Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #69
Ranked #626
4.39 | pDev: 6.61%
Feb 13, 2022
Feb 16, 2013
Notes: Featuring Mosaic HBC369 (hybrid of Simcoe & Nugget), this IPA also includes Columbus, Chinook, Simcoe & Citra.
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4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

The head's not only fat, it's foamy. Almost three inches of it sits in a clear glass liter mug, after the emptying of a pint can. That head is just slightly off-white, in the direction of the color of the beer. The liquid residing beneath is a pretty light copper-amber. It's not murky dense, but it is more opaque than translucent. The hop presence in the aroma is undeniable. It seems to have it all; some pine, some citrus, some resin and even some earthiness. Before the hop taste appears, the thinness of the medium is noticed. There is some malty taste to counterbalance the hops, but not enough to make this a great brew. The hopping is excellent, making this a very drinkable brew for a hop head. But this will have to go into the good, but not great category. Devouted hop heads won't mind, as this starts a little piney, with hints of fruit. Then, there's a transition and the taste becomes more piney and earthy. At the finish, it becomes even more piney, bitter and dry. Overall, this is a wonderful hop experience, marred by a light and somewhat flat delivery. All that foam left scant lacing inside the glass, perhaps a sign of a body shortchanged. The 7.5% ABV is just about perfect for the overall taste.

Feb 13, 2022
4.3 by loganburgh from Michigan on Jan 10, 2022
4.1 by timmy2b from New York on Nov 18, 2021
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3.55/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

Thanks to Ozzylizard for this one, from his first NBS BIF #14 box. 16oz can (dated 6/14/21) poured into 14oz teku. Poured a lightly cloudy orange color with an inch+ of white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma had a bunch of bright, citrusy hops, with a solid grain base.

Same on the tongue; the bold, bright interesting taste that used to typify American IPAs. Solid base, with attention grabbing hops on top.

The body on the fuller side of medium, smooth with a touch of coarseness, and a bitter, dry finish.

Drinkability was very good. I could easily put these on repeat.

Overall, A really good beer. It would be in my regular rotation if local to me. Get some if you see it!

Oct 17, 2021
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4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by GreesyFizeek from New York

On tap at Fat Heads Brewery in Middleburg Heights, OH.

This one pours a clear golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like weed, grassy hops, lemon rind, grapefruit zest, pineapple, orange, and slight maltiness.

This is a powerful and classic West Coast style IPA. There's a clean and refreshing bitterness here, like pine and cedar, with grapefruit pith and juice, orange, pineapple, and just a hint of supportive malt character.

This is clean, light bodied, and with no real booziness to it. It's very drinkable.

Fat Heads is one of the best purveyors of the classic American IPA style.

Sep 13, 2021
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4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

IBUsive from Fat Head’s. Purchased on 9/9/21 from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. $ 3.00 (Including tax) per 16 oz can ($0.188/oz). In reefer at the store, stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 12/9/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Marked on can bottom rim “CANNED ON 06/14/21”. Served at 46.9 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 55.5 degrees.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Pale Straw (SRM 2), clear.
Body – Pale Gold (SRM 4), clear. When rear-lite, same.
Head – Large (Maximum 6.7 cm, aggressive center pour), white, medium density, slowly diminishing to a 0.1 to 0.4 cm crown and a rocky partial cap. Irregular pieces of foam remain on the sides of the glass. Second pour produces a dense two cm head.
Lacing – No bands or torn curtains, just irregular islands of foam hanging on the walls.
Aroma – 4.5 – Fantastic! Heavy resinous hops, no malt, no yeast.
Flavor – 4.25 – Begins lightly bitter with resinous, slightly dank, hops leading the way. No malt, no yeast. Very refreshing with just a hint of pineapple. No ethanol (7.5% ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. Moderate gastric warming. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 3.75 – Medium, watery, soft but lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4 Damn, this is good! I’m going back to my local distributor and buy some more!

Sep 12, 2021
4.42 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Sep 12, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by buschbeer from Ohio

1 PINT can
Served in a stemless wine glass

This beer pours a brilliant amber hue. It is topped with several inches of beige head that leaves nice lacing.

