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Alaskan Icy Bay IPA - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Icy Bay IPAAlaskan Icy Bay IPA

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913 Ratings
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Ratings: 913
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 21
Gots: 86 | 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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Photo of rvelectric
1/5  rDev -72.8%

rvelectric, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of bottomfisher
1.75/5  rDev -52.3%

Way too much carbonation, too hoppy, too bitter, yuck!! Will not buy this one again. Alaskan has great beer but this one is disappointing.

bottomfisher, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Tgruenke
2/5  rDev -45.5%

Tgruenke, May 08, 2012
Photo of mhaugo
2/5  rDev -45.5%

mhaugo, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of leftoverburrito
2/5  rDev -45.5%

leftoverburrito, May 09, 2013
Photo of DogFood11
2.08/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz brown stubie. bright green label. A very light color for an IPA. Pale golden body. Low carbonation. Fizzy head that lays down to some small island skim. trace lace.

Very similar in smell and taste to alot of English IPA's i've had a change to gobble. Mild hop dryness and little in the floral department. Bitterness is sharp in the middle and gives way to a dry finish. Malts are mild as well and rather lackluster.

Notes: A run of the mill IPA with a lean towards English style. Watery in my opinion. Lacks depth or attitude. Pass.

DogFood11, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of studad
2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

studad, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of troutmask96
2.25/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

How can a brewery get something so right (Alaskan Brewing's world-class Smoked Porter), while also missing the mark so completely (its barely-palatable Pale Ale and now-reviewed IPA)? Alaskan Brewing's IPA may just be the Budweiser of craft beers, an offering so uttely unmemorable and uncomplex that their marketing company may as well replace the hallmark Anheiser Clydesale horses with breaching Orca whales (or at least cresting king salmon). Because it's one-and-done for this reviewer. I'll squirrel away more of their utterly incredible Smoked Porter vintages (the 2006 I just poured last weekend was resinously sublime), but it seems that Alaskan Brewing, like most things Alaskan, is a one-trick pony...

troutmask96, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of konkoba98
2.4/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

kind of stinky. didn't have the flowery or fruity smells i like in my ipas. had a bit of skunky stank in it! aftertaste was similar. i don't know if it is the type of hops, malt, or what that makes some of these fairly popular beers hit the wrong note with me, but this one is one of them. big fan of some alaskan beers. just not this one. too thin, too watery, too keystone-like.

konkoba98, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of madvermin
2.4/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very clear, pale straw yellow. Bubbles continue to rise from the bottom to the top for a couple minutes after pouring. Head is two-fingers, lacy, and strikingly white, Retains after it dissipates to a half-finger cap.

A soft rindy grapefruit is the first scent I get, with a honey-like sweet malt afterwards. It's a crisp smell but lacks strength and punch.

Taste starts with same rindy grapefruit citrus, but is balanced by grainy malt that wasn't evident in the nose. A touch of pine blends them together, and a hoppy bitterness finishes the beer out. This is not the smoothest of beers, nor is the grainy character a great match with the citrus and carbonation. Slight bubblegum comes out as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is thin and heavily carbonated. The fizz is way too strong for how light and punchless the flavors are. Drinkability is hurt by that, along with the lack of any great tastes to make me want to take another sip. It isn't tough to drink, but it isn't really enjoyable either.

madvermin, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of HugePlume
2.42/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

A- My first reaction was that they had mis-bottled the beer or that I had accidently purchased a pale or a lager, not an IPA. Pours a clear yellow with no head, and no lacing. Could easily mistake this for a healthy lager or a pale ale by looks.

S- Has a weak apple or pear hop aroma. Indistinct malts.

T- Taste is akin to a bitter european lager or a very hoppy pale ale. Definatly not in the west-coast IPA tradition in the least bit. taste is not bad, but its certainly not in the same territory as the best IPA's in the least bit.

M- Low carbonation and high bitterness lead to a lingering bitter note that is not unpleasant, but also not as strong as you would hope from an IPA.

D- Its drinkable inthe sense that you can finish it, but there is no reason to. Its not anything like I would have expected and honestly very dissappointing.

HugePlume, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of Duttonic
2.45/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 12oz bottle into a dogfish head pint.

A- Deep copper, one finger of head, little to no lacing.

S- Spicy and citrus scent. Nothing really distinct.

T- Lacking. Citrus, hops, pine? Semi-earthy, but not impressive or drawing me to have another. Hides the 6.2% well.

M- Clean finish, but not a lot going on here. Some hops, not really bitter, little to no bite.

D- You could probably drink a lot of these, but I wouldn't. There are much better IPA's out there.

