The acclaimed Fat Head's Brewing was started in 1992 in Pittsburgh, but now seems to be based in North Olmsted, Ohio. They've won awards for their top-tier craft beers, and only recently inked a distribution deal to export to Southern Indiana. Good thing, as the three samples I tasted were superb! Here are the reviews of the initial three offerings here in podunk Indiana.
Remember that my ratings range from a 1 (awful) to 5 (awesome). Meaning that a 3 is perfectly acceptable and enjoyable, and a 4 is recommended. Enjoy responsibly and support indie beer!
FAT HEAD'S BUMBLE BERRY HONEY BLUEBERRY ALE - 4.0
I know that many craft beer nerds turn up their noses at "fruit beers", but sometimes, there's nothing better than a quality example, which is all-too-rare. But Fat Head's got it right with this blueberry-honey ale.
Pours a clean yellow-amber, with a massive head of fine off-white bubbles. I got no lace here! Nose is an appealing, refreshing rush of sweet berries and a little toastiness. Not bad. Taste is sweet and tart, but not overbearingly so. I also get more biscuity malts in the mix. Finishes with more tart blueberry goodness and a trace of hops. Very enjoyable and I will try this one again.
FAT HEAD'S - HEAD HUNTER IPA - 4.5
One of Fat Head's prime-time contenders, this is a stylish and deliciously serious IPA, and has Goatsden's full recommendations.
Clean and beautiful amber in appearance, this West Coast-style IPA pours with a huge head of off-white foam and an exquisite amount of detailed lace. Aroma is stunning and intoxicatingly hop-forward. All the floral, citrus, and pine loveliness you can imagine. Taste is pure West Coast, as in big heavy hops resins with plenty of acidic bite and notes of sour grapefruit and pine.
Exquisite and a sure winner for serious hop-heads.
FAT HEAD'S OOMPA LOOMPA CHOCOLATE CREAM STOUT - 4.0
How could I resist a delightfully decadent chocolate cream stout? This one goes straight for the gut with a sweet dessert flavor combination.
Pours a deep black with ruby highlights. Thick (fat?) head of tan foam. Gorgeous lace. Nose is roasty chocolate and some vanilla bean in the background. Very appealing. Flavor is rich and chocolatey, with large amounts of bittersweet dark chocolate and a slight burnt finish. A fine stout, and one I'll gladly revisit.