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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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885 Ratings
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Ratings: 885
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 20
Gots: 74 | FT: 0
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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Photo of notchucknorris
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden color with a thin white head and good lacing.

S: It smelled like someone had rubbed lemon all over my glass, wihich is kind of strange. As the beer warms, some pine hops and cedar come out.

T: There are some pine hops there, but they're so faint that I almost didn't taste them at all. The taste was way closer to a lager than an IPA. If anything, maybe this should be an IPL.

notchucknorris, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Clear light golden with subtle amber hues. Nice frothy foamy head.

S: Very piney with citrus (grapefruit) hops.

T: Less aggressive in the hopping than I would've imagined from the aroma. Spicy hops sit well with a dark-bread like malt character. Bitterness finishes with a clean bite. Very well balanced.

M: Pretty well average in carbonation and body but very good levels of viscosity and oiliness.

D: Maybe not the stand out of the class but a very good reliable IPA.

ForWhatAlesYou, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of konkoba98
2.4/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

kind of stinky. didn't have the flowery or fruity smells i like in my ipas. had a bit of skunky stank in it! aftertaste was similar. i don't know if it is the type of hops, malt, or what that makes some of these fairly popular beers hit the wrong note with me, but this one is one of them. big fan of some alaskan beers. just not this one. too thin, too watery, too keystone-like.

konkoba98, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks nice in the glass, golden yellow in color. Swirls of lacing along the glass. Nose of flowery hops. Surprisingly dry. Malt is rather modest with hardly a hint of sweetness. Light body. Rich mouthfeel and nice carbonation is the best feature. Flavor is on the astringent side. Some typical big-hop flavors like pine but also canned unsweetened peaches.

Does seem more like pale ale, but then I'd complain it was too bitter for the style. Not much to like about this.

mactrail, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of Scotchboy
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, Sam Adams perfect pint. I've passed this brew up many times, decided to purchase and review tonight. Bargain at $2.79 per 22. Best before of September 2011.

A: Pours a crystal clear light straw color (think BMC) with a good amount of white head that subsides and clings to the glass. Carbonation dances up from the bottom of the glass.

S: Hop forward, floral hops, evergreen and pine needles, some herbal qualities as well. Smells crisp and bitter. Light malt presence.

T: Bitter hops but not overwhelming; again the pine and floral characters are forefront, followed by a grapefruit-like dryness. Underneath there is a layer of earthy hops and herbal flavors, maybe even light tobacco qualities.

MF: Crisp and clean, well carbonated. Lighter mouthfeel.

O: Quaffable but not my favorite, a touch dry and piney with no real malt sweetness or citrus hops to balance. Good display of hops and hop bitterness.

Scotchboy, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of hardy008
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold color with a two finger white head which has good retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit and lemon. Not complex, but nice.

The taste is much like the aroma, and has grapefruit and lemon flavors. Hop forward, with very little malt. What malt there is has a bread or biscuit like taste to it.

Light to medium bodied, with average carbonation. Easy to drink. I like this beer well enough to buy again. Keep the good beers coming Alaskan.

hardy008, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear bronze color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit, oranges, and floral hops. It is rather mild for the style. The taste is similar to the aroma. It is lacking the assertive bitterness that an American IPA should possess. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this beer seems more like a pale ale than an IPA. It isn't bad, it is just light in both flavor and aroma. I can't see myself drinking this again.

KarlHungus, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Glowing deep orange. Thick white head. Decent lacing.

Hoppy aroma without beating you over the head. Some citrus elements, particularly in the form of grapefruit and lemon.

A relatively bitter IPA. Incredibly drinkable. Obvious malt backbone but a hop-centered and bitter focused beer. Delicious.

A rich, medium to thick mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation. Very nice.

A delicious, tasty, and incredibly drinkable IPA.

ehammond1, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A- Light Golden appearance, very carbonated, moderate lacing, 2 finger head.
S- Malty, slight sweetness, slight citrus and pine, unique earthiness to the aroma. Overall very hidden mellow smelling beer.
T- Again malts are very present, slight hints of citrus and pine, very mild IPA, kind of bland for my tasting, not a lot going on overall.
M- Small mouth feel, well carbonated
O- Very disappointed with this IPA, first Alaskan beer I’ve had and I was not impressed. Was expecting a little more hop profile. O well too each his own.

