Head Trip | Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Lately it occurs to me what a long, strange trip it's been. This brew has a deep golden color with spicy phenolics, fruity notes, yeast and clove in the nose. Rich mouthfeel with complex fruity, yeasty flavors and hints of clove with just the right amount of hop bitterness and a slightly sweet finish. Drink up do-dah man.

Added by adamette on 01-03-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
83
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
12.07%
 
 
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5
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13
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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of mongo_steve
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of Nunya
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of maximum12
2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to nollie77 for this 12 oz. bottle that looks like it went through a ’Dead encampment. Bottled 1/11/17 - I had no idea Fat Head’s made a Tripel.

The pour looks more or less like their IPAs - clear golden, but with soapy, filmy bubbles rather than a head. Smells like a hefe - bubblegum, cloves, sugar. Not bad.

Head Trip is what you’d call ‘standard’. You know - candied sweetness, bit of banana, pear, but with an Americanized bitterness (from overhopping?) that clashes with your basic tripel. Heavy yeast mid-temp along with a hard alcohol kick. I split this with my wife & six ounces is plenty.

Heads Hunters makes some of the finest hoppy beers in the Midwest, but this would be routine if it weren’t over-hopped. Barely mediocre & uninteresting.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy light yellowish gold color with a thin white head. Head turns into a few bubbles and leaves a bit of lacing.

S- The first thing that hits me is the Belgian yeast. A bit of sweet malts, lemon, a bit of clove and a some sort of funkiness.

T- A bit of funkiness, and the yeast is up in your face. A touch of spice, lemon and bit of a bready like malt. Alcohol was hidden pretty well didn't realize that this one was 9.5%.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and good amount of carbonation.

O- I'll pass on this one.

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Photo of Brew33
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a small candy sugar and a touch of malt. In the taste, mellow candy sugar, a decent malt and a note of hops. A small bitterness and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry candy sugar in the aftertaste. Quite mellow and an average representation of style.

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Photo of skaboom420
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Lanstrum
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of adamette
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes at the brewery: The complex flavors of Belgium dazzle the palate with hints of candy sugar, spices, and the warmth of Alcohol. Watch your step: at 9.5% abv this quaffable Belgian Styled Triple may send you on an unexpected trip.

Poured from tap at the brewpub into a clean, clear 12 oz. snifter for $5.00. Review from notes taken at the bar.

A Translucent light brown/yellow body under a very slight head which only covered about 15 per cent of the top of the beer before dissipating within a minute to a few bubbles. I have seen that look in a tripel before but it is not all that impressive. 3.5

S The requisite sweet malt and Belgian yeast smells waft up from the beer along with some clove tangy smells as well. Kind of basic but I like this smell of my favorite style beer. 3.5

T Malt, yeast presence is to the style and there is that clove tartness as well but this tripel is a bit unadventurous. After some really nice beers (Voodoo Chocolate Monkey Stout and Collaborative Evil) from Fat Head's I was really optimistic about their take on my favorite style. This was is just so so. 3.5

M MOderate to high feel as the ABV is not as well hidden as the description would have you believe. 3.5

D Only fair to good but the style and ABV do not lend themselves to being particularly drinkable. 3.5

Notes: After some really nice beers (Voodoo Chocolate Monkey Stout and Collaborative Evil) from Fat Head's I was really optimistic about their take on my favorite style. This was is just so so. Don't get me wrong, it is an interesting beer and superior to other ones that they brew but I am rating within style.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep gold with fine carbonation and a bit of white head. Great clarity and a fine looking brew. Aroma of sweet Belgian yeast, honey and a bit of flowery hop. In the taste, bubblegum, candi sugar, citrus, and a bit of grains. Hardly any heat for a beer this big. Medium to full in body with a sharp carbonation. I like how clean this triple is. Tasty and easy drinking, a fine Belgian style ale.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It features a good amount of the clove & phenol spiciness that is the hallmark of the Belgian styl mixed with a little orange rind and pale malt, but it lacks that crisp & clean profile the best of them have. It's too oily and slick.

** Revision 2/17/17**

Pours beautifully with great carbonation, color and head. Aroma is light and has lots of cracker malt along with faint clove and fruity esther. Taste has a riper phenol flavor than I remember with more banana and sweetness. Phenol is definitely less spicey and more tropical vine fruit, and the malt does add a nice counterbalance with some cracked wheat flavor. Mouthfeel still kinda oily and heavy. Solid beer but nothing amazing.

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Photo of MaximumYuks
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BB1313
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 1/11/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with great clarity and transparency, but there's some minor sediment/floaties; bubbles racing upwards with a white head that quickly falls leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas are malt forward along with some yeast. Hints of banana and bubblegum. Some pear aromas. The flavors basically follow the nose. Solid malt backbone. The yeasts do their thing giving this one a sweetness, but there's a subtle bitterness to balance out everything. Some pine and fresh grass in the mix. Subtle hints of clove. Mild spiciness. Subtle warmth in the finish. Some alcohol notes, but nothing crazy or over the top. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's very fluffy and creamy. It's ultimately smooth, but makes for a nice sipper.

This is a solid tripel. It might not be my new personal favorite example of the style, but it's enjoyable and fun to drink.

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Photo of redearth329
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cold draft into a 12 oz snifter

A - cloudy rusty bronze color, thin layer of light tan head.

S - Fruity esters; lychee, stone fruit, flowers. Not very forthcoming on the nose --too cold, probably.

T - Well-disguised alcohol. Yeasty esters, lychee, brown sugar, allspice, caramel. Fairly malt forward for a tripel. Drinks more like a quad, in my opinion.

M - medium to full-bodied, creamy, with light, frothy carbonation.

O - decent tripel, but drinks more like a quad. More toward the malt end of the spectrum with less fruit and flowers than I would expect from a tripel. A little heavy for a tripel, also, in my opinion.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a tulip
A: Solid orange with a lingering one-finger head
S: Bread, Belgian yeast, malts and banana
T: Sweet, a bit hot.Bubblegum, banana, sweet malt, Belgian yeast
M: Quite sweet with noticeable alcohol
O: On one hand tastes true to the style but I'm having trouble finishing the glass. Would be far better with the alcohol toned down a couple of points

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Photo of BigRizz62
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CityofWind_brew
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tjmiller718
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of barflybastard
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of epyon396
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chillwave22
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Kmccabe33
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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Head Trip from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
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