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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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821 Ratings
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Ratings: 821
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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Photo of GClarkage


3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/01/07- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no visable freshness dating. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Amber-copper colored pour. 1/2 inch medium sized bubbled head with decent lace spots left behind.

Smell- A good amound of grapefruit scented hops and a slight touch of bready malt.

Taste- Kinda reminds me of Russian River's standard IPA. Really doesn't slam you with hops or malt for that matter, but rounds out really nice with what it is. There are grapefruit hops, but they are slightly muted. And the malt is lightly caramelized, if not bready or yeasty tasting.

Mouthfeel- Nice carbonation level that allows you to easily suck this bad boy down. Decent bitter lasting aftertaste as well.

Drinkability- Sessionable, yes. Hop monster, no. All in all a good middle of the road tasting beer worth trying. Nice to see a mainstream brewery make a decent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2007 16:03:50 | More by GClarkage
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ripe apricot with lemon peel trim. Multitudinous bubbles race up to do their part in the creation of a densely creamy cap the color of lightly yellowed ivory. From the melting ice cream look of the head to the generous amount of lace, this is one good looking India pale ale.

I wish the aroma was more forthcoming, but I love what I smell. My nose tells me that there's no (or almost no) caramel malt present. The white grapefruit and lemon hops tell me that one or more of the 4-Cs is in use (Cascade at least). I like the way these guys have decided to construct their IPA.

Alaskan Smoked Porter and Alaskan Stout are superb examples of their respective styles. Alaskan ESB is good as well. After that, I'm not thrilled with what this brewery produces, although it's all drinkable in a pleasant sort of way. I'm thrilled to see that Alaskan IPA comes in at the higher end of the spectrum.

This is a hop-focused beer that isn't anywhere close to being a tongue destroyer. By using pale malt almost exclusively (I'm guessing), the brewers allow the bright, zesty, citrus fruit character of the Pacific NW hops to shine. Malt support is rock steady, with an untoasted biscuity sweetness just below the surface. Simple... straightforward... delicious.

The mouthfeel is exactly where it should be for an American IPA that isn't a hop and booze monster. It's medium for the style, is both firm and lightly creamy, and is well-carbonated without being buzzy. In other words, it's a perfect match for the flavor profile.

I love the fluorescent green that Alaskan Brewing Co. has chosen for the labels and bottle caps. I'm sure it makes the beer stand out on the shelves. Although it may not be as sexy as some of the hop bombs that are being brewed these days, Alaskan IPA is a more than solid effort that I enjoyed thoroughly. I'm glad to see that these guys have filled the 'hoppy beer' hole in their lineup with such a quality offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2007 12:54:54 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of josiahschlender


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hadn't seen a sixer of Alaskan IPA in the store before. On sale under six bucks, I figured I'd try something new.

Stubby bottle poured into a pint glass. Rather small head, but it stuck around for a long time. This beer is highly carbonated, little bubbles rising the duration of the glass, seen through the clear, golden honey color.

I'm used to big hoppy IPAs here in the northwest. This one is less overwhelming. Smells are sweeter than most, grain malts mixed into orange citrus and pine hops.

Again, more malts come through in the taste. It's sweet, citrusy and slightly bitter at the end with a clean finish. I like the carbonation with the moderate body. It makes it refreshing and lighter feeling than most IPAs. Easy to down, it doesn't punish you for swallowing.

A good beer! One of the more sessionable IPAs I've had, this one went down easy. It might be the right kind of IPA to introduce to your friend that's scared of hoppy, "bitter" beers that won't fry their taste buds, but still leave a true hop aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2007 05:59:13 | More by josiahschlender
Photo of BlindPig


4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Thick white head on a clear golden body.
S- Light grapefruit, orange, hints of pine, and sweeter caramel malts.
T- Sweet pale malts with a balance of light fruit hops. Some grass, grapefruit juice, lemon, and one or two other fruit flavors. I wouldn't call this a American IPA at all. Reminds me a lot more of a English IPA.
M- Medium/full body with a medium/low carbonation.
D- It is a good solid lighter IPA. Nice beer to sit back and enjoy and have a few of.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 03:02:20 | More by BlindPig
Photo of sinistermadman


4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear yellow-gold in color with a billowing white head. Nice pine laden hop aroma. Medium body with a creamy/slick palate presence. Flavors meld between citric grapefruit notes with a creamy malt backing. Well balanced. Not a hop bomb, but tasty. Simply a solid, drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 00:26:14 | More by sinistermadman
Photo of jwc215


3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with a thin head that soon becomes a thin, lasting patch.

The smell is soft -some citrus, pine and lemon peel. Some sweetbread underneath.

The taste is lemony upfront. Some pine. Sweet, balancing, background. A leafy bitterness emerges late. Well-balanced - almost too much so for the style, but that's fine. Nice to have a milder IPA for a change-up.

Lighter side of medium bodied, it is smooth.

