Hop JuJu Imperial IPA | Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Hop JuJu Imperial IPAHop JuJu Imperial IPA

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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 RAlmeida77
3.05/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Didnt really impress me or blow me away. Tasted like a typical DIPA that I've had a thousand times before. Didnt really get any specific hop character - citrus, pine, etc....Was a little sweet up front and had some hop bite in the back. Mediocre beer for me at best. Not sure what all the hype is about.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -25.7%

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz size. Brown glass. Fun label art. Branded orange pry-off pressure cap.

I got this from Duff27; thanks again, man! 9.00% ABV. 100 IBU.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Expectations are extremely high as this is currently #87 on the Top 250 list. Reviewed live as an imperial IPA since the label refers to it as such.

HEAD: Over one finger in width. Off-white colour. It's appealingly smooth and even, with a nice full thick consistency and attractive creaminess. Appears soft. Not as frothy as it could be. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Head retention is good - about 7-8 minutes.

BODY: Mango with orange and copper hues. Average in vibrance. A biteen hazy; there's some oiliness to the appearance but it's still transparent and translucent. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's an appealing appearance for an imperial IPA, and isn't the usual boring copper colour of most beers in the style. I'm looking forward to trying it, and don't notice any obvious flaws. Definitely an above average appearance for the style.

AROMA: Fruity hop character dominates the hop profile. Mango, tangerine, citrusy esters, citrus zest, a kiss of grapefruit, seemingly balanced tropical fruit, nectary character, and a kiss of pine.

Sweetbread. Pale malt. There's enough sweetness to balance the hop bitterness, but I worry it'll be too sweet once I get to the taste.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

Overall, it's a pleasant aroma of above average strength.

TASTE: Yes, the sweetness is a bit overpowering - or at least imbalanced - for the style. Pale malt and caramalt sweetness mixes with sweetbread, lending it substantial sweetness.

The hops can hardly compete. Hints of pine, some tropical fruit (mainly mango, but perhaps some tangerine), citrus zest, plenty of resins, and a hint of apricot.

The caramel feels out of place.




Amplitude of flavour is nice; this is a cohesive flavour profile with an interesting atypical build, but it's certainly not gestalt.

It's far from the most complex or intricate beer in the style, and doesn't boast much subtlety, but I do like it. The resiny and nectary hop notes are a highlight.

TEXTURE: Sticky, smooth, wet, lightly oily, and medium-bodied. Unrefreshing. Thickness is apt - enough to support the flavour profile without going overboard. It's a filling beer.

Not gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

Overall presence on the palate is nice, but not ideal. This texture suits the taste generally well, but doesn't feel tailored specifically to it. It's a bit overcarbonated.

OVERALL: A likeable imperial IPA which hides its ABV well and doesn't go for the increasingly boring grapefruit-emphatic hop profile. I've never been big on the tropical fruit approach to imperial IPAs, though, and I find this a bit lacking. More commitment to the nectary and resiny hop notes would be lovely, as would a bit more bitterness to even out the balance. I'll enjoy finishing this glass, but I definitely don't think this lives up to its current 87/250 position on the top beers list. Worth trying, but far from world class. Certainly drinkable.

Low B-

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Photo of CraftFan5
3.36/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just not my cup of tea. Perhaps it was just too old. I got extreme bitterness with very little sweetness. It was a bit flat, with not much carbonation. One I definitely wanted to try, but I would not seek it out again.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.63/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Darker than norm golden honey. Thin lacing. Translucent

S- Kinda bland, but some honey background

T- Not my style of IPA, huge malt pine backbone, I am not getting much fruit as the description tells.

M- Kinda thin, a bit too much carb for my liking.

O- I am surprised the rating for this is 4.5+ Just about preference of style for me

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Photo of fscottkey
3.66/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.50] Pours a caramel color. There is very limited head on the pour. After a few seconds it is just a ring on the edge of the glass. The bottle has a date code that I can't figure out - but I know that it is only about a week old! Bottle lists the ABV 9.0% and IBU 100.

S: [4.25] Tropical fruits. Oranges, pineapple. Some pine. Big nose on this one.

T: [3.25] The taste deviates a little from the nose initially. I am getting quite a bit of bitter up front. After the initial bitter bite I get some of the tropical flavors. The tropical flavors are just not hitting front stage like I hoped. I read another review (I rarely do this) but the nailed the flavor "oniony". That is it exactly.

M: [3.75] The body is smooth and creamy with that bitter bite on the after taste. The alcohol is well hidden.

