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

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BA SCORE
4.08/5
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525 Ratings
Trail Head Pale AleTrail Head Pale Ale
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
Ranking:
#2,605
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
525
pDev:
7.84%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
78
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 525 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of AJmon13
3.44/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of philbe311
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
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%
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 +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnnnniee
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
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 -7.1%
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 +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of meanmutt
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CayseyW
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TurboBrew
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Rawwie
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Casey3236
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of tdmccarthy
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kevin72
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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 dcotom
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Joshhersh
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vrbulldog22
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Trail Head Pale Ale from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 525 ratings
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