Review: Elysian Dank Dust

Review: Elysian Dank Dust

One of my favorite beers ever is Elysian Brewing’s Space Dust — and I’m clearly not alone on that opinion of the Seattle-based operation’s flagship beer. Well, here comes a Space Dust spinoff: Dank Dust. It uses the same hops — Chinook, Citra, and Amarillo — has the same abv, and the same IBU level. What’s different? The beer uses a blend of terpenes to approximate something you might be more familiar with in gaseous form, not liquid. What’s that mean? Well, here goes.

The “dankness” of the beer is no lie. Poured into a goblet glass, it straight up reeks of weed. Intensely herbal and earthy notes make you feel like you walked into a hash den. Thick with funky terpene character, the “happy flowers” character of the beer doesn’t fade quickly, though give this a half hour in a wide-mouth glass and you get at least some passing notes of orange and grapefruit, elements that are at least kissing-cousin components of the much sweeter and livelier Space Dust. Chewy, toasty, a little smoky, and enduringly dank on the finish, it’s a beer that will wholly polarize any drinker, to be sure. At least 4/20 is only a few days away.

Compared side by side to the exuberantly fruity, citrus-heavy Space Dust, it’s night and day — or night and dank, anyway. As curious as Dank Dust is, I gravitate to the original any day. Dank Dust, to be frank, only makes Space Dust taste even better.

8.2% abv.

B+ / $8 per six-pack /

Elysian Dank Dust




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Anonymous on April 24, 2022 at 10:21 am

    I always knew that beer reviewers used a lot of unnecessary buzz words and adjectives when describing beer flavors, many of them being completely ridiculous; this one takes the cake. Chewy? Wanna elaborate on how a beer (or literally anything) can taste chewy??? At first I thought that maybe this guy’s gotten confused and meant to say it had a chewy texture. Then I realized, that couldn’t be it, because it’s literally a liquid. Unless you put beer in cereal, or something equally asinine, this word should literally never describe a beer. Come up with some other way to make your poor writing sound more interesting.

    • Christopher Null on April 24, 2022 at 5:12 pm

      If you’ve never had a beer that had some gravity and heft to it, making it “chewy,” then you need to spread your wings a bit. Start here.

    • BP on April 25, 2022 at 4:52 pm

      Bro, there are a lot of chewy beers out there. It just means it has lots of mouth feel. Did the one tip you over also? Lol

  2. Henry Lenther on April 25, 2022 at 2:13 am

    Christopher- question? Why do you feel the need to defend every comment people write to question your aptitude? Chewy would sound abnormal to 99% of the world. And those people do not do what you do. No need to talk down to people.

  3. Bobby on April 25, 2022 at 2:13 am


  4. mark h sage on May 13, 2022 at 3:24 am

    fantastic!!!!!hoppy new year .beautifully balance flavor….bravo!

  5. C G on June 11, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    How can you give this beer-flavored bong-water a good review? There is nothing to justify this beers’s existence. 420 gone awry.

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