Alpha Ambush
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States
American IPA
Ranked #399
Ranked #6,301
4.15 | pDev: 5.78%
Aug 18, 2023
Jan 06, 2022
Our newest seasonal IPA is a West-Coast warrior for Hop Heads who truly love those little green cones. Bright and lively, it encircles the senses with dank notes of pine and citrus until the only option is surrendering to its juicy deliciousness. A stealth attack of hops!
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Rated: 4.15 by saymike32 from New Jersey

Aug 18, 2023
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I got a 6pck of cans of this beer from my local meijer store. It poured a clear golden with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had bold tropical fruit peel spice notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with bright crisp malt base with fruit peel spice presence. Pineapple, mango, and apricot show well in this beer. The mouthfeel was medium in body and had good carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer.
Mar 20, 2023
Rated: 3.99 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Mar 10, 2023
Rated: 4 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Mar 04, 2023
Rated: 4.3 by oneeye from Pennsylvania

Mar 02, 2023
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Reviewed by Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Appearance is gold with a finger's worth of foamy white head, good retention and lacing.

Aroma: very complex. Pine, resin, mint, dank grass, cracker, pepper, caramel, honey, peach, stone fruit, pineapple.

Hoppier and bitter than what the aroma suggests, the sweet notes acting as a sort of foundation for the taste but the bitter hops and grapefruit occupying most of the body, which is a nice balance. The body essentially is rich in taste, bitter, hoppy, minty. Body is medium-light. Pretty solid.
Feb 24, 2023
Rated: 4.35 by Hoptometrist from Ohio

Feb 12, 2023
Rated: 4.6 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania

Feb 06, 2023
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Just when we thought that hazy had completely dominated the IPA scene... BAM! Here comes a bitter bomb out of Fat Head's Brewery out of nowhere.

Alpha Ambush takes us by surprise with a pale and reasonably hazy honey gold, seemingly glowing through a fine translucence and floating an ivory cream froth. A bold green perfume of citrus, grasses, botanicals, cannabis and a host of pantry herbs. A moderately sweet tone strikes up the flavors as the early palate plays host to caramel, honey and graham cracker.

But anything resting on sweetness is short lived as the hops billow on the tastebuds with a strong citrusy tone of pink grapefruit and oranges. Trending swiftly bitter and with more earthy tones, the middle palate shifts to fresh grass clippings, chive, geranium, hemp, pine, pepper and straight-up weed.

Full bodied for a more West Coast, stronger IPA, the hops still dry the session with its peppery resins and its strong ling between alcohol spice and hops. A long linger of citrus peel, cannabis and herb leave an after palate of patchouli and citronella lingering in memory.
Jan 12, 2023
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Reviewed by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Drinking this a little warmer than it ought to be but inita impression is right on par with head hunter - so world class WCIPA. A touch sweeter. Ill probably have more to add when I get around to drinking a fully chilled one like I prefer IPAs to be.
Jan 09, 2023
Rated: 4.02 by Mxsluis from Michigan

Oct 25, 2022
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Reviewed by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured into a shaped glass: color is gold, transparent, head is off white/brighter white and presents 1/4 inch thick, head leaves a thin top and thicker ring along the glass sides, some light lacing.

Smell is light pine, resin, stone fruit, light pineapple, citrus pith, honey, hint of caramel.

Taste is more floral, with pine, stone fruit, citrus pith, honey, light caramel, toast.

Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, moderate sweetness, moderate/solid bitterness, lingering bite on the tongue.

Overall a hoppy, malty, bitter IPA - aroma is newer age but flavor and feel are more west coast.
Jun 12, 2022
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to adrock314 for this 12 oz. beer. Perfect to pair after watching two tense episodes of Yellowstone. Costner’s finest work if you ask me (though that ain’t hard).

Spring sunshine gold; I feel warmer just looking at it. Smells like an alcohol-laced meadow; wet grass, spring flowers, with a bit of pine coming from the stand of trees to the east. Or is that west?

Alpha Ambush is typical Fat Head’s, tasty & easy sippin’. A little more wet grassy danky ness than I prefer, but a lovely citrus hit, bitterness. Not much else going on.

Fat Head’s is an IPA category killer but his one leaves me wanting more. Pretty good.
Mar 27, 2022
Rated: 4.39 by rolltide from Pennsylvania

Mar 26, 2022
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I've come to the conclusion most Fat Heads IPA's will be pretty damn good but blend together after awhile. Now that I've had this fresher it is pretty good but a Fat heads IPA is just becoming a Fat Heads IPA. Absolutely zero nuances.
Mar 04, 2022
Rated: 4.13 by cabsandking from Ohio

Mar 02, 2022
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Reviewed by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Can into pint glass. Pours a clear gold with a nice off-white head Great lacing. Initial impression heavily favors pine resin - quite bitter, but there is a bit of citrus and even a little floral stuff going on in the background. Mouthfeel is quite clean; finish is piney-bitter. Overall, a pretty good example of an old-school West Coast IPA.
Feb 20, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by Ebauman7 from New York

Feb 20, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Manthon from Pennsylvania

Feb 12, 2022
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Reviewed by WesMantooth from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Smells fantastic. Like sitting in the brewery. Tastes pretty good, but the flavor falls off at the end and is all a bit flat.
Body is really thin and watery. Drinks like a 5-6% beer at 7.5. Disappointing. I’d much rather have either of the Special Hoperations collaborations.
Feb 11, 2022
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