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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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372 Reviews

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Reviews: 372
Hads: 1,174
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 21.31%
Wants: 27
Gots: 180 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.30% 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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Photo of Libeertarian
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright orange amber, mostly clear, with fluffy and delicate well-retaining light tan head. Contiguous zig-zaggy legs. Smells like figs, oranges, resin, herbs, and spice. Date-like and grassy up front, gets more tart as it lingers but soon balanced by herbal, piney, rindy bitterness. Peppercorn and leather retro-olfaction. Medium in body, semi-smooth and sudsy, fairly dry.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This was poured into a pint glass numerous times, always the same. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange to yellow color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about thirty seconds leaving a light lacing sticking and then sliding down into the beer. The smell had a decent sweet to bitter citrus rind and caramel malts running in and out of each other, (separated from each other). The taste was basically the same. Bitterness doesn’t seem to blend with the malts. The aftertaste is caramel sweet to light citrus. It leaves a semi-dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation comes across fairly harsh and the bitterness shows its face slightly. Overall, I say this was an okay AIPA, better in the taste, but wishing the aroma smelled together.

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Photo of J_Chavez15
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out golden yellow. Nice thick head. Smells of fruity citrusy hops. Medium body. Taste the citrus and maybe floral hops. Finish is very refreshing with a bit of dryness in the back end. Overall a very good solid Ipa.

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Photo of ElJacobian
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a huge fan of this beer. Very bitter, but not in a good way. It kind of tastes like rust and cardboard on the after taste. It's a shame because the smell has a lot of potential to me- seems like it could have a crisp bite to it, but unfortunately it tastes kind of old and dusty.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There is a group of numbers that is stamped on the label "091815" I assume this is a best by date, or a randomly applicable set of numbers.

Pours paler gold, or golden yellow if you prefer. About 90% clear. Large, fluffy white head that leaves a bunch of lacing. Too bad you can't post video in the review because the tiny bubbles on the side wall shimmer like glitter as they cascade back down the glass into the beer.

It smells like sweet pale malts, and citrus fruits with a touch of floral/herbal hops.

There is nothing negative about the flavors, but they are not very assertive either. Some lemon with some grapefruit sourness. Grassy and floral hops. Sweet, biscuit grains on the back end. Fairly bland, it really falls off more toward the end. A solid bitterness overall though.

Pretty well carbonated. Decent amount of resin.

A good beer. Not a great IPA in my opinion. Drinks more like a hoppy pale ale really.

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Photo of Beer-vortex
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle.

After some smoke it pours a very clear amber orange color (on the lighter side) with many bubbles streaming up. The pour produced a 1 finger head that fades somewhat slowly.

The nose is sweet citrus and a sweet floral aroma. It smells very sweet. The taste is citrus up front with a surprising wheat taste; almost like a lager. It kind of reminds me of Sierra Nevada Beer Camp. The strong sweetness in the nose is not reflected in the taste, which was also surprising. However, I found the taste well-balanced.

There is very little if any vapor with the 6.2% ABV (maybe some on the back-end), so a well made beer. Excellent carbonation (no surprise with all the bubbles I saw). World class lacing.

It’s not that strong of an IPA offering; it needed more of a stronger citrus and hop presence, so I’d call it more of a pale ale. However, this is a very good beer that I enjoyed. Bottle did not have the date but had a best before date on the bottle.

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Photo of marcellaproust
4.57/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from bottle: very large thick and creamy head which lasts and leaves behind like traces on the glass. Smells of biscuit and freshness, the freshness of line-dried clothes washed without scented detergents: sun-washed. No piney or obvious IPA over-hopped resiny flavor--clean hops with medium body that finishes crisp, substantial, citrusy-melon. I've decided that this is one of two of the top IPAs I've ever had and I've decided this after enjoying this beer for two years. It's just a fantastic beer that has outlasted the (now) overhopped, one-dimensional and tedious onslaughts that are now produced as IPAs.

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Photo of OrtheusMaximusRex
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised by this one. I tasted it out of an Alaskan Sampler 12 pack (this one was great, had the Amber, Icy Bay, their APA, and the Stout, which is hard to find where I live). Overall a nicely balanced and drinkable IPA. Not as hop-forward slap you in the face hops as the HopoThermia, nice floral/citrus aroma. Very drinkable.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A : Mellow gold body with a thick, fluffy white cap of 3 fingers. Leaves generous whisps and licks of lacing as it slowly recedes.