Chriscrundwell12, May 28, 2011
Photo of t420o
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


A- Pours a yellow- light gold with 1-1/2 finger head that leaves decent lacing

S- Hops. Some citrus, pine, a little grapefruit and orange zest. Not very complex or floral

T- Pine, orange zest, lemon zest. Not very bitter, but also not much flavor. Hops seem muted by the malt or something. Thiey just dont stick out nor do they have that great of flavor.

M- Light but with nice carbonation that feels good on the tongue and going down

O- Not a great IPA. I really liked the Imperial IPA they make in their Pilot Series... I found that on to be very enjoyable (didnt do a review though, need to get another one so I can)Where are my hops ?

t420o, May 25, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

Look Orangish color with a nice foamy head and decent head retention

Smell Typical hop aromas earthy piney floral notes with a faint smell of pear

Taste Very mild citrus notes with almost no bitterness surprisingly. Fruity notes with hints of pineapple pears and orange.

Mouthfeel Light to medium body with a decent amount of carbonation nothing to impressive here

Overall I really enjoy this IPA. I have been very happy with the Alaskan Brewery and their IPA's especially the black IPA. I would strongly recommend this to anyone who is an IPA fan

DarthKostrizer, May 25, 2011
Photo of garymuchow
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear golden amber with off-white billowing head. Very attractive.
Fairly tame and typical aroma, but solid Am. hop presentation with citrus and a little resin.
Firm malt presentation with little to no sweetness. Bitterness is bigger than the flavors and with each drink the finish gets longer and longer and drier too. The hop flavors are a little hard to weed through. Some citrus and grass and hint of pine.
Carbonated nicely and over a lighter body which leads to easy drinking.
This isn't stupendous, but an easy beer to approach. Not quite enough malt to balance out the bitterness, especially if not a hop lover. I wonder how this might be fresh on tap? Seems like it might play out a different (like Summit EPA).
First beer from this brewery. This should make state #35.

garymuchow, May 22, 2011
Photo of JackieTH
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Rob for the sample!

Color was on the lighter side of gold with an inch of so of white foam. A bit lighter in color than I would have expected for an IPA.

The nose is inviting, if too faint, with citrus and resin notes. Taste is quite subdued. Floral and resin elements with a light malt sweetness.

Overall, the Alaskan IPA leaves a slight bitterness in the mouth, but is watery and thin on taste. It's fine as well as drinkable as beer goes, but unimpressive for an "IPA". I'd call this a pale ale at best, but even at that I'd have no reason to seek it out.

JackieTH, May 21, 2011
Photo of pitasoup
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to flexabull for this bottle.

A: clear golden yellow with an inch of foamy white head that lasts. Some nice lacing. 4.5

S: floral hops at first then citrus, some malty sweetness. perhaps a hint of honey towards the end. The bottom of the glass smells a bit alcoholic - but it doesn't show up in the taste. 3.5

T: moderate hop bitterness, I want to guess centennial and kent? a little bit of bready malt. 3.5

M: light to medium body, nice carbonation makes this a bit creamy. finishes dry. 4.0

O: a nice ipa. smooth and drinkable, hoppy but not commandingly so. 4.0

pitasoup, May 18, 2011
Photo of herman77
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear pale gold with a smaller white head. Very clear. Average lacing.

S: Light citrus, lemon and pine hops with a good amount of biscuit malt.

T: More bread/biscuit malt, light citrus and lemon hops with a weaker hop bite. Short finish that doesn't last long

M: Lighter body. Adequate carbonation. Drier finish.

O: Crisp, lighter hoped IPA. Nothing special, but no flaws. Pretty good drinkability.

herman77, May 18, 2011
Photo of morimech
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, pale golden color with a small head that had decent retention. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Hoppy aroma of pine, citrus, and herbal. Not powerful aroma but suitably aromatic.

Not the bitterest of IPAs. The hops do offer some good flavor of citrus and slightly medicinal tilt. The malt is dry. It is certainly a flavor profile that appeals to me.

The body is slightly lighter than moderate. Good carbonation and texture.

Easy drinking IPA. With so many great IPAs on the market, I think this one will get lost quickly in the static. Depends on the price point.

morimech, May 15, 2011
Photo of jera1350
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light gold in color with a thin white cap of foam. A little lacing present.

The nose is quite faint, but does present some light citrus notes and maybe even a little tropical fruit.

Very subdued and slightly watered down IPA. Very light citrus and piney hops, but again, watered down. Light malt sweetness for balance. There is some light bitterness as well. Light seems to be a theme for the flavor.

