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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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Ratings: 1,022
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 23
Gots: 111 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: zacharius on 03-26-2005

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.
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Photo of pitasoup
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to flexabull for this bottle.

A: clear golden yellow with an inch of foamy white head that lasts. Some nice lacing. 4.5

S: floral hops at first then citrus, some malty sweetness. perhaps a hint of honey towards the end. The bottom of the glass smells a bit alcoholic - but it doesn't show up in the taste. 3.5

T: moderate hop bitterness, I want to guess centennial and kent? a little bit of bready malt. 3.5

M: light to medium body, nice carbonation makes this a bit creamy. finishes dry. 4.0

O: a nice ipa. smooth and drinkable, hoppy but not commandingly so. 4.0

Photo of herman77
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear pale gold with a smaller white head. Very clear. Average lacing.

S: Light citrus, lemon and pine hops with a good amount of biscuit malt.

T: More bread/biscuit malt, light citrus and lemon hops with a weaker hop bite. Short finish that doesn't last long

M: Lighter body. Adequate carbonation. Drier finish.

O: Crisp, lighter hoped IPA. Nothing special, but no flaws. Pretty good drinkability.

Photo of morimech
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, pale golden color with a small head that had decent retention. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Hoppy aroma of pine, citrus, and herbal. Not powerful aroma but suitably aromatic.

Not the bitterest of IPAs. The hops do offer some good flavor of citrus and slightly medicinal tilt. The malt is dry. It is certainly a flavor profile that appeals to me.

The body is slightly lighter than moderate. Good carbonation and texture.

Easy drinking IPA. With so many great IPAs on the market, I think this one will get lost quickly in the static. Depends on the price point.

Photo of jera1350
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light gold in color with a thin white cap of foam. A little lacing present.

The nose is quite faint, but does present some light citrus notes and maybe even a little tropical fruit.

Very subdued and slightly watered down IPA. Very light citrus and piney hops, but again, watered down. Light malt sweetness for balance. There is some light bitterness as well. Light seems to be a theme for the flavor.

Not as thin as the flavor might suggest. Close to a medium body with some lacking in the carbonation department.

This IPA leaves me pretty disinterested. It's just too light and really offers nothing to make me want to have this again. By no means bad, but not in the realm of what I want in my IPA's. Reminds me more of a pale ale.

Photo of ZAP
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Gold colored...creamy white head


T-Piney notes...also a lemony citrus feel.

M-Light side of medium bodied...gets a little watery feeling at times...very dry, quenching finish. Would never guess 6.2%.

O-Nice drinkable IPA with good flavor. A quality IPA I'll likely get more of down the road although there are so many good IPA's in MN these days.

Photo of Tballz420
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, golden colored body, decent size white head topping that. Fresh grassy hops on the scent with some sweet malt. Nice light malt start, bitter hops but nothing overwealming. Pretty bready. Medium bodied, pretty soft. Nothing too crazy, just a good IPA.

Photo of GossageBrewery
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The IPA pours a nice golden hazy color. It produces a average white head and and has slightly above average lacing. The aroma was a nice mix of hops and lemon. The mouthfeel is exceptional- the smoothest IPA I have ever had- Very delicate. The taste had nice citrus and hop balance. Alaskan does a nice job of striking a balance between drinkability and hop bitterness. Very good AIPA. Also, this beer has a high ABV, I started feeling "good" and checked the label ...its a 6.2.;)


Photo of welldigger888
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured a golden crystal clear hue with a nice fluffy white head and good lacing.

NW hops reign supreme here for sure, piney and citrusy. A caramel malty goodness stands up to the hop forward profile.

Well, this brew has a nice hoppy bite, piney citrusy and a clean bitterness. The malt follows suit with it's caramel grainy goodness.

The medium bodied smooth carbonation on this brew are tailored well to the style.

OK, I liked this beer last year while out in the pacNW and I like it now. The price doesn't hurt it either, $12.99 a twelve pack.

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

from 12 0z bottle BB 08/11

A- pours a clear light copper color with an off-white 2 finger head some spotty lacing

S-sweet malts,citrus hops,baked bread,a touch of tropical fruit,some orange marmalade or honey

T-follows the nose it a nice ipa with tropical citrus hops some honey a dash of lemon and a baked bread/malt finish

M- nicely carbonated,crisp ipa

O-an above average ipa ,but definitely 2nd tier..this will be one i buy singles of only ..but will buy quite often

Photo of Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear golden body. Thin off white head leaves moderate amounts of patchy lace. Fragrant aroma that has a nice little mintiness to it spliced with some mango citrus tones. Citrus comes through quite nicely on the buds as well. Subdued, but defined. Lemon rind, orange, mango....This beer has a nice quenching dry feel to it. Even keeled bitterness. Quite drinkable and would be nice on a hot day. Refreshing and tasty.

