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Musk Of The Minotaur IPA | Hoof Hearted Brewing

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Musk Of The Minotaur IPAMusk Of The Minotaur IPA

Brewed by:
Hoof Hearted Brewing
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by beesy on 03-27-2013

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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 187
Photo of Sabtos
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is another Hoof beer that looks like pulpy lemonade, or a mimosa--considering we're here for another brunch, it's fitting. Webby but fluid lacing tends to slide downwards over time.

Musk is actually not as dank as other Hoof brews. Mellow tropical citrus hops in the aroma and flavor are the main takeaway, but it's not necessarily fruity or juicy like Konkey Dong.

It's a nice, dry IPA with light bitterness.

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Photo of SHDoyle
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I feel like a broken record when reviewing Hoof Hearted IPAs: Super cloudy, orange juice appearance. A blend of fruit and pine in the aroma and mostly hoppy on the palate. I drank this after having a HH Jacuzzerooski and to be honest I couldn't tell the difference. Jacuzzerooski was maybe a little hoppier, but the differences between them are evolutionary, not revolutionary. Both good, but it would be nice to see some more variation.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pale straw to golden in color with a white fluffy head.

The aroma is very citrusy and floral.

Taste: Lots of hops. Lots of citrus musk. Dandelion. Pineapple juice. Some of that taste you would get from orange juice that you found sitting in the back of your fridge for too long that its tinted brown... yeah, a little of whatever that flavor is.

Nice body and good drinkability. Sometimes I thought it was one of the most tropical IPA's I've had, and other sips I though it was one of the most floral. It's nice.... get it if you can.

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Photo of JNbeerded
2.19/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A friend picked up a 4 pack for me while up in Maine. Apparently they are randomly distributing there now. This beer is either no good, or I had a bad batch. Little to no aroma. Weird flavor that I can't put my finger on, just not pleasant. At all. Definitely picked up some diacetyl both in the taste and mouth feel. Buttery and slick. I won't be seeking this one out anytime in the future.

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Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a couple fingers of head

Smells like straight pineapple juice

Tastes like pineapple juice with some bready flavor and light bitterness

Medium body light carbonation and easy drinking

Another awesome ipa from ohio

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Photo of Stevem68
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had in a can at the Browns game. Aroma is a nice dank resiny pine. Flavor is pine and citrus. Has a bright clean mouth feel. Leaves a great aftertaste Overall this is a really delicious IPA

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to WesMantooth for this can.

A - Hazy medium orange color with a soapy white lacing ring.

S - Lots of citrus with predominant pineapple in the nose.

T - Taste follows the nose with a dominating resiny citrus palate with mostly pineapple orange, apricot and no malt - all citrus with very light citrus bitterness on the tale end.

M - Big medium body, light carbonation.

O - A very citrus juicy beer with a balanced citrus bitterness - all hops with this one.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 ounce Can in a Belgian Tulip.

I've seen some posts about this Brewing Company yet never had any of their Offerings. So I am digging in this box that was sent to me from a Generous, Fellow Beer Advocate. Ok, time for the Brew! This brew Pours an Outstanding shade of Orange body, Murky as all get out. Nice crown of white Bubbles tops this beaut. Looks Pretty Standard and inviting.

Going in for the Nose.. At first whiff you pick up a Grain sweetness followed by an herbal hop presence. On the backend there's notes of Citrus rind but not too pungent. This also has a deep toasted bread aroma that reminds me of home..don't ask.

Time for the Flavah! First hits you with butterscotch sweetness and toasted bread quality that the aroma details. Second wave of Citric Rind (Oranges Dominant) that act as a refresher to the toast. As the flavor descend there's a heavy hit of Herbal/Spicy hops with some Weed like qualities that finishes. This finishes a bit weak, dry and thin with a subtle bitterness that flows evenly. Aftertaste brings you hop resins and orange citrus fruity yeast esters. The brew feels pretty cool on the palate. It's playful and light with with a weird smoothness that actually I prefer versus what else this brew is talking about. Carbonation is on point.

Overall: This is a tasty IPA. Very Herbal and Green...if you know what I mean. The Citrus is laid back while more Earthy hops shine forth. You can taste the Hop Resins that seem to dominate more as you drink it. The aroma is a bit dull to me. As in not grabbing my attention to something new or thrashing my nostrils around. I would crush this brew on repeat if I had access to it. This Brew is Worthy!

