Musk Of The Minotaur IPA | Hoof Hearted Brewing

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Musk Of The Minotaur IPAMusk Of The Minotaur IPA

Brewed by:
Hoof Hearted Brewing
Ohio, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by beesy on 03-27-2013

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Photo of modern
4.98/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

For me this is the quintessential IPA. The variant of Musk of the Minotaur I am writing about was brewed with experimental hop #05256 and is amazing. It smells extremely inviting and follows up that smell with a delicious citrus and maybe bit of a peach taste. This IPA that is wonderfully carbonated, easy to drink and leaves you wanting more. I have had other variants of Musk of the Minotaur and it is always wonderful. The flavor profile changes with each variant but the beer is always amazing. Hoof Hearted is doing great things with IPAs.

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Photo of rmacq
4.89/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Beautifully hazy in the glass with fine lacing. Strong nose with grapefruit and other tropical fruits. Subtle malt with a good bitter finish. Dank. I think I may have replaced White Rajah in my rotation.

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Photo of invertalon
4.84/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This a beautifully made IPA… Much more comparable to something such as Heady Topper than most IPA’s brewed in and around Ohio. Had it on tap at the brewery as well as a day old can the following evening.

The pour appearance is cloudy, pale yellow hue. Aroma is very tropical with dominant with mango/guava, citrus and pineapple. Mouthfeel is very nice, with just enough carbonation to perk it up. Not a bitter hop bomb, but more on the delicate side with just enough IBU in there to balance the tropical flavor profile. No booziness by any means, hardly detectable if at all. Overall, a refreshing take on the standard IPA. Easily a new favorite.

An extremely well made beer. I have not had Blabe or South of Eleven (yet) but I will be down there ASAP when they have it available again. The hour and a half drive is well worth it for beer this good.

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Photo of johnriley445
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

I was lucky enough to drink this waaaay back in 2011 when it was first released at a small bar in columbus. Maybe it was the atmosphere, but at the time I thought that this was the nectar of the gods. In retrospect, I think I was right.

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Photo of JArt
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy, cloudy, pale yellow. Decent head with really nice lacing. Smells of juicy citrus goodness. Taste matches smell. Juicy citrus with the perfect amount of bitterness. Overall a fantastic offering from Hoof Hearted that is reminiscent of and rivals the super IPAs coming out of NE. Another amazing Ohio brewery that I can't wait to try more of!

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Photo of OGFGabv
4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can I watched come off the canning line, just doesn't get any fresher. Pours a hazy, murky golden yellow. Immediately as it hit the glass, an enormous amount of citrus, fruity aromatic notes. Nice white head with beautiful sticky lacing. Smells of juicy citrus goodness. Taste matches smell spot on. It's straight up fruity goodness matched perfectly with just the right amount of bitterness. Overall this beer is outstanding. I can't wait to see what these guys have up their sleeves.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Editing to reflect 12.04.16 can release.

Absolutely insane. A bitey crisp orange mango juice bomb. mouthfeel is great. aroma is lacking in comparison to taste but is insane compared to other ipa's.

looks unfiltered.

Smells like pineapple, strawberry, lemon, and oranges. Incredible.

Taste isn't as dimensional as the nose but still is crushingly refreshing and assertively hoppy. Almost like drinking orange juice.

Mouthfeel is spot on. All together its a great IPA.

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Photo of MikeyMcD86
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
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 ChupoChupo
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think these guys might be emerging as Ohio's next awesome brewery. From what I can tell from the couple beers I've had from them, they seem to be chasing the same kind of flavors and aromas that you find with a lot of the trendsetters in the craft beer kingdom. This one is no exception with flavors and aromas that are tropical as it gets. Real easy to kick back too.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Photo of AlienSwineFlu
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The old standby of Hoof Hearted. Nice mix of piney and citrus characters, one of the easiest drinking IPAs I've ever had. Reminds me a lot of Lawson's offerings and not a bad price point either.

