Alaskan Icy Bay IPA - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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District of Columbia
3.2/5 rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Says 011312 on the side, whatever that means. Bomber to pint glass.
A: Pours pale gold with about a finger of nice frothy white head. Clear. Good retention and decent lacing.
S: Caramel malt with some pine and lemon citrus.
T: A little lemon but mostly malty with some biscuit. Moderate bitterness. Very dry.
M: Medium body and medium-high carbonation. A bit higher than optimal.
O: Not bad, but lackluster. Would pass on it in the future.
Serving type: bottle
12-03-2011 04:02:16 | More by pmarlowe
3.45/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Alaskan IPA has a light golden appearance and is very, very clear. Copious small carbonation bubbles rush upward through the beer. The head is nearly pure-white and is about a finger tall after a strong pour into a pint glass. The lacing is arch-like and sticky.
The aroma is not very potent and smells rather light and grainy. There is a subtly citrus and mint hop presence which is balanced by slight caramel and biscuit malt aroma. Pleasant, but not very strong.
I am slightly more impressed by the taste than by the smell. There is a decent balance of caramel and pale malts and not-too-bitter citrus hops. Light notes of grapefruit, orange rind, and mint come through near the end, and the finish is light and bitter from the bittering hops.
The mouthfeel is definitely on the lighter side for the style, but has a nice effervescence to it from the carbonation. The hops provide a nice little nip on the sides of my palate and the finish has just a slightly bitter, clean hop presence.
I think this has more in common with APAs that I've had than AIPAs. Everything about the beer was just a little lighter and subdued than I usually like from an IPA. Solid beer, but perhaps just a little too subtle for the style.
Serving type: bottle
11-16-2011 23:39:33 | More by TCHopCraver
Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 805 ratings.