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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #95
Ranked #3,208
4.17 | pDev: 10.31%
Black Husky Brewing
Wisconsin, United States
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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 150 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Piercan from Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Clear, (relatively dark for an IPA) amber.
Thin head. No lacing.
Appealing, roasted barley aromas.
Soft, tangy, full-bodied mouthfeel, with appropriate bitterness for an American IPA.
In my humble opinion, this exceptional brew should qualify as Double / Imperial IPA.
Just a little bit heady. But so accomplished!
Very local Black Husky Milwaukee small-batch brewery produces some of the most amazing brews I've experienced in my far too long life.
If you have a chance to taste it, don't miss it.
~April 2018.

Apr 23, 2018
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Angerhaus from Rhode Island

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice balance through and through of pine, biting hops, and smooth malts. Outshone a bit by the citra version, but I've yet to be disappointed by the regular.

Dec 20, 2015
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maz from Illinois

2.51/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Something is seriously wrong with this beer. It smells decent, but it has a soapy and extremely astringent flavor. I'm no stranger to hoppy beers, so it's not that I'm not a fan of the style. Feels like a fermentation problem. An unfortunate drain pour.

Aug 12, 2015
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pagriley from Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22oz into tulip

L - Pours slightly cloudy pale orange with thick fluffy white head
S - Pine, some citrus or tropical notes trying to shine through, but pounded down by pine trees
T - eating pine. up front IPA hopping, with a hard metallic / aspirin edge to the finish. Not good. Something wrong here
F - medium to full bodied

Overall something about the edge to the finish left the beer feeling incomplete and not quite right. Tasty, in your face and interesting, but could be more refined.

Aug 11, 2015
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Kurmaraja from California

2.42/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Hmm, there must be some off or old bottles around because this was simply terrible. Pouring with little carbonation, big uneven bubbles. Smell was all malt, stale, cardboard and mustiness. Flavor was flat, malty, with a buttery note. Watery feel.

May 24, 2015
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BlackElixir for grabbing me a few hoppy bottles from a brewery I’ve been watching for ever since the Great Taste 2013. 22 oz. doggified bottle split with my wife. And lest things turn, I am watching my Twins tear up the Central Division early in 2015!

The pour is liquid, unfiltered grapefruit, sans seeds, I hope. It smells like a Twins pennant run, but not much else: light, sweetened orange & grapefruit juice. Tame.

Black Husky Pale Ale is Jerry Springer bitter; this takes the line between pale & india pale & shoves it right up the styles collective arses. Arsii? Distinct tangerine lights up the palate, with citrus tagging along, but a high kick of bitterness close behind keeps this from descending into the dreaded Valley of Balance. Backing is a bit of toasted hops, cracker, caramel (from the malts, one presumes), & an almost aspartame finish is the one facial blemish on this brew. Nice & full, the reservoir level is dropping alarmingly fast. I could have taken the entire bottle myself.

This pale brings flavor with both barrels, & treads perilously close to the cliff of excellent. As is, a very good brew.

May 09, 2015
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kkleu357 from Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a plentiful head and a darker orange cloudy body. Sweet malty floral aroma with hints of citrus. Sweet caramel taste with a good amount of citrus flora hop taste. Very balanced.

Jan 16, 2015
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cokes from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Dusky honeyed gold with a fairly full khaki head.
The nose offers graham crackers and dank, and pineapple, and grapefruit.
Malt lays a foundation of sugared cereal and sweet bread. Hop pound down with pineapple, papaya, pine resin, and orange.
Some caramel leaks over, adding a sense of weight, but this maintain a generally airy persona.
It cheats a bit. This is an IPA in sheep's clothes. Either way, it should be purchased on sight.

Dec 04, 2014
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Blue Moon in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in a snifter glass 11/23/2014.

A- Hazy, lighter golden-copper body, one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Nice frothiness to it, and its staying power is quite impressive for the most part. [4]

S- This pale ale probably has Simcoe in it. There is a fair amount of "cat piss" aromas that I notice here, but otherwise there is an abundance of tangerines, grapefruit and pine in balance with grainy caramel and toffee. Not too complicated, but it's a pretty dang nice smelling beer. [4]

F- Lots of citrus comes out on the palate with a moderately bitter piney finish. The caramel and biscuit sweetness are quite forward here, enough to balance out the hops. Tasty, but there is also a subtle booziness to it that detracts a bit for me. [3.75]

M- Medium bodied, not syrupy but certainly would not be accused of being thin either. Nice carbonation, slightly prickly while being nice and dry. Refreshing, not difficult to drink aside from the slight booziness. [4]

O- Pretty good APA with a nice citrus punch and balance. As far as local APAs go, I do prefer Moon Man because it has more balance and just as much hoppiness in a smaller format. [3.75]

Final score: 3.84

Nov 24, 2014
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a nice head that leaves a few streaks of lace

Smell: Pine and tropical fruit tones

Taste: Toffee, up front, with developing tropical fruit, apricot, pine and floral citrus tones; somewhat minty in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a really nice pale ale from a brewery that is new to me; I understand it is located in a remote location in Wisconsin

Sep 27, 2014
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deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a Bell's tulip. The pour is very clear with a light copper color. It sports 2 fingers of dense off-white head with some pretty good retention. Fairly faint, flowery nose with notes of cedar and grapefruit.

