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

1,111 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,111
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 28
Gots: 147 | 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: 1,111 | Reviews: 379
Photo of beertunes
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pulled out of Val and Tom's fridge while house and cat sitting. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a hazy weak straw color with about 1/4 inch of white head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma had a mostly floral and pine hop scent, with a slight touch of citrus, and just a very light grain base. On the tongue, the malt was virtually non-existent, the pine and floral notes were lower and the citrus bigger, to the point that finish had a lot of lingering bitterness.

The body was pretty much average for the style, perhaps a touch light, but I've had lighter. Drinkability was OK, the beer went down quickly enough, and under the right conditions I could see knocking off a sixer at a cookout or such. Overall, not a great beer, not a terrible one, and probably a pretty decent one for the price point. Give it a shot, or 2, if you see it and need a budget IPA fix.

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.

Photo of Weisseguy1
2.81/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I love IPA'S and have grown to love a well balanced IPA like lagunitas little sumpin. This ipa from Alaskan is sub par. I won't go much further with this review. Yes it does have hops. But if you like only hops and bubbles this is your choice. I would have liked more malts less bubbles. I can only assume that this ale was fermented much colder than a typical ale should, since it was brewed in Alaska, hence the carbonation. Respect it anyways.

Photo of ISmith87
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - clear golden amber color with lots of lacing on the sides as I swill it down

S - Very clean hop smell to this one (citrus, pine, grapefruit), refreshing.

T - Pretty massive bitterness, citrus zest.

M - light, bitter aftertaste, alc hidden.

O - Wanted more specific flavors coming off the hops.

Photo of ssteakley
4.29/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent smell right off. The second taste did the trick, this one is a unique tasting IPA. A non-traditional after taste, but very good. This is a party Beer....I think great for tailgating or any fun get together. Even your girlfriend should like it!

Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Keep in mind a sixer only runs about $5.99 so it's a solid IPA for a decent price.

there is definitely a piney hop bite on the finish (another review said "oily hop" which is about right, the bitterness sticks to the top of your mouth) - not much sweetness here. A bit of malt, biscuit in the middle. Smell was mostly malty, I am guessing they did not dry hop to reduce costs. Overall a solid IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co. On a side note their black ale (ala black ipa) is top notch. Pick it up if you can find it.

Photo of stephens101
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A thin tan head covers a pale orange brew.

Smells of oily hops with a bit of sweetness in the background. Not a lot going on here.

Tastes about as nondescript as it smells with some hop bite, a hint of caramel and maybe some tea leaves and herb. A little citrus flares up later.

Light to medium body and easy going.

Toned down and fairly ordinary. And since there's no accounting for taste, if that's your pick, then this is your beer.

Photo of CurtFromHershey
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kangaroo adam for this one...

Pours a pale straw with slightly orange hues. Brilliant clarity and towering white head. decent retention.

Smell is my favorite part. Lemongrass, flowers, hints of orange zest.

Taste is similar to the smell but somewhat duller. A bit of pine comes through, followed by some bready sweetness.

Seemes a bit undercarbonated, but nothing drastically wrong with the mouthfeel. Pretty standard fare.

Overall a very nice beer. Tip of the hat to alaskan for this one.

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this IPA has a clear body very little carbonation, it topped off with a light and creamy head that nearly resembles whipped cake frosting. Its got a thin layer of lacing that’s broken up but still form an imperfect ring around the glass. Hops, hops and more hops in the aroma, mixed in with some mild citrus fruits like grapefruit and lemon, grass smells are coming through. The aroma brings mind an image of a valkyrja riding through a storm of ice on her weathered white horse with her blonde hair flowing in the wild wind holding her arms wide open with an IPA in one hand… I would classify this as medium-to-full bodied leaning more toward the full bodied IPA. The taste is sharp and mildly bitter up front but quickly becomes hoppy and spicy as it nears the middle of your tongue. The spices pick up just a little bit as you swallow, but then given I to a mild sweet hoppy aftertaste. This is one good IPA

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.

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, golden color with thick foamy head. There is a good amount of lacing on the side of the glass. Foamy head goes down quickly but persists through drinking. Strong , citrusy, grassy aroma. Strong hop forward taste - very grassy and piney. Slight citrus flavor that preceeds a mid malt at the end. The bitter aftertaste does persist after drinking. The hops are a tad bit on the grassy side for me, but still a good beer for a hop head.

Photo of Auraan
4.34/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a nice amber with a thin white head that dissipated to a white ring. Pretty nice. Scents of grapefruit, pine and other citrus. Nice scent. Flavor is mostly pine and grapefruit pith, with a little bit of grapefruit and a grainy malt on the finish. Dry finish. Bitterness is high. Good IPA, nice and bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. A good IPA, worth trying. Looking forward to having more.

Photo of mikeg67
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Pours orange with long lasting, fluffy, white head. Aroma is of caramel malt, citrusy hops and ripe fruit. Body is full and very tangy. Taste is of spicy, citrusy hops, biscuit malt and ripe fruit. Finish is long, citrusy and spicy. Nice IPA.

