Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #54
Ranked #613
4.39 | pDev: 6.83%
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States
Notes: Featuring Mosaic HBC369 (hybrid of Simcoe & Nugget), this IPA also includes Columbus, Chinook, Simcoe & Citra.
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Photo of Sabtos
3.64/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shimmering Jurassic Park amber with an airy white foam settling to a creamy white ring.

Smell is surprisingly light, with caramel, bread, buttered popcorn and wood.

Tangy and sharply bitter, flavor is pine, caramel, grapefruit and woody hops again. That really doesn't do its intensity justice. It's like a Western wildfire in your mouth.

Slick, medium bodied, with a light froth and a semi-dry chew. It starts QUITE hot, but your palate adjusts to it, or else, if you're badass enough, it adjusts to your palate.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Oct 12, 2017
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4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a couple of pints of this at the local pub. Yellowish orange in color with very good clarity. Poured with a thin, bright white, soapy foam with low medium retention. Medium high citrus and orange hop aromas with reinous and fresh floral notes. Medium light malt aroma. Medium bodied and smooth with pleasant warmth from the middle to the end. Medium high citrus and floral hop flavors with earthy, resinous notes up front followed by assertive hop bitterness through the middle. Malt and caramel malt flavors manage to peek through on the back end. Finished with pleasant warmth and pine hop bitterness that didn't linger. Despite the assertive bitterness this was very drinkable. Still a bit of a sipper but it didn't annihilate the palate.

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IronLover from Pennsylvania, Sep 14, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler (keg kicked while filling) into a pint glass
A: Light orange with a one-finger head
S: A bit dank, lots of tropical fruit, hints of caramel and herbs
T: Matches the nose adding a bit of citrus
M: Medium-bodied, balanced
O: I agree I slightly prefer Head Hunter / Hop JuJu but this is still a very good DIPA from a brewery that knows how to make them

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler

It is a clear, deep burnt orange color with a frothy cream colored head that's average in size and retention.

It smells outstanding. Lots of dank, musty tropical fruit and really juicy. Mango, kiwi, grapefruit, pineapple, honeydew melon, and some body odor.

The flavors are much the same with some sweet tangerine mixed in there among the mango, kiwi, melon, grapefruit, and honey sweet bready malt. A very pronounced bitterness, but even keeled/consistent. Pungent and dank with a nice amount of earthiness.

I think this beer drinks more like 6-7% than 8. Not real drying even after 4 pints considering the hop levels.

This beer is real comparable to Hop Ju Ju. Both in appearance and flavor. I would almost go as far as calling it Ju Ju Light because it is easier drinking like Comumbus Bodhi. Glad I finally got to try it. Definitely one of the best ipas in Ohio.

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Photo of ChilliHeights
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on Tab at the brewery. I love aggressive IPAs and this is one. Great color and aroma. A great sipper to enjoy all the complex flavors and happiness this brew has to offer.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


16 oz pour on tap into nonic pint

A: rich amber orange body with great clarity not much of a head.

S: caramel toffee papaya honey peaches mango grass lemon

T: lush tropical fruits papaya mango honey and a rich caramel malt finish slightly bitter and sweet.

M: Medium bodied decent carbonation light cling on the finish.

O: This is a good beer drinks a lot like a hoppy red ale because of the sweet malt caramel finish. Otherwise it's a fruit explosion quite easy drinking.

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Photo of TrueOregonian
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer makes me respect bitter beers.

So much delicious flavors


best ipa I've had from portland

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Description: Golden and mostly clear with maybe a touch of cloudiness. Only about half a finger of head, but for and IPA it should surprising head retention. Smell was fruity up front, with mango, orange and pineapple with a little bit of pine on the back. Taste was similar to the smell but...MORE. Tropical fruit on the front with a clean, bitter, pine finish. Everything was very nicely balanced. Feel was standard IPA medium body and medium carbonation.

Suggested food pairing: Chicken kabobs with grilled pineapple

If you like this beer you should also try: Bodhi

Overall: 4.5 (This beer is very good and I would definitely drink it again) Was surprised to see that this was available and really glad that I could get a pint. Another awesome IPA from Fat Head's. Great flavor and balance. Really reminded me of Bodhi, especially with the punch of bitterness on the finish. If you have a chance to get this one, do so without reservation.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Lackman in Cincinatti, OH.

Clear, golden orange body with a quarter inch of white collar. Aromas of grapefruit zest, pine, orange. Medium-high bitterness with juicy grapefruit. Solid.

