Musk Of The Minotaur IPA
Hoof Hearted Brewing

Musk Of The Minotaur IPAMusk Of The Minotaur IPA
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New England IPA
Ranked #580
Ranked #2,094
4.2 | pDev: 7.38%
Hoof Hearted Brewing
Ohio, United States
Musk Of The Minotaur IPAMusk Of The Minotaur IPA
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Photo of brewandbbq
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 12/12/18.

Pours cloudy gold with an inch-plus of white foam. Nice settling, retention, and lacing. Pithy, powdery citrus in the nose. Grapefruit, dried peach, pear, and grapeskins. Medium bodied with a rounded, almost chewy mouthfeel. Bursting with hops on the palate with plenty of citrus flesh. Grapefruit, pear, melon, and unripe peach. Zero malt and no burn. Finishes dry with lingering tropicals.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a tulip glass.

Opaque and solid deep lemon body. Some real nice noticeable carbonation that's somewhat clear. Fluffy and thick fine three finger head out of the can, laces like sheets and a great volcano mountain clumpy top. Great looking IPA.

Big hop aroma. As the can mentioned orange and guava, but comes out more tropical pineapple with a hint of sugary icing. Minimal dank qualities.

Palate is a great hop flavor. Definitely more orange citrus quality on the palate than the nose, but a real chewy orange and light sugars flavor. Finishes earthy and surprisingly clean.

An excellent hop profile on this IPA that stays away from overly sugary and turbid qualities.

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Photo of Bshaw22
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really good beer. Would probably have been more amazed by this 5 years ago.
Mouthfeel is heavy bit the body isn’t that thick. Not super dense like a newer New England ipa.
Good citrus notes on the taste
Orange in color.
Overall good beer

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Photo of Beers-es
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a growler, pours a hazy light gold. Big white foamy head, lots of lacing. Smell is an explosion of passionfruit and tangerine, very intense and excellent. Taste is full on tropical hop candy with a touch of grain. Mild bitterness. Soft feel, but a little thin. Overall, yes.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Red Session. Aroma is herbal and grassy with leafy hop notes. Taste is herbal, leafy, grassy, floral and hoppy with light bitterness. Quite easy drinking.

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Photo of digboy
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Found at the local provisions store in Kittery, ME, was unfamiliar with the beer and brewery.

Pours a cloudy bright orange color with a robust 3 finger off-white head.

Aroma has notes of pineapple mostly, so a bit sticky sweet on the nose

Funny enough the sweet pineapple and orange notes only come out in the finish. Up front it is fairly mellow with some muddled citrus notes and slightly tart. This takes a while to transition over to the sweeter notes at the end. I'm not a fan of this flavor profile but there is nothing offensive here.

The feel is somewhat soft and flat.

Overall I'm not too enthusiastic about this one but it is still an enjoyable beer. The double dry hop does not come across in the flavor profile for me.

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Photo of brewme
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked-up in a trade, thanks to rstump24 (Olympic Beer-Packing champion). Have heard of this brewery before, but never tried, as they do not distribute to MA. Embarrassed to admit, it took me a day to pick-up on the double entendre. Solid brew, nothing special. So many high-quality IPAs in NE, I have a high bar.

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Photo of NMA
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into All Star Teku
Look: Hazy straw pineapple/orange juice with a thick foamy off white head
Smell: Dank Stank! Tropical fruit/orange with melon in background
Taste: Fresh picked tropical fruit, orange, bitter orange peel, and still getting melon in background
Smooth/creamy mouthfeel that Hoof is famous for!

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.91/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

VERY hazy and thick when poured. There wasn't a head to speak of. The nose is like a freshly picked citrus fruit, with equal parts hops. The taste is the same, like a thick orange juice with hops. This is a super New England style IPA.

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Photo of jhavs
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fresh can poured into fluted snifter.

Looks nice. Hazy straw with thick foamy white head. Settles and rings my glass with a thin collar.

