lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red-orange, white ring. Spicier than the regular head hunter, more caramel, but still some oranges apparent in the aroma. Taste is strong spicy, hop and alcohol, caramel, nice bitter finish.
Brigadier (3520) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at brewery
The real reason for visiting was to try out this new addition to the northeastern Ohio beer scene. Take a world class IPA and amp it up to get this monster. Heavy and intense it holds nothing back. Aggressive from the start you will not forget this one any time soon. Get it while it is fresh.
Aroma / Appearance - Sticky with a coppery tone the body takes center stage on the table. Lazy bubbles of carbonation seep up like air through a heavy syrup. Mangos, peaches, lemon zest, and brightness bring to mind a tropical feel. The orange maltiness provides some restraint but regardless this isnít exactly subtle.
Flavor / Palate - Chewy and vinous the mouthfeel clings to the throat and tongue. A mixture of semi-sweet white wine, orange zest, oak chips, and loose bits of firewood sparkle brightly. The alcohol isnít hidden yet also doesnít stand out too much. Additional sips make the hops more and more evident. By the end it is a blend of Pine Sol and malt balls. Head Hunter might be marginally better but this is a push.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hell yeah! On tap pours clear dark golden amber color with off white head. Aroma is amazing citrus, a touch of pine, and the presence of a nice caramel malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is outstanding. The intense bitterness from the hops upfront leads to a nice mix of grapefruit and orange, the middle has a nice caramel malt sweetness, and finishes with a tart bitter note. Simply outstanding.
thome50 (1284) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - MAR 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler courtesy of Mike at Fat Head. Pours a very nice orangish copper color with a nice white head even after a week in delivery. The carbonation was very good compared to what Iíve heard. The aroma is defined pine, citrus and some pineapple. My first taste is of a very nice DIPA with what then jumps out as Watermelon. Not fresh watermelon, but candied watermelon. It adds a truly unique flavor to this DIPA and one I would love to see bottled and enjoy again. The bitter hop flavor is there as well. Highly recommended.
LinusStick (3223) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice DIPA- On tap at Pittsburgh location. Donít know if they didnít have the CO2 right but both beers I had there were completely flat (or just about in this case). Aroma was nice- strong pine and resiny hops. Pour was a cloudy dark orange with a few rising bubbles and no head. Taste was nice and full. Heavy citrus and pine from the hops dry the mouth with just a hint of light malt balancing out the great bitterness. Again the lack of carbonation really hurt this beer. Next time Iím near Cleveland Iíd like to try it there.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap during my first visit to the Cleveland brewpub.
Started off with the original Head Hunter and followed it up itís big brother. This one contains all of the wonderful pine, citrus, and dank simcoe as to be expected but remains just as smooth as the single version. Very impressive. Please bottle this soon!
gorditoabd (632) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler shared with MrBunn. Aroma is awesome of pine and hops. Taste is amazing, probably the smoothest DIPA Iíve ever come close to. Excellent body, balance, and finish. Great!
MrBunn (2727) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler fill from Cleveland Fat Headís. Pours a medium to light orange/gold with a sudsy white head. Aromas are a little less than I expected... lots of pine and resin, a little honey and maybe pear. Flavor is very sharply hoppy... lots of resin and pine that bite hard on the front end and then in the aftertaste. There is a nice enough malt presence in the middle... sweet orchard fruits (apple and pear, mainly) that balance things out. Alcohol sits heavy in the aftertaste. This is very good, but not quite as spectacular as I was hoping for. Once again, hurray for Fat Headís!
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bistroís IIPA Fest, Hayward, CA. Lighter golden orange> big resiny citrusy hop aroma. Piney, mango, citrus, orange fill this huge aroma. Taste is more of the same, aggressive but balanced. Huge sticky, piney hop flavor. Top 3 or 5 of the festival
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Bistro DIPA Fest. Pours a clear bright light orange copper with a nice sticky white head. Aroma is powerful orange citrus, mango, tropical, and pine resin with some weed dankness- very fresh, very powerful. Flavor is more citrus, pine, dank, oily sappyness, orange and light grass with little malt sweetness which is great. Good bitter finish. Top 5 of the fest for sure!