Alaskan Icy Bay IPA - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 363
Hads: 1,134
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 27
Gots: 152 | 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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Photo of yemenmocha
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale golden color with moderate sized white head. In the glass you might mistake it for a macro lager in terms of color.

Nose is prickly grapefruit and lemon, but overall on the lighter side. Very subdued.

On the palate a more balanced malt/hop balance is apparent for an IPA, with nothing too extreme going on. Perhaps this is more of a traditional IPA than "American" IPA.

Finish is dry with pine. Easy drinking IPA. (427 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - hits the Belgian glass with a fairly clear orange golden color, a soapy layer of white suds on top. Good streaks of lace here and there.

Aroma - sweet grapefruit and pine. The sweetness fades a little and a light woody, earthy note comes through.

Taste - average grain frontage. A hint of metal but it gets nowhere as the hops move it to lay some nice grapefruit flavor down. Pine in there as well. The swallow turns dry, bitter, and with a trace of alcohol. A solid taste.

Mouthfeel - high carbonation, medium-bodied. Could have a little more.

Drinkability - easy session IPA, those hop loving folks in Juneau are well taken care of with this around. (668 characters)

Photo of Floydster
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint for four dollars at Naja's Place, only IPA they had left on tap except for West Coast from Green Flash and I have been drinking quite a bit of that lately

A-Light red with lots of orange in color, 3/4 inch foamy white head that stuck around for a little while, some retention and sticky lacing

S-Pine hoppiness, floral accents, grapefruit, lemon, orange, light malt, and more hops

T-Starts off with citrus hops with mostly grapefruit, some grainy malt in the middle but can barely taste it, dry piney hops in the finish, as it warmed it did not get much sweeter and the citrus actually died down a little bit, dryness in the aftertaste was nice and kept me coming back for more, nicely balanced overall and a tasty IPA

M-Dry and citrusy mouthfeel, not overly carbonated, medium body, taste lingered nicely

D-Could drink a few pints of this, low ABV, goes down easy, not heavy on the stomach, was nice on this hot day

One of the best brews from Alaskan, sessionable india pale ale, will probably buy some bombers soon, will drink certainly drink again, recommended (1,074 characters)

Photo of desertbronze
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle.

Beautiful clear yellow liquid in the glass. Poured with a one finger head which lasted to the end. Some lacing in the glass. Nice hop aroma. Malt in the front and a hoppy finish - just like an IPA should have. Hop taste stays on the tongue for a few moments. Mouthfeel is a little thin - a little more body would be good in this beer. Very drinkable - I will finish this bottle tonight. Will be even better as a thirst quencher on a hot summer day. (466 characters)

Photo of idResponse
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy then subsides into a golden clear hue. It smells like the bay on a crisp cold morning. It tastes like the flesh of a fresh salmon over a wad of hops. It feels like the dew rolling off the back of a springtime leaf in the morning of the pacific northwest. It drinks like rain washing away your sins. (311 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Stubby 12oz bottle like the one depicted; no "best before" date on bottle or 6-pack. Poured into a standard pint glass.
Has a clear dark golden color, decent carbonation and a moderate .5in white head that left scant lace.
Nose had a clean citrus and pine aroma with a softer undercurrent of grains and hay. Not real potent but definitely a solid IPA aroma.
Tastes good; crisp citrusy hops bite that swiftly overtakes the initial mellow sweet grains flavors. As it reaches further back on the tongue, the citrus taste transitions to a more pronounced pine resin taste that lingers nicely after each pull.
Feel is surprisingly light; crisp and clean.
Overall, a very easy drinking IPA. It has a more subdued hops profile than many West Coast IPA's (or East Coast, for that matter) but that only serves to make Alaskan's version a more viable session IPA. This brew's hops bill won't scour your tongue after the first; it'll leave you wanting more. Good effort by Alaskan BC! (973 characters)

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Citrus lemon rind and a really nice hop oil taste. Spicy pine with a real nice woody presence. Not a huge IPA like some of the oregon and washington stuff, but good.

Mouthfeel is a bit light for my tastes. A tad bit watery, but the hop resin/juiciness is just enough to make this very drinkable.

OVerall, a good IPA. I recommend a 6pack if you see this anywhere. (366 characters)

Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured light amber from the 22 ounce bottle with two fingers of white head. Good amount of lacing. Head stays about 5 minutes.
Nice floral piney aroma. More aroma than most IPA's.
Taste is crisp, balanced, resinous hops with sweet malts. IBU is listed as 55.
Mouthfeel is medium with a dry bitter finish. Carbonation is just enough.
Overall better than average. Not so hoppy that you would only want one.
May be the ultimate everyday IPA. Give it a try. Hey it came all the way from Juneau! (491 characters)

Photo of mithrascruor
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Callahan's, San Diego

Pours a clear amber red color with a big white head with good retention. Minimal aroma of hops. Light spicy hop flavor is crisp with a subtle aftertaste. Very smooth with light carbonation and a generally light-bodied feel. A bit subdued for an IPA, but really drinkable, enjoyable and refreshing. (330 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow-ish color with a big white head. In the aroma, citrus hops, a bit on the the sweeter side as well. In the taste, a mix of citrus and piney hops, again a bit sweet. A nice bitter mouthfel and a dry, hoppy aftertaste. Very nice, and actually kind of standard, but very good. (292 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Surf Alaska but only in the summer. Pours golden yellow with a light off white head. Not a great pour but the foam did die out completely.

The smell is limited with mostly citrus hopes but under line pine and lemon peel were there too. Malt was limited but some basic pale and grainy aromas. Some lighter biscuit touches as well.

The taste has more of a lemon flavor at first. Ok bittering but limited overall. The citrus comes out a bit more as taste pallets gets use to the hoppy flavors. The malt is more in balance than the nose indicated but really doesn't bring much to the taste.

