Trail Head Pale Ale | Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Trail Head Pale AleTrail Head Pale Ale

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Go off the grid and give back some good vibes. Brewed with whole flower Simcoe and Citra hops, Trail Head Pale Ale is a limited edition batch exclusive to Cleveland. A portion of the proceeds from this special beer go directly to the Cleveland Metroparks Trails Fund, which supports the rehabilitation of the park's more than 270 miles of trails. Now grab your gear and take the trail!

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Photo of IronLover
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright copper orange in color with excellent clarity. Pouted with a moderate, rocky, sticky, white foam with good retention. Medium high fresh citrus and light pine hop aromas with medium light malt aromas beneath. Medium bodied with a medium light carbonation and a creamy smooth feel through the middle. Light, pleasant boozy warmth on the palate. Medium citrus and light spicy hoppy flavors with medium light malt. Medium high, assertive hop bitterness through the middle. Finished semi-dryly with a a lingering pine hop bitterness. Balance tips definitively toward the hoppy side as malt character is there simply in a supporting role. Drinks more like an IPA than APA - but who cares. Easy drinking, smooth and flavorful. Fabulous.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

bottled 02/20/17. 12 oz bottle.

pours fairly clear, but there is a minor haze here. a little light copper in hue. fluffy bright white head. great lacing. great looking beer. citrus rind, melon, some mild caramel malt. great hop flavor follows suit with minimal bitterness in the finish. this stuff is ridiculously refreshing and dangerously drinkable. another winner from Fat Head's. well done fellas.

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Photo of jp32
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours transparent golden/amber in color with a big, fluffy white head. Floral hop aroma with notes of citrus , pine, and caramel malts. Very aggressive and hop forward with lots of pine resin, some bitterness in the earthy, floral hop arrangement. Some citrus is present but more reserved than I expeted. Medium bodied. Very nice drinking. Tastes very fresh. Really quite an excellent IPA that deserves more excitement than it's getting.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 12-30-16. 12 oz. nonic pint.

A: pours a dark gold or pale copper with streaming carbonation and two fingers of beautiful frothy off-white head. Looks like merangue, it's so thick. Lacing is epic. Cap retains to the very end. Beautiful beer.

S: sweet citrusy pine. Very standard IPA smell. Some floral notes. Coming into this with this brewery's reputation and seeing 6.3%, I am not expecting this to be like what I consider a pale ale. Reminds me of Elysian Space Dust.

T: actually, it is a pale ale. Instantly bready, slightly sweet, and very hoppy. Piney and floral; green; grassy, even - but no onions or cat pee. 55 IBUs, for sure; it really tastes like an IPA but with enough sweetness and maltiness to actually balance the hoppiness. Would have been a standard fare IPA six or seven years ago, but it's a pale now.

M: heavier end of medium. Moderately carbonated. Chewy. A little astringent on the finish, but not unpleasantly so. Would go well with a burger and fries.

O: really, this tastes like a well-balanced and somewhat muted IPA. For people who gravitate to maltier styles and occasionally want a hop bomb, this fits the bill exquisitely. "True" hop heads are bound to be disappointed with second generation hop flavors and balance. In other words, it is pretty perfect.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Was very happy to get this can super fresh (9 days old). Pours a pale copper with medium fluffy head and lots of lace. Nose is almost missing...super disappointing there is only a very light grassy-pine-citrus hoppiness. Taste is low on malt backbone and heavy on grassy flavors. Comes across as sharp and a tad astringent which is emphasised by the high carbonation. Not sure what happened here, but this beer wasn't one of Fat Head's better offerings.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into an East End Brewing pint glass:

Look: Pours a nice clear copper to amber color with about an inch of head. Lacing is present with very good retention!

Smell: Nice aroma of citrus along with some grassy notes. Hints of pine in there as well.

Taste: Taste follows the nose for me. Notes of citrus and grass up front with pine mixed in. Slight malt backbone at the finish. This is extremely crushable!

Feel: Medium bodied! Clean and crisp!

Overall: Very solid pale from the crew at Fat Head's! I enjoy picking this one up once a year and will continue to grab this one every year! Very crushable!

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Photo of Treyliff
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint
Bottled 1/16/17

A- pours a clear amber color with a two-finger creamy and fluffy head that has great retention and leaves some nice lacing behind

S- a nice balance of citrus/floral hops and caramel malt, hints of tropical fruit

T- tropical hops up front eventually give way to caramel malt and graham cracker, along with some floral and grassy notes. The finish gives more fruity hops and a toasted caramel malt finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and continues into a crisp dry finish, high drinkability

O- superior balance of fruity hops and caramel malt produce a crushable pale ale

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Photo of sposter4
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz draft pour. Half inch head that stays around sor a few minutes. Golden amber in color. Nose is light and piney. Taste is similar but more intense. Great drinkable beer.

