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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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884 Ratings
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Ratings: 884
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 jsprain1
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this a few times since reviewed and it strikes me as a better IPA now then it did then. Either it changed or (more likely) I did. Better head retention, more of an earthy character in the finish, and decent, though still a bit too light, of a body are things I noticed. Scores changed to reflect this.

Edit: 6/27/11

A- Pours a slightly darker than honey color. The head retention, or lack thereof, lost this one points.
S- Smell is of citrus hops, grapefruit and lime primarily, supported by caramel and pale malts. Subdued, but pleasant.
T- Starts a bit on the malt side, with some sweetness up front. Hop flavors take over and dominate through the finish.
M-Dry finish. Light body for style.
D- Nothing overpowering or intensely challenging. I found this to be a decent beer that seemed a equally good out of the bottle as on tap. A particularly good summer beer.

jsprain1, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of dgilks
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Intense piney hop aroma with a sweet caramel malt background.

Good, clear golden colour with a nice, 2 finger white head.

Moderate pine and grapefruit flavour with a clean bitterness. There is a nice, mild sweetness up front that dries out by the end. Good.

Medium body with moderately-low carbonation. It probably needs just a touch more carbonation to bring out the flavours.

A decent IPA but not one of my favourites.

dgilks, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of benclimbs
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

pours golden tan with a nice one finger head, lots of visible bubbles and a good bit of lacing - look very good, but a bit clear for my taste in american ipas.

smell is subtle but pleasant, grapefruity citrus cascades followed by not much else.

taste is ok, but just really disappointing has a nice backbone of hop bitterness and piney citrus character but finishes with this watery, nothing there mouthfeel, and no real lasting finish or aftertaste, not a bad brew, but just not very exciting or moreish.

fairly drinkable i suppose as it has nothing offensive in it.

benclimbs, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of KeithBeerKline
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very light - it looks more like a lager than an IPA.
The mouth feel is slightly creamy, but this is overwhelmed by carbonation.
The hops have a nice flavor - somewhat floral - but this is a very lightly hopped beer for the style.
Overall the taste is nice, but rather weak. Light and easy to drink.

KeithBeerKline, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A yellow ipa, tiny bubbles leave behind a low amount of lace that dissipates quickly. Aroma is not hop pungent.

Taste, light, refreshing and hoppy. A distinct crispness on tap v. bottles I've had (and I've had a lot of them). Nothing real adventurous here, you get a standard west coast hop level for a year round release single ipa, with a little less than average heft with it.

Good price on this stuff helps drinkability.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of unclejimbay
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the most pale straw color IPAs I have seen to date. Nice clarity, foam cap and collar.
Aromas or subtle noble hop mumblings.
Taste is hoppy and clean. No caramel malt, seems like 100% base malt. Dry taste and mouthfeel.
High carbonation.
Enjoyable for a dry non sweet IPA.

Thanks to Olympuszymurgus for this extra.

unclejimbay, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of Bookseeb
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has a golden copper color with a thin head and nil lace. Smell of lightly sweet malts with light citric floral hops. Taste is a slightly sweeter IPA reminding me of sweet grapefruit with just enough hop without being over the top. Mouthfeel is just under medium with good carbonation. An easy drinking, refreshing IPA.

Bookseeb, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of Duttonic
2.45/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 12oz bottle into a dogfish head pint.

A- Deep copper, one finger of head, little to no lacing.

S- Spicy and citrus scent. Nothing really distinct.

T- Lacking. Citrus, hops, pine? Semi-earthy, but not impressive or drawing me to have another. Hides the 6.2% well.

M- Clean finish, but not a lot going on here. Some hops, not really bitter, little to no bite.

D- You could probably drink a lot of these, but I wouldn't. There are much better IPA's out there.

Just an average beer, nothing special, but at least I can say I've had a beer from Alaska.

Duttonic, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of dwilson01
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass, aggressive pour yields 1.5 fingers of white head, dissipates at an average rate, leaves some nice lacing. Pale golden yellow body coloring with little carbonation rising through the brew.

The scent is refreshing and hoppy, not overpowering and a nice balance between the bitter and floral aspects.

