Alaskan Icy Bay IPA - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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3.33/5 rDev -9.3%
A Decent IPA.
It certainly has all the qualities of a an IPA, just not that interesting. It would be a great place for someone to start conditioning their palate for IPAs. Pine tar and citrus notes. Good hop character. Definitely erring on the hop side. There's malt in there too, just not quite as pronounced. The balance battle between the hops and the malt tips in favor of the hops. Not too bad, but there are certainly other IPAs that I am more interested in.
01-13-2009 07:01:05 | More by Beernoisseur
3.75/5 rDev +2.2%
Bottle poured into a glass.
Appearance:Pours golden yellow with a creamy 1 inch head. Diminishes into a finger-width frothy topping that lasts throughout the drink. Medium to heavy lacing that leaves my glass frosted at the end.
Scent: Faint citrus scents. I had let the bottle warm a little before cracking open.
Taste: Smooth IPA. Good amount of hops, and also hints of lemon. Easy on the palate with just enough malt to balance out the hops.
Mouthfeel: medium citrus bodied beer with a malty finish with lingering hops
Would get this again, i had to get this beer for its name
01-08-2009 06:48:32 | More by chompy
British Columbia (Canada)
4/5 rDev +9%
This is the kind of IPA I like, easy to find, well priced , full of hops , well balanced , lots of citrus notes on the nose and full mouthfeel. Alaskan have been on the beer geeks b-list since they hardly ever put out limited editions Double this beers( remember when the Smoked Porter was a holy grail beer in the late 80's). They however always put out a quality product that you can often find in a corner store. I hope this beer comes to BC ( a possibility with all the US beers arriving in the last year)
12-29-2008 17:13:55 | More by canucklehead
3.33/5 rDev -9.3%
Purchased a 22 oz. bottle, poured into a tumbler glass..
Light see-through golden yellow and light amber color, small layer of white head that left quickly.. great lacing..
Smell is of a basic IPA... bitter hop and caramel malt, has a very sweet and spicy scent. If you have a stuffed nose like I do now, it will almost clear it.
Taste is average.. with some extra spice. More spice than most IPA's I have ever had. Did some hot peppers trickle over? Who knows... but there is a noticeable spice. It is however well balanced, but light.
Not too dry, and doesnt leave me parched.. nice fresh water, and a basic gulp of Ale. Nice floral notes in the belch! Worth a try!
12-29-2008 03:34:31 | More by Docer
3.25/5 rDev -11.4%
A - Medium golden color that is on the lighter colored side. Thin head which disappears very quickly and minimal lacing. Moderate carbonation is present.
S - Moderate hops are present with hints of pine, grapefruit and citrus. There is also a hint of malt in the glass.
T - Medium hop flavor that not much beyond a good hoppy pale ale. The finish is nice and hoppy but not overwhelming and there are hints of malt present
M - A light IPA that is moderate in carbonation
D - Thin on the hops for an IPA but pretty drinkable. Good selection on draft.
12-16-2008 03:24:54 | More by racer2k
3.65/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours a golden yellow. Big white sudsy foam.
Smells like ... floral and pine notes. Not a particular strong aroma. Flavor is pine, citrus ... maybe a bit of sweeter citrus (tangerine/white grapefruit) ... but there's a metallic bitter twang in here I don't care.
Decently carbonated, good mouthfeel. I don't know if I'd revisit except for the price.
12-13-2008 11:41:53 | More by Overlord
2.95/5 rDev -19.6%
Clear gold pour with a wall of bubbles for a head. Nice release of citrus hops, with some pine and soap. Bit more soap in the taste, but that turns quickly into buttery hops and toasty malt. Not bad, but not nearly as good as others more easily available.
12-04-2008 19:10:43 | More by magictrokini
3.43/5 rDev -6.5%
Thanks to Deuane for this bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow color with about a finger of off-white foam that quickly dissipates to a thin layer. Smells of lemon/citrus, pine and toasted malt. Taste is slightly floral with the same lemon and pine notes present in the nose followed by a dose of caramel malts. A notch below medium in mouthfeel/body with medium carbonation. Not a bad attempt, but there are certainly better examples that are much more attainable to me on the east coast.
