Hoof Hearted

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  1. AlienSwineFlu

    AlienSwineFlu Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2012 Ohio

    Is anyone else in Ohio in love with this place as much as me right now? Allow me to lay out my points in numerical form...

    1.) Incredible bad ass pale ales: My infatuation started with Musk of the Minotaur. What a fantastic IPA that is... and then BAM, they hit me with Dragonsaddle, which is one of the best triple IPAs I've ever had after the likes of Triple Sunshine... and potentially better than Creeper IMO. South of Eleven is a DIPA citrus dream that I don't even need to vouch for, and then they hit me with this batch of Konkey Dong. I'm assuming most people haven't had this one quite yet, so allow me to explain... Konkey Dong is a tropical-paradise DIPA clocking in at 8% with lovely pineapple notes taking the forefront. As I described it last night, it's like if "Kokomo" by The Beach Boys was a beer. Honestly being objective as possible here, I rank it right up there with the likes of Abner, Focal Banger, King Sue, etc.

    2.) Pint cans, say whaaaa?! Yeah, their to-go/distro offerings come in reasonably priced pint cans with such incredible artwork as a Donkey Kong replica and a demon eagle... thing...

    3.) Stouts with actual good adjuncts right here I'm talking about Mom Jeans, a coffee milk stout that isn't mind-blowing by any means, but is a solid stout nonetheless with a delicious roasted coffee flavor. Their adjunct game is already B+ and there's a ton of potential there.

    4.) Good sours with bomb ass fruit?! Take my money! While I was there on Sunday, they had a beer on tap (available for growler fills) called Fruit Saxx, a gose with passionfruit and mango. It was a tart, super fruity, and easily crushable gose at a good price point. I know it's not a lambic or a barrel-aged AWA or any of that jazz, but oh well, it was delicious and in my opinion, the best sour I've ever had out of central Ohio.

    I should also mention that they have a truly helpful and kind staff, but I understand that's probably not relevant to many people who don't plan on visiting the actual brewery, but rather may just be interested in the beer itself. Nothing wrong with that.

    So there you have it- the Hoof Hearted post I felt obliged to make.

    #1 AlienSwineFlu, Oct 7, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2015
  2. BuckeyeBeerhead

    BuckeyeBeerhead Initiate (143) Jun 18, 2014 Ohio

    In a word...yes.
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  3. marcus23

    marcus23 Initiate (0) Mar 14, 2014 England

    I really, really enjoyed Konkey Dong.
  4. Bretts545

    Bretts545 Initiate (57) Feb 19, 2014 Ohio

    Do you know what happened? A little over a year ago their beer was not very good.

    Personally I've only cared for Roller Blabe so far. I haven't tried Konkey Dong yet. The can I got of South of Eleven had some diacetyl. Nothing overly offensive but definitely there and for sure an off flavor.
  5. AlienSwineFlu

    AlienSwineFlu Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2012 Ohio

    Funny, because the ratings I have of their beers from 2014 are very "meh" and forgettable. It wasn't until very recently that I started to take notice with the true quality of their IPAs, so you may be on to something. I have not had Roller Blabe yet although it's now a big want based on reviews.

    I try so hard not to homer that I think I actually end up rating a little unfairly to local breweries sometimes. But objectively speaking, having compared their current offerings to the best the rest of the country has to offer, I think you should give them another shot. However, I should also mention that my reviews all relate to the quality of their canned and on-site product, and I can't speak for any distributed kegs, as I have not tried those.
  6. Sinzanasti

    Sinzanasti Aspirant (210) Apr 3, 2014 Ohio

    Hahahahaha....the single devoted thread has started.

    I for one welcome our new hop overlords
  7. meanmutt

    meanmutt Meyvn (1,134) Feb 6, 2012 Ohio

    I really like Group Saxx, Roller Blabe and Musk of the Minotaur... I love South of Eleven.

    Their brewery is a cool little place too...wife, dog, and myself all had a great time at the South of Eleven release a few weeks ago.
  8. dson08

    dson08 Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2014 Arizona

    I know for Konkey Dong and Blabe, they've changed the yeast strain, supposedly the same strain HF and Alchemist uses, respectively. SoE is solid, more of a west coast style DIPA, while Konkey and Blabe definitely resemble what's coming out of NE/VT. Good stuff for sure. This batch of Konkey is the tits. I personally like it better than Blabe.

