Welcome to Thirsty Thursday, a weekly column where we pick a beer from our fridge and review it, because in a world where two new breweries launch every single week, sometimes we need some help sifting through all of the hops.
Packaging often sways a selection when trying to find the perfect beer and that is exactly how I chose this week’s Thirsty Thursday effort. I’m a sucker for film references, especially obscure ones, so when a brewery takes a throwaway scene from a 1980s comedy and puts in on their beer, well, I’m trying it. And that’s exactly what the folks at Hoof Hearted Brewing did with Everybody Wants Some.
There aren’t many teen comedies from that decade I enjoy more than Better Off Dead, the story of a depressed teenager, played by John Cusack, who is managing life after a break-up. One specific scene from the film features Cusack’s character working at a chain burger joint when, all of a sudden, he brings a blob of ground beef to life and creates Van Halen-playing claymation cheeseburgers, in typical 1980s style. Naturally, when I saw that Hoof Hearted Brewing, a beer maker I had never even heard of, featured these rock ‘n’ roll cheeseburgers on a Double IPA, I figured it was worthy of a review.
Hoof Hearted is an Ohio-based brewery located just outside of Columbus. Founded in 2011, the company is known for incorporating retro themes with their hop-heavy, ultra-fresh, beers and, according to Hoof Hearted’s website, it’ss also well known for their nude air guitar prowess. Hyper-focused in central Ohio, Hoof Hearted’s distribution is scattered throughout the northeast, though finding much other information about the company online proved to be challenging.
Everybody Wants Some is an 8.0 percent ABV Double India Pale Ale and part of the brewery’s rotating single hop DIPA series, with about a dozen Everybody Wants Some efforts in total. This particular version, brewed and canned at Great South Bay Brewery in Bay Shore, New York, highlights Mosaic hops. The can’s label, as previously mentioned, featured the jamming cheeseburgers and a yellow background. And, for the record, the fact that these burgers have band’s distinctive instruments drawn on is impressive. The can recommends storing the it at 46 degrees and has an awesome explanation of what drinker’s can expect, complete with a couple of Better Off Dead quotes:
And he’s got me vuelto loco, amigos. Everybody Wants Some!! is a rotating single-hop DIPA. It’s the only acceptable response to the call of DLR-era Van Halen + 80’s cult classic movies. A giant teddy bear, bigger than you. Sounds great. No, it really does sound good. But look Beth, I gotta go. The Christmas tree is on fire.
I opened this 16-ounce pounder can and got the exact smell I was hoping for, one that I expect from a DIPA that’s heavy on Moasic hops. I definitely got notes of tangerine and pineapple, along with a little bit of pine as well. Everybody Wants Some poured beautifully, with a bright yellow color similar to pineapple juice, but with maybe just a little more orange. And I was actually a little surprised at the haziness of it, since it’s not technically labeled as a New England DIPA, because that’s what it looked like. The head game on this beer was strong, as it had a lot of fluffy, off-white head that took a while to dissipate, which I appreciate. It actually speaks volumes for the quality and carbonation of this beer. As far as taste goes, I like it but I wasn’t blown away. There’s a bright taste to it, with mango and tangerine flavors being the most predominant and some bitter pine notes, for a dry finish, on the back-end – but nothing too strong. Actually, I even noted the slight malt flavor that I picked up right after the first sip.
Everybody Wants Some is certainly another drinkable effort. The taste is good and I would put it up against any standard DIPA that’s close to that next-level tier, which means I would definitely reach for this beer again but I wouldn’t go out of my way to find it. This single can was $6.25, a pretty reasonable price for something that clearly was made with the expectation of being next-level. On BeerAdvocate, this beer has an average score of 4.26 based on 70 ratings. I think that might be just a little high, as I would give this beer a nice round 8 out of 10 – and yes, I might’ve added an extra .10 simply because of the Christmas tree line list on the can.
But it’s a good beer from a brewery with a cool niche, one that emphasizes nostalgia. I would absolutely reach for something else from Hoof Hearted, with the expectation that it’ll be good but maybe not mind-blowing. I cannot wait for them to create a New England IPA highlighting UHF’s Wheel of Fish scene, however. Make it happen, please.
Stay tuned for next week, because I might just try something from your favorite brewery.