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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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822 Ratings
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Ratings: 822
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 19
Gots: 49 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a golden yellow with an orange-ish tint, with a half inch of white head. Smells promisingly of citrus, but the taste is disappointingly weak. This would score well as a good pale ale, but definitely doesn't belong in the IPA category. Possibly the weakest IPA I've tasted. It's drinkable as a good pale ale would be, but it just doesn't cut it as an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 16:22:43 | More by PhxHorn
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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours golden yellow hue with a nice foamy head. Nice sheet lacing.

S: Nice hop aromas. Some bold citrus, along with lemon zest and pine.

T: Nice balance between hops and malt. The taste is citrus upfront. A bit of sweet pine can be detected in the middle before a nice sweet bready malt takes over. Very Nice.

M: Medium to light in body with ample carbonation.

D: Easy-drinking, smooth and refreshing. Nice balance leads to a very sessionable brew especially for those who don't like hop bombs.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2008 17:31:44 | More by tpd975
Photo of jakon


4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 6-13-8.

This beer pours gold with a nice-sized eggshell colored head that recedes quickly while leaving behind a layer of uniform lacing.

The aroma is beautiful. Big citrus, big pine. Orange peel and grapefruit with a light peppery spice and a touch of fresh-cut grass to it.

The taste reflects the aroma. West-coast IPA all the way. The bitterness is dialed in nicely. Not sure why it took me this long to finally try this beer, as it's always been a ubiquitous presence on local shelves and I've been a longtime fan of their Smoked Porter.

This beer compares favorably to all the PNW IPA's. It'll now have a spot in my regular rotation.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 09:54:58 | More by jakon
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle

Slightly hazed, light gold with some orange tones. Medium, just off white, creamy head. Not much legs, some lacing.

Strong aroma of earth and pine.

Taste was a big burst of hops, pine/spruce. Touch of citrus. A bit soap like, not sure I was wild about that. Some sweetness - caramel and a green apple. Lingering pine in the finish.

Medium body, at best. Medium carbonation. Dry.

Very different hop character compared to what I am used to, but not unpleasant. I would certainly have again.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 17:15:31 | More by
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4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of TunTavern1775. Thanks brother and see ya soon.

A - pours a hazy gold but that changes to a clearish gold. A finger of head sits on top and really stays there the whole drink. Good lace sticks to the sides.

S - Pine dominates but I can definitely detect the citrus and floral hop aroma. Very pleasant perfumy aroma.

T - The taste is the same way as the smell. BUT there is some slight toasted malt sweetness with it. I am a bit surprised based on the color.

M - It is a little light for an IPA but there is a great flavor profile there to kick it in the ass a bit.

D - I like this one alot. I would get more if it was available in NC. Like I said it is a little light in the body but this adds to the drinkability. It is complex enough to satisfy the sophisticated palate but very refreshing at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 23:36:34 | More by hops4me
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4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Alaskan IPA
12oz. brown bottle

A: snifter. looks like liquid gold, yellowish orange with a fair amount of solid white head. very mild lacing.

S: good hoppy aroma. some citrus along with some pine. a little bit of honey also. also smells of sweet biscuit malts.

T: light on the flavor initially. a definite honey characteristic is present. very mellow hop characteristic. not extreme but very tasty. good malt character, feels like biscuit malts.

M: light feel in the mouth. good bitters on the palate. very crisp ans smooth.

D: extremely drinkable with a good mellow body. i could drink this for decades.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 18:21:43 | More by paulthebeerguru
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4.58/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Got this in a trade with Bubba83.

Pours a clear gold with 1-2 fingers of foamy brite-white head. Nice layer of retention across the top that leaves absolutely huge sheets of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is just as fresh as can be with notes of pine, oranges, mangos, grass, hop oils, mint, and biscuits and sweetness way in the back.

The taste has great balance up front, with a mix of hops, zesty citrus, and intermingling sweet malt. Only in the finish, does those brawny, resinous hops comes out, leaving the palette feeling bitter and sticky. The mouthfeel is medium bodied up front but then thins out a little through the finish but still retains good carbonation with a fantastic easy feel.

Wow, this is one of the better IPAs I've had in a while with a fantastic fresh feel, great flavors, and a huge drinkibility. I actually could have probably have used 2 of these to review, based on how fast I drank the first bottle. I'm glad to have had a chance to try this. Thanks Kev!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 16:22:18 | More by Kegatron
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4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apart from the double and up IPA's that are made now I can categorize the two regular styles of IPA's among some of my favorites. There is the Bear Republic Racer 5 and El Toro ramped up hoppy bombs and then there is the North Coast (ACME) Sierra Nevada IPA's, Alaskan falls in to the latter. I love this brewery, they were great to visit and very generous with the tastings. I try to support them as often as possible. The sample poured a deep gold, head retention was excellent and some lace was apparent. My bottle did not have the piney aroma some others have mentioned but aroma was a bit floral and sort of understated for the style. Smooth taste had some fruity notes with a slight piney hoppiness. Malt was solid. Very drinkable and refreshing. Would buy again. i now think the first bottle I had was not the freshest sample. More lacing on the glass and a subtle yet succulent aroma of piney hops assaults you. Tart piney hops are a joy on the taste buds. Very drinkable, even my girlfriend Suzanne wanted to have two. This is one nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 03:19:44 | More by Mark
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden color, blinding white head fades pretty fast, but leaves a bit of lacing behind. Smell is really clean/crisp, definite grapefruit/pine aroma. This is just a great tasting IPA....super-drinkable. Nice hoppy bitterness on the back end, but nothing overpowering. This is an everyday IPA. If this was easier for me to get (ordered from Liquid Solutions), it'd be in the fridge often!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 21:39:44 | More by corey0212
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale golden color with moderate sized white head. In the glass you might mistake it for a macro lager in terms of color.