    @queerforbeer Can chime in, as he is very close to the Head Brewer and helps them out a lot.
  9. xugrad13

    xugrad13 Initiate (0) Jun 20, 2015 Massachusetts

    Hoof Hearted has taken over the new to Ohio thread and it's well deserved! I suppose this thread is warranted in the same way Trillium and Tree House have their own threads in the New England section. Not saying HH is at that level, but now we have a place to go all fan boy crazy. Chalk me up as having S11 as my personal favorite, looking forward to Blabe on the 18th.
  10. scrook513

    scrook513 Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2011 Ohio

    Is the taproom open on Sunday's if they aren't having a "canning party"?
  11. Jmorey

    Jmorey Initiate (0) Feb 10, 2015 Michigan

    Man that is a horrible name...
  12. hopnado

    hopnado Devotee (417) Aug 13, 2014 Michigan

    Surprised Bells hasn't jumped all over this
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  13. JArt

    JArt Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Hoof Hearted bi-monthly canning releases are saving me a ton of money in FedEx charges spent trying to get fresh NE hops.
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  14. KSOZE

    KSOZE Initiate (0) Feb 10, 2015 Ohio

    Has anyone noticed significant batch variation from the first canning run of S11 and Musk? Could DEFINITELY be my palate, but I remember the first canning run to be much more flavorful. Second set of cans of each tasted "hollow" and dare I say it - more watery than what I remember the first time.

    Blabe has been my favorite by far, but I pick up my 4 cans of Konkey Dong today.
  15. KSOZE

    KSOZE Initiate (0) Feb 10, 2015 Ohio

    AMEN! Hoof Hearted scratching that "itch" for me, while Head Hunter and White Rajah fill the west coast hop cravings. All in all, I think I'm finished trading for IPAs which is glorious.

    Bring on JuJu and Bodhi bottles (is it 2016 yet?)!
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  16. RyanMcFly1985

    RyanMcFly1985 Disciple (343) Oct 20, 2007 Ohio

    I NEED A TEKU. I was like, "Oh I don't want to spend $15 on that glass..." And now, I am Hoof Hearted teku-less and sad. 'Hoping they have some available on the 18th.
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  17. AlienSwineFlu

    AlienSwineFlu Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2012 Ohio

    I can't speak for So11 but the two batches of Musk were different hops. Can't remember the details, maybe someone else can chime in.
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  18. invertalon

    invertalon Devotee (498) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio

    Love Hoof! Always have a great time. Still have yet to have one of my Konkey's I got last Sunday... This weekend most likely, pour that bad boy into my HH Teku! (Which I almost passed on myself, but it was too hard to resist especially once they re-stocked it after running out).

    Loved that Mom Jean's last weekend... Fruit Saxx is awesome as well.
  19. Jaywalsh20

    Jaywalsh20 Defender (650) Apr 21, 2014 Illinois

    Loved Musk of the Minotaur and Roller Blabe. Have to trade for more stuff down the road.
  20. JArt

    JArt Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2013 Pennsylvania

    How could you pass on a "tooting" Teku?!? I feel so classy when I use it :rolling_eyes:
  21. Swettenham_Shire

    Swettenham_Shire Initiate (0) Mar 11, 2014 Ohio

    Blabe is delicious, their recipes could use some tweaking though. Very promising brewery and a unique location in Marengo; can't remember who called it Hillbilly Farmstead, but that's perfect.
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  22. RyanMcFly1985

    RyanMcFly1985 Disciple (343) Oct 20, 2007 Ohio

    I am not proud of it. Been trying to trade for it this week to no avail.
  23. BeerGreg

    BeerGreg Disciple (353) May 17, 2013 Illinois

    Roller Blabe is awesome. DEFINITELY reminds me of those east coast fruity IPAs, which I love. South of Eleven is solid, too. Minotaur was just eh. Though I think that was the oldest of the three for which I traded, so I'd give it another go.
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  24. KSOZE

    KSOZE Initiate (0) Feb 10, 2015 Ohio

    Have had them all fresh (within a few days of canning) and agree with your ranking, personally.
  25. beerwolf72

    beerwolf72 Disciple (300) Aug 12, 2006 Ohio

    I agree. The second to last batch of Musk was opaque, hazy and juicy - had it all over Treehouse. This batch was very good, but it was clear and had more of the bitter tartness of a west coast ipa. Blabe was outstanding and S11 was very good (I missed the first go-round). Going to crack my Kong tonight.
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  26. BigSpeen3436

    BigSpeen3436 Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2013 Ohio

    I had both Musk of Minotaur and South of 11 on tap back in June and really enjoyed both of them. These cans of Konkey Dong are unreal.

