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

1,008 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,008
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 23
Gots: 105 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: zacharius on 03-26-2005)
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Reviews by DrMalt:
Photo of DrMalt
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep golden colour with a thick white head.Excellent lacing.
S: Aroma was noticable but not outstanding. Floral, grapefruit hops, caramel malt.
T: Very prominent grapefruit, grassy notes. Perhaps lacking some maltiness balancing bitterness.No off flavour profiles.
M: Somewhat thin bodied.
D: Very drinkable - I could easily drink this beer in greater quantities.

Scored well in comparison to others in an IPA tasting

More User Reviews:
Photo of Turbo
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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 brownbeer
3/5  rDev -18%
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 Tapjockey
4.72/5  rDev +29%

Photo of Lazaro
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Todd
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Beaver13
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
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 SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of 77apm
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Beerswag
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of hoffke88
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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 olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of ryancl
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of bsp77
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
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 jaminjohnson
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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 IrishGermanAmerican
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of ehammond1
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,008 ratings.