11-21-2008 03:57:00 | More by ClockworkOrange
3.1/5 rDev -15.5%
Poured a light to medium and crystal clear amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, orange peels, and somewhat floral. Tastes of citrus, floral and a touch of caramel thrown in. Thinner body.
Notes from 4/28/07
11-19-2008 16:24:17 | More by hopdog
3.58/5 rDev -2.5%
On tap in Dana Point on Friday night.
The appearance is a coppery light yellow. A minimal, yet sticky bone white head.
The smell was definitely a bit hoppy, but not overbearing. A little citrus smell. A malt smell to it as well.
The taste is hoppy, more than what I was expecting from this brewery out of Juneau.
The mouthfeel is a light carbonation but not too light. I would say it leaves the mouth wanting a bit more, especially if it were a hot summer day.
The drinkability is good. I wouldn't want to drink a bunch of these at this time of year, but again on a hot day I could enjoy a couple of these.
In conclusion, this is a decent example of the style, especially if you are looking for something that isn't as hoppy as your traditonal west coast IPA which is so easy to find here in SD.
11-10-2008 05:10:55 | More by 2LBrew
3.18/5 rDev -13.4%
Reviewed on 8/25/08
Poured into a pint glass. Clear, light golden color, thin white head.
Smell didn't have much hop presence. Very mild hop aroma, no malt presence. Smells more like a pale ale.
Taste was light on hops and malt. Slight dryness from hop presence but nothing really distinctive. Maybe piney and spicey?
Mouthfeel was light and moderate carbonation.
Drinkability is good. Very light beer.
Overall it seems more like a session-style IPA, although it wasn't really IPA-like. More like a Pale Ale to me. For 6.2% it drinks more like 4%.
10-30-2008 18:55:30 | More by riored4v
3.78/5 rDev +3%
From a 22 oz. brown bomber. Pours a clear vibrant golden hue, tall massive frothy and chunky white head with great retention and consistent thick slashes of lacing.
Intense Cascade hops on the nose, soapy pine, sweet flowers, tangerine and grapefruit citrus. Very faint biscuit malt in the background.
Predominantly hops throughout the flavour, floral and citrus at first, more sticky and pine melded with puckering white grapefruit rind on the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, soapy smooth yet sticky on the finish, some alcohol burn.
A solid decent run-of-the-mill IPA, one-dimensional with the expected hop whollap, but it delivers the goods you bought the ticket to ride for in the first place.
10-16-2008 01:55:13 | More by IronDjinn
3.38/5 rDev -7.9%
12oz bottle into a Unibroue glass. Pours a crisp pale orange with a decent frothy head that diminishes to a ring and leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is a bit of sweet malts, but overall, fairly weak. The taste is a unique hop blend that I can't quite put my finger on, not spectacular, but different and intriguing balance of hops and malts. The beer is certainly light, crisp and refreshing with decent carbonation. This one is certainly worth trying, but I would likely not choose it again, even if it were regularly available to me.
10-15-2008 01:35:50 | More by atsprings
3.28/5 rDev -10.6%
A: Pale golden color, pencil layer of foam -3.50, S: A strange hop bill, mildly citric, possibly Cascade, not a strongly hopped beer - 3.50, T: More hops on the tongue than nose, definitely grapefruit which points to Cascade hops, almost more of a heavy hopped pale ale - 3.25, M: Medium bodied - 3.75, D: A pretty run-of-the-mill IPA, nicely flavored, extremely citric - 3.75
10-11-2008 02:10:52 | More by deereless
3.58/5 rDev -2.5%
a: This was a very pale golden color. It poured with a medium sized, short lived, sticky white head.
s: This is very balanced, smelling like an English IPA. There were malts that smell of biscuity toffe and hops that smell flowery and a little citric.
t: This was pretty mild overall and balanced to the point that I had a hard time seperating the hops and malts. I tatsed herbal, flowery toffee with a bit of a citric bite.
m: Gentle, creamy carbonation and a decent body. There was a nice little lingering hop tickle.
d: This was pretty good for sure, but maybe a little tame.
