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

BA SCORE
98
world-class
248 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Hop JuJu Imperial IPAHop JuJu Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by AltBock on 09-26-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
248
Ratings:
2,011
Avg:
4.44
pDev:
8.11%
 
 
Wants:
589
Gots:
384
For Trade:
17
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 248 | Ratings: 2,011
Photo of goingbrokeonbeer
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this for a long time. A man could get himself into trouble quickly as it is very slamable. Just hits all the right notes for a double. I would describe it but it's already been done.

 202 characters

Photo of BierRunner
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper color with only a slight head on the pour. A pleasant funky pine on the nose. It has a Bohdiesque flavor, the citrus pine and honey, but a bit malting, like Alpha King. Great mouth feel and a long finish. Overal, an outstanding beverage.

 249 characters

Photo of richj1970
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle dated 2/6/2017. Thanks to @somethingclever for giving me a chance to try this!

A: Crystal clear golden orange with 2 finger white head. Nice retention and leaving lots of lacing.

S: Grapefruit and tangerine mixed with resinous piney hops.

T: Juicy citrus with orange, pineapple, and grapefruit. Fresh pine and a touch of honey sweetness.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Finish is bright and lightly bitter. Alcohol is well hidden.

O: Excellent DIPA. Nicely executed and dangerously drinkable.

 542 characters

Photo of Leoherrmann9
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orange/ slightly brown as well, poured into a pint glass got a decent yellow head that released an incredible aroma.
Taste was excellent, a little pine not to bitter followed by citra and a hint of orange.
Feels pretty smooth went down easy and i could drink several, and still enjoy every sip as much as the first.
Overall an excellent beer! Fat Heads does it again, if its your style you might even prefer it to the world class Head Hunter IPA.

 461 characters

Photo of callowaybp
4.79/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Missed out on it last year, just picked it up yesterday. A very dank and juicy smelling beer with a great look. Probably the best IPA from Ohio. Very smooth and easy to drink for an imperial.

 194 characters

Photo of tjwarren
4.92/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is kind of perfect. Pours a brownish orange with medium white head. Pour aggressively and the aroma opens up beautifully. Lusicious ripe citrus and tropical fruit. Very smooth and crisp mouthfeel. 100 ibu beer that drink ultra easy. Truly great.

 250 characters

Photo of Drvitlkeyustolit80
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First had 2/29/16 at The Pour House. I was waiting for the Pliny the Younger release and was the first to arrive and found this gem on tap. While it wasn't as good as the beer I was waiting for, it was fantastic. Bitter, creamy, floral and could drink it all day, although I would pass out quickly.

 301 characters

Photo of JohnKristan
4.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chewy, dank..what you want in a Dipa. Warm rusty orange color with a creamy white head. Thick zest orange flavor lingers on the tongue hiding alcohol.

 150 characters

Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A double done right. Hop resins smack your tongue while their aromas fill the air. This was enjoyed on draft and vanished fairly quickly. I need more.

 150 characters

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Man Fat Heads makes some dank hoppy beers, this one is no exception. Review #2300.

Has an innocent enough appearance, its yellow, plenty of clarity, white head 3/4". The aroma pops huge, grapefruit and tropical. Taste is a super dry malt, light affair, with massive impact from a plethora of hop varieties and quantity. Just wow. Not even that heavy of a bitterness either.

This is a world class hoppy beer, hides alcohol well too without the use of any sticky caramel like malts.

 492 characters

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

 1,204 characters

Photo of ChilliHeights
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Been drinking all spring as I was able to get a couple cases in February. Fabulous beer with wonderful citrus flavors and fantastic finish. I did have one on tap at Fats Heads about 2 years ago and it had a nice head and went down smooth. Not too bitter but enough for me as I like bitter beers.

 297 characters

Photo of elNopalero
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap. Big juicy DIPA. There's a sweetness that takes off some of the hoppy edges, while still remaining abrasive enough to remind you it's a DIPA. Delicious

 162 characters

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle, courtesy of @Iron79head into a tulip glass:

Appearance: pours a orangy-amber body, with a super sudsy and lingering head. Leaves tons and tons and tons of lacing. Mostly translucent, perhaps a little bit of haze in there.

Aroma: grapefruit and citrus mostly, little bit of sweetness. Juicy hops dominate.

Taste: following the aroma, it's mostly citrus and juicy hops, though there is a little bit more sweetness than I'd prefer, though this is a heavy DIPA so that's to be expected....flavor-wise, I got grapefruit, orange, and some pineapple. Lots of bitterness on the finish too.

Feel: full-bodied and creamy, with a super smooth finish.

Overall: a really good, super-hoppy IIPA!

