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Alaskan Icy Bay IPA - Alaskan Brewing Co.

Alaskan Icy Bay IPAAlaskan Icy Bay IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

755 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 755
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%


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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joecalderoni

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: golden yellow color, high carbonation! Very clear!

S: very nice citrus, grapefruit aroma almost no malt aroma! You can tell its dry hopped

T: Nice bitterness well balanced with caramel malt taste! Nice hop flavor

M: medium body, high carbonation!

O: a very nice IPA, extremely drinakble and very enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 03:08:03 | More by joecalderoni
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elNopalero

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours with a bright, vibrant, almost-gold color. I get a noseful of vivid, grassy hops, followed by a flavor that is hop forward. It is dominated by the fresh, crisp flavor of the hops, grassy, and lightly bodied with a lingering bitterness on an otherwise clean, bright finish. I can see this falling apart if the hops fade as I don’t think the malt backbone has enough to hold up. Not bad, just drink it fresh!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 19:54:47 | More by elNopalero
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glad to finally be able to purchase Alaskan beers in Tx! 12 oz bottle pours a clear gold color with a nice cap of off-white head. Retention and lacing are both excellent.

Nose is fairly balanced for an IPA, with graham cracker and honey malt peeking through the pine and fruity hop aromas.

Sharp bitterness, crackery malt and a low sweetness make for a solid, if not spectacular, IPA experience. This seems like one of those IPAs that would have been considered top tier 10 years ago, but now just falls into the 'meh, it's pretty good' category. I also dont think this is as good as many of the other standard lineup/seasonal beers they do compared to their stylistic counterparts.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 01:05:09 | More by twiggamortis420
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Siriusfisherman

Montana

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with a decent soapy head, slightly hazy. The smell is of herbal hops, almost lager-like, with some tones of grapefruit and light, earthy pine. The taste is very similar, with a nice malty flavor that becomes more prevalent as the beer warms. The hop character is very unique and quite strong when fresh. An excellent summertime IPA, and a nice deviation from the more tropical examples that seem to be so popular right now.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 19:54:00 | More by Siriusfisherman
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle stamped 062212 poured to pint glass the beer arrives a translucent golden color with a nice 1.5 finger head, good retention and lacing. The nose is a pleasant blend of resiny floral citrus and pine hops mixed with an underlayer of caramel malt sweetness. Similarly the flavor starts with a crisp blend of citrus and pine hops with a caramel sweetness beneath. Medium bitterness. Finishes crisp and clean. Adequately carbonated. Overall, a good IPA. I'd purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 16:13:33 | More by hopfacebrew
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allengarvin

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay glass. It's an amber-gold beer with an ok head, though it fades soon. The nose is decent, with lots of grassy, herbal hops. Flavor offers mostly hops, moderately high bitter, with hop flavor that follows the nose. Body is a tad watery.

Pretty bog-standard IPA. Alaskan just made it to Texas. Hard to see how they'll survive with their bland line-up, but I hope we can make it to this smoked porter this fall.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 00:21:37 | More by allengarvin
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JMad

Texas

4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden color with a filmy white head. Nice fruity hop aroma with some citrus and caramel malt. Taste has rush of hop bitterness, lemon peel and pine oil with some tropical fruit, almost like fruit salad that finishes very bitter. It's surprisingly light with a decent amount of carbonation and a dry finish. This beer hangs with the best IPA's it's not as malty as most which I actually like.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 05:38:40 | More by JMad
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obrike

Texas

3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sixer at Round Rock Specs for about 8.50.

This one's a clinger. Great sticky lacing on my pint glass. A golden yellow hue that looks quite refreshing.

Getting some faint scents of fresh grapefruit, a bit of sweet malt, but nothing out of this world.

Not bad. Getting the semi-bitter grapefruit, some lemon as well, but a decent amount of sweet malt for balance. Very dry finish...makes me want to take another sip immediately...always a good thing in my book. Mouthfeel is good for the style...fairly thin, but freaking refreshing.

