank citrus notes and pine notes.

There’s a reason this is a world-class beer. Truly phenomenal, and well worth the wait.

Aug 14, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of pine, citrus and caramel. Big piney bitterness with roasted caramel malt and sweet citrus.

Jul 30, 2019
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally had a chance to try this iconic beer. As is the nature of things this beer is a huge credit to history and the early expansion of huge bitter west coast style DIPAs. Somewhat reminiscent of a Pliny, etc. Clearly remains an outstanding beer but now the bitterness and dank quality seem overstated. The creamy deep maltiness has a slight bit of a cloying and syrup. 10 years ago I would have marveled... now it seems somewhat pushy even a bit harsh in the aftertaste.
Can’t give a negative review but I guess for me I’ve just moved on. Have had enough huge pine and resin brews.... regardless of any citrus or malt contribution. Glad to have finally tried it.

Apr 17, 2019
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Copper colored with a very clear complexion. Moderate, soapy lacing is present. There’s a three quarter inch creamy brown head. There’s a pungent citrus aroma. I’m tasting a massively bitter tangerine and citrus forward double IPA. The mouth is resinous, dry, and crisp.

Apr 13, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/6/15; drank 3/13/15 @ the Yarchives.

Hazy dark orange appearance.

Big eggshell head; a curtain of tree-rung lace.

Medium mouthfeel.

Grapefruit & orange citrus flavors up front; a dry, bitter finish.

Mango notes emerged as this warmed.

Nice taste save for the brutal bitterness. Too much for this timid soul...

Apr 08, 2019
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft at the Fat Head's Saloon.

Very floral and juicy. Tropical. A West coast style hop bomb.

Bitter enough to let you know you're drinking a hoppy fuckin beer, but balanced and extremely flavorful.

Mar 08, 2019
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BillBabbitt from Ohio

4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hoppy, piney extremely aromatic. Pours a rich, clear gold with a moderate white head. Great mouthfeel, significant bitterness. Even finish and excellent overall

Mar 02, 2019
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4 pack Whole Foods in Cleveland. Pours a clear orange/light copper colour with limited off white head. Aroma dank piney, citrus, slightly floral, creeping into sweaty, but deliciously so. Taste starts sweet for a millisecond before the pine bitterness slaps you with a sticky resinous blast on the back of just a touch of caramel malt. Finishes slightly sticky with palate coating bitterness that warns against consuming anything else for a while, yet not a punishing bitter, a wondrously tasty one! Absolutely great.

Nov 11, 2018
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Clear light orange color. One finger of frothy white head that fades slowly into a short ring of lacing.

4.25 S: Delicious! Pretty much all hops with pine, floral, and citrus all up in your face. Grassy and spicy underneath. The citrus is mango forward with lemon trailing.

4.0 T: Mild-moderate bitterness. Resiny and sticky hoppiness. Shrubbery, evergreen sap, pine, again with mango citrus. Spicy finish. Alcohol is detectable throughout, but isn't overbearing. Bready malts underneath with light caramel notes.

4.25 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a pleasant creaminess that lays well on the tongue. A bit sticky on the finish, but leaves a subtle warmth that carries over the the next sip.

4.25 D: Definitely solid and well rounded. No flaws and supremely drinkable.

Oct 31, 2018
Hop JuJu from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 2374 ratings