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Razor Hoof - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 318
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 6%
Wants: 11
Gots: 22 | FT: 2
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3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-23-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with our friends in the epic band High on Fire, this heavily hopped saison is worthy of razor hoof.

Corpse wolf now raised.
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Photo of mrfrancis
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a murky amber with a thick off-white head.

S: Aromas of caramel, biscuit, toffee, sweet cream, grass, herbs, and lemon fill the nose.

T: Notes of lemon, lime, kumquat, bitter orange, sweet cream, biscuit, caramel, toffee, grass, herbs, red apple, and juniper berry wash across the palate. The finish is bitter and hot with grass, herb, and citrus flavors overwhelmed by prickly, peppery alcohol.

M: Medium-to-full in body and initially slick, though it turns sticky around mid-palate. Alcohol presence is initially mild, but becomes increasingly distracting toward the fade.

O: I am just not digging this beer. I do not think that it displays characteristics that would remotely be associated with the best Belgian farmhouse ales, and while I am all for innovation, I dislike it when the brewer seemingly loses sight of the original style. I think that is what has happened here. Nothing about this beer screams saison to me. It seems trapped somewhere in between a couple of styles. Though I am a huge fan of Three Floyds' stuff, I really can't recommend this beer. (1,079 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

A - Tries to gush a bit on opening, but fast hands prevents any loss of beer. Pours a bit murky with some noticeable floating yeast particles in the body of the beer. Deep amber in color, ample carbonation bubbles and a thick, fluffy two fingers of khaki foam that shows good staying power.

S - Very citrusy aroma, heavy in oranges - almost tang like in character...a bit of lemony tartness too. A bit yeasty too. Interesting, but not much dimension to it.

T - Sweat, maltose-y malt at the base, thick and a bit heavy. Earthy as well with mild hints of roasted malt. Mild hop bitterness - a bit dull in flavor character, perhaps overwhelmed a bit by the malt. The citrus that was so strong in the aroma is lacking any real presence in the flavor, disappointingly.

M - Medium bodied, but the sweet maltiness makes it feel heavier. Carbonation is rather high, foamy and tingly on the tongue.

O - Not very "saison-y"...heavy handed in the malt department. Nice citrus aspects in the aroma, but lost in the flavor. Not especially impressed - drinkable for sure, but not memorable at all. (1,138 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
2.06/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer is hazy orange with a hint of crimson. Half inch of off-white head. The aroma offers some resinous hops, malt, bread, sweet fruits, esters, candies. This is NOT a saison. Not even close. FFF makes some great beers. This is not one of them. Even if one were to re-categorize this beer, it doesn't change the fact that it is simply sub-par. No yeast, funk, farmhouse, hay, spice or any characteristics of the style. Too sweet, too hoppy, messy, muddled. Avoid. (467 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
2.87/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: a hazy orange color. Lots of yeasty sediment. Hardly existent head that fades to just about nothing. Lacking the bubbles and the foam I look for

Smell:lots of caramel and crystal malts. Some citrus hops.

Taste: opens up with a mix of citrus and caramel malts. Low to no yeastiness.

Mouthfeel: sticky. Fairly heavy.

Overall: I didn't think three floyds saison would be very true to style and it isn't. Drinks a lot like a reddish slightly hoppy American beer. Needs less malts flavor and more yeast. (517 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from trade. Big thanks for FFF always! Bomber pours perfectly clear orange, almost red, with a big creamy off white head on top. Looks very pretty. Aroma of hay, charcoal and ash, light biscuits, bit of citrus peel. Flavor is lots of caramel and crystal malts, cherry, hard candy, some trace bitter hay in the background. This isn't a Saison at all, closer to an American Barleywine. Really, think Saison, then think the opposite, that is this beer. Flavor is lacking a bit even there. Medium heavy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Not a horrible beer or anything, but not really sure what they were going for here. (624 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with Liam and Sammy.

Beer is cloudy gold, with a moderately-sized off-white head.

Nose is quite malty and caramel scented. Unusual for the style.

Flavour contains caramel malt and a toasty flavour. Hoppy. Not like any saison I know. I don't really get any yeast flavour. Not bad, but very unusual and with no saison character.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated.

