radarsock (941) - Vermont, USA - OCT 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Okay, Ohio, Iím getting pretty fucking tired of all the electrical tape I have to personally peel off with a boning knife on your bottles. Drsilverworm supplied - thanks! It pours an intriguing orange/copper.tone with a fluffy, thin off-white head. Even before pouring I knew this was an extremely aromatic beer; I finally mananged to tear its cap off and I immediately nosed grass trimmings, grapefruit zest, pine, lactose, yeast (brief), honey, flower pedals and citrus. Iím getting excited just by smelling it! Oh, yeah, this is good. Starts out bittersweet with notes of seeds, coriander, and pretzels. From there it adds on maltiness, blood orange, booze, hops and yeast. By swallow the bitterness of the hops is high and full in command. Itís fruity and not overly aggressive which I was made to believe.
bulldogp04 (20) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Serving Type: Bottle. 1 1/2 months old. Nice deep golden orange, decent 1-2 finger head, nice and clear. Smells of wonderful, traditional West Coast hops. Lots of great cascade and simcoe coming through in the aroma, with bursts of citrus and tropical notes paving the way. Flavor follows suit - lots of great pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and even piney/resinous flavors make an appearance. Malt backbone definitely present, but doesnít make it too sweet or overtake the hop character. Biscuity, and even some caramel-like malt notes play nice support roles. Hop bitterness explodes and continues to increase over a few seconds as you swallow the beer. Quite surprising level of bitterness for only 77 IBUís! Finishes nice on the palate. Not quite as dry as a true "west-coast" style IPA, but definitely not as sweet and somewhat malt-driven like a lot of Midwest/East Coast style IPAs. Good balance. Not prickly or creamy smooth carbonation. Just right in the middle, with a medium-full palate to back up all the tremendous flavors. Overall, Head Hunter IPA is a really nice beer and, quite frankly, was a pleasant surprise for me!
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice sticky citrus and dank hop nose, very juicy. Taste is lightly sweet, moderately bitter, lots of pine and citrus juice and rind, very tropical, light honey and floral hops.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to GT. Pours a clear pale orange with a thin white head. Funky, piny, resinous hops aroma Taste is very dry and bitter. Just a the tiniest bit of sweetness. Lots of pine, and citrus and maybe a bit of pingent oniony hops. Very nice beer.
obguthr (3915) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Moderately strong orange peel nose. Hazy amber, thin head. Whole orange flavor, finishes with distinct bitter orange peel. Straightforward and well made Lacks nuance.
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tullip shaped glass. Pours a nice copper orange color with a soft white head that lasts a decent while. Aroma is of floral, pine, and citrus. Flavor has a nice smooth bitter backround. Initial notes is sweet, floral but melds into a nice bitterness of average duration. Mouthfeel is moderate with decent maybe above average carbonation. This is a solid IPA I would drink again.
jsquire (3499) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber color out of the bottle with a sticky white head. Great fresh hop nose of pineapple and orange zest. Thick hop candy flavors with orange marmalade, canned pineapple and manderine orange notes. Sweet sticky mouthfeel. Long hop resin and red grapefruit rind bitterness in the finish. Really nice, sticky hop head beer. I felt more like a IIPA.
Gooney (388) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap - light orange in color. Strong citrus hops aromas. Fantastic flavor. This has to be the best beer in Ohio! I love it!
GT2 (8507) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2012 355mL mega fresh bottle thanks to Dan! Pours a clear, filtered, no bottle refermentation (good) amber/orange. Larger, large bubbled, semi rocky meringue foam. Excellent retention. Widely spaced, webby lacing. Nose is soft butterscotch, lemon detergent (volatile), thick orange gummies. Taste is super rich butterscotch, restrained orange and grapefruit peel, mild pine sap, maple, sweet orange syrup. Palate is very bitter, nutty, some walnut/Brazil nut, mild spruce tips. Very rich, quenching, fairly aggressive. 10/2/2012 7/4/8/5/15=3.9
355mL second mega fresh bottle from Dan. Letís try this again. Pours with a better, rockier, sheen, buttermilk head. Big retention and better, complete lacing. Nose has no off flavors, more peaches and cream, pineapple, vanilla. Taste is very West Coast in profile reminding me of Sculpin and Alesmith IPA up front, but finishing much more aggressively bitter with mega spruce tip and pine sap. Delicious. Palate is a bit too sharply bitter moving to slight sawdust. The aroma is quite inviting. Very nice stuff. Easy to love. Glad I got some extra bottles. 10/3/2012 8/4/8/3/16=3.9
MarkSachon (604) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from my neighbor Bob - thanks! Probably the best IPA Iíve had in a long time and certainly worthy of the praise afforded from other sources. The creamy finish goes down well and nicely balances the citrus aftertaste. No hop bite here.