Nose is prickly grapefruit and lemon, but overall on the lighter side. Very subdued.

On the palate a more balanced malt/hop balance is apparent for an IPA, with nothing too extreme going on. Perhaps this is more of a traditional IPA than "American" IPA.

Finish is dry with pine. Easy drinking IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 23:00:44 | More by yemenmocha
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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - hits the Belgian glass with a fairly clear orange golden color, a soapy layer of white suds on top. Good streaks of lace here and there.

Aroma - sweet grapefruit and pine. The sweetness fades a little and a light woody, earthy note comes through.

Taste - average grain frontage. A hint of metal but it gets nowhere as the hops move it to lay some nice grapefruit flavor down. Pine in there as well. The swallow turns dry, bitter, and with a trace of alcohol. A solid taste.

Mouthfeel - high carbonation, medium-bodied. Could have a little more.

Drinkability - easy session IPA, those hop loving folks in Juneau are well taken care of with this around.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 02:55:27 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint for four dollars at Naja's Place, only IPA they had left on tap except for West Coast from Green Flash and I have been drinking quite a bit of that lately

A-Light red with lots of orange in color, 3/4 inch foamy white head that stuck around for a little while, some retention and sticky lacing

S-Pine hoppiness, floral accents, grapefruit, lemon, orange, light malt, and more hops

T-Starts off with citrus hops with mostly grapefruit, some grainy malt in the middle but can barely taste it, dry piney hops in the finish, as it warmed it did not get much sweeter and the citrus actually died down a little bit, dryness in the aftertaste was nice and kept me coming back for more, nicely balanced overall and a tasty IPA

M-Dry and citrusy mouthfeel, not overly carbonated, medium body, taste lingered nicely

D-Could drink a few pints of this, low ABV, goes down easy, not heavy on the stomach, was nice on this hot day

One of the best brews from Alaskan, sessionable india pale ale, will probably buy some bombers soon, will drink certainly drink again, recommended

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2008 01:34:05 | More by Floydster
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3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle.

Beautiful clear yellow liquid in the glass. Poured with a one finger head which lasted to the end. Some lacing in the glass. Nice hop aroma. Malt in the front and a hoppy finish - just like an IPA should have. Hop taste stays on the tongue for a few moments. Mouthfeel is a little thin - a little more body would be good in this beer. Very drinkable - I will finish this bottle tonight. Will be even better as a thirst quencher on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 04:16:02 | More by desertbronze
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy then subsides into a golden clear hue. It smells like the bay on a crisp cold morning. It tastes like the flesh of a fresh salmon over a wad of hops. It feels like the dew rolling off the back of a springtime leaf in the morning of the pacific northwest. It drinks like rain washing away your sins.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 10:07:11 | More by idResponse
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4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Stubby 12oz bottle like the one depicted; no "best before" date on bottle or 6-pack. Poured into a standard pint glass.
Has a clear dark golden color, decent carbonation and a moderate .5in white head that left scant lace.
Nose had a clean citrus and pine aroma with a softer undercurrent of grains and hay. Not real potent but definitely a solid IPA aroma.
Tastes good; crisp citrusy hops bite that swiftly overtakes the initial mellow sweet grains flavors. As it reaches further back on the tongue, the citrus taste transitions to a more pronounced pine resin taste that lingers nicely after each pull.
Feel is surprisingly light; crisp and clean.
Overall, a very easy drinking IPA. It has a more subdued hops profile than many West Coast IPA's (or East Coast, for that matter) but that only serves to make Alaskan's version a more viable session IPA. This brew's hops bill won't scour your tongue after the first; it'll leave you wanting more. Good effort by Alaskan BC!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 17:51:06 | More by Boilermaker88
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3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Citrus lemon rind and a really nice hop oil taste. Spicy pine with a real nice woody presence. Not a huge IPA like some of the oregon and washington stuff, but good.

Mouthfeel is a bit light for my tastes. A tad bit watery, but the hop resin/juiciness is just enough to make this very drinkable.