S : Mandarin oranges, grapefruit juice, and an herbal aroma. Some slight OJ. Also a faint beery malt aroma.

T : Citric. Slight seltzer water. Soda cracker, damp hay, and a rich malty backbone. Bizarre taste profile but it's actually enjoyable. Orange peel on the finish with a little grassiness and herbal hop.

F : Intense carbonation that stings like bees on the tongue, but it's exciting. And under that is a creamy, rich, medium-bodied feel. It ends wet and creamy with a snap of dry hop.

O : I'd have it again. I'm not an IPA fan but I like this beer. Malty despite the abundance of hop.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks - Poured massive see through gold with a well retained frothy white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

mell - Very malt forward. Plenty of toasted malts on the forefront leading to a tad whiff of some grapefruit.

Taste - Toasted malts ane light grapefruit all throughout this one, though it leaves a bit more to be desired for the style.

Feel - Sits a bit thin although creamy. Slight carbonation.

Overall - A bit on the lighter side of things. Very drinkable and having a twelve shouldn't be an issue. Not much to write home about.

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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.

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Photo of dorianmarley
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is cloudy yellow amber with a head that fades and nice lacing.

Nose is tart candy, lemon zest, and all spice.

Taste is nutty and mild, with crusty bread and lemon peel.

Mouthfeel is easy with mild carbonation.

Overall, it is a fun, easy and unique session.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

And the debate between whether a beer is a single IPA versus a hoppy pale ale continues...

Pours a nice copper color with 1 finger of quickly dissipating head.

The smell is very nice. A ton a sweet citrus notes. Not too much malt. Relatively dry.

Taste doesn't come close to the nose. It is light, but bordering a pale ale. I do like the dryness though. The beer is approaching watery and is missing some malt backbone. You do get some non-descript citrus notes. The end is a rather unpleasant hop resin finish.

In short, the beer smells and looks good but the taste doesn't follow. It is alright, but overall it is a little thin without the true hoppy-citrus punch I like. It gets a 81.

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Photo of justinp444
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass this beer pours a clear golden orange with a 2 inch foamy white head. It smells of light malt and citrus with some sweet fruit. Taste is watery with a light malt flavor and some orange citrus. Not very complex with only a bit of very small fruit notes in the back this beer. It has a light to moderate mouthfeel though a okay crispness with a lingering piney biterrness to the end of it.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked this up as part of a build-your-own-six-pack from a local liquor store. The bottled on date states this was brewed a little under three months ago. Poured right from the fridge into a pint glass.

L: Pours a crystal-clear amber with profuse visible carbonation. A half-inch eggshell head sticks around for a bit and falls to a film with some lacing on the glass.

S: Not much nose to this one: there's citrus hop flavor mingled with underlying bread notes from the malts. A little bit of apricot in this one, as well.

T: Plenty of carbonation at the front diffuses the caramel and bread malt flavors at the onset. The middle has some subdued citrus and pine hop flavor, with just a touch of apricot/peach. The back end has some clear alcohol and definite hop bitterness that registers predominantly as pine, but there's also a little citrus rind to it. The whole thing tastes a little more watery than I'd like in this style.

F: On the lighter side of medium-bodied and very effervescent on the palate. The finish is decidedly clean. Though the finish brings the bitter, it feels somewhat watered-down.

O: This is a passable IPA in a pinch, but certainly not worth the same price tag as, say, Two Hearted. All the flavors feel muted, and that watery sensation should not be there in a beer with an ABV of 6.2%. Seeing that this was on the shelf for inclusion in a build-your-own-sixer, it's very possible that this one wasn't handled with appropriate care, but it's not likely that I'll reach for this one again.

