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Alaskan Icy Bay IPA - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
84
good

958 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 958
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 22
Gots: 100 | 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 Kuaff
4.57/5  rDev +24.2%

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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3.24/5  rDev -12%

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3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.12/5  rDev +12%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.4/5  rDev +19.6%

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2.52/5  rDev -31.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
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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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of moundbz
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

smooth, easy drinking, kinda light for an IPA

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.04/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.12/5  rDev +12%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Great aroma. Good balance. From a 12 oz bottle from Tap and Bottle.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Great beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 958 ratings.