Overall, a decent beer but not if you are looking for a saison. (447 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, and slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with honey and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but doesn't really fit the style too well in my opinion. (600 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into signature teku glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy orange copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, pear, apple, floral, grass, pine, pepper, caramel, honey, and floral/yeast earthiness. Nice and unique aromas with solid balance and complexity of hop, malt, and saison yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of orange peel, lemon zest, grapefruit, pineapple, pear, apple, floral, grass, pine, caramel, honey, pepper, clove, herbal, and floral/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of pine/floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange peel, lemon zest, grapefruit, pineapple, pear, apple, floral, grass, pine, caramel, honey, clove, pepper, and floral/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop, malt, and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and fairly crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good dry hopped saison style. Good balance and complexity of hop, malt, and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,436 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark for a saison; deep autumn leaf body. Nice bone-white head with ok retention and nice lace.

S - Caramel, sweet malt, cherry, grass. Almost has a Scotch ale nose.

T - Hay, cilantro, caramel, lemon zest, white bread crust. Bitter herbal backend.

M - Off-style heavy body and low carbonation for a saison.

O - Super malty for a saison. It's an interesting beer, but it's not my favorite take on the style. (414 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy yellowish caramel in color and has yeast chunks visible floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass and some bubbles down the edges.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel hops are present in the nose along with notes of Belgian yeast and spices.
T: The taste is nearly identical to the smell and has some additional hints of toffee. There's enough spices to prevent any sweetness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite malty for a saison and also seems heavier compared to other beers in the style. (703 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The Razor Hoof has a hard candy root beer taste...at least to me. The beer was poured carefully to avoid the massive sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The color was a clear amber with thin white head that is lacing. The scent does have some hop....but I am getting root beer. The taste has a big conflict between bitter hops, sweet malt...and alcohol. The mouthfeel is fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall this beer is not something I would chose to drink again. The taste is rough and the abv even rougher. (520 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A strange, hybrid beer, it actually does look like a cross between a saison and an IPA. It's got the golden orange saison color with a cloudy look, but the head, while it's there, slightly resembles the meringue-like look of an IPA. Little retention, but a nice lace.

Again, clearly a hybrid of the two styles with a tart, fruity original burst of scents with an acidic citrus waft later on. As it begins to warm, pine and grapefruit start to evolve.

Three for three as the taste is a gentle blend of styles. Tangy fruit up front with a citrusy pine following behind.

You get the best of both worlds with that consisent kick off of tart, tanginess of a Saison with a gentle bittering finish of an IPA. The blend works really well together to make it very drinkable...each style complementing the other.

I let this sit in the cellar a little longer than I should have but it was still really impressive. I can only imagine what it tastes like fresh. Overall, it's a nice beer that goes down easily. Just sent a bottle to Washington for my left coast friend to enjoy, a much fresher bottle. (1,094 characters)

Photo of mverity
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle share at Proof Brewing Co. Golden orange in color with good white head. Nice collar with decent lacing. Smell is a great light malt profile, some spice and dry earth. Taste is also nicely spiced, surprisingly hoppy in a very lightly bitter way (mostly spice), some butterscotch. Highly carbonated and light body with being watery. (337 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Red/amber body with some white head that dissipates shortly after pouring. Not much of a nose at all. Couldn't pick out anything specifically. This just tastes of a amber ale with some bittering hops that is fighting to be a saison due to the misplaced yeast. It doesn't satisfy on either end and is a total misfire if you're looking for a saison. If you like Rabbid Rabbit, do not expect anything similar here. Plenty of bitterness and no balance. (448 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a hazy copper color with not much head to speak of.

S- A fading hop presence with some dark fruit notes. A hint of grape and green apple. A bit of a Belgian like spice.

T- Not what I expected. A slight hop bitterness at first. The beer opens up with an oddmalt bill. Some fig and plum and a bit of green sour apples which is something I have never picked up in a beer before. A touch of a caramel and burnt sugar on the back end. I figured this would be hoppier, however this isnt exactly fresh. There are traces of pine and what once was mango an lemon. The lack of freshness adds to the oddness of the beer rather then take away from it.

