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Dragonsaddle | Hoof Hearted Brewing

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Hoof Hearted Brewing
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 103
Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.5/5  rDev 0%
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 -2.4%
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 -4.2%
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 -3.3%
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%
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 -0.4%
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 +2.9%
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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Photo of SHDoyle
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Description: Clear and golden in color with just a bit of white head. The smell is initially a big blast of citrus fruit with some dank, pine and resin underneath. Taste is similar with pineapple, mango and a sweet, fruity taste up front. The finish has just enough bitterness to provide a good balance to the beer and leave a pleasant, slightly bitter aftertaste: alcohol is almost completely absent which is quite an accomplishment for an 11%+ ABV beer. The mouthfeel is thin and smooth with just a little carbonation.

Suggested food pairing: Pork...maybe grilled or roasted

If you like this beer then you should also try: Bodhi

Overall: 4.5 (This beer is very good and I would definitely drink it again) As some others posted, perhaps the most notable feature of this beer is that the alcohol is virtually non-existent. Well, I mean it tastes like it's not there. I certainly felt the alcohol about halfway into my drive home...not ideal. This is dangerously smooth and drinkable for a beer of this ABV. It's not a hopbomb like some triple IPAs, which is a good thing for me. I don't think I would put it in the very top rung of IPAs, but it's pretty close. If Hoof Hearted keeps at it I'm sure they'll be there soon.

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

I'm not sure how many beers I've given 5 across the board but this one deserves it.

This has about as perfect of a balance, nuanced and complex fruit forward, very wine like with amazing drinkability. Appearance, head, aroma, taste, mouthfeel are all outstanding. I had a few beer geeks try it without telling them the ABV and no one guessed over 7% on an 11.5% beer. Great work again, Hoof Hearted!

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Really great beer. Hop profile does an astonishingly good job of masking the alcohol. Not overwhelmingly bitter or hot like I find in many higher alcohol ipa's. I still prefer musk but would trade for it again

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours out a golden orange and more clear than most other Hoof Hearted IPAs.

The aroma explodes with tropical fruit notes. Mango, pineapple, peach, apricot, guava, orange peel, tangerine and grapefruit. Bit of pine, resin and slightly dank too. All hops!

Taste is much the same with big, juicy tropical and citrus fruit notes complimented by resin, pine and a nice underlying dankess too. Big hop flavor with only a hint of sweet bready malt.

Medium bodied and crisp with no detectable alcohol.

Not sure how they made a Triple IPA that's not too bitter, not too malty and this drinkable, but damn did they do it so well!! Best Triple IPA I've ever tried.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recommended by the bier cellar in Maine

Can poured into glass

Clear golden orange, steady carbonation, two finger thick white foam cap, sticky lacings

Aroma of pine, citrus, tropical fruits, yeah some dank, some spice

Pine hop taste in the middle of the tongue, slight bitterness on the sides of the tongue, good sudsing, lingering hop bitterness aftertaste

Good beer

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Photo of larryi86
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thank you SomethingClever for this
12 oz can, canned 11/15, poured into a teku

A- A slightly hazy bright golden orange color with a four finger white head.

S- Piney, somewhat dank, some citrus, tropical fruits, mango, some floral/herbal notes, some caramel malts, no hints of alcohol.

T- Citrus/grapefruit rinds up front, some tropical fruits, mangos, melon, a light floral taste, and a solid caramel malt backbone all pulled together with a hugely bitter piney/resiny finish and the slightest hint of alcohol.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- Well done, at 11.5% this beer is dangerous. The more I drink this the more I love it. Wish I could get this around me, very happy SomethingClever sent me two cans. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into snifter canned on 11/15

A: nice caramel color with superb clarity with a small white creamy looking head that looks like it laces very well

S: lots of pineapple herbal, stone fruit almost like overripe melons

T: mango,melon, pineapple with touches of resin and some light herbal taste almost no malts in this one just pure hops not very bitter for a Triple IPA

M: medium body on it but it has such a creamy texture for an IPA but it does not linger a lot on the tongue very clean though

O: This beer explodes with juicy fruit flavors but has such a dynamite body with the creamy body. You would never guess this was a Triple IPA it is not hardly bitter at all it drinks like a DIPA and the alcohol which is huge is completely hidden.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12oz can from recent release (11/15/2015), thanks Ryan!

Slightly hazy marmalade-colored elixir poured into DFH chalice. One finger, tight, white bubbles crown the brew with thick lacing from top to bottom.

One heck of a nose on this one: starts with some not so subtle dank pine, spice and with a light swirl of the chalice the tropical fruit explodes!

The flavors meld together, locked in a death grip on the tongue of pine, mango, grapefruit, tangerine, producing a smooth bitterness that lingers.