O: [3.75] I went to Cleveland hoping to score Chillwave (my favorite Imperial IPA) but it is not out yet. I got directed to Hop Juju by the forum. I expected really big things and I am a bit disappointed. It is decent - but it is not Chillwave. The bitter notes just club everything else down so none of the fruitiness is on the tongue. They hid the 9% really well - but that doesn't make up for the one note on the tongue. The nose gave me such high hopes - but alas the scents on the nose didn't hit the palate.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.68/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, mango and peach citrus. In the taste, pine like hops and dehydrated peaches. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine like hop in the aftertaste. Kind of summery with the nice fruitiness in the nose, but pine hops in the taste.

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Photo of adamette
3.72/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken earlier tonight at the brewery. Poured into a clean, clear pint glass. Notes from brewery: Double IPA brewed with incredible amounts of hops giving this beer supernatural hop aroma, flavor and bitterness. It's witchcraft on tap like a temporary hop tattoo on your tongue.

A Translucent orange brown body with little head and not much lacing either. 3.0

S Floral hops but nicely balanced with nice malt sweetness. 3.5

T Hops are the center but really they are not unbalanced. This beer luckily has a nice malt balance to it. 4.0

M Moderate with some hop bitterness but a very welcome smoothness too that really helped me enjoy this beer. 4.0

D Fair to good. 3.5

Notes: I really enjoyed this beer that I was not sure that I would. I do not enjoy hoppy beers as much as most.

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Photo of stakem
3.78/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to SteveOldrati for hooking me up with this. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears a dark burnt copper color, fairly clear with less than a finger of off-white cap that is quick to fade leaving patchy lace.

The aroma has a pleasant hop juiciness that mingles between fruity hoppiness and mild vegetative grassiness. Some cantaloupe and mellon feel come out with a mild alcohol accent. This brew kinda flirts back and forth between brilliant and just kinda meh. Strange.

The taste is quite bitter with a melon or dirty canteloupe-like yeasty and hoppy flavor. It is grassy and herbal with hints of pine resin and pithy pulp fruit and zest a bit like grapefruit. As it warms, a bit of maltiness comes out like burnt toffee.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A unique and enjoyable brew with plenty of hop flavor and bitterness. The malt is interesting in its inclusion but with hardly any sweetness. If given the choice, I think id rather have IBUsive or head hunter instead. Regardless, thank you Steve for the opportunity.

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Photo of Cfred371
3.78/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: the beer pours a light gold color, with a slightly off white head, and some great carbonation, alcohol legs are there and great glass lacing.

Smell: I get some tropical fruit and citrus initially, some earthy dankness, and with a swirl some malt sweetness and possibly alcohol.

Taste: citrus, slight tropical notes, and a stronger malt base than expected. There's some resinous notes prevalent in the second half.

Feel: Medium mouthfeel, with good carbonation, and a slight bitterness in the finish. The mouth isn't as drying as I would expect.

Overall: I received this as an extra, and I would say I would take it as an extra, but not request it. The hop profile isn't as juicy as I would prefer, but is a nice double that covers the alcohol well.

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
3.83/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fresh growler shipped to Nebraska out of a snifter.

Look - (4) Golden orange/yellow.
Nose - (4) Citrus, pine, dank.
Taste - (3.75) West coast citrus.
Mouthfeel - (3.75) Thin.
Overall - (3.75) Pretty average.
Grade - (C+)

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Photo of AgentZero
3.85/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden orange and transparent. Poured with two fingers of white head that had ridiculous retention.

S - Lots of tropical fruits and a little bit of caramel malt. Smells very light, sweet, and fruity, quite refreshing.

T - Taste is a lot heavier than the nose. I found this beer you be quite sweet and sugary. Its got some pretty strong bitterness on the backend. It's good, but too sugary for me.

M - Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

O - Good, I think others have liked it more than I did as it was kind of sweet, but it is a good beer worth drinking. Bonus if you like fruity IPAs.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.92/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: a deep reddish orange color. good clarity and a small white head that fades to just about nothing

Smell: lots of hops, mostly resiny and pine. subtler notes of citrus and spicy. there is some good sweetness to it.

Taste: opens up with a wide variety of hops. again lots of resin and pine. turns an almost juicy tropical hop before going to bitter citrus. great hop flavors but a bit too resinous for me

Mouthfeel: good medium body. some sweetness but huge lingering bitterness wins out in the end.