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Photo of StonewallSipper
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color a nice light amber, aroma, I get a little pine and even a pepper smell, light malt, taste is almost a lager, but the hop bitterness hits at the end.A nice tasting beer, not a Head Hunter, but what is.

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Photo of leantom
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another winner from Fat Head's. Here goes:

A: Clear amber in color. Exquisite color, really. Pours a massive head that leaves a lot of lacing, too. Body carbonation is light but continuously flowing.

S: Extremely pungent. Lots of grass and herbs - very vegetal. As the beer opens up, the smell of pine becomes far more apparent. However, it's clearly eclipsed by some of the more pungent, vegetal scents.

T: Follows the nose, but slightly more balanced in that it has a malty aftertaste (more pine and caramel malt at the back end). I'm actually quite fond of it.

F: Perfect. Crisp and smooth. Clearly put a lot of effort into this beer.

O: A great beer. Will have again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another beer snag from my local Giant Eagles mix six section. Into a pint glass.
A - Good looking pale more orange than amber with yellow tint. Head is massive on this one a full inch plus that takes a bit to clear.
S - As expected very IPA like with bright citrus and grapefruit hops. Balancing malt sweetness is good as well.
T - Was actually surprised how bitter and aggressive the hops are with how balanced they are with the sweet and pale malts. Slight bitterness linger on the tongue each sip this beer don't play!
M - For 6% its fairly easy to finish with a light to medium body

Overall a great aggressively hopped pale ale but I don't think I could do more than one since the bitterness after a while got kind of soapy reminding me of my hatred of Green Flash West Coast IPA. Ow well it was good while it lasted.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Loads of grapefruit in both the taste and smell. Light in color...maybe a dark straw? Lightly carbonated. Another solid experience from one of the few breweries I've sampled in neighboring Ohio. Also, I bought this bottle in Philly, not Cleveland.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trail Head Pale Ale brewed by Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon, with an ABV of 6.30% This brew pours out a nice golden amber color with a fluffy white head. The head to this IPA is thick. There is a lot of lacing to this brew, it sticks real nice to the side of the glass. The smell of Trail Head Pale Ale is rich with hops , grains , and malts. I really like the hoppy smell of this IPA, it is really inviting. Now for the taste, it is bold but smooth with flavors. You pick up on some nice earthly hops, then some nice rich grins and malts. There is a lot going on in Trail Head Pale Ale. There is nothing overpowering about this IPA, it has a real nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. This is one of the more smoother IPA's on the market. Just enough hop bitterness. I really like how smooth this brew goes down, it is really hard to pick up on the 6.30% ABV in this brew. The mouth feel of Trail Head Pale Ale, is Hoppy, Rich, Bold ,Clean , and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Trail Head Pale Ale a 4.5 out of 5. I would definitely buy this IPA again. Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon, did a real nice job with this brew.

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Photo of 98green
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can to snifter. Piles of grapefruit hops on the smell. Taste is a touch lighter, balanced bitter but not punchy, fruity and piney hops. Solid malt balance. Excellent brew and worth seeking out

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Photo of Caveworm
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Trail Head Pale Ale | Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon. Poured from the can into a pint glass, this brew's head is two fingers thick and off-white, with lateral lacing, and clear deep golden amber body.

I smell a solid representation of the hops used in this concoction, along with nice Townhouse cracker malts.

Tastes like an expectedly bitter, yet full-flavored smattering of hops, with less malt being accounted for in this discipline of the review. Needs a tad more malt IMO.

The mouthfeel is medium with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll rate Trail Head Pale Ale | Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon with a 4.25. I'll have to agree the gentleman before me& say this is much too hoppy to for a pale ale. Especially with the lack of malt balance going on. Still a very decent choice regardless. Give this a go if you want a pale ale that features hops exclusively.

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Description: Clear, golden color with a finger of foamy white head that lingers. Heavy white lacing. The aroma is clean and fresh with tropical fruits, mango and mandarin orange up front. A little touch of pine after that but it's muted. Unlike the smell, the taste is primarily bitter, certainly much more so than the fruity smell would indicate. Not bad, but maybe a little one note. It would have been nice to get more of the fruit here. Body and carbonation are both medium and unremarkable.

Suggested food pairing: Bacon cheeseburger

If you like this beer then you should also try: CBC IPA

Overall: 4 (This beer is good and I may or may not drink it again) The line between pale ales and IPAs can sometimes be blurry and I think that's the case here. It really reminded me more of the latter, which isn't a bad thing, just not what I expected. It's a fresh, smooth, drinkable beer but it would have been nice if the taste matched the delicious smelling nose a little more.

