Konkey Dong
Hoof Hearted Brewing

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IPA - New England
Ranked #170
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4.37 | pDev: 6.64%
Hoof Hearted Brewing
Ohio, United States
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Notes: Barrel fermented in Donkey Kong barrels and excessively dry hopped with Galaxy, Simcoe, and Dr. Rudi Hops from New Zealand. Dank and Juicy! Brewed in collaboration with Arcade Super Awesome.
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colts9016 from Idaho

3.74/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #1445

Konkey Dong:
My second NEIPA tonight. The last one I drunk was above average. This beer is a collaboration with American Solera. When I saw this label, it reminded me of the video game. I wonder if that was the intention for this label, nonetheless, a witty name for a beer. I served the beer in a tulip glass at 46 degrees. The bright white head is airy and creamy, forming a three-fingered head. The retention of the head is above average, leaving some lacing on the glass. Pale straw color with light gold hues is the color of the beer, graphing it around SRM 2. The beer is hazy.

The initial aromas in the beer are oranges, mangos, and crackers, Nosing further in the glass, I detect biscuit, bread, lightly toasted malts, floral, a hint of herbal, passion fruit, lemons, a touch of grapefruit, and dankness.

The first sip of the beer I tasted lemons, grapefruit, and oranges. The second mouthful, I detect pineapple, grapefruit, resin, pine, floral esters, and herbal note. Other flavors I taste are crackers, lightly toasted malts, bread, passion fruit, musty, and dank.

The mouthfeel of the beer is watery and tannic.

The body of the beer is medium-light, medium carbonation, and a medium finish.

The beer is watery. In this NEIPA, I was craving the ripe fruit and lush malty body. The flavors in the beer are hard to perceive. This beer did not deliver; I wanted more depth. I am curious to know what the difference from the original beer by Hoof Hearted.

Aug 19, 2020
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque orange with two fingers of white foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is papaya, tangerine, mango, orange, lemon zest and lightly nutty, bread yeast. It smells smooth and sweet. Flavor profile is tangerine, papaya, mango, orange, lemon zest and lightly resiny hops in a dense, nectar-like profile. It tastes dense and full. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a razor-edged effervescence that adds a mild crispness. Overall, well definied and established with huge NE IPA qualities. Tropical fruits here are a little calculated and present than in other attempts.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 16oz can.

Feb 08, 2020
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love the name and label of this and of course, it's rating on here! Couldn't resist trading for it a while ago but as with so much else that I have here in my stash, this wasn't dated on the bottom of the can. Regardless of it's age, this held up well as it was a good, balanced example of the style while having a hidden alcoholic content.

Of course, the pour to this was golden and cloudy with more than enough head topping it off. Plenty of lacing was left behind with much of it being concentrated along the top of my pint glass, in the form of one of the thickest rings that I've seen in a long time. Lots of tropical fruit and creamy sweetness on the nose as the taste almost reminded me of something from Tired Hands. Pineapple, soft floral hops, lavender, and unripe fruit enter the mix as this warms up with the subtle complexity really shining through as I worked my way through this. Plenty of basic, bready malt to balance this out but this never felt heavy-handed or contrived as it went down quite easily.

Enough booze was in here but this was easy enough to like that I hardly noticed the alcohol. A bit of warming took hold by the time I finished this off but all I wanted was another, fresher can. Just like SingleCut, I love beers with hops from the Southern Hemisphere and this was another brew that proved why that's the case. Nicely done and worth it's rating on here!

Dec 01, 2019
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ONUMello from Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a Teku glass at the brewery
A: Hazy pale yellow, 1/2 finger head
S: Mango, papaya, citrus, a touch of grass/pine. Fresh
T: Matches the nose perfectly. Fresh/juicy
M: Medium-bodied, bitter
O: Very well-made & tasty

Aug 10, 2019
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Ollie63 from Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can dated 10/17/18. Light yellow in color with a frothy pure white head. Lots of citrus, mango and papaya on the nose and in the up front taste, with just the right amount of hop bitterness at the end. Drinking this while I'm eating shrimp cocktail, and it goes together really well...somehow.

Dec 05, 2018
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.99/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Very hazy/turbid bright yellow color with a large white head. Nice lacing in the glass. Mango, some citrus, and papaya on the nose. The taste follows but the feel was thin to me with prominent carbonation. Dry finish. Overall very good but not great in my opinion.