Citrus and pine with hints of tropical fruit.

Citrus and resin. Nice, bitter finish. Bitterness lingers. Hints of tropical fruit

Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel

If you want delicious midwestern IPAs go to Fat Head's. Hands down the best at the craft.

Aug 22, 2021
4.9 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania on Aug 20, 2021
4.56 by Wrigfen from South Carolina on Aug 07, 2021
4.25 by bacher468 from Pennsylvania on Aug 04, 2021
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4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a frothy head; decent retention and speckles of lace

Smell: Citrus and pine dominates, but there are herbal hemp and tropical fruit tones in the mix, as well

Taste: A bit of stone fruit, up front, with a burst of pine bringing the high IBU content; grapefruit, tropical fruit and a touch of marmalade settle in, as well, but the finish is dominated by the bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not quite a classic West Coast IPA, but one that has a more modern touch with the subtle hints of tropical and stone fruit mellowing things out; glad to see this one come back after an extended absence and I wonder if the recipe has been updated over time

Thanks, Blogjackets, for the opportunity

Jul 28, 2021
4.19 by sherrymj from Ohio on Jul 26, 2021
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4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by jkblr from Indiana

16 ounce canned 06/14/21 (41 days ago) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 7.5% ABV 90 IBU. The beer pours bright golden amber in color with prolific khaki colored head. The head recedes to tight half inch cap and leaves streaks of lacing covering the glass. The aroma is moderate in strength featuring candied orange, pine, and ripe tropical fruit. The taste is semisweet caramel with immediate strong bitterness before flavors of citrus, pine and tropical fruit salad pop through with a heavy dank profile throughout. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, excellent.

Jul 25, 2021
4.21 by cozmo from New York on Jul 25, 2021
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4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by HopHunterCL from Ohio

Pours a brilliant copper orange color with a thick cap of sticky white head. Absolutely beautiful in the glass.
Aroma is very dank. There is some grapefruit and caramel but lots of earthy dank weedy pine.
Just a kiss of sweetness. The flavors blend nicely throughout the sip. Bitterness is wonderfully balanced.
Very smooth medium body feels pillowy with ample carbonation.
Overall this is a top notch west coast IPA. This complex and sophisticated brew belies the brash branding.

Jul 18, 2021
4.45 by ScottyB515 from Ohio on Jul 18, 2021
4.17 by Barleycorn from Pennsylvania on Jul 16, 2021
4.18 by TheEpeeist from Pennsylvania on Jul 11, 2021
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4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Korbynlehr from Kentucky

Pours golden with a slight head that hugs the walks of the glass with a large ing that is absolutely beautiful. Nose piney as is the taste with a bitterness that wafts over the palate. Nice beer.

Jul 11, 2021
4.34 by GOBLIN from Ohio on Jul 11, 2021
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4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by ovaltine from Indiana

Pours the most beautiful golden orange color you’ve ever seen, nearly clear, with a couple of fingers of creamy, foamy white head. The nose is more than a little dank, with a definite weedy aroma, nice citrus notes, and bitter pine. O-M-G.

The taste has that really dank weedy flavor up front, along with ripe tangerine flavors that work together exceptionally well, and a bitter resiny pine flavor that comes at the end of a crushingly dry finish.

This is just about the perfect old school WCIPA, IMHO - loads of dank citrusy hop flavors with plenty of bitter resiny pine to lead you into a drying finish that keeps pulling you back in for another pull on this world-class beer.

Jul 10, 2021
4.64 by zmancartfan from Ohio on Jul 10, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Not quite imperial in strength but certainly elevated from standard strength IPA, Fat Head's appeals to the O.G. Hop Heads with a bitter, herbal, resinous hop bomb with modest fruity updates.

IBUsive pours with a near-bright copper gold appearance while carrying a fluffy white froth. Its hop-loaded scent in sprucy, grassy, herbal and redolent with peppery cannabis in a most citronella kind of way. Gentle on the early palate, its malt sweetness is lightly caramelized with hints of honey, granola and faint toasted nuttiness.

