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Yakima Hop Stalker IPA | Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jampics2 on 11-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 12
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Really enjoyed this limited brew from Fat Heads. They definitely have their IPAs down.

Appearance: Darker than other IPAs that I've experienced. Decent head (16 oz can - plenty to pour)

Smell: Grapefruit and cat pee - good start. Something almost candylike in the aroma - could've been the environment too.

Taste: Similar to Head Hunter but definitely not the same. A bit sweeter perhaps and the nice bitterness sticks around. Definitely a hophead delight.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, orange and grapefruit citrus hops. In the taste, citrus to pine like hops. A hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop aftertaste. Nice hops, a bit watery, but noce and easy to drink.

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Photo of beerhan
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler from fatheads pours a very clean orange with lots of carbonation. A nice thin white head that stays. Not too fat. Angels very citrussy and piney. Tadtes like pine and weed and lemon. Very drinkable and amazing. Another stellar brew from fatheads. Highly reccomend.

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Photo of Stigs
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a growler filled at the Cleveland location earlier in the week (great place!) - poured into an English style pint glass

A - pours with a little over and inch of tight, frothy and creamy white foam, falling slowly. the beer is crystal clear, bright gold in color. some small bits of wet spotty, webbed lacing are left behind.

S - big, stinky Simcoe hops. huge notes of citrusy candied oranges, pineapple. bits of that distinctive Simcoe cattyness, along with wet pine, and a bit of an oniony finish. experimental indeed, though inviting. subsequent warmer pours yield a bit more stinky nuggets and bits of freshly cut grass.

T - immediately you are hit with a swift roundhouse to the face of powerful Simcoe. has that big dank, piney, earthy, spicy, catty, slightly funky and oniony taste that you will either love or hate. fortunately for me, my love affair with the hop has blossomed over the past few months. this is tasty. finishes with more bits of onion and garlic, with a strong lingering grassyness. barely noticeable caramel malts just shyly peek their head in occassionaly, but for the most part this is straight from the left coast.

M - the first thing that stands out about the mouthfeel is an immediate sense of dryness. each sip sprouts an arid desert in the mouth and begs for the next, tough a subtle lingering citrusy hop juiciness remains. light bodied, crisp with moderate carbonation.

D - very unique beer here, though pulled off quite well. this will surely appease even the biggest hop craving, even those from the crazy west coast snobs (much love). drinkability takes a bit of a hit due to almost a complete lack of balance, yet no loss in deliciousness. the "new" hop breeds add a bit of personality to the aroma, and work pretty well with "the in-laws of hops", Simcoe. I will have to keep a lookout for some Apollo and Super Galena for my own use. much love again to Fathead's brewery, clogging my arteries and killing my brain cells for many delicious years now.

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4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Fat Heads. Served in a pint glass.

Described as "Yakima Hop Stalker Experimental IPA. 7.1% ABV, 85 IBU. Brewed with new experimental hop varieties called Apollo and Super Galena. These hops were discovered while chasing hop harvest trucks in the Yakima Valley of Washington State."

So, this is an experimental IPA. Good thing I wore my lab coat to the brewpub today. My partner Doctor Honeydew and I will begin the tasting. I can tell by the light of the Bunsen burner that Yakima Hop Stalker is a gold color with some orange hints. The film of a head sticks around and leaves great lace behind. Brighter than Headhunter but less active carbonation.

I believe we may need to A/B test this, but initial results indicate that the hops are adding some strange but pleasant notes to the nose. The closest thing I can compare this to is fresh Simcoe, but there's some cattiness and earthiness that sets these hops apart from the average citrus hop. Some really bitter grapefruit and pine also are present. This sample size was adequate enough to draw some conclusions, and I think this is original and very good.

As someone who is known for their research in the field of beer tasting, I'm thrilled to present the outcomes of the taste of this beer. We're sure, from a statistically significant confidence level, that this beer tastes bitter but unique. There's that same wild and gamey hop presence that I liken to the Simcoe hop. Some mild green onions. Then the regular hop notes of grapefruit and pine finish things off. There's a mild drop-off where the lack of malt is evident. Then a bitter finish makes this one a winner.

