Moon Dog / Beer DeLuxe Splice of Heaven

Brewed by Moon Dog Craft Brewery
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Abbotsford, Australia
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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.

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varanid99 (1417) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 26, 2017
Gold pour with a massive white fluffy head that just won’t go away. Sweet, pine-lime aroma, just like expected based on the name. Taste is bitter, slightly sour, lime, caramel, sweet. It tastes like the ice cream, but the giant head annoys me and it confuses me. I’m scared and want it to stop

hawthorne00 (4236) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2017
I like a Poine Loime Sploice as a cheap icy pole but a beer that’s like it is no more obviously appealing than a pizza made to be like it. Small bottle, 10C. Dullish golden amber with an inch of white head. Aroma has some grapefruit, (fake) vanilla, what might be pineapple, caramel syrup. 5+ Cleaner and lighter malt flavours than expected with the surprising body that lactose giving it a "huh" factor. No lime, maybe some pineapple, bitterness is firm but grinds its way through the sweetness. Tasty enough and clever in its way.

Itsumishi (50) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 29, 2016
I was a little put off by the description, but to be honest, I’m not getting what it claims and that might be a good thing. Poured from a stubby it pours a slightly cloudy copper with a creamy white head. The head laces well and lingers a long time (onya Moon Dog). Aroma is resiny hops, grass clippings, and a bit of tropical fruit, and just a touch of vanilla. More pine than pineapple... not even a hint of lime. The taste is big sweet followed by a long medium bitter. Lovely balance. Palate is medium creamy and a touch oily. Light carbonation. Bitter finish. The palate is definitely where the ice cream kicks in. Top notch beer, but I’m not getting much in the way of Splice flashbacks.

Ngejo (1000) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - MAY 6, 2016
Tap. Amber, clear, minimal head, white foam, lightly sour, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, average carbonation, & bitter finish.

Stew41 (2137) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAR 17, 2016
On tap at Mrs Parmas. Ha.......I remember the ice cream well albeit it was priced at the premium end (80c) and M&D often drew the line at the 25c Icy Pole! There is fair dinkum dry pineapple running right throughout the palate so how can one not be wrapped? Not as good as the sampling from the brewery tap about 6 months ago but still impressive. This is deserving of a regular release.

Oakes (19549) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2016
Draught @ Moon Dog. Hazy tan. Creamy mouthfeel but with quite a bit of bitterness and light fruity (lime & pineapple) flavours.

KeefOz (1981) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2016
Poured as a glass full of off-white foam (and each subsequent pour was foam) that took too long to settle to a hazy pale amber coloured beer. Laced well. Carbonation moderate. Aroma with lots of pine and not much else (no pineapple or vanilla). Taste of spices and pine. Light body. Crisp with lots of spicy pine lingering on the finish.

theswiftsa (124) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2016
Pours cloudy Amber with a huge white head that takes a long time to dissipate. Nose is lactose and creamy with a hint of lime and pineapple. Taste is lactose and creamy upfront with a medium bitterness hit with pineapple and lime based hops. Certainly achieves the splice icecream flavour it sets out to achieve.

floydian1 (1525) - FNQ, Australia, - JAN 14, 2016
Bottle @ Transport Hotel, Melbourne (330ml). Dark gold, smallish white head. Nose is fruit salad (strong pineapples, notes of passionfruit, peach, limes, vanilla) plus a hint of pine needles. The taste is similar with a decent citrusy hop bitterness that satisfies. Medium bodied creamy palate with ABV well disguised. For once, the brand deScription is accurate in this case - a fine sweetish creamy IPA.

Westkyoto77 (640) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 20, 2015
On tap at Moon Dog. It did sound hideous, but I love splices so thought I’d give it a shot. Good crisp aromas of fruit, perhaps more lemon than pineapple, but brisk and hoppy too. Wasn’t as creamy as I’d feared, but not such a memorable palate. Altogether a very worthy experiment.

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