Dragonsaddle | Hoof Hearted Brewing

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Hoof Hearted Brewing
Ohio, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.79/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy as all get out, and mango fruit punch for days - I've had a lot from Hoof Hearted, but this is by far their masterpiece. Good luck believing it's a Triple IPA too, because it drinks like a single! One of my new favorites.

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Photo of dar482
4.74/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a hazy medium gold color.

The aroma is green and earthy, with a surrounding tropical aroma.

The flavor is a fruit orgasm of passionfruit, peach, guava, mango, tart orange and tangerine. Smoothie for days like Tree House. A bready malt comes in the middle as the beer ends with an earthy bitter herb finish and alcohol slowly drags it way down on the palate and esophagus.

A beer to enjoy 4-6 oz. of as alcohol comes with palate fatigue on this big, but delectable, strong hoppy brew.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with pure white head. Aroma is lots of tropical fruit. Flavor follows the nose with big notes of papaya, mango and citrus. Has a bit of bitterness on the back end with a clean citrus peel aftertaste. Has a nice drinkable body and overall very delicious.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From can. Pours a milky orange. Very impressive head for a trip/abv. Sticky lacing stays in place well. Minimal booze in the nose. Honeydew and grapefruit rind? Great smell anyhow. Very sweet to mask abv. Noticeable carb but an overall smooth finish. Nice and sticky. Solid beer.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a tulip. Huge beer, but pretty easy drinking considering the ABV. Tropical fruit, minimal bitterness, solid mouthfeel. Really solid triple IPA!

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Photo of puffthestuff
4.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: standard TIPA color nothing special looking but very good looking
S: fruit fruit fruit butter hops barely detectable to me
T: no Dankiness to this to me just pure juice pineapple mango etc. exotic and delicious. Such a surprise. Alcohol so well hidden it's impressive the taste is beautiful.
F: thick but not too viscous good mouthfeel good chug this one back until blackout.
O: i had this on tap at Shelton brothers festival and it made the biggest impact on me. I did not expect this to be so delicious and drinkable I told them I would kill for this to be available in Louisville. Such a fantastic beer better than any IPA style I tried at the festival. Fantastic beer perfectly balanced. Whatever they were going for they hit on the head I do like some bready malt backbone in my DIPAS and trips but this is exception to the rule fantastic beer will seek out in the future.

I challenge anyone to drink a Devil Dancer and this side by side and not see how excellently executes this is for the style. Best TIPA there is out there, fit for a king. Wonderful beer.

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Photo of mothman
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly one of the better triple ipas out there. Not overly bitter and weedy/dank.

Some nice tropical and citrus/juice notes. Very big ipa. Pretty juicy.

For the style, this is solid.

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Photo of Nhens0016
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

For me, I have experienced all of the hoof hearted beers I have wanted to sample. This.... this is the best by far. It is absolutely delicious with every sip you take. It has only gotten better with age. I can't really describe it too much. The aroma is pineapple, mango, peach, orange. The taste is straight juice with some hop bitterness. And the alcohol is covered so well that I can't even seem to distinguish where it begins and ends. It is one of the best examples of what this brewery can do and one of the best beers I have had all year. I truly love this beer and the 16.99 I paid for the four pack (x3 because I bought 3 total 4 packs) is well worth it. I think they have finally found there stride at hoof. I had roller blabe and didn't enjoy it till I waited 5 weeks post batch. South of Eleven was excellent. I really liked Konkey Dong. And this beer... this beer is truly why I drink the style. I just absolutely love it! I hope they can brew it more then once a year, but if that is the case... I will be back next year! Great job Hoof. You have finally made me want to consistently go to every release!

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Photo of rabbott2
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

fresh can drank on 11/5/2016

very hazy golden look. the smell is super potent of tropical flavors. the taste is bursting mango and papaya on top of lots of tropical flavors. very drinkable, shocking this is 11%. overall a really nice tropical bold DIPA. Trying to think of what this compares to but I can't come up with much...maybe a poor man's King JJJJJ but doesn't matter. Great job HH!!!

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Photo of buschbeer
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 PINT can
Served in an oversized stemless wine glass

This beer pours like pineapple juice. It is topped with three inches of beige head that hangs around awhile leaving some decent lacing.

The smell is a tropical fruit lovers wet dream. I get pineapple, mango and even a little grapefruit.