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Photo of hreb
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vanity review from 30000 feet on an Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle. Served in the bottle -- no room for a tumbler today. Tastes like a very conservative single IPA by NW craft brew standards, or a pretty decent IPA by macro standards. That is, it's moderately hoppy, citrusy and bright, but not particular complex. It is crisp and drinkable, though.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber color with a huge head of white foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, very slowly fading to leave a ton of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is somewhat mild overall, but consists of a mix of citrus and pine hop smells mixed with a little bit of a bready smell. There are some rather light fruit notes in there as well, with these being mainly of a tangerine and apricot nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather fruity flavor of tangerine, orange and pear mixed with some hop flavors of a more grapefruit nature. Upfront the grapefruit is quite light, with it growing slightly stronger as the taste moves on further to the end. Along with the grapefruit comes some other hop flavors of a pine and grassy taste, which nicely add to the grapefruit. While more hop comes to the tongue, the overall hop flavor remains relatively light to average for an IPA of 6.2 % abv., and with the fruit increasing a little bit at the end, one is left with a rather fruity and moderately hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the mix of fruit with hop, the more mid-range feel is rather appropriate, being thin enough to highlight the fruit, all while having enough base to support the hop.

Overall – A decent IPA overall, but nothing super out of the ordinary. Rather enjoyable and with Alaskan beers usually quite affordable, this is a rather nice go to.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

03.05.15: Brief initial impressions.

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with a pry-off pressure cap served into a pilsner glass in Austin, TX. Cost was <$9 for a 6 pack at a local HEB grocery.

I dig the sleek green label art. 6.2% ABV. Best before: 05/10/15.

Pours a healthy off-white head which occupies half the glass and has great retention (at least 7 minutes). Body colour is a clear translucent copper of average vibrance, and presents cleanly.

Aroma is good, with ample hop notes of floral character, resins, and a hint of pine. This is complemented nicely by a malty hint of graham cracker and some fresh pale malt sweetness. No yeast character, alcohol, or off notes come(s) through. Aromatic intensity is average.

Taste is quite balanced, with the bitter hop notes compensated for by the clean pale malt backbone. It's floral, vaguely fruity, and a biteen resinous. No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes come through. Not horribly deep or intricate, but the fundamentals are there, and I rather like it.

Texture is predictably smooth and wet, with slight overcarbonation. Nevertheless, it's refreshing and appropriately medium-bodied.

Overall, it's a highly drinkable and very approachable IPA in a more than fair price range, and I'm glad I nabbed a 6 pack. Maybe it can't compete with offerings like Ballast Point Sculpin or Bear Republic Racer 5, but it's a respectable brew that offers more quality than most IPAs do at this price point. More good work from Alaskan.

Low B- (3.29)

04.09.15: Further truncated impressions:

This IPA ours a healthy off-white head of fair frothiness. Has a good overall consistency and retains well - for ~6-8 minutes. Body colour is a yellow copper - brighter than most IPAs. Clean, translucent, and transparent.

Aroma features notes of hop resins, light hop oil, biscuit malt, pale malt, a bit of graham cracker, and floral hops. The hops seem well balanced with the malts, though I suppose the hop profile should be more expressive. An appealing aroma of mild strength.

Texture is creamy and soft, with an apt medium body and moderate thickness and heft on the palate. A bit overcarbonated, but nevertheless refreshing.

The taste follows the aroma, though the hop profile is rather inexpressive and shallow. It's a bit too malty and sweet for my tastes, without sufficient emphasis on the hops. Far from a deep or intricate beer. Not gestalt, but I don't dislike it.

In just over a month (since my last review of a bottle from the same six pack), this IPA has plummeted in quality despite refrigeration. I remembered liking it far better, but after only a few weeks of age it's fallen off to the point that it's now average at best. Drink this one fresh.


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Photo of GoBeerGo
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

IMO - Lots of tiny bubbles in thick head, sticks to glass, darker Amber, honey like in color, smells of light fruit not a lot of hop. Tastes of roasted malts, tons of bittering hops, aromatic burps. Fresh, light bodied, effervescent, finishing long, bitter.

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Photo of tasteology408
1.58/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This was the worst ipa I had all year. The World could have gone without this beer ever being created.
Maybe it was cold, taken off the shelf, then cooled again.only thing I could think of, cause if not this beer really sucked. It was not enjoyable. I gave them away after trying the 2nd bottle hoping it was a mistake that the first one was bad. Ewwwww

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Photo of travolta
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Foamy white head with nice retention.

