Moon Dog Thunder Lips Yuzu Red IPA
Reviewed by Craft Cartel Liquor’s Manager, Brendan Leenders:
Today, I had the task of reviewing the re-release of Moon Dog Craft Brewery’s popular autumn seasonal, Thunder Lips Yuzu Red IPA. Tough job – but someone had to do it!
Hmm…Why did they call it Thunder Lips? More on that later.
Pouring a clear chestnut brown with a thin off-white lacy head. The bouquet has pronounced malt, caramel and toffee characters, followed by notes of berry and pine.
Yuzu is a citrus, akin to grapefruit. Overtones of mandarin make the flavour quite tart, yet fragrant. Moon Dog has successfully added this citrus into a Red IPA without losing its flavour. A light pepperiness, malt on the dry side, and a pinch of bitterness combine to create a Red IPA that is completely different to the other sweeter beers in its style.
It’s unique, I’ll give them that! But in all, a lovely lip-smacking beer – you could hear the thunderous sound when my lips gave their approval. I could easily down a few more of these as we move into the cooler months. What perfect timing to be able to choose a beer with the best of both worlds in mind; a hoppy IPA mixed with a sweet malty Red and the joy of citrus fruit.
Those that know me, know I love my reds and this one gets a big thumbs up from me. Proost!