OVerall, a good IPA. I recommend a 6pack if you see this anywhere.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2008 03:57:45 | More by SurlyDuff
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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured light amber from the 22 ounce bottle with two fingers of white head. Good amount of lacing. Head stays about 5 minutes.
Nice floral piney aroma. More aroma than most IPA's.
Taste is crisp, balanced, resinous hops with sweet malts. IBU is listed as 55.
Mouthfeel is medium with a dry bitter finish. Carbonation is just enough.
Overall better than average. Not so hoppy that you would only want one.
May be the ultimate everyday IPA. Give it a try. Hey it came all the way from Juneau!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 04:04:05 | More by Spikester
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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Callahan's, San Diego

Pours a clear amber red color with a big white head with good retention. Minimal aroma of hops. Light spicy hop flavor is crisp with a subtle aftertaste. Very smooth with light carbonation and a generally light-bodied feel. A bit subdued for an IPA, but really drinkable, enjoyable and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2008 07:23:58 | More by mithrascruor
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow-ish color with a big white head. In the aroma, citrus hops, a bit on the the sweeter side as well. In the taste, a mix of citrus and piney hops, again a bit sweet. A nice bitter mouthfel and a dry, hoppy aftertaste. Very nice, and actually kind of standard, but very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 11:19:12 | More by OWSLEY069
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3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Surf Alaska but only in the summer. Pours golden yellow with a light off white head. Not a great pour but the foam did die out completely.

The smell is limited with mostly citrus hopes but under line pine and lemon peel were there too. Malt was limited but some basic pale and grainy aromas. Some lighter biscuit touches as well.

The taste has more of a lemon flavor at first. Ok bittering but limited overall. The citrus comes out a bit more as taste pallets gets use to the hoppy flavors. The malt is more in balance than the nose indicated but really doesn't bring much to the taste.

Lighter side of medium bodied but very easy to drink. Carbonation seemed a bit low and probably could have helped out the bittering. Overall not much with depth but something you could drink on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 22:31:13 | More by Oxymoron
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4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled through a trade with Northertimber.

Clear mostly golden colored ale with a tall white head. I guess you could call this a pale shade of amber but this is really much closer to gold than "IPA Orange" to me.

Smell is a little sweet and herbal without the usual C Hops commando raid on your nose. Grapefruit, pine and spicy spruce are in here just not Banzai levels like some beers. There is a spicy scent here that I can only describe as spruce and cinnamon.

The taste starts out neutral and woody in the mouth. Flowery hop taste, something you don't often taste in an AIPA anymore. Little bit of vanilla present possibly from oak somehow. Mild chamomile flavor. Pine and grapefruit are in here but they are hidden by a more abundant herbal hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Super easy to drink and very flavorful. A different IPA from the usual full power C-Bombs that seem to be made by everyone now. Most easy to drink, flavorful without blowing your taste buds off, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 02:59:03 | More by Zorro
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3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a 1 1/2 finger head. Retention is a little weak and the head is frothy at first but seems a little weak. Somehow the retention remains good: hard to explain. Pale orange/yellow in color.

Smell is of some weak cascades or centennials.

Taste is very weak for an ipa. Pretty boring really. Some pale malts and weak hops with a dry mouthfeel. I am dissapointed by this ipa.

Still thanks to gglwebster for the sample.

This sample tastes mildly soapy

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 07:58:41 | More by jasonjlewis
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3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**Thanks to JohnGalt1 for the beer (highly recommended trader)**

Pours a transparent gold with mild carbonation and smallish head; mild lacing that leaves an oily residue on the glass.

Mild aroma that consists of a pinch of toasted malt, accompanied by a surge of lemon-zest and peppery hops.

Mouth is introduced to a crispy hop bitterness which leads into a moderate creaminess that brings out hints of fruit rine, lemon-pepper, & cilantro. Palate is left dry and longing for another sip; cetainly a West Coast IPA.

I would love to enjoy this one during the hot, summer months. Like I mentioned above this one is all west coast with its heavy lean towards the hop (no complaints from me). I would certainly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 03:16:01 | More by jdoncbus
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2.08/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz brown stubie. bright green label. A very light color for an IPA. Pale golden body. Low carbonation. Fizzy head that lays down to some small island skim. trace lace.

Very similar in smell and taste to alot of English IPA's i've had a change to gobble. Mild hop dryness and little in the floral department. Bitterness is sharp in the middle and gives way to a dry finish. Malts are mild as well and rather lackluster.

Notes: A run of the mill IPA with a lean towards English style. Watery in my opinion. Lacks depth or attitude. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 05:18:43 | More by DogFood11
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Alberta (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found this 22oz bomber at a Fred Meyer's in the Tri-Cities. It pours a light copper colour, with 2 fingers of foamy off-white head. The smell is predominantly pine hops with a little citrus kick, very inviting. The taste is much less hoppy than I was led to believe, however, the mild hop bite balances evenly with the grainy, cracker-like malt component. A light carbonation gives an innocuous mouthfeel, and the finish is very much like a pale ale, not many hops left at this point. Overall, a nice sessionable brew, becoming more like a pale ale the more I drank of it.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 05:30:04 | More by biboergosum
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