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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

912 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 912
Reviews: 347
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 21
Gots: 85 | 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 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
Photo of TheJollyHop
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cascades an amber hue with one fingers worth of head.

Aroma is full of herbal and spicy hops with very little malt aroma. Not too complex, but perfect for a refreshing IPA.

Sme biscuit/crystal malt plays a supporting role to the crisp, refreshing hop bitterness that bursts and does not linger. Tastes of resiny pine, light citrus, but feels rather light in the middle.

Mouthfeel is thin on the palate, medium to high carbonation. Overalll very refreshing and the bitterness is not overwhelming. "Barkeep, I will have another!"

TheJollyHop, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of camcroteau
4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I found this beer to be very tasteful and hoppy. Its also a great beer if you're going to be drinking all day. The price is very affordable for such a good beer. I also like the fact it is available year round. Both bottle and on tap this is a winner.

camcroteau, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of sprucetip
2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes. I've been disappointed with this one since its inception, but had never analyzed it purposefully, only noted in my mind that I was extremely underwhelemed and never choose it unless my options are severely limited. Was on the state ferry the other day and this was the best option, with Alaskan Amber and Winter the only other non BMC options.

Pours very clear pale golden, very active, thick white head, good retention and some lacing. SMELL some centennial, I think, hoppiness. Otherwise grainy and possibly a bit of booze. Mediocre at best. TASTE malty base is detectable, but not sweet. Dry, grainy, with a light hop bitterness and subtle floral hop notes. Fairly balanced, i guess, but not much going on to balance. FEEL strong carbonation, thin side of medium body, clean dry finish. OVERALL I will concede that it drinks easy enough, in a lowest-common-denominator, training-wheels-craft beer sort of way. But the taste, smell and feel do nothing to inspire desire to drink it at all (unless your only other options are BMC or Alaskan Amber on the ferry). Beside that, I don't even think it is an IPA at all, even an enlish style one. I'd call it a thin, uninspiring pale. SNPA, for example, has a much more robust hop profile than this disappointing attempt from Alaskan Brewing.

sprucetip, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of BretSikkink
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out a golden orange color from the growler, and while the head immediately jumps up nice and high, unlike the tap it settles down to a pilsner-like thin ring - really fast (this is from the first pour, btw. Little if any carbonation should be lost at this point).

The nose is not quite as strong either, but pale malt and grain sweetness mingle pleasantly with some pine and citric fruit. As with the nose, I just want a stronger flavor. Carbonation is a bit too high, and the whole thing leaves me a bit non-plussed. Easy for drinking.

BretSikkink, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of wnh
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, golden copper with a large, foamy, sticky off-white head with great staying power.

Light on the nose, with faint aromas of grass and tropical fruit. Even lighter and more subtle on the palate, with light grassy hops on top of a bed of cooked grain-like maltiness. Medium bodied with a quick finish and lingering sense of grassy hops.

Not a lot going on here, but pleasant enough. Reminds me more of an English IPA than an American IPA. Inoffensive and very easy to drink, and one of the only beers in this general vein that I'd be willing to drink more than one of at a sitting.

wnh, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of ocelot2500
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a ragged white head that leaves little lacing on the glass.

Smells of citrus and grassy hops. Some malty sweetness comes through as well.

Tastes of the hops upfront with a decent malt backbone. The hops are really lemony and less grapefruit as far as citrus goes, but there are also grass and herbal notes to it. Doesn't have a big bitter taste, but the hops are still present. The malt tastes along the lines of pale malt, whereas most others use caramel malt. I don't hate the pale malt, but with pale malt I am more likely to think pale ale than IPA.

The mouthfeel is medium-light with a good effervescent amount of carbonation. Dry finish.

This seems to be a more approachable form of the style than most. The bitterness is kept to a minimum and the hop aromas really shine through. But I like my IPAs bitter, so while this beer has its merits, I wouldn't use it to satisfy a hop craving.

ocelot2500, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of jacobseyb
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A=pours an orangish copper color without the "glow" i associate with the best ipas, two finger head that laces nicely

S=rather yeasty intially with some grapefruity citrus notes following

T=much like the smell, with a yeastiness and a dryness to the flavorings, some pine and citrus mixed in

M=dry, medium bodied, with generous carbonation

D=ok, average abv and decent taste make it drinkable

As a fan of most of the Alaskan offerings this left me somewhat disappointed.

jacobseyb, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of brownbeer
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle

Typical color, pale golden.

The nose is flowery and earthy hops with peachy,fruity undertones. It's not very pungent, almost hard to smell.

It tastes more like an English style to me with more earthy flavors and a quick finish that's not very bitter or flavorful.

It's easy to drink, but the flavors don't really make me want to drink more. It's just too light all around and might go better with food.

brownbeer, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle into Tulip glass.

Pours a clear orange-yellow color with a finger of creamy head that remains a layer atop the glass as the beer is drank. Aroma is citrus, grassy hops with some touches of malt. The flavor is light citrus hops and malt upfront with some lemon zest and soft bitter finish. Its light to medium bodied with a nice crispness. This is an easy drinking IPA. I would really just prefer a little more hop character to this beer but the malt and the of the beer body is just where I believe an IPA should be.

