Fat Head’s Head Hunter IPA
oday we are going to visit a little Ohio brewery called Fat Head’s
. They have put out an IPA called Head Hunter, which has won a few awards. Specifically the Silver at the World Beer Cup in 2012 and 2014 and a couple of more medals at the Great American Beer Festival. But we aren’t hear to discuss the awards this particular beer has won. I’ve seen beers win all kinds of awards, but then not find the beer enjoyable. Let’s see what we see with this bad boy.
First let me point out that this brew is sitting at an ABV of 7.5%, which is a very nice level. Not so high that you can’t have a couple, but not so low that you drink a damn 24 pack like a Natty Light. The IBU is at a pretty high 87, which means this brew is going to have a lot of in-your-face hops, which is not a bad thing at all, so long as you enjoy a good strong IPA. This is a West Coast style IPA that uses Columbus, Simcoe, Centennial hops to create a nice citrus hop profile. The malt used is Pale, CaraMalt, C-15, and Cara-Pils.
Head Hunter IPA
A good strong head forms when poured into a glass. The head eventually dies off, but not completely. I’m obsessed with the quality of the head on a beer. It’s a sign that proper care was taken and quality ingredients were used in the brewing process. When in a nice clean glass the head will form a lace.
Head Hunter has a strong hop aroma that is quickly noticeable when the bottle is popped open and becomes even stronger as the brew is poured into the glass. It smells amazing. It’s a relaxing aroma, one that let’s you know that everything is going to be alright, one that beckons you to drink the beer. “Don’t worry” it says, “It’s OK”, it calls, “Drink Me” it demands. One can definitely tell this was a dry hopped beer because of the aromas emanating from the glass.
Those 87 IBUs are very apparent upon the first sip of Head Hunter. It is very much a punch-you-in-the-taste-buds moment. After the initial shock of the hops, one can tell this is actually a very well balanced beer. For some it would be nice to get that balance on the first bite. When letting the beer swim around on your taste buds for a bit you can pick up the citrus and grapefruit notes of the hops, which helps add a nice bit of sweetness mixed with the malts to bring some balance back to the hop bitterness.
There is a good crispness to the beer that makes one feel like this would be a refreshing beer on a hot day after mowing the lawn. The mouthfeel is nice a smooth in the finish. There is nothing overly heavy in the feel of Head Hunter, it is actually a very light beer for an IPA.
Over all I would have to say this is a pretty damn good beer. If they are in your area, you should consider grabbing a couple.