    We really have a lot of great IPAs coming out of OH between Fat Heads, CBC, Brew Kettle, and Hoof Hearted. Like someone else mentioned, I have really cut back on trading recently because how many great beers are in our backyard. I'm hoping to get some Roller Blabe cans in a couple weeks.
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  27. ScottJWing

    ScottJWing Initiate (0) Aug 21, 2013 Ohio

    New batch of Konkey Dong used Conan, which it hasn't before. Before that it was a pretty 'meh' DIPA, now i like it more than Blabe. Let me know if you want a can or 2.

    Edit: just saw Daniel answer above, offer still stands if you want a couple cans though!
  28. MakersNeat

    MakersNeat Aspirant (292) Oct 2, 2012 New York

    If any of you gents stocked up on Konkey Dong, and are looking to try some NYC stuff let me know. I posted on the IP forum, and have a lot more to offer than just what is listed. Hit me with a PM if you are interested. Would love to give this stuff a go, but not sure I will be able to drive to Cbus just for a draft or two.
  29. Brew_Betty

    Brew_Betty Initiate (0) Jan 5, 2015 Wisconsin

    You really have to question the mentality of someone who names their brewery Hoof Hearted. It wouldn't surprise me if they named one of their beers "Pull My Finger".
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  30. RyanMcFly1985

    RyanMcFly1985 Disciple (343) Oct 20, 2007 Ohio

    That is mild compared to Side Pipin'...
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  31. BuckeyeBeerhead

    BuckeyeBeerhead Initiate (143) Jun 18, 2014 Ohio

    Honestly, they can name the brewery and their beers whatever the hell they want so long as the beers continue to be this amazing quality or better. I actually love that they don't take themselves too seriously in that regard. Save fancy names for the wine snobs. This is supposed to be a fun hobby and as juvenile as it may be, I still find farts to be funny. My biggest concern is that no one has yet to fess up to the age old question...who, in fact, did fart?
    #31 BuckeyeBeerhead, Oct 7, 2015
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  32. Treebute

    Treebute Initiate (143) Jul 13, 2011 Ohio

    I love that ppl are bothered by the name. They're not selling Life Insurance. Hoof Hearted Insurance-We're always lingering there with you.

    They've done there job with the name. You're talking about them. Making great beers is what I'm concerned about.

    I'm not attacking anyone but I think it's funny that it does really irk some ppl. probably sole purpose of the name.
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  33. fakewadeboggs

    fakewadeboggs Initiate (78) Nov 6, 2011 Ohio

    The wife and I have had a great time at both of the canning parties that we went to. Fruit Saxx was amazing last weekend! Probably should be a one case limit. I can't wait until they open the Italian Village location, they are going to take so much of my money.
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  34. Josbor11

    Josbor11 Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2013 Ohio

    I still need to get down there. Haven't had the pleasure of trying blabe yet and konkey dong I only had a small sample of at fat heads. Would love to have a full glass of it.
  35. Treebute

    Treebute Initiate (143) Jul 13, 2011 Ohio

    I'm curious if canning events will remain at the barn once the brew pub is up and running. The business savy person would have it at the brew pub where they spend more on food and drinks.
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  36. Brew_Betty

    Brew_Betty Initiate (0) Jan 5, 2015 Wisconsin

    The barn sounds like a more appropriate venue for a Hoof Hearted canning event.
  37. miketd

    miketd Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2006 Ohio

    I haven't had enough of their beer to give an opinion one way or another, but I had to Google the name to get the "joke". I like dick and fart gags as much as the next guy but I refer to them simply as "Hoof", as the full name just sounds stupid to me. Most important is what is in the can though.
  38. invertalon

    invertalon Devotee (498) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio

    Yeah, I really hope they keep the barn going strong... It is already a 1hr 40min drive for me, I don't want to have to drive 2hrs or more to get their stuff. If it went to the new location only it would probably become a far less frequent visit for me.
  39. KSOZE

    KSOZE Initiate (0) Feb 10, 2015 Ohio

    TROLLOLOLOL. What do you think about their beers?

    I've only had the cans, but they have been fantastic.
  40. Brew_Betty

    Brew_Betty Initiate (0) Jan 5, 2015 Wisconsin

    They don't ship beer here and I don't trade anymore, so I have no opinion.

    Apparently, they make beer that looks like gravy and tastes like juice and this type of beer has a cult following right now. However, this isn't something I seek in a hop forward beer.
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