Beer Review: Fat Head’s Head Hunter IPA

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Excited to have finally gotten my hands on this beer, Fat Head’s Head Hunter IPA. Certainly an infamous beer and one that gets a lot of attention especially from hop heads. Maybe it has had a recent fall from grace as so many amazing east coast IPAs have come out and people seem to have their eyes on them. Either way I was glad to finally be able to see what this beer was all about. Head Hunter comes in at 7.5% ABV.

Appearance: Glowing copper amber color with a slight haze and 1 finger head. Iconic bottle.

Nose: Super dank, hop nuggets, mango, pineapple, citrus and pine resin. Some earthy and floral notes as well with caramel malt. Has a west coast IPA feel to it for sure.

Taste/Mouth: Citrus, pineapple, mango, pine resin and a solid punch of hop bitterness. Amazing balance of hop and malt that finishes slightly dry and resiny. Floral and earthy flavors from the nose carry over. Very drinkable and with lots of different layers of hop flavors.

Price/Availability: Picked up a single in South Florida for around $2. Seems readily available there.

Overall: An IPA I had heard a lot about and am glad I finally got my hands on it. It was under a month old when I drank it too which is great. It certainly didn’t disappoint and is an IPA any hoppy beer lover should try at some point. Balance and layer of hop flavors are impressive.

Grade: A-

Beer Review: Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA

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Sierra Nevada is always pushing the envelope with new brewing techniques, especially new ways to utilize hops in their beers. Hop Hunter is brewed with fresh distilled hop oil adding that to Sierra’s long list of brewing innovations. Hop Hunter comes in at 6.2% ABV and 60 IBUs.

Nose: Really floral and earthy, lots of floral aromas dominate the nose. You get some citrus as well, the hop oil definitely adds a different feel to the aroma.

Appearance: 1 finger head with some floating particles in the beer, light golden/copper color.

Taste/Mouth: Taste is crisp and light, slight bitterness with those earthy, floral hops coming over from the nose. Some citrus, pine and grapefruit in the taste as well. A good malt presence in it as well with medium carbonation and finishes very clean.

Price/Availability: Year round and around $9-10 for a 6 pack, Sierra is very available.

Overall: A pretty decent new IPA from Sierra, they rarely disappoint. I would have it again but probably would not seek it out regularly.

Grade: B