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Alaskan Icy Bay IPA - Alaskan Brewing Co.

Alaskan Icy Bay IPAAlaskan Icy Bay IPA

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755 Ratings

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Ratings: 755
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%

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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Photo of ccrida


4.63/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint, the IPA is golden color with slight chill haze, a few streamers, and a stubborn surface skim and collar that leaves moderate white lace.

The nose is moderate, a very nicely toasted malt, and while there's no question it's hoppy, it's not super pungent, mainly an earthy pine resin. I really like my cali hop bombs, but this is a nice change and very inviting.

Man, this is one fine IPA. Very satisfying to the hop head in me, yet a restrained balance that makes it very refined. No wild west alaska here, someone decided to rock a tux to the party, and consequently owns the room. Like the nose, tasty toasted malt perfectly balanced by the hop resins, not really sweet, rather clean and nice bitter finish. So smooth, this is the James Bond of IPAs. And with an undetectable 6.2% ABV, it probably getting the panties droppin' just as quickly.

Light bodied with a nice, oily sharpness.

Well, I'm only having one of these tonight, but I really wish I had more, I'm sure I could effortless suck these down all night long. Damn good, I'm really impressed. Probably the best IPA I've had in awhile, very well crafted. Alaskan brewery really knows what they're doing. Their baltic porter is maybe my favorite beer ever, and now this IPA, wow!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 02:39:34 | More by ccrida
Photo of woodychandler


4.6/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bomber bottle! Dang, I love being back on the west coast for beer!

The pour created a finger's worth of soft, foamy head that resembled a scoop of French Vanilla ice cream, plus it held on like a champ. Color was a beautiful golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a grassy, flowery aspect. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a pleasant hops flavor on the tongue. It was somewhat spicy, peppery, and quite dry. The finish lingered with a soft hops flavor. I can't wait to get to AK!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 21:02:48 | More by woodychandler
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.58/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from Solomon420, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very hoppy along with a good burst of fruity citrus and a mild background of caramelized malt.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with a strong burst of floral hops up front and then a complimentary citrus sweetness that comes in next. The malt character is kind of thin for the style, despite the substantial sweetness, but I like it. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Quite tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, nice kick, very good representation of style while keeping it on the lighter side, to me this is the perfect beer to pound for a whole evening. If I had the opportunity to hammer a 12-pack, I certainly would.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 04:59:46 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.58/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Got this in a trade with Bubba83.

Pours a clear gold with 1-2 fingers of foamy brite-white head. Nice layer of retention across the top that leaves absolutely huge sheets of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is just as fresh as can be with notes of pine, oranges, mangos, grass, hop oils, mint, and biscuits and sweetness way in the back.

The taste has great balance up front, with a mix of hops, zesty citrus, and intermingling sweet malt. Only in the finish, does those brawny, resinous hops comes out, leaving the palette feeling bitter and sticky. The mouthfeel is medium bodied up front but then thins out a little through the finish but still retains good carbonation with a fantastic easy feel.

Wow, this is one of the better IPAs I've had in a while with a fantastic fresh feel, great flavors, and a huge drinkibility. I actually could have probably have used 2 of these to review, based on how fast I drank the first bottle. I'm glad to have had a chance to try this. Thanks Kev!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 16:22:18 | More by Kegatron
Photo of Mike22


4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance great golden color, looks crisp and vivid

Smell- Nice sweet citrus with honey floral

Taste very similar to how it smells. Nice citrus without being overpowering, also nice hop structure

mouthfeel is smooth full and nice. Great water seems to give it great structure to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 01:23:59 | More by Mike22
Photo of camcroteau

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I found this beer to be very tasteful and hoppy. Its also a great beer if you're going to be drinking all day. The price is very affordable for such a good beer. I also like the fact it is available year round. Both bottle and on tap this is a winner.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 03:23:16 | More by camcroteau
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you've seen my reviews in the past you know I enjoy IPAs and this one didn't disappoint. Lots of flavour not an extreme smell like in some others. Great drinkability - had 2 pints in an hr or so without feeling the alcohol. Step up from Lagunitas which has been among my favourites in the genre for many years. Not quite as good as Stone but quite good nevertheless. I'm glad to see Alaskan with a hop-friendly alternative to their smoked porter which I'm also quite fond of.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2012 10:50:23 | More by marc956
Photo of JMad


4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden color with a filmy white head. Nice fruity hop aroma with some citrus and caramel malt. Taste has rush of hop bitterness, lemon peel and pine oil with some tropical fruit, almost like fruit salad that finishes very bitter. It's surprisingly light with a decent amount of carbonation and a dry finish. This beer hangs with the best IPA's it's not as malty as most which I actually like.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 05:38:40 | More by JMad
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4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Stone IPA glass

A: dark gold color or you could call this light amber good lace and head retention is good

S: grapefruit orange lemon a lot of citrus very enjoyable

T: grapefruit orange lemon and citrus rind very good taste

M: med carbonation light mouth but not watery

D: a sessionable IPA that is fun to drink

overall: very solid IPA I was not expecting such good things from this one, very enjoyable and a nice surprise.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 20:00:50 | More by JamisonM
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New Mexico

4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Pours a two-head, inviting hazy gold color. Nice head all the way down the glass. Moderate lacing.

