Musk Of The Minotaur IPA | Hoof Hearted Brewing

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Musk Of The Minotaur IPAMusk Of The Minotaur IPA

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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 BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
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 Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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 dar482
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a slightly opaque amber orange.

The aroma offers some sweet citrus of orange and red grapefruit, biscuity malt, a touch of sweetness, floral, grass, some resinous dank.

The flavor follows with a base of grapefruit bitterness. Then slight orange comes through, a light breadiness and sweetness come through, then onto a light dank quality and then a grass and resinous finish.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A hazy yellow color. The smell is muted but somewhat sweet and danky. Taste again is sweet, dank, and a solid hop bitterness. The bitterness lingers too long on the finish to be refreshing. An overall solid IPA.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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 rodbeermunch
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
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 barczar
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned a week ago today.

Aroma is bright and citrusy, with an initial fecal component that soon disappears. Very resiny, earthy, and savory, with a bready malt backbone. Sharp notes of lemon and grapefruit surface.

Flavor reveals lemon and grapefruit dominance throughout. The biscuity malt backbone supports nicely, into the lightly bitter, resiny finish. Could use a little more complexity, perhaps.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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 cosmicevan
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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 buschbeer
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 PINT can
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours a golden in color with a few inches of creamy, white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

The smell has tropical and citrus fruits along with pine.

The taste has some citrus with a pine finish. The taste is a little underwhelming after all the hype that I have heard.


I really want to love this brewery considering their hype and the close proximity to my brewery barren existence. This beer is good but not as good as other IPA's to which I have easy access.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Can hand-dated 9-6 (from WesMantooth, maybe?):
Pours a quite hazy straw yellow, closing in on white ale territory. Head explodes on a rough pour. I settled the pour down, but there is still a pillow of foamy head a finger thick minutes into the drink. Lacing is fairly significant, and the head remains in a nice medium puck in the nucleated glass I was using. The color is cloudiness is a little much for me, but the head easily makes up for it.

Nose is somewhat surprisingly orange-juice backed by maybe a hint of lemon. There is an impression of grassy "green notes" - or maybe even mint.

Taste open like the nose does - with orange-like citrus, but not as sweet as the nose indicated, like tangerine, maybe a little grapefruit pulp, or even an unripe kumquat as there is a hint of sweetness that is squashed by a hit of rind-like bitterness. The taste does turn a bit green and a hint of pine is added to the pith, and I could interpret the transition as having a hint of mint. As the beer warms, I start to get some tropical notes in the transition from juice to green, and the green mellows slightly.

The feel is a little light on carbonation, but this missing component does add a smoothness and softness to the beer. I might want a little more tingle or action on my palate. Starts out juicy and wet, ends a with soft, slightly resinous feel that never completely loses its wetness.

Was expecting a nice dry, resinous brew from the pour; I expected a very juicy beer from the nose. I got a little bit of both, but more of the latter. Definitely a beer I'd like to grab another of to confirm my thoughts, but I would be happy if I had it available to me.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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 Hootie159
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Sabtos
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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

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Photo of Roguer
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
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 ThePorterSorter
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had this from a growler (several weeks ago) and now from the can (just hit shelves yesterday)
The beer looks like a standard IPA - light pale yellow, fluffy white head - google image search if you're still in question. The nose definitely does juicy citrus fruits justice, although it's not the most pungent, aromatic IPA I've had. I think the taste and mouthfeel are done quite well -medium bodied, ripe citrus fruits that aren't overly bitter, a rounded, foamy wash of grains that lengthen each gulp, minimal booze, and a semi-lingering grapefruity finish. I think this 16oz canned IPA stands up with most of the over-hyped IPAs out there, definitely worth the cost when fresh.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
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 bigbluebeerguy
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice nose with grapefruit, orange, even a touch of lemon. Turns a little herbal and dank with warmth. On the tongue, a light biscuit malt provides just a bit of sweetness before the hop bite begins to build. Citrusy, juicy, with a dank, resinous bitterness that lingers throughout. This is very good, and the remainder of the 4 pack won't last long!

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Both on tap and from an hours old can it is a hazy, pale straw yellow. Very large, puffy white head. A bunch of lacing.

Smells citrusy and sparkly. Kind of like Sprite/ 7up. Also dank/earthy. Much like a typical east coast IPA.

Tastes very crisp and zesty. Orange, lemon, pineapple, and something sort of sweeter, like mango, or peach. Very juicy. Sort of herbal. Mainly a combination of fruit rind and fresh hops. A solid chewy biscuit malt base that is almost like an unfiltered wheat beer tones it all down. Any bitterness is all on the back end and builds through the aftertaste. It is far from a hop monster.

Has a Hill Farmstead quality with the yeast. Very active feel. Nice amount of resin and a solid medium to full body.

Overall, this one seems a little muted when compared to Roller Blabe and South of Eleven, but it is an outstanding ipa. Slap an east coast brewery label on it and I bet you hear about it. For what it's worth, I seem to like it a little more straight from the can.

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Photo of zimm421
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
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 SomethingClever
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
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 GOBLIN
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious ipa this Musk of the Minotaur is. I have some trouble believing this could oust White Rajah in a blind tasting but who knows . . . I wasn't there. Regardless I can't wait until these guys are more accessible. I'll certainly be drinking more.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
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 jsurfs82
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
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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