 713 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep yellow color ale with a nice foamy head. Aroma of juicy hops with nice citrusy notes and loads of tropical flavours. Taste is an incredible mix of juicy hops with loads of tropical flavours, some light residual sugar notes and some floral finish with almost no bitterness. Body is full with good carbonation. Wish I could have access to this beer on a regular basis.

 388 characters

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 .

 226 characters

Photo of Masonz223
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell: lots of orange grapefruit peach and some Maltiness
Taste upfront orange peach juice middle of the mouth some sweetness some malt notes citrus fruits finishes with a nice hit of grapefruit biteterness.
Feel: medium to full body dry finish. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.
Overall: Really nice.Super glad I got to try this!

 336 characters

Photo of DefenCorps
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Growler Guys.

A clear light copper with a dense, white head with good retention and lacing. The nose is pungent and dank with pine, weed, grapefruit pith, orange juice. Malt character is minimal. The palate opens bitter and pungent with pine, grapefruit, weed, resiny and dank with a pronounced bitterness. Minimal sweetness is present. The mid palate has more oily bitterness and pungency. Butter and oily on the finish, this is a light bodied DIPA that's delicious. Recommended.

 493 characters

Photo of blackcutlass
4.95/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Amazing smell. Tastes of dank hoppiness. It's in your face and takes two or three turns to appreciate. But once you figure this one out, it's the only thing you want to drink. Wish it was available year round. Similar to Head Hunter, but amplified on all levels.

 262 characters

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant transparent copper color. Fluffy white created through a vigorous pour. A bright, citrusy aroma rounds out the simple nose of this beer. Smells absolutely delicious to all the hopheads out there. Piney, citrus, floral, mango and tropical fruit hops dominate the flavor. Its body is nice and medium bodied. This is a wonderful beer, get it whenever you see it.

 375 characters

Photo of THSdrummer
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a frosty, hazy golden amber. Lovely imperial IPA colorization. Foamy white head with a fair amount of lacing left behind. Juicy citrus, resin, and tropical hops with a dab of honey. Really powerful aroma. Yum! Pine and resin hop notes right off the bat in the flavor. Super juicy, incredible citrus and tropical hops behind. Nice and balanced and leaning on the sweet side. Mouth feel is full and filling. Slightly harsh carbonation on the back end, but otherwise great. Overall, a juicy, hoppy IPA that doesn't singe the tongue with bitter hops. Leans a little sweet and is easy to drink. Might be a bit dangerous with that combo at 9%, so be aware!

Served in a 12oz snifter.

 683 characters

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the best Imperial IPAs I’ve ever had.

(L) It has a clear amber hue with a slightly off white one inch thick head.

(A) The aroma is pleasantly fruity and piney.

(T) There’s some citrusy caramel malt back bone, and lots of pine, grapefruit, tropical fruit, dankness, all very well balanced. Normally I would think 100 IBU is too bitter for me. Well, the 100 IBU is all there but it is a very pleasant dank “topnotch IPA” kind of bitterness.

(F) Despite the IBU it’s smooth and crisp and I did not notice the high alcohol level. It is very juicy and easy to drink too fast. It is a top notch Imperial IPA in my opinion.

 646 characters

Photo of SawDog505
4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my favorite Lost Abbey long stim tulip bottled on 2 / 08 / 16. Pours a beautiful orange with a 1 inch sticky white head that clings to the sides of the glass like my children there chocolate Easter Bunnys.

Smell is mango, marijuana, papaya, tangerine, pine pitch, and some grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is large for the style, moderate carbonation which is perfect in this case, maybe a little dry, and excellent drinkability.

Overall this is one of the most dank beers I have ever had and as a former pot head I know dank. Thanks @WesMantooth for this amazing overall DIPA.

 583 characters

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.

 762 characters

Photo of kemoarps
4.12/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp clear amber body bordering on having an orange-itude to it. Small tight white head recedes to it's corners and colonies fate.

Nose is rich and juicy. Tropical fruits meet with juicy citrus and a bounciness that is almost reminiscient of bubblegum. I get that in a lot of big multiple-IPAs and I've never been 100% on where it comes from. Huh.

These same trappings of juicy sweet fruits dance blithely over a brutally bitter core of primarily pine but a sprinkle of citrus pith. These two bitter cornerstones intermingle through the finish growing and dancing in and out of one another through the last lingering aftertastes.

Tiny pricks of carbonation are abundant helping to usher in the sweet prelude and mask the bitter seriousness held underneath. Medium light body but clean and crisp.

Another fantastic Ohio brew from the ever-generous @WesMantooth and his BIF #3 box. Thank you!!

 901 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Hop JuJu Imperial IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
4.44 out of 5 based on 2,011 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.

    Subscribe