Just an average beer, nothing special, but at least I can say I've had a beer from Alaska.

Duttonic, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of Beaver13
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

Beaver13, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of elshaggy
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

elshaggy, Feb 22, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

chefduff2, May 22, 2013
Photo of anglagard1
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is really no different than any macro. Smell gives me nothing to indicate this is an IPA, sort of a well water aroma. The overall taste I get from this is drinking the milk from the bowl after you've eaten Frankenberry. There's a definite strawberry taste to it. There's a bit of graininess to it, so let's say there's still a few pieces of cereal in the milk. There's a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste, but I'll be damned if I know where it's coming from. From everything I know about IPAs, this does not fit into the catagory. More of a Pale Ale, perhaps, but that is not a style I really appreciate. My score is based upon both what I think of the beer and how it represents the style. I can't give it an average grade when it to me does not taste, smell, or look like an IPA.

anglagard1, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of Bfarr
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hazy tan color with a spot of orange with a big foamy white head with good retention and uneven lacing. Light aroma of citrus hops and pale malts. Bold hops up front that give way quickly to a pale malt sweetness and finishes with a poot tasting bitter linger. High carbonation takes away most of the body.

I remember having this a long time ago and thinking it was a good, smooth IPA but that was before I really started drinking IPA's. Now it's an average, fairly tasteless beer that's not horrible but not good either. Definition of average, right?

Bfarr, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of BcOneSeven
2.52/5  rDev -31.3%

BcOneSeven, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of eallured
2.53/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a medium gold color, much lighter than most IPAs. The smell of hops was sweetish and mostly floral, and relatively faint for the style. The taste was very short lived, with some up front bitteress which quickly faded to softer flavors, ending without finale. Mouthfeel was of soft carbonation with a low level of astringency, making it a bit bigger feeling. This may be a modest introduction to IPAs, but does not fill the shoes of ofther, established labels.

eallured, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of warmstorage
2.55/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle. (Apparent) best by date of 11/03/07.

Appearance: medium orange, crystal clear, light off-white head, moderate lacing.

Aroma: limited, surprisingly so. Kind of a flat grain smell.

Taste: also quite limited. Earthy, grassy hops, some metallic notes, malt definitely out-competes the hops. Apparently British style, but limited in hops even for that. Kind of sweet and tangy, but not necessarily in a good way.

Mouth: moderately thin, limited aftertaste.

I drank a bunch of this on the ferry between Juneau and Whittier, and it was just okay, the same price for a six pack in the liquor store in downtown Juneau as a single pint with tip of Alaskan Amber on the boat. It was serviceable for the time, but it's really not great beer. It's especially disappointing as it was so hyped. (i.e., why didn't Alaskan make an IPA? Well, they wanted to make one that was really special, etc, etc.) This is far from special.

warmstorage, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of dcloeren
2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crips pale straw color with 1 finger of foamy white head.

The nose is faint but getting some tropical fruit and orange. Not much of a strong hop present...

The taste is pretty similar to the nose but getting a some bready characteristics. Slight citrus hop taste... not much going on here.

Light in body and crisp with carbonation. Very slight drying taste.

Overall, this was a disappointing IPA. Not much going on anywhere with this beer.

dcloeren, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of forestkcary
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

forestkcary, Jul 19, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

eulerthegrape, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of StaceyY1
2.76/5  rDev -24.8%

StaceyY1, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of sprucetip
2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes. I've been disappointed with this one since its inception, but had never analyzed it purposefully, only noted in my mind that I was extremely underwhelemed and never choose it unless my options are severely limited. Was on the state ferry the other day and this was the best option, with Alaskan Amber and Winter the only other non BMC options.

Pours very clear pale golden, very active, thick white head, good retention and some lacing. SMELL some centennial, I think, hoppiness. Otherwise grainy and possibly a bit of booze. Mediocre at best. TASTE malty base is detectable, but not sweet. Dry, grainy, with a light hop bitterness and subtle floral hop notes. Fairly balanced, i guess, but not much going on to balance. FEEL strong carbonation, thin side of medium body, clean dry finish. OVERALL I will concede that it drinks easy enough, in a lowest-common-denominator, training-wheels-craft beer sort of way. But the taste, smell and feel do nothing to inspire desire to drink it at all (unless your only other options are BMC or Alaskan Amber on the ferry). Beside that, I don't even think it is an IPA at all, even an enlish style one. I'd call it a thin, uninspiring pale. SNPA, for example, has a much more robust hop profile than this disappointing attempt from Alaskan Brewing.

sprucetip, Dec 10, 2009
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Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 913 ratings.