Love Tap | Moon Dog Craft Brewery

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Love TapLove Tap
31 Ratings
Love TapLove Tap

Brewed by:
Moon Dog Craft Brewery

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by CrazyDavros on 12-11-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle purchased from Camperdown Cellars in Stanmore.

Pours a hazy orange colour, thick and ripe with a fine, slightly sudsy head of white. Carbonation is a little listless, but fine in itself, which helps in forming such a fine head. The colour is a bit heavy, but otherwise it looks reasonably good.

Nose is pleasant, but perhaps lacking the pure, unadulterated punch of intensity that it could have brought. Instead, there's a restrained crispness giving off a little crisp green vegetation and a suggestion of citrus. Some ragged malty tones come through as well, but the crisper hops give it an icy quality: as if the true sweetness and graininess of the malt is frozen out of the bulk of the aroma. Not bad.

Taste is light and crisp, and rather pleasant all up. Clean entry with some foggy hop oil aromatics before a light (albeit slightly empty) mid-palate. On the back is a sharp and conclusive vector of hops, which crisps up the feel a little at the expense of shortening the back-palate. By the end, it's a little dry: dry rather than refreshing. Alcohol throughout is well hidden, however.

Overall, I thought this was pretty good. In some sense perhaps, it's tame for a Moon Dog beer, but only insofar as it doesn't really do anything very experimental. In fact, there's still plenty of punch and flavour to it, and it maintains a level of punky charm that fits it in with the rest of the range.

 1,417 characters

Photo of dgilks
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber colour. Nice foamy white head. Half-decent head retention.

Very sweet malt with quite a fruitiness. Almost sweaty like in the house Belgian yeast these guys like to use. Quite interesting but also out of place.

The flavour continues the interesting fruity hop profile. Lots of sweaty NZ hops along with a sweet malt profile that suggests Belgian flavour rather than Imperial Pilsner.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation.

I'm not entirely convinced this works. They have tried hard to deliver something original but it falls back to a house flavour that isn't all that pleasant. I wish this were less sweet and used some hops that are a bit cleaner and fresher.

 684 characters

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep amber with a fading head.
Nose shows big fruity hops, lots of pear, peach and floral notes. Also some sweet caramel and crystal malt.
A fair bit of malt in the flavours too, along with lots of fruity and piny hops and an aggressive finish of alcohol and bitterness.
Could use more carbonation. Body feels overly thick.
A bit too boozy.

 350 characters

Photo of ADZA
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden copper hue with a creamy three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is boiled candy,guava,blood oranges,berries and off milk,the mouthfeel is creamy and over medium bodied with moderate carbonation and has tastes of bitter blood oranges,guava,berries,a touch of toffee,sherbet and finished with a fruity citrus hop bitterness which is very bitter and overall i like it and suprisingly the chocolate malt in this works would drink again cheers.

 470 characters

Photo of DamienI
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of heygeebee
2.18/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

From Beer Cartel. No BB. Jeez I get fed up of typing that.

I like Moon Dog. I really do. But when they push the envelope and take risks, then sometimes it's gonna fall flat, and sometimes really really flat.

Choc malt??

Hm.... It looks ok, filmy not sudsy head, light amber body.

But there is nothing save malt on the nose, and that really bitter non-entity of a taste that I presume is the choc malt. Hope are bitter and earthy but in a bad way. Body is OK with reasonable carbonation for style,

But all in all, it just doesn't taste very nice. Do I need to say more?

 573 characters

Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scrim bottle some nice bitterness up front that gives way to soft sweet malt backbone. Hop flavour is tropical, passionfruit, grapefruit. Very enjoyable.

 153 characters

Photo of doktorhops
3.27/5  rDev -6%

Those dastardly dogs at Lunar Canine have brewed up another mad-scientist beer, Double Lager? Double pants I say! Although this is only the second brew I’ve tried of theirs (the first being the insane 15.4% ABV American Double Imperial Stout “Jumping The Shark”) I already like the cut of their jib, and that is one crazy tasting jib!

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: A nice cloudy amber body with a creamy off-white half centimetre head on top. Never had a “Double Lager” before, unless Peroni’s Gran Riserva Doppio Malto is one? Double Malt = Double Lager? Eh, who cares. 7/10.

