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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: 882
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 21
Gots: 73 | 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 SurlyDuff
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

Citrus lemon rind and a really nice hop oil taste. Spicy pine with a real nice woody presence. Not a huge IPA like some of the oregon and washington stuff, but good.

Mouthfeel is a bit light for my tastes. A tad bit watery, but the hop resin/juiciness is just enough to make this very drinkable.

OVerall, a good IPA. I recommend a 6pack if you see this anywhere.

SurlyDuff, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +9%

Poured light amber from the 22 ounce bottle with two fingers of white head. Good amount of lacing. Head stays about 5 minutes.
Nice floral piney aroma. More aroma than most IPA's.
Taste is crisp, balanced, resinous hops with sweet malts. IBU is listed as 55.
Mouthfeel is medium with a dry bitter finish. Carbonation is just enough.
Overall better than average. Not so hoppy that you would only want one.
May be the ultimate everyday IPA. Give it a try. Hey it came all the way from Juneau!

Spikester, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of mithrascruor
4/5  rDev +9%

On tap at Callahan's, San Diego

Pours a clear amber red color with a big white head with good retention. Minimal aroma of hops. Light spicy hop flavor is crisp with a subtle aftertaste. Very smooth with light carbonation and a generally light-bodied feel. A bit subdued for an IPA, but really drinkable, enjoyable and refreshing.

mithrascruor, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a hazy yellow-ish color with a big white head. In the aroma, citrus hops, a bit on the the sweeter side as well. In the taste, a mix of citrus and piney hops, again a bit sweet. A nice bitter mouthfel and a dry, hoppy aftertaste. Very nice, and actually kind of standard, but very good.

OWSLEY069, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

Surf Alaska but only in the summer. Pours golden yellow with a light off white head. Not a great pour but the foam did die out completely.

The smell is limited with mostly citrus hopes but under line pine and lemon peel were there too. Malt was limited but some basic pale and grainy aromas. Some lighter biscuit touches as well.

The taste has more of a lemon flavor at first. Ok bittering but limited overall. The citrus comes out a bit more as taste pallets gets use to the hoppy flavors. The malt is more in balance than the nose indicated but really doesn't bring much to the taste.

Lighter side of medium bodied but very easy to drink. Carbonation seemed a bit low and probably could have helped out the bittering. Overall not much with depth but something you could drink on a regular basis.