Head Hunter IPA & Bumble Berry by Fat Head’s Brewing

© 2014 popsonhops

© 2014 popsonhops

Knowing that my sister and her husband were going to be in Cincinnati a couple of weeks ago, I sent her a note asking her if she happened to see a good beer store would they mind taking a look for a couple of beers that I couldn’t find in New Jersey? After my brother-in-law Dave discovered that beyond watery chili – there was very little that Cincinnati had to offer visitors, he took to my request. We texted back and forth and in one message he wrote that he was really enjoying this scavenger hunt. I thought for a moment and realized that the search is really one of the elements that I enjoy as well and I thought of the various things I enjoy about craft beer:

1. The challenge of finding a rare beer that I’ve targeted

2. Thrill of finding this rare beer or the unexpected discovery

3. Possessing rare beer

4. Consuming rare beer

5. Relaying tasting experiences of rare beers with other enthusiasts

6. Finally the quest to replace and repossess the classic finds.

Dave found a number of gems and shipped them in two large boxes. I was heartbroken when we were informed that the contents of one box went “missing” in transit. Luckily, Dave divvied the bottles so that there were two bottles of each beer in each box.

Bumble Berry
Tasting: June 30, 2014
Style: Fruit Ale
Beer #: 553

Loud and fizzy as I pour. Smells like the filling of a blueberry pop tart. That blueberry taste vanishes along with a lot of the other flavors after the first couple of sips. I’m sorry but cold, wet and fizzy aren’t going to cut it. Luckily, this wasn’t on my target list, I would have been totally disappointed. I’ll peg Bumble Berry at just 79 points. Up next – one of my targets from Fat Head’s – Head Hunter IPA

Head Hunter IPA
Beer #: 554

Head Hunter IPA is a very aromatic IPA loaded with sweet tropical fruit and pine. The flavor doesn’t necessarily follow the nose as the pine from the hop leads the bitterness dominate the malt backbone – but it works really well. The lingering bitterness is of citrus rind and it builds to a crescendo and recedes pleasantly. Head Hunter IPA has a smooth mouthfeel with little carbonation. Overall, Head Hunter IPA is an outstanding IPA – 95 points.

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