Overall: a good IIPA. fat heads seems to do good things with the hops but never quite hit it for me. Id prefer a little less resin and just a bit more juiciness.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.92/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

!2 ozer bottled on 2-21-14

Pours a white, quarter-inch head, body is a translucent orange color. Lots of bubbles rising through out. Lacing was above average and head was thin but hung around awhile.

Smells of a tropical fruit cup, lots of mango, pineapple, guava, and lime. Bits of piney resin meld with some caramel malts. Not much in the alcohol area is detected.

First taste is definitely more malt forward than the aroma leads on. It has characteristics of a heavily hopped barley wine, a thick malt backbone with hits of pine and lime. Wish the hops would pack more of a punch, as they did in the nose. Alcohol is present but for almost 9% it drinks smooth.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Wish head was more present, it seems to have died a bit. Richness and bitterness of beer leaves a slight coating on the roof of the mouth while carbonation stings the tongue.

Overall this was a solid Double Ipa but I was expecting more from it considering its rating/awards. Malts covered up the bitterness too much and the head was abit on the weak side. Would drink it again but wouldn't add it to my top 10 IPA list

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Photo of fitrock2112
3.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured Hop JuJu into Belgian Tulip.

A - The brew pours orange amber with a full finger of off white head.

S - Strong hop aroma with grapefruit, pine and slight melon.

T - Strong hop flavors that follow the nose. Lots of overpowering pine and grapefruit. Mid palate is has a touch of malt but not enough to balance this beast. On the aftertaste its all bitter, pucker up hops.

M - Smooth brew with medium carbonation.

O - A bit over the top for this cat. Cheers!

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Photo of Duff27
3.96/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Head quickly recedes to a collar. Body is light amber color. Small lacing around.

Green, trees. Almost get a honey smell in this.

Sweet to hop bitter goes from 0 to 60 in .9seconds. Big bitterness on the tail end of each pull. Would guess this one at 9.5%, booze apparent.

Mouthfeel borders on syrupy, low carbonation.

Bitterness was almost distracting but otherwise a solid DIPA from Fat Heads. Thanks for the try dannyfayy!

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Photo of Sabtos
3.99/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear sparkling perfect amber, with a very large and active frothy head that retains for a while, but does dies off to nothing.

Dank peach on the nose, vanilla orange cream, fiery pine, hints of biscuit grapefruit and lemon zest. Regardless of what your own personal experience brings, this is one of the most powerful bouquets of aromas you will find in a beer.

Peach and orange candy lead the flavor parade, and quickly recede to pine with some diametrically opposed notes of allium and starburst. Citrus and tropical fruits, pine and earth, all present, all powerful, and none overtaking the other. Bitterness is sharp, forceful and right on the edge of abrasive, woody and dry, yet somehow refreshing. It is powerful, but it goes well with this beer, and it wouldn't be Hop Juju without it. As it warms I even get some floral notes, maybe rose, and some alcohol heat.

Effervescent yet somehow hefty on the palate, finishing semi-dry.

This beer easily hits all the notes it lists on the bottle, with gusto. It has nothing to hide, and pretends to be nothing it isn't.

Most recently enjoyed 2/16/17, out of a six day old bottle.

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Photo of Jonada
3.99/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottled 2/4/2015 and poured into a teku

Appearance: Pours a copper orange color with 3 fingers of an off white head with good retention and lacing. Body is lightly hazy with quite a bit of fine suspended sediment.

Smell: Grapefruit, sweet tropical fruit, mild pine.

Taste: Bitter grapefruit, citrus, pine, hint of mango and some residual sweetness. High bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Fuller end of medium bodied with a slightly sticky feel. Carbonation is medium. Mild boozy warmth in the finish.

Overall: Nice double IPA. Not the greatest, but worth trying.

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light golden color with a white fresh head, juicy tropical smells and malt , taste is very good with citrus and tropical hops, sweet caramel malts balance the hops, highly drinkable slight bitterness and tasty .

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.01/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by mendvicdog. Thanks Pat!