Easy-drinking. A decent choice for a milder IPA. It certainly doesn't push the envelope, but like I mentioned, nice for a change-up. I enjoyed it more than the score shows.

Thanks to bitterbill for including this one in our trade!

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2007 14:33:35 | More by jwc215
Photo of russpowell


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scored this in Wyoming

Pours bronze/amber with 1" of white head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Some leafy/tobbacco hop notes, note much else

T: Earthy/leafy hops with some grapefruit on the side. Fruittyness & some jammy notes show up as this warms. Finishes a fruitty, crisp & a little lemony

MF: Medium bodied with good balance & carbonation

Drank pretty easy, not a head ripping IPA, but one I could session on with no problem

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 05:45:10 | More by russpowell
Photo of bcm119


4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

One of the tastier easy-to-find IPA's. Straw-colored with thin white lace. Light, northwest hop nose and a medium light mouthfeel. Subtle grain flavor is nicely integrated with a zippy hoppiness mid-palate. Finishes squeeky clean and bitter. Never sweet, syrupy or juicy, this is a real early-90's-esque session IPA. Its highly drinkable and very appetizing, and although its not really exciting in itself, after a long day I'd be pretty excited to have one of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2007 02:12:34 | More by bcm119
Photo of woemad


2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.39. On the freakishly bright label is "A070507." Not really sure if it's a freshness date or not.

This poured a dark straw color with a fizzy inch of white foam that dropped almost immediately, though the carbonation looked to be rather high, judging by the many tiny bubbles hurtling skyward in the glass. The bubble parade went on for some time. Lots of spotty lace.

This smelled rather disappointing. There's a leafy, herbal, almost medicinal hop scent. The malts are biscuity and way out of proportion for an ipa, as they stand out just as much as the hops. Not what I look for in an ipa.

The taste is a little better. The hops take a slightly more dominant role, and end the beer on a bitter dry note. Still, the malts are brash and overdone for an ipa.

Mouthfeel could be that for a mass market lager that is doing a good job of keeping its carbonation.

A very disappointing IPA. I would almost be tempted to call it an English IPA, and a poorly balanced one at that . I won't be getting this again any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 22:09:06 | More by woemad
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a nice beige head that leaves impressive lacing. The aroma has some intense hoppiness upfront (grapefruit, citrus rind, pine resin), along with some caramel and biscuit malt character, and a touch of fruity esters and alcohol. The flavor also starts out with a citrusy and resiny hop character, along with biscuit and caramel malt flavors, and a slight yeastiness. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, with good drinkability. A solid IPA, thats drinkable despite being flavorful and moderately high in ABV.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 06:02:06 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of kdoc8


3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Bier Stein in Eugene, OR. It was served with no head at all - a golden amber clear color. It was somewhat bubbly, but not much. It smelled really sweet - with a lot of apple aromas to it. The taste had a bite of bitter hops, but not too bad. It wasn't as complex as the smell would suggest, and had somewhat of a bitter aftertaste. Otherwise it was quite refreshing, but a little flat.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2007 17:51:31 | More by kdoc8
Photo of RJLarse


3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed a bomber of Alaskan IPA in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a medium gold/yellow color and is clear. A bubbly foamy white two-finger head forms, and is fairly resilient. Not a big chunky head, but it hangs around in the sides of the glass. There are a lot of tiny bubbles rising through the beer.

The smell is mostly citrus fruit, with a bit of a malt presence. More malt than found in a lot of IPAs.

The taste is also a fairly well balanced combination of malt, and the sour citrus and pine flavors of the hopping. It's a mellow flavor, hoppy, but not as hopy as a lot of IPAs.

Mouth feel is medium, fairly full-bodied, with a crisp clean finish. Carbonation is moderate, I was expecting a bit more fiz based on the appearance.

Drinkability is good. It's not a great IPA, American or otherwise, but it's a nice easy drinking beer. No reason not to have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 23:35:57 | More by RJLarse
Photo of msubulldog25


4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer recently at Portland's Spring Beer & Wine Festival, then a couple days later from a 12 oz. bottle (best before 06.22.07). Alaskan has made this beer for the AK market for a while, but just in March 2007 has begun to release in bottles to the 'Lower 48'.

Info I received from the brewery: Made as an "English Style" IPA, 6.2% ABV, 55 IBU.

A: Golden honey and very clear, with substantial carbonation. Appearance is definitely lighter than most of the West Coast American IPA's I've seen. Head is fairly thin, only about 1/2-finger, pure white and like creamy soap suds; fades to a filmy cap.

S: Sweeter, filled with toffee notes. Hops are more subtle - sweeter orange citrus and some pine - also with floral hop aromas.

T: Throughout the beer I tasted a barley graininess, not unpleasant just notable. Has a biscuity, rather sweet, taste in general. Hops tasting of grapefruit and orange, & some pine resin are balanced nicely with the maltiness. Though it's not the 'hop bomb' one might expect from an IPA originating on the West Coast, tastes are expertly crafted and very well balanced.

