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 | website

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 Stevedore
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle of the fresh 2016 release. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a light caramel-brown body, two finger offwhite head with great retention and splotches of lacing. Smells simply wonderful, with a major grapefruit and citrus overload wafting out of the glass. A dry caramel sweetness, mild grainy cereal. Flavour follows, with a hunk of grapefruit, some lemon zest backed up by caramel sweetness that is nevertheless a bit dry and not enough to balance out the juiciness. Which I'm never going to complain about. It finishes with a zesty bitterness balanced by the sweet caramel. Nicely done. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, finishes slightly dry, substantial body with a bitter zest and sweet caramel combination. Overall, a very tasty double IPA with a lot of grapefruit aromatic hops. Wonderful.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden amber hue with moderate head, little retention. Aroma is just mountains of tropical hops featuring mango, pineapple & grapefruit. Very sweet & inviting. Flavor is as expected, nothing rule-breaking for a high-end IPA with lots of intermingling tropical & citrus notes. Finishes very bitter with pine & grapefruit. Mouthfeel is oily & resinous.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours beautiful clear orange, two finger white head fades leaving soapy lace. Fruity tropical citrus aroma. Taste of citrus peel, pine, sweet pineapple hops with light malt backbone. Very clean crisp taste. Finishes with some piney earthy bitterness, mild alcohol coming out in the end. Clean medium slick mouthfeel. This is an outstanding DIPA, reminds me of a juiced up Jai Alai.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A big thanks to Dan for this one. 12oz. bottle (2.10.16) into a pint glass.

Nice, deep, clear dark orange color but doesn't pour much of a head or leave much lace. This one smells like a papaya pooped hop nuggets onto a mango. Huge dank hop and tropical fruit notes. So pulpy! Notes of pine resin, grass and tree sap with a heavy dose of cane sugar, mango and papaya towards the end. This one's almost all malt with a light sprinkle of sappy hop bitterness throughout. Really quenching and easy to drink and the ABV is hidden very well. Dry finish on the palate really brings out the hop bitterness that squeezes the palate.

I'm really impressed by Hop Juju. Thought this one would be good with all the accolades and it really came through as a winner!

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Description: Clear with minimal head, the color is sort of a dark, apple juice or even burnt orange. The aroma is piney, fruity and dank all at once. It's like a pine tree had a beautiful baby with a mango tree. Taste? Man, this is good. Like the smell, this delivers a swirling bouquet of fruit, pine and an underlying dankness. There's a bitter aftertaste and finish but the way these flavors are all balanced is remarkable. For an IPA, it's a bit on the fuller bodied side and carbonation is medium to low.

Suggested food pairing: Hawaiian pizza

If you like this beer then you should also try: Sip of Sunshine

Overall: 4.5 (This beer is very good and I would definitely drink it again) Wow! I expected this to be good and it exceeded expectations. It's not the pure West Coast style IPA that Head Hunter is so I don't know that it's totally fair to compare them, but this one would easily be my favorite. In fact, I'd say this is right up there with any of the more well-known, higher profile IPAs from the West Coast and Northeast. Explosion of smell and taste. Only knock on this is that it isn't brewed more often...

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Photo of brian44556
4.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Bell's Tulip. Bottled 2/6/2016. Super Fresh!

Pours a dull amber with a full white head. Small amounts of lacing coat the glass.

Aromas of grapefruit, pine sap, tropical fruits, come through the nose.

Amazingly balanced hop profile. Super dank, up front with a great juicy resin finish.

Full bodied DIPA, clean, crisp, and perfectly carbonated.

Great West Coast DIPA brewed in the Midwest. Can't get enough.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Appearance is beautiful. Thick head that lasts seemingly forever. Pretty, cohesive lacing.

Nose is floral hops, orange blossom honey, fresh grapefruit, juicy fruit gum, crusty bread.

Taste is full, nutty, bitter, meaty, with honey and bubblegum and dry-roasted almond and green grape. It has a long, mild, pleasantly bitter/sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with mild carbonation and some oil slickness. Incredibly drinkable.

Overall, this is full of flavor, and delicate for being an imperial IPA. It's a must-try if you can find it.

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Photo of Sultan-of-Suds
4.97/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Felt compelled to review since this is as close to perfect as you can get with a DIPA. Smell is amazing, one of the most pungent, fruity, dank beers I have ever put the sniffer to. Taste is just as good, this beer is no joke. If this beer doesn't rank in your top 10 for IPA's of all time then you should stick to coors light.

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Photo of Jascrutch
4.9/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Seasonal Imperial IPA from Fat Heads. Exceptional product. Extraordinarily easy drinking for such a big IPA. Touch of sweetness up front from the 9% and a very sound, bitter finish from the 100 IBUs. Brilliant beverage that is quite fleeting during its annual release unfortunately!

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz.

Pours a clear honey gold, white head is a quarter inch thick and retains well.

Smells of bready malts, honey, and pronounced piney and grassy hops. The hops are very fresh and intense.

Tastes of honey and biscuit malts with fresh hops over top. The hops run the gamut of flavors; citrus, pine, passion fruit, and grassy bitter.

Body is full with stinging carbonation.

Excellent DIPA, one of the best I've had for sure. Up there with Dirt Wolf and Sculpin. Must-try for fans of the style.

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Photo of Jaskok
4.96/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

first time I've tried this ale. first pour filled area with great aroma, absolutely love it. possibly the best ale I've had in years. will be heading back to their tap house for more on monday.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.74/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked up at the release today and was bottled yesterday. Pours a beautiful amber honey color. Aroma is super piny & citrusy with notes of grapefruit and tropical fruit. Flavor is really juicy grapefruit, citrus and dank resiny hops. Has a really nice finish that's really well balanced for 100 IBU's. Leaves a great resiny hoppy aftertaste. Overall this is fantastic.