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Photo of philbe311
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pick up a bunch of Fat Head's stuff, including this one, on a recent road trip through Pittsburgh...

L - Slightly more than two fingers worth of lush creamy light-to-medium khaki colored froth comprised of big airy and chunky bubbles... Excellent retention... Becomes a bit rocky on the top as this one begins to settle... The color is a deep rich copper with some warm amber undertones... A good bit of carbonation which travel at various paces... Some slow, some rather rapid... A moderate bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - A glorious array of hops... Layers upon layers of hop complexity... The first wave is citrusy sweet... Mango... Pineapple... Orange zest... Next is a warm inviting earthy hop presence... There is also a distinct forest piney presence... These layers of complexity sit atop a robust rich malt base of biscuit and caramel sweetness...

T - The flavor profile becomes much more one dimensional... The hops take one a very assertive fresh whole hop presence... Lots of piney notes and fairly intense hop resins... The citrusy tropical notes are no where to be found... The malt base is present but takes a very distant back seat... The one word which keeps coming to mind to describe this offering is "DANK."

F - On the fuller side of medium bodied... A moderate bit of carbonation... Dense, rich and smooth... Mostly juicy throughout with a touch of dryness creeping in on the finish... The finish provides a slightly chalky texture...

O - World class looks and smell... Solidly above average in terms of taste and feel... The end result is a highly enjoyable American Pale Ale with loads of character and complexity... The fresh hop nature add tons of depth... The overall branding for Fat Head's is something that I've also become quite found of... Very good stuff...

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Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz growler poured into a shaker pint.
Purchased at Trenton Road Take Out in Levittown, PA.

Blonde with 1 finger of off-white head. Good clarity with light carbonation.

Candied orange, bright florals, papaya, and pine.

Candied orange and grapefruit. Bright florals and pine sap. Bready, slightly biscuity maltiness. Resin lingers.

Medium bodied, semi-juicy / semi-dry, and crisp with a medium-light bitterness.

Pretty straight forward (and delicious) hoppy APA. Easy drinking, well balanced, and refreshing.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can from the brewery
Pours a fairly clear deep golden color with a huge frothy rocky white head that persists forever. Bready biscuity crackery malt aroma and flavor with plenty of resinous pine and pithy citrus and just a touch of tropical hop character to round this out nicely. Great pale ale although it certainly is straddling the IPA line.

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Photo of barczar
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is floral, resiny, slightly dank, herbal, and grapefruit pith, with a touch of caramel sweetness.

Flavor is very floral, resiny, lightly sweet throughout, with a hint of onion and a moderately bitter finish. Not really my bag.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

American Pale Ale brewed with Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, and Amarillo hops. A portion of the proceeds of this beer go to the Cleveland Metroparks Trails Fund. Poured from a can into a Bell's tulip. Beautiful pour! Deep gold in color with a very slight haze and 2.5 fingers of dense, persistent white foam on top. I grow thirstier just looking at it. Lots of nice tropical fruit on the nose. Lemons, grapefruit, a little cedar, and a hint of lavender.

Medium body with a firm feel and a classic American Pale Ale flavor profile. Toast and marmalade up front with a hint of caramel, then a big blast of hops. Pine, cedar, lemon, grapefruit - just about every hop flavor you can imagine is represented here. The finish is lemony, fairly dry, and lingers nicely. Overall, a classic American Pale Ale that's packed with flavor and complexity and can stand up to a good steak, but still refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of ajm5108
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Aroma features pale malt, citrus zest and a little bit of black pepper. Flavor is pretty analogous, though some more of the bitter hops comes through especially toward the end. A strong, straight-to-the-point that might lack complexity but makes up for it with a direct, clean profile.

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Photo of rjd722
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Deep, clean golden with white foam head and lots of lacing.

Aroma: Tropical, piney, and citrus.

Taste: Matches the aroma directly, somewhat sweet, resinous hops dominate.

Feel: Light and refreshing, has a piney, bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours golden with a medium sized white head
S- Piney citrus hops,
T- Very hop-forward, resiny, slight malt sweetness on the finish
M- High carbonation, medium body, crisp, clean, and refreshing
O- I have nothing bad to say about this beer. Nice and hoppy, very well crafted and balanced.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 9/20/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, lemon/orange rind, pine, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and no astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent pale ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink, even with the fairly aggressive and resinous bitterness. A very enjoyable offering.

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Trail Head Pale Ale from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
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