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I finally made it to Fat Heads! A cool local brew joint up in North Olmsted. That is very near to Cleveland country for you folks who are wondering. The brewery was an old-timey farmers market. The crew at Fatheads has done a wonderful job converting it into a splendid place for beer and grub. I purchased many, again many, of their excellent brews however the Head Hunter was the one that really stood out.
I believe this batch of Head Hunter was tapped only a few days before I got there. I hopped over to the brewpub for dinner on a super busy Saturday evening, enjoyed a few pints of the IPA there, and took a growler of it home. I reviewed this beer at the brewpub then revisited it the following day. I had so many beers at the brewpub I had to make sure I was sober enough to review the IPA properly.
Pours a slightly hazy, golden-yellow, lightorange hue with avid carbonation after a vigorous pour. A half finger’s worth of cushy white head recedes to a cloud cap covering within a minute and holds there before settling to a nice lacing. No lacing left behind on the glass but looking very good.
My nose is a foot from the glass and I can already detect the piney citrus aroma of this IPA, that’s how aromatic it is. It’s all tropical and citrus fruits , bitter grapefruit, a little juicy pineapple and sweet orange. A bit of pine in there. Fresh and dank.
An onslaught of luscious tastes sail over my taste buds. This Head Hunter sports sappy resin, strong bitter grapefruit, and a strong bitter aftertaste that leaves behind a solid dry spot, calling for another sip. Citrus fruits of orange and pineapple sneak in with repeated sips. Very hoppy but won’t repel the tongue with an overeager smack. A complex yet simple, straightforwardly enjoyable IPA.
Mouthfeel is dry from the hoppiness of the brew. On the mediumlight end of things as far as an IPA goes. Carbonation is just right, being the first pint from the fresh growler I brought home. Not sticky at all and goes down very smooth.
This IPA is a medal winner at GABF with great reason. The color is spot on, the nose is entrancing, the taste is to die for and you can keep sipping on it for quite some time. Doesn’t get better than that! If only it were truly sessionable, but at 7.5% you’re going to have to show some restraint and keep to a few of these. This will definitely bring me back to fat Heads very soon.