Dragonsaddle | Hoof Hearted Brewing

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Brewed by:
Hoof Hearted Brewing
Ohio, United States
hoofheartedbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by pimpmyporter on 02-22-2014

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Ratings:
240
Reviews:
42
Avg:
4.54
pDev:
6.83%
 
 
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Photo of madelfonatree
4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
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 jminch
4.72/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

If they could make enough of this, it would be the new 'it' ipa. Move over heady topper

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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 t2grogan
4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutFox
3.77/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jcorn
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of juicebox
4.84/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of boogerisu
4.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Absolutely blown away that this is considered a "triple ipa."
I personally don't recognize the style "triple ipa" . . . However, what I have had that advertises as such has been hard to finish. Usually just way to harsh in every facet. Along comes Hoof Hearted'so take on the style. 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 the one is a real treat.
I May or may not ever get the chance to try Pliney the younger, 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 rwilde
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Zonian1
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 JamesStreet
4.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nuebs
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hoptimum1974
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SomethingClever
4.31/5  rDev -5.1%
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 fthegiants
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grahuba
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zimm421
4.62/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of DaveCash
4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Bunuelian
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Dragonsaddle from Hoof Hearted Brewing
4.54 out of 5 based on 240 ratings.
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