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Ice Axe India Pale Ale - Ice Axe Grill / Mt. Hood Brewing Co.

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Ice Axe India Pale AleIce Axe India Pale Ale

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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ice Axe Grill / Mt. Hood Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 09-28-2004)
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Reviews by slaintemhor:
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slaintemhor

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%

Had this on tap at Mt. Hood Brewing in June 2009. The colour was a dark golden with no head. The aroma was basically light hops and not much else. The palate had a nice initial hop bite but not a whole lot else going on. The finish seemed rather alcohol like.

11-17-2009 06:49:06 | More by slaintemhor
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

05-08-2013 19:06:25 | More by LXIXME
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ElGordo

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +12.1%

Picked up a growler at the brewery over the weekend. Pours a bright orange hue with golden highlights, topped by a thin white head that dissipates almost immediately. Aroma of caramel malt and bitter floral hops, along with a hint of roastiness. Palate is mellow caramel malt up front, with a nice balance emerging with the fruity hop profile mid-palate. A light biscuit character and a touch of peaty smoke provide an interesting twist. Body is lightly carbonated, with enough heft to carry the flavor quite well. While not a hop bomb like many other Northwest-style IPAs, this is a well-built, perfectly quaffable ale.

10-29-2008 06:36:16 | More by ElGordo
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

08-21-2012 15:54:14 | More by mdillon86
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Docer

Washington

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

Appearance: (4.0)

- This beer is mostly clear, and a nice dark caramel color. Orange really. There was a nice chunky foam finger of head at the pour, and what is left is a chunky spotty layer over the brew with a bit of a ring of lace. Overall looks like a good English style IPA.

Smell: (3.5)

- Certainly a wonderful aroma of darker more creamy flavored malts in the nose. Light brown sugar, wheat, and a baked bready aroma. Light grassy and earthy hops lend a little aroma, but not so much. Not bad smelling for the style. But certainly not a typical NW IPA.

Taste: (3.5)

- This is one balanced and tasty brew. There is a nice subtle punch of very early boil hops that lend this beer some killer bitterness with its grassy an zesty hops. Certainly a little spice kick to them. The smooth caramel and bready malts really provide the balance. Lovely full flavor for being as light as it is in ABV.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)

- This beer has a pretty big body and is very nicely carbonated. Nice creamy texture, and isn't overly sticky or chewy. It's nice bitterness doesn't make it at all too drying either. It's quite nice.

Overall: (4.0)

- This is a solid beer from start to finish. It's also a nice IPA to let warm up a little to really get a lot out of its malt character. Nice bready grain flavors and a super good and unique bitterness to balance. Certainly worth the try. It's quite the session beer as well, and also a meal in a bottle.

07-21-2012 06:02:16 | More by Docer
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Spikester

Oregon

3/5  rDev -15.5%

07-16-2013 07:35:04 | More by Spikester
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Dcbelkot

Washington

4/5  rDev +12.7%

07-01-2014 21:50:00 | More by Dcbelkot
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tjcamm

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

06-02-2014 00:14:37 | More by tjcamm
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josiahschlender

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +6.5%

So, I had a weird experience drinking this beer. I wanted some dessert, and the special was key lime pie, so I got it. I didn't recognize this IPA, so I wanted to try it. No big deal, right? Wrong. Don't try and enjoy these together. Worst pairing combination I've ever experienced. I had to finish the pie and drink water, clear the flavor out of my mouth, then drink the beer. Yikes.

The place I visited wasn't too high on service. The beer came out with zero head, not even any foam. I'll not count that against this beer's appearance, I think it was a bad pour. I did like the attractive orange/bronze color the others have noted. True enough, the darker color meant for some darker flavors later on. Smell was not the strongest, but I noted a little bit of an earth/dust, medium roasted malts that were slightly sweet, kind of in a brown ale kind of way. Also noticed some bitterness on the nose.

That bitterness was pretty strong in the taste. Just a little bit citric, the clashed terribly with the pie, but mostly bitter. Malt profile was not as sweet as many IPAs, but it still had more character and balance than many NW IPAs. Somewhat roasty, slightly sweet. Not a typical IPA, but I don't mind it. I'm having a hard time describing it, too. Partly because I'm fighting of the interaction with the pie. Partly because I'm not very familiar with IPAs outside of the northwest.

Mouthfeel was smooth, low carbonation. Medium body matched the full flavors well. Overall this was a quality beer. I need to try it again in a different context.

08-21-2007 07:32:04 | More by josiahschlender
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cbarrett4

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours bright copper with a decent head, fades to a superb lace. On the nose there is plenty of fresh, zingy hops but not much else noticeable. On the palate the flavors are intense with toast, wood, spice, and fresh hops with a medium weight intensity. Mellow on the finish with some kick here and there from the hops. Overall a lighter less intense style of IPA, fresh and not too bitter.

