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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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BA SCORE
83
good

867 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 867
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 20
Gots: 67 | 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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shivtim

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev 0%

Had on tap and in bottles. Review is specifically from having it on tap at the Peanut Farm in Anchorage.

Looks clear copper / bright orange, with a full white head. Heavily carbonated. Nose is simple fresh hops. Taste is a decent IPA. Lingering hops, slight barn / straw tastes. Good mouthfeel and drinkability.

07-10-2009 23:39:11 | More by shivtim
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jeffjeff1

California

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

This was an ok IPA.

Appearance- gold color, good head, transparent

Smell- grassy hops

Taste- grassy hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- pretty drinkable, I liked it. I would drink it again. It wasn't the best IPA but it certainly was delicious.

07-05-2009 20:17:43 | More by jeffjeff1
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Jmoore50

Nevada

2.83/5  rDev -23.1%

Sorry Alaskan but this is not your best work by far. Had this on tap at the Reno Blues and Brews festival.

The appearance was good, nice golden color, poured soft with a light half finger head.

The smell was non existent. It had a small aroma of light flowery aromatic hops, or something like it. I was not impressed.

The taste was not good, sorry. It was stale on the palate, not really good going down, hard to swallow. The taste was of old hops and a bitterness that was almost like stale pale ale. I had two glasses also, so it might of been the tap?

Overall bad experience, sorry Alaskan, not the best.

J

06-29-2009 23:58:06 | More by Jmoore50
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden color with an off white head. Head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smells of floral and citrus hops with a touch of piney hops. It also has a touch of sweet malts in there.

T- I thought this one was a little bland, especially for an IPA. Citrus hop flavour with sweet malts. Not quite what I was looking for.

M- Light to medium in body and a lot of carbonation.

D- Not bad and easy to drink just not at all my favorite IPA out there.

06-26-2009 10:49:46 | More by nrbw23
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ckeegan04

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%

A - Clear golden yellow. Lots of bubbles quickly rising to the top. Big foamy white cap, about three fingers. Excelletn retention and good lacing.

S - Slightly muddled mix of grassy and citrusy hops. Neither one comes through as the dominant but they do mix together to give a decent hop aroma. Light hints of sugar cookies as well.

T - Citrusy and grassy, much like the aroma. A little too much straight bitterness without the mice IPA flavors to match. Just a hint of sweetness in the finsh which does provide a nice finish. The main part of the taste is just a little too rough around the edges.

M/D - On the medium side of light bodied, and surprisingly thin. The beer has some decent flavors, but none of them come together well. A little bit of a dissapointmnt here.

06-22-2009 15:18:00 | More by ckeegan04
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ajuarez

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

The bright lime green bottle gets your attention right off the bat. I hope a lot of green went into the boil as well. It's apparently dry hopped too. Pours a mostly translucent yellow gold with a one-finger white head. Nonstop carbonation rises like sparkling wine. Nose is nice--a very pleasant citrus hop. Kind of a light grapefruit, flowers, and some cake batter. I can smell sweet caramel malt in the empty bottle quite well. Very lemony up front in flavor. Crisp mid palate with a Bartlett pear influence. Finish is dry with tingling hop oils and CO2 fading over a light grain base. Not bad.

06-22-2009 06:34:52 | More by ajuarez
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GarrisWH

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%

A - Pours a clear, slightly orangish, golden hue with a two finger, frothy, white head. Very solid retention and decent lacing.

S - Mainly citrus hops, with hints of grapefruit and lemon. Not much in terms of malt in the aroma, maybe a very slight sweetness in the background.

T - Citrus, slightly floral hoppiness with mostly grapefruit and lemon coming through. Slight biscuity malt backbone. Fairly mild flavors overall, without much bitterness. Pretty tasty, but mellow without much of a hop kick.

M - Medium to light bodied with crisp carbonation. Slightly more watery than I generally prefer.

D - Very drinkable overall. Despite being a bit watery tasting, it has a nice flavor and is smooth drinking. A mellow, refreshing brew that even a non-hophead could enjoy.

06-22-2009 03:58:23 | More by GarrisWH
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Ragingbull

California

4/5  rDev +8.7%

Copper color and almost dark gold. Light head and very little prickel. Pleasant nose is very balance as the hops and malt both come through clearly. The attack is refreshing and clean. The flavor has hops up front, but then gives way to a malty and smooth finish. There seems to be a complexity to this beer that is more than the sum of its parts. Its interesting and fun to drink, but is still very easy drinking. I would say it would be a good "session" beer.

06-19-2009 15:47:54 | More by Ragingbull
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illidurit

California

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours a crystal clear orange-gold with a nice beige cap of foam. Aroma is soft and sweet, with notes of peach, orange, and bubblegum. A bit too faint and sweet for me. Candied lemon wedge flavor with some pithy grapefruit and a pale malt finish with medium bitterness. A little sweet overall but the hops are bright and the bitterness is solid and unastringent.

05-23-2009 07:53:13 | More by illidurit
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%

A: Clear yellow/gold color. Poured a 2 finger cream off-white head that dissipated to a thick skim. Lots of lacing. Decanted continually

S: Grapefruit, haya and soft floral hops. Slightly sweet, bready malt hangs in the background. A hint of peppery spice.

