IBUsive | Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Featuring Mosaic HBC369 (hybrid of Simcoe & Nugget), this IPA also includes Columbus, Chinook, Simcoe & Citra.

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Photo of TrueOregonian
5/5  rDev +13.4%
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 tjwarren
5/5  rDev +13.4%
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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Photo of HopCraverDave
4.97/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On Tap at North Olmsted Fat Heads., 7.5% ABV 90 IBU:

A: A crisp/clear amber with a nice head/lacing.

S: An intense tropical hop aroma that smacks you in the nose. Possibly the best smelling beer I have ever come across.

T: Tropical notes (grapefruit, citrus and pine) and as the name suggests, a very bitter bite.

M: A nice bitter burn that that I can't get enough of.

O: This beer holds up to my ideal as an IPA. A nice balance with the 7.5% ABV The beer is brewed with Simcoe, Centennial, Citra and Mosaic hops, and the tropical notes and aroma were intense and delicious.

Since this beer showed up at Fat Heads, I have refilled my growler twice. Next time I visit, I will be taking home some more IBUsive.

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Photo of Mineo
4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
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 zimm421
4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
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 Bone53
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Photo of MNishCT77
4.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On-tap at the Fat Head's Pittsburgh location, served in a typical British-style pint glass, drank 4/9/13 over one hour.

A: 4.5 - golden appearing, fair clarity with slight hop haze, white one finger head lingers for a while eventually dissipating into glass lacing, moderate alcohol legs

S: 4.75 - wow, great tropical fruit aroma from the Mosaic HBC369...mango, papaya, pineapple, melon...reminds me a LOT of the aroma of Lagunitas Sucks

T: 4.75 - very subtle bitterness on the anterior tongue, which really allows the hops and malt complexity to shine through --> pine, resiny, spicy even without dank flavors admixed with subtle biscuity and fruit sweetness; again, this tastes very similar to Sucks

M: 4.75 - moderate body, creamy, moderate carbonation

O: 4.75 - as you can see from my accompanying review of Head Hunter IPA, this drinking session and reviewing process taught me much about what I like and don't like in IPAs; in short, bitter, dry IPAs just don't appeal to my taste buds and olfactory cortex; I am very thankfully that many breweries are now making these more tropical flavored/low IBUs IPAs/DIPAs, and this is an excellent example; it also sparks an interest in using Mosaic ASAP in a homebrew!

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Photo of stakem
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Catching up on reviews from September. This was freshly released at the Pitt location, served on tap in a snifter. The brew appears a polished clear golden orange with a white cap. Some stringy lace sticks to the glass.

The smell is as tropical as any non-fruited brew I have ever smelled. Floral, resinous with grapefruit juice and some herbs. An absolute fantastic set of aromatics to this.

The taste is dank yet rindy like orange, mandarin and grapefruit juice. Rindy and zesty with pithy bitterness. So much hop flavoring without getting excessively bitter. There is a faint dry malt backing.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. This is a downright crushable, amazing dipa. Even better than the freshest headhunter. This beer absolutely spoiled me, after drinking it, I didnt want anything else, just more IBUsive. I really hope to come across this again, would love to have more.

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Photo of jbwimer
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of MarriedAtGI
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Three Floyds, served in a tulip.

A: orange with thick white head, slight haziness
S: tangerine and a hint of mango
T: tangerine, distinctively bitter but not overly so
M: dry IPA with fine carbonation
O: it is like head hunter but with mosaic hops, though less of a bitter edge than head hunter. Great beer.

I wanted to get this at Fat Heads in Pittsburgh last month, and they ran out earlier the same day I was there. Drove an hour and a half to FFF when I saw it on their tap list, waited outside for an hour to get a table, and the beer was definitely worth it. Drinking a second one now.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.41/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of SHDoyle
4.32/5  rDev -2%
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 BB1313
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Fat Head's in N. Olmsted, Ohio

Pours golden with a fluffy eggshell white head that leaves great retention and lacing. The aromas are dank and full of peach and mango. There are also hints of grapefruit and lemon zest as well. Flavors are very bitter. Tons of citrus and pine resin. It's pretty astringent. There are subtle hints of caramel malts, but barely. West-coast vibe going on. Nice use of mosaic hops. As bitter as it is, it's extremely easy to drink. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied; active carbonation making it creamy and smooth.

Another awesome beer from Fat Head's. I've had this before when it debuted and was impressed then as well. It has that signature Fat Head's twist on it. Well done.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Photo of SomethingClever
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
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 Stinkypuss
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a perfectly clear, bright copper color. Smells like citrus and other tropical fruits like mango and papaya. In the taste, citrus and pine and a honeyed malt character. Medium bodied ale with a good level of carbonation. Overall this is a damn fine IPA. I would love to get this in six packs.

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Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Photo of Treyliff
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Photo of StJamesGate
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of brewskifan55
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
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 dar482
4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
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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Photo of ajm5108
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
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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