The Moon Dog brewery is located in Abbotsford, Melbourne. Known for their experimental beers, their philosophy is that you can put pretty much anything into a beer, as long as it's delicious!
The evolution of Moon Dog's first ever "core" beer reaches its third (or is that fourth) and possibly final stage. The beer that started out as a double lager at 7.1 percent ABV and that, in its first iteration, we likened to drinking hop goo, was initially brought down to a more repeatable 5.9 percent ABV when first bottled. From 2015, its draught incarnation has been turning out as an even more sessionable 5 percent ABV, thus appearing as many a crafty pub's happy hour offering. And, finally, Love Tap – now a "fun" lager rather than a double lager is a flat 5 across the board.
It's still very much a Moon Dog lager: prominent lime, kiwi fruit and lively citrus hops dominate. There's a touch of light, cracker like malt in there, but only taking time for a brief wave before the hops return, leaving a lingering, resinous bitterness. Smaller than its forefathers, yes, yet still bigger, hoppier and fruitier than your average bear.
Imperial Redskins Stout. With 6 different malts and almost 6000 Redskins this takes the meaning of a rich, sweet stout to a whole new level. The Redskins give the stout a thick texture and fruity nose while the malts create smooth velvety chocolate and coffee flavours.
Style: Imperial Stout
Moon Dog / Beer DeLuxe Splice of Heaven is ostensibly an IPA, albeit an IPA that’s been fruitified with pineapple to assist the hops in creating a suitably Splice-like tropical character, and then ice creamified too. This was achieved via the addition of lactose, the milk sugar usually only seen in sweet stouts to give them a creamy sweetness. The lactose does that here too, creating a combination with the fruit and beer that might – like many things that come out of Moon Dog – sound like it should be hideous. But – like many things that come out of Moon Dog – it works, being not only remarkably Splice-like but rather drinkable too.