The flavor hits me with a smooth earthy hop flavoring with not much from the malt, this comes in generally as a background body impartation on the brew. Overall it's definitely an ipa, standard in just about every way and quite balanced, for sure a session one if thats what youre lookin for.

dwilson01, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of appenzeller
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with exceptional clarity and bursting with carbonation. Healthy frothy white head that retains for some time. This beer's aroma is citrus and hops, the taste is the same--a fairly classic take on the hops side of a "West Coast IPA" with its citrusy taste, but lacking the heavy malting and sweetness of some other Left Coast IPAs. Also, the citrus notes here are superb, suggesting fresh lemon, orange, maybe grapefruit. I strongly prefer this version, which is lighter and has a bitterer taste that is right for the style in my view. Like a lot of folks I first became aware of Alaskan because of their Alt beer, but this is a top notch IPA to me.

appenzeller, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of Jayli
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on 6/11 at The Yard House in Long Beach, CA
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a light, clear copper color with a two finger of off white head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving sheets of lacing behind.

S: Nose is all citrus and floral hops. Seriously, not even the tiniest hint of malt coming through here.

T: Taste starts with a burst of piney hops. There is the slightest hint of caramel malts in the middle though the hops continue to dominate. The finish is a big grapefruit citrus hop taste that really hangs on with you.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, oilu body with a dry finish.

D: Goes down easily, taste is pretty good, this is really hop, hop and more hop. A decent IPA that you could sit with for a bit.

Jayli, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of beerdrifter
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear deep yellow pour with a nice white head and decent lacing. Subdued nose with an odd hint of soap to it and a touch of grass. Not much else going on. The taste is subdued as well. Some lemon zest, pine, grass and a little caramel maltiness. Nice crisp, dry, light hop finish makes it a nice refreshing and drinkable summer beer. Not the hop monster I prefer, but a decent beer.

beerdrifter, May 31, 2010
Photo of hdog09
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very light and golden in color. Hardly any citrus or piny smells from the hops. Strange aftertaste that linger but isn't incredibly pleasing. Carbonation isn't very balanced and there really isn't anything that stands out in this beer. Decent IPA but nothing special, There's a handful of other IPA's I'd have over this one.

hdog09, May 30, 2010
Photo of katan
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a very clear, translucent golden color. Bright white head formation, well retained. Little lacing. Bubbling is light.

S - American hopping is dominant - very grassy, grapefruit, but still bright and floral. No malts come through on the nose.

T - Starts off lightly malty, but is immediately dominated by a super strong american hop note. Grassy, floral, earthy, and extremely dry. Finishes with a light malty and clean.

M - Moderate beer body, strong carbonation. Very biting, sticky to the tongue and the palette. Finishes somewhat oily, resinous.

D - Moderate drinkability for an IPA. A bit filling from the potent carbonation. ABV is strong, will sneak up on you.

A good representation of an American IPA. Stylistically its on. I would prefer it be a little more balanced, and less carbonated for my taste.

katan, May 29, 2010
Photo of Roeters
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.
A: Pale golden color with a slight haziness, big off white head with some great lacing left in the glass
S: Floral, earthy hop nose in the front with a semi-sweet malt base
T: Nice hop presents in the front fading to a malty backbone, not very bitter
M: Medium body, quite a bit of carbonation
D: very easy to drink, well balanced, just not as hoppy as I would like

Roeters, May 24, 2010
Photo of malthegal
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: very crisp and clear golden body with a creamy white head. Minimal lacing.

S: for an IPA, this is not as aromatic as I had thought (hoped) it would be.

T: Not a bitter IPA, although you do get some hints of bitterness late in a sip.

M: Medium-High carbonation level, smooth feeling. An extremely light bodied brew.

D: A very drinkable IPA, one that I would probably have more than 1 of in a sitting.

malthegal, May 18, 2010
Photo of honeybrewer
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw color. Minimal head retention.
Smells of hops and citrus.
Taste is citrus hops, with a good malt base. I also get a little yeastyness to it as it warms, but in a good way.
Good level of carbontaion adds to the full body of this beer.
Very drinkable, well priced, good beer.

honeybrewer, May 08, 2010
Photo of EnVinoVeritas
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light Amber / Gold Appearance. Upon pouring, one finger head that dissipated quickly. Reasonable lacing throughout the quaffing. Clear as a bell and a much lighter appearance than I am used to in IPAs.

