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Icky IPA - Great Basin Brewing Co.

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Icky IPAIcky IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.

33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 147
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 30.7%
Wants: 9
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-05-2003

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.
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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 147
Photo of mjl21
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Red's Old 395 Grill in Carson City. They call it Icky on the menu. No abv info is given. Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours a semi clear amber with an off white head that has some good retention. Leaves some decent lace.

S-Has a muted smell on the nose. I pick up on some sweet malt and a tad bit of citrus if I really stick my nose deep into the glass.

T-I get earthy hops, some caramel malt, and it finishes with some citrus at the end. There is some booze that is evident at the end.

M-Medium bodied and it has a very crisp level of carbonation.

D-Not bad, not great.

I love to try local beers and this is from the Sparks area. As noted above, it is so-so. I wouldn't want to write it off until I had it fresh from the source. The bar where I had it at probably doesn't move a ton of this stuff.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
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

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.27/5  rDev +20.3%
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'.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +7%
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...

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Photo of KoG
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beautiful cascade of nitrogen bubbles rise upwards to form a thick creamy head atop a golden amber colored beer. The beer is very clear and once nitrogen has settled this beer is picture perfect. Smooth taste due to no carbonation blends well with the citrussy hops and is complemented with a touch of malt. This beer lacks body and would not hold a head without nitrogen. The finish is very tasty as it has a hopiness without any bitterness, very flavorful and characteristic of a west coast IPA. Overall this is a very nice IPA with a strong hop presence complemented by the barest malt background which makes a pretty good IPA.

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Icky IPA from Great Basin Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.