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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia, Oct 22, 2016
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4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper gold without much of a head. Smell is pretty sweet & tropical - lots of citra - and reminded me a bit of Hop JuJu. Taste is what you'd imagine - grapefruit juice, some pine & a little burnt sugar - but it wasn't too abrasive with the bitterness. It struggles to stand out - even against fat head's other impressive IPAs - but it's still a very good beer.

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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania, Oct 15, 2016
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4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Wine Spot, Cleveland Heights. $18 for a 64oz growler; $1 more then the brewery price.

Clear, yellow-orange elixir poured into a pint glass. One-finger, bright, white head with tiny compact bubbles. Nice steady 3mm rim of foam covers all as the tasting proceeds.

Oranges, tangerines, mango, kiwi, pineapple heavy citrus aroma that explodes from the first pour.

Though this is billed as a show case for Mosaic HBC369 hops, there is also a hefty dose of Simcoe and the combo provide a special mix of tropical fruits (see above) plus a really nice smooth bitterness of grapefruit and pine that will satisfy any hophead.

Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth from front to back with the alcohol well hidden. Too easy to crush a few pints, savoring the huge hop profile but very little heat.

Feel fortunate to have this available in my backyard. One of the finest all around DIPAs.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap

Pours clear golden color with a small creamy white head. Smells of tropical and citrus hop, berries, bready malt. Tastes of fruity tropical and citrus hops; mango, guava, red berries, pineapple. Slightly malty finish. Medium body and carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and finish. Nice and fruity throughout

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Oct 01, 2016
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4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

IPA pine water. Lots of grapefruit, biscuity sweetness, medium bitterness. Leans a bit juicy, some herbs and chive. Smooth brew for sure, although not as strong as some of the other IPAs I had at the brewery.

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dar482 from New York, Sep 27, 2016
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4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Went to the PDX taproom looking for a growler of Semper FiPA, or Head Hunter as a 2nd choice....neither one of 'em available, and not even in the 'on deck' list. Seriously ?! Ended up getting this....

Pretty good. Pours orange, not much head (growler draft will do that), fruity nose, hides the alc. well.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fat Head’s IBUsive
On tap at the brewery, Portland.
Crusty white over tarnished brass. 4
Big children’s Bayer nose. 4.25
Chunk of candied orange rind, some grapefruit, a touch of mango, then a little pine and mild aspirin. 4.25
Lt-med, salty, clean. 4
Simcoe and Citra

Not what I expected from the hop bill - Simcoe acting tropical and Citra leaning more lychee than cat. But it’s the orange Swedish fish thing from two hops not known for orange that’s really confusing me. But juicy, light, not hot or bitter (in spite of 79 IBUs!,) easy sipping - all the good new school qualities - so what does it matter if it’s so yummy? 4.25

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StJamesGate from New York, Jun 24, 2016
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4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Portland brewpub.

A: Orange/amber with an off-white one-finger head that lingered. Thick lacing.

S: Loads of citrus action. Mangoes, pineapple, peaches. Then a nice pine resin slides in with a light malty backbone.

T: Follows nose with "a Simcoe and Citra hop punch," like the menu says. Such a great balance of pine, citrus and malts. Easily drinkable. didn't feel like an 8%.

M: Medium with medium, juicy carbonation.

O: Glad I got to try "the #2 IPA in Portland."

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brewskifan55 from Mississippi, Apr 24, 2016
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4.79/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into an IPA glass from a day old growler. Appears a dark orange color with a fluffy off white head that has good staying power. The nose is absolutely awesome here. Loads of pine, citrus, tropical fruit and is beautifully complex. The taste follows suit with just the right amount of malt to support the load of hops. Again, the grapefruit, orange, resinous pine. Overall, it's a great DIPA that I wish I had more access to.

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Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

While a pretty tasty beer, I thought a bit more citrus to counter the pine and dry tropical (on the nose and palate) would ne nice. Also, while this was a very nice IPA/DIPA, it seemed very similar to head shrinker, head hunter, and some of the other FH IPA's/DIPA's I've had. While not a bad thing, it would nice if they mixed things up a bit (IMHO).

That being said, this is a DIPA I tend to order pretty frequently, whenever I see it here in Eugene. This is a very well made DIPA from FH's here in PDX.

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John_M from Oregon, Jun 01, 2015
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4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On tap at Fat Head's in PDX. Piney grapefruity goodness. Incredibly well balanced with hops taking the front seat. I wish all DIPAs tasted like this. Beautiful.

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Mineo from New York, May 10, 2015
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3.83/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Belmont Station.