But the story quickly shifts to a fruit accented middle taste with the classic character of pink grapefruit and orange peels leading the way. A quick transition to herbal flavors reveal more grassy, peppery and piney flavors once the malts lift and the bitterness sets in. Clean in its bitter profile, the late taste is gripping with hemp, pine and fresh gin-like herbs.

Medium bodied, the bigger ale finishes remarkably dry, crisp and refreshing with a long bitter linger that delights those in favor of dryness and bitterness. All that lasts is a bitter resinous taste of grasses and fine herb.

Jul 09, 2021
4.28 by Danzifer from Ohio on Jul 09, 2021
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4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

From a 16oz can dated 6/14/21 into a tulip.

Pours a translucent amber with about three fingers of white head. Great retention and lacing.

Smells of resin, pine, oranges, tangerines and grapefruit.

Tastes like citrus fruit that grew on a pine tree. Quite dank, piney, resiny. Bit of citrus sweetness.

Sticky, full-bodied mouthfeel. Strong bitter aftertaste. Low carbonation.

Overall, this beer rocks-exactly as labeled. Go get some now!

Jul 09, 2021
4.47 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Jul 08, 2021
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4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Tucquan from Pennsylvania

Had this on 2021-07-06 from a 16oz canned on 2021-06-11

A - Clear gold with a 3-finger pillowy head that sticks around leaving very good lace

S - Powerful. Dank buds and overripe pineapple you can smell from 3 feet away.

T - More dank bud, pineapple, grapefruit, pine. Righteously bitter at 90 IBUs but there's an orange sweetness that moderates it and adds a pleasing touch.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Dry finish.

O - Very enjoyable brew, especially if you like to walk on the dank side. I like Head Hunter better but would be glad for this any day of the week.

Jul 06, 2021
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4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Mikeloveshamms from Ohio

From 16 oz can poured into a Tulip glass. Nice finger and a half white head, smell is that of tongue numbing bitterness and some stone fruit on the back end. Taste follows the nose, except that the bitterness is not as overpowering on the palate as on the nose.
This is a great West Coast style IPA!

Jul 06, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by WoodBrew from Ohio

I tried this beer at the Daily Growler as part of a six sample flight. It poured a clear golden with white head that left some lace. The scent had dank fruit notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with stone fruit, apricot and other tropical fruit presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body. Overall it was a sold beer.

Jul 05, 2021
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3.89/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by schoolboy from Ohio

I am on the fence about this one. It's super fresh and it's really hoppy, but I'm not so sure it really works that well.

It pours yellow, not very hazy and with nice little bubbles. The aroma is super strong - lots of those mountains of hops that are in this must of the aromatic variety and lots of them must come in late in the cook. The taste is very bitter, as the name implies. Add to that that this really is imperial in name only - I'm pretty sure my can says 7.5, not 8. Just double checked, yup. The weakest imperial! But it certainly has a big, boozy mouthfeel.

Recommended. It's really, really bitter and fairly complex.

Jul 04, 2021
4.11 by rolltide from Pennsylvania on Jul 03, 2021
4.5 by guzzleacoldone from Ohio on Jul 03, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Tony210 from New Jersey

Pours a clear medium yellow, nominal head. Big, dank hoppy aroma. Very dank. Flavor is deliciously dank, west coast bitter, guava, very tasty. Carbonation is a little too bubbly. Overall a delicious west coast DIPA.

Draft at Ohio Brewing Co.
4.25 rating

Jun 30, 2021
4.34 by Manthon from Pennsylvania on Jun 26, 2021
4.35 by Blogjackets from Ohio on Jun 25, 2021
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4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mickyge from Massachusetts

Poured from a can dated 6/14/21
Shiny clear amber color soapy white head think cap slight lacing
Aroma of carmel, piney and citrus, a little butter note
Taste is hoppy and citrus well balanced
Mouthfeel is bitter but not overly astringent medium bodied and carbonated some sticky but a lingering dry finish
Overall I had a hard time drinking it slow, it’s easy drinking and one sip makes you want another nice beer

Jun 25, 2021
4.5 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Feb 23, 2020
3.84 by petrusek23 from Ohio on Feb 10, 2020
4.41 by ClePaul from Ohio on Jan 06, 2019
IBUsive from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 295 ratings