M: Smooth but with a bite of hop zest and carbonation. A little lingering tingle on the tip of the tongue and some warmth on the cheeks. Not a strong lingering bitterness, just a subtle reminder that keeps the tastebuds intact. Mouthfeel & carbonation levels both medium.

D: A really nice beer, wonderfully balanced. It's hard to compare this to most aggressively hopped American IPA's; this one should almost be recategorized. I talked to Tony up at the brewery by phone and he put it like this, when comparing Alaskan's milder IPA to its more hop-heavy NW brethren: "We know ours is kinda like bringing a knife to a gun fight...". Well, I'll take this "knife" anytime; thoroughly enjoyed and will recommend!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 14:49:11 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of IntriqKen


3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A good easy drinker...nothing spectacular, but a nice easy craft IPA.
Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a nice white half finger head that never disappears beyond a small white ring.

Aroma is bright fresh hops with a tiny bit of pine and sort of a bready yeast smell.

Taste is nicely pale sweet malt that goes quickly to a light citrus peel hop that is drying and clean.

Refreshing and could be sessioned, but not really very memorable.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2007 02:59:02 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of Reidrover


3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle. Nice enough looking IPA clear orange with a good thick off white head. Nice mainlly citric hop aromas,some piesih undertones. Flavour is actually more balanced than the aroma, the piney hops are there, but theres a good malt balance. Ok on the palate, average for style, THis is by no means a top rate IPA, but its pretty good drinking!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 11:43:59 | More by Reidrover
Photo of Bitterbill


3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours from 12oz bottle(ice cold) a light gold with a small head of foam that shrinks quickly to a fine broken layer with some lacing.

The smell is very hoppy. I note mostly grass and pine.

The taste on first sip is also very hoppy. Lots of grass and pine that makes out for a very bitter start but that's followed by an abundant malt sweetness that balances out the hops very nicely.

Further sips in and as the ale warms, the hops start to lean more towards a citrus character and I'm getting a lot of lemon zest and some grapefruit; also, the malt seems to be fading a bit resulting in, once again, a pretty sharp hop bite....now I'm getting a taste of hop oils. Interesting and, I like it. Hmmmm...this kind of reminds me of the Ballantine XXX Ale of the 70's iirc and *that's* debatable. ;^)

Bottom line: I think this is a well made American IPA that deserves to be tried if you find it in your neck of the woods.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 18:04:52 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of Willamette


4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

My 'no glug' pour produced a clear, light golden color with an airy 1+ finger head which tended to linger, and rejuvenate between drinks.
The smell was great. Very hoppy, and maybe slightly over-estered. Surprisingly stronger than I expected.
Tastes great. Not very hoppy, bitter or malty, but quite appealing and easy to enjoy.
The mouthfeel was pretty thin and a little over-lively but it leaves the palate neutral with minimal dryness.
This a great, readily available micro(?) IPA. It is very friendly and I will definately buy it again if I can find it.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 01:55:52 | More by Willamette
Photo of kgotcher


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle just in at my local grocer!

Pours very clear light amber color with thick white head. Good head retention and lacings.

Aroma is stellar! Huge piney hop nose with great caramel malt undertones.

Taste is ligher than the aroma a bit toned down on the malt and a very smooth hoppy flavor but no big hop bite. Sweet candi and a light herbal taste. A bit light on the mouthfeel.

I love this beer, Aroma hints of something larger than the actual taste but a great beer nevertheless. If you love IPA aroma without big bitter aftertaste this is a beer for you. A great session IPA as I could throw a few of these back easily.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 02:48:23 | More by kgotcher
Photo of tcayiajr


4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While living in Juneau I was fortunate enough to pick up a pony keg straight from the Brewery. In my opinion it is one of the best keg purchases I've ever made. The beer poured a medium golden color, lighter than a lot of American IPA's. The hop aroma was definetely present and enjoyable. I wish Alaskan would distribute it in bottles instead of only in bars or direct from the brewery because it is a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2006 20:39:41 | More by tcayiajr
Photo of eallured


2.53/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a medium gold color, much lighter than most IPAs. The smell of hops was sweetish and mostly floral, and relatively faint for the style. The taste was very short lived, with some up front bitteress which quickly faded to softer flavors, ending without finale. Mouthfeel was of soft carbonation with a low level of astringency, making it a bit bigger feeling. This may be a modest introduction to IPAs, but does not fill the shoes of ofther, established labels.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2006 20:41:24 | More by eallured
Photo of zacharius


2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a golden color with a foamy white head, looks good so far. Smell is that of floral hops but fainter than I'd expect for an IPA. The taste was a big letdown, this beer had an astringent grainy taste to it. Hop bitterness was there but the astringency took away from the taste. It could have used more flavor hops as well. This beer is medium-light bodied. One of the worst offerings from this great brewery. After their smoked porter, oatmeal stout and ESB, I felt let down.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2005 16:50:24 | More by zacharius
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Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 821 ratings.