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.
B+ / $8 per six-pack / elysianbrewing.com