Husky IPA
Alaskan Brewing Co.

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American IPA
Ranked #3,955
Ranked #21,067
3.84 | pDev: 9.9%
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Alaskan Husky IPA is based on a small batch SMaSH Mosaic IPA recipe using a single malt and single hop to explore the specific desired characteristics of certain malts and hops. Hop varieties are often best known for either bittering properties or for high aromatics and complex flavors. The Mosaic hop is an example of a hop that can bring both elements to a beer.

Alaskan Husky IPA is made from glacier-fed water and features Mosaic hops and premium Pilsen malt.

Original Gravity: 1.060
Bitterness: 50 IBU
Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 206 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of TBoneJones
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light golden appearance, huge foamy whitish head.
Aroma is orange and grapefruit, with pineapple and some malts.
Taste is sweeter than I expected. Initial cotton candied malt, and less of the fruit I smelled. When the bitterness kicks in it balances things and this is quite drinkable.
Feels creamy and medium thick. Nice bite.
It’s very good, but unlike most ipas. Overall impression has fruit, yet initial flavor is dessert-like....Interesting, tough to pin so far, but tasty.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pub glass from a bottle.

Pours crystal clear and rather pale for the style, more like an APA in that regard. Limited head but excellent lacing.

The aromas are interesting and depart from the style. The malts are clean and grainy rather than honey sweet with floral and grassy notes, rather than fruity or resiny ones.

The brew hits the tip of the tongue with subdued honey sweetness quickly giving way to clean grain malt. The mid-palate rounds out with subtle grass, herbal, floral and slightly fruity (citrus) flavors. Some soapy flavor rises as the brew warms. The brew finishes with just a bit of booze and a hint of resin. Overall, the flavors are pleasant but too restrained, even allowing for the variation in this style. Too shy and retiring on too many fronts, even if the brew is well balanced.

The brew has a nice medium feel that is nicely carbonated, but not overly crisp or drying.

It doesn't adhere to the style, per se, but is still unique and solid and well-balanced. It is a bit too shy for the style.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Can
BEST BY: 10819

Poured into a tulip a pretty nice clean/clear dark golden orangy color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango), nice piney. The taste is nice, hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango), nice pineyness. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Glad to still see it around here.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Six pack of 12oz bottles purchased at Safeway in Bothell, Washington.
Best by date is 11/14/19. Served in a pint glass.

Look- Clear honey color. Billowing bright white head that lingers and leaves a bit of lacing as the level drops.
A moderate amount of carbonation visible in the glass.

Smell- Initially... Angel food cake and graham crackers, caramel, vanilla/custard, pineapple, berries, kiwi, melon, slight lemon zest. Minimal pine detected. Smells like a fruit tart tastes. Beyond fantastic.

Taste- Very similar to the aroma, The malt is heavy on this one (waffle cone?), but there is the mild herbal/piney bitterness at the end. Really well balanced.

Feel- A little thick, a little sticky, but just enough carbonation. Would be best on a slightly cooler, early fall day. "Semi-sweet" is I guess the definition.

O- This stuff smells like desert, and drinks as such. Probably my favorite Alaskan offering to date and I've been getting it since the beginning.

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Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours bright, effervescent & golden with one finger of pearl colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Bready, a little citrus

T: Follows the nose, pineapple & green melon up front, plus a little dryness & pear. Light pineapple, mango dryness & green melon as this warms. Finishes with pears, slight orange sweetness , dryness & green melon

MF: Medium body, creamy carbonation, pretty good balance. Body thickens once warm

Drinks easy the only hint of the ABV is in the body

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Photo of defunksta
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a classic, medium orange with a moderate white head. Moderate and classic for an IPA. (3.75)

Aroma: Some citrus, but behind that I get a strong candied sweetness of sweet, honey-glazed bread and moist cake. Some ripe pineapple, melon and berry underneath. (3.5)

Flavor: Some ripe pineapple, tangerine and melon upfront, but it sure gets swallowed up by a honey bread and white cake sweetness with white frosting. Hard to taste the hops behind the malts. Mild bitterness. Finishes bright and sweet. (3.50)

Feel: Heavier bodied and sweet. Decent carbonation but heavier due to the sugar. Tasty sweetness definitely lingers on the palate. (3.5)

