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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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1,056 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,056
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 25
Gots: 127 | 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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Ratings: 1,056 | Reviews: 369
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of udubdawg
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Transferred over from the Alaskan session in my tasting notebook.

Appears a rich golden color with a tiny one finger head that vanishes in less than a minute, medium-thin body and somewhat lackluster carbonation, however overall this is a very hop-forward beer in both the nose and the flavor. Smells mostly of crisp piney resin with grapefruit rind coming in very much diminished compared to the resin strength and vague caramel malt hiding underneath it all. Flavor follows through exactly as the nose predicts..

So, if judged as a hop bomb, this brew comes across to me as a bit too monotone on the pine resin aspect of hopping, if there had been some more variety of hop aspects and a better mouthfeel, I would have enjoyed this one a lot more than I did. If it is only trying to be a standard IPA, my criticism is that the malts are too subdued and out of balance, and the mouthfeel still needs work.

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of NorthsideFred
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoying on Veteran's Day at Siebert's in Salem Wi. Served by a very cute bartender.

A: Not bad, dark yellow. Decent head and great lacing.

S: Mostly pine, but a little muted.

T: Very smooth and well balanced. Better than I expected. The reviews on here don't do it justice.

M: Medium to thin, a little flat.

O: Much better than I expected.

Photo of sirosler
2.91/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep golden color with a one finger head that left in a hurry.

S: Floral and woody hops with a strong malt background.

T: The floral and earthy hops come at you first, then comes a strong malty middle. Finishes bitter and dry.

M: Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Not very smooth.

O: A below-average IPA that is lacking in many ways. It has some pieces of the necessary characteristics, but they combine to create something not very good. As others have said, it seems more like a pale ale or even a brown ale than an IPA.

Photo of jvillefan
2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: It is slightly more golden than a fizzy yellow beer. It has no head.

S: The smell has a musty hops smell and is very one dimentional.

T: the taste is not that good. Its has an alcohol flavor with a little hops and citrus throwen in.

M: The has the same mouthfeel as slightly carbonated water.

O: Not a good beer. It should not be considered an IPA.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alaskan IPA pours a nice yellow amber with a dose of carbonation and a light white head. It has Mellowing aroma of caramel malts, pine resin and melon. The taste is pretty standard IPA because of alpha acids but it is as drinkable as a pale ale. I note some melon and lemon zest. There is nothing outstanding about this beer but it also doesn't hit a foul note. I like the balance and finish. The cleanness should be commended It is highly drinkable, albeit almost too watery. The low ABV and affordable price make it a nice daytime or party IPA. This will never be the best in it's style but it's definitely good value for the dollar.

Photo of anglagard1
2.48/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is really no different than any macro. Smell gives me nothing to indicate this is an IPA, sort of a well water aroma. The overall taste I get from this is drinking the milk from the bowl after you've eaten Frankenberry. There's a definite strawberry taste to it. There's a bit of graininess to it, so let's say there's still a few pieces of cereal in the milk. There's a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste, but I'll be damned if I know where it's coming from. From everything I know about IPAs, this does not fit into the catagory. More of a Pale Ale, perhaps, but that is not a style I really appreciate. My score is based upon both what I think of the beer and how it represents the style. I can't give it an average grade when it to me does not taste, smell, or look like an IPA.

Photo of Strix
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale yellow, decent head with nice trails of lace.

Very fresh smelling, bready with pine and floral notes.

Bready malt and pine dominate, also citrus rind.

Average mouthfeel and carbonation.

Pretty standard, but solid. I'd have it again but may not be able to pick it out of a lineup.

Photo of MrDonQuixote
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap:

A- Amber color with about half an inch white head

S- Hop scent is clean and crisp, but not super strong. Smells of citrus and slightly of grapefruit

T- Hop character is nice and crisp. Citrusy upfront, but bitterness fades quickly, but at the same time it has a nice finish

M- A bit watery, but it works because of the nice finishing hops

O- Solid IPA from a solid brewery

Photo of beer2day
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber gold with 1-finger medium cream head. Not much retention and faint lace.

Malty IPA nose. Hints of pine and honey, but lots of caramel malt. Floral, more than anything else.

Flavor is much lighter that an IPA deserves. bits of floral hops, but not near enough to get excited about.

Feel is about right for the style, with malt back bone.

Leaves me lacking ...

Photo of chicagobill13
4.41/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was so excited that my friend brought this beer back from WI. I love their Amber and I have heard great things about their IPA. Let's see.

Color: Really is this a lager? It is very golden and yellow in color. not like your normal IPA that I have tried.

Smell: This hop smell and the oils did it's job from the hops. I love the smell this one has a great smell. Nice Grapefriuit smell.

Taste and mouthfeel: There is a nice balance on the hops. sweet after taste.

This is sex in a bottle to me being a hop head. I really like this beer. I am very impressed. Enjoy! Cheers!

Photo of mn6
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark golden color, small head that quickly reduced to near zero, slight lacing throughout the session.

S: I love the hop aroma here. Strong pine and citrus notes.

T: Taste is very crisp, clean pine, citrus and slight resin. A very well put together IPA.

M: Carbonation is pleasant and body is light.

O: I will return to this IPA for sure and at $8 for a 6er you cant go wrong.

Photo of cokes
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden hued with a tight white head fueled by jets of CO2. Retention and lacing are both on the low-side.
Bready malt aroma backed with a fruitier notes of apples and limes. Hops also add a tempered flare of pine and florality.
It enters the mouth with a snappy, soup-cracker dry malt canvas. It gradually gains humidity and fattens towards toasted white bread. Apple sauce fruitiness midway, with a few other fruity glints of pineapple, pear, and kiwi. Hops bring lemon rinds, lime leaves, pine needles, and flowers. The hop flavor is moderated and breezy, but there's a solid slap of bitterness.
Light body, well carbonated without being gassy or over-charged.
It's fairly templatic, simple and light for the style, but it's strong suit is drinkability. I imagine it'd be perfect for that muggy Alaskan climate.

