Dragonsaddle
Hoof Hearted Brewing

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #53
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
99
Ranked #247
Avg:
4.5 | pDev: 7.11%
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
346
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Hoof Hearted Brewing
 
Ohio, United States
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Photo of gcamparone
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Late check in, reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip, dark orange body. Heavy citrus zest, a bit boozy, lots of fruits, creamy. Easy drinker for a triple IPA.

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gcamparone from Rhode Island, Dec 06, 2019
Photo of Trevor11
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Special release beer from HH that stands out among their impeccable lineup of strong Double and Triple NEIPAs. Insanely well masked alcohol at double digit ABV and intense complex bouquet of tropical tasting notes. Worth the hype, but need to drink fresh.

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Trevor11 from Illinois, Nov 09, 2019
Photo of GreatStoutman
4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not to be cliche, but this monster hides the alcohol content extremely well. Super juicy, big pillowy body, and doesn’t carry the sharpness you get from a lot of triples. Finishes clean. Outstanding.

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Photo of Ollie63
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hoof Teku. Smell is strong with lots of citrus coming through. Graperfruit, papaya, some orange. Taste follows suit. Absolutely excellent triple IPA. Unbelievably smooth, does not feel like 11.5% at all.

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Photo of CHickman
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the upper echelon of of triple IPA’s. The aroma is full of citrus fruit and tropical notes, coming at my nose with waves of dank hops, lots of grapefruit, tangerine and sweet grassy notes. Flavor is super juicy and full of citrus with tangerine, mango, guava, pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, faint lemon zest, some lactose sugar or a creamy essence, then it brings sweet malt, grains, floral notes and graham cracker. It hides the ABV masterfully and is a terrific representation of this style.

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CHickman from New York, Nov 09, 2018
Photo of Buck89
4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Very hazy bright yellow color with a modest white head. Big tropical, grassy, and earthy aroma. Taste followed: pineapple, berries, mango, grass, and dank flavors. Smooth, full-bodied, and soft bitterness. One of my favorite TIPAs.

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Buck89 from Tennessee, Oct 21, 2018
Photo of vikingpillager
4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing Triple IPA! Definitely one of the best I've ever drank! I was able to try this from a pretty old can, and even still it was hazy and super delicious. Very lucky to drink an all-time great!!

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Photo of pda22
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another awesome IPA from Hoof.

Poured from the can into an HHB Teku.

This beer is so fruity and juicy its unbelievable.

You'll never believe this is a 12% ABV beer, it finishes smooth.

Great hop flavors and aroma.

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pda22 from California, Dec 25, 2017
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4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drinking from a 16oz can into glass. I have a hunch that perhaps this can has been sitting around for a while as the aroma and taste is very muted and borderline stale (dare I say). Even still its a tasty big beer, with a surprisingly thin body for 11.5%. Not top shelf worthy, at least not the can I drank from.

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bubseymour from Maryland, Nov 24, 2017
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4.98/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

To me, this is about as close to a perfect beer. The best part is how hidden the alcohol is. Sure you can't crush a bunch of these but just one could be just enough. With it's limits, that makes perfect sense to me.

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cmukid87 from Michigan, Oct 13, 2017
Photo of Rristow
4.94/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted from can. Pours a cloudy yellow with nice fluffy white head. Aroma is big time tropical fruits. Lots of pineapple, mango, papaya and a hint of pine. Moderately bitter. Hides ABV extremely well. Huge tropical fruit flavor taste similar to aroma with some dank notes. Top notch imperial ipa.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
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 +5.3%
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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dar482 from New York, Dec 12, 2016
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4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
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 -0.9%
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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Hootie159 from Massachusetts, Nov 26, 2016
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4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
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 +10.9%
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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puffthestuff from Kentucky, Nov 17, 2016
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4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
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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mothman from Minnesota, Nov 13, 2016
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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Nhens0016 from Louisiana, Nov 12, 2016
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4.5/5  rDev 0%
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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rabbott2 from Illinois, Nov 09, 2016
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4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
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 +6.4%
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 - Super 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 +11.1%
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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ZSharp from New York, Nov 06, 2016
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4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
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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agreenman19 from Connecticut, Nov 05, 2016
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4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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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Dragonsaddle from Hoof Hearted Brewing
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 346 ratings