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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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1,024 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,024
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 23
Gots: 113 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% 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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3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Transferred over from the Alaskan session in my tasting notebook.

Appears a rich golden color with a tiny one finger head that vanishes in less than a minute, medium-thin body and somewhat lackluster carbonation, however overall this is a very hop-forward beer in both the nose and the flavor. Smells mostly of crisp piney resin with grapefruit rind coming in very much diminished compared to the resin strength and vague caramel malt hiding underneath it all. Flavor follows through exactly as the nose predicts..

So, if judged as a hop bomb, this brew comes across to me as a bit too monotone on the pine resin aspect of hopping, if there had been some more variety of hop aspects and a better mouthfeel, I would have enjoyed this one a lot more than I did. If it is only trying to be a standard IPA, my criticism is that the malts are too subdued and out of balance, and the mouthfeel still needs work.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoying on Veteran's Day at Siebert's in Salem Wi. Served by a very cute bartender.

A: Not bad, dark yellow. Decent head and great lacing.

S: Mostly pine, but a little muted.

T: Very smooth and well balanced. Better than I expected. The reviews on here don't do it justice.

M: Medium to thin, a little flat.

O: Much better than I expected.

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2.91/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep golden color with a one finger head that left in a hurry.

S: Floral and woody hops with a strong malt background.

T: The floral and earthy hops come at you first, then comes a strong malty middle. Finishes bitter and dry.

M: Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Not very smooth.

O: A below-average IPA that is lacking in many ways. It has some pieces of the necessary characteristics, but they combine to create something not very good. As others have said, it seems more like a pale ale or even a brown ale than an IPA.

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2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: It is slightly more golden than a fizzy yellow beer. It has no head.

S: The smell has a musty hops smell and is very one dimentional.

T: the taste is not that good. Its has an alcohol flavor with a little hops and citrus throwen in.

M: The has the same mouthfeel as slightly carbonated water.

O: Not a good beer. It should not be considered an IPA.

Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,024 ratings.