HopDog Cosmic Highway Pale Ale

Total Score: 6.9/10 Orange1 Nut1 Earth1 Nonicpint1

New on tap at The Durham (Canberra) is Pale Ale from DFNACB (Doc’s Favourite New Aussie Craft Brewer) HopDog. The anticipation of HopDog actually not delivering the goods on one of their brews is driving me crazy – every brewer has a lacklustre Ale, a black sheep if you will, but I’m still yet to be unimpressed by HopDog. Maybe Cosmic Highway is that brew?

Poured from tap into a 425ml Schooner.

A: Hazy amber body with a half centimetre white head that stands up quite well. Just like a nice hazy glass of orange juice. 8/10.

S: Even smells like a glass of orange juice (OJ that is made from concentrate and sold in the PET section of the supermarket) not detecting any malts but they’re in there somewhere. 7/10.

T: The Motueka hops (a NZ Saaz cultivar hop) give it a real bitter orange juice flavour. Apart from tasting a great deal like a glass of orange juice with bitters it’s not a standout brew, a bit one dimensional, and coming from HopDog that’s a big surprise. If I close my eyes and swirl it around my mouth maybe there’s a hint of earthy/nutty characters in the background. 6/10.

M: Mouthfeel is superb though, medium bodied with a mid to light carbonation. Spot on for what I love. 10/10.

D: I think I’ve finally found HopDog’s black sheep [hooray! 😦 ]. There is a fantastically drinkable brew in Cosmic Highway despite the lack of flavour complexity, it manages to quench ones thirst, which is what a good summer beer should do. For the ABV (4.8%) it feels big, but ultimately I’m left wanting more (lucky then that HopDog has a beer for almost every imaginable occasion – unless you want a Lager which they don’t brew). 7/10.

Food match: Light BBQ Aussie style with minute steaks or sausages, potato salad, coleslaw and garden salad.

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