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into Spiegelau glass no date on can

A: Hazy straw colored in appearance with a white creamy looking head clarity is better in the glass at the bottom where it is thinner

S: Pineapple and herbal with hints of grapefruit pith a little bit of a grain oatmeal smell

T: This has that herbal thick taste with hints of fruit very little bitterness has the light pineapple but more of a grain taste the feel is amazing

M: This beer is quite impressive the mouthfeel is thick across the tongue and very full but with a watery finish the texture makes this beer feel creamy and fuller makes you think it might be an imperial IPA

O: Really enjoyed this its not super fruity or crazy hoppy but that chewy mouthfeel and grain taste make it feel extremely smooth and very flavorful. I would definitely drink this again if I seen it very nice feel on this beer

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap finally!

Aroma is full of citrus and light tropical fruit notes.

Taste is exactly the same. Grapefruit, orange peel, apricot, peach notes and a bit of resin. Very tasty and hop forward with no real malt notes to get in the way.

Body is medium and mouthfeel crisp.

Another great IPA from these guys!

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Photo of AlienSwineFlu
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The old standby of Hoof Hearted. Nice mix of piney and citrus characters, one of the easiest drinking IPAs I've ever had. Reminds me a lot of Lawson's offerings and not a bad price point either.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big, bold and juicy- the Hoof Hearted guys surely didn't go half-hearted on their IPA. Instead, they go all in with the dankest tropical, citrus, and fruit-forward melody that modern hops can provide.

Pouring like light orange juice, its opaque haze filters the light through a dense straw body. As a creamy lather eventually mounts on top the ale, the nose is swayed by the lavish perfume of white grapefruit, tangerine, mango, apricot and pineapple. Mouth watering and teeth-churning, the first tangy-sweet scent greets the tongue like fruit sherbet and Hawaiian fruit punch.

And while the sweetness dissolves effortlessly on the middle palate, its creamy malt substrate continues to support the hops with biscuit, starch and angel food cake. Dropping its perfume, the hops venture quickly into the branch-ripened goodness of passion fruit, lemon, apple and honeydew before trailing off with the gripping resinous bitterness of freshly torn spruce, lemon leaf, citrus peel and curious wafts of cannabis.

Malty-dry and creamy, the medium-light ale carries a rich but arid texture that keeps the hops enlivened but never interfering with the hop's dominance. Effortless in its palatability, the finish is awash with citrus, pine and herbaceous botanicals- lingering deeply on the throat.

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice nose with grapefruit, orange, even a touch of lemon. Turns a little herbal and dank with warmth. On the tongue, a light biscuit malt provides just a bit of sweetness before the hop bite begins to build. Citrusy, juicy, with a dank, resinous bitterness that lingers throughout. This is very good, and the remainder of the 4 pack won't last long!

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Photo of cjgiant
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Can hand-dated 9-6 (from WesMantooth, maybe?):
Pours a quite hazy straw yellow, closing in on white ale territory. Head explodes on a rough pour. I settled the pour down, but there is still a pillow of foamy head a finger thick minutes into the drink. Lacing is fairly significant, and the head remains in a nice medium puck in the nucleated glass I was using. The color is cloudiness is a little much for me, but the head easily makes up for it.

Nose is somewhat surprisingly orange-juice backed by maybe a hint of lemon. There is an impression of grassy "green notes" - or maybe even mint.

Taste open like the nose does - with orange-like citrus, but not as sweet as the nose indicated, like tangerine, maybe a little grapefruit pulp, or even an unripe kumquat as there is a hint of sweetness that is squashed by a hit of rind-like bitterness. The taste does turn a bit green and a hint of pine is added to the pith, and I could interpret the transition as having a hint of mint. As the beer warms, I start to get some tropical notes in the transition from juice to green, and the green mellows slightly.

The feel is a little light on carbonation, but this missing component does add a smoothness and softness to the beer. I might want a little more tingle or action on my palate. Starts out juicy and wet, ends a with soft, slightly resinous feel that never completely loses its wetness.

Was expecting a nice dry, resinous brew from the pour; I expected a very juicy beer from the nose. I got a little bit of both, but more of the latter. Definitely a beer I'd like to grab another of to confirm my thoughts, but I would be happy if I had it available to me.

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Photo of Roguer
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful brew: bright orange color, bordering on yellow, hazy and cloudy. Good sized snow white head with excellent lacing and retention.

Big, big hoppy aroma, focusing on tropical fruit juice. Mango, tangerine, a touch of grapefruit peel, pale malts, some dank herbs, and an almost milky, wheat-like aspect to the malts.

Flavor mostly follows. There's definitely an emphasis on dankness and juiciness, although the malt provides a very nice, almost chewy presence and sufficient sweetness. The hops are actually reined in a touch, providing just enough tropical juice (mango and pineapple), dankness, and grassiness to round out the flavor profile quite well.

Bitterness is restrained but adequate; the hop focus here is clearly late addition/dry hop.

