Hop JuJu Imperial IPA
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #16
Ranked #213
4.47 | pDev: 7.83%
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States
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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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.

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Photo of 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!

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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.

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DIM from Pennsylvania, Mar 01, 2020
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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!

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Photo of cjeep
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!

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cjeep from Pennsylvania, Jan 03, 2020
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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.

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Photo of DrBeergood
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.

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Photo of Trevor11
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.

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Trevor11 from Illinois, Aug 19, 2019
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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!

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MikeWard from Pennsylvania, Aug 18, 2019
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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.

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ovaltine from Indiana, Aug 14, 2019
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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.

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zeff80 from Missouri, Jul 30, 2019
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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.

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BillRoth from Maryland, Apr 17, 2019
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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.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Apr 13, 2019
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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...

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Apr 08, 2019
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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.

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ScaryEd from New Hampshire, Mar 08, 2019
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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

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
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.

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TooManyGlasses from Alberta (Canada), Nov 11, 2018
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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.

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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania, Oct 31, 2018
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4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy golden with an inch of head that settles nicely

S: Strong citrus notes and piney. You can tell it's a strong IPA.

T: Very hoppy and very piney. Pineapple hints come out stronger the more you drink and pretty bitter. Can still taste the alcohol but not as much as I expected for having such a high ABV. Very good and refreshing.

F: Light, a little spicy from the alcohol and medium to high carbonation.

Overall very delicious and goes with just about everything. You'll want to drink a few in one sitting but the high alcohol will keep you from it. Quintessential Imperial IPA and does everything it's supposed to.

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Photo of Hackattack
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is up there with the best ones in my opinion. Really juicy...nice and citrusy hoppy. Just got this on tap from a brewpub while visiting my Dad and home town. I hope I can find this again up in my neck of the woods.

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Hackattack from Indiana, Mar 28, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle: This one pours a slightly hazy golden color. There was a small off white head that leaves some lacing. Good hop nose. Mainly resinousy pine hops. Some tropical and citrus notes also. The taste is also very good. Resinous piney hops, along with some citrus and tropical flavors. Fairly bitter with no residual sweetness. Nice!

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Boto from Connecticut, Mar 27, 2018
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4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I received a bottle of Hop Juju in a ninja box from the Newbies! I've been looking for this one for a while, so my heart skipped around a bit when I opened the box. I always love trying new IPAs - but ones that are so highly rated, and for so long... well now.

Hop Juju has some curious esters to it - a bit of banana, perhaps? It's quite hoppy, but I can't exactly nail down the style. The consistency and syrupy-ness tend to make me think this is a bit more in step with West Coast style IPAs, but it's very difficult to categorize. It has a sweetness, but likewise a bitterness. It's very palatable and nicely balanced.

This was worth a hunt, and a wait. It's quite good.

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Vidblain from Minnesota, Mar 26, 2018
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4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good color and nice head rentention. For a higher ABV I don't necessarily taste the alcohol but a nice smooth beer with definite hop finish with a bit of spice.


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Photo of bret717
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look- Pours clear golden orange with 2 finger fluffy white head that settles slowly

Smell- pineapple, grapefruit, orange, weed

Taste- follows nose with intense grapefruit and orange up front, then pineapple and weed with decent bitterness

Feel- light/medium bodied, medium carbonation, finishes bitter and dry

Overall- very nice super fruity and dank DIPA

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bret717 from Pennsylvania, Mar 21, 2018
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4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm way burnt out on IPAs right now, but when you see fresh Hop JuJu on the shelf you buy fresh Hop JuJu. It's one of the best out there, just bursting with piney, citrousy, resinous hops on the nose and the mouth. It also packs enough malt & grains and shit to balance the motherlode of hops. Love this stuff.

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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania, Mar 19, 2018
Hop JuJu Imperial IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 2348 ratings