Trail Head Pale Ale
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #143
Ranked #4,514
4.08 | pDev: 7.84%
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States
Trail Head Pale AleTrail Head Pale Ale
Notes: 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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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Holy cow...
Was not expecting something so delicious and drinkable! I've had many IPAs and within my first sip, this became one of my favorites. Didn't pour into a glass yet, just drank from the can and it's still amazing. It's ridiculously smooth... The perfect amount of citrus and bitterness. Definitely far from offensive. Very refreshing actually, and not too heavy. Could definitely down a few of these. I highly recommend this beer to any IPA lover!

Oct 11, 2019
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nearly translucent copper color, and an off-white head. Big citrus notes on the nose, and there’s also some pine notes.

The citrus flavors provide a dankness on the taste that is excellent, and the Simcoe hops provide piney notes that edge towards astringent, which sounds bad, but actually mixes well with the citrus notes. A well-executed APA,IMHO.

Mar 31, 2018
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jtadams69 from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden clear with an inches of foamy delight.
Slightly yeasty smell with floral tones.
Complex flavor with Good hoppy grapefruit and resin finish.
Good carbonation and mouthfeel.
Overall and drinkable brew. I’d readily drink a few more. Easily the best thing to come out of Cleveland.

Feb 18, 2018
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scotorum from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: Clear amber with a huge three inch white head which receded tothick surface foam and very dense lacing.

s: Mainly bready malt.

t: Mild to moderate hop bite over a medium malt base.

m: Medium with good body andcarbonation tingle.

o: Arefreshing pale with a phenomenal appearance and good flavor.

Feb 18, 2018
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jkblr from Indiana

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 1/17/18 (20 days ago) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 6.3% ABV 55 IBU. The beer pours bright light honey in color with abundant light khaki colored head. The head recedes to a cap and leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is a mix of caramel and pine with faint citrus notes. The taste is more of the same with pleasant caramel and piney hops plus slight grassy notes in the finish. The bitterness is steady and firm never allowing the beer to tip toward sweet. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, outstanding (and beautiful) pale ale.

Feb 07, 2018
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very tasty Pale Ale with the complexity of a nice IPA and even some nice dank notes. Lots of pine and an intense and very long lasting bitterness. A great beer to pair with a spicy or creamy dish.

Feb 03, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear golden copper pour with 1.5 fingers of creamy white head. Loads of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Bitter herbal hops and pine.

T/F: Crackery grains and light malts. Nice bitter hop profile. Tends towards the pine and floral... spicey and tasty. Pepper at the finish. Light bodied... zippy carbonation.

O: A flavor-packed easy drinking pale ale. Really enjoyed this.

Jan 31, 2018
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CaptCleveland from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can from 6-pack purchased at the brewery for $10.99. Date stamp on bottom of can 9/20/2017.

Orange-marmalade looking elixir poured into DFH chalice produces a bright white, one inch foam head which quickly folds into a thin rim. Thick islands of lacing coat the glass.

A nice outdoors fragrance of pine, spice and earth.

The Simcoe hops give this one a nice smooth piney bitterness with subtle floral notes on the finish.

Medium body, well carbonated, bright, crisp refreshing.

A nice canned APA that allows those Simcoe hops to shine. Proceeds to CLE Metroparks.

Sep 30, 2017
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serves to me on-tap in a pint glass, this beer draws a clear dark gold/copper color with a nice, white head that's about an inch thick when first poured that settles to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a few spots here and a few spots of surface foam. Decent lacing. Aromas of slightly toasted, bready, caramel malt sweetness along with some some floral, piney hips. The taste is pretty much exactly the same, with slightly toasted, bready/biscuity caramel malt sweetness along with some piney, floral
Hop bitterness. Well balanced flavor wise. Has a fairly crisp, yet smooth also, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean, slightly dry finish.

Jun 13, 2017
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ChilliHeights from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy this lighter IPA from Fat Heads. nice for warm days without the higher ABV from the other Fat Heads IPAs. Great flavor, color and aroma. Goes down easy and supports the metro parks in Cleveland.

May 20, 2017
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Mar 24, 2017
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Jimmys from Pennsylvania

4.57/5  rDev +12%
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.

Mar 19, 2017
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jp32 from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Mar 17, 2017
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SaltofOH from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Mar 13, 2017
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captaincoffee from Virginia

3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Mar 03, 2017
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trygelski1 from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

Feb 18, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
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

Feb 14, 2017
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sposter4 from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Feb 09, 2017
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StonewallSipper from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Feb 02, 2017
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leantom from Indiana

4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Jan 28, 2017
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Jan 23, 2017
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XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Jan 20, 2017
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +14%
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.

Dec 11, 2016
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98green from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Nov 13, 2016
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Caveworm from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Nov 01, 2016
Trail Head Pale Ale from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 560 ratings