Husky IPA
Alaskan Brewing Co.

Husky IPAHusky IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #4,457
ABV:
7%
Score:
86
Ranked #24,978
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 9.66%
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
237
From:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
 
Alaska, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  6
Gots
  54
SCORE
86
Very Good
Husky IPAHusky IPA
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.

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

SPECIFICATIONS:
Original Gravity: 1.060
Bitterness: 50 IBU
Reviews: 68 | Ratings: 237 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Peach63 from New York

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with 1/4 inch white head. Moderate lacing.

Aroma of papaya, pineapple, pine, grapefruit.

Taste follows nose: Papaya, pineapple, pine, grapefruit.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

A very nice IPA.

Dec 24, 2020
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

8/29/20...clear gold with thick quarter inch white fluffy foam. Light grassy pine nose. Fresh scented. Juicy fruity bursting IPA. Slides into a subtle bitter. Fast finish, glides away. Quick and tasty.

Dec 06, 2020
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Zorro from California

3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear yellow colored ale with a medium sized white colored head. Looks like a Lager.

Smells strongly of cedar and pine. Distinctly woody smelling. Some grapefruit but I get heavy pine scent.

Starts pot dry and strongly woody with a strong bitter zap to the tongue. Stays pretty much that, woody pine.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a decent AIPA that is on the High side for biterness and dryness.

Oct 19, 2020
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours orange yellow with a nice fluffy head. Smells of nice citrus and earthy hops. Tastes of citrus and floral hops, nice grain backbone. Beer is light bodied and very easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

Aug 10, 2020
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mothman from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle.

Clear golden pour. White head with lace. Great well rounded ipa. Floral, earthy, bitter, citrus, fruity. Some stickiness. I really enjoy this ipa. Great value beer.

Jul 10, 2020
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willcull78 from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had read that Alaskan brews were pretty good and this one did not disappoint. Paid $1.75 for a can. You can certainly smell the hops - that slight pine scent - upon opening the can. Poured a decent head. The flavor "popped" when I took my first drink. Well worth having bought and tried. It was a medium to dark amber color. Certainly worth having and getting a few more. Would could well with grilled burgers.

Jun 11, 2020
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours crystal clear bright yellow with a large white head that falls away fairly quickly but leaves nice lacing. Aroma is faint citrus. Flavor is citrusy with a nice bitter hop finish. Feel is light and well carbonated. Overall a pleasant beer without any outstanding characteristics.

Jun 10, 2020
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kimcgolf from Georgia

3.19/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay IPA, but nothing to write home about. Pours quite yellow, almost a lager. Smell does not bring forth any distinguishing qualities. Taste is a little citrus, and aftertaste a hint of bubblegum, but nothing that jumps off the page. All and all, not a great IPA

May 25, 2020
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DannyBoy15347 from Missouri

4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear golden amber with a soft white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is pretty interesting really, hard to place but its like a funky smokey caramel smell with the expected piney/florally notes from the hops as well. Taste reflects much of the same with a very clean finish. Bitterness may linger a bit long for my taste but overall very good, even the wife liked it lol!

May 12, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Think this beer was too old. "Best by 12/13/19" printed on bottle so the hops may have faded too much. Pours a darker orange-yellow color with some great-looking fluffy white head and small sheets of lingering lacing that clung to the glass throughout. Smells of lighter fruity and floral hops, malt, bread, caramel, vanilla and faint dankness. Tastes similarly but the balance was off, too much sweeter malt that slightly overpowered the hoppy bitterness. Still enjoyable and I would definitely give it another chance. Smooth, mild, slightly thin mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Too bad but still tasty.

Mar 30, 2020
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TBoneJones from Texas

3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

Feb 08, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Dec 07, 2019
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Sep 24, 2019
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Aug 18, 2019
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Aug 17, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
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 candied orange citrus, tangerine and melon upfront, but it sure gets swallowed up by a honey bread and white cake sweetness with white frosting. I guess some papaya too. 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)

Compared to Lagunitas' Super Cluster IPA 7/10/20: Pours a slightly lighter color. Aromas of lighter orange and citrus. Less wet and dank berry/melon. Lighter and cleaner overall. Winner: Alaskan

Compared to Lagunitas IPA 7/25/20: Pours a slightly lighter color. More candied orange on the aroma. Less complex citrus, grape, melon. Much stronger alcohol and phenols. Similar sweetness I think. Winner: Lagunitas is better balanced

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 orange 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)
Compare next to Lagunitas

Jul 21, 2019
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
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%.
OK/Good.

Jul 08, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

Jul 06, 2019
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

5/5  rDev +30.5%
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.

Jun 03, 2019
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
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?

May 28, 2019
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JackieTH from Minnesota

3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

May 02, 2019
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Apr 16, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Mar 13, 2019
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Jan 20, 2019
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Jan 06, 2019
Husky IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 237 ratings