Light amber with a dense off white head, this looks solid. The nose is very, very fruity and juicy, with mango, peach, honey, orange juice, mandarins, a lovely hop melange. There's a cooked cereal character that is a little off putting, though.

The palate opens quite sweet with honey and moderate bitterness. Plenty hoppy with mango, peach, nectarine, grapes , some of which has a mildly preserved fruit character. The mid palate is a blend of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Sweetish on the finish, this beer has a mild mineral character that clashes with the fruity hop character. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, this is decent.

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Photo of Bone53
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: A clear golden Orange color with a finger of off white head

Smell: As fresh and clean of a DIPA as your nose is gonna find. A ton of ripe tropical fruits and some citrus with a lightly spiced bread undertone

Taste: Upfront is the same as the nose. Fresh tropical fruits right off that fades to citrus, with the perfect amount of bready malts on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Amazingly crisp, with a bitter dry finish

Overall: Fat Head's specialize in IPAs so im not suprised i love this so much. A ton of ripe bright fruits that they do well, but more on the tropical side. I also really enjoyed the bready malt finish to go along with the citrus. It makes for a super clean DIPA. That being said, i think i prefer hop juju only because i have personally never had a beer so freshly dank, pungent, and concentrated with hops in my life. This beer isnt far behind though. I don't know if im biased because i live where they distribute and can easily acquire four packs bottled within a week, and regularly visit their saloon, or if theyre truly that great, but Fat Heads makes a few of my favorite IPA and DIPAs ever. If youre in Pittsburgh, you have to stop by the Saloon and get this on tap!

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Bone53 from Pennsylvania, Feb 24, 2015
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4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fresh growler in the mail today from Joe. Thanks buddy. Pours beautiful clear golden colored with a big creamy white head. Lots of citrus on the aroma, some onionyness, pine, just fresh hop leaves all around, and some sweet honey maltiness. Very aromatic. Flavor follows closely with the aroma with lots of citrus and pine, floral notes, some onion notes, lemon peel, dry bitter finish. Really nice. A lot of flavor coming from this at only 7.5%. Medium bodied, very slick and dank, with a dry finish. Good stuff. These guys know how to do their hops.

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BMMillsy from Florida, Feb 21, 2015
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5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of top 2 favorites.
Look - golden orange somewhat clear nice white foamy head
Smell - ahhh, strong but not overpowering or off putting hop profile. Wonderful.
Taste - piney citrusy bitter hops. Bitter up front, smooth and balanced going down.
Feel - full bodied
Overall - as I said. One of my top 2 favorites.

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4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the source, which I brought to share at Pin's. Thanks to Tony for the hook-up!

Golden orange color, clear, with a foamy white head that retained well and left strands of lacing on the glass. Dank and resinous in the nose, ripe tropical fruits and some citrus rind. Taste was similar, big hop profile going on, pine, citrus rind, orange marmalade, ripe pineapple, distant pale malt sweetness; lots of hoppiness without being palate-wreckingly bitter. Medium body, easy drinkability. This is how DIPAs should be done.

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Rifugium from North Dakota, Apr 17, 2014
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4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a growler of this while picking up a couple 4-packs of JuJu. Both are great. Trying to decide which one is better.

A- A fairly aggressive pour into a tulip yields about two fingers of off-white head. Fades after a minute or so leaving sticky lacing on the glass. Film on top is constant. Clean, translucent hue of pale gold. Love the look of this beer.

S- Well, scratch my back with a hacksaw... Absolutely monstrous pine and floral notes. Smells like I'm walking through a pine forest. This is awesome. I'm also getting lemon and orange zest, grapefruit, and just enough sweetness from the malt, though the floral/pine aromas dominate. What a bouquet. I want my girlfriend to shower in this stuff. Then I'd be that creepy guy who's always closing his eyes and sniffing.

T- Yup... It's been named IBUsive for a reason. Addictively bitter. Fat Head's loved making dry IPAs and this is no exception. So much pine and resin. Tropical fruits definitely make their presence known with orange, grapefruit, and faint mango. But the bitterness dominates, and it is wonderful. I can't get enough. This drinks way too easily...

M- I think they nailed the mouthfeel. Mid-light carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Really crisp, with just enough of the oily resin from the hops. Really, really well done. Faint warming sensation from the 8% ABV. Love it.

O- It's been decided... I like this one more than JuJu, and JuJu is a great beer. This one simply has better balance and is a lot cleaner on the flavor and aroma. This actually might be the best IPA I've ever had... And I've had some damn good IPAs. Getting more Heady in a couple days, so we'll see. Cheers!

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jbwimer from Kansas, Feb 26, 2014
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