DiabolikDUB, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of Viggo
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle picked up at Biercafe in Portland.

Pours a clear dark yellow/straw, touch of amber, thick white head forms, drops to a medium sized ring, leaves some chunky lace on the glass, looks alright. Smell is nice, grapefruit and floral hops, some orange peel, a bit spicy and herbal, touch of caramel sweetness in the back, nice malts, a bit of pine, smells good. Taste is similar, pine and grapefruit hops, some biscuit and toasty malts, caramel, tangerine, nice herbal bitterness, a bit plain but solid. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty dry in the finish. A solid IPA.

Viggo, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of oldpinecone
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

What an average beer.

Pours a nice light amber/bright copper with a one and a hlaf finger head. Looked average.

Smell was sweet and malty with a tiny floral "afterscent". Not too much hop aroma coming through at this point...

First initial flavor is the malty sweetness immediatley follwed through with the hoppy bitterness. Balance is ok. Not hoppy enough to be called a true IPA.

Nicely carbonated but kind of watery and thin.

All together this beer could be sessioned due to its mildness. Drinkable.

oldpinecone, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of Bierman9
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My wife and daughter Caitlin just came back from an Alaskan cruise and brought me back some goodies! My first new bier was a 22oz bomber of the IPA, enjoyed on Saturday, 15AUG09. Label shows a guy surfing with some majestic, snow-capped peaks in the distance. What's up with that, eh? No freshness dating, though.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, the liquid was a clear, medium-golden hue. Scattered carbo was rising up, helping form a thin, fine white head. Most of the wispy bubbles clung to the edges, and there was scant lacing. Aroma had some toasty malt, plus decent levels of rindy, citrussy hops. Body was medium, and the bier was mostly smooth save for a slight prickliness on the tongue.

Hints of sweetness are evident in the flavor, but they are only hints. Most of the profile here is hops in one form or another. Lots of citrus comes forth, and it is very puckery and pithy. Some pine is present along with more rindy characteristics, which linger long on the palate. Overall? A good, middle of the road IPA, though it leans a bit too much to the bitter, puckery side of things.

Thanks for the bottle, girls!

Prosit!

3.75
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 3.5

1154

Bierman9, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of mynie
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

They--they surf in Alaska?

Pours like a regular ol' IPA only with a large head that springs up like a weed.

Smells a little blandly malty with a small dose of generic hops in the back. Says it was bottled in July so it's not stale. Not a bad smell, really, but the hops are certainly secondary and that' just not what I expect from an American IPA.

Tastes slightly more balanced. Lightly sour malt profile balanced somewhat against a decent hit of citrusy American hops. Still pretty light, especially for its ABV.

mynie, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of macktbone
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Very golden and light. Looks overly carbonated. Nice thick head that laces the glass well.

S- Crisp apple like aroma. Not so hoppy...makes me not so happy.

T- Nice initial edge, a little woody (cedar like), but nothing that grabs you at all. Weak for an IPA...thank goodness no-one tried to claim imperial status.

M- average ale.

D- I wouldn't spend money on this as an IPA, but for a lawnmower beer with tons of carbonation I guess I would drink this....If I was at someone elses house.

macktbone, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of drumrboy22
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Hennepin chalice. Beer was a straw color with a one-finger, white foamy head. Moderate carbonation and lacing.

Aroma was grassy and piney hops. Light citrus.

Taste was grassy, floral hops. Not very sweet, but had a long, lightly bitter finish. Pretty mild IPA.

Not bad, very sessionable.

drumrboy22, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of arnoldbrew
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Clear light amber, about a 2cm head, leaves some lacing on the glass.
Smell- Very hoppy, lots of citrus, I detect some subtle hints of malts with a touch of caramel.
Taste- Citrus, good bitterness but not overpowering, still lets a nice mild maltiness come through.
Mouthfeel- Moderate mouthfeel, not too thick. Carbonation is a bit lighter thatn expected but not a bad thing b/c it does make it smooth.
Overall- I find this a respectable beer. It's not the greatest IPA I've had but it is still a good beer.

arnoldbrew, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle brought from a western state by a friend. This is my first hoppy beer from Alaskan, here goes: The beer is light orange with a little chill haze, thin wet head that laces onto the glass. The aroma is hoppy but makes me suspect this has a little age, it's got a stronger malt presence than I'd expected. Caramel malt competes with an almost abrasive citrus hop character, like a light barleywine. The taste is exactly the same as the smell, balanced, rich, and tasty. By balanced I don't mean neutral, this has both hops and malt turned to 8. Peppery carbonation and a somewhat substantial body lend more credibility, this is much better than I'd expected. Definitely worth ordering if you see it.

TurdFurgison, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of shivtim
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

shivtim, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

jeffjeff1, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of Jmoore50
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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

Jmoore50, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of nrbw23
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

nrbw23, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of ckeegan04
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

ckeegan04, Jun 22, 2009
Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 912 ratings.