S - Great blend of floral and cirtus hop fragrances. Needs to be stronger though.

T - Alcohol and a lemony sweatness on the nose. Thed body is very well balanced with a pinging citrous hop flavor dancing around the tongue. The finnish is lemony and bitter and leaves a pleasant bitter-sweet aftertaste.

M - Medium body with plenty of carbonation. After swallowing, the beer still bubbles on your tongue. Very Pleasant! Seems to suite the beer perfectly

D - This is my favorite IPA so far. Plenty of hop presence (by no means harsh), which I expect from my IPAs and still delicious tasting. I wouldn't want to knock back more than about two of these in a night, but this is a perfect for when you just want one drink. A great deal at about $6.50 a six here in Oregon- will definately look for again next time i'm in the PNW!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 03:16:06 | More by Bockrules
Photo of tcayiajr


4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While living in Juneau I was fortunate enough to pick up a pony keg straight from the Brewery. In my opinion it is one of the best keg purchases I've ever made. The beer poured a medium golden color, lighter than a lot of American IPA's. The hop aroma was definetely present and enjoyable. I wish Alaskan would distribute it in bottles instead of only in bars or direct from the brewery because it is a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2006 20:39:41 | More by tcayiajr
Photo of Mark


4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apart from the double and up IPA's that are made now I can categorize the two regular styles of IPA's among some of my favorites. There is the Bear Republic Racer 5 and El Toro ramped up hoppy bombs and then there is the North Coast (ACME) Sierra Nevada IPA's, Alaskan falls in to the latter. I love this brewery, they were great to visit and very generous with the tastings. I try to support them as often as possible. The sample poured a deep gold, head retention was excellent and some lace was apparent. My bottle did not have the piney aroma some others have mentioned but aroma was a bit floral and sort of understated for the style. Smooth taste had some fruity notes with a slight piney hoppiness. Malt was solid. Very drinkable and refreshing. Would buy again. i now think the first bottle I had was not the freshest sample. More lacing on the glass and a subtle yet succulent aroma of piney hops assaults you. Tart piney hops are a joy on the taste buds. Very drinkable, even my girlfriend Suzanne wanted to have two. This is one nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 03:19:44 | More by Mark
Photo of Bighuge


4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear golden body. Thin off white head leaves moderate amounts of patchy lace. Fragrant aroma that has a nice little mintiness to it spliced with some mango citrus tones. Citrus comes through quite nicely on the buds as well. Subdued, but defined. Lemon rind, orange, mango....This beer has a nice quenching dry feel to it. Even keeled bitterness. Quite drinkable and would be nice on a hot day. Refreshing and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 05:09:57 | More by Bighuge
Photo of chicagobill13


4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 23:26:22 | More by chicagobill13
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4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, clear golden-brass color with a 1 finger head that dissipates pretty fast.

Aroma is of piney, spicy hops - crisp and enticing, with a hint of honey underneath.

One word for this beer - crisp. Fresh citrus and pine dominate the light malt. This ale dances on the tongue and finishes with a tangy spicyness in the back. A perfect session ale. One of the best domestic "single" IPAs that I've had the pleasure of trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 21:07:16 | More by kosmoraios
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Rhode Island

4.36/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

While on a cruise in Alaska, visited the brewery. Sampled all of the beers on the tour. The IPA was my favorite. Brewed with no preservatives, so can not get in New England, too bad.

A: Golden color, high carbonation

S: Citrus and grapefruit smell, very pleasant

T: Slight bitterness, smooth, slight malt taste, light hop presence

M: Medium body, carbonation high

O: Very nice IPA, enjoyable

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2013 17:16:37 | More by CorvetteMike
Photo of megahurts4


4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alaskan IPA
On tap at The Reluctant Fisherman in Cordova, Alaska

Appearance: deep golden, medium head, and some lacing.

Smell: floral and fruity hops.

Taste: nice floral and fruity hops with a grain finish.

Mouthfeel: medium and slightly bitter.

This brew has some nice hop flavor. The overall complexity isn't quite up to par with other IPA's, but it does well without being too watery.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2011 20:28:29 | More by megahurts4
Photo of Auraan


4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 05:49:56 | More by Auraan
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4.34/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Alaskan IPA has a thin, white head and a semi-clear, golden appearance, with some streaming bubbles and minimal lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit and sweet, white bread. Taste is the same, with maybe some pith and pine oil. Bitterness is strong, but not overwhelmingly so. Mouthfeel is medium and oily, and Alaskan IPA finishes fairly dry, refreshing, and quite drinkable. Overall, this is considerably nice, and I score it as being most excellent. Check it out!


Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 20:30:35 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of younger35


4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a florescent green 22oz bomber into my Dead Guy Ale pint glass. Drank while watching the Boise State/Washington game.

Appearance- Pours a yellowish orange that is crystal clear. Nice one finger head that recedes fairly quickly leaving a nice sticky head and long stringy lacing.
Smell- So clean and fresh! Nice grapefruit and lemon/lime zest gives this a big citrus nose. Not much of a maltiness to this brew but some light doughy bread peaks in.
Taste- I don't think I've tasted a beer that tastes this close to how it smells (that make sense?). Very crisp and clean with not a lot of interference. Big citrusy bursts of grapefruit and lemon peel give this a very standard IPA bitter hopness. A very mellow brown sugar sweetness try's to gently give a bit more balance to the brew. Leaves a sweet bitterness on the back of the tongue.
Mouthfeel- Light and crisp with medium carbonation and a semi dry bitter finish.
Drinkability- Very nice solid quality IPA. It's not excessive like some of the hopsicles can be but very approachable and drinkable. The fresh citrus quality of this little guy makes this beer a quality choice. Other than the Smoked Porter this is my favorite offering from Alaskan Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 22:49:57 | More by younger35
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4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent smell right off. The second taste did the trick, this one is a unique tasting IPA. A non-traditional after taste, but very good. This is a party Beer....I think great for tailgating or any fun get together. Even your girlfriend should like it!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 04:23:13 | More by ssteakley
Photo of corey0212


4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden color, blinding white head fades pretty fast, but leaves a bit of lacing behind. Smell is really clean/crisp, definite grapefruit/pine aroma. This is just a great tasting IPA....super-drinkable. Nice hoppy bitterness on the back end, but nothing overpowering. This is an everyday IPA. If this was easier for me to get (ordered from Liquid Solutions), it'd be in the fridge often!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 21:39:44 | More by corey0212
Photo of TBoneJones


4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden crisp look, nice finger width head, some bubbles coming up from the bottom. 
Some apricot and pineapple, sweet. 
Tastes nice, definitely fruit first, followed by spicy. Well-done regarding that flavor interplay. 
Light-bodied beer that finishes nice if a bit dry with a nice linger of bitterness. 
Overall highly drinkable. I will revisit this again I'm sure. Also, knowing that we're planning on taking an Alaskan cruise next summer, I wouldn't be at all disappointed if Alaskan IPA was the only available craft brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 03:11:01 | More by TBoneJones
Photo of msubulldog25


4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer recently at Portland's Spring Beer & Wine Festival, then a couple days later from a 12 oz. bottle (best before 06.22.07). Alaskan has made this beer for the AK market for a while, but just in March 2007 has begun to release in bottles to the 'Lower 48'.

Info I received from the brewery: Made as an "English Style" IPA, 6.2% ABV, 55 IBU.

A: Golden honey and very clear, with substantial carbonation. Appearance is definitely lighter than most of the West Coast American IPA's I've seen. Head is fairly thin, only about 1/2-finger, pure white and like creamy soap suds; fades to a filmy cap.

S: Sweeter, filled with toffee notes. Hops are more subtle - sweeter orange citrus and some pine - also with floral hop aromas.

T: Throughout the beer I tasted a barley graininess, not unpleasant just notable. Has a biscuity, rather sweet, taste in general. Hops tasting of grapefruit and orange, & some pine resin are balanced nicely with the maltiness. Though it's not the 'hop bomb' one might expect from an IPA originating on the West Coast, tastes are expertly crafted and very well balanced.

M: Smooth but with a bite of hop zest and carbonation. A little lingering tingle on the tip of the tongue and some warmth on the cheeks. Not a strong lingering bitterness, just a subtle reminder that keeps the tastebuds intact. Mouthfeel & carbonation levels both medium.

D: A really nice beer, wonderfully balanced. It's hard to compare this to most aggressively hopped American IPA's; this one should almost be recategorized. I talked to Tony up at the brewery by phone and he put it like this, when comparing Alaskan's milder IPA to its more hop-heavy NW brethren: "We know ours is kinda like bringing a knife to a gun fight...". Well, I'll take this "knife" anytime; thoroughly enjoyed and will recommend!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 14:49:11 | More by msubulldog25
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4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz Bomber brought back to PA by my parents after their visit to the brewery.

A: Golden yellow with a nice thick white head

S: Lovely floral citrusy and piney hopiness

T: Crisp and clean with a nice lots o hops kick and a little malty finish..the way I like it...hop forward please.

M: Light with a nice crisp carbonation. Very "clean" tasting with only a bit of hop aftertaste

D: Very well done west coast IPA for ABC's first go at an IPA. I prefer lighter, crisp, hop forward IPA's and this hits the mark.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 07:31:09 | More by Deuane
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Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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