Dec 01, 2018
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stoumi from California

4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Konkey Dong pours a bright and cloudy yellow-orangish color with a stable 1-finger head that, creamy and lingers leaving some excellent lacing. The smell is big citrus and tropical fruit with orange, pineapple and mango with a hint of pine. The taste is juicy as the tropical and citrus shine through with a bitter bite that quickly mellows, leaving this beer well balanced.

Nov 25, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Blue Session. Aroma has dextrin malt, vanilla, floral hops and asparagus. Taste has dank hops, milky yeast, soft herbal bitterness with a smooth mouthfeel.

May 27, 2018
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aleigator from Germany

4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a completely hazed bright yellow to orange color, with a stable, huge white head.

Offers an intense, citrus leaden tropical fruitiness, defined by passion fruit and luscious orange. Straight forward hop juiciness mingles together to a powerful intensity, amped up by a touch of kiwi.

Has a very smooth, creamy mouthfeel, a nice bubbly spark at the back end and a late, longer lasting, fermented lime bitterness.

Tastes a little more mellowed out than the nose indicated, with guave, papaya and unripe mango, leading to a slowly uprising lemon dryness, which even more slowly develops a decent bitter note. This creates a great interplay, with a tiny note of malt adding to the fruits, which intensify the flavors even more. Finishes sweeter, full of orange pulp underlined by some cakey malts and a whipped cream covered bitterness.

Very well working, incredibly tasty hop profile, topped off by a great, creamy mouthfeel. This is dangerously drinkable for a double Ipa, with a plethora of tropical fruit aromas unfolding on both the nose and palate. An instant classic.

May 13, 2018
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

very good - not great.
Good representation of style but not comparable to the TH best or Trill.
A little thin. Flavor is good but the mouthfeel is slightly lacking.
I'd drink any day but it's not worth seeking out time and time again. Especially considering how hard it is to get.

Apr 16, 2018
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Furlinator from California

4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky pale gold with a quarter-inch head that remains as a ring and cap on top and leaves thick spits if lace. The smell is a powerful combination of citrus and tropical fruit. The taste follows with orange, tangerine, pineapple and mango with a subtle dry bitterness on the finish. Full texture with medium carbonation. Like Juicy Fruit gum in a glass. World class.

Oct 05, 2017
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally getting around to trying this well-known brew from Hoof Hearted. No date on the can, but I know it’s pretty fresh.

Pours a beautiful hazy gold, with a small head of thin white foam.

The aromas here are awesome. So tropical, with pineapple and mango shining through. Citrus hops over a few barrels to say hello too. You get some finishing bitter notes on the nose as you inhale these aromas.

Again full of fruit flavors on the tongue, but with much more noticeable pine and bitterness. You get some biscuit and malt as well, although subtle. I expect to taste this go through multiple transformations as it warms.

The mouthfeel isn’t as full and juicy as visually predicted, but still very crisp and the seltzery carbonation makes it a great hot weather IPA. Superbly easy to drink, especially at 8%.

Really nice Imperial from these guys. First from Hoof Hearted, and it’s a good first impression. Getting a lot of different characteristics; this beer doesn’t stop at citrusy and juicy. Definitely enjoyed it, not too many complaints.

Sep 22, 2017
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pda22 from California

5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is such a beautiful beer and another stellar achievement from Hoof Hearted Brewery.

The appearance is a beautiful hazy yellow/orange collar with a nice white head.
The aroma is a blast of fruit flavors.
It has a juicy, full mouthfeel.
The tastes of orange and tropical fruits are tremendous.

Aug 27, 2017
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MFMB from Idaho

4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy turbid bright straw yellow to light orange. Bright soapy white head. Nose is a tropical fruit bouquet. Hints of pinnaple and mango. Taste juicy. Pinnaple, mangos and ripe melon. A bit of light pine needle in there to break up the fruitiness also a well balanced malt presence to it. Lighter on the body than was to be expected. Missing that creamy mouthfeel I thought it might have. Comes of a bit thin but because of that it is super easy to drink dipa. Not going to hard on mouthfeel because it's very delicious and well balanced that the thinner mouthfeel on this beer does not detract from its brilliance. If anything it's a positive, making this a session DIPA ;) if it weren't for that pesky 8%

Jun 30, 2017
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Danstaats from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nice introduction to Hoof hearted here. Not a major juice bomb but solid. Prob would rank somewhere between bright and haze from tree house. Def want more of this beer .

