Alaskan Icy Bay IPA - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Icy Bay IPAAlaskan Icy Bay IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,115 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,115
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 27
Gots: 148 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: zacharius on 03-26-2005

Alaskan IPA is honey gold in color with a fruity, citrus aroma. An enticing blend of hops and our dry hopping process, in which hops are added directly to tanks during fermentation, give this brew a very intense, complex aromatic character with a refreshing hop finish.
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Ratings: 1,115 | Reviews: 379
Reviews by Crosling:
Photo of Crosling
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light golden/bronze color with a small foam. Woodsy and medicinal hop aroma, with some herbaceousness as well. Fairly aromatic, but not pleasant for me at all. Flavor is fairly hoppy, also woodsy like the nose, with spruce hints and some honey covered fruits. Don't care for the super medicinal nose, but the flavor is pretty spot on for the style and well balanced. Could be brighter, but its a pretty good IPA.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ripe apricot with lemon peel trim. Multitudinous bubbles race up to do their part in the creation of a densely creamy cap the color of lightly yellowed ivory. From the melting ice cream look of the head to the generous amount of lace, this is one good looking India pale ale.

I wish the aroma was more forthcoming, but I love what I smell. My nose tells me that there's no (or almost no) caramel malt present. The white grapefruit and lemon hops tell me that one or more of the 4-Cs is in use (Cascade at least). I like the way these guys have decided to construct their IPA.

Alaskan Smoked Porter and Alaskan Stout are superb examples of their respective styles. Alaskan ESB is good as well. After that, I'm not thrilled with what this brewery produces, although it's all drinkable in a pleasant sort of way. I'm thrilled to see that Alaskan IPA comes in at the higher end of the spectrum.

This is a hop-focused beer that isn't anywhere close to being a tongue destroyer. By using pale malt almost exclusively (I'm guessing), the brewers allow the bright, zesty, citrus fruit character of the Pacific NW hops to shine. Malt support is rock steady, with an untoasted biscuity sweetness just below the surface. Simple... straightforward... delicious.

The mouthfeel is exactly where it should be for an American IPA that isn't a hop and booze monster. It's medium for the style, is both firm and lightly creamy, and is well-carbonated without being buzzy. In other words, it's a perfect match for the flavor profile.

I love the fluorescent green that Alaskan Brewing Co. has chosen for the labels and bottle caps. I'm sure it makes the beer stand out on the shelves. Although it may not be as sexy as some of the hop bombs that are being brewed these days, Alaskan IPA is a more than solid effort that I enjoyed thoroughly. I'm glad to see that these guys have filled the 'hoppy beer' hole in their lineup with such a quality offering.

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Alaskan IPA has a light golden appearance and is very, very clear. Copious small carbonation bubbles rush upward through the beer. The head is nearly pure-white and is about a finger tall after a strong pour into a pint glass. The lacing is arch-like and sticky.

The aroma is not very potent and smells rather light and grainy. There is a subtly citrus and mint hop presence which is balanced by slight caramel and biscuit malt aroma. Pleasant, but not very strong.

I am slightly more impressed by the taste than by the smell. There is a decent balance of caramel and pale malts and not-too-bitter citrus hops. Light notes of grapefruit, orange rind, and mint come through near the end, and the finish is light and bitter from the bittering hops.

The mouthfeel is definitely on the lighter side for the style, but has a nice effervescence to it from the carbonation. The hops provide a nice little nip on the sides of my palate and the finish has just a slightly bitter, clean hop presence.

I think this has more in common with APAs that I've had than AIPAs. Everything about the beer was just a little lighter and subdued than I usually like from an IPA. Solid beer, but perhaps just a little too subtle for the style.

Photo of Jeff_Plitzner
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dare I say perfect? Nice golden color, not too bitter for an IPA

Photo of brownbeer
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle

Typical color, pale golden.

The nose is flowery and earthy hops with peachy,fruity undertones. It's not very pungent, almost hard to smell.

It tastes more like an English style to me with more earthy flavors and a quick finish that's not very bitter or flavorful.

It's easy to drink, but the flavors don't really make me want to drink more. It's just too light all around and might go better with food.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

This brand had a short "keg only" showing last summer, but beer enthusiasts cried out for more. Alaskan appeased the thirsty crowd with their IPA, now bottled year-round.

Drops into the glass with a short stack of foam that subsides to a very sticky yet thin lace. A tad hazed within the dim golden-colored brew. Evergreen, hemp and lemon zest hop aromas attack the nose (in a loving way).

