Cosmic Highway | HopDog BeerWorks

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HopDog BeerWorks

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by dgilks on 01-20-2013

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 7
Photo of Mosant
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Purchased 330ml bottle from Beer Cartel. Attracted by the promise of nice hoppy beer given brewery name.
Appearance: golden but dull orange colour. White lacy head that dissipated quickly.
Flavour: light malty flavour and hop bitters are also very light. Drinkable but it is not jumping out in any place and grabbing my tastebuds. Carbonation is low. Not a beer I would go back to in bottle format. I may have a bottle that isn't that fresh.
Aroma: some floral/orange overtones but like the flavour this is light and subtle. Not what I expected.
Overall: drinkable, if not a little too low in carbonation to be a refreshing ale. Underwhelming in both hoppy flavours and aromas for a brew by name HopDog and dull colour did not help.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of chogm54
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

330ml bottle, brewed Aug 2014.

A-brown/amber. Nice thick fizzy white head. Very long lasting lacing.

S-malt base is apparent, with a strong whiff of tropical fruits( lychee and passionfruit)

T- strong nutty and malt taste, with a tinge of caramel. There is a zesty fruity bitterness, but not as apparent as other APAs.

M- medium bodied, high carbonation. Texture more slick than other APAs.

O- an attractive, tasty beer that's more fruity and less bitter than other APAs. The nutty and malt backdrops make a difference too. Highly session able.

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Photo of danieelol
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange with good head/lacing.

Smell is big strawberry ice cream, possibly a touch of balsamic vinegar. Herbs, a slight hint of sourness. I always get this unique profile with hopdog- no other beers smell so much like strawberries and strawberry ice cream. A light doughiness.

Taste is more of the same, a malty ice-creamy centre. A bit like a malteser, honeycomb-y in a way.

Mouthfeel has a decent body but also a slick minerality. Not bad.

Interesting beer, definitely carries a lot of the HopDog house profile. I recall it being quite different when I had it on tap. Good as a curio.

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Photo of dgilks
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Growler straight from the Brewery. Speaking to Tim, the brewer, he advised that it is an all-Motueka Pale Ale. Slightly maltier than the house style and designed to be a little more balanced than what he is famous for.

Pours a very hazy golden colour. There is clearly no filtering going on and the head is small but tight and a nice off-white colour.

Balanced. Slightly sweet malt with the fruity, tropical aroma of Motueka hops coming through clearly. Almost a little earthy.

Malty sweetness and a touch earthy. Some nice fruity character and even a touch of yeast character.

Medium body with moderately-low carbonation. Good.

A solid beer. I do like the difference from the house style but I'd like it just a touch drier to help accentuate a little of the hop flavour. The bitterness is fine at 35IBUs but if it popper just a little it would be a big help.

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Cosmic Highway from HopDog BeerWorks
3.56 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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