My analysis of the mouthfeel is complete. The beer is just barely north of water. The light body suits this beer just fine. Some nice carbonation is also noted in my observation sheets, then some medium lingering bitternesss. Not the most drinkable IPA for long sessions, but really enjoyable and a great change of pace. I got the results of this experiment in record time.

OK, so this beer was clearly something I enjoyed, but it certainly isn't for everyone. IMO, the Apollo and Super Galena hops take the cattiness of simcoe and add some of the onion flavors of Summit, so this is unforgiving in it's wildness. Was the experiment a success? Well, I'm not exactly running around like Beaker making strange noises, but I did "meep" a bit. Just a little. Keep up the experimentation, guys.

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4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fat Heads Pgh.

A: Pours a hazy yellowish orange color with a thick white foam head. Ample lacing down the whole glass.

S: Lots of orange, pineapple, grapefruit and lemon hop character. No real noticeable malt.

T: Just like the scent. Lots of big hop bitterness. All citrus flavor hops. Just a small malt backbone comes through at the end, mostly bread and biscuit.

M: Nice medium body that leaves a bitter taste on the palate.

D: This is a really nice IPA, with ample hop character. Would certainly enjoy more of these!

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of jzeilinger
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a pale orange color, mild to no carbonation, and a thin, white layer barely resting on the top. (came from a pitcher since they were having issues with the tap this particular night)

S - The smell is absolutely amazing - fresh squeezed citrus - pineapple, oranges, and grapefruit...like it was just squeezed from the vine. Has some spicey/garlic/herbal quality to the malt which sits strong in the foreground along with the citrus aroma.

T - The taste doesn't match the incredible aroma. Spicey malt hits the tongue immediately and stays present all the way until the end. A moment into the sip the citrus and pine hops come in a wave and ride it all the way and finally beats the spicey malt into submission for a bitter, dry, red grapefruit finish. The palette is left with remnants of bone dry citrus that lingers for a few minutes afterwards.

M - Thin, medium body. Lacks in this department.

D - Very good.

Another really good house brew from the folks at Fat Head's.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-02-26 in Columbia, PA (from tasting notes)

A - Slight haze, lots of bubbles, short white head.

S - Dark fruit, hop bud floral.

T - Papaya, mango, sweet roasted malt, black pepper. Aftertaste dries out to a nice level of astringent bitterness.

M - Light-medium body and high carbonation. Very effervscent.

O - Not as much grapefruit bitterness as their Head Hunter but as it warmed, there was increasing hop bud flavor and fragrance. I'd rather have the Head Hunter.

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Photo of beerphan
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap- > pint

Arrived a clear light orange with golden highlights. A small wispy head settles to only a ring of lace that deposits sporadic clumps of lace. Carbonation is steady and abundant.

Nose: piney. Spicy very hop pellet smelling. Floral notes

Thin crisp body. This is a hop bomb no doubt about that. Light pale malt base hold things together. THE simcoes kick in early and give lots of pine and hop pellet.lime herbaal flavors. Some tobacco leaf and citrus rind float along. Bitterness is sharp and drying. Bitterness lngers and begs for another slip. The grassy herbalness on the finish lingers alongside the bitterness.

A hop lovers delight.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fatheads Hop Stalker

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color, frothy white head and spiderweb like lacework

Smell: Cat pee, herbs, citrus and some caramel malt sweetness.

Taste: Mild but assertive hop bitterness with some grapefruit and pine notes. Lots of caramel and roasted, toasted malts taking over. Muted tropical fruit, sweet malts, and piney hop. A bit sticky.

Feel: Full bodied and smooth, well carbonated, mildly hoppy.

Overall: Another solid ipa from fatheads. This one is kind of mild but still pretty nice.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Sammy
3.19/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery. Same name, but citra hop and 7.8% and 87 ibu. So perhaps now a stalker series. Cat pee aroma and flavour from the heavy citra, and not my style. Still passable for what it is. Served with good carbonation and at right temperature. Not very drinkable. Fresh and lacey.

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Yakima Hop Stalker IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 28 ratings
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