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Alaskan Icy Bay IPA - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Icy Bay IPAAlaskan Icy Bay IPA

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368 Reviews

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Reviews: 368
Hads: 1,160
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 21.31%
Wants: 27
Gots: 169 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.30% 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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Reviews: 368 | Hads: 1,160
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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!


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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light copper, see through, with ring of white foam on the top. Light grassy pine nose. Taste is a light malt with a smooth bitter throughout. Very fizzy buzz in the mouthfeel. Actively carbonated. Good IPA, but nothing remarkable,.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a build your own sixer at my local grocery store, which has a pretty good selection of craft beers.

Tan with hints of orange and clear, rising bubbles, two finger head and sticky lace.

Aroma is citrusy, hoppy, with some background malts.

Flavor is again citrusy, notable grapefruit and lemon peel. Hops have a nice bite but aren't over the top. Biscuit malts round things out.

Body is pretty light and drinkable, well carbonated with a mixed hop zing/malt finish.

Overall it's not bad at all. I could certainly drink more than one of these in a sitting.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured form the tap, this beer had a dark amber colour to it with minimal head. The smell was like any other IPA, very hoppy upfront with a slight citrus nose. The taste is what surprised me the most; it wasn't nearly as hoppy as usual IPAs. This IPA concentrated much more on the hop-flavour rather than hop-bitterness. I usually don't go for IPAs, but this one is great.

Would I buy it again? Absolutely.

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

A: Beer pours a perfect golden orange body with a thick white head that quickly fades a leaves a tiny bit of lace on the glass.

S: There is a strong amount of malt when I take a big whiff. There is a tiny bit of hops, which is sad because I love my IPAs to have a strong hop scent.

T: This beer for sure has nice flavor and is enjoyable, but not really an IPA type flavor. I prefer my IPAs to have a strong hop forward flavor, but this one to me is more of a malt flavor beer. There is a nice hop bitterness with a nice earthy flavor, but it really is just a basic IPA.

M: This has a perfect full body and gives me a nice mouthfeel. There is a nice amount of crispness on the tip of the tongue and all across the tongue as it goes down. It also has a nice full felling as it goes down

O: This is a solid cheap beer. I got it for 6 dollars a 6 pack and well worth it. There are a few things that I would change about the beer, but all around it is solid.

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

Pours a surprisingly light amber, touching on gold. Head settles to a thin film. Lacings are scattered.

Super fresh aroma. Loads of citrus fruits without with a welcome bit of sweetness.

Clean biscuity malt up front. Big juicy hops take over with a nice bit of zing. Bitterness os soft and not resinous in the least.

This is a really nice sessionable IPA, bordering on an APA. Would happily try again.

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

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Light Rust/Orange with a 1 finger head with a moderately hazy appearance. It looks alot more like an American or Belgian Pale Ale than an IPA.

Smell - Piney Hops, Yeasts, Caramel, and Malts. It's fairly malty due to it's sweetness, but there's also some hoppiness in there too

Taste - Piney Hops, Caramel, Malts, and Yeasts. Hops are not as strong as they are in a normal IPA. There is, however, a rather strong resin aftertaste in the flavor.

Mouthfeel - The body is light along with the carbonation. It's got a rather crisp feel but not quite refreshing

Overall - It's got a good taste and it's crisp. It's not perfect but you can't go wrong with it either

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

This was on tap at a local pizza shop. The poured a nice amber color with a small head which left a nice lacing on the cup during every sip. The smells were of nice hops and caramel. The feel was medium with a nice little hop resin. The taste was good nice amount of hops along with caramel.

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

The beer pours a yellow color with a wiff of a white head. The aroma is biscuit lots of piney hop nose. The flavor has a lot of bitterness with pine. There is also a hint of biscuit and citrus, but the bitter hops are far more present than the malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not great but good.

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Photo of MouthfulOfchris
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thin bubbly white head that disappears quickly and leaves good lacing on the glass.

S: Some sweet malt dominated by a not overpowering earthy pine aroma with a hint of citrus and orange peel.

T: A moderate amount of hop bitterness with a strong grassy pine flavor and some orange citrus. There is also a small amount of of malt biscuit and toffee sweetness.

M: A light to medium body mouth feel with moderate to high carbonation tingle on the tongue.

O: It's not a particularly great IPA but it is a good beer worth trying. The earthy notes in this are not really my favorite. I wouldn't buy it again but I am glad I at least tried it.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden crisp look, nice finger width head, some bubbles coming up from the bottom. 
Some apricot and pineapple, sweet. 
Tastes nice, definitely fruit first, followed by spicy. Well-done regarding that flavor interplay. 
Light-bodied beer that finishes nice if a bit dry with a nice linger of bitterness. 
Overall highly drinkable. I will revisit this again I'm sure. Also, knowing that we're planning on taking an Alaskan cruise next summer, I wouldn't be at all disappointed if Alaskan IPA was the only available craft brew.

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Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.