Citrus and mango come through on the aroma with a hint of herbal or vegetal kicking around in the background.

Flavor is a bit more subdued than expected. Some tropical fruit, hint of sweetness and citrus zest. Grapefruit pith bitterness.

Moderate carbonation and medium body.

Hints at being a big hoppy brew but lacks the punch in its flavor.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very clear pale golden body with a soapy white head. Aroma is a balance between citrus and pine. Flavor is a little more fruit and tropical, with the citrus and pine balancing out the big hoppy flavor. Feel is smooth and medium bodied. Solid beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy and yellow, but with 2/3" white head on top. Good aroma of tropical fruit and citrus hop notes.

Taste, pretty good stuff. Bitterness in the 50ibu range, still dropping plenty of hop flavors similar to those in the nose, but this time in the taste/mouth feel. Not abrasive. Mango, passion fruit, pineapple, mild sweetness. Nothing really in the way of malt flavors on this one, you'll be searching for something beyond the usual caramel, toffee or toasted pale malt descriptors here. Doesn't finish dry, too much sweetness going for it to land in that descriptor.

I liked it, thanks to whoever sent them to me.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is pretty tasty -- real nice tropical nose with a hint of dank. Taste is dank with a hint of tropical. As it warms the tropical approaches a balance with the dank. Slight bitter hop bite at the end that is a nice compliment to this one. Very drinkable. Thanks to BierRunner for three HH offerings. This brewery has my attention. Looking forward to more in the future.

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Photo of MikeyMcD86
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to ENovak for sending me this beer. Drank out of a Teku.

Look: light straw golden color with medium minus haze and a half a finger of rocky head.

Aroma: Big mango when I cracked the can but in the glass the greener flavors really come out. very herbal with lots of green onion in there as well. Maybe a little spruce. Also, some citrus pith.

Taste: Much juicer than the nose would suggest. Definitely some mangos and grapefruit but finishes with green onion on the back end. Can hardly detect any bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium to medium minus creaminess but it doesn't feel anything like a 7.2% beer. Super crushable.

Overall(Style Points): At 7.2% I would say this beer pushes the boundaries of single IPA . Nice and well balanced, definitely celebrates the greener qualities of IPA but without the resinous aftertaste that plagues so many west coast IPAs. 90.75 Points.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

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

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering piney hops bitterness comes in. the malt character is on the lighter side for the style but provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

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

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to rob for always looking out and sharing the fresh ticks. I have been very impressed with so much of what hoof hearted has released and this also was a super juicy and very easy to drink ipa. one of the more juicy I have had.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is another Hoof beer that looks like pulpy lemonade, or a mimosa--considering we're here for another brunch, it's fitting. Webby but fluid lacing tends to slide downwards over time.

Musk is actually not as dank as other Hoof brews. Mellow tropical citrus hops in the aroma and flavor are the main takeaway, but it's not necessarily fruity or juicy like Konkey Dong. Third or fourth batch I've had of this dialed the dankness back up to the levels I had heard about previously, most notably on the nose.

A little corn, biscuit, graham, grape, light green pine and dankness with some orange lemon and guava on the palate.

It's a nice, dry IPA with light bitterness.

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Photo of SHDoyle
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I feel like a broken record when reviewing Hoof Hearted IPAs: Super cloudy, orange juice appearance. A blend of fruit and pine in the aroma and mostly hoppy on the palate. I drank this after having a HH Jacuzzerooski and to be honest I couldn't tell the difference. Jacuzzerooski was maybe a little hoppier, but the differences between them are evolutionary, not revolutionary. Both good, but it would be nice to see some more variation.

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Photo of jp32
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pale straw to golden in color with a white fluffy head.

The aroma is very citrusy and floral.

Taste: Lots of hops. Lots of citrus musk. Dandelion. Pineapple juice. Some of that taste you would get from orange juice that you found sitting in the back of your fridge for too long that its tinted brown... yeah, a little of whatever that flavor is.

