Moon Dog Rescue All-Stars, Kiwi-Hopped XPA & Crème de la crème de la crème brûlée

Juicy Pale & XPA & Dessert Imperial Stout
5.0% & 5.0% & 13.6%

This trio of new releases from Moon Dog, dropped at Crafty Towers ahead of the Queen's Birthday long weekend (in parts of the country), could almost be viewed as a snapshot of the craft beer industry today. There's a beer for a good cause, an exclusive for one of the country's major retail chains, and something a little silly and envelope-pushing.

The good cause comes in the shape of their Rescue All-Stars series: the cans feature one of eight rescue pets from Second Chance Animal Rescue. It's a "Juicy Pale Ale" that pours clean and golden, in which Centennial, Kohatu and Simcoe hops serve up a vibrant Juicy Fruit-meets-mandarin character throughout with a little malt sweetness enhancing said juiciness.

The beer for the Endeavour Group is Kiwi-Hopped XPA, another bright golden pour that extracts unexpected flavours from Moutere and Nelson Sauvin hops. The former is said to give brewers "grapefruit, light tropical fruit and passionfruit" to play with; the latter "extreme fruitiness, passionfruit, and fresh crushed gooseberries" – often likened to white wine. So quite how they ended with a beer awash with cream and berries I dunno – biotransformation, maybe? Either way, it’s more berry pavlova-esque than Moon Dog's pavlova beers, yet with the clean finish of an XPA, and I'm not complaining.

Which leaves the silly beer, complete with silly name: Crème de la crème de la crème brûlée. While that might conjure images of some pale brown liquid, the dessertiness has been applied to an imperial stout base – and a big one at that. Yet despite pouring the darkest of opaque browns, it's still pretty much a caramel / toffee malt – or perhaps Caramilk - fest. Sweet and sticky as, this is a veritable calorific overload that almost tips into Pedro Ximenez territory yet could also be a rich vanilla yoghurt swirled with maple syrup. Whatever, it’s one to share. And then brush your teeth afterwards. Maybe twice.

James Smith

Published June 14, 2022

Moon Dog

17 Duke Street
VIC 3067

Open Hours

Brewery bar open
Tues to Fri: 4pm to 11pm
Saturday: Midday to 11pm
Sunday: Midday to 8pm


Upon request

WA Beer & Brewing Conference 2024 1
Thirsty Merchants PoO 24

More from Moon Dog

The 2022 Indies Champs Best In Show Hazy IPA
Hazy IPA
Moon Dog Ginger Beer
Ginger Beer
Moon Dog Almighty Cannolo & Keep It Strange, Santo
Cannoli Pastry Sour & Juicy Pale Ale
Moon Dog Orange zZap! & 6 Months On A Leaky Oak
Orange Sherbet Ale & Barrel-Aged Strong Belgian
5.8% & 8.4%
Moon Dog The Artist FKA Black Lung XII
Barrel-Aged Smokey Stout
Moon Dog Dip-Hop-Opotamus Cold IPA
Single Hop Cold IPA
Moon Dog & Lervig Mooseroo
Kveik Hazy IPA
Moon Dog Rosé Sour Power
Sour Ale
Moon Dog Hazy IPA
Hazy IPA
Moon Dog Stacks On, Mosaicy Breaky Heart & Timothy Tamothy Slamothy
Imperial Fruit Cream Sour, Single Hop IPA & Sweet Stout
7.5% & 7.0% & 6.5%
Moon Dog Bjorn To Boogie & Stop, Hammock Time!
Watermelon Wheat & Hazy XPA
5.3% & 4.5%
Moon Dog Sharon Stone Fruit Sour Ale
Fruit Sour Ale
Moon Dog Fresh Quince Of Bel-Air & Lemon Haze
Philly Sour ft Quince & Lemon XPA
6.0% & 5.0%
Moon Dog Jumping The Shark 2013 / 2021
Cognac Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout with Truffles
Moon Dog Goin' Steady & Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Mid-Strength XPA & Ginger Beer
3.5% & 4.0%
Moon Dog Magic EyePA II & Yuzu Greatest Hits
West Coast IPA & Rice Lager with Yuzu
7.0% & 5.0%
Moon Dog Black Lung XI
Barrel-Aged Smokey Stout
Moon Dog Piney Minogue & Splice of Heaven Mango
Pineapple Sour Ale & Ice Cream IPA
4.5% & 6.2%
Moon Dog The Baron of Barrels
Barrel-Aged Golden Stronmng Ale
Moon Dog Conga Lines
Imperial Sour Ale