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Icky IPA - Great Basin Brewing Co.

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Icky IPAIcky IPA

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.17%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Basin Brewing Co. visit their website
Nevada, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Just say “Gimme an Icky!” Named after Nevada’s official state fossil, this beer is made in the India Pale Ale style. Ichthyosaur is accented by a blast of Cascade hops.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-05-2003)
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4.53/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

really enjoyed this IPA in Reno, NV. awesome place. 6.4% is a winner. great percentage of alcohol, without it tasting off. we took growlers with us and the beer was very consistent. i'd recommend this one. fantastic taste with no shortage of alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2013 17:06:11 | More by louisanabeerman
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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

11-24-2012 20:48:01 | More by JustinQ
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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

10-27-2012 04:33:45 | More by Pammywham
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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

02-06-2014 21:09:38 | More by ucis
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4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had "Icky" (as the locals call it) ontap at a real nice pizza place in Sparks. One of the best AIPA's ive had in a good long while. It's a bit sweeter than some of the IPA's im used to in Oregon. Got a lot more florals and herbal flavors from it, as opposed to the citrus and pine i'm accustomed to.

Pour was a amber copper, with a thin sticky head. The lacing grabbed the glass wherever and whenever it could to create resinous art down the side of my glass.

Juicy sweetness, with enough bitterness to add complexity. Like I said afore, this was one of my favorite ipa's in a very long time, and more complex and interesting than say, a Stone IPA, though not as 'big'.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2009 21:22:34 | More by SurlyDuff
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

12-05-2012 03:07:34 | More by loony4lambic
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4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wiseman Zach brought back a 64oz. growler of this for my (Nick's) birthday. Wiseman Zach, you are fucking awesome!

Split between Wisemen Nick, Zach, Jorge, and Peter. Reviewed by Nick and Pete.

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright, orange-copper body, with 1/4-inch sticky white head. Scant carbonation can be seen within. Pretty, web-like lacing. N: 4.0; P: 4.0

Smell: Fresh, oily, hops dominate. Lemon zest, pine, and caramel also present with some other herbal notes. Pete sees the smell as "not that impressive", referring to the overall strength of the smell. I kind of agree... N: 4.0; P: 3.0

Taste: Lemon zest, pine and buttery malts start it off. Finishes on herbal and hoppy notes, and aftertaste is mildly bitter. Not a taste that will blow you away, but very pleasant and mild. N: 4.0; P: 4.5

Mouthfeel: Buttery and smooth. "Really creamy", says Pete. Carbonation is pretty low, which may be a result of the growler, but who knows. Great consistency. Mildly spicy with a slightly dry finish. Very well put together. N: 5.0; P: 5.0

Drinkability: Super smooth and mild. Extremely sessionable. I am so glad Zach brought this back for me. Everyone in the group loved it. N: 5.0; P: 5.0

Serving type: growler

01-11-2009 05:53:55 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep rich copper color with a generous head.

Nice hoppy aroma with hints of citrus, malt, and light pine.

Taste is well balanced. Hops hold their own backed by a nice malt character with a light caramel flavor. Pretty tasty and goes down smooth.

A pretty good pale ale if i must say.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2005 04:29:05 | More by KoG
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4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The first hoppy beer I ever liked when I tried for the first time in 2002. Tried again and reviewed in 12/2011.
A: Moderate pour yields 1/2 finger of off-white, tight head with great retention. Hazy golden orange liquid.
S: Delicate hop, pronounced caramel. Slightly stale/sherry aroma is ever so slight. Maris Otter malt maybe.
T: Sweet caramel with delicate hop flavor. Hops are floral with some good savory bitterness, growing with every sip, gently ups the bitterness. A tad mellow on hops for an AIPA. Almost an EIPA, but for a more aggressive piney flavor.
M: Round, smooth, delicate bite.
O: Quite a mellow IPA. I can see why this was my gateway. I'd order another definitely and buy for parties or sessions. Not a palate wrecker.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 03:21:48 | More by dfillius
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4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, orange color. Two finger head that dies off fairly quickly. Laces quite nicely though.

S: Not a whole lot of nose. Hoppy. Orange. Some floral.

T: Gentle citrusy and floraly hops. Quite malty for an IPA. Toasty, caramel malts. Reasonably balanced but a gentle IPA.

