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

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BEER INFO

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

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!

Added by Stinkypuss on 06-02-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
508
Reviews:
78
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
7.79%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
73
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Wolverine48092
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of nhirsch04
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of juicebox
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dag1991
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NateMac13
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AJmon13
3.44/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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

Nose
Candied orange, bright florals, papaya, and pine.

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

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

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

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Photo of NMA
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 rangerred
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of CayseyW
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TurboBrew
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Rawwie
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Trail Head Pale Ale from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
4.11 out of 5 based on 508 ratings.
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