Dervock (1419) - AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2017
Tap - pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is malt, citrus, caramel and resin. Taste is nice balance of malt and hop. Dry big hoppy finish. ANZUShophunter (510) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 14, 2017
2017 version on tap at Saccharomyces Beer Cafe. A hazy amber brew with fruity hop nose. Significant malt sweetness balanced by hop bitterness but finish is still a bit sticky. Surprishingly easy drinking as EtOH is well masked. TedE (1429) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 13, 2017
Taster on tap at Basement Brewhouse Bankstown. Nose of fruit, earth(rocks?), funkiness and the distant dry horizon. Flat golden amber beer with thin film of suds on top. Thick oily texture, coats the mouth with piney minty goodness. Amazing. Fresh but strong. A (very) late night beer. Probably with good strong cheese. Niksko (624) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2016
On tap at Beer Deluxe. Pours a hazy golden orange with a fluffy off whit head. Nose is insane hoppy goodness, grapefruit, pine, stone fruit, dank, sweet, seductive. Flavor is all the same things, bitter, with a syrupy mouth feel and crazy hop burps. So special, so wonderfully hoppy, so crazy fresh. So glad I made the effort to get on the Tusk train. mcberko (18583) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 10, 2016
On tap at The Grain Store Beer Cafe, pours a cloudy dark orange with a small white head. Aroma brings out rich resinous hops, caramel malt and some residual candied sugar. Flavour is on the sweet side, with loads of caramel, residual candied sugar sweetness and resinous hops. Too sweet and more like a hoppy barley wine. Still, quite nice for what it is. Enjoyable slow sweet sipper.
babymammoth (63) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2016
Delicious blend of tropical fruit on the nose with subtle pine resin. The malt is lightly toasty but the best part is that it never threatens the star of the show. The blend of hops smack you in the face but it drinks so smootly. Easily my favourite IIPA thus far! whoisghost (193) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 13, 2015
On tap at Sail and Anchor - this year is a big 11.8% and I’m quite sure it’s a completely different tasting beast.
It looks beautiful, a slightly sunburned orange with bubbles dancing like summer has just begun and making the journey to join their people atop of the thin, stark white and sturdy head. Suprisingly smells quite malty - sweet biscuit and brown sugar with additionally reinforcement from banana and other tropical hop aromas.
Holy hell. What a well balanced IIPA - again, more malty than I’d expected but it helps hide the alachol, it’s incredibly smooth. There’s the obvious pine, grass and grapefruit flavours but there’s some subtle toffee and banana flavours running rampant too. A lingering and apparently ever growing bitterness on the finish, paired with an incredibly velvety mouthfeel and thick, dense body makes this beer an absolute treasure. fletchfighters (1553) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 25, 2015
Well, this is the 2015 release. Not sure how or why it deserves a yearly entry.
On tap at the local taphouse in Sydney
Orange caramel color, good hue of orange in this. Bright white head. Good retention and left soapy and spotty lacing.
Nose is full of resin, pine, orange peel, tropical fruit, grapefruit and alcohol. Lots off alcohol. Big amounts of ABV and smells bigger than it should.
Taste is full of oil right off the bat. Lots of bitterness, very aggressive but the booze is just as aggressive. Slightly sweet and got more cozying as it warmed. Lots of tropical fruit, orange and grapefruit. Very orange taste and feel. Impressed by the amount of resin in this but the sheer amount of coying sweetness and booze put me off. Highly regarded but think other breweries now do much better balanced DIPA’s now. hank37 (194) - banksia grove, AUSTRALIA - MAR 19, 2015
Oh hai. First time with tusk. Am also told that this is the first sold in 2015. Pours a murky deep peach colour with a thin white head. Heavy apricot and pineapple aromas alongside peppery, floral and tropical tasterz. Spicy on the tongue. Senfuckingsational. maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2017 Tap at Strange Company. Huge tropical punchbowl with massive pine needles and resinous notes. Monstrous bitterness with a mild floral perfume to it. A big beer that isn’t at all shy. Very good. Not many beers coming out of Aus with this quality