Not as thin as the flavor might suggest. Close to a medium body with some lacking in the carbonation department.

This IPA leaves me pretty disinterested. It's just too light and really offers nothing to make me want to have this again. By no means bad, but not in the realm of what I want in my IPA's. Reminds me more of a pale ale.

jera1350, May 15, 2011
Photo of ZAP
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Gold colored...creamy white head


T-Piney notes...also a lemony citrus feel.

M-Light side of medium bodied...gets a little watery feeling at times...very dry, quenching finish. Would never guess 6.2%.

O-Nice drinkable IPA with good flavor. A quality IPA I'll likely get more of down the road although there are so many good IPA's in MN these days.

ZAP, May 14, 2011
Photo of Tballz420
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, golden colored body, decent size white head topping that. Fresh grassy hops on the scent with some sweet malt. Nice light malt start, bitter hops but nothing overwealming. Pretty bready. Medium bodied, pretty soft. Nothing too crazy, just a good IPA.

Tballz420, May 12, 2011
Photo of GossageBrewery
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The IPA pours a nice golden hazy color. It produces a average white head and and has slightly above average lacing. The aroma was a nice mix of hops and lemon. The mouthfeel is exceptional- the smoothest IPA I have ever had- Very delicate. The taste had nice citrus and hop balance. Alaskan does a nice job of striking a balance between drinkability and hop bitterness. Very good AIPA. Also, this beer has a high ABV, I started feeling "good" and checked the label ...its a 6.2.;)


GossageBrewery, May 12, 2011
Photo of welldigger888
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured a golden crystal clear hue with a nice fluffy white head and good lacing.

NW hops reign supreme here for sure, piney and citrusy. A caramel malty goodness stands up to the hop forward profile.

Well, this brew has a nice hoppy bite, piney citrusy and a clean bitterness. The malt follows suit with it's caramel grainy goodness.

The medium bodied smooth carbonation on this brew are tailored well to the style.

OK, I liked this beer last year while out in the pacNW and I like it now. The price doesn't hurt it either, $12.99 a twelve pack.

welldigger888, May 09, 2011
Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from 12 0z bottle BB 08/11

A- pours a clear light copper color with an off-white 2 finger head some spotty lacing

S-sweet malts,citrus hops,baked bread,a touch of tropical fruit,some orange marmalade or honey

T-follows the nose it a nice ipa with tropical citrus hops some honey a dash of lemon and a baked bread/malt finish

M- nicely carbonated,crisp ipa

O-an above average ipa ,but definitely 2nd tier..this will be one i buy singles of only ..but will buy quite often

gatornation, May 05, 2011
Photo of Bighuge
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear golden body. Thin off white head leaves moderate amounts of patchy lace. Fragrant aroma that has a nice little mintiness to it spliced with some mango citrus tones. Citrus comes through quite nicely on the buds as well. Subdued, but defined. Lemon rind, orange, mango....This beer has a nice quenching dry feel to it. Even keeled bitterness. Quite drinkable and would be nice on a hot day. Refreshing and tasty.

Bighuge, May 04, 2011
Photo of WYVYRN527
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce twist-off bottle, poured into a NB balloon glass.

A: AlaskanIPA pours a golden to light-amber hue with an off-white head that settles quickly to a thin froth on the surface. lacing is sticky, and carbonation is very fine.

S: Citrus hop aromas, with a hint of pineapple and spring flowers, with a light malt backbone consisting of toffee and honey notes.

T: Much like the aroma, the flavor is an intense burst of citrus, pineapple, and green fruit, along with some floral, grassy notes. Malt balances this beer with grainy, honey-like flavors. Very west coast in my opinion. Finish is dry and crisp, with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Notes: This is a solid IPA by any standards. Overall, this moderate-bodied beer is just what would perk me up in a climate like that of Alaska. Tasty as all Hell! I'll be buying this one again.

WYVYRN527, May 04, 2011
Photo of pdoran10
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a mostly translucent golden with half a finger of white head into a snifter. A hint of lacing.

Smell is slight resin and citrus. Faint hop presence slight biscuity malt.

Taste is bigger but still a bit light as American IPAs go. Light grapefruit citrus and slight malt sweetness. A hint of alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is solid maybe a tiny bit thin, but dry and adequately carbonated.

Overall a solid beer. Nice drinkable lighter American IPA with a tasty but delicate flavor profile. Some flaws but I wouldn't hesitate to have another.

pdoran10, May 04, 2011
Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 885 ratings.