No lack of smoothness here--the moderate body holds onto a light carbonation that lends a dash of crispness to the mouthfeel. Big healthy herbal, hemp seed, blond tobacco and ruby red grapefruit hop flavors jump up first. Hop bitterness is not shy, with a resin burn that does not seem to want to go away. Malt sweetness and bread flavors are only underlying flavors. Finishes bitter but fresh, with a long lingering hop flavor in the dryness.

Drinkability scores high, which is great, but remember this beer is 6.2 percent ABV. Spot-on for the style and a hophead's dream. A half-dozen Northwest oysters per bottle is a must--Barron Point, Penn Cove and Willapa Bay would all be especially delicious with this.

Photo of Beaver13
2.49/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden yellow with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is mild spicy and grassy hops with some sweet slightly vegetal malts.

The flavor is some sweet malts with a earthy, grassy hop finish that has some decent bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a pretty average IPA. I didn't really care for the flavor profile. I prefer brighter fruitier hops.

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle w/o freshness info. Pours slightly hazed, lighter amber, almost golden. Off white head, tiny bubbles and leaving spotty light lacing. Nice fresh, fruity (I get mostly grapefruit) and grainy hop nose. Quite respectable West coast IPA. Fresh, citric hops go down easy. Not a palate wrecker, but a better then average and enjoyable hoppy ale. Worth a try.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is biscuit malt with some nice orange citrus and tropical fruit notes. The flavor has a decent amount of bitterness with some orange citrus and a touch of pine. There is also a hint of biscuit and toffee malt, but the hops are far more present than the malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a great IPA, but a nice drinker that won't disappoint.

Photo of bsp77
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Best by date of July 23, 2011.

Appearance: Clear, light gold without much head and no lacing. Looks a little too lager-like.

Smell: Tangerine, with light grapefruit and tropical notes. Some toasted malts.

Taste: Dry, toasted malt backbone with borderline tart grapefruit and tangerine co-mingling. Finish is slightly bitter and spicy, but fairly light overall for an IPA.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, light to medium body with a very dry finish. A little lighter than I prefer but the tart-like dryness is great.

Overall: Very nice everyday IPA. Not too bold on flavor, but what is present is quite enjoyable.

Photo of magictrokini
2.94/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear gold pour with a wall of bubbles for a head. Nice release of citrus hops, with some pine and soap. Bit more soap in the taste, but that turns quickly into buttery hops and toasty malt. Not bad, but not nearly as good as others more easily available.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured form the tap, this beer had a dark amber colour to it with minimal head. The smell was like any other IPA, very hoppy upfront with a slight citrus nose. The taste is what surprised me the most; it wasn't nearly as hoppy as usual IPAs. This IPA concentrated much more on the hop-flavour rather than hop-bitterness. I usually don't go for IPAs, but this one is great.

Would I buy it again? Absolutely.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Chill hazed gold, 2” off white foam cap, lacy.
S: Citrus, light earthy dankness, grass.
T: Citrus, fruit, citrus rind bitterness, orange, lemon, pear.
F: Creamy, medium body and carbonation.
O: A well made, flavorful, easy to drink IPA.

Photo of ehammond1
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Glowing deep orange. Thick white head. Decent lacing.

Hoppy aroma without beating you over the head. Some citrus elements, particularly in the form of grapefruit and lemon.

A relatively bitter IPA. Incredibly drinkable. Obvious malt backbone but a hop-centered and bitter focused beer. Delicious.

A rich, medium to thick mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation. Very nice.

A delicious, tasty, and incredibly drinkable IPA.

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of white head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront citrus hops with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, and tangerine. Big scent of pine resin. Also some grassy hop hints. Soft pale malt background with hints of grains, cracker, and yeast. Very hop forward and ripe smelling. Pretty solid.

Taste: Like it smells, a ripe and juicy hop driven taste with good notes of citrus and pine. Citrus hops with some upfront notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, pineapple, and tangerine. Big taste of piney hops. Earthy notes of pine resin. Soft bready malt background presence with notes of grains, cracker, and yeast. Very hop dominate and pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, slightly oily, and pretty drying on the finish. Nicely smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid IPA. Good pine and citrus bite with a balanced smooth body.

Photo of moundbz
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

smooth, easy drinking, kinda light for an IPA

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A yellow ipa, tiny bubbles leave behind a low amount of lace that dissipates quickly. Aroma is not hop pungent.

Taste, light, refreshing and hoppy. A distinct crispness on tap v. bottles I've had (and I've had a lot of them). Nothing real adventurous here, you get a standard west coast hop level for a year round release single ipa, with a little less than average heft with it.