The taste almost resembles tropical fruit juice more than a beer. It is delicious. It has no bitterness.

Medium to full mouthfeel

This beer is juicy, tropical fruity, and fantastic. The alcohol is well hidden. This may top EWS Simcoe as my favorite from them. The price is a little steep at $18 a four pack, but I am not complaining given the quality.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.79/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours a dark gold with a nice head that stays around a bit.
S: Dank with some citrus. And with some candy in there. Smells very sweet for how much alcohol is packed into here.
T: Dank and more dank. This reminds me of heady topper as if it became a triple. The citrus is toned down, but the candy comes through on the taste more than it did on the nose, and moreso than any IPA I've had. But without being sugary or sweek - it complements the dank & juice. It's a really enjoyable drink, and the flavors come out even more as it warms a bit.
F - Buttery smooth, again very much reminds me of heady topper.
O - Amazing beer, really glad to have tried it.

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Photo of ZSharp
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First beer I've given a 5 across the board..best IPA I've had to date, this is a deceptive beer it drinks like a TH double IPA but is so slam packed with fruity hops and more hazy..oh yeah and it's 11.5%, I've never tried a beer that hides it's booze content this well, a hazy delight.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.74/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - not so sure about this label. Muscular humanoid topless dragon with a classic male stripper bow tie... and that's it. But then he's got a guitar in one hand and a wizard RPG character riding him. I have no idea. Pours a neon radioactive grassy orange green right out of the can. Damn! Murky, swampy... the color of dragon scales?

S - monstrously bright and fresh. Dank citrus, candied tangerines. Sticky melon and herbal character... like tea? Orange... smells like glowing. Smells juicy as shit, honestly. TIPAs tend to lean more toward strong ale territory.

T - bright mango juicebomb punch up front. Sweet without being cloying, candy without the sugar. Honeydew and orange city. Breaks into light grassiness complemented by guava. Earthy dankness and sticky crabgrass. Slightest twang of a pointed crackery malt. Not much but it's there! No way is this 128 IBU. Hardly any bitterness, but I do get a tingling novocaine numbing when all is said and done! That's the good stuff right there.

F - smooth as butter. Low carb and slight syrup, but surprisingly light for the boozebomb this is. Drinks way too easily.

O - the hype is real. Outstanding TIPA in that it's not a boozey malt-forward strong ale. A lot of high grav IPAs toe that line, but this one sticks firmly in the fresh citrus hop territory. Super juicy and right up my alley. (Hopefully yours too.)

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Photo of TylerHockett
4.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an absolute dream to drink. 11.5% ABV that is completely hidden. Huge burst of tropical fruit with the perfect amount of pine. Seak out if you can. World class IIIPA

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Photo of mschrei
4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tried it from the can and also poured into a snifter for review purposes. Really really cloudy beer, dirty yellow with almost a brownish tint. Very healthy lacing, but I can't tell how active the carbonation is because it is so cloudy. A gigantic juicy hop bomb on the nose. I could just keep smelling this thing if it didn't taste so damn good as well. Big juicy hop characteristics for the taste. It doesn't present much in the way of bitterness, maybe just a little at the end, but it's very citrusy with a slight sharp zesty tanginess that hits the center of the tongue. For a beer that is almost 12%, the alcohol is hidden rather well. This is a really outstanding beer.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy, dark OJ hues with an ample white fluffy head
S: Dank on the nose with mango, pineapple, and grapefruit
T: Ripe papaya, tangerines, oranges, and the requisite tropical fruits reference with a slight ABV burn
F: Creamy, soft, and even bodied
O: This is easily one of Hoof Hearted's finest. The citrus flavor profile was superbly executed - overall an incredible brew

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Photo of HeartofMiami
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured fresh into WW IPA glass. Opaque and orange with thin white head. Smell of tropical fruit, pineapple and tangerines hits the nose from 5 feet away. Taste follows with intense orange, tangerine, pineapple layered with each sip. Not boozy with perfect moderate carb and full but not oily mouthfeel. A+

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Photo of Sabtos
4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opaque ass peach-orange puree, almost darkening to tan, with a thin, dense white blanket leaving a fine film.

The aroma bouquet is simply a really dank ass full on citra showcase, not even really identifiable as any single fruit, just a complete onslaught of fresh hops with a nice hint of pine needle and resiny but fresh green and non-stinging sap and a little white wine vinegar.

