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

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Hop JuJu Imperial IPAHop JuJu Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
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 waterski
4.71/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared from a great beer friend. A gift of two 12 oz bottles. Bottle date 03/17. Fresh! Poured into my usual wide mouthed tasting glass. What a pour! An orange copper color with a nice white lacing across the top. Not really a head. No leftover residue on the glass. It's like a pine tree up one nostril and an orange tree up the other and a pineapple shoved down your throat. In a good way. To graphic? Very well balanced with all of the scents and tastes you should expect from an imperial IPA. I feel it's best temperature is chilled, but not to cold (45-50). It's one of my top tastings and that's with 25 years of experience in the beer business. A proud offering.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I live this beer. The clear, orange beer gives off a singular scent that is the perfect marriage of grapefruit, orange, mango and pine. Every sniff brings one of the components to the front. The taste is pleasantly sweet with all the citrus and pine bitterness you would want in a beer. This is an amazing beer.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/16/17.

Pours very clear copper. Bright white head good lacing and retention. Citrus rind, mango, piney aromatics. Fantastic hop flavor. Bright refreshing and not too strong on the bitterness.
This is really good and best of all very drinkable. Both this and head hunter are top notch fresh.

Also, this is very similar to dirt wolf.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Smell: sweet oranges candied peachs sweet bready malt grapefruit zest pine needle.

Taste: upfront you get that sweet bready malt middle of the mouth you get some citrus fruit orange rind tangerine grapefruit zest in the finish you get a nice sweet candied peach but you also get a nice pine needle and floral hop biterness to balance out the sweetness.

Feel: medium body moderate carbonation. The 9% abv isn't noticeable at all.

Overall: In a craft beer world were NE IPA'S are king this beer holds its own. This is a great west coast IPA. The malt and Hops complement each other beautifully. Yes I still think NE IPA'S are better but if you ever want to know what a west coast IPA is supposed to be then try this. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated 1/30/17 from prager62. The beer pours a very clear, amber color with a small white head. The head dissipated leaving nice lacing that coats the glass.

The smell knocks you back with intense citrus hops. There is grapefruit, orange, and some nice pine resin in the back. As it warms some peach begins to come through.

The taste follows nicely with tons of grapefruit and orange and a pine resin that's just enough without being overpowering. There is a little sweetness that appears as it warms.

The mouthfeel is smooth, medium carbonation, and slightly oily.

Overall a really great DIPA that nicely balances citrus and resin. I understand the love for this beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a copper-gold body with one-finger head and lace that sticks around. Aroma is hoppy and citrusy with dirty earth tones. Biting hops and boozy medicinal feel but enjoyable with touches of grapefruit sweetness and clean finish.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Holy Juju! This beer pours beautifully clean golden orange with a foamy sudsy bone white head that leaves a good ring and sticks well. In your face with dank pine and citrus the second the cap pops off the top of the bottle. You can smell that this is gonna be resinous and sticky! The flavor burst with that same citrus and pine, and a good amount of sweetness to keep the wonderful bitterness just in check. Feel definitely has that sticky richness to it. Nice carbonation, good medium full body, and bitter as hell. Overall, this is my kind of DIPA, and wish it were more readily available and accessible out here. Cheers!

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Photo of neenerzig
4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer is a clear, medium golden/copper color with lots of streams of little bubbles fairly rapidly and continuously rising to the beer's surface. Has a creamy looking, slightly tan/off-white head that's well over an inch thick when first poured that settles to a thick, creamy surface layer of foam with very good retention, a thick ring of foam lining the inside of the glass, and good lacing. Aromas of slightly toasted caramel malts that gives way to big citrus, cantaloupe, and piney hop aromas. The taste is pretty much the same, with some slightly toasted caramel malt sweetness along with the aforementioned big hip flavors of citrus, cantaloupe, and piney hops with a decent bitterness. Good balance overall here. Has a slightly crisp, mainly smooth and frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a very clean and slightly dry finish. A good beer all around.


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

Murky caramel rust color appearance with good head retention and nice oily lacing. Fruity pineapple smell and flavor, with a nice malty resinous piney backbone. Can taste the alcohol but pleasantly moderated. Medium full mouthfeel.

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

Bottle dated 2/9 poured into tree house snifter.

Pours clear golden orange with light head and tremendous lacing

Aroma is citrus up front, biscuit malt in the background. You smell the citrus 10 ft away from the glass.

Taste is perfect sweet hoppy IPA blend. Very well done fat heads

Not typical creamy juicy mouthfeel I typically prefer in an IPA. But solid and appropriate for style.

My first ever fat heads beer and I have to say very impressive. I look forward to trying more in the not too distant future

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Photo of JLK7299
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired this in a recent trade as an "extra". How is this an extra? Delicious! Great IIPA for a little cooler weather as the pine taste really stands out. Love this beer!

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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.

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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.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pale amber transparent body with a sticky, frothy off-white head. Aroma is fruity and grassy with a dash of toast. Flavor is full of resin flavor; sticky hoppy flavor with hints of fruit and a hint of a toasty backbone. Feel is smooth, sticky and medium-full bodied with a medium carb level. Nice to revisit after the NE IPA craze.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 pda22
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer smells delicious. Looks clear golden color. On draft at the Brewpub, it tastes delicious on draft. The hop flavors are so delicious. This is one of the best Ohio beers

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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.

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