Medium-light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. There are some toasty notes up front and a substantial, sweet malt backbone. The hops are primarily citrusy with just a hint of cedary, almost minty, spice. The breadiness up front and citrusy hops combine to give a toast and marmalade flavor that is neither too sweet nor too pithy. I could almost swear there is a woodiness or rye-like flavor lurking in there as well. I believe I also detect some cascade- or amarillo-like flavors. It provides a nice counter to the grapefruit. This is strong for the style, but I detect no booziness at all. It's very drinkable.

This is a hoppy beer that seems much milder than it really is. Where the hops of SNPA or FFF Alpha King can hit you like a grassy fist, this one seems subdued, but the hops are definitely there. They sort of wrap themselves in an herbal cloak and sneak in on the heels of the biscuity malt, then open up and treat you to all sorts of interesting flavors; some fruity, some vegetative, some piney. All good.

May 25, 2014
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RoamingGnome from Wisconsin

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Black Husky Pale Ale

Tasting notes originally from 1/25/14. Enjoyed this on tap at the Honey Pie Cafe. This was served chilled in a shaker pint glass.

A) This was a honey colored brew, with a small off white head. The head settled to a collar. There was a fair amount of lacing.

S) Nice hop aroma of pine and citrus. A little malty sweetness comes through as well.

T) Delightful citrus, tropical fruit, along with a pleasant pine tingle. This is intertwined nicely with the malt, creating excellent drinkability.

M) A medium bodied brew. The carbonation was really soft, and not what I experienced from the bottle.

O) This is an outstanding pale ale... Excellent flavor and aroma. Really a pleasure to drink.

Paired with the pork fries... Those were really tasty too.

Feb 16, 2014
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TheSSG from Illinois

4.95/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a huge, dense head that has great persistence and GREAT lacing. INSANE, AMAZING, BRIGHT grapefruit aroma with notes of pine behind it all. Holy hell, this smells phenomenal! Radiant, gold color. Starts off with a bright, insanely brilliant pine-grapefruit hoppiness. The bitterness is a very nice, low-medium level. The hop bitterness shifts into the citrus rind, but with pine still throughout. Finish is a mix of grapefruit and pine with low, lingering bitterness and then a touch of malt.

This is STUNNING; maybe the best Pale Ale I've ever had. The hop intensity of this one is just off the charts...BUT, it keeps the hop bitterness restrained so well. This is just pleasant, pleasant, and more pleasantness. I think this is the highest scored bier I've ever had....

Nov 16, 2013
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joe1510 from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber
Discount - Milwaukee, WI

Black Husky's Pale Ale is harvest orange with tarnished copper highlights and a slight haze. Carbonation rises slowly to the ballooning, fluffy, dirty white head. The head is no less than three fingers in height on an easy pour and shows no signs of going anywhere fast. Craggy and dense foam leaves behind fat lacing.

The nose is bursting with pineapple juice, sweet orange peel, sweetened grapefruit, pine, and wildflower florals. Citrus is dense and sweet while the other aspects are simply complimentary. The hop profile shows a lot of depth over the caramel, white toast, and biscuity malt, the caramel playing boss. The complexity is deep on this pale although it does weigh in at a hefty 7.2%.

Citrus comes up big on the front, sweet orange peel, sugared grapefruit, and pineapple juice again. Caramel kicks in mid-palate with light toast and the pine resinous takes over on the backend leaving a lasting bitterness. The florals come through the nose more than anything and the pine lingers long after the swallow.

The body is slick with a touch of stick but the carbonation is active enough to keep it moving. Bitterness grows with each drink to firm and lasts the entirety. The finish is dry enough it leaves me wanting drink after drink, conclusion: this beer goes down much faster than it should for 7%+.

I had this beer on tap recently and it blew away some of my favorite IPAs, that will remain nameless, that I was trying side by side. The bottle isn't quite as fresh as the draft I had but it's still undeniably a delicious beer. If you ever find this stuff on draft buy one after the other, it's that good.

Oct 26, 2013
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured 22oz bottle into snifter

A - A dark caramel colored orange with a 1.5 finger white head. Fades into a thin ring and has some lacing.

S - A nice hit of pungent hops consisting of citrus, floral, and pine. I pick up a good amount of grapefruit and ripe orange. There is also a nice bitter pine scent. Both of these are balanced by the caramel malts and light sweetness.

T - Man are the hops intense and fresh. It packs a nice citrus, with the grapefruit and orange coming through. There is also a floral element, and bitter pine. These flavors are all balanced out by the rich, sweet caramel malts. This is so good. If you have a chance to try it, you are a fool not to.

