Alaskan Icy Bay IPA - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Icy Bay IPAAlaskan Icy Bay IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,115 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,115
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 27
Gots: 148 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% 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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Ratings: 1,115 | Reviews: 379
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.

Photo of moundbz
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

smooth, easy drinking, kinda light for an IPA

Photo of Lobina
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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

Photo of Agee4icloud
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Great beer.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Icy Bay IPA pours a copper color with a small lacing head. There is a more balanced aroma, but some hop notes do come through. The taste is also more balanced, but again some hop flavors come through. Decent feel, okay strength of flavors. Overall its a very OK IPA.

Photo of ZombieChan
4/5  rDev +9.3%

An IPA I wasn't even aware of. It's a really good ale with the right amount of hops to make it the perfect beer on a warm sunny day.

Photo of Joshua_Hill
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Really good IPA nice on a hot day. It is refreshing with a bite on the finish really well balenced.

Photo of bottomfisher
1.75/5  rDev -52.2%

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

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.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a snifter.

Things start off pleasantly with a hazy, copper-colored body and a frothy, creamy, pale white head that persists for a good amount of time. Carbonation trickles through the body.

Smells of citrus and caramel blend together for a sweet nose. The hop aroma is resinous and pungent and difficult to ignore.

Interestingly, the citrus disappears on the tongue, replaced by an earthy, more grainy hop flavor. There's a hint of orange or grapefruit eventually, but it is definitely second fiddle here. From the malt I taste mild notes of bread and caramel before the hops reemerge for a pungent, slightly marijuana-like finish.

My first instinct is to guess this is one of the new session IPAs as the mouthfeel is light and almost what I think of as thin and watery. There's enough malt there to take notice and provide some body, but this brew feels like one of those that tries hard to be big on flavor and light-drinking. There's a bitter finish that is pretty enjoyable.

Icy Bay IPA is good. I don't know whether it's a session IPA or a pale ale or just a good old IPA, but it's good.

Photo of vkv822
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz into the SN IPA Glass.

Pours a clear, coppery orange with a foamy off white head.

Citrusy, floral hop blend upfront both in the aroma and taste.

Medium bodied, average carbonation.

A decent IPA. Nothing particularly special, but still an enjoyable flavor profile.

Photo of HardTarget
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Bright yellow glass with a lot of haze, holds a thin white cover of foam that leaves some lacing.

Smell: Not a lot going on, a mild hop note, mild clean grainy, almost corn note.

Taste: An APA, not an IPA, the hops just aren't up to the level expected. While everything here is well made, the hops are a bit grassy and earthy where I prefer a citric note. There is a slight metallic aftertaste that is annoying as well. Finish is sweet, where I should be getting a dose of hop oils.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, prickly carbonation, bit frothy.

Overall: Not my cup of tea. There is a woody, difference about this that I could see being a love or hate kind of thing, but it doesn't do it for me.

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

Icy Bay is a nice sessionable IPA....little heavier than the Founder's All Day IPA...and probably more flavorful. The beer poured a clear golden with nice white head that laced nicely. The scent carried some fresh hops that leaned toward piny and citrus. The taste was an great balance between malt and hops. Starts smooth...bitterness kicks in the center then mellow again. The mouthfeel was light to medium in body with decent carbonation. Overall this is a great beer.

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

Good IPA. Nothing mind blowing. Has a nice golden color that you would expect from an American IPA. Not much of a smell to make you look forward to drinking. Nice bitterness but not enough hoppiness. Then again I enjoy very hoppy beers! Mouthfeel is as expected. Nothing to brag about though. Definitely a great drinking IPA that is a safe bet for an IPA lover however has no qualities that make it stand above the rest

Photo of nqdell
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a- thin clear gold with head that disappears quickly

s- hops strong in piney scent

t- Very drinkable ipa with enough hop to satisfied a indian snob

m- bounces oo the tongue and give a creamy feel and tingles the nostrils

Overall a fine bargain beer I would choose over the peers in this category.

Photo of utopiajane
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful gold with lovely clarity and some lager type bubbles floating ever upward to a fat head of bone white foam that had excellent retention and left clinging lace. Nose is earthy and citrusy. A powdery and soft hop floral pervades the nose. There is a light and earthy pine and pink grapefruit. The malt to the nose is a but a drop of tempting honey, just a bit of sugary sweetness. Taste is mild and juicy. The pink grapefruit abounds in the flavor. Tart, citric and with some of the bright zest of the fruit peel. The mouthfeel is west coast style lightness and as it warms a just a hint of cracker peeks through. It's not very sweet but just sweet enough. The hops are floral perfection in this and exude their powdery musk throughout the drink. Their sweetness is unique in this aspect. The pine and a subtle herbal combine for a more delicate approach to the palate. The bitter is soft and graceful and ends this beer dry, with a slight pucker and with you wanting more.

Lovely.

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking glazed orange color with a one finger white foamy head that died off in about a minute. Light lacing was here and there.
The smell had a really nice citrusy hoppiness inviting a nice light caramel maltiness to balance.
The taste was basically a balanced sweet citrusy hoppiness to light caramel malts.
The mouthfeel had a good sharpness running over my tongue.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good AIPA that I would have again.

