Alaskan Icy Bay IPA - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 368
Hads: 1,160
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 21.31%
Wants: 27
Gots: 169 | FT: 1
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 2/22/12.

Pours a clear light honey orange with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a small cap. Broken foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal hops. Taste is of citrus zest and herbal hops up front with a malt finish. There is a very mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA but nothing too memorable. I'm glad I finally picked up a bottle to give it a shot.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

had this on tap at the stars/avs game at pepsi center last night. surprised I have not reviewed it before, as I have had this many many times. its a lighter ipa in color, more golden than anything else, with inviting citrusy and honey sweetness aromatics. well balanced compared to many, a pale malt base supports a robust but not overpowering hopping that results in a drinkably flavorful hop forward ale that makes pretty darn good hockey beer. my critique is that it doesn't stand up so well against the more assertively hopped ipas out there, and comes across more as an American pale ale than an ipa, but I guess that's being unnecessarily critical of a well above average beer. its just a little more tame. I like the carbonation and lighter of feel of this, the alcohol is well hidden and this is a fine session beer if you can take the buzz with you. not as interesting as some Alaskan brews, but a serviceable ipa at a good price.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper gold win a white head and some good lady streaks as it goes down the glass. Aroma is some caramel malt presiding over some floral and citrus hops. Neither really dominates, but the hops aren't particularly strong. Taste is much the same with a bit off sweetness balanced out some bitterness. Lift to medium body with good carbonation. Drinks pretty well, but not one of the better IPAs we picked up on our West Coast trip.

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Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a frothy white head that leaves shards of lace

Smell: Hints of floral tangerine waft above a decent amount of malt in the aroma

Taste: Starts out with a nice bready flavor that is joined mid-palate by the tangerine; after the swallow, I pick up an herbal and grassy element that adds complexity to the bitter flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Bordering on the pale ale category this IPA nevertheless has a nice floral citrus element that makes it very easy to consume; damn drinkable, I say

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Photo of biboergosum
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found this 22oz bomber at a Fred Meyer's in the Tri-Cities. It pours a light copper colour, with 2 fingers of foamy off-white head. The smell is predominantly pine hops with a little citrus kick, very inviting. The taste is much less hoppy than I was led to believe, however, the mild hop bite balances evenly with the grainy, cracker-like malt component. A light carbonation gives an innocuous mouthfeel, and the finish is very much like a pale ale, not many hops left at this point. Overall, a nice sessionable brew, becoming more like a pale ale the more I drank of it.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ripe apricot with lemon peel trim. Multitudinous bubbles race up to do their part in the creation of a densely creamy cap the color of lightly yellowed ivory. From the melting ice cream look of the head to the generous amount of lace, this is one good looking India pale ale.

I wish the aroma was more forthcoming, but I love what I smell. My nose tells me that there's no (or almost no) caramel malt present. The white grapefruit and lemon hops tell me that one or more of the 4-Cs is in use (Cascade at least). I like the way these guys have decided to construct their IPA.

Alaskan Smoked Porter and Alaskan Stout are superb examples of their respective styles. Alaskan ESB is good as well. After that, I'm not thrilled with what this brewery produces, although it's all drinkable in a pleasant sort of way. I'm thrilled to see that Alaskan IPA comes in at the higher end of the spectrum.

This is a hop-focused beer that isn't anywhere close to being a tongue destroyer. By using pale malt almost exclusively (I'm guessing), the brewers allow the bright, zesty, citrus fruit character of the Pacific NW hops to shine. Malt support is rock steady, with an untoasted biscuity sweetness just below the surface. Simple... straightforward... delicious.

The mouthfeel is exactly where it should be for an American IPA that isn't a hop and booze monster. It's medium for the style, is both firm and lightly creamy, and is well-carbonated without being buzzy. In other words, it's a perfect match for the flavor profile.

I love the fluorescent green that Alaskan Brewing Co. has chosen for the labels and bottle caps. I'm sure it makes the beer stand out on the shelves. Although it may not be as sexy as some of the hop bombs that are being brewed these days, Alaskan IPA is a more than solid effort that I enjoyed thoroughly. I'm glad to see that these guys have filled the 'hoppy beer' hole in their lineup with such a quality offering.

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Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a bubbly, three-finger head of white foam. It left behind sticky, rings of lace after the head receded.

S - It smelled of pine and resin. The was a light orange peel aroma, too.

