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Tuesday
Apr292014

FERAL BREWING TUSK

Feral Brewing Tusk. As hop aromas and flavours degrade with time, freshness is the key to ensuring hoppy beers retain their punch. Feral decided to take this to the extreme by ensuring kegs of this beer were tapped in venues in WA on the same day they were kegged at the brewery.

Kegs shipped interstate were to be kegged as soon as possible. Only two kegs arrived in NSW. One was sent to The Grain Store in Newcastle and the other to The Royal Albert in Surry Hills, Sydney.

This is Feral’s most brutal beer to date. A highly hopped American Imperial IPA with a crushing 9.8% ABV.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any info on the malts or hops used but Feral unsurprisingly are pretty tight lipped on their recipes. I suspect it’s got Citra in it as it’s a favourite hop of theirs and going by previous batches it may be around the 90-100 IBU mark. I was lucky enough to have a crack at a keg at the Royal Albert just 4 days after it was kegged at the brewery.

Opaque light honey colour with fine white head. Pine and passionfruit aroma. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Initial impression is all hop bitterness and slap in the face hops.

Smooth mouthfeel from the high ABV and resiny characteristic from hop oils. Initial sweet caramel malt and booze flavour. Strong citrus, pine and passionfruit hop flavour. The hop flavour and bitterness linger. 

As it warms up it becomes less bitter, the hop flavours more prominent and a more resinous mouthfeel. Strangely it tasted less boozy as it warmed up. The second schooner was even better as my palate adjusted to hop levels.

After drinking this it will be hard to go back to the Hophog.

 

8/10

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