Overall: This is one of the most sweet IPAs I've tried. Reminds me of a Belgian Strong Ale, but with American Mosaic hops rather than Belgian yeast. Commonly a lot of candied-sweetness. Like many Alaskan Brewing beers, they lean slightly heavier and sweeter and this is no different. Not my thing, but decent Mosaic flavors with a malt profile that the sweet-tooths will appreciate. (Final Rating: 3.57)

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Photo of mushroomcloud
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with a best by date of 8-28-19 (opened 7-7-19).
1/2" white head retains at a solid cap. Bright golden IPA, not opaque but a chill haze keeps it south of clarity.
Tropical notes, blueberries, light weeds, and a grainy malt aroma.
Light tropical fruit flavors and the faint gritty, graininess of the malt bill.
Bright entry, light to medium body with a medium to high carbonation level. Light bitterness.
This is a unique IPA in my opinion, it comes across as a IPA light...seems like a portion or two is missing even at 7%.

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Photo of mngermanshepherd
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can into English pint glass. Foamy head that settles nicely, throughout this experience, the bubbles continued to rise. Fruity and hoppy but with minimal bitterness, this beer sure hits the spot!

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Photo of JimboBrews54
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A straw colored pour with a thin white head; perfumed aroma; dry in the mouth with a floral taste and a fruity malt body; and a dry crisp like finish and a trace of citrus. Rather unexpected and pleasant.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz can with a "best by" date

Thin, slightly cloudy look. Pine and fruit IPA smell, dialed up niiiace. Taste is too sweet and has an off-putting hop taste not unlike musty feet. Thin feel, easy to pound at 7%

Not my style of IPA, must be the hops used?

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Photo of JackieTH
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Alaska Husky IPA
Gold clear fluid with good lace. Smell is pine, malt, with some candy corn sweetness. Taste is lightly citrus, faint mango, banana, malt, earthy. Medium body. Crisp carbonation. Finish is faintly sweet. Overall a decent drinkable IPA that’s not tremendously hoppy nor very outstanding.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alaskan Husky IPA brewed by Alaskan Brewing Co., With an ABV of 7.00% This American IPA pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass. The color is a nice golden amber color with a nice white head. There is also and amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with hop bitterness, mixed with mild earthy grains and malts. There is also a slight sweetness in the smell as well. So far Alaskan Husky IPA has the look an smell of most IPA's on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. You first pick up on a the hop bitterness. Then the brew mellows out with the earthy grains and malts. A well put together IPA. The body of Alaskan Husky IPA is a medium to heavy, but not to heavy. There is nothing overpowering about this American IPA, it has a super nice balance to it. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down. It is really hard to pick up on the 7.00% ABV in this brew. The mouth feel is Bold, Hoppy, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Alaskan Husky IPA a solid 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Alaskan Brewing Co., Did a real nice job with this American IPA.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is exactly what these guys do well, and i thought this was excellent. a simple beer from an ingredient point of view, but a rather nuanced flavor profile, a nice expression of mosaic thats not all hazy and dry hoppy, but also allows some bitterness into the mix, very balanced with something on the malt side a little more substantial than i am used to from pale two row, a honey type complexion to it, just right with the fruitiness of the mosaic, really pretty well dialed in brew, i almost always like the hoppy ones these guys make. deep golden in color and heady from the bottle, nice clarity and carbonation. aroma is classic mosaic, it has the vegetal green freshness with the canned pineapple and white grape fruitiness, fresh zested citrus, and a pungent oily weedy profile. the flavor is right there with the nose, lots of mosaic but a lot more bitterness than i usually associate with this hop, and i think its a welcome addition in a beer with just a little bit of malt sweetness to it. light pine and hop oils in the finish, a flash of tropical fruit, classic west coast ipa finish, some sweet and some bitter. overall an excellent beer from a brewery who seems to have struggled a bit to stay relevant in recent years. i really liked this one.

edit: i was a little less impressed with it on tap last night, maybe less clean lines or something, but i remember this being almost pungently fresh and bright from the bottle, which really wasnt the case. i dont expect much package disparity from these guys, so something at the bar maybe. either way, this is still a great ipa.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Semi-hazy golden with a nice white head. Attractive web of lace.

Aroma: Tropical and citrus hops. Very nice.