M- Full bodied, silky, and bittersweet.

O- Overall,I liked this beer. very odd and not what I expected which is what I like to see from FFF (792 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at Belgian Fest. Served in the stock Goose Island taster glass.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap and minimal lace. Hazy amber body.

S - Very sweet for a Saison - loads of honey and toffee, with some tropical hop flavors rounding things out. I don't get much Belgian yeast presence at all; not sure I would have guessed this was a Saison to be honest. A bit cloying, but nothing really 'off' per say. Perhaps a touch of apple-y alcohol flavor as it warms.

T - The taste is similarly malt-forward, with fruity esters, toffee, honey, perhaps a touch of brown sugar, and hint of hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium-full body, with serious heft for the style. Crisp, pleasant carbonation, and mild dryness in the finish. The feel helps the beer avoid being even more cloying and saccharine that it already is.

D - Not sure what happened here, but this is pretty mediocre. It's like a maltier, crappier version of Zes Zes Zes. (941 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Very cloudy orange/red with a one finger head with nice lacing.

S-Lots of bread and toast. Rather hoppy. Citrus and grass. Not like a normal saison, and this isn't because of the hops

T-Once again rather bready. Then it has a good citrus and grassy hop finish. Kinda malty. An interesting combination. Once again not really like a saison.

M-Heavy for the style rather hoppy and nicely carbonated.

O-I would not call this a saison. It didn't have the wheat, spice etc of the style. Still a good beer but odd and not fully together. (536 characters)

Photo of guityler83
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A one claw of dense off white head that stayed the path for a few minutes before leaving behind a trail of its essence on the edge of my pint glass. A copper orange with a tint of crimson and a moderate amount of haze this beer has a distinctive beastly look.

S: Very light aroma. Fruity like sweet tarts or some kind of sugary candy. Mild tropical melon with a hint of caramel and toffee.

T: A solid amount of citrus bittering hops punches you in the face but quickly the pallet adjusts and its very easy drinking. A good amount of malt character pops away on the toungue, raisins, toffee, caramel and some other darker fruits on the spectrum. Very balanced profile, while there is some impression of sweetness the bitterness is right there behind it keeping everything in check. Fermentation character for a saison is very subdued but there are still some hints of the hey and clovey flavors lingering on the pallet after a few sips.

M: Clean finish with a medium body and a crisp finish. Medium carbonation levels.

O: A very balanced saison with some flavors not typical of the style keeping me interested. I very much like the balance of the yeast/malt/hop flavors in the beer. HoF on the label is a bonus. Keep it metal and drink a razorhoof! (1,254 characters)

Photo of NewGlarusFan
2.71/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a 3 F Teku glass.

A) Dark red, cloudy, lots of floating yeast, two finger head and no noticeable carbonation.

S) Apple skin, pine, fig, malt, and honey

T) Apple, yeast, estery, yeast, 3 F ale yeast after taste even though it's a saison. Surprisingly not over hopped as all 3 Fs beers are.

M) Chunky and I got the first pour out of the bomber. It was pour very carefully to avoid yeast over flow.

O) Not a good 3 F beer, Rabid Rabbit is a lot better Saison. It seems 3 F enjoys brew IPAs with different yeast strains. (536 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark orange with lots of floating yeasts. Two-finger white foam head.

S - Apple and pear with some yeast. Some sweetness of honey and spices.

T - Bitter hops mixed some sweet dark fruits. Some slight earthy funkiness is also present. Tastes like an IPA mixed with a Saison.

M - Medium carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel.

O - A very interesting beer. Decent, but probably would not drink again. Not up to normal Three Floyd's standards. (445 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In the area for work so swung by the brew pub for some drinks and eats (ribs are great by the way). Showed up in a tulip. Deep orange with a thin head that coated the glad in lacing as the head vanished. Nose is candied hops. Bubble gum over citrus. Fairly chewy and kind of syrupy but really nice flavor. Fairly sweet. Enjoyable. (330 characters)

Photo of vic21234
3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. No bottled on date.

A- Pours a cloudy amber/orange color with a small amount of off-white head that quickly fades. Some slight lacing can be seen along the sides of the glass.

