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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

1,005 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,005
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 22
Gots: 101 | 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 Tone
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pine, yeast, hint of alcohol, slight pale malt, and citrus hops. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, slight sweet malt, pine, and hint of pale malt. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, and blend, but lacking in complexity.

Photo of veinless
2.4/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very clear, pale straw yellow. Bubbles continue to rise from the bottom to the top for a couple minutes after pouring. Head is two-fingers, lacy, and strikingly white, Retains after it dissipates to a half-finger cap.

A soft rindy grapefruit is the first scent I get, with a honey-like sweet malt afterwards. It's a crisp smell but lacks strength and punch.

Taste starts with same rindy grapefruit citrus, but is balanced by grainy malt that wasn't evident in the nose. A touch of pine blends them together, and a hoppy bitterness finishes the beer out. This is not the smoothest of beers, nor is the grainy character a great match with the citrus and carbonation. Slight bubblegum comes out as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is thin and heavily carbonated. The fizz is way too strong for how light and punchless the flavors are. Drinkability is hurt by that, along with the lack of any great tastes to make me want to take another sip. It isn't tough to drink, but it isn't really enjoyable either.

Photo of tbern007
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber/gold, clear. Average all around in many ways.
Smell is typical of an IPA but on the light side.
Taste is lemony-citrus, hoppy, floral, with a little bit of sweet malt there as well.
M & D - crisp, tasty, good all around. Good balance. I think there should be a little more strength in every way but a good, drinkable, cheap, light-IPA. Only $1.59 per bottle in Denver.

Photo of kenito799
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

5 oz pour in a flight at Yard Houe San Diego.

This is a nice amber looking beer with decent lacing. The aroma is OK, with some citrusy notes but fairly subtle for an American IPA.

The palate is restrained for the style. There is decent aroma and bitterness, more flavor than a pale ale, but with the direct comparison to a good IPA in the same flight (Anderson Vally Hop Ottin) this brew's timidness was very apparent. Not bad, but nothing special.

Photo of DovaliHops
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured very aggressively to get a slightly hazy golden color with a small/medium white head that diminishes slowly. Scent is hoppy with some caramel malt... not really anything special. Taste isn't either... Even though this bottle is only a month old, the hops seem faded and there aren't really too many great flavors going on. Tastes more like a pale ale IMO. Hops balanced with the malts and finishes slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is crisp with somewhat dry body. Drinkability is fairly high, as this goes down easy and is refreshing. Overall, not a great example of an IPA. It's not a terrible beer, but I have so many better IPAs to choose from.

Photo of u2carew
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby twist off.
A) Pours with a finger thick head then settles to a thin lacing on top. Slightly hazy body. Bronze in color. Sticky lacing on the side of the glass.
S) Citrus fruit and flowers.
T) Orange, floral notes at first then some malt sweetness seeps in. Finishes with a quick hop bite then lingering citrus fruit.
M) Crisp. Clean. Medium body. Tannin on the back side.
D) A well crafted American IPA - true to form. And if I had another I'd drink it.

Photo of HugePlume
2.42/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

A- My first reaction was that they had mis-bottled the beer or that I had accidently purchased a pale or a lager, not an IPA. Pours a clear yellow with no head, and no lacing. Could easily mistake this for a healthy lager or a pale ale by looks.

S- Has a weak apple or pear hop aroma. Indistinct malts.

T- Taste is akin to a bitter european lager or a very hoppy pale ale. Definatly not in the west-coast IPA tradition in the least bit. taste is not bad, but its certainly not in the same territory as the best IPA's in the least bit.

M- Low carbonation and high bitterness lead to a lingering bitter note that is not unpleasant, but also not as strong as you would hope from an IPA.

D- Its drinkable inthe sense that you can finish it, but there is no reason to. Its not anything like I would have expected and honestly very dissappointing.

Photo of olmatty
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Pours a clear light amber with a large soapy head with some good lacing.

Smell-Very low and disappointing hop aroma. More malt than hops here.

Taste-Balanced hop and malt. Hops are zesty citrus and some pine resin later. Crisp, dry finish.

Middling carbonation, palate scrubbing zesty flavor makes for good mouthfeel.

Drinkability-Light and refreshing IPA. Aroma left much to be desired and I seem to remember more finishing hops in the past. A good summer, hot weather IPA.

Photo of climax
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one starts off positive with a cloudy honey-tangerine color and a good sized head. The retention is pretty good, but the lace notches were excellent, even with the constant swirling I subjected it to.

