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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: 1,041
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 24
Gots: 117 | 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 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.

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

22oz bomber, Sam Adams perfect pint. I've passed this brew up many times, decided to purchase and review tonight. Bargain at $2.79 per 22. Best before of September 2011.

A: Pours a crystal clear light straw color (think BMC) with a good amount of white head that subsides and clings to the glass. Carbonation dances up from the bottom of the glass.

S: Hop forward, floral hops, evergreen and pine needles, some herbal qualities as well. Smells crisp and bitter. Light malt presence.

T: Bitter hops but not overwhelming; again the pine and floral characters are forefront, followed by a grapefruit-like dryness. Underneath there is a layer of earthy hops and herbal flavors, maybe even light tobacco qualities.

MF: Crisp and clean, well carbonated. Lighter mouthfeel.

O: Quaffable but not my favorite, a touch dry and piney with no real malt sweetness or citrus hops to balance. Good display of hops and hop bitterness.

Photo of hardy008
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold color with a two finger white head which has good retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit and lemon. Not complex, but nice.

The taste is much like the aroma, and has grapefruit and lemon flavors. Hop forward, with very little malt. What malt there is has a bread or biscuit like taste to it.

Light to medium bodied, with average carbonation. Easy to drink. I like this beer well enough to buy again. Keep the good beers coming Alaskan.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear bronze color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit, oranges, and floral hops. It is rather mild for the style. The taste is similar to the aroma. It is lacking the assertive bitterness that an American IPA should possess. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this beer seems more like a pale ale than an IPA. It isn't bad, it is just light in both flavor and aroma. I can't see myself drinking this again.

Photo of ehammond1
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Glowing deep orange. Thick white head. Decent lacing.

Hoppy aroma without beating you over the head. Some citrus elements, particularly in the form of grapefruit and lemon.

A relatively bitter IPA. Incredibly drinkable. Obvious malt backbone but a hop-centered and bitter focused beer. Delicious.

A rich, medium to thick mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation. Very nice.

A delicious, tasty, and incredibly drinkable IPA.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A- Light Golden appearance, very carbonated, moderate lacing, 2 finger head.
S- Malty, slight sweetness, slight citrus and pine, unique earthiness to the aroma. Overall very hidden mellow smelling beer.
T- Again malts are very present, slight hints of citrus and pine, very mild IPA, kind of bland for my tasting, not a lot going on overall.
M- Small mouth feel, well carbonated
O- Very disappointed with this IPA, first Alaskan beer I’ve had and I was not impressed. Was expecting a little more hop profile. O well too each his own.

Photo of t420o
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


A- Pours a yellow- light gold with 1-1/2 finger head that leaves decent lacing

S- Hops. Some citrus, pine, a little grapefruit and orange zest. Not very complex or floral

T- Pine, orange zest, lemon zest. Not very bitter, but also not much flavor. Hops seem muted by the malt or something. Thiey just dont stick out nor do they have that great of flavor.

M- Light but with nice carbonation that feels good on the tongue and going down

O- Not a great IPA. I really liked the Imperial IPA they make in their Pilot Series... I found that on to be very enjoyable (didnt do a review though, need to get another one so I can)Where are my hops ?

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

Look Orangish color with a nice foamy head and decent head retention

Smell Typical hop aromas earthy piney floral notes with a faint smell of pear

Taste Very mild citrus notes with almost no bitterness surprisingly. Fruity notes with hints of pineapple pears and orange.

Mouthfeel Light to medium body with a decent amount of carbonation nothing to impressive here

Overall I really enjoy this IPA. I have been very happy with the Alaskan Brewery and their IPA's especially the black IPA. I would strongly recommend this to anyone who is an IPA fan

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

Brilliantly clear golden amber with off-white billowing head. Very attractive.
Fairly tame and typical aroma, but solid Am. hop presentation with citrus and a little resin.
Firm malt presentation with little to no sweetness. Bitterness is bigger than the flavors and with each drink the finish gets longer and longer and drier too. The hop flavors are a little hard to weed through. Some citrus and grass and hint of pine.
Carbonated nicely and over a lighter body which leads to easy drinking.
This isn't stupendous, but an easy beer to approach. Not quite enough malt to balance out the bitterness, especially if not a hop lover. I wonder how this might be fresh on tap? Seems like it might play out a different (like Summit EPA).
First beer from this brewery. This should make state #35.

Photo of JackieTH
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Rob for the sample!

Color was on the lighter side of gold with an inch of so of white foam. A bit lighter in color than I would have expected for an IPA.

The nose is inviting, if too faint, with citrus and resin notes. Taste is quite subdued. Floral and resin elements with a light malt sweetness.

Overall, the Alaskan IPA leaves a slight bitterness in the mouth, but is watery and thin on taste. It's fine as well as drinkable as beer goes, but unimpressive for an "IPA". I'd call this a pale ale at best, but even at that I'd have no reason to seek it out.

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.

Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,041 ratings.