10-08-2008 10:49:37 | More by DIM
4.03/5 rDev +9.8%
Received this in a trade with ThreeWiseMen. Thanks!!
The head on this was literally like a dollop of whipped cream. The retention was insane and globs of the cream stayed afloat for quite some time. The color of the beer was like golden honey. Right at the intersection between deep gold and the lightest amber. Some lacing clung to the glass.
Aroma was fresh, floral and also with a lot of pine notes.
Flavor was also fresh and nicely balanced. A nice grain/malt flavor behind the perfume like bitterness of the hops. Well balanced front to back with no burst of sweetness or bitterness as any point. Certainly some citrus notes present.
Mouth feel was fairly light, but not too light. Very drinkable brew.
I had several of these 4 years ago when on a trip to Alaska. Glad I have the opportunity to have this one again.
10-05-2008 17:36:05 | More by Reagan1984
3.35/5 rDev -8.7%
The Alaskan IPA poured a 3 finger foam head with good lacing and solid retention. It was a light amber ale color.
The smell was clean and hoppy. In the drink it had a sweet malty backbone with a moderately hoppy profile. It was not aggressive in any sense. In the mouth it was thin and light. I found it to be a simple nicely balanced IPA. It would be in my mile category.
09-30-2008 04:19:04 | More by cswhitehorse
4.1/5 rDev +11.7%
Bright citrus greets you in the nose of Alaskan's IPA. It's lemony, and mildly grapefruity. There are other fruits as well, including soft apricot, melon, and papaya. Beneath the fruitiness there's also a lightly sweet biscuity malt that's ever so slightly caramel tinged.
It's clear golden in the glass beneath a white head, and the retention and lacing are quite good.
Across the palate it's medium to medium-full in body with a delicately zesty tingle on the tongue due to its very fine bubbled median carbonation.
The flavor starts with citrus wrapped in a thin layer of sweetish malt. It becomes a little tarter and more bitter across the middle as the carbonation bristles the tongue. Floral, leafy, and mildly grassy hop notes appear, and going into the swallow the honey-drizzled and subtly caramelish malt becomes more apparent as it warms. The maltiness is short lived, however, as it's then immediately washed over by citrus and bitterness in a swirling finish.
It lingers throughout the mouth with a combination of citrus, honeyish malt, bitterness, leafy hops, and finally, chalky citrus rind. It's not too long lasting, and it's certainly more lemony citrusy than bitter. It's very refreshing!
It's interesting in that it's kind of English in nature with it's biscuity malt base and limited bitterness (around 50 IBU's), but also quite American in it's brightly citrusy hops. The strength is also kept in check whereas many American versions are just starting at 6.2%. Very well done. Certainly worth trying!
09-29-2008 22:38:05 | More by NeroFiddled
4.1/5 rDev +11.7%
I have poured this beer out of a 22oz bomber and into a pint glass.
The beer is a nice golden-straw color. About a finger of frothy white head took its time to subside and when it did it lleft a thick ring of lacing around my glass. The thick lacing continues as I drink.
Smell is very nice- malt forward but with sweet citric hops shining through. The malts are reminiscent of buttery toffee and the hops of candied orange peels.
Taste is more hoppy than I expected by the smell but is well balanced. Hops are more bitter than indicated by the smell and have a strong backbone of buttery malts. Satisfying.
Mouthfeel is good. Medium carbonation, slightly thick but not overbearingly so. Just right.
Drinkability is certainly established with this beer. Flavorful and complex...deep but still sessionable. Great brew from Alaska!
