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 | website

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 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 lundqu23
3.44/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some good grassy flavors and light but nothing to great. Poured a hazy light orange with tiny head. Piney hops and simcoe here as well as a citrus smell. Light pale and piney undertones in the back. Medium orange rind bitterness. Medium light body. An alright beer.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%

Canned 5/20/14 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of --- sweat?
Head average (3.5 cm), white, frothy,
Lacing good – complete thick rings of tiny to medium bubbles
Body medium orange, hazy
Flavor begins like cantaloupe, bitter; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3, Flavor 4, Palate 3, Overall 3.5. Final weighted score: 3.6
Not bad other than that initial aroma of sweat.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma a mellow citrus hop. In the taste, a dryer citrus hop, but more hops than malt. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry citrus like hop in the aftertaste. Quite hop heavy for a pale, not complaining, just sayin'...

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wife brought this gem home from a recent visit to Ohio. The beer poured a cloudy copper with thin white head that laced. The scent was mostly malt with hints of subtle pine. The taste was decent balance between malt and bitter peel was present throughout. The mouthfeel medium body with good carbonation. Overall a solid sessionable Pale Ale.

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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 puboflyons
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 07/08/14 so this is pretty fresh. Sampled on July 25, 2014. Received in trades from a non BA member.

There is an amber-copper pour leading up to a full off-white head and a touch of haziness.

The breaded malts are picked up in the aroma quickly but they are abruptly overtaken by the resiny, earthy hop sensations.

Medium to heavy body.

Again, I pick up a brief homage to roasted malts but the powerful hops roar in like an express train and overtake it all...leaving a long lasting bitterness at the end.

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Photo of tone77
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A big thanks to the captain of the canship, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pretty golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, tropical fruits. Taste is strong of hops up front, tropical fruits, light citrus, some malts are present, more bitterness than most pale ales. Feels medium/full in the mouth and overall is a tasty and highly refreshing beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 05/20/15 notes. On tap at the Fat Head's brewpub in Pittsburgh, PA. 12 oz. pour in a pint glass.

Pours a hazy, somewhat golden-orange color with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident. Fruity malts, pine hops, citrus hops, soda, some tropical fruits, and breayd malts. Nice mix of hops and malts. Medium body and low carbonation, no alcohol to it at all.

Overall a pretty good APA. Not super hoppy but easy to drink, worth checking out.

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Photo of maximum12
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%

Thanks to fiver29 who labored to get me a 12 oz. can that was about 328 seconds old...then I let it sit in my fridge for a month. Forgive me, my friend. Please.

The pour is light-defying orange with ample carbonation. Nose brims with tangerines & more oranges - the fruit this time, not the color. Appealing.

Trail Head doesn't extend Fat Heads rep as the finest hop dealer in the Midwest, but it doesn't detract any, either. Head Hunter bitterness rears its Head (ha!) here too, backed with a smattering of orange pith, pine, light pepper, then the hot iron of bitter hell closes the deal. Sticks to the bottom of your mouth, too. I could stick more than one of these in my mouth.

I just came from San Diego, home of the world-class-hop-master. Unlike Head Hunter this can't join that pantheon, but I'd never complain about seeing it through glass. Or aluminum. Though I couldn't see it, then. Huh. Very good beer.

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Photo of unclejazz
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid, when fresh quite nice. Great nose, grapefruit peel and pine resin. Does not quite hit the mark in flavor, a bit too bitter and not enough malt backbone.


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Photo of Stevem68
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light Amber. Has a mild hoppy aroma with a slight biscuit malt note. Flavor is clean, has a slight pine hop presence that is well balanced. Smooth finish and very good overall

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Photo of Omnium
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes:
Served on-tap at the brewery on March 26th, 2013

A - Cloudy orange with two fingers of off white head, thick lacing.
S - Grassy, and very earthy hops, rye, pepper, biscuit, smells very spicy.
T - Earthy spicy hop resin, bread malt, light floral notes, kinda bland.
M - Medium feel, typical pale.
O - Really disappointing, not sure why, because I've heard good things about this plenty of times prior. Hopefully my review will change once bottles come out.


From a can right into a mason pint.
A - Cloudy orange in color with two fingers of soapy foamy white head, medium lacing.
S - Aroma is very grassy, vibrant, lemon zest, and orange, cracker and bread malts. Pleasant.
T - Taste is very good, lots of grassy tones, lemon, pine, vibrant bright flavors, the malt base is just enough, its like fresh bread.
M - Clean and crisp, refreshing.
O - Wayyyy better than I remember having it on tap, so I'm kinda stoked about that.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4/5  rDev -2.7%

A: I always pour light so no real head and what there was dissipated quickly, by looks the dark nature of the beer leads you to think this is a resin bomb or it's malty because of it's darker coloring.

