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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 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 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 beesy
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

32oz swing top filled on Sunday 03/24/13 from Weilands Market where keg was put on a day ahead of filling. Notes from 03/24 and 03/26.

A - pours a hazy light orange in color with a half a finger off white head that sticks around just long enough to notice it before retreating into the glass.

S - on 03/24 the nose was almost non-existent. On 03/26 a brush of cascade'ish citrus was detected before disappearing like a Saturday in mid-Spring in Ohio. Slightly fruity each day.

T - the first thing I notice is the large amount of the same malt flavors I found in the Voltan - I'm not sure if it's a lot of vienna or brown or aromatic malt or what (not as peanut buttery as the Voltan but more nutty - the chocolate and roast malts in the Voltan more than likely made it appear more peanut buttery than nutty) but for me it just complicates the beer too much. A fair amount of hop citrus in the mid-late to late palate but I'm fighting off the unusual malt profile that's overwhelming it. A noticeable hop bitterness that lingers slighlty and is fairly smooth. Malty.

M - medium-light on the tongue. Nothing out of the ordinary to speak of except fairly malt heavy.

D - fairly low for me. It took me two sessions to cash out a 32oz growler although remodeling work took over on Sunday.

Overall, a beer I've been wanting to try for so long but fell short of what I was expecting. The complicated malt profile confuses me even though I can appreciate the brewer making a beer he likes. I think the hop profile would be pretty darn good if the malts weren't confusing it - IMHO American IPA should be more simplistic on the malta, but that's just me opinion. I'm a little torn on the brewery right now and I really want them to get some kick ass stuff in my glass but I've really been working to try these beers and two I've had have let me down a bit.

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Photo of winningwes91
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got as an extra in a trade. Pours out a light orange yellow color. Smells of pine, citrus, dankness and some light malt. Taste is the same. Very light drinking for the abv. Not a great IPA , but definitely not a bad one. Solid, but wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 PINT can
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours a golden in color with a few inches of creamy, white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

The smell has tropical and citrus fruits along with pine.

The taste has some citrus with a pine finish. The taste is a little underwhelming after all the hype that I have heard.


I really want to love this brewery considering their hype and the close proximity to my brewery barren existence. This beer is good but not as good as other IPA's to which I have easy access.

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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 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 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 GOBLIN
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious ipa this Musk of the Minotaur is. I have some trouble believing this could oust White Rajah in a blind tasting but who knows . . . I wasn't there. Regardless I can't wait until these guys are more accessible. I'll certainly be drinking more.

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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 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 madelfonatree
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First can release. July 2015 poured in to a tulip/snifter July 26, 2015. This is an edit of a draft review done in June 2015. Can was better than the keg.

Look - White head thick with a weak pour. Sticky. Pale yellow-orange color. Hazy. Sediment.

Smell - Very faint hop/citrus. Grapefruit. Nutty.

Taste - Bitterness overcame the citrus. Tasted a little nutty to me. A little dank. Bitterness on the tongue to finish.

Feel - Heavy for single IPA. I like it when there isn't too much carbonation. Little chewy.

Overall - The bread and butter of Hoof Hearted. I can't wait until they are more main scale (June 2015 review). The canned version was better than the keg (July 2015).

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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 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 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 KSOZE
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass. Unfiltered, hazy yellow. Smells a lot like a lighter version of Roller Blabe from these guys - pineapple, passion fruit, possibly grapefruit. Flavor a bit of a let down from the aroma. Seems a little thin, and lacks a punch. Decent bitter kick at the back end. All told it's a very good IPA worth seeking out, but if you have the choice, upgrade to the DIPA pseudo-clone in Roller Blabe.

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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 dar482
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a slightly opaque amber orange.

The aroma offers some sweet citrus of orange and red grapefruit, biscuity malt, a touch of sweetness, floral, grass, some resinous dank.

The flavor follows with a base of grapefruit bitterness. Then slight orange comes through, a light breadiness and sweetness come through, then onto a light dank quality and then a grass and resinous finish.

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

I've had this from a growler (several weeks ago) and now from the can (just hit shelves yesterday)
The beer looks like a standard IPA - light pale yellow, fluffy white head - google image search if you're still in question. The nose definitely does juicy citrus fruits justice, although it's not the most pungent, aromatic IPA I've had. I think the taste and mouthfeel are done quite well -medium bodied, ripe citrus fruits that aren't overly bitter, a rounded, foamy wash of grains that lengthen each gulp, minimal booze, and a semi-lingering grapefruity finish. I think this 16oz canned IPA stands up with most of the over-hyped IPAs out there, definitely worth the cost when fresh.

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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 Roby923
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very aggressively hopped, deep golden in color and super dry. Served in a tulip glass at House Beer, CMH. Not for the faint of hops. A very worthy IPA that must not be passed over.

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Photo of kaiyote
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up super fresh at my local craft store. Apparently Hoof Hearted sold half their supply of this to the Browns? They don't even have a game for 2 months.
L: Bog standard IPA in appearance. Clear, pale yellow, decent head.
S: Some hop-citrus going on, with a severe amount of "dank". There must be some hops in there.
T: Nice, bright hoppy bitterness, with a citrus kick to it. Nice malt backbone. This is definitely *NOT* a West Coast IPA.
F: About what I've come to expect from an IPA. Not thick, nice carbonation.

Overall: Pretty good beer. Keep passing it over at bars for belgians and whatnot, but with summer being so hot lately, this will likely find itself on my rotation.

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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 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 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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