09-18-2008 04:01:35 | More by THEBEERBAR0N
4.4/5 rDev +19.9%
Pours a nice, clear golden-brass color with a 1 finger head that dissipates pretty fast.
Aroma is of piney, spicy hops - crisp and enticing, with a hint of honey underneath.
One word for this beer - crisp. Fresh citrus and pine dominate the light malt. This ale dances on the tongue and finishes with a tangy spicyness in the back. A perfect session ale. One of the best domestic "single" IPAs that I've had the pleasure of trying.
09-01-2008 21:07:16 | More by kosmoraios
3.25/5 rDev -11.4%
Pours a rather clear golden honey color into a pint glass. Head is thin and fleeting though the carbonation keeps a surface film that yields some spotting lacing.
Smell is of floral and citrusy hops and a touch of sweet malts, with some pine emerging when stirred up a bit. And that too is wrapped with a touch of sweetness. And occasionally a bit void on the nose if left untouched for a few minutes.
Nice balance of hops and malts on the taste, and gives a rather tart sweetness on the close. Unexpected given the light color and likely caused by some hop oils confusing me. Just a touch of bitterness present.
Feel and carbonation are good. An easy drinking IPA that doesn't try to tackle you. A rather light IPA; in color, in ABV, in body and in hoppieness. Quite approachable.
08-31-2008 04:14:50 | More by HalfFull
4.45/5 rDev +21.3%
Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass
A - Pours a two-head, inviting hazy gold color. Nice head all the way down the glass. Moderate lacing.
S - Great blend of floral and cirtus hop fragrances. Needs to be stronger though.
T - Alcohol and a lemony sweatness on the nose. Thed body is very well balanced with a pinging citrous hop flavor dancing around the tongue. The finnish is lemony and bitter and leaves a pleasant bitter-sweet aftertaste.
M - Medium body with plenty of carbonation. After swallowing, the beer still bubbles on your tongue. Very Pleasant! Seems to suite the beer perfectly
D - This is my favorite IPA so far. Plenty of hop presence (by no means harsh), which I expect from my IPAs and still delicious tasting. I wouldn't want to knock back more than about two of these in a night, but this is a perfect for when you just want one drink. A great deal at about $6.50 a six here in Oregon- will definately look for again next time i'm in the PNW!
08-25-2008 03:16:06 | More by Bockrules
4.6/5 rDev +25.3%
A bomber bottle! Dang, I love being back on the west coast for beer!
The pour created a finger's worth of soft, foamy head that resembled a scoop of French Vanilla ice cream, plus it held on like a champ. Color was a beautiful golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a grassy, flowery aspect. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a pleasant hops flavor on the tongue. It was somewhat spicy, peppery, and quite dry. The finish lingered with a soft hops flavor. I can't wait to get to AK!
07-27-2008 21:02:48 | More by woodychandler
3.63/5 rDev -1.1%
Pours a clear goldish amber with a decent creme head. Nose is malts and floral tones. Flavor is salty and acidic really. There are earthy and leafy tones with some minor backside citrus oily hops to it, but it's not really the level of balance that would make me happy. Feel has a full and biting carbonation to it and the liquid is about typical. A decent IPA, but lacking a slight touch of balance and grace to make it easier to drink.
07-21-2008 05:40:24 | More by RblWthACoz
3.53/5 rDev -3.8%
Bomber into a pint glass.
Pours a clean, golden body beneath a thin cap of foam that scantily covers the beer beneath...looks more like a lager than an IPA. Grapefruity sweetness abounds in the aroma, balanced by a crisp wheat note and pale malts. Still nothing exceptional.
The flavor is a tasty blend of pale, crystal malts, spicy/citrus hops, and some crackled pepper. Mouthfeel is a bit on the over-carbonated side, but crisp and decently refreshing. Not much of a hop finish, which is a bit of a disappointment. All in all, I was underwhelmed by this IPA. Will likely look elsewhere, although Alaskan's Smoked Porter is fantastic.
07-19-2008 06:07:20 | More by wagenvolks
Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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