M - Very nice carbonation from the bottle. It has a medium body, with a slick oily feel. The citrus bitter finish is fantastic.

O - Okay, I am really impressed by this. Not sure why this isn't an IPA, but whatever it is it is packed with intense flavor. The hops seem very fresh and bountiful, but there is a very nice balance with the caramel sweetness. I would buy this if it was available more widely. Very please to have tried it. Great work!

Sep 11, 2013
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MitchellBeir from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been fortunate enough to have this great APA on tap at Uber Tap Room where I tend bar. A freshly tapped barrel on freshly cleaned lines is undoubtedly the best way to drink this beer. It seems to lose some of the citrusy hop aroma from a bottle.

Aroma: grapefruit citrus followed by a balanced, clean and sweet clementine aroma. A slight tingle in the nostrils finishes the scent from the high APV.

Appearance: Black Husky does not skimp on the ingredients. The beer pours a thick frothy off white head that laces the sides of the glass and retains quite well. It both appears and tastes like Black Husky used primarily light roasted malt. A bit of medium roast deepens the color to a light golden caramel.

Taste: Citrusy, Fruity, and bold. When compared to another Wisconsin APA staple like New Glarus's Moon Man, this beer is very similar, but much bolder. The hops and malt are in perfect balance, and the palate is practically unscathed considering the strength and hoppiness of the beer.

Jun 23, 2013
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wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Wisconsin Cheese Mart on Old Worlde Third Street

A: deep amber color, great head throughout, clear
S: deep piney resin and grapefruit, rich malt
T: very well-made pale ale that is more a double, deep malt, deep resiny hops, great beers
M: extremely drinkable for ABV

Dec 28, 2012
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aleias from Wisconsin

3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Fantastic four finer head +, held up really well, light amber color, very steady carbonation, nice lace as well. This is about the best looking pale ale I have ever had.

S - I was not able to detect much in the way of an aroma but there was nothing bad there either.

T - Very nice hop flavor with a lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue that was distinctive but not over powering.

M - Very solid mouth feel perfect for this style of beer.

D - Fantastic drinkability given the great combination of flavor, mouth feel and appearance. Not sure what the ABV is for this but I did not detect a high alcohol content so I suspect it is fairly moderate in that regard. I would say this is my number one session beer and will be keeping my eyes open for more of it

Jul 21, 2012
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer glows a murky dark orange when poured into a .5l dimpled stein. It has an impressively lasting head of foam, with a creamy surface texture and sheets of lace in the glass.

Grapefruit, candied orange peel, and pine needle scents. Floral, fruity, and very pungent.

Moderately bitter hop character, green resiny and herbal, finishes pretty dry. Medium bodied with a little heft to it. Easy drinking and sessionable for sure, plenty of hops that give an IPA impression. Fresh and teeming with bitter PacNW hops...

Thanks Jayme for the Black Husky assortment!

Apr 29, 2012
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brewcrew76 from Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy golden yellow, copper with a big rocky white head. The head was so dense it looked like you could float a quarter on it.

S - Pine and grapefruit hops balanced with bready malt.

T - Pine and grapefruit hops. Slightly resiny. Some malt present in the background but the hops really stand out in this one.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a lingering dry hoppy finish.

D - Tasty pale. Hoppier than some IPA's I have had. Haven't had a bad beer yet from Black Husky. Looking forward to trying more.

Apr 23, 2012
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mattfungus from Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

got this one from a friend and and wow, I mean wow. Finally, a pale ale you can chew on. Nice big white foam, that lasts. Simcoe hops that are grapefruity and floral but neither dominates and both are laced with a full dry hopped flavor that is just at the edge of being bitter with dipping into it. Sweet and green, my new #1 pale ale. Getting it is the only hard part. If that doesn't convince you just look in howler's eyes.

Apr 12, 2012
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beerwolf77 from Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle split and poured into tulips.

A: Bright golden yellow. About a half finger of white head. Soapy lace remains.

S: A solid pine hop profile blends with a mild biscuit maltiness. Not real powerful but it gets its point across.

T: Again similar to the nose. Pine and a hint of citrus. The malt is subtle barely peeking out in the finish.

M: Medium body with average carbonation.

O: A decent pale. Probably won't grab this one again.

Aug 11, 2011
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mynie from Maryland

4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I would have sworn I'd seen these guys in lots of places around WI--which is sort of a big deal, since I don't go to WI all that often. If I knew it was so hard to find (that I'd be writing the first review, in fact) I would have taken more comprehensive notes during my tasting.

Pint served at Three Cellars.

Pretty, but standard, APA pour. Translucent, somewhere in between amber and gold, with a nice white head.

Smells of west coast hops and a fruity malt profile. Grapefruit, cereal apricots. Nicely balanced.

Tastes like it smells. Balance is out of this world. Definitely an APa but adventurous enough to stand out from the pack--still doesn't seem gimmicky.

Jul 29, 2011
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