Photo of avaldivia
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured 12oz bottle into a Belgian Tulip glass.

A: Orange copper color. Nice head with good retention. good lacing.

S: Maltier than I would have expected. The citrus hop is there but subdued. I wonder if its because this is old, or if its because it just a maltier IPA.

T: Same. The hop is subdued. Nothing special.

M: Syrupy. Too carbonated. weird aftertaste.

O: This is an IPA I will be skipping. If I am every in Juneau I will give this a try at the brewery, but other than that, I'm not really interested.

Photo of augustgarage
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

The clarity is profound, denoting a filtered ale which gives me pause. Pale, almost metallic gold liquid is topped by a soft finger of ivory. Good retention, average lacing, no legs.

A whiff reveals grass, grapefruit seeds, green grapes, and the suggestion of wet hopping.

Peppery palate entry, moderately bitter with a cutting citrus quality that becomes more grapefruit-like as the profile evolves. Hints of evergreen in conjunction with the bitter/tart citrus denote C-hops. Finishes fruity but dry with a whisper of vanilla and malt to round things out.

Light-bodied but creamy and almost oily mouthfeel with active carbonation.

A well crafted if not especially unique example of the style - refreshing enough on its own, though better served with food (sea food in particular I imagine).

Photo of StoneTSR
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: The Alaskan IPA pours an extremely clear, almost disturbingly clear, pale yellow color. It looks more like an adjunct lager than an IPA. The head, however, is big and fluffy, close to two fingers. It dissipates very quickly though and without much lacing.

SMELL: The rather thin aroma of this one allows some roasted malt flavor and a little bit of smoke to come through in an otherwise hoppy smell.

TASTE: This is a very light IPA with a lot of grapefruit flavor and not a whole lot of malt to back it up. Some pine and resin come through a bit as well. This is a pretty straight forward, hoppy beer. Not much complexity.

MOUTHFEEL: Crisp and clean, it feels more like a pilsner than an IPA, which, in my book isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it is unusual.

OVERALL: Alaskan made a half-way decent IPA here, but it seems much more suitable for a hot night in Georgia than anytime in Alaska. It is more of a light refreshing beer than something to sip on a cool, crisp summer night or…well…a freezing cold night.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Alaskan IPA has a pretty good look, with a brownish orange body and a solid cap of off-white foam that boasts solid retention and lacing.

The aroma has equal parts malt and hops. Caramel and citrus.

The flavor is pretty balanced also. First up is some light bitterness and a load of sweet caramel malts. The malts give way to the hops, which are quite nice. Alaskan IPA has a very bright, vibrant hop profile. Lots of citrus with a little bit of grapefruit, but mostly orange; there is a little bit of apricot in there also.

Medium body and carbonation for the style.

Alaskan IPA is fairly balanced with a bright, fruity hop profile. It might not please hopheads as a go-to IPA, but overall it's not a bad choice at all.

Photo of megahurts4
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alaskan IPA
On tap at The Reluctant Fisherman in Cordova, Alaska

Appearance: deep golden, medium head, and some lacing.

Smell: floral and fruity hops.

Taste: nice floral and fruity hops with a grain finish.

Mouthfeel: medium and slightly bitter.

This brew has some nice hop flavor. The overall complexity isn't quite up to par with other IPA's, but it does well without being too watery.

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Clear honey color with a white head and good lacing 4/5

Smell- Grassy and piney hop aroma balanced with a small caramel smell. 3.5/5

Taste- Malt is up front in the taste rather than the smell. The hops come later and leave decent bitterness in the back. 3/5

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel is on par with the style. 4/5

Overall- I can't decipher the date on the bottles. This one says 091711. But another that I looked at wasn't a date, just a six digit number. My instinct tells me this isn't really fresh, but I could be wrong. I could use more hop aroma and taste for this one. The malt in it seems to be prominent. This is a easy drinking, low priced IPA. Sometime those factors seem to trump others. 3/5

Photo of notchucknorris
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden color with a thin white head and good lacing.

S: It smelled like someone had rubbed lemon all over my glass, wihich is kind of strange. As the beer warms, some pine hops and cedar come out.

T: There are some pine hops there, but they're so faint that I almost didn't taste them at all. The taste was way closer to a lager than an IPA. If anything, maybe this should be an IPL.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Clear light golden with subtle amber hues. Nice frothy foamy head.

S: Very piney with citrus (grapefruit) hops.

T: Less aggressive in the hopping than I would've imagined from the aroma. Spicy hops sit well with a dark-bread like malt character. Bitterness finishes with a clean bite. Very well balanced.

M: Pretty well average in carbonation and body but very good levels of viscosity and oiliness.

D: Maybe not the stand out of the class but a very good reliable IPA.

Photo of konkoba98
2.36/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

kind of stinky. didn't have the flowery or fruity smells i like in my ipas. had a bit of skunky stank in it! aftertaste was similar. i don't know if it is the type of hops, malt, or what that makes some of these fairly popular beers hit the wrong note with me, but this one is one of them. big fan of some alaskan beers. just not this one. too thin, too watery, too keystone-like.

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

Looks nice in the glass, golden yellow in color. Swirls of lacing along the glass. Nose of flowery hops. Surprisingly dry. Malt is rather modest with hardly a hint of sweetness. Light body. Rich mouthfeel and nice carbonation is the best feature. Flavor is on the astringent side. Some typical big-hop flavors like pine but also canned unsweetened peaches.

Does seem more like pale ale, but then I'd complain it was too bitter for the style. Not much to like about this.

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Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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