T - It tasted of piney hops with a citrus bite. It had a sweet caramel flavor. The hop bitterness was very mild.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer with a dry finish.

D- This is a solid IPA. Alaskan always does good work and this one is nice. Cool label art, too.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I finally got to try the Alaskan IPA. I have waited forever to get to try this one and finally received a couple bottles in a recent BIF. This one poured a golden amber with an adequate sized white head of foamy lace which settled down after a few minutes. This eventually gave way to a nice layer of lace which covered the rest of the session and left a little bit of side glass lace, but really not too much. The smell was light and very fresh, with a light pine floral hoppiness to it. Nothing that was going to tear you apart though, it was more of a light pale ale kind of aroma and this related perfectly to the taste. It was a very light, crisp and refreshing taste, something that you very rarely see with hop heavy west coast IPA’s nowadays. Very light feel as well made this very sessionable. The only appreciable hop feel was in the dry finish, but this was really light enough to be a pale ale for me. Overall not bad at all, not super hoppy for me, but still a quality light ale for sure. I would definitely not turn this one down if it were offered, it is very good.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, light orange-hued body with a lush, bubby off-white head.

Smell: Pleasantly aromatic nose of citrus and soap with a mild addition of caramel malts.

Taste: Juicy citrus flavors of lemon and tangerine. Only a faint hint of caramel as not too much maltiness shows up. There's a medium bitterness which drops out for a pretty clean, light finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It could use a bit more of everything, but as it stands it's still a decent, easy drinking light IPA.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright citrus greets you in the nose of Alaskan's IPA. It's lemony, and mildly grapefruity. There are other fruits as well, including soft apricot, melon, and papaya. Beneath the fruitiness there's also a lightly sweet biscuity malt that's ever so slightly caramel tinged.

It's clear golden in the glass beneath a white head, and the retention and lacing are quite good.

Across the palate it's medium to medium-full in body with a delicately zesty tingle on the tongue due to its very fine bubbled median carbonation.

The flavor starts with citrus wrapped in a thin layer of sweetish malt. It becomes a little tarter and more bitter across the middle as the carbonation bristles the tongue. Floral, leafy, and mildly grassy hop notes appear, and going into the swallow the honey-drizzled and subtly caramelish malt becomes more apparent as it warms. The maltiness is short lived, however, as it's then immediately washed over by citrus and bitterness in a swirling finish.

It lingers throughout the mouth with a combination of citrus, honeyish malt, bitterness, leafy hops, and finally, chalky citrus rind. It's not too long lasting, and it's certainly more lemony citrusy than bitter. It's very refreshing!

It's interesting in that it's kind of English in nature with it's biscuity malt base and limited bitterness (around 50 IBU's), but also quite American in it's brightly citrusy hops. The strength is also kept in check whereas many American versions are just starting at 6.2%. Very well done. Certainly worth trying!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.59/5  rDev +25.4%
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!

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Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks nice in the glass, golden yellow in color. Swirls of lacing along the glass. Nose of flowery hops. Surprisingly dry. Malt is rather modest with hardly a hint of sweetness. Light body. Rich mouthfeel and nice carbonation is the best feature. Flavor is on the astringent side. Some typical big-hop flavors like pine but also canned unsweetened peaches.

Does seem more like pale ale, but then I'd complain it was too bitter for the style. Not much to like about this.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.57/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured fro a twist off capped 12oz brown bottle into an Alaskan Summer Ale glass. The cap gave a swift Pssht as it was removed.

A - A brilliant clear golden amber with a frothy pillow of white foamy head. A deposit of lace is like a random snowflake pattern.

S - Whoah!, look out the fresh citrusy tangerine hop scents come at you en force. The scent is invigorating to say the least. A very floral sweet and herbal odor is noted on second whiff.

M - The mouthfeel is just about right on w/ a serious oily hop texture. A moderate to full bitterness that lingers momentarily and allows the supportive malt sweetness to make itself known. The carbonation snaps up front to give a good introduction, but relaxes ever quickly.

T - Very floral and citric in flavor, the IPA does have it goin' on w/ fresh tasting hops that bitter but don't kill the taste buds. Nice malt backing makes it a good choice as far as balanced IPA's go. The slightly higher strength makes it interesting and adds to it's character. The oily taste of hops that is unavoidable is a strong atttribute. Very pleasant bitterness, I would prefer a tinge more malt to keep the balance steady, but no knocking the bountiful fresh hop taste.