The nose was subtle and clean. Heavy hop aromas are not present, but smooth refreshing fruity tones help it out. Juicy pear, lemon, and citrus tones lay slightly ahead of pale malt and phenolic astringent flavors.

The flavor sports more bitterness, but not necessarily in a good way. The fruity tones are gone and replaced by a more garish bitter character that seems to have no definite direction.

The feel is very sharp with carbonation, too much IMO. The body is around medium. This one is off-kilter to me, it started off well but the flavor just seemed in disarray.

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ubrewidrink for sending this beer my way!

Appears a clear golden yellow color with a lofty off white head that seems to want to stick to the side of the glass. The aroma is hoppy, floral, citrus with a definite malt backbone.

The taste is initially slightly bitter then comes some malt and I get a little metallic flavor as well. The mouthfeel is nice on this brew - active carbonation yet smooth. light/medium in body.

Overall a pleasing beer in most respects yet the flavor wasn't all put together in my opinion.

Photo of drpimento
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had a lot higher hopes for this. Poured with a great, large, foamy, off white head that lasts a while and good lacing. Color is a clear dark yellow. Aroma is a mild blend of hop, caramel, malt. Flavor has nose and some wet cardboard. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of short to medium length.

Photo of FosterJM
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

67th review on BA
Bottle to pint

App- Has to be one of the most bubbly beers I have ever seen in a glass. Just bubbles after bubbles coming up and creating a perfect foamy head. Orangy yellow color as well.

Smell- Low citrus with a medium hoppiness balance to it.

Taste- Its a bitter ipa with a flat after taste but somehow it all works and tastes great.

Mouth- The carbonation is pretty spot on but meshes well with the body to create a really well done beer.

Drink- I need to go get more.

Photo of echoes
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a glass.

A: Pours very cloudy dark yellow. When it settles it is a golden-yellow color with a little bit of carbonation but mostly clear. Head is thick and pure white. Leaves very little lacing.

S: Scents detected: (roasted?) hops, floral, and perhaps citrus. Smells decent and not unpleasant.

T: Roasted hops, perhaps caramel and citrus. Bitterness hits between start and middle. It is a little bitter but not too much for an IPA.

M: Full, smooth feel to it. Lots of bubbly feel, not from the carbonation per se but from the head. Feels great on the palate. Just right for an IPA.

D: Goes down nicely. Not too shocking for an IPA. Not too little flavor/feel but not too much bitterness either.

I've tried several IPAs before that I did not care for. This one showed me what an IPA is supposed to be. Great IPA. Well balanced. IPAs aren't really my cup of tea, if you'll forgive the term, but if I ever get an inkling for one this is definitely one I would buy again. I would recommend this to IPA fans.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pale golden copper hue with a bright wite head fine even lacing. Aroma has hints of citrus/floral notes. A biscuit doughy center in the nose really stands out. Flavor wise sharp piercing bitterness really brings out citrus/floral notes more pale biscuit semi sweet malt tones, pretty hop sided but that's okay. Not brilliant but I'd imagine hops are a tough comodity in Alaska. Unliked Smoked salmon and malts. Mouthfeel is sturdily carbonated with a light to medium bodied. Drinkabiliy overall is solid an approachable early IPA that I would definitely swing for especially on tap.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper gold win a white head and some good lady streaks as it goes down the glass. Aroma is some caramel malt presiding over some floral and citrus hops. Neither really dominates, but the hops aren't particularly strong. Taste is much the same with a bit off sweetness balanced out some bitterness. Lift to medium body with good carbonation. Drinks pretty well, but not one of the better IPAs we picked up on our West Coast trip.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

This brand had a short "keg only" showing last summer, but beer enthusiasts cried out for more. Alaskan appeased the thirsty crowd with their IPA, now bottled year-round.

Drops into the glass with a short stack of foam that subsides to a very sticky yet thin lace. A tad hazed within the dim golden-colored brew. Evergreen, hemp and lemon zest hop aromas attack the nose (in a loving way).

No lack of smoothness here--the moderate body holds onto a light carbonation that lends a dash of crispness to the mouthfeel. Big healthy herbal, hemp seed, blond tobacco and ruby red grapefruit hop flavors jump up first. Hop bitterness is not shy, with a resin burn that does not seem to want to go away. Malt sweetness and bread flavors are only underlying flavors. Finishes bitter but fresh, with a long lingering hop flavor in the dryness.

Drinkability scores high, which is great, but remember this beer is 6.2 percent ABV. Spot-on for the style and a hophead's dream. A half-dozen Northwest oysters per bottle is a must--Barron Point, Penn Cove and Willapa Bay would all be especially delicious with this.

Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic. Beer is light yellow and slightly hazy. Heavily carbonated but only a thin head with minimal lacing.

Aroma is mildly malty and has a mild hop aroma.

Mediocre. It's not bad just OK. Medium to light body. Uninterseting overall. Moderate bitterness, mild malt. No real hop flavor in the beer. Eh...

Photo of claybeer
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This IPA pours very light. It has a nice gold color but it leans toward the yellow color a little bit. A clean white head easily topped off this beer at least one finger thick. It started to leave a nice lacing around the glass. The nose was gentle with inviting citrus hops and some floral notes. It has a wonderful taste but not what I expected from an IPA. I think it drinks more like a pale ale. The clean finish was simple and easy. This introductory IPA is an excellent beer for someone who really wants to try their first IPA but doesn't want to be overwhelmed with hops....yet.

Photo of homebrew311
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this at the Alaskan brewery and later picked up a six pack. This review is of the bottled version.

A: pours a brilliant clear gold with soapy white head. This has the looks of a very crisp and refreshing brew.

S: lemond rind and other citrus notes up front, some bready malts, everything is subtle, but the aroma is nice

T: fruity hops on the front, balances well with the malt profile

MF: thin body, crisp, medium carbonation

D: this is a great IPA. I believe my bottle was very fresh which made for a great experience. This was my favorite among the regular line up that Alaskan brewery has to offer.

Photo of Bfarr
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hazy tan color with a spot of orange with a big foamy white head with good retention and uneven lacing. Light aroma of citrus hops and pale malts. Bold hops up front that give way quickly to a pale malt sweetness and finishes with a poot tasting bitter linger. High carbonation takes away most of the body.

I remember having this a long time ago and thinking it was a good, smooth IPA but that was before I really started drinking IPA's. Now it's an average, fairly tasteless beer that's not horrible but not good either. Definition of average, right?

Photo of Offa
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good, solid IPA, balanced and very drinkable, if nothing overly special or outstanding.

on tap, it is dark gold with a lasting creamy off-white head, slowly shrinking and leaving some nice lace.

Aroma is citrus-lemon, grapefruit, leafy, and caramelly raisin.

Taste is as aroma, balanced, crisp, flavourful overall, with the above elements joined by light mineral and yeastiness. Grain and lemon peel dominate the aftertaste. It's not great or complex, but reasonably well-rounded, balanced, smooth yet drinkable. Feel is pretty good.

Photo of jsprain1
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this a few times since reviewed and it strikes me as a better IPA now then it did then. Either it changed or (more likely) I did. Better head retention, more of an earthy character in the finish, and decent, though still a bit too light, of a body are things I noticed. Scores changed to reflect this.

Edit: 6/27/11

A- Pours a slightly darker than honey color. The head retention, or lack thereof, lost this one points.
S- Smell is of citrus hops, grapefruit and lime primarily, supported by caramel and pale malts. Subdued, but pleasant.
T- Starts a bit on the malt side, with some sweetness up front. Hop flavors take over and dominate through the finish.
M-Dry finish. Light body for style.
D- Nothing overpowering or intensely challenging. I found this to be a decent beer that seemed a equally good out of the bottle as on tap. A particularly good summer beer.

Photo of dgilks
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Intense piney hop aroma with a sweet caramel malt background.

Good, clear golden colour with a nice, 2 finger white head.

Moderate pine and grapefruit flavour with a clean bitterness. There is a nice, mild sweetness up front that dries out by the end. Good.

Medium body with moderately-low carbonation. It probably needs just a touch more carbonation to bring out the flavours.

A decent IPA but not one of my favourites.

Photo of benclimbs
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

pours golden tan with a nice one finger head, lots of visible bubbles and a good bit of lacing - look very good, but a bit clear for my taste in american ipas.

smell is subtle but pleasant, grapefruity citrus cascades followed by not much else.

taste is ok, but just really disappointing has a nice backbone of hop bitterness and piney citrus character but finishes with this watery, nothing there mouthfeel, and no real lasting finish or aftertaste, not a bad brew, but just not very exciting or moreish.

fairly drinkable i suppose as it has nothing offensive in it.

Photo of KeithBeerKline
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very light - it looks more like a lager than an IPA.
The mouth feel is slightly creamy, but this is overwhelmed by carbonation.
The hops have a nice flavor - somewhat floral - but this is a very lightly hopped beer for the style.
Overall the taste is nice, but rather weak. Light and easy to drink.

Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,005 ratings.