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

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Hop JuJu Imperial IPAHop JuJu Imperial IPA
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Hop JuJu Imperial IPAHop JuJu Imperial IPA

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

Style: American 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

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Ratings: 2,238 |  Reviews: 285
Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is amazing on so many levels. for one, all this hop character with so little bitterness, its incredible, maybe one of the most dramatic ive encountered. honey colored is fitting, because its honey textured hoppy too, extremely west coast in nature, dank and drippy with hop goodness. i dont get as much tropical fruit in this as others apparently have, more pine for me, spruce even, springy and pungent, with a real taffy sticky front end feel but fully resolving in the finish, aided by strong carbonation and a medium body that feels delicate for how big this is. i appreciate a big ipa under 9% abv too, it allows me the ability to enjoy several of them without the consequences of doing the same thing with one at 10% abv. i would describe the hop profile of this beer as less distinct than expected, given the hype. i thought for sure southern hemisphere fruitiness and all of that, but its not really there. its got more of a northwest hop character, just done better than most others, which is always great to see. this one and the head hunter are both amazing. these guys appear to be really onto it with their hoppy beers. id love to try some other stuff, looks like they do a ton.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, tropical fruit, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, tropical fruit, and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great citrus and tropical forward hop presence all around.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Knapp85
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice looking copper color on this beer. The head is thin and white leaving behind just a touch of lacing on the glass with a small amount of retention. The smell if loaded with a bunch of hop aromas that range from resin to pine to fruit. The taste of the beer is very good too, nicely balanced sweet malts with a punishing bitter finish. The mouthfeel is oily and kind of heavy too. Overall this beer is a tasty, it's a hop bomb for sure, but if you're a hophead you'll love this for sure.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -26%

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 BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With the unmistakable "Citra" hop character- it appears at first sniff that the brewers at Fat Head's have sold their soul to the devil. Irresistible to hop-heads, this deeply resinous taste is accompanied with enough fruit flavor to make any punch bowl blush.

Its copper and chestnut body shines despite its mildly hopped haze. With ribbons of gold and amber, the ale casts a dense and heavily creamy blanket of foam to rest above its prism of color. As the ale fades, trails of speckled Brussels lace follow closely behind.

The nose is quickly seduced by the beer's heavy hop influence immediately- tropical, citrus and herbaceous aromas are vibrant, ripe, and bursting with their perfume. Highly floral, the undertow of malt offers up a caramel-dipped fruit scent while approaching a rich and nearly buttery tone while hints of chive and cannabis rise at first sip.

Its taste is crisp and savory as the beer's moderate caramel sweetness turns over to a vagrant hoppy middle- there's a salty-citrus flavor that butts up against a butterscotch pineapple medley. But then there's cobblered taste of apples, mangoes, apricots and tangerine that's all wrapped in an aura of leaf and pine. Its growing bitterness is greeted with mineral and sap to crispen and dry its taste with ease.

Resembling the classic American IPA as much as it does an "imperial" version, the beer's hop dominance easily overshadows its malt sweetness as the beer is drier than expected even from the start. What ensues is a short caramel and biscuit sweetness that dissolves off the tongue and ensures a sticky resinous finish of smooth warmth and spicy bite.

Hop Juju spreads around to all the hop-heads with a resinous and tropical taste that satisfies their "bitter-tooth" with utmost divulgement. Its fruit, herb and supporting sweetness hits home with fans of newer, stronger and fruitier hops.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/12/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange zest, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying or astringent bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and sticky/resinous mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible DIPA style. All around outstanding complexity and balance of bright and juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and light-moderate malt flavor; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. An incredibly delicious offering.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A billowy head gathers above the amber liquid and leaves multiple strands of lacing down the side of the glass

Smell: Sugar-coated ruby red grapefruit

Taste: Like the aroma, the sugar-coated ruby red grapefruit flavor opens and builds through the middle, the bitterness builds, particularly after the swallow; bready malt flavors linger, underneath, but the finish is citrusy, sweet and adds a mango and tropical fruity angle

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Perhaps a tad too much sugar for my palate, this is still a terrific DIPA with a distinct West Coast character

Thanks, kbuzz, for the opportunity

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of mothman
4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lots of tropical fruit and citrus. Dank and weedy. Pineapple, grapefruit, melon.

White head. Golden orange color.

Very fresh and very hoppy. One of the better things to come out of the state.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of jgunther71
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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