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

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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
Ranking:
#175
Reviews:
283
Ratings:
2,215
pDev:
7.85%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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575
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Ratings: 2,215 |  Reviews: 283
Photo of MDDMD
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PatrickCT
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant copper amber body, clear with some haze from the chill. Three finger white, creamy head with some serious staying power. Nice sticky, web-like lace.
Fresh pine and compost in the aroma mingles with tropical fruit, which comes more alive as it warms. The malts are wonderfully bready with a touch of honey.
The taste is complex yet balanced. Tropical fruit juices, pineapple, mangos and papaya. Citrus rind and herbal hops towards the middle with a wonderful piney spice at the end. A touch grainy but mostly bready malts. Hints of honey sweetness throughout.
Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Resin like mouth feel but not too heavy. Lovely dry finish with a bite from the alcohol.

Perfect balance between the malt and the hops. Hop profile very balanced for such an aggressive beer.

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Photo of dcbeers
4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gsquared12
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Closekd23
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Johng19751
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of smutty33
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Duncian
4.16/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of IronLover
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bright copper orange in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a short, creamy, white foam that reduced to soapy cap with medium low retention. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Boozy warmth intensifies through the middle and turned a little prickly toward the finish. Medium spicy hop aromas with light citrus notes and an underlying dankness. Medium malt and caramel aromas with and sweet, boozy notes toward the end. Medium high spicy and citrus hop flavors up front with caramel maltiness. Medium high, spicy and pine bitterness through the middle. Herbal and spicy hop flavors with expanding booziness and caramel malt notes from the middle to the end. Finished semi-dryly with lingering pine hop bitterness and sweet caramel malt notes. Well balances intense hop and malt character. Hop aromas and flavors are solid and bitterness is intense but not overwhelming. A NE IPA this is not. A great old school west coast IPA, intense, hoppy and tasty.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer has a thin off white head to a beautifully clear golden clear beer.
It smells of honey dankness.
Tastes follows the nose pretty well. Almost a honey like sweetness with slight dank earthy qualities. Some pine.
Feeling is wet, thick and sticky. Coats the mouth well.
Overall, I can see how hopslam and this get related. This held up to expectations

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Photo of hoppy_cbus35
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of fossage78
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wiffler27
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mschrei
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smcel371
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkblr
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled 2/12/18 (19 days ago) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 9% ABV 100 IBU. The beer pours bright golden amber with sticky off white head. Retention and lacing are above average. The aroma is tropical fruit, citrus and earth. The taste is earthy, with tropical highlights and citrus rind. No trace of 9% ABV in the aroma or taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. To have this much feel and taste without ever going sweet or sticky is masterful. Overall, excellent. Recommended!

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Photo of izzyismyrott
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pour crystal clear amber color with huge fluffy white head that will not go away. Lots of spotty lacing around the glass.

Aroma - huge orange and grapefruit with a hint of sweet tangerine. Nice hop resin mixed with citrus peel. No sign of the 9%.

Taste - Wow taste is big orange, tangerine and grapefruit with bitter citrus peel and hops. The alcohol comes out a little more than in the nose but does not hurt it.

Feel - medium bodied well carbonated a little heat from the alcohol and a slightly dry bitter finish.

Overall - Not much I would change about this one, great flavors wonderful aroma super easy drinking for the 9%.

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Photo of DanEvancho
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of LloydDobler
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of weird_al_1106
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Delta6014
4.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is nearly perfect. Excellent IPA. It has a very smooth almost gentle finish compared to some other IPAs. Golden Amber in color. It has a great head on the pour. Quite excellent

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

100 IBU's. What have I signed up for?

Bottled February 1st, 2018. A golden amber color reminiscent of all west-coast IPA's. The head is tall and yellowish-white with a dome in the middle and leaves lots of lace on the sides as it recedes.

Aroma of stiff citrus fruits - namely orange and grapefruit, with some raisin and pine; slight alcohol heat and bready malts.

Delicious hop brick wall here. Lots of blood orange here. Prickly pine and onion. Grapefruit, caramel malt, bright plum, hot diesel, and tailing notes of cantaloupe/melon and tangerine. Hop oils fade out on the finish. A touch harsh but not overly astringent.

Feel is crisp and refreshing, but the flip side is oily and creamy. Hot, oily finish.

Overall, the 100 IBU's are no joke, but it's somehow smoother to drink than their flagship, "Head Hunter". I'm a fan of the New England juice bombs, and this is the opposite of that, but style considered, this one is pretty darn good. Tongue surgery optional.

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Hop JuJu Imperial IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 2,215 ratings