Photo of CorvetteMike
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

While on a cruise in Alaska, visited the brewery. Sampled all of the beers on the tour. The IPA was my favorite. Brewed with no preservatives, so can not get in New England, too bad.

A: Golden color, high carbonation

S: Citrus and grapefruit smell, very pleasant

T: Slight bitterness, smooth, slight malt taste, light hop presence

M: Medium body, carbonation high

O: Very nice IPA, enjoyable

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Easy to overlook the Alaskan IPA; I mean when I think of IPA, Alaska doesn't exactly pop into my head. This is really good though. This was poured form a bottle marked best by 6/29/13, so fresh, but not as fresh as you'd like. Nonetheless, nothing blows your mind and nothing is disappointing. It definitely grows on you. You could do better, but you could do much worse. For the price it is certainly worth a look if you're interested in trying a new IPA.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Alaskan IPA has a thin, white head and a semi-clear, golden appearance, with some streaming bubbles and minimal lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit and sweet, white bread. Taste is the same, with maybe some pith and pine oil. Bitterness is strong, but not overwhelmingly so. Mouthfeel is medium and oily, and Alaskan IPA finishes fairly dry, refreshing, and quite drinkable. Overall, this is considerably nice, and I score it as being most excellent. Check it out!

RJT

Photo of beck2008
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a golden amber 2 finger head, minimal lacing (not sure how lacing affects taste buuut I thought i'd mention it nonetheless)
S - a little piney hops - aroma is subtle - likely not much dry hopping
T - citrusy hops, mellow bitterness with equal mellow malt backbone. This is tastes like a pale ale not a IPA but then again I would argue that that a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is more like an IPA but I digress
M - good carbonation for this style
O - well balanced maltiness with hop bitterness - a very drinkable brew. Definitely buy it again (I think this one ran $7.99 which is a good deal for a craft brew)

Serving type: bottle

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very clear dark gold, finger of white head.

Smell is orange, pine, sweet citrus, bubble gum and not much in the way of malt.

Taste is lemon, grapefruit, nice malt backing, a bit of sweetness, finishes bitter and piney.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp carbonation.

I have been wanting to pick this up for a while, really unique, could easily session this one with the lower abv for the style, very refreshing.

Photo of MikeAAL
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good IPA.

Light yellow body with a white head. High carbonation.

Smells like hops, citrus and fruity. Also, a faint pine smell.

Tastes like bitter hops and citrus with a piney finish.

Light and sort of fizzy.

Very delicious. I saw my big Alaskan friend drinking it so I thought I'd try it. Definately a good choice.

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

Served chilled into a fluted tulip.

Pours a hazy light orange color with an inch of airy white head that recedes leaving a light surface layer and lacing.

Aromas of sweet tropical fruits.

Tastes follow through the aroma with a hint of bubblegum and slight funk in the background. Curious if they used a saison yeast?

Light to medium bodied with a sweet finish and mild aftertaste.

Overall a good IPA with some interesting characterisitcs.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - semi hazy golden orange, finger of head settled at a thin cover with plenty of lacing
S - pineapple citrus and light perfume, some grains, hint of bubble gum aroma
T - citrus and peppery hop notes up front, some crisp leafy greens, decent crackery malt backbone, bit of bubble gum sweetness
M - light and well carbonated, maybe just a tad thin, mild bitter finish
O - has a decent mix of hop flavours with just enough maltiness to keep it honest, this would be very easily sessionable

Photo of Patch62383
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

IPA smells of sweet grape fruit and pine. Taste is subtile and smooth with the hops at first and I can also taste a small hint of wheat and an dry bitterness at the end that lingers. This is a Decent IPA I could enjoy this on a summer night strumming the guitar on the back porch.

Photo of mjurney
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Golden-amber color, hazy. Lots of small bubbles rising up. Thick frothy head. Leaves a very nice lacing behind.

Aroma:
Grassy, piney, slight citrusy. Fruity. Sweet malts.

Taste:
Pale malt up front, bready, caramel. Hop bitterness is moderate, mainly grassy, piney, leafy, there some citrus. Tartness towards the finish, a little dry. Body is light-medium, crisp, refreshing.

Overall:
Pretty light for an American IPA, otherwise it's really good IPA, highly drinkable, very refreshing.

Photo of sam_bliss
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into pint glass

A two-fingered head sits atop a golden-sunset light orange brew. The head dissipates to a fine creamy foam and carbonation seeps up from the bottom of the glass. The scent is not strong as my beer is still cold, but it smells wonderfully of hops and caramel. The taste is of strong, fresh cascade hops. Citrus fruit and evergreen needles please the mouth over a background of bready biscuit malt. Medium-light body with plenty of carbonation, but not overwhelming fizz. Lacing stays strong all the way down the glass.

This is refreshment on the level of SNPA, which is a high compliment. Very hoppy and very tasty.

Photo of Idris
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thin crown of white fed by a continuous stream of carbonation sits atop this honey gold beauty. I'd like to see better clarity, a personal preference I know, but this is a review. The pleasing aroma of grapefruit meets the nose and stays dominant. Big, delightful hop bitterness accentuated by a gentle malt presence. This may be my favorite offering from this brewery, and is a solid representation of the style.

Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,111 ratings.