Good price on this stuff helps drinkability.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pale golden copper hue with a bright wite head fine even lacing. Aroma has hints of citrus/floral notes. A biscuit doughy center in the nose really stands out. Flavor wise sharp piercing bitterness really brings out citrus/floral notes more pale biscuit semi sweet malt tones, pretty hop sided but that's okay. Not brilliant but I'd imagine hops are a tough comodity in Alaska. Unliked Smoked salmon and malts. Mouthfeel is sturdily carbonated with a light to medium bodied. Drinkabiliy overall is solid an approachable early IPA that I would definitely swing for especially on tap.

Photo of chicagobill13
4.41/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was so excited that my friend brought this beer back from WI. I love their Amber and I have heard great things about their IPA. Let's see.

Color: Really is this a lager? It is very golden and yellow in color. not like your normal IPA that I have tried.

Smell: This hop smell and the oils did it's job from the hops. I love the smell this one has a great smell. Nice Grapefriuit smell.

Taste and mouthfeel: There is a nice balance on the hops. sweet after taste.

This is sex in a bottle to me being a hop head. I really like this beer. I am very impressed. Enjoy! Cheers!

Photo of Auraan
4.34/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a nice amber with a thin white head that dissipated to a white ring. Pretty nice. Scents of grapefruit, pine and other citrus. Nice scent. Flavor is mostly pine and grapefruit pith, with a little bit of grapefruit and a grainy malt on the finish. Dry finish. Bitterness is high. Good IPA, nice and bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. A good IPA, worth trying. Looking forward to having more.

Photo of pwoods
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ahatcher78 for this trade.

22oz. brown bomber poured into my brand spankin' new Stone IPA glass. No dating.

A: Pours a nice IPA deep orange with good visibility(the 2nd pour is a beautiful hazed golden orange from the yeast). 2 fingers of fluffy pearl white head forms. Nice retention and good clumpy lacing.

S: Sweet, juicy grapefruit. Not really pine but a nice pepper snap in the background. Malts aren't detectable.

T/M: Bitterness is at a good level. Hops provide a slightly muted sweet grapefruit flavor. The bottle might be just at the end of it's prime.. I should have drank this right away. A bit of pepper and yeast in the middle. Starts off nice and light for the juicy hops then gets creamy when the light and bready malts kick in. Finish is dry with a touch of bitterness.

D: Not a terrible brew but I think I waited a bit too long to drink it. Looks great and the mouthfeel is exactly how an IPA should be.

Photo of racer2k
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Medium golden color that is on the lighter colored side. Thin head which disappears very quickly and minimal lacing. Moderate carbonation is present.

S - Moderate hops are present with hints of pine, grapefruit and citrus. There is also a hint of malt in the glass.

T - Medium hop flavor that not much beyond a good hoppy pale ale. The finish is nice and hoppy but not overwhelming and there are hints of malt present

M - A light IPA that is moderate in carbonation

D - Thin on the hops for an IPA but pretty drinkable. Good selection on draft.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a snifter.

Things start off pleasantly with a hazy, copper-colored body and a frothy, creamy, pale white head that persists for a good amount of time. Carbonation trickles through the body.

Smells of citrus and caramel blend together for a sweet nose. The hop aroma is resinous and pungent and difficult to ignore.

Interestingly, the citrus disappears on the tongue, replaced by an earthy, more grainy hop flavor. There's a hint of orange or grapefruit eventually, but it is definitely second fiddle here. From the malt I taste mild notes of bread and caramel before the hops reemerge for a pungent, slightly marijuana-like finish.

My first instinct is to guess this is one of the new session IPAs as the mouthfeel is light and almost what I think of as thin and watery. There's enough malt there to take notice and provide some body, but this brew feels like one of those that tries hard to be big on flavor and light-drinking. There's a bitter finish that is pretty enjoyable.

Icy Bay IPA is good. I don't know whether it's a session IPA or a pale ale or just a good old IPA, but it's good.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A good easy drinker...nothing spectacular, but a nice easy craft IPA.
Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a nice white half finger head that never disappears beyond a small white ring.

Aroma is bright fresh hops with a tiny bit of pine and sort of a bready yeast smell.

Taste is nicely pale sweet malt that goes quickly to a light citrus peel hop that is drying and clean.

Refreshing and could be sessioned, but not really very memorable.

Photo of biboergosum
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found this 22oz bomber at a Fred Meyer's in the Tri-Cities. It pours a light copper colour, with 2 fingers of foamy off-white head. The smell is predominantly pine hops with a little citrus kick, very inviting. The taste is much less hoppy than I was led to believe, however, the mild hop bite balances evenly with the grainy, cracker-like malt component. A light carbonation gives an innocuous mouthfeel, and the finish is very much like a pale ale, not many hops left at this point. Overall, a nice sessionable brew, becoming more like a pale ale the more I drank of it.

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Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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