Medium body??? For a triple of such ABV, seems ridiculous, as if the brewers captured some new technique that created an amalgam of hoppy delights without the alcohol burn.

Hands down the best triple IPA I have ever tasted! Bang! There it is. Can't believe that I put that down but it's no doubt.

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Photo of Ahhhummmm
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This. Beer. Kills.
So clean. Hop presence is undeniable in such a big boy. Tangy, juicy, drinks like a 8/9% iipa, but with more punch. This shit just rules. As far as triple ipa's go, of which I've only had a few (all green everything, hi-res, triple simtra) it wins. Nothing else to say bc triple ipa's are a limited category and I haven't had PTY, so have nothing that conquers to compare it to. I just think it's awesome though. Get it if you can. It won't disappoint

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Canned November 15, 2015 enjoyed November 16, 2015 in a Mad Elf tulip/snifter.

Look - Clear. Bright orange. Nice white lacing. Finger of head settles to a ring. Looks tasty. Not their usual musty/murky look in other top IPAs (Roller Blabe and Konkey Dong).

Smell - Dank with both pine and must. Citrus with grapefruit, orange, lemon, and mango. Little malt like in other triple IPAs.

Taste - Very citrus forward. Has nice pine and must to do a two way balance. Luckily those are the two aspects I like in an IPA. Vanilla. Where is the alcohol?

Feel - Smooth. Not overly carbonated. Tongue rips with bitterness but no burning alcohol.

Overall - I really wish I had Columbus Brewing Company Creeper to do a side by side. This is my favorite Hoof Hearted beer, with South of Eleven close second. Not a malty triple IPA (like Devil Dancer). Doesn't border on being a strong ale as other triples do.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is a cloudy orange copper brew with a moderate off-white head that dwindles into a soapy ring pretty quick.

Mango, pineapple, mango, pineapple. Tons of stanky fruit and earthy malts in the aroma along with some candied sugars.

It is exploding Jerry Bruckheimer style with fermented pineapple, mango, and red grapefruit. Slightly sour, but more sweet. There is a rock candy sweetness similar to Six Point's Hi-Res. A spicy kick comes through a lot early. It is very citrus based. It closes out with a blast of pine and resin to put a little west in midwest. Very clean with a very subtle bitterness. Dangerously drinkable at almost 12%. Noticable alcohol? Yeah, but it drinks like an 8-9%

Like most HH brews, the body is as smooth as a stoned Miles Davis. Great semi-chewy/fluffy feel.

This one gives Roller Blabe some competiton for my favorite beer of theirs, which is a lot in itself. A world class ipa, and one of the best Ohio has to offer.

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Photo of masterofsparks
4.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 11/15/15. Consumed on 11/20/15.

L: Not as turbid as other HH IPAs. Gold, leaning towards copper, and clear.
S: Fruity and dank. Little to no booze or sweetness on the nose, which is impressive considering the 11.5% ABV listed on the can.
T: Again, my main impression is the lack of boozy sweetness, which is usually a problem when ABV gets this high on an IPA. Flavor otherwise follows the nose. Fruity and juicy with dank underpinnings. A bit of warming from the alcohol on the finish.
M: Bigger than most IPAs, which isn't a surprise, but not terribly taxing on the palate. That said, one of these is more than enough to finish me off for the night.

Overall, this ranks alongside All Green Everything as the best examples of the triple IPA style (a style which I generally find to be execrable, though I haven't had PtY). Because it's such a big beer, this is something that I only need to have once a year or so, but I do admire the fact that they were able to make something so huge and unwieldy as drinkable as they did.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blown away that this is considered a "triple ipa." I personally don't recognize the style but what I have had that advertises as such has been hard to finish. However, Hoof Hearted has crafted a very well done example of a high abv% beer bursting with great flavor and aroma. Wouldn't want to drink more than one in a sitting but that one is a treat. May or may not ever get the chance to try PtY but if I do, Hoof Hearted's Dragon Saddle and Columbus's Creeper have set the bar pretty high.

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Photo of FogDishHead
4.94/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Smooth, danky, mango, pineapple, grapefruit juiciness. Fresh pine and flowers with a little bit of funk on the back end. Dangerously easy to slug (barely detect any of the 11.2% abv). Has everything you could want in a DIPA. Definitely one of the best beers I've ever tasted.

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

One of the best of the style I've ever had, dangerously drinkable for the 11%+ abv, and without the malt bomb flavor that many other TIPA's have. Very comparable to All Green Everything and the clean hop aroma and taste come through almost as well Boneyard's Notorious.

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Dragonsaddle from Hoof Hearted Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.
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