Alaskan Icy Bay IPA - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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4.63/5 rDev +26.2%
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!
07-21-2007 02:39:34 | More by ccrida
4.6/5 rDev +25.3%
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!
07-27-2008 21:02:48 | More by woodychandler
4.58/5 rDev +24.8%
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!
04-17-2008 16:22:18 | More by Kegatron
4.58/5 rDev +24.8%
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.
12-16-2007 04:59:46 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.55/5 rDev +24%
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.
01-14-2012 01:23:59 | More by Mike22
4.53/5 rDev +23.4%
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.
12-24-2009 03:23:16 | More by camcroteau
4.5/5 rDev +22.6%
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.
04-08-2012 10:50:23 | More by marc956
Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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