Razor Hoof | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Corpse wolf now raised.

Added by MasterSki on 08-23-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.91/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

In conjunction with the band "High on Fire", this dry-hopped Belgian-style Saison is projecting an image of dry earthiness with fruit support upon a champagne-like bubbly nature and then exacerbated with bright hop aromatics... yea, none of that happens.

With a pour of deep amber and significant haze, its appearance is further muddled with only creaminess as if it were an Amber Ale. But with strong retention of its ivory-stained head and broken collars of lace, the ale sends strong aesthetic signals- just not consistent with Saison.

The prominent scent of bruised apples take center stage as the nose draws near. But then a mildly toasty, dry caramel scent backs up the fruit with a malty counterpart. But where's the earthy spiciness of Farmhouse Ales? Where's the spice? Where's the hops?

Its taste fares only slightly better as the beer's taste offer more than just bruised red apples- it also offers up mild toasted acidity, coupled with bread crust, light toffee, pepper, husky rye-like character and an earthy "stemmy" taste that's sharp and biting. Still, the complex vinous character is sorely lacking. So is the promised hop character that's basically a no-show.

Without an exact zesty character, the beer's body is semi-creamy and earthy with residual sweetness that keeps the beer heavier on the mouth than is what's desirable for its style. It simply labors onto the middle and late palate with dull oxidized taste and stagnant attempt to dryness.

Regardless what style its proclaimed to be, Razor Hoof really fails to meet the criteria of Saison in any regard. But as a nondescript ale, the bruised apple character provides such strong detraction that its hard to dismiss.

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Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass, the beer is a dark chestnut brown color, with a large head of fluffy foam. Sheets of lace form inside the glass, ever present lasting skim on the surface. As it settles there's a layer of suspended sediment in the lower half of the glass.

Aromas of dried fruit sweetness, papaya, cantaloupe, some Belgian yeast adding an element of spice complexity.

Bready malt figures big in the taste, along with a light fruity sweetness of orange and cantaloupe, dry in the finish with a lingering peppery spice. Medium bodied, smooth with a creaminess and spicy bitterness. More malty that most saisons, but enjoyable for what it is.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.06/5  rDev -40.6%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.96/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Let's take the metal influence of this beer's label and High on Fire band collaboration and put it on hold for what is...these brewers like heavy music and heavy beer that's a given based on the history I have with them. This beer appears a deep cloudy copper body with light khaki head flowing forth! I'm going to light up a Drew Estate Unico series Feral Flying Pig as I drink this beer a cigar that has every opportunity to be metal whenever it wants to be. Aroma has hints of bready malts that linger with each sniff, it's actually an alluring beer it doesn't hit me up front with whatever it wants to be. With those beautiful malts I get citrus tones, and hints of Belgian style spice not a bad mix by any means. Dried apricot and other fruits explode on the nose and palate it has those characteristics that I enjoy in their hoppy offerings along with a muted breadiness and yeast character that continues to amaze me every time I try it. Each gulp adds complexity of the bready yeast notes and herbal spicy hop additions...definitely complex ale. Tropical fruit big malt layers binds a hoppy American Saison just about perfectly with any beer I've had in this style thus far. Mouthfeel has even flowing carbonation but the body gives it an oily texture that bounds to the palate the way that I want it. Overall drinkability is good I've had two over the course of today I can say that it's consistent and has not changed.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.17/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

650ml bomber poured into tulip 5/10/13, thanks MasterSki and Sean9689 for the bottle

A murky brownish orange, some random chunks being pushed around by a stream of bubbles that feed a dense finger of tan foam that leaves two partial rings followed by a few random patches

S smells like a apple orchid just before the big freeze where everything smells like rotting apples and leaves decomposing, I get some caramel and citrus but its overwhelmed

T some faint tropical notes with lots of brown sugar and caramels, tastes like an old IPA but its an improvement over the nose

M thick and syrupy, enters silky and creams up a little from the bubbles than ends up flat, sweet caramel apple finish

O the smell ruins this one for me, if you've ever lived beside an orchid you to would find it hard to shake

no problems finishing the bottle but I could've used a friend or two to take it down, nothing really impressed me and I just couldn't shake the nose, not what I was hoping for from Three Floyds, not all that saison

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 11.19.13

A - Pours a clear light brown-orange with a large foamy light tan head with solid retention.

S - dirt and Garbage.

T - Malty garbage and rotten fruit.

D - Decent carbonation with a medium body.

O - This bottle is bad, very very bad. I had this on tap at FFF in September, and I though enough of it to buy a bottle. The bottle was very bad. The score will reflect my best experience with this brew.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.92/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with High on Fire. Based on my recent visit and beer haul from Munster IN it seems that all 3 Floyds does is hang out with metal bands, tattoo artists and grow beards.

Opaque, rusty dandelion color. Foam on my glass like it was applied with a paint roller. Reeks of sharp lemongrass (centennial?). Some peach ring in there too. Big, full body. Sticky, sharp, fresh cut grass hops all over the palette. Lots of caramel and extremely hoppy for a saison.

Not at all true to style but badd-ass nonetheless. Like it better than I like the band.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of portia99
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of RickS95
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

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2.87/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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