I think the drinkability of this one puts it a notch up on a lot of IPAs out there. Super smooth and so easy to drink. Dare I say, maybe an IPA for folks weary about "bitter beer face" IPAs

Good job Alaskan, and welcome to Texas!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 23:18:28 | More by obrike
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BucannonXC5

California

3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. About a finger of head. Color was pale and fairly clear. Lots of bubbles initially. A lot like some dehydrated urine or apple juice. Light lacing on the top that dissipated fairly quickly. Some foggy, wet film on the sides.

Smelled sharp crisp notes of citrus hops. Mainly a lighter grapefruit and some lemon. Got a bit of caramel as well.

Taste was pretty plain. Got the citrus hops, more lemon than anything else, but it was nothing special. Some caramel malts, but very watery. Slightly bitter on the tongue after.

Light body.Thin, olily texture. Above average carbonation. Abrupt watery finish.

Below average IPA. Nothing too special about it. I wouldn’t try it again on purpose.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 04:48:11 | More by BucannonXC5
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marc956

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you've seen my reviews in the past you know I enjoy IPAs and this one didn't disappoint. Lots of flavour not an extreme smell like in some others. Great drinkability - had 2 pints in an hr or so without feeling the alcohol. Step up from Lagunitas which has been among my favourites in the genre for many years. Not quite as good as Stone but quite good nevertheless. I'm glad to see Alaskan with a hop-friendly alternative to their smoked porter which I'm also quite fond of.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2012 10:50:23 | More by marc956
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 06:39:20 | More by mothman
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budgood1

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out of the twist off 12 ounce stubby bottle a clear pale gold colour with a thin off white head. head reduces to some thin bubbles and leaves some spotty lace. light caramel malt aroma and a healthy dose of herbal and piney hops. grainy malt flavour, rather light for an IPA. hopping is again on the reserved side of things, slightly medicinal and herbal. almost tea like. this has an english IPA feel to it and really resembles nothing of any west coast characteristics. moderate bitterness. medium body at best, feels like an ordinary pale ale with its spritzy tongue tickling character. nice enough drinkability, but nothing that leaves me longing for more. would probably be a nice compliment to some chicken wings or other appetizer.

overall rather tame and a bit disappointing. nothing bad about this offering, just nothing to get even a little excited about. i'll probably not revisit this, and could not recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 21:06:31 | More by budgood1
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UpNorthLager

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the fresh, zesty citrus aroma and taste of the hops, but that's about it. I generally like a little more complexity from an India Pale Ale. The mouthfeel, color and head - nice lacing - are fine, the flavor is fine. A good, simple India Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 23:40:26 | More by UpNorthLager
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TheSixthRing

California

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a nice, clear honey orange color, with a white, frothy 3-finger head which dissipates in due time, leaving behind a decent lace.

Smell - Primarily citrus hop, but also getting a lot of sweet, bready malt aromas.

Taste - Big sweet malt upfront, then kicks into an underwhelming, slightly bitter, citrus hop kick which finishes with an orange zest like quality.

Mouthfeel - The body is a bit thick and malty for the style. The carbonation feels a bit subdued, likely due to the malty body.

Overall - For an IPA, this is rather tame. Certainly drinkable, but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 02:46:57 | More by TheSixthRing
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bierbrauer

Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a pint glass from a newly tapped keg at Silver Creek.

A: Clear gold with a fluffy white had that leaves a fair amount of lacing; no effervescence.

S: Citrus, floral & pine; earthy.

T: Brief malt sweetness, followed by fast-building, strong bitterness that lingers.

M: Thin/medium body, light carbonation; dry finish.

O: Dominant bitterness, thin; simple.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2012 23:27:42 | More by bierbrauer
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rawfish

California

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a great amount of clarity that nets a stark white 2 inch head of foam. Some sheets of lacing stick on the glass.

A touch of honey and light grains followed by a rich pine resin and citrus hop profile. Very light and floral. The aroma cuts through the malt and straight to the hops.

Light pale malts with some soda cracker, honey and raw grain husks. Quickly gives way to a pine and grapefruit hop flavor that sticks around well into the drink and leaves with a mild amount of bitterness. Pretty light on the over all flavor profile but gets right into the hops.

Pretty settled carbonation and a lighter take on the body. Surprisingly leaves some stick on the mouth but flavors vanish quite fast.