S: Malty at first, but quickly gives way to grapefruit (citrus) and piny smell. I definitely noted an alcohol nose, but nothing overbearing. Strange, I thought since this is a 6.2 ABV.

T: Light malty flavor, although the nose is somewhat citrusy, I tend to take note of a piny hop presence. Finishes pretty dry - which I enjoy because I do not particularly enjoy being overwhelmed by malty sweetness.

M: Medium carbonation. Lighter mouthfeel for an IPA.

D: Light and dry enough to drink a few of them without hesitation. I would, however, not hesitate to pass this one by if another option presented itself. I like my IPAs hoppy and wasn't too impressed by the profile. It fits the style, but isn't that memorable.

EnVinoVeritas, May 07, 2010
Photo of JamisonM
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Stone IPA glass

A: dark gold color or you could call this light amber good lace and head retention is good

S: grapefruit orange lemon a lot of citrus very enjoyable

T: grapefruit orange lemon and citrus rind very good taste

M: med carbonation light mouth but not watery

D: a sessionable IPA that is fun to drink

overall: very solid IPA I was not expecting such good things from this one, very enjoyable and a nice surprise.

JamisonM, May 06, 2010
Photo of arizcards
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a couple of singles from Total Wine in early January for $1.29. Bottled on 11-29-09.

Beer poured golden with a well sustained white head. Nose is grainy with hop flower lingering in back. Taste has a cereal backbone with a balanced citrus and pine resin finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly satisfying. Drinkability is pretty good. This is a decent IPA that represents the style. Would definitely drink again if offered but one that is not for the rotation.

arizcards, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of jjayjaye
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to drumrboy22 for the opportunity to consider this one!!
Pours a clear ultra pale yellow with a big stiff white head and nice lacing. The smell from the neck is nice citrus and pine, but this one seems a little oxidized from the glass with a lot more lager roast malt character. Nicely carbonated, the mouth feel is light and on the edge of being thin. Lightly hoppy and refreshing, the taste is equally understated and melancholy. The entire experience cleans up really quickly. I hate to compare it to 'fizzy yellow' multi-national corporate product but this one isn't distinguishing itself much. Good effort on the label and cap though. Don't pass this one up on my account...i recommend taking it for a test drive.

jjayjaye, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of rarbring
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear golden beer with an off-white, pale yellow head that leaves good lacing.

Smells intensely from the hops, grapefruit, pine and flowers. A sweet nuance, orange marmalade.

The hops are also dominating the taste, could maybe be a bit more malty. But a very good bitter staying warmth.

Low carbonation, a very dry feeling.

Truly a beer you need to be a hop-head to embrace.

rarbring, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a bubbly, three-finger head of white foam. It left behind sticky, rings of lace after the head receded.

S - It smelled of pine and resin. The was a light orange peel aroma, too.

T - It tasted of piney hops with a citrus bite. It had a sweet caramel flavor. The hop bitterness was very mild.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer with a dry finish.

D- This is a solid IPA. Alaskan always does good work and this one is nice. Cool label art, too.

zeff80, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of popery
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mediocre IPA. Coming from the brewer of some remarkable beers, this one is disappointing. The biggest problem is simply that it's rather bland. The liquid is a bright gamboge with a rocky slightly off-white head. The aroma is mostly citric with some peaches, probably all from hops. The flavor is relatively dry but lacks any real depth. The hops just seem to fade away too quickly. There's a bit of bright bitterness initially but the finish is weak and a bit watery. Caramel malt has some presence, but that flavor even gets a bit sour.

popery, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of troutmask96
2.25/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

How can a brewery get something so right (Alaskan Brewing's world-class Smoked Porter), while also missing the mark so completely (its barely-palatable Pale Ale and now-reviewed IPA)? Alaskan Brewing's IPA may just be the Budweiser of craft beers, an offering so uttely unmemorable and uncomplex that their marketing company may as well replace the hallmark Anheiser Clydesale horses with breaching Orca whales (or at least cresting king salmon). Because it's one-and-done for this reviewer. I'll squirrel away more of their utterly incredible Smoked Porter vintages (the 2006 I just poured last weekend was resinously sublime), but it seems that Alaskan Brewing, like most things Alaskan, is a one-trick pony...

troutmask96, Jan 24, 2010
Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 884 ratings.