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 CTpilgrim
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got this in a trade. I'm in New England and have a bias toward the cloudy juice bombs that we have access to. When I first opened the bottle I was blown away by the aroma. It is super tropical with almost a candy scent to it. I poured it into my treehouse tulip and the appearance is absolutely beautiful, deep gold with a finger white head and good lacing. The taste follows the nose with tropical fruits and just a hint of pine resin on the back end. Mouthfeel is slick and oily like a dipa should be. Overall this beer is simply outstanding and ranks right up there with any of the great ipas out there. I wish we could get this regularly here where I live. Very well done!

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


A: Big danky piney, citrusy, tropical hops upfront, light malt sweetness and a bit of alcohol

A: light orange/yellow color, totally clear with a white head of bubbles that has decent retention. Lots of lacing in the glass.

T: Lots of piney/citrusy/tropical hops upfront, moderately light malt sweetness with a surprisingly juicy finish. There is a moderately light hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Bit of alcoholic warmth is noticeable on the finish

O: The hops are always the star when it comes to DIPAs and Fat Heads doesn’t disappoint. This was one of the first IPAs that have a juicy finish. While I now tend to drink beers with less piney hops, this one is still pretty tasty!

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Clear golden/copper type color
Smell - DANK! pine, hop resin, grapefruit, pineapple
Taste - Follows the nose. Grapefruit, dank, fresh hops, pine

Overall - An absolute hop assault! Dank and pungent. Fat Heads is great!

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Photo of trygelski1
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle that was bottled on 2/10/16 poured into tulip glass:

Look: Pours a clear orange/amber color with about an inch of head with nice lacing present.

Smell: Citrus, grapefruit, pine, tropical fruits.

Taste: Dank awesomeness! Super fresh with plenty of citrus and pine but not overly bitter and well balanced!

Feel: Medium bodied. Crisp and refreshing!

Overall: One of the best double IPAs I have ever had! Fat Heads can do no wrong with their hoppy beers as every single one I have had has been fantastic. I highly recommend at least picking up a 4 pack of this one if its still available as this brew is highly sought after and sells out quickly!

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Photo of Sad_Larry
4.81/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into a Carton Brewing IPA glass.

Look - Poured a clear amber/bronze color with a 3 finger head, and little to no lacing present.

Smell - Strong tropical fruits (mango, guava, pineapple), pine, and a light hint of citrus.

Taste - Excellent! Tropical fruits with a backdrop of pine and resin.

Mouthfeel - Perfect carbonation and just enough bitterness to not be overwhelming. A very easy beer to drink.

Overall - A truly fantastic imperial IPA. Very easy to drink for 9% ABV. Fruity, piney, and most of all, refreshing.

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Photo of emalc
4.17/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a gorgeous amber-orange. Nose is a blast of catty papaya, with a side of fresh cut grass and pine. The resin comes to the front in the taste, but it doesn't linger unforgivingly on the palate like a 100+ IBU beer can. I've heard people compare this to Pliny (in terms of characteristics), and they're not wrong, but the two beers are more like cousins rather than siblings. The hop profile doesn't strike my personal tastes as squarely as they could, but I get the love for this beer. Well done, Fat Head's!

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Photo of Hootie159
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From bottle. Dark honey color. Good lacing and retention. Smell is best attribute. Wet dank hops. Bitter and assertive. Taste is just good. Bitter and a bit of sweetness from the hops. Nice sticky feel. Strong but not over-carbonated. Very good beer.

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Photo of EJJ1848
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 12oz snifter pours Orange Carmel color
Nose of Tropical hops
Taste of Sticky Pine and Grapefruit with a touch of caramel and booze on the back end,
I think the caramel on the back end doesn't jive with me
Overall very solid beer,

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Photo of Tertullian007
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Thanks to @RayOhioFelton for this one.

Pours a golden hue with minimal to moderate head. Not much lacing.

The nose is like a punch in the face. But a punch in the face from the fist of God after she has been harvesting hops from her garden.

A trinity of Juicy Citrus and Tropical flavors explode in your mouth like the second coming. Or the first. You wonder where the bitterness is hiding behind those 100 IBUs. It never appears.

Thick mouthfeel, but not like the honey thickness we find in the East Coast cans. Minimal carbing.

A delicious smack to the taste buds. Go get some.

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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
3.99/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear sparkling perfect amber, with a very large and active frothy head that retains for a while, but does dies off to nothing.

Dank peach on the nose, vanilla orange cream, fiery pine, hints of biscuit grapefruit and lemon zest. Regardless of what your own personal experience brings, this is one of the most powerful bouquets of aromas you will find in a beer.

Peach and orange candy lead the flavor parade, and quickly recede to pine with some diametrically opposed notes of allium and starburst. Citrus and tropical fruits, pine and earth, all present, all powerful, and none overtaking the other. Bitterness is sharp, forceful and right on the edge of abrasive, woody and dry, yet somehow refreshing. It is powerful, but it goes well with this beer, and it wouldn't be Hop Juju without it. As it warms I even get some floral notes, maybe rose, and some alcohol heat.

Effervescent yet somehow hefty on the palate, finishing semi-dry.

This beer easily hits all the notes it lists on the bottle, with gusto. It has nothing to hide, and pretends to be nothing it isn't.

Most recently enjoyed 2/16/17, out of a six day old bottle.

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