Westside Ale Works Astro Dog & Best Coast IPA

Westside Ale Works

Published December 19, 2019

Living up to the brewery’s name, Westside Ale Works’ Casey Wagner has recently been exploring some big and bold IPAs. Best Coast IPA is an ever-changing beer: each time it’s brewed, he picks a different mix of hops from Australia, New Zealand and America. The can we got our hands on had a big upfront hit of citrus, stonefruit and pine that was followed by a big, bitter whack at the finish.

Astro Dog is an IPA brewed with Comet hops, a variety that’s been around since the 1960s but hasn't become a household name like many of its Stateside siblings. Historically, it’s often been used as a bittering hop for lagers but more recently brewers have focused on Comet’s aromatic qualities for pale ales and IPAs. In Astro Dog, it’s mostly ruby red grapefruit and a light spice that come to the fore in a hazy and only gently bitter beer.

Will Ziebell

6.6% & 6.7%
Westside Ale Works

36 Alfred Street
South Melbourne
VIC 3205

0448 644 977
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