Tasted again at the brewery June 2010:

Similar notes, very dry and roasted style of malt and hops. Not green at all. Good but rather underwhelming.

12-08-2009 08:59:14 | More by cbarrett4
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Sethyergin


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

06-24-2014 20:39:46 | More by Sethyergin
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DrMindbender

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

07-18-2014 00:39:25 | More by DrMindbender
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

08-20-2012 23:03:30 | More by bumchilly25
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MisterClean

California

2.98/5  rDev -16.1%

On tap at Oregon Brewer's dinner.

A - Poured a clear copper with a 2 fingered white head, which dissipated moderately fast and left really nice lacing.

S/T - Malty-honey and flowers.

M - Light bodied, malt dominated, slick, and sweet.

D - This was more average for an IPA. The color is a bit dark, malts dominate the hops, and the feel is kinda thin.

08-07-2009 18:08:47 | More by MisterClean
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Jovian

Utah

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

08-25-2012 21:57:06 | More by Jovian
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doubleipa

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev +4.2%

Had this on cask at the Mt Hood pub. Really nothing spectacular, however, as it was on cask I still enjoyed drinking it. It did not have the extreme hoppiness that the description and the waitress assured me it would have. As it was on cask, the mouthfeel was excellent, but once, again, I expected more hops. The beer had a nice appearance and above average drinkability.

10-24-2005 15:46:57 | More by doubleipa
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yeaprolly

Washington

2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

02-22-2014 03:10:38 | More by yeaprolly
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ccrida

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +16.3%

The Ice Axe was enjoyable and easy-going, but was not what I was expecting for a west coast IPA. I was going to score it lower for not being true to style, but I'd really just suggest they re-qualify this as a Brittish vs. American IPA. In that light, it's probably a fairly accurate reflection of how the original IPAs might have tasted, minus any brett. sourness presumed from the long journey.
So, the appearance was a clear bronze with a small, off-white, creamy head that left a fair amount of lace. The aroma was mainly sweet fruity esters typical of a British ale yeast, with a fair amount of malt, but overall rather mild. The taste was not nearly as sweet, malty, with some yeasty complexity, but very nicely tempered by oak, which was really the highlight, making this an IPA and not just a pale ale. There was very little hop aroma or taste, certainly not the bright citrus or pine flavors often found in Oregon, just a bitter firmness to balance out the finish, nothing in your face. The mouthfeel was quite nice, creamy and medium bodied. Overall, the Ice Axe was smooth and easy-drinking, and provided your not adverse to oak, or insist on over the top IPAs, highly drinkable.

02-05-2007 16:30:39 | More by ccrida
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%

Found this brew (can't believe I've never even TRIED this, let alone reviewed) at the new downtown Portland (i.e. Pearl) Whole Foods coffee bar, 'The Mezz'. A bargain/special price of $2/pint makes it irresistable.

A: Glass arrived a bit overly-frosty, hence a bland haziness amidst an amber pour. Plenty of rapid carbonation rising to a 1-finger ivory cream, quite dense. Excellent lace: soapsuds in speckled rings.

S: Ho-hum aroma, even as it nears room temperature. Greeted with a bready/light toast sweetness - a grain-forward IPA. Ends flowery and just a little soapy.

T: Fine, yet nothing really overly remarkable. A loaded biscuit-y pale malt, with good caramel (pralines, maybe?) and a juicy orange/citrus backing, a brekfast scone or dessert pastry. Lacks something from the typically hop-centric NW IPA, but I'm perfectly OK with that; the balance better matches my palate.

M: Little thin, a cool/mild feel. I suppose that equals 'creamy' for me, but others might deem it 'weak', even 'boring'. Whatever, I'm satisfied...

D: For all its qualities that scrape past 'average', I liked this brew. Alot: extremely easy to drink, neither cloying or sticky, good balance. Honestly seems closer to an APA (maybe English IPA?) compared to the bracingly hoppy IPAs 'round these parts, but I don't mind. Certainly worth a try or worth having again (depending on your own preferences).

01-28-2010 22:16:17 | More by msubulldog25
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Phobicsquirrel

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

11-17-2013 23:49:44 | More by Phobicsquirrel
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whartontallboy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

01-17-2012 03:13:37 | More by whartontallboy
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

05-02-2013 22:37:23 | More by xnicknj
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CoryR

Oregon

4/5  rDev +12.7%

01-02-2012 00:14:46 | More by CoryR
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MikeRice1969

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

09-11-2013 22:23:09 | More by MikeRice1969
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shelby415

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

07-28-2013 05:31:08 | More by shelby415
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Ice Axe India Pale Ale from Ice Axe Grill / Mt. Hood Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.