Photo of beergoot
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice golden colored body with a thick, chunky, white head; spidery lacing on the glass. Pine and earth aroma. Mild malt flavors; slight berry fruitiness; good hop bitterness lingering at the finish. Medium bodied; smooth and slick mouthfeel; dry finish.

A good if unexceptional IPA. Hits the style parameters with decent balance and respectable depth of flavor but there's nothing exceptional or memorable going on. Taste does have a nice juicy quality to it.

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of white head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront citrus hops with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, and tangerine. Big scent of pine resin. Also some grassy hop hints. Soft pale malt background with hints of grains, cracker, and yeast. Very hop forward and ripe smelling. Pretty solid.

Taste: Like it smells, a ripe and juicy hop driven taste with good notes of citrus and pine. Citrus hops with some upfront notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, pineapple, and tangerine. Big taste of piney hops. Earthy notes of pine resin. Soft bready malt background presence with notes of grains, cracker, and yeast. Very hop dominate and pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, slightly oily, and pretty drying on the finish. Nicely smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid IPA. Good pine and citrus bite with a balanced smooth body.

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

Appearance: Pours a 2" white head that recedes very slowly leaving moderate lacing. Abundant carbonation evident. Color is slightly cloudy golden-orange.
Aroma: pleasant sweet tangerine and bready malt background.
Mouthfeel: between light and medium with a somewhat dry finish.
Flavor: sweet tangerine, bitter citrus rind, toffee, crusty white bread.
Overall: an excellent IPA, really enjoyed this well balanced brew.

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Beer pours a hazy orange color with a strong finger of fluffy white head.

Piney aroma, no malt notes. Fairly simple, just a whole lot of hops that smell like pine.

Beer also tastes pretty simple. It is hop forward with a bitter lingering finish. Taste of pine and a little danky.

Medium Body, good carbonation for the style.

Overall, an okay beer. There are no flaws, and it is pretty easy drinking. It just does not stand out or anything. It would be good for a session IPA. It is not too high in ABV or IBUs.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle received in trade from BeerKangaroo, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a huge bubbly off white head that persists forever. Aromas of caramel and citrus dominate with hints of mineral to round it out. The flavor is a bit of pine, spice, and citrus with a solid bready caramel to back it up. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mineral mouthfeel. Nice easy drinker, a bit old school but certainly serviceable.

Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy medium gold body, with a large, dense, and coarse white head, which retains well. Faint streams of fine carbonation drift slowly to the surface. Scattered, patchy lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Fairly prominent grapefruit and pine tar hops dominate the aroma. Sweet, pale malt is also notable, although it is overshadowed by the hops.

Taste: Opens with sharp grapefruit rind hop flavors, these dominate throughout the taste. As the taste progresses, sweet orange hops are present, although to a greatly lesser extent, as well, as a modest pale malt presence, with a subtle toasted flavor. Late in the taste, there are some notable grassy hop flavors as well. Finishes with a lingering, moderate grapefruit and pine hop flavors.

Mouth feel: Smooth, very soft, and full, with slight zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Nicely done, a solid example of the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Photo of artoolemomo
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which has some retention but not much. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a pale amber that appears as a golden straw when held up to the light. Considerable lacing at the moment.

Nose- Nice but simplistic. Shows citrus (mostly orange with a little bit of lemon) but not much else. Some hints of honey, a light floral character, maybe even some caramel. Very slight notes of pine and resin in the background. Swirling shows light honey and a very light peach.

Taste- Reflects the nose for a while (citrus (mostly orange again), some honey, brief floral notes, slight caramel) then moves into a much more stereotypical IPA flavor profile. Grapefruit, huge notes of pine and resin which, at first, seemed to contribute to a strong bitter finish but seems a little more rounded at the moment. Earwax as well as the linger reasserts itself. Most of the interesting notes fade and leave the bitter notes of pine, resin, grapefruit, and earwax to dominate. No flaws but fairly boring. Lacks complexity. Okay balance and integration. Above average beer but a rather average IPA. Some matchstick.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with a slight syrupiness to the texture. Light carbonation, little zing.

Drinkability- I'm not much a hophead anymore so the bitter linger is undesirable but otherwise, it's pretty drinkable. Pretty standard craft beer price so I would definitely grab something else. Only bought this because it was in a variety pack.

Overall- Above average. Worth a try but it is just a run of the mill IPA. I will not be purchasing it again. This is mostly because when I drink IPAs these days, I try to go for the cream of the crop.

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Alaskan IPA

Enjoyed on tap. Served cold in a shaker pint glass.

A) Golden amber brew. Really not much head. A thin frothy collar remained. Not much lacing...

S) Quite a fresh scent. A bit floral, with a pinch of grass, and a good amount of grapefruit.

T) Pleasantly citrusy, with good malt balance in the flavor. A bit of grass and pine. Citrus rind on the finish.

M) Lighter medium body, with mild carbonation, but not flat. This was refreshing and really easy drinking.

O) I enjoyed this... Definitely above average, with very nice drinkability. I'd go for this again.

Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,115 ratings.