S- Some spiciness lead to somewhat of a floral aroma. Some dark fruits are noted as well.

T- Starts off with a spicy breadiness before giving way to slight fruit, hoppy notes. A nice drinking saison.

M- Medium bodied, spicy yet hoppy with a fruity aftertaste.

Nice stuff, I can't say I've had many saisons but this is a nice sipper. (553 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

FFF style brown bomber with a crazy looking label. I dig most of the FFF artwork, but this half horned wolf half man thing is a bit much. Anyway, I poured this into a Belgian style stemmed tulip glass.

A - wow does this look make up for the almost weird artwork on the label. Deep and dark glowing amber color with hints of a burnt orange through the light. It just looks like a Belgian ale. I don't think I've ever seen this much funk and sediment floating in an ale. I'm beginning to wonder if this is my 2 year old son's fruit juice with all the floated going on. The her just looks dark and beautiful. It glows and has one hell of a massive head. Off white in color and stays for ages. Excellent stick to top it all off. Beautiful brew.

S - sweet malts and dried dark fruits. A near tang to the aroma. A good yeast funkiness in the background as well as more caramel malt.

T - much like the aroma. A nice yeasty base with some bread notes. Sweet caramel malts and an almost weird funky dried and dark fruit flavor. A bit more tangy fruitiness than the nose with the addition of a fresh grassiness. A hint of some sort of oddball spice creeps up from nowhere and the dark fruit really open up as it warms.

M - thick texture and lays a very nice coating in the mouth. It has some unique flavors but you still know who did the brewing. The alcohol is there but it's smooth and if you are someone who likes sweetness it's very enjoyable.

O - a real good offer IMO. Much better than when Calumet Queen came to us last year. Not like any Saison I've ever had, but the beauty of this ale sitting in the glass is a sight to behold. Razorhoof fit my taste buds nicely as I get in the mood for a sweet fruitiness from time to time. But I could also see this being too sweet for a lot of people. For me, it was definitely worth the try and experience. I really enjoyed this offering from FFF and I'm almost certain I'd buy it again if ever released another time. (1,963 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark orange with floating yeasts, nice 1/2 inch creamy, foamy head with nice lacing.

Smell - Floral fruits, yeasts, grapefruit, apple, pear. Some caramel mixed in with some spices and sugars.

Taste - Much like the smell, loads of apples, grapes and yeasts mixed in with some caramel and grapefruit hops. Has a hoppy bite mixed in with some sour yeasts and spices. Tart finish with some alcohol mixed in.

Mouthfeel - Tongue gets a bite of hops, yeasts and caramel. Palate gets loads of sour and tart apples and grapes with some yeasts. The aftertaste is tart, mild sweet and warm.

Overall - I enjoyed this. Its right on par with 3 floyds, different, full flavored and well done. The grape/apple/pear flavor works amazing with the floral taste of a saison to make a real refreshing drink. Another winner for sure. (858 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My second music collaboration beer from Three Floyds; I've never listened to High On Fire. Expectations are decent given Three Floyds's good reputation, and based on the fact that I enjoyed the last music collab beer I had from them, Three Floyds Evil Power.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a nice beautiful bright orange colored body with about two fingers of khaki head that thins to a thick foamy ring. Nice streaks of lace.

S - Smell is definitely a bit strange, but very unique. Some grainy wheat-like presence, some sweetness, slight hint of honey, caramel, wet paper, and like others have noted: dead fallen wet leaves & an overripe bushel of rotting apples.

T - Taste is of faded bitter grapefruit / green apple hop sweetness, apricot / peach, some earthiness, caramel malt, and some grain. Tastes more like a faded IPA than it does a saison / farmhouse ale.

M - Feel is bitter and sticky with sugary green apple skin.

Overall, a decent beer, but it is really nothing to brag about. Glad to have gotten to try it for novelty's sake, but this isn't a beer I would want to try again. Too heavily dry-hopped I suppose to fit the actual saison category, because there are hardly any legitimate "farmhouse" characteristics present. A beer to try once and not again.

Three Floyds Razor Hoof ---3.5/5. (1,388 characters)

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Razor Hoof from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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