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

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 rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of runlikeakenyan
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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 Warren2621
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good, but not as good as Headhunter...which is top of the heap IPA

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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 epyon396
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rsquared59
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 BigMike
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DeaconWhite82
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good drinking IPA. After 4, you got a good buzz going. Not a " Pliny" buzz , but a good buzz

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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 cjohns73
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 MrJuengling
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BierRunner
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Trail Head Pale Ale from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
4.11 out of 5 based on 515 ratings.
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