Some times you need a light take on an IPA to smack you in the face like a crisp Alaskan morning to get you on your way. This delivers just that, dives right into the hops and brings the hop fix with just enough grain to get you there. Simple, effective, clean.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 21:49:41 | More by rawfish
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phishsihq

Colorado

3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alaskan IPA pours a crisp and clear golden color with an inch of frothy white head that leaves a fair amount of lace. Piney and lemony-citrusy hops create a nice hop bouquet of aromas, with a slight malt providing a sweeter backbone. Sweet toasty maltiness is balanced well by citrus and piney hop bitterness, but not overwhelmingly so. This clean and crisp beer is lighter in body with a medium amount of carbonation. A good IPA, that is well balanced and not an over-the-top hop-bomb.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 22:40:10 | More by phishsihq
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 06:43:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden color, thin white head that stays a little while, decent carbonation

S: Citrus hops in addition to other hops, touch of earthy malts

T: Hops up front, sweet and citrusy, good bitterness middle to end

M: Light, almost medium-bodied, light carbonation, thin

O: Decent, above average IPA, but lots of choices and competition in this beer style

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 02:12:17 | More by derkfromwi
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VaterRoss

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into tumbler, no BB

Pours a clear yellow/orange with a good sized and very frothy head, very light color. Smell is very malty for an IPA, good amount of hops that don't assert themselves too strongly. Only negative to the smell is a just barely detectable hint of light funk mixed with staleness. Taste is hoppy and malty, malt is very chill and English like, almost reminds me of a british ale. Hops are quite floral. A good amount of alcohol comes out despite the low abv. Mouthfeel is medium body, medium carb (on the high side of medium).

Interesting IPA, tastes more like a BIPA. Prominent mellow malt and floral hops. Smell is also a bit weak. Above average beer. Easy to drink and very chill and mellow for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 03:10:10 | More by VaterRoss
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OleJohnnieAle

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow with minor hints of copper. Rather clear but a bit of clouding. Pouts a nice finger of fluffy head that lingers well and leaves fair amount of sheets of lacing.

S: Nothing too overwhelming here, nice hoppy smell with a bit of roasted/smokey malts.

T: Seems to be a lighter IPA, nice grapefruit citrus note upfront. Good piney hops come through with a very mild bitterness to them.

M: Very light bodied with decvent carbonation. Was very crisp and light with very minimal bitterness to this.

O: Very light IPA, for those who may not be a fan of this style, this would be a good step into the wonderful world of bittnerss! Nothing overpowering but still a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 02:37:10 | More by OleJohnnieAle
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Mike22

Oregon

4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance great golden color, looks crisp and vivid

Smell- Nice sweet citrus with honey floral

Taste very similar to how it smells. Nice citrus without being overpowering, also nice hop structure

mouthfeel is smooth full and nice. Great water seems to give it great structure to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 01:23:59 | More by Mike22
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint. No easy to read dating.

A - Straw yellow or lighter in color. Big white bubbles that quickly dissipate to a small lingering trace of foam. No lacing to be found.

S - Almost all pine in the nose, maybe a trace of some lemony hops. Light malty sweetness is traceable.

T - Even though its very light in color, it has a nice clean maltiness to it. No real distinct hop flavors but a nice light bitter finish. A little on the malty side.

M - Light bodied and low carbonation. Dry and crisp finish.

O - A nice change of pace from the big and balanced hoppy/malty IPAs that are easy to find. I found this pleasant and sessionable for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 01:00:20 | More by Jparker37
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tobin999

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pale golden with fizzy white head. carbonation streaming up the glass.

Smell: floral tropical hops decent malt backbone

Taste surprisingly sweet great floral green grass flavor.

Mouthfeel: pretty light with a fair amount of carbonation

Overall: very drinkable i would probably like this more in the summer months. I will most likely be revisiting this brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 04:01:41 | More by tobin999
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timtwoface

British Columbia (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really surprised at how much I liked this beer, especially for the price I paid for a bomber-size bottle.

Very crisp, nicely hopped, but not overly so - I would definitely recommend this brew to someone looking for an IPA that also at the same time doesn't want to be blown away by hop-bombs.

Check it out! I intend to again, and soon!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 20:06:48 | More by timtwoface
Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 755 ratings.