S: you get a little bit of fruit and a touch of flower it really doesn't have a super complex smell

T: this beer lets you know it's business up front it's fruity and you can taste the oily hop taste slightly bitter through out and finishes bitter.

M: feel is pretty balanced not too thick not super light and a very slight dryness this beer doesn't really coat your tongue but you can feel it on the edges afterwards

O: I was really looking for this beer to be a fruity citrus explosion while you do get the light fruit taste up front the beer just seems to lack character to me. Although it is an APA so what do I know. Definitely drink it again seek it out probably not

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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 ONUMello
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a pint glass
A: Bronze-colored with a two-fingered head that settles very slowly
S: Nice pine/citrus rine hops up front with a solid malt backbone
T: Matches the nose with hoppy pine/citrus up front & malt following closely behind
M: Crisp, medium-bodied
O: Very solid, easy & enjoyable to drink

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

Poured into a shaker pint at the Fat Heads Saloon in Pittsburght.

Overall, a malty thirst quenching potential 4

A 4
S 4
T 4

MF - Smooth with some lasting bitterness med light body dry finish 4

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Photo of thecheapies
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours out gold with some extra color. Nice foam top that holds beautifully.

Crispy floral hops with fruity notes of tropical rind, grapefruit, unripe orange, and lychee. Crackery malts showcase the hops well.

Lightly tropical with notes of mango rind, white grapefruit, flowery hops, whole cones, and tart papaya. Excellently hoppy, like a Head Hunter Lite. Pale as can be in the malt department with crackery dryness. Extra dry with the hops and a crisp bitterness that gushes out a bit. Nice and stable medium body with a pumping carbonation that acts like Winterfresh on the gums. Hard to slam because of the gassiness. Great pale ale, overall.

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

Dark copper brew for a pale ale, hazy and translucent, topped with a sizable flat white head. Retention is good, leaving behind tons of lacing.

Lots of citrus, pine, and brown sugar caramel in the aroma, matched with some pale biscuit and flowers. Very juicy: orange pulp and grapefruit peel.

Flavor is about what one would expect, although a little less hoppy and bitter (appropriate for an APA, but still a little surprising given the strong hop aroma). Slightly sweet, dancing between biscuit and caramel, with some flat, powdery bread giving a nice strong base. Hops are well represented in the flavors of the nose: grapefruit peel, citrus juice, wildflower honey, and pine resin. Fairly bitter, but nicely balanced.

Long resinous finish; the hops leave you smacking your gums for quite a while. Drinkable, slightly syrupy body.

This is a very solid APA. It's hoppy, sweet, balanced, and drinkable.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This poured a bronze to light copper with a dense highly retentive white head.

The scent was all hops with bountiful floral and citrus aromas. I caught gragefruit, lemon, pine needle, cannabis and resin.

Pale Ale my ass! This has so much hop character that it revivals any DIPA. I actually get no malt character at all but grapefruit, tangerines, lemon, pine, leafy cannabis and floral hop cone.

The feel is a tad too astringent and leaves a resinous metallic aftertaste. Otherwise, it moves smoothly across the palate and is easy through and through.

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Photo of brewohio1
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I don't know if anyone else has had this problem. I have bought 3 sixpacks of this beer from different places and 1 or 2 beer cans were pierced. I love this beer other than that.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Helping the outdoors efforts of Cleveland and quenching the thirst of beer lovers all the while- is there anything that Fat Heads's can't do?

Trail Head pours with a fine-filtered copper-amber glow and a creamy, expansive foamy swath. Its balanced fragrance is equal parts caramel and citrus. But with the taste opening with a firm tilt toward malts, its caramelized barley taste rides high at first.

But the rise of hops and the relaxing of malt begins to shift the balance from something that's even-keel to something that's hoppy and smooth. Grapefruit and pineapple flow in and out of a caramel and graham cracker taste with threads of grass, garlic and cannabis slowly garnering respect.

Yet with its balance largely in check, the finish looms with the ale striking a medium level of viscocity and a drying, cleaning finish. Bitterness outweighs sweetness as the finish is snappy, sharp and ginger-like as the malts finally acquiesce to the premiere citrusy and herbal hops.

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Photo of brewskis
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy golden orange color with a finger of an off-white head.

Aroma is of fresh, green hops. Pine resin, grass, slight herbal note, floral, grapefruit, and very light mango. A light carmel malt is there from the hops.

Taste is definitely more reminiscent of an IPA than a pale ale with a big bitter punch. Get grapefruit, floral, some tropical fruits (mango and pineapple), and grass. Malts show some carmel sweetness and a very light breadiness. A significant pine resin bitterness for the style comes through starting in the middle into the finish.

Medium body with a slightly creamy and oily feel to it.

Overall, a very nice pale ale from an underrated brewery. For the hops used, it could use a little complexity, but I do enjoy the green hop, piney, and bitter quality.

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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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