T: The bready malt actually a bit in the forefont over the soft herbal hops. more sharply bitter in the finish. Crisp then coating in the finish.

M: Light side or medium body. Nicely balanced carbonation. Lingering dryness in strangely coating feel.

D: Very drinkable for the style as - though mild - beer is well-balanced.

05-17-2009 21:01:00 | More by Haybeerman
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mentor

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

$3.29 for a bomber at Union Jack Liquors. Pours a two+ finger white frothy head over a hazed straw liquid. Looks like a pils with a clingy thick head. A few streamers rising to the surface keep the caving head somewhat afloat. Smells wonderful. Woody and oranges from aromatic hops that leap out. Some pith, tangerine, mango, and lemon. Deep complexity, but not brutally intense.

Tastes grassy hop bitter with orange and mild other citrus flavors. Dried orange peel. Malt sweet plays a supporting role, but doesn't quite work with the extent of the grassiness of the hops. Esters are much below the hops and work well with the intense orange. Ends with a noble hop flat bitter and flavor. Orange and weedy rises retronasal in the aftertaste. Sour tang on the tongue (come across as piney), perhaps due to the malt drying out so rapid in the end. Carbonation is too much, as it lifts the esters and malt sweet too rapidly. The solution...to swirl the glass and release some of the CO2. Md-light mouthfeel.

05-12-2009 00:22:29 | More by mentor
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DrMalt

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%

A: Poured a deep golden colour with a thick white head.Excellent lacing.
S: Aroma was noticable but not outstanding. Floral, grapefruit hops, caramel malt.
T: Very prominent grapefruit, grassy notes. Perhaps lacking some maltiness balancing bitterness.No off flavour profiles.
M: Somewhat thin bodied.
D: Very drinkable - I could easily drink this beer in greater quantities.

Scored well in comparison to others in an IPA tasting

05-08-2009 15:58:36 | More by DrMalt
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chrisafari

California

2.83/5  rDev -23.1%

Nose: crisp/clean hops, slightly citrusy and piney (nice balance between them). Background of subtle malt.

Pour: clear light amber/copper, almost straw. Full creamy off-white head.

Taste: citrus hops are throughout with some clean subtle malt. Finish is slightly dry. Somewhat astringent/metallic taste throughout, which is pretty unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: medium body, nice lacing.

Drinkability: the metallic taste takes a lot away from the enjoyability of this beer.

04-30-2009 00:18:29 | More by chrisafari
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -13.6%

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a light gold infused amber with a huge, fluffy off-white cap that left rings of lace all the way down the glass.

Not a good start, a pretty well-balanced nose. Lemony citrus with a cereal-like malt backbone that dominates and leaves me wanting more.

Lemony citrus with a hint of orange rind come through a bit more in the flavor, but lacks that well-rounded hop flavor. Very one-dimensional (and not a great dimension at that) hop flavor.

Might have the lightest mouthfeel of all the IPA's I have had. Middle of the road.

A change in flavor would boost the drinkability considerably. This was a bit of a let down.

04-21-2009 21:33:19 | More by ColForbinBC
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Sample in the Alaskan tap room. This beer is a decidedly clear yellow color with a medium and foamy ivory head that burns away slowly. Patchy lacing on the glass. Fresh resiny hops aroma with some malt present as well. Light-bodied and clean with hops, fruit and malt flavors all in fairly equal representation. The finish is midlly bitter with a short hops aftertaste. Overall an interesting take on an IPA, but average all around.

04-16-2009 19:51:29 | More by Dogbrick
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%

22oz bottle for $3.49 which is quite a rare price for a bomber these days. the first whiff of the bottle is instant grassy hops. It smells slightly more subdued in the glass. The color is yellow and the beer is quite clear. the flavor has some mild bitterness but not the hoppiness I expected after smelling the beer. Overall, not bad but given the quality of IPA's these days it will be hard for this to compete.

04-13-2009 19:16:55 | More by ArrogantB
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MisterClean

California

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

Bottles purchased from Bel Air market.

A - Pours a copper gold, with 2 fingers white head. It dissipates moderately slow and leaves nice lacing.

S/T - Notes of caramel, flower, grass, and bitter.

M - Full-bodied, hop dominated, and a dry aftertaste.

D - It's not bad, but the dryness is a bit much for the IPA.

04-11-2009 16:26:31 | More by MisterClean
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erikm25

Washington

3.2/5  rDev -13%

A: Beer pours a blistering light yellow with slight orange hues. Head was about an inch of off white fizz. Receded quicker than my hair line and left some spotty lacing. Appearance here is pretty standard looking. Crisp and shiny.

S: Aromas of citrus and spice caught my attention the way they jumped out. Initially there was a good strong grapefruit tinge but with some sweet caramel malt smells sneaking in towards the end. Reminded me a little of freshly cut grass.

T: Taste starts off with great citrus zest and pine hops tastes. Slight grain hint that becomes more apparent as this warms up. Much like the nose my initial impressions were very positive but quickly faded with more tastes. Slight lemon and faint peppering with a dry finish.