S: Distinctly vinous, white wine grape on the nose, with a hint of malt grains, candi sugar, kiwi fruit and cut grass. This has to be one of the best Lagers my olfactory senses have had the good fortune to bewhiff! (time to ring OED with another word suggestion, they often tell me to keep em coming, or to stop calling them, one of those two). 10/10.

T: Distinctly not as expected! There is a big sugar hit upfront, grainy mid palate and it finishes with a cut grass/herbal hop bitterness. I’m missing that white grape/kiwi combo, i.e. the aroma is a lot more complex than the taste, not great but still interesting (despite it having less dimension here). 6/10.

M: Medium bodied, a little oily, with a light carbonation. 5/10.

D: There is a grating medicinal herb bitterness in the aftertaste that becomes more and more evident as the glass drains... it’s not an admirable quality in a beer. Disappointing because Moon Dog have some crazy ideas about brewing that I would like to endorse with a crazy big score. However the execution... indeed. 5/10.

Food match: A tongue scraper to get that aforementioned grating medicinal herb bitterness out of your mouth...or a plate of chilli fries.

 1,810 characters

Photo of eric5bellies
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of SmashPants
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: standard brown 330mL bottle, funky Moon Dog-style craft label. Nice.

Appearance: pours a clear amber in colour with a fluffy white head that drops quickly to a decent film. Great lacing down the glass.

Aroma: a very strong combination of earthen characteristics, and leafy / grass hops. Some malts in the background.

Taste: I am actually really impressed with the amount of flavour in this beer for a supposed 'lager'. Again mostly vegetal and floral hops coming through quite sharply with some light sweet biscuit malts.

Aftertaste: works out well - a wonderful hop bitterness hangs about for quite a time. This comes across as more of an IPA rather than a lager.

Mouth feel: a light- to- moderate body with a high carbonation. Very nice, and carries the flavours very well.

Overall: a pretty darn good beer, not sure it comes across as a lager however. Seems more like an IPA to me - plenty of hop bitterness rounded out by a light malt sweetness.

 964 characters

Photo of danieelol
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of Rwalford74
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of magpieken
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle. 5.9% abv. Pours an opaque gold colour with an enormous, off-white, loosely packed head which settled to a long lasting 2mm layer and left a nice ring of lace. Aroma of tropical fruit, grapefruit and moscato. Mild sweetness and mild bitterness. Light to medium bodied, smooth texture that is a little on the thin side, slight fizz on the tongue and a lingering medicinal bitterness in the finish. 6.

 412 characters

Photo of life_of_agony
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of spicelab
2.7/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Slowbeer. Reviewed from notes.

Blood orange, hazy, with a modest head that falls over a minute or so to a film.

Candied muscovado sugar, dried apricots and some almost nice fruity hop notes, but with a plasticy element attached to them. Mild booze.

The booze and plastic muscle in hard, if not quite to the extent of rendering it undrinkable.

Hot and harsh.

Not one of Moondog's best.

 401 characters

Photo of admiral
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An exceptional lager from Moon Dog - big and fruity on the nose and palate with some vanilla/wheat smoothness coming from the malts.

tropical, stone fruit and citrus flavours all come through to produce an excellent go-to-beer from Moon Dog.

 242 characters

Photo of mungus
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of GarthT
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chogm54
3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. 5.9% ABV, 34IBUs.

a - pours a cloudy amber, decent fizzy head

s - potent tropical fruits (passionfruit, guava roll, lychee) over light roasted malts and lemon

t - quite sweet hops with big yeasty notes. Towards the end there is a good mix of tropical (passionfruit, papaya) and sour citrus (lemon) fruits, very refreshing. Bitterness is present but not overpowering. After a few sips, I can pick up the faintest hint of chocolate and roasted malts.

f - medium bodied, dry texture, moderate to high carbonation.

o - a refreshing, tasty summer beer. The mix of fruits is pleasant and interesting. More like a pale ale than a lager - the hops are noticeable but not upfront like an IPA or an APA.

 717 characters

Photo of foles
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unusual take on a imperial pils. Has a nose that I thought was belgian yeast (from their other beers), but must be the odd mix of hops. Bit of a smokey edge on the palate, must be from the pinch of choc malt. Fairly easy drinking, big alcohol hidden well, but im not sold on it. Not clean enough, too muddled.

 309 characters

Photo of PolarBear3
3/5  rDev -13.8%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Love Tap from Moon Dog Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 31 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.