Jun 14, 2017
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Tommo from Texas

4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Meets hype, enough said. A touch thinner than other classic NE ipas, but huge hop aroma and flavor. Very fruity. This could easily pass for Trillium or other half. Awesome beer

Jun 12, 2017
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Bum4ever from California

4.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Golden hazy color with a good amount of white head that faded, but it left lacing all over the place.
S: This is one of the best smelling beers I have ever had. It basically smells like the best tropical fruit bowl with some hops thrown in. Definitely pineapple, mango and a bunch of other fruit smells.
T: Damn this beer is truly great. I am someone who loves west coast IPA's and usually just think hazy/fruit IPA's are fine but not my cup of tea. However, if they all tasted like this I would pound them by the dozen. This thing is perfect balance of hops, malt and tropical fruit flavors. I think the reason I liked it so much was the hop bitterness was still there even though this thing had all those juice flavors going on.
F: Feel was very good, on the creamy side for an IPA, my personal favorite is a super dry finish, but this had a more soft finishes.
O: This is near the top of the list for best IPA's I have tried and now I start the search for more.

May 21, 2017
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Josholson666 from Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold/straw color with a minimal white head, which recedes quickly into a ring. Excellent lacing in the glass.
Nose is fruity, some mango and pineapple, little orange and citrus too.
Taste follows closely, minimal bitterness on this bad boy.
Feel is excellent. Medium body and nice carbonation, finishes just beautifully!

Excellent brew, so stoked I got to try it!

Mar 19, 2017
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Masonz223 from Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Smell: dank tropical fruits pineapple juice mango melon herbaceous grapefruit peel.

Taste: upfront sweet tropical fruits pineapple juice mango middle of the mouth citrus fruits come in orange peel tangerine dry crackery malt a slight dankness. In the finish you get a hit of grapefruit biterness and Fresh cut grass clippings.

Feel: medium body super soft and creamy smooth. Extremely easy drinking. Mouthfeel is exactly what I'm looking for in a ne style IPA.

Overall: This is a world class example of A NE Style IPA. Hoof Hearted knocked out of the park with this beer!

Mar 11, 2017
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from CapCollector16 so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of fruity citrus and caramel followed by a strong floral hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid 2IPA to drink for a long time.

Mar 11, 2017
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OompaMentor from Georgia

4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Can poured into pint glass; hazy, straw color with nice carbonation leading to one finger head. Lots of fruit; pineapple, mango and other citrus pleasantly greet the nose. The mouthful mirrors the nose; well balanced, medium body...very nice. This DIPA is not a TH Julius but damn close ... missed by a few bananas!!

Mar 04, 2017
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CraigP83 from Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is straight up haze yellow, bone white head. Pineapple and hop juice medley. Creamy mouthfeel but yet light bodied. Taste is hop water with hints of fruit cocktail. Very interesting beer and delicious, glad I got to try it.

Feb 23, 2017
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Jay_P22 from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip.

Looks like a juice bomb. Orange hazy amazing look with a finger length head, but the lacing sticks.

Smell is of juice - pineapple, mango, etc.

Taste follows the nose. Well balanced. For a DiPa, it drinks so smooth and juicy.

Mouth feel is medium bodied with a nice juicy aftertaste.

Overall, amazing beer. Dope ass can. Wish I could get more of these. Hoof hearted is the real deal.

Jan 01, 2017
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do_ob from Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OJ lookin sumbitch.
1/2 finger white bubbles.
Huge tropical fruit and sweet malt on the nose.
The taste follows. Big mango, pineapple, citra, and grapefruit. Perfect bitterness. So well balanced it's not funny.
Super easy to drink. This one could get you in trouble. Just an all around fantastic IPA.

Dec 28, 2016
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wellsnb from Ohio

4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From the most recent release on 12/18/16 - consumed on 12/20/16. Nice haze, though a bit more clear than previous batches and other HH double IPAs. This may be their easiest drinking double IPA. Galaxy hops shine through.

Dec 27, 2016
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