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Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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 jsurfs82
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

These guys are really knocking it out of the park with their IPAs. They seem to fit into that Heady Topper type of IPA but I might like this better. Cloudy in the pour almost like a pineapple juice nice lacing on the glass. Very nice aroma and a soft approachable body, not too bitter and not too dry. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can, no dating on it but this just showed up at a recent store over the past week so I'm assuming it's from a recent canning. Served in a DFH IPA glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a couple inch white head that stuck around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like citrusy (oranges, grapefruit, tropical fruit) hops, earthy dankness and some bready malt. I think the taste is pretty much like the aroma, but the dankness really shows up and is stronger compared to the other flavors. It's a nice dank and fruity IPA! Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating with moderate carbonation. I liked this one a lot, the dankness made this a nice change of pace compared to most of the other IPA's I've had recently. It's also a brew that I thought got better the longer I drank it. Glad I picked some up this morning! $10.99 a 4-pack.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A real surprise. Very NE inappearance and overall execution. Hazy yellow with decent head retention and lacing. Smell is tropical and earthy, damp vegetation, slightly spicy. Seems very mosaic driven. Flavor delivers with a long finish that's drier than the aroma lead me to expect with its tropic notes. Great beer that would be way more hyped if it was from Vermont.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
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 W_Des
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange yellow. The nose is lightly citrusy with some orange and a little bit of pine. The body is nice and juicy with a medium piney bitter finish. Very satisfying IPA.

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Photo of zimm421
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into an IPA glass. It appears a beautiful clear golden color with a fluffy white head that has great staying power and leaves awesome lacing. The nose is loaded with citrus and a touch of dank. Definitely the best part of this beer. The taste follows suit almost no noticeable malt character because of the overwhelming hop presence. The citrus is again in the forefront here. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a touch of stickiness left behind. I've had this on draft and now in the can, and from what I remember I think I prefer the can.

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Photo of jp32
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
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 Hootie159
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear pale gold approaching yellow. Poured with thick head and solid lacing. Smell is its best attribute. Vibrant citrus. Hits with bitter up front but is rounded by a nice fresh citrus. Finish is a bit more juice with the bitter fading. Carbonation present with some acidity sting.

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Photo of Roguer
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful brew: bright orange color, bordering on yellow, hazy and cloudy. Good sized snow white head with excellent lacing and retention.

Big, big hoppy aroma, focusing on tropical fruit juice. Mango, tangerine, a touch of grapefruit peel, pale malts, some dank herbs, and an almost milky, wheat-like aspect to the malts.

Flavor mostly follows. There's definitely an emphasis on dankness and juiciness, although the malt provides a very nice, almost chewy presence and sufficient sweetness. The hops are actually reined in a touch, providing just enough tropical juice (mango and pineapple), dankness, and grassiness to round out the flavor profile quite well.

Bitterness is restrained but adequate; the hop focus here is clearly late addition/dry hop.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
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 kaiyote
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up super fresh at my local craft store. Apparently Hoof Hearted sold half their supply of this to the Browns? They don't even have a game for 2 months.
L: Bog standard IPA in appearance. Clear, pale yellow, decent head.
S: Some hop-citrus going on, with a severe amount of "dank". There must be some hops in there.
T: Nice, bright hoppy bitterness, with a citrus kick to it. Nice malt backbone. This is definitely *NOT* a West Coast IPA.
F: About what I've come to expect from an IPA. Not thick, nice carbonation.

Overall: Pretty good beer. Keep passing it over at bars for belgians and whatnot, but with summer being so hot lately, this will likely find itself on my rotation.

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

Big, bold and juicy- the Hoof Hearted guys surely didn't go half-hearted on their IPA. Instead, they go all in with the dankest tropical, citrus, and fruit-forward melody that modern hops can provide.

Pouring like light orange juice, its opaque haze filters the light through a dense straw body. As a creamy lather eventually mounts on top the ale, the nose is swayed by the lavish perfume of white grapefruit, tangerine, mango, apricot and pineapple. Mouth watering and teeth-churning, the first tangy-sweet scent greets the tongue like fruit sherbet and Hawaiian fruit punch.

And while the sweetness dissolves effortlessly on the middle palate, its creamy malt substrate continues to support the hops with biscuit, starch and angel food cake. Dropping its perfume, the hops venture quickly into the branch-ripened goodness of passion fruit, lemon, apple and honeydew before trailing off with the gripping resinous bitterness of freshly torn spruce, lemon leaf, citrus peel and curious wafts of cannabis.

Malty-dry and creamy, the medium-light ale carries a rich but arid texture that keeps the hops enlivened but never interfering with the hop's dominance. Effortless in its palatability, the finish is awash with citrus, pine and herbaceous botanicals- lingering deeply on the throat.

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Photo of Roby923
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very aggressively hopped, deep golden in color and super dry. Served in a tulip glass at House Beer, CMH. Not for the faint of hops. A very worthy IPA that must not be passed over.

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Musk Of The Minotaur IPA from Hoof Hearted Brewing
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