Nose: Papaya, pineapple, guava, a tiny bit of mint and floral.

Taste: Dry and simple on the palate. Dry and crisp with traditional hop bitterness. A less complex taste than nose.

Notes: This is a very good standard IPA. They are making a good product here without trying to reinvent the wheel. A standard good IPA, accurate to style.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Color is gold with a two-finger white head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is piney hops, some weed, and some grapefruit. Flavor is similar, with a strong hop profile and understated malt sweetness. Finish is bitter, lingering and clean. Body is lighter than expected, making this quite drinkable.

Overall, a well made IPA that is easily available.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles and laces quite well.

S: Citrus, maybe a touch floral, a little pine, and a nice hit of bready malt.

T: Very nice citrus hop hit up front, grapefruit, orange, a touch of pineapple, followed with some pine and floral notes, and backed with light pale malt. Very crisp and clean. Hoppy, but not overwhelming.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, goes down easy.

O: May not be anything super special, but it's a very solid, very drinkable IPA. Almost too drinkable. Before I knew it my glass was empty. Was a bit worried because it wasn't the freshest bottle, but it still delivered quite well.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.57/5  rDev +24.9%

Icy Bay IPA... not icy, but still cold, in my imperial pint glass.

Not to shabby to look at. Crowned by a delicate one finger head white as sea foam, and a crystalline golden honey-orange color. Pretty.

The aroma is wonderfully nuanced in all the right IPA places.Floral citrus like lemon and lime, a light fragrance of pine trees, and a really, really nice yeasty, bready note. Like REALLY nice.

That bright, fruity citrus takes control of the flavor first, and then it totally shifts into the most wonderful malty finish of bread and clean, crispy, biscuity hoppiness. And the finish doesn't end there! Then come the dank hops. A delightfully dank hoppy component makes an inspired impression is in no hurry to leave. The hops want to stick around and chat, and my palate is certainly inclined to oblige them. This is quite nice to say the least.

It's kinda full-bodied. Crisp and refreshing!

Well.... this is a well-executed IPA. One thing that really sets it on a pedestal for me is its malty side that shows up in the finish. Don't get me wrong, the initial fruity citrus is VERY nice indeed, but the bread and yeast here... they're really quite exquisite.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Alaskan Brewing's Icy Bay IPA last week for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. This is the first time I've seen this beer around and I thought it was worth taking a chance on, so lets see how it goes. Best by 12/24/14. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's a little odd with a surfer on it and I think it's not too eye catching. It poured a amber orange color that took on more of a darker amber orange color when held to the light with just about two fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice sticky rings of lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart some slightly grainy, sweet malt and very bready aromas with some doughy yeast showing up in the background. Up next comes the hops which impart a mixture of fruity, piney and floral hop aromas with the citrus rind hop aromas sticking out a little more than the other aspects. This beer had a nice aroma, but i wish it was a little more fragrant.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma, but it's a little lighter and it still starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart the same malty aspects that I got in the aroma with the bready malts sticking out the most and there's still some doughy yeast showing up in the background. Up next comes the hops which impart the exact same aspects that they did in the aroma with the citrus rind hops still sticking out the most. On the finish there's slightly lower amount of medium bitterness with a bready malt, citrus hop, piney and floral aftertaste. This beer tasted decent, but I thought it was just a little bland for the style.

M- Smooth, fairly clean, fairly crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was an ok beer and I thought it was a very average example of the style, the hop profile wasn't bad, but it could have used a little more bitterness to give it that bite that a nice IPA should have. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth, fairly clean, fairly crisp, not too filling and the taste didn't do a good job at holding my attention, one is enough for me, I have no urge to drink another one in a row since the flavor just can't hold my attention. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance, it looked pretty nice and true to style. What I like the least about this beer was the taste and drinkability, it just wasn't as good as I had hoped and it left me wanting more from this beer. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's very easy to find a much better IPA and I can't say I would recommend it as a good example of the style. All in all I wasn't impressed with this beer, it had some nice aspects, but it also had some that were pretty weak which made for a very average IPA. This isn't my favorite from this brewery and it's the middle to lower end of the style. Better luck next time guys, this IPA could use a little bit of work.

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Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.