M: Relatively thin and with low carbonation.

D: For less than three bucks for a bomber this is not only a deal but decently drinkable. I think this would be a good beer to start someone off who typically has not tried or is not much into hoppy beers. It's not that I don't like this beer or I wouldn't try it again. However, when rating it to the style it comes up average (at best).

04-09-2009 01:57:06 | More by erikm25
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sevopie

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Appearance - Very light golden in color, almost macro lager like. Fluffy off-white head.

Smell - Citrusy hops with a touch of a sweet malt in there. Also a faint note of spice.

Taste - Hoppy mixed with spicy. I was wondering what that spice in the nose was all about, and if I was making it up. It ends up mixing in an almost vinegar-like strange off taste. Its rather light on the hops in the first place for an IPA, and the malt just mixes into weirdness.

Mouthfeel - A little lighter for an IPA, but the carbonation is nicely mellow.

Drinkability - Other than the off-taste, this is not too bad of a brew. After a few sips, it starts to feel like a lager mixed with IPA, and ultimately ends up kind of "meh."

04-02-2009 04:40:09 | More by sevopie
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radshoesbro

California

3.4/5  rDev -7.6%

pours yellowish orange, good head retention, lots of carbonation, some lace.

smells of floral hops with hints of grapefruit and something that vaguely reminds me of cantaloupe.

at first the taste is quite nice, but within seconds it dissipates into something that is not nearly as good. at first it has sort of a sweet, wet hop taste and it turns into almost a murky, somewhat dry taste.

i had this out of a bottle at a BBQ, and it wasn't really that bad. but actually pouring this into a glass and letting it open up is definitely not helping what turns out to be a less than adequate beer.

03-31-2009 20:55:00 | More by radshoesbro
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%

Picked up a sixer of this in Rock Springs, I don't know where, or for how much. I remember drinking one as a night cap once, and haven't touched it since. Here's a second go.

A: Deep gold/light copper with a stark white head, about half an inch which recedes to a film. Excellent lacing all around. Excellent clarity too. Pretty nice bubble motion as well. Not too shabby lookin IPA.

S: Floral, grapefruit hops, caramel malt, not much else. Pretty bland in the nose, which is disappointing.

T: Mouth is a little better, grapefruit rind, and a nice graininess to it. IPA though? I'm leaning a little more towards strong pale ale. A little bit more bitterness as its warming up more, but really not that strong. Nothing offensive, but really nothing that spectacular either. Pretty mild flavored IPA.

M: Nicely carbonated pretty smooth finish, lots of lingering grapefruit notes, not really pucker worthy. Hits all the spots that an IPA needs to hit.

D: I could easily drink this whole fiver...pretty tasty, pretty mild, nothing that really blows my mind. Pretty fair IPA. Just not real great. I don't know if I'll seek it out again.

03-16-2009 00:06:10 | More by pokesbeerdude
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dfillius

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%

Enjoyed in a pint glass
A: 3/4 finger of white head quickly dies to a thin layer. Clear gold liquid. More head please.
S: Orange soda?! Grapefruit, citrus hops, spicy hop. Orange soda smell detracts overall :-(
T: Almost fake hop taste. Grapefruit zest. Malt revealed more in the character upon warming (duh). With warming it tastes more like an EIPA! Not in the smell though.
M: Pleasant bitterness with nice smooth malt character as well.
D: Very high

03-10-2009 02:38:21 | More by dfillius
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -7.6%

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The IPA is a light amber color, more yellow than brown. A finger and a half of white foam has left its mark in slowly drying patches.

S: The ale smells a little underwhelming, more malt than hops. A grainy bread presence is here with just the lightest hint of citrus.

T: The ale's flavor profile picks up a little, showcasing more citrus hops, but just barely. The bready grains are strong and have a thick fibrous taste. The ale isn't unbalanced, it just needs more hops.

M: The mouthfeel is ho-hum. A spicy hop profile would add infinitely to the ale.

D: I was really looking forward to this one, so I am a little disappointed. The hop profile is practically nonexistent, seriously hurting the drinkability.

03-07-2009 21:15:30 | More by akorsak
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.7%

Pours a nice clean, clear bright yellow/orange with a pretty thin white head that quickly dissipates.

Smells nice and citrusy. Grapefruit, pine, fresh hops and maybe a bit of Play-Doh for some reason.

Taste is piney and resiny. Lots of nice fresh squeeze orange flavors create a nice balance between the malt and hops. Wow, I've looked forward to checking out this Alaskan offering and its definitely worthwhile.

Easy drinking IPA, not over powerful and not one sided.

02-28-2009 21:27:37 | More by indiapaleale
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Billolick

New York

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

12 ounce bottle w/o freshness info. Pours slightly hazed, lighter amber, almost golden. Off white head, tiny bubbles and leaving spotty light lacing. Nice fresh, fruity (I get mostly grapefruit) and grainy hop nose. Quite respectable West coast IPA. Fresh, citric hops go down easy. Not a palate wrecker, but a better then average and enjoyable hoppy ale. Worth a try.

02-24-2009 02:28:37 | More by Billolick
Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 867 ratings.