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Photo of Oswick
4.91/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I thought i was doomed. the IBU is 100. the smell was so piney and full of grapefruit. i was sure this would be too much for me. the feel and finish were nothing short of smooth and sexy. unreal, so glad i was able to try this at the brewery no less, fresh from the tap!

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Photo of Sabtos
3.4/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Amber, with a nice frothy head.

Dank peach on the nose, and same in flavor, with an addition of immense bitterness as well--this is not overwhelming when fresh, but it's just on the edge to the point it's still a little off-putting for me.

There are some diametrically opposed notes of allium and starburst as well.

Regardless of what your own personal experience brings, this is one of the most powerful bouquets of aromas you will find in a beer.

As it warms I even get some floral notes, maybe rose.

Effervescent but heavy on the palate. Nice.

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Photo of John_M
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at growler guys PDX the other day.

The beer pours a golden amber color with great head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is impressive, as you pick up a huge aroma of tropical fruit, dank weed and pine. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and while this is certainly an impressive DIPA from Fat Heads, once again the noticeable booziness, coupled with the tropical fruit and pine, is just a bit off putting. Frankly, it's hard to imagine drinking more than a small glass of this beer, for all that it's an impressive hop bomb with great drying bitterness on the finish otherwise.

Maybe it's a style thing, but good as they are, I always find myself having a hard time enjoying these Fat Head DIPA's. Be that as it may, undeniably, this is an impressive DIPA from FH.

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Photo of nonpo
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served dark golden with minimal head in a snifter at Brewpub.... Smell was strong grapefruit with a sweet undertone... Taste was citrus with grapefruit tones.... Mouthfeel was nice carbonation... Middle mouthfeel was complete, allowing grapefruit and citrus to play on palate but not overstay their welcome in the aftertaste... This beer is amazing on draft!!! Have had in bottles and never experienced the same reverence as I did today on draft!!! Highly recommend!!!

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Photo of portia99
4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Pours a neutral amber in the glass, slightly hazy with a short cap of off-white foam that leaves webby lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet malt base with notes of caramel, piney hops, some orangey citrus, bit of booze. Nice.

T - Big beer, lightly noticeable alcohol presence. Clean bitterness at a controlled medium level that seems a bit subdued for a beer of this size. Resiny hop flavors of pine, a bit earthy and mild citrus. Nice balance to this. Hoppy, but not a total hop bomb either.

F - Rather full bodied DIPA, thick, sticky and resiny hops. A bit syrupy in feel. Carbonation is at a lower level.

O - Really solid and well balanced DIPA. It feels big and has plenty of hops, malt and booze - all well proportioned and integrated nicely. Not over the top in the hop department so some may be disappointed, but this is pretty damn tasty to me.

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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 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 madelfonatree
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Hazy when cold. More orange than most. White medium head. Lacing does not stick around.

Smell - Bread. Dank hops. Faint citrus, mostly earthy.

Taste - Bitter throughout. Bread in the beginning. Not as much citrus as expected.

Feel - Bite on the tongue. Medium feel.

Overall - West Coast in the Midwest. Cleveland! Fat Heads! Dank with subtle citrus.

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

A strong pour only gets about an inch of light tan head. Head fades to a rim skim in about two minutes. Body is classic golden honey in tone. Nose is big and juicy with tons of citrus just bursting to get to you smeller. Almost like smelling hoppy orange marmalade. Zesty and bright as the flavor jumps on the tongue. Strong grapefruit tones are mixed with piney, prickly notes. This is a very bold beer with a powerful bitter bite all throughout the body of this beer. This is really a hop lovers dream just a bitter blizzard on the taste buds. Only drawback for me is that the alcohol is just a tad bit hot, but not at all off putting. Wonderful overall.

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Photo of almostjay
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent all around. The aroma is a bit better than the taste for me, but both are on point. A bit more bitter than the DIPAs I'm used to, but I like that. No cloying sweetness, just an endless hop assault. Well done.

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Photo of KSOZE
4.74/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best imperials I've ever had. Huge tropical fruit with perfect amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel a bit thin, but other than that, close to perfect.

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Photo of YeahRightt
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Goldy locks in the light with an amber tint

Smell: Bready hops on the front, spices like garlic and earthy tones are present amongst soft citruses. Smells almost like a wild ale in certain respects, without a tart presence.

Taste: Similar to the head, the hops come full frontal attack followed by the spices you find in the head. Orange and resiny malts finish the flavor off with a last sucker punch of hops to round out the double style. There is a funky aspect to this beer that is deliberate and adds to the character of the beer in a very endearing way, but is definitely not for everyone. That earthy funk in the back of the nose is present on the tongue in a more subtle, intriguing way.

Feel: Medium viscosity, with a hint of heat from the ABV making its status as a double IPA known. Very pleasant without being overbearing or undrinkable.

Overall: A great twist on a classic style. I understand the popularity, but I hope it is in part of its unique characteristics. There are alot of potentially abrasive flavors present that manage to work with the style and incorporate themselves seamlessly. The earthiness gives way to a clean finish in a way that I wouldn't imagine possible as a beer enthusiast that does not brew himself. Very good and worth trying to get a hold of

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Photo of Get_Lowell
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Golden goodness with inch and a half a snowy white bubbly foam. Head dissipates rather quickly. Leaves a phenomenal trail on the glass. Smell: Pungent tropical fruit on the nose Taste: Wowaweewa! Juicy tropical fruit dominant the palate. Piney resin on the front. Feel: Medium body, chewy at times, frothy. Overall: A delicious IIPA all around, the fruit aroma flavors are phenomenal. Another pour please!!

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