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Photo of W_Des
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange yellow. The nose is lightly citrusy with some orange and a little bit of pine. The body is nice and juicy with a medium piney bitter finish. Very satisfying IPA.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can, no dating on it but this just showed up at a recent store over the past week so I'm assuming it's from a recent canning. Served in a DFH IPA glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a couple inch white head that stuck around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like citrusy (oranges, grapefruit, tropical fruit) hops, earthy dankness and some bready malt. I think the taste is pretty much like the aroma, but the dankness really shows up and is stronger compared to the other flavors. It's a nice dank and fruity IPA! Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating with moderate carbonation. I liked this one a lot, the dankness made this a nice change of pace compared to most of the other IPA's I've had recently. It's also a brew that I thought got better the longer I drank it. Glad I picked some up this morning! $10.99 a 4-pack.

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Photo of OhioRay
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice golden orange color. Hazy. One finger creamy head that's here to stay.

S - Grapefruit hops up front. Mango/papaya as well. Faint sweet malts.

T - Again, grapefruit up front. Tropical notes as it warms. Piney finish with short lasting bitterness and some malty balance.

M - Light bodied - Moderate carbonation.

O - Another excellent offering from Hoof Hearted (love the name!). Well balanced and delicious. This is THE best brewery in Ohio putting out IPAs. Period.

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Photo of invertalon
4.84/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This a beautifully made IPA… Much more comparable to something such as Heady Topper than most IPA’s brewed in and around Ohio. Had it on tap at the brewery as well as a day old can the following evening.

The pour appearance is cloudy, pale yellow hue. Aroma is very tropical with dominant with mango/guava, citrus and pineapple. Mouthfeel is very nice, with just enough carbonation to perk it up. Not a bitter hop bomb, but more on the delicate side with just enough IBU in there to balance the tropical flavor profile. No booziness by any means, hardly detectable if at all. Overall, a refreshing take on the standard IPA. Easily a new favorite.

An extremely well made beer. I have not had Blabe or South of Eleven (yet) but I will be down there ASAP when they have it available again. The hour and a half drive is well worth it for beer this good.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Both on tap and from an hours old can it is a hazy, pale straw yellow. Very large, puffy white head. A bunch of lacing.

Smells citrusy and sparkly. Kind of like Sprite/ 7up. Also dank/earthy. Much like a typical east coast IPA.

Tastes very crisp and zesty. Orange, lemon, pineapple, and something sort of sweeter, like mango, or peach. Very juicy. Sort of herbal. Mainly a combination of fruit rind and fresh hops. A solid chewy biscuit malt base that is almost like an unfiltered wheat beer tones it all down. Any bitterness is all on the back end and builds through the aftertaste. It is far from a hop monster.

Has a Hill Farmstead quality with the yeast. Very active feel. Nice amount of resin and a solid medium to full body.

Overall, this one seems a little muted when compared to Roller Blabe and South of Eleven, but it is an outstanding ipa. Slap an east coast brewery label on it and I bet you hear about it. For what it's worth, I seem to like it a little more straight from the can.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A real surprise. Very NE inappearance and overall execution. Hazy yellow with decent head retention and lacing. Smell is tropical and earthy, damp vegetation, slightly spicy. Seems very mosaic driven. Flavor delivers with a long finish that's drier than the aroma lead me to expect with its tropic notes. Great beer that would be way more hyped if it was from Vermont.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A hazy yellow color. The smell is muted but somewhat sweet and danky. Taste again is sweet, dank, and a solid hop bitterness. The bitterness lingers too long on the finish to be refreshing. An overall solid IPA.

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Photo of barczar
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned a week ago today.

Aroma is bright and citrusy, with an initial fecal component that soon disappears. Very resiny, earthy, and savory, with a bready malt backbone. Sharp notes of lemon and grapefruit surface.

Flavor reveals lemon and grapefruit dominance throughout. The biscuity malt backbone supports nicely, into the lightly bitter, resiny finish. Could use a little more complexity, perhaps.

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Photo of OGFGabv
4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can I watched come off the canning line, just doesn't get any fresher. Pours a hazy, murky golden yellow. Immediately as it hit the glass, an enormous amount of citrus, fruity aromatic notes. Nice white head with beautiful sticky lacing. Smells of juicy citrus goodness. Taste matches smell spot on. It's straight up fruity goodness matched perfectly with just the right amount of bitterness. Overall this beer is outstanding. I can't wait to see what these guys have up their sleeves.

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Photo of JArt
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy, cloudy, pale yellow. Decent head with really nice lacing. Smells of juicy citrus goodness. Taste matches smell. Juicy citrus with the perfect amount of bitterness. Overall a fantastic offering from Hoof Hearted that is reminiscent of and rivals the super IPAs coming out of NE. Another amazing Ohio brewery that I can't wait to try more of!

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Musk Of The Minotaur IPA from Hoof Hearted Brewing
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