Lighter side of medium bodied but very easy to drink. Carbonation seemed a bit low and probably could have helped out the bittering. Overall not much with depth but something you could drink on a regular basis. (800 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled through a trade with Northertimber.

Clear mostly golden colored ale with a tall white head. I guess you could call this a pale shade of amber but this is really much closer to gold than "IPA Orange" to me.

Smell is a little sweet and herbal without the usual C Hops commando raid on your nose. Grapefruit, pine and spicy spruce are in here just not Banzai levels like some beers. There is a spicy scent here that I can only describe as spruce and cinnamon.

The taste starts out neutral and woody in the mouth. Flowery hop taste, something you don't often taste in an AIPA anymore. Little bit of vanilla present possibly from oak somehow. Mild chamomile flavor. Pine and grapefruit are in here but they are hidden by a more abundant herbal hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Super easy to drink and very flavorful. A different IPA from the usual full power C-Bombs that seem to be made by everyone now. Most easy to drink, flavorful without blowing your taste buds off, recommended. (990 characters)

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a 1 1/2 finger head. Retention is a little weak and the head is frothy at first but seems a little weak. Somehow the retention remains good: hard to explain. Pale orange/yellow in color.

Smell is of some weak cascades or centennials.

Taste is very weak for an ipa. Pretty boring really. Some pale malts and weak hops with a dry mouthfeel. I am dissapointed by this ipa.

Still thanks to gglwebster for the sample.

This sample tastes mildly soapy (454 characters)

Photo of jdoncbus
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**Thanks to JohnGalt1 for the beer (highly recommended trader)**

Pours a transparent gold with mild carbonation and smallish head; mild lacing that leaves an oily residue on the glass.

Mild aroma that consists of a pinch of toasted malt, accompanied by a surge of lemon-zest and peppery hops.

Mouth is introduced to a crispy hop bitterness which leads into a moderate creaminess that brings out hints of fruit rine, lemon-pepper, & cilantro. Palate is left dry and longing for another sip; cetainly a West Coast IPA.

I would love to enjoy this one during the hot, summer months. Like I mentioned above this one is all west coast with its heavy lean towards the hop (no complaints from me). I would certainly recommend. (722 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
2.05/5  rDev -43.8%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of willjschmidt
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden hue with a decent light white head, decent lacing as well.

S: Some slightly sweet hops. Not a lot of aroma on this one.

T: A very light IPA. A faint taste of pine with decent balance with some slightly sweet malts. Very little citrus at all. Should really be a pale ale.

M: Light bodied, even a little thin.

D: Wasn't too fond of this one. It's not a bad beer but there are far too many good IPA's out there to justify picking this one up. (514 characters)

Photo of pwoods
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ahatcher78 for this trade.

22oz. brown bomber poured into my brand spankin' new Stone IPA glass. No dating.

A: Pours a nice IPA deep orange with good visibility(the 2nd pour is a beautiful hazed golden orange from the yeast). 2 fingers of fluffy pearl white head forms. Nice retention and good clumpy lacing.

S: Sweet, juicy grapefruit. Not really pine but a nice pepper snap in the background. Malts aren't detectable.

T/M: Bitterness is at a good level. Hops provide a slightly muted sweet grapefruit flavor. The bottle might be just at the end of it's prime.. I should have drank this right away. A bit of pepper and yeast in the middle. Starts off nice and light for the juicy hops then gets creamy when the light and bready malts kick in. Finish is dry with a touch of bitterness.

D: Not a terrible brew but I think I waited a bit too long to drink it. Looks great and the mouthfeel is exactly how an IPA should be. (935 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.57/5  rDev +25.2%
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. (1,005 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is not what you would expect from an american IPA. It pours like an IPA but a little too tranparent. At first taste you think, was that water? but then the flavors sneak up on in the middle of the taste. overall the hop flavors are a little weak but the smoothness is unique. Alaskan did the same thing with their pale, but technically that is a golden and should be that way. The IPA could really use some more hop flavor, but if you want to get wasted off an IPA taste this is the beer for you. (501 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear gold color, with a decent white head on top.

Aromas are sweet, hard candy like, with some citrus notes.

Taste is dry and crisp. There is an underlying hop bitterness, with some grapefruit like flavors as well. Maltiness is creamy and understated but nice.

Mouthfeel is nice. Very crisp and with a nice long finish.

Drinkability is very good. Not an overwhelming IPA. But very solid, and very drinkable. Good stuff that is almost session worthy. (471 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz left over from a 6'er picked up at the 16th st Albertsons. Enjoyed out of a shaker pint... listening to Global Underground Nick Warren, Shanghai mix.

good 2" head atop clear honey brews.... good chunky lacing left down the inside of the pint.

Nice PNW hop aroma right out of the gate.... floral and pine.... really nice toasted malt backbone.

Dry... finish is very noticeable on the first sip... good biscuity malt flavor... that melts from the citrus/grapefruit zest flavor... maybe a little thin for the style but really only a minor fault on an otherwise very nice brew.

Alaskan makes quality products... I wish they still bottled their ESB... fantastic. Now I am just hoping I can pick up a bunch of their barleywine when it comes out soon. (753 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz Bomber brought back to PA by my parents after their visit to the brewery.

A: Golden yellow with a nice thick white head

S: Lovely floral citrusy and piney hopiness

T: Crisp and clean with a nice lots o hops kick and a little malty finish..the way I like it...hop forward please.

M: Light with a nice crisp carbonation. Very "clean" tasting with only a bit of hop aftertaste

D: Very well done west coast IPA for ABC's first go at an IPA. I prefer lighter, crisp, hop forward IPA's and this hits the mark. (515 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (1,084 characters)

Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.