M: Light, smooth, very easy drinking. Crisp, clean carbonation.

O: I reviewed this served from a bottle, but I much prefer it fresh from the brewery. Either way, a decent and very drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 23:32:59 | More by TwoBeers
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

11-14-2013 13:57:30 | More by mdaschaf
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

11-14-2011 17:24:30 | More by jh1982
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

12-27-2013 05:42:24 | More by Mtadder
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

08-30-2013 03:05:51 | More by Schwegler
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

05-13-2014 18:35:34 | More by crnhusker
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

01-15-2013 20:25:01 | More by Misajet90
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

09-11-2012 22:53:44 | More by JakeWik
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

02-04-2012 05:08:51 | More by lowflite
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

04-24-2012 17:52:27 | More by Gabany
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4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub itself.

Ordinary amber in color, decent head, laces well.

Nose is toward the pine side of things, with citrus.

Palate is pine focused as well from the hops, more malt than usual for the style, and a mellow citrus component to round it out.

Very nice pine.

Easy drinking, and not at all "icky" as you might expect from the name.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2008 22:06:07 | More by yemenmocha
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

12-07-2011 20:09:12 | More by docrates
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3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stuck in Sparks, seriously, isn't that a Cash song, whatever it is, this place makes Oakland look like Dubai. Poured from a tap, but i'm rating the growler in my nasty Holiday Inn with the skinamax blaring. A guy at Whole Foods was saying this was the shit, and they just call it the "icky", so i thought it would be almost weed-like stank, little did i know it was named afetr a dino. It was an average IPA, not much hops, big malts. Good thing for this beer, extremely drinkable, almost too much. Finished the growler by the time Tera Patrick went silly, good stuff.

Serving type: growler

04-16-2010 06:26:19 | More by chickencoop
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3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have always had a soft spot in my belly for this beer. It was the first IPA i every had and it was my go to beer at the brewery since it opened when I lived in the Reno/Sparks area. So I was very happy to see it was now available in bottles to drink at home now that I live out of state. Now on to my review.

Appearance = It's a pretty dark amber color with a thin head that will leave some lace on the side of a clean glass. The beer is crystal clear with no sediment.

Smell = a Deep earthy sweet aroma. Hints of grapefruit and other citrus. Followed with a sweet malty bread aroma. Balanced is all aspects.

Taste = First sip you pickup on the bitterness of the hops on both the middle and back part of you pallet. Then comes some of the sweet malt and finish's very clean with a little citrus. This is one well balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel = It has a nice feel to the mouth coating ones tongue for just the right amount of time until it slowly falls away. Just right for an IPA.

Overall = For a beer that the recipe has been set since the 1994 opening of the brewery it stand up very well. It follows the guideline for an IPA to the T and is one of the most balanced of the breed for sale today. If your a lover of the new styled West Coast IPA then I could see you not being overly impressed. But as a day to day session IPA this one is hard to beat. IT pairs well with fried foods and stands up to strong flavors of the dips that tend to come with them. Depending on what mode your pallet is in you can pickup all sorts of flavors but always in balance with the others. If you only think a good IPA should blow you away with hops then I could see this beer not being for you. But if you like a more east coast, German style IPA that show off all that goes into a great beer then by all means grab a pint at the bar or pick up a the newly available bottle's and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 00:06:49 | More by BeerTaft
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3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the west coast beer festival.

A - Pours copper with 2 fingers of white head. Dissipates moderately fast to .5 a finger. Leaves nice lacing.

S/T - Caramel, flower and grass.

M - Well-balanced and slightly thin. Surprisingly, not hop dominated.

D - Good, but a little lite on hoppiness.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2009 18:51:45 | More by MisterClean
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New York

3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed trying a pint of this IPA at the Brewery in Sparks. It arrived with nice tiny bubble film riding on top of a dark amber, clear brew. Each sip created ample amounts of ringed lacing. Nose was of soft malts and a slight wiff of hops. This a pleasant enuf "IPA", actually kind of malt dominated for the style. Hops do come in late, but I was expecting some more of a hop blast here, that never really materialized. Tasty, malty IPA...

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2006 20:46:01 | More by Billolick
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Icky IPA from Great Basin Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.