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce twist-off bottle, poured into a NB balloon glass.

A: AlaskanIPA pours a golden to light-amber hue with an off-white head that settles quickly to a thin froth on the surface. lacing is sticky, and carbonation is very fine.

S: Citrus hop aromas, with a hint of pineapple and spring flowers, with a light malt backbone consisting of toffee and honey notes.

T: Much like the aroma, the flavor is an intense burst of citrus, pineapple, and green fruit, along with some floral, grassy notes. Malt balances this beer with grainy, honey-like flavors. Very west coast in my opinion. Finish is dry and crisp, with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Notes: This is a solid IPA by any standards. Overall, this moderate-bodied beer is just what would perk me up in a climate like that of Alaska. Tasty as all Hell! I'll be buying this one again.

Photo of pdoran10
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a mostly translucent golden with half a finger of white head into a snifter. A hint of lacing.

Smell is slight resin and citrus. Faint hop presence slight biscuity malt.

Taste is bigger but still a bit light as American IPAs go. Light grapefruit citrus and slight malt sweetness. A hint of alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is solid maybe a tiny bit thin, but dry and adequately carbonated.

Overall a solid beer. Nice drinkable lighter American IPA with a tasty but delicate flavor profile. Some flaws but I wouldn't hesitate to have another.

Photo of whatthehull
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted April 29th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip

A - copper, no head, off white and no lacing

S - smells sweet, yeasty, citrus, pine and fruit hops, a bit of honey and wheat and toasted

T - really hoppy, toasted Toastiness, earthy, almost a burnt flavor, beyond toasted. Pine, citrus floral, honey and wheat. There is a bit of a sweetness, maybe the yeast strain

M - light, very acidic, medium long finish and not the most balanced

D - if you like IPA with flavor, but on the light side, this one is for you

Final thought - better than I thought, but, eh

Photo of bsp77
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Best by date of July 23, 2011.

Appearance: Clear, light gold without much head and no lacing. Looks a little too lager-like.

Smell: Tangerine, with light grapefruit and tropical notes. Some toasted malts.

Taste: Dry, toasted malt backbone with borderline tart grapefruit and tangerine co-mingling. Finish is slightly bitter and spicy, but fairly light overall for an IPA.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, light to medium body with a very dry finish. A little lighter than I prefer but the tart-like dryness is great.

Overall: Very nice everyday IPA. Not too bold on flavor, but what is present is quite enjoyable.

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

Golden-bronze with a white head, very little retention, but leaves a bit of lace.

S: Grassy/weedy, hints of pine & citrus.

T: Grassy, weedy, grainy biscuit, pine, grapefruit rind, hints of toffe & candied pineapple.

M: Moderate body has a light hop acidity and a crisp finish.

D: A good drinker.

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

Poured from a twelve-ounce bottle into a goblet.

Slightly hazed light almond-orange, topped with a fizzy, large-bubbled half-finger head of off-white that pops away quickly, leaving a thin ring.

An enticing blend of American and European hops in the nose. Grass, pine and a distinct herbal spiciness. Sweet honey and lightly toasted biscuits round out the malts.

The more spicy European hops rule the flavor, washing over the mouth with earth, some pine and lemon. A backbone of pale malt results in very little malt flavor — just biscuits and a touch of honey. It’s bright, crisp and straightforward. Definitely not a challenging flavor, but dammit if it down’t go down easily.

High carbonation prickles the tongue and causes the beer to fizz up negligibly. Body is light and crisp, with a drying snap.

Like I said, challenging it ain’t — but drinkable it is. A bright, approachable, summery IPA.

Photo of iSip
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alaska IPA: Continuing my drinking through the IPA universe, I picked up an Alaska IPA last night. This beer pours a light head, and is clear amber in color. The aroma is faint. So at this point, looking more like a pale ale than an outright IPA. Taste confirms this view. The Alaska IPA has a good flavor, and nice balance of malt and light hoppiness, but it does not rise to the level of an IPA in my opinion. A good beer that I enjoyed, but not what a true IPA lover will get excited about.

Photo of Tone
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
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
2.39/5  rDev -34.7%
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
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
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
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
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
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
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
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,022 ratings.