D - Very good western U.S. IPA. I would pair this with orange chicken, bourbon chicken or blackened swordfish, but it is a great India Pale Ale and it will hold its own w/ spicy dishes I'm sure. I would get a case if you can-it is that good.

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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 RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear goldish amber with a decent creme head. Nose is malts and floral tones. Flavor is salty and acidic really. There are earthy and leafy tones with some minor backside citrus oily hops to it, but it's not really the level of balance that would make me happy. Feel has a full and biting carbonation to it and the liquid is about typical. A decent IPA, but lacking a slight touch of balance and grace to make it easier to drink.

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Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scored this in Wyoming

Pours bronze/amber with 1" of white head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Some leafy/tobbacco hop notes, note much else

T: Earthy/leafy hops with some grapefruit on the side. Fruittyness & some jammy notes show up as this warms. Finishes a fruitty, crisp & a little lemony

MF: Medium bodied with good balance & carbonation

Drank pretty easy, not a head ripping IPA, but one I could session on with no problem

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pale golden copper hue with a bright wite head fine even lacing. Aroma has hints of citrus/floral notes. A biscuit doughy center in the nose really stands out. Flavor wise sharp piercing bitterness really brings out citrus/floral notes more pale biscuit semi sweet malt tones, pretty hop sided but that's okay. Not brilliant but I'd imagine hops are a tough comodity in Alaska. Unliked Smoked salmon and malts. Mouthfeel is sturdily carbonated with a light to medium bodied. Drinkabiliy overall is solid an approachable early IPA that I would definitely swing for especially on tap.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 11/4/2014. Pours crystal clear deep gold color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of citrus hops and bready pale malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good IPA. Good balance and robustness of citrus hops and bready pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. More of a balanced IPA that is not too bitter, but still has nice hoppiness in flavor. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alaskan IPA, India Pale Ale, 6.7% ALC./VOL.

Clear, bright golden hue, snowy white, long-lasting, lacey head.

Aroma: grapefruit and orange, hints of pine and grass.

Taste: nice, tidy bitter bite up front, intense hoppy citric flavors, then cool and mellow. Medium body, moderate mouthfeel, soft finish. Back for another sip and swallow, and it goes down the same, hoppy, lingering bitterness, crisp, clean malt.

Nice, easy-drinking IPA. It's a good beer, and you can drink it.

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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with a thin head that soon becomes a thin, lasting patch.

The smell is soft -some citrus, pine and lemon peel. Some sweetbread underneath.

The taste is lemony upfront. Some pine. Sweet, balancing, background. A leafy bitterness emerges late. Well-balanced - almost too much so for the style, but that's fine. Nice to have a milder IPA for a change-up.

Lighter side of medium bodied, it is smooth.

Easy-drinking. A decent choice for a milder IPA. It certainly doesn't push the envelope, but like I mentioned, nice for a change-up. I enjoyed it more than the score shows.

Thanks to bitterbill for including this one in our trade!

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

Poured into a nonic. Beer is light yellow and slightly hazy. Heavily carbonated but only a thin head with minimal lacing.

Aroma is mildly malty and has a mild hop aroma.

Mediocre. It's not bad just OK. Medium to light body. Uninterseting overall. Moderate bitterness, mild malt. No real hop flavor in the beer. Eh...

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Photo of mothman
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a white head. Leaves some sticky lace. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Bready pale malts. Grapefruit citrus. Floral hops. Very earthy. Pretty fresh.

Taste: Orange and grapefruit citrus. Bready pale malts. Floral and piney. Earthy.

Mouthfeel: Bitter. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, a decent ipa. A little above average. A bit malty. However, this is pretty solid.

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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.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/01/07- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no visable freshness dating. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Amber-copper colored pour. 1/2 inch medium sized bubbled head with decent lace spots left behind.

Smell- A good amound of grapefruit scented hops and a slight touch of bready malt.

Taste- Kinda reminds me of Russian River's standard IPA. Really doesn't slam you with hops or malt for that matter, but rounds out really nice with what it is. There are grapefruit hops, but they are slightly muted. And the malt is lightly caramelized, if not bready or yeasty tasting.

Mouthfeel- Nice carbonation level that allows you to easily suck this bad boy down. Decent bitter lasting aftertaste as well.

Drinkability- Sessionable, yes. Hop monster, no. All in all a good middle of the road tasting beer worth trying. Nice to see a mainstream brewery make a decent IPA.

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Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.