Nice body and good drinkability. Sometimes I thought it was one of the most tropical IPA's I've had, and other sips I though it was one of the most floral. It's nice.... get it if you can.

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Photo of JNbeerded
2.19/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A friend picked up a 4 pack for me while up in Maine. Apparently they are randomly distributing there now. This beer is either no good, or I had a bad batch. Little to no aroma. Weird flavor that I can't put my finger on, just not pleasant. At all. Definitely picked up some diacetyl both in the taste and mouth feel. Buttery and slick. I won't be seeking this one out anytime in the future.

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Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a couple fingers of head

Smells like straight pineapple juice

Tastes like pineapple juice with some bready flavor and light bitterness

Medium body light carbonation and easy drinking

Another awesome ipa from ohio

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Photo of Stevem68
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had in a can at the Browns game. Aroma is a nice dank resiny pine. Flavor is pine and citrus. Has a bright clean mouth feel. Leaves a great aftertaste Overall this is a really delicious IPA

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to WesMantooth for this can.

A - Hazy medium orange color with a soapy white lacing ring.

S - Lots of citrus with predominant pineapple in the nose.

T - Taste follows the nose with a dominating resiny citrus palate with mostly pineapple orange, apricot and no malt - all citrus with very light citrus bitterness on the tale end.

M - Big medium body, light carbonation.

O - A very citrus juicy beer with a balanced citrus bitterness - all hops with this one.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 ounce Can in a Belgian Tulip.

I've seen some posts about this Brewing Company yet never had any of their Offerings. So I am digging in this box that was sent to me from a Generous, Fellow Beer Advocate. Ok, time for the Brew! This brew Pours an Outstanding shade of Orange body, Murky as all get out. Nice crown of white Bubbles tops this beaut. Looks Pretty Standard and inviting.

Going in for the Nose.. At first whiff you pick up a Grain sweetness followed by an herbal hop presence. On the backend there's notes of Citrus rind but not too pungent. This also has a deep toasted bread aroma that reminds me of home..don't ask.

Time for the Flavah! First hits you with butterscotch sweetness and toasted bread quality that the aroma details. Second wave of Citric Rind (Oranges Dominant) that act as a refresher to the toast. As the flavor descend there's a heavy hit of Herbal/Spicy hops with some Weed like qualities that finishes. This finishes a bit weak, dry and thin with a subtle bitterness that flows evenly. Aftertaste brings you hop resins and orange citrus fruity yeast esters. The brew feels pretty cool on the palate. It's playful and light with with a weird smoothness that actually I prefer versus what else this brew is talking about. Carbonation is on point.

Overall: This is a tasty IPA. Very Herbal and Green...if you know what I mean. The Citrus is laid back while more Earthy hops shine forth. You can taste the Hop Resins that seem to dominate more as you drink it. The aroma is a bit dull to me. As in not grabbing my attention to something new or thrashing my nostrils around. I would crush this brew on repeat if I had access to it. This Brew is Worthy!

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into Spiegelau glass no date on can

A: Hazy straw colored in appearance with a white creamy looking head clarity is better in the glass at the bottom where it is thinner

S: Pineapple and herbal with hints of grapefruit pith a little bit of a grain oatmeal smell

T: This has that herbal thick taste with hints of fruit very little bitterness has the light pineapple but more of a grain taste the feel is amazing

M: This beer is quite impressive the mouthfeel is thick across the tongue and very full but with a watery finish the texture makes this beer feel creamy and fuller makes you think it might be an imperial IPA

O: Really enjoyed this its not super fruity or crazy hoppy but that chewy mouthfeel and grain taste make it feel extremely smooth and very flavorful. I would definitely drink this again if I seen it very nice feel on this beer

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Musk Of The Minotaur IPA from Hoof Hearted Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 279 ratings