Taste is a peachy Orange Julius, with creamy grapefruit, pineapple and cannabis.

It seems bright and light on the palate, but is just a tangy tastebud bombardment. Frothy and pillowy with a dry finish.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loved his juicy hop bomb that even looked like OJ when poured! Had a few good hearted varieties now and they are all excellent! Looking for great things from HH!!

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.39/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Golden orange type color. Very slight haze most mostly clear in appearance.
Smell - Dank, candied orange sweetness, pine, slight tropical fruits like pineapples.
Taste - Super dank, citrusy, orange, sweet malts but not overpowering, some pineapple
Feel - ABV is hidden well. I mean, you know it's there...but its not fusel in anyway.

Overall - Up there with All Green Everything as being my favorite triple.

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Photo of jhartley
4.31/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Belgian tulip.

Pours a golden orange body with a thin head, leaves plenty of thin lacing inside the glass.

Aromas of dank citrus and alcohol.

Plenty of that dank citrus with mainly oranges and a nice malt sweetness.

Medium mouth feel with a slight alcohol burn.

Overall, a delicious Triple IPA that has an alluring aroma and follows through with a easy drinking body, which is a small problem with that high abv! I have to get more from Hoof Hearted!

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


A: Citrusy, danky, slightly resiny and earthy hops with a bit of malt sweetness and alcohol.

A: Golden color, totally clear with a moderate white head of microbubbles that slowly retreats to a thin a thin film across the glass. Ample lacing is evident as well.

T: Citrusy hops with moderate malt sweetness. The beer finishes dry with a light lingering hop bitterness.

M: Medium-Full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty solid; the citrusy hops pack quite a punch and are well compliment by the malt presence. The aroma is pretty boozy, but the beer actually hides the alcohol content (surprisingly) well in the flavor.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Powerfully strong on the alcohol side for an IPA and with a residual sweetness that tames the spice nearly perfect, Hoof Hearted's "triple IPA" rips out of the can kicking and screaming.

Dragonsaddle hits the nose with a host of fruit-forward aromatics, leading with sharp citrus then bridging toward tropical exotics and finally landing in orchard territory -all ahead of a taste that washes the palate with caramel malts, and then toasty and nutty counterparts.

But the taste really evolves over the middle palate as the sweetness is maticulously picked apart by hops. What rises in its wake are vibrant citrus flavors of pink grapefruit, curracau orange liquor and lemon before diving further into exotic pineapple, mango, kiwi and passionfruit. Not to be ignored, there's the apple, pear and melon character that reaches from the depths and strives for meek attention. Yet its the bitterness of pine and citrus that outlasts the finesse fruit, ...along with that severe acetone bitter bite that's tucked nicely behind the hops.

Medium-full in texture, the beer's weight is more than standard IPA but a far cry from malt-forward imperial ale. Dragonsaddle retains a medium sweetness that persists and aids in the offset of the bulk of the beer's spicy alcohols and absurd hop additions. What's left in aftertaste is citrus, solvent and freshly shaven spruce.

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Photo of Brenden
4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dragonsaddle is only moderately hazed, giving a unique look in the 3 HH cans sampled today, a bit darker than its counterparts with a hue that goes just beyond amber. The head is a tall, frothy one with great hold and stick. Not only does the pillow stand for a good while, but lacing coats the glass very nicely as the beer drops as well.
This one's all about the tropical fruits, but it incorporates citrus, dankness, pine and earth in a way that makes the balance and complexity even more impressive than Hoof Hearted's similar offerings. Spiciness, sweetness and bitterness all come together in a unique and effective way to make this one of the more exceptional IIPAs on the market. Not only that, but the malt balance does just enough to make this beer drinkable in a way it couldn't be without.
The body is full and weighty without being too heavy on the palate. It's got a nice melding of crispness and smoothness, going into a finish that's dry but not harsh. Alcohol warms and builds up with each sip, so it's one to be careful with.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to WesMantooth for this amazing beer!

A - Bright gold pour that's crystal clear and a frothy white head.

S - Pungent and dank tropical fruit aroma, papaya and mango, spicy pineapple dominates the nose. Nice spiciness. No alcohol burn AT ALL on the way down.

M - Big medium body, gentle and smooth, coats the mouth with massive amounts of tropical fruit.

O - This is a fantastic beer!!

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