Dragonsaddle
Hoof Hearted Brewing

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #53
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
99
Ranked #245
Avg:
4.5 | pDev: 7.11%
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
370
From:
Hoof Hearted Brewing
 
Ohio, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  135
Gots
  32
SCORE
99
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Notes: The strong “herbal” aroma sends you back to freshmen year catching a ride to school in your weird burnout neighbor’s ____(insert your fav. El Camino, IROC, Firebird) whilst being bombarded by the sounds of Van Halen (DLR era, none of that Sammy Hagar synthy love song bull). DANKSOME! The flavor profile is full-on drippingly ripe tropical fruits: Mango, guava, papaya, and citrus. Juicy, refreshing, and deceptive. We would highly recommend wearing a helmet & supportive cup when mounting the Dragonsaddle.
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pungent flavors of sharp pineapple, pulpy and slightly acidic orange juice, some minty and pine character, a hint of doughy sweetness and a mélange of smooth fruity flavors. however as it warms I do get this sort of unpleasant chalky character on the back end that has a bit of a peppery spice to it. good flavor but just a bit rough around the edges.

Oct 30, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 9/30/20; consumed on 10/18/20

Pours a turbid mango-gold body topped with a rounded, fluffy two and a half fingers of white foam; excellent head retention leaves a mound of cap, a slight, frothy collar, and a moderate spread of soapy, spotty lacing around the walls of the glass.

Aroma shows traces of resin as it opens, withholding overripe peach, papaya, hints of bready malt, and guava briefly as the bouquet develops; creamier tones of mango build, further accentuating guava, tangerine zest, and slight suggestions of peach and pink grapefruit over time; a lush, tropical bouquet with defined, hoppy edges.

Taste offers lime sherbet upfront, a semi-tart introduction to what is eventually a touch piney over the mid-palate and effectively accented with peppery, pithy citrus zest; pineapple, bay leaf, and apricot zest show depth into the back end as overripe mango and sweet bready malts shine into the finish.

Mouthfeel brings a medium body alongside a mild carbonation deferring to a significant creamy texture dominant into the mid-palate, where a prickly resin into the back end glides toward an increasingly slick, stiff, yet easy finish.

A great entry into the NETIPA category, perpetuating in equal parts the tempered abrasion matched by the burly profile which can be found in this (sub-) style; a pointed alcohol presence, abundance of flavor, and creamy, weighted texture to tie it all together; spectacularly consumable 11.5% ABV.

Oct 19, 2020
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

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.

Dec 06, 2019
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Trevor11 from Illinois

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.

Nov 09, 2019
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GreatStoutman from Texas

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.

Oct 24, 2019
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Ollie63 from Ohio

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.

Jan 03, 2019
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CHickman from New York

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.

Nov 09, 2018
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Buck89 from Tennessee

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.

Oct 21, 2018
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vikingpillager from Illinois

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!!

Feb 01, 2018
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pda22 from California

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.

Dec 25, 2017
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bubseymour from Maryland

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.

Nov 24, 2017
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cmukid87 from Michigan

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.

Oct 13, 2017
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Rristow from Ohio

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.

Oct 09, 2017
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Lochnessmonster from Florida

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.

Jan 03, 2017
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dar482 from New York

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.

Dec 12, 2016
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Stevem68 from Ohio

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.

Dec 08, 2016
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Hootie159 from Massachusetts

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.

Nov 26, 2016
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ragnar3 from Iowa

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!

Nov 21, 2016
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puffthestuff from Kentucky

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.

Nov 17, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

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.

Nov 13, 2016
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Nhens0016 from Louisiana

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!

Nov 12, 2016
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rabbott2 from Illinois

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!!!

Nov 09, 2016
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buschbeer from Ohio

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.

Nov 08, 2016
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

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.

Nov 08, 2016
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ZSharp from New York

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.

Nov 06, 2016
Dragonsaddle from Hoof Hearted Brewing
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 370 ratings