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Monday
Jul282014

MOONDOG JUKEBOX HERO IPA

Moondog Jukebox Hero IPA. Moondog is a craft brewery in Abbotsford, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria. It's not to be confused with Brewdog, HopDog or Black Dog breweries. One can only guess the name of this beer alludes to the song ‘Juke Box Hero’ from Foreigner’s 1981 album ‘4’.

This is an American IPA brewed with pilsner and crystal malts and dextrose. Yes that’s right they openly admit they threw in some sugar. Dextrose is more fermentable than malt sugars. In fact it’s considered to be 100% fermentable. As a result during fermentation it’s converted to ethanol and carbon dioxide with no residual sugars left over.

This means less residual sugars in the final beer and thus a thinner and drier body.  When dextrose is used in the place of malts it can raise the ABV without increasing the body of the beer. It’s not usually used in IPAs as it’s often desirable to have a decent malt backbone to balance the style’s relatively strong level of hop bitterness. On the hop front they used Warrior, Cascade, Amarillo and Centennial. It’s 7% ABV and 65 IBU.

Typical IPA appearance, a slightly opaque dark yellow colour with medium body and moderate carbonation. Fine white head with hop oils. Floral and sweet booze aroma. Caramel malt flavour followed by a citrus and dominating floral / perfumy quality with a mild stonefruit flavour.

It has a dry finish possibly enhanced by the use of dextrose. It has a reasonable level of bitterness however, not enough to balance the bittersweet flavours from the 7% ABV. If it was 5.5-6.5% ABV the hop flavour would probably be more prominent and enjoyable.

 

7/10

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