Taste: Balanced juicy hops and malts. No bitterness here, just a solid and enjoyable modern American IPA.

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Photo of beertunes
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into 14oz teku. Poured a clean, clear light gold color with over an inch of white head that good retntion and lacing.

The aroma had a light touch of grain, and a subdued hop component. Pretty similar on the tongue. Drinkability was fine, but not exciting. Overall, a solid, fine, basic IPA. Try it if you see it, but don't go out of your way for it.

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Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is bursting with caramel malts, not something I was expecting. Taste is caramel malts, pine, citrus, balanced and tasty. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. BEST BY 112318 printed on bottom right corner of front label. So this one will be fresh for another 2 months.

Appearance - Big white head with moderate retention, patchy lacing and good stick. Slightly hazy light gold body with good carbonation. Even light swirling readily regenerates head. 4

Smell - Soft but pronounced grassy hop and floral tones throughout. 4

Taste - Very grassy up front and in the body but neither sharp nor particularly bitter. Very mild and balanced until the aftertaste which is somewhat bitter and astringent, and builds up the more you drink. 3

Mouthfeel - Light-medium bodied and fairly creamy thanks to the foamy head. 3.5

Overall - Neither challenging enough for a tasting beer, nor mild enough for a session beer. Also off characters detract a bit from its drinkability, so it fits a bit in an awkward middle ground where it's neither easy going nor particularly interesting. Very middle of the road. 3.5

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Photo of ordybill
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a mildly hazy yellow gold color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is mild hops and grapefruit. The taste is grapefruit, malt and piney hops.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served cold into my favourite beer mug. Thanks to the parents in law for this gift from Alaska. Best before 101318. Review from notes.

Appearance - mostly clear golden color, lots of effervescence and topped by a chunky finger and a half of foam. Lots of lacing and an excellent looking beer overall.

Smell - some tropical notes of mandarin initially with some sweet cantaloupe in behind. Floral aromas mixed in for depth.

Taste - initially very tropical with orange, a little grapefruit pith and a sweet element like mango and cantaloupe mixed together. Moderately bitter and some pepper shows up at the close as well. Well rounded.

Mouthfeel - smooth and medium bodied, good carbonation. Nothing outstanding but just really solid.

Overall - maybe not quite worth a trip all the way to Alaska for this, but a yummy IPA that more than lived up to my expectations.

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Photo of aficionado224
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost every IPA is stronger and more bitter than the typical popular type and this is no different weighing in at 50 IBU but that is a superb level considering the flavor of the Mosaic hops which are one of the most delicious varieties and used at exactly the right proportion to make this thoroughly enjoyable and something you want to savor with every sip and not guzzle. Coming from a part of the world with the purest water is a huge recommendation too.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color with an inch of creamy off white on top. The aroma is of earthy mosaic hops. I'm tasting earthy mosaic hops and light malt. The mouth is delicate and smooth.

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Photo of Czechmate
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very nice single malt/single hop IPA using the amazing Mosaic hop. Medium body and carbonation, citrus aroma of grapefruit and mango, with hints of caramel and pine. taste follows similar to the nose, and the finish has the perfect amount of light stinging bitterness which is so enjoyable that I let it fully play out on my tongue before taking another sip. This IPA could be fully enjoyed on a frozen tundra or a tropical beach.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Initial impression from a bottle:

I'm getting a lot of milk and honey/honey mixed into Greek yoghurt. Not the blueberry/tropical fruit melange one usually anticipates in a Mosaic IPA. Malty sweetness is high for the style and hop bitterness is low, but style aside this kind of works for me as a sort of milky honey-ey fringe ale. Completely wrong for an IPA, but not unpleasant for what it is.

I would never have expected this would be how a pilsner malt/Mosaic hop brew would taste, and it hides its ABV devilishly well. That said, it's not a beer I'd buy again even at $7.99 per sixer, and it's far from competent if you judge it strictly by style guidelines. Give it some leeway, and it's drinkable but wanting.


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Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a large, white head of foam. It smelled floral and citrusy with some caramel. Sweet citrus flavor with mostly orange flavors. Mild bitterness with sweet toasted caramel.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Taste: bold, piney, floral some bitter hop coat tongue. Floral hop nose. Gold, crystal clear, refined bubble head, delicate lace. Medium body Hop forward.

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Husky IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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