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Husky IPA

September, 2017

Husky IPA

Judges Rating: 
20 / 24
6 / 6
34 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Husky IPA from Alaskan Brewing is being evaluated as an American IPA (Category 21A) from the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

The overall hop character does shine through as expected from an IPA, but it is a bit muddled and lacks the fresh and bright hop aroma and flavor expected from the style.  The moderate hop aroma has notes of mixed tropical fruit, light grapefruit pith and a hint of resin. A light bready, doughy maltiness emerges as it warms to help create balance with the hops.  The hops shift a little in the flavor, offering a piney, dank character with a hint of tropical and stone fruit as it moves through mid-palate combining with a moderately high, but smooth, hop bitterness.  The bitterness lingers through a light residual sweetness into the dry finish.  A light bready maltiness and a hint of toast slips in behind the hops along with a light alcohol warming to round out this IPA.

Overall, this is a well brewed American IPA but the muddled hop character puts in the middle of the pack of west coast style IPAs.