The beer is bright orange with a thick, off-white head. The aroma brings a huge bouquet of tropical fruits, to include pineapple, mango, melon, oranges. Present alcohol throughout the aroma and flavor. The beer is a bit hot. Teeming with tropical notes. Heavy on the palate. While there are some nice things happening here, the beer is a bit brash and shows the alcohol too much. Still, pretty tasty.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.02/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop JuJu Imperial IPA brewed by Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon, with an ABV 9.0% This brew pours out a deep amber color with a nice white head. This brew has the lot of the same smell as well as as the look of most IPA's on the market .I like how this brew has the same look an smell of most IPA;s on the market.. This brew also has the smell of most brews on the market. This is not a bad thing. This is this is same thing from most IPA's on the market. The smell of This IPA's Is the same of most IPA's on the,market . For the most part This brew is most like every IPA's on the market. Not saying that is a bad thing. Most IPA's on the market. Not saying that is a bad thigh. The smell of Hop JuJu Imperial IPA, There is also a rich hopieness to the smell of this brew. The taste is rich, full bodied and clean. Overall,this is one of the most smoothness IPA's on the market. Overall I'm giving Hop JuJu Imperial IPA, a 4 out of 5/ I would buy this brew again. THANK yIOU Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Photo of koutkid41
4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale copper/amber with a small white head. Great lacing.

S: Mango, grapefruit, tangerine, pine, and slightly resinous.

T: Very piney and slightly citrus, semi harsh bitterness throughout. Bready on the back end with some caramel sweetness.

M: Medium and chewy. Dry and bitterness made it a bit chalky.

O: Really solid beer, not quite up to the hype. However I wouldn't mind drinking this every now and then.

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Photo of rudzud
4.06/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received a growler of this last week.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice crystal clear copper hue with a one finger white head that fades slowly to leave thin wisps and really no lacing at all.

S - Aromas of very light malts light fruity hops, faint sweetness, nice citrus peel and flesh. Very juicy hops.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Fair amount of pine bitterness, very light sweeter malts, the citrus is a bit more astringent than juicy (like the nose). The bitterness lingers quite heavily. Hardly any alcohol presence. Really missing the citrus and 'juiciness' that the nose had though, as without it the beer just tastes, well, like a generic aggressively bitter DIPA.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, alcohol is hidden very, very nicely. Creeps up on you.

O - Overall this beer confused me a bit. It's one I've wanted to try for probably 5 years now, but, what I'm drinking isn't really what my mind's eye envisioned. The nose was pretty solid, but, the flavours just didn't jive as most of the juicy citrus simply was lost to the malts and aggressive bitterness. I would certainly like to revisit this, perhaps in a bottle, to see if that changes things.

Serving Type: growler

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Photo of NuclearRich
4.06/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Copper, orange/gold hues. Slightly hazy. Soft white head fades to a thin cap. Thick screen laces very nicely.
S. Tropical, pineapple, pine, lemon, grapefruit. A little malty caramel sweetness at the end that gets a little peach/apricot.
T. Big time harsh citrus: grapefruit rind, lemons, pine. Some of the same light toast caramel with a peach/apricot hint.
M. Lighter body, crisp carbonation, Sharp bitterness. Overall very refreshing but a tad too harsh of citrus bitterness.
O. Well done, a bit of balance to it while still ripping the enamel off of your teeth.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.07/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottles 3/4/2915 (2 months):
Thankful for a chance to try this, thanks to a trade with a friend, although we had to postpone the date, so lost a month (my fault). Trader indicated this was better fresh, which is not a surprise.

Pours a nice lightly copper-tinted golden, with the lightest haze and a moderate head. The head fades, but comes back with the agitation of every sip.

Hate to use this term, but smells like a typical DIPA. There is a tropical sweetness, malts hitting more than expected, and the alcohol is present. Papaya and melon, and a grassy or lightly dank bitterness is noticeable. Very interested in how this would have come across a month or more ago.

Taste has the characteristics of the nose, tropical malts and a dank side, both stronger than expected from the nose. The flanked are bold even at this age, body pretty full. Candied papaya, but of spice and mint bite with some alcohol. Cantaloupe sweetness comes as the spice dues, but so does a bit of wet grass and pine notes.

This particular pour ended up being an even see-saw, as it hit heavy on both the sweet and bitter (lasting feel is quite dry, piney). Reminded me of a stronger version of a 90-minute IPA. The alcohol showed a bit more than I'd like, and the bittering agents had a slightly metallic side to them, which I get sometime with older hoppy beers. Can at least see the potential, just need to try again to see if it's realized by this brew.

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Photo of pkalix
4.09/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

finally got a Hop JUJU!!!! can only compare it to other higher-abv-ed IPAs but i have to say it is nowhere near the Hopslam or Pliny Younger. love Fat Heads but this version is not comparable, in my opinion.... i mean, it's not bad.... but i was expecting more, i guess.....

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