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Silver Bay IPA - Baranof Island Brewing

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Ratings: 21
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Baranof Island Brewing visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerKangaroo on 07-06-2013

Our flagship IPA has a brilliant citrus flavor and aroma thanks to a generous amount of Pacific Northwest Hops which include Cascade and Zeus (plus a few others we'd rather not divulge!). The hops are rounded out with a solid malt background leaving a clean finish. Available in bottles, cans and draft which makes it the perfect beer to take with you on any outdoor excursions, enjoy at home or on tap in our tasting room and many other local watering holes!

54 IBU
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Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 8
Reviews by ccrida:
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3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is dull dark gold with a fluffy light sand head leaving decent head.

Smell is sweet, some citrus, lime, and a little herbal, bright and fresh. Smell is a little sweet tea, caramel.

Taste is pretty good, the hops are more herbal, not as bright, some bitterness. Got this a La Bodega in Anchorage, a solid bottle shop, it was not refrigerated. That said, this is a hoppy IPA, it could be that the maltiness as much as any perceived staleness is resulting in the balance. A touch grainy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry.

Drinkability is pretty good. Maltish IPAs are not my preference, but this one comes together pretty well, clean and dry, not heavy. A bit rustic, but that overall probably a good representation of place.

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3.84/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine aged ivory head that continues to grow after the pour, leaving massive lacing; looks nice. Aroma of grapefruit, pineapple, citrus and piney hops, garden herbal. Flavor is mellow compared to the aroma, but has a well rounded caramel malt, citrus and herbal hops and light fruit juice, well integrated. Medium bodied with hints of creaminess. An interesting IPA that seems understated at first, but the well selected hops exhibit their flavor in the finish with a moderate hop bitterness. Not a typical West Coast hop bomb, but well balanced and a pleasant flavor transition. Enjoyable. I will return to this one.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of mactrail
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is an orangey amber with a reasonably tall head in the Pilsner-style glass. Smell of orange with a whiff of cedar. Quite prickly with carbonation in the mouth. Rather light bodied and tangy.

There is a woody, resiny taste to this that's not strong, but persistent. The bitterness is modest at first, but grows to a hefty buzz after some sipping. It's a pine needle flavor with some herbal bitterness as well. This has a distinctive hoppy flavor that is more bitter than aromatic.

Overall, a pleasant but woody variety of IPA. There is something intriguing about it, but it's a more dry and austere brew. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Washington.

Photo of jzeilinger
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of utopiajane
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured a hazed orange with a deepness of colors and hues. It had orange and a darker or brick like orange almost a red. It had hues of gold and of melon. A finger of off white creamy foam that lasted and laced well. Upon pouring the head seems to rise up slowly from the body of the beer as if from some great depth. The bubbles also coming up in seeming slow motion. By the end of the glass that effect had faded. Visually stunning and had so many unique features in the appearance.

Nose is equally vivid. There is tropical fruit, vibrant citrus peel, an icy chilly sweetness from malt that gives a bit of caramel as it warms. Orange peel and light pine. The pine excites the nose then a graceful floral uplifts it. There is also ah herbal that is hard to pin down. It's not quite dank but any stronger and it could be. This beer is like a peacock that has fanned it's tail out to show you all it's intricate beauty.

The taste is superb. It has a bit of bread and a light caramel. The fruits combine for a sweet succulence overall and the pine accents it's gentle approach to the palate. The floral uplifts the drink and the herbal is the perfect counterpoint with a little grass. The body is light with only a hint of stickiness and resin to coat the back of the throat as you swallow. The gentle or juicier aspect of the fruits combine with a slight bitter for a taste that resembles an english style IPA . The aftertaste is sweet bread with a touch of dank herbs and a small bitter. The malt becomes a light cracker by the time you are done. Perfection

This beer can stand with the best of them. Exciting, bold, without any harshness. A captivating brew from start to finish.

Thank you so much.

Photo of kemoarps
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick creamy tan head. good retention, good lacing. Thick opaque orange/amber body.

Some sweet citrus smell comes out, floral and grains. Almost an engine oil/paint thinner burn in the back that's a little disconcerting, but not quite as offputting as one would expect.

Bitter green hops and grains. Floral and a bit of evergreen. A touch of grass and a sweet finish.
Interesting and difficult to pin down. Glad my brother brought it back down from AK with him.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.72/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of SitkaSteve
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Figure if I'm gonna say something about their Slammer IPA being better than this, I better say something about this.
I poured this into a pint glass.
The appearance was basically a hazy golden burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light lacing here and there.
The smell had a decent earthy/herbal - ness over top of a light blend of sweet citrus to caramel coated pine needles.
The taste was mainly the same.
The mouthfeel was slightly harsh but coated my tongue with a weird earthiness, it's not exactly that appealing or at least to me.
Overall, I'd rather have their AIPA they put out for roller derby (Slammer, it's so much better than this). Ah, it's just me.

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of arvidkoval
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Hazy red-orange body, creamy white head. Smells like berries and citrus. Tasted malty sweet and then some bitter citrus and almost a hint of pickle juice. Good feel for the style here. Not crazy about this IPA. Good to see more Alaskan beer getting out there though.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of CurtFromHershey
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky amber/brown with minimal off white head. Not a bad looking beer, but it loses some points for not being true to style.

I'm getting a lot of Belgian yeasty notes and mint. Pleasant, but unexpected.

Taste reminds me a lot of a hoppy version of troegs mad elf, oddly enough. After, mint, bubblegum, piney hops, and sweet malts come through.

Mouthfeel is sticky and a bit undercarbed, but not detractingly so

It seems as though each individual aspect of this beer doesn't equate to how much I'm enjoying this beer. It's certainly odd, but I'm glad my friend kangaroo adam sent me a bottle to try. Well done baranof island.

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Silver Bay IPA from Baranof Island Brewing
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