FAT HEAD’S BREWERY
“In 2009 Fat Head’s teamed up with award winning brewer Matt Cole to create Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon in North Olmsted, Ohio and it crashed the scene like a two-headed monster. Success was virtually instantaneous (it came quickly). Producing over 5000 barrels in its first 3 years of business, Fat Head’s beers gained notoriety by winning some of the most acclaimed awards in the brewing industry. Fueled by high demand and the explosion in popularity of Fat Head’s beers, we expanded to a full-scale production brewery in 2012. Fat Head’s Brewery is located in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. We are dedicated to staying true to our core values of hard work and pride in craftsmanship that resonate throughout the region. We hope you enjoy the ride.”
BUMBLE BERRY: 88 Points
This Fruit Beer is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Brewed with fresh harvested spring honey stolen from some very angry bees (we have the welts to prove it) and infused with fresh blueberries. Creating a light, refreshing ale with a nice blueberry aroma, crackery malt flavors, a hint of sweetness and a refreshing blueberry finish. Get yo buzz on!“
My Description: The brewer’s description is right on with this beer. It has a great balance of flavors between the malt, the honey, and the blueberry. It begins with a large, white colored head with an excellent retention level and it leaves behind a noticeable amount of lacing. The aroma is inviting and pleasant with notes of fresh blueberries and pale malts. There is also a hint of sweetness in the aroma from the honey, I assume. Bumble Berry is light/medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. A pale malt backbone holds up notes of wheat malt, honey, some fruit notes and a touch of sweetness. This transitions cleanly into an aftertaste that is minimally bitter with an intriguing blueberry finish. Overall, this beer is refreshing and the blueberry and honey additions don’t get old like in other fruit beers. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with salads, grilled chicken, or cheesecake.
ABV: 5.3% Color: Deep Gold Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10
HEAD HUNTER: 96 Points
This IPA has an IBU of 87 and is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “No other ingredient stirs the passion of a Master Brewer like the hop. Inspired by this legendary flower we challenged ourselves to create a world class IPA. Head Hunter is an aggressively dry-hopped, West Coast-Style IPA with a huge hop display of pine, grapefruit, citrus and pineapple. A punch-you-in-the-mouth brew for those who truly love their hops! Uncivilized? Yes. Aggressive? Absolutely. Award Winning? Hell yes.”
My Description: This is one of the better IPA’s on the market because the hops are flavorful and taste so clean. This, accompanied by the surprising smoothness and pleasing aroma, makes this beer very memorable. It begins with a good sized, off-white colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma is fresh and inviting with huge notes of pine and citrus hops accompanied by some grassiness. Head Hunter is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish. This beer is very tasty and addicting. Immediately, there is a blast of citrus hops that dominates the flavor profile along with notes of woodsy hops and a touch of light fruit like pineapple. These hops are very resiny and clean with little to no sharpness. The aftertaste is highly bitter and the alcohol is beautifully hidden. Hints of malt creep in to give this beer body and extra flavor. This jewel is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with spicy foods, fried shrimp, or your favorite burger.
ABV: 7.5% Color: Orange/Golden Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 7/10
HOLLY JOLLY: 85 Points
This Christmas Ale is released seasonally in late Autumn in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Once upon a frozen evening way up north, a sweet local honey named Holly inspired our Jolly Fat Man (as only Holly can) to create this festive spiced holiday ale. We think you will enjoy his holiday creation with it’s aromas and flavors of Christmas day. Sweet malt, ginger, honey and cinnamon spice. Sip this by the fire with your significant other. Who knows, maybe it will lead to a little inspiration of your own. From our Jolly Fat Man to yours, Happy Holidays.“
My Description: This is a clean and tasty Christmas Ale that hides the alcohol well and makes for a good choice during dinner. It begins with a decent, light beige colored head that fades quick to a film leaving behind hardly any lacing. The aroma is welcoming with notes of ginger, cinnamon, crackers, and a noticeable amount of honey. Holly Jolly is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is not as potent as the aroma would indicate, which was kind of a let down because this beer tastes good. There is nothing wrong with a more mild flavored Christmas Ale but the aroma makes you think this would not be so. Never-the-less, this beer boasts a deep malt backbone with notes of honey, cherries, and ginger. The aftertaste is minimally bitter with some spices lingering. Overall, nothing too complex here making for a great everyday Christmas Ale. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with apple pie, baked ham, or dark fruit desserts.
ABV: 7.4% Color: Reddish/Brown Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10
SPOOKY TOOTH: 93 Points
This Imperial Pumpkin Ale is released seasonally before Halloween in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Rich amber color with aroma of sweet pumpkin pie and savory spices with hints of sweet malt. Rich and creamy with a chewy mouthfeel that you can sink your teeth into. Flavors of pumpkin up front then sweet malt, pie crust, spice, hints of brown sugar and a clean finish. We stopped just short of the whipped cream. But we like the way you think.“
My Description: This a memorable Imperial Pumpkin Ale because the flavors are clean and the pumpkin actually comes through. It begins with a good sized, light beige colored head that fades to a film that holds most of the way leaving behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is full of spices with nutmeg being the dominate scent. There are also notes of brown sugar, sweet malt, and pie crust. Spooky Tooth is fuller bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. A big malt backbone gives this beer depth and body while holding up notes of nutmeg and cinnamon. The aftertaste is where the pumpkin flavor comes through and lingers into the finish. The alcohol is nicely hidden with very little flavor detected. This beer is slightly bitter but more on the sweet side. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with baked turkey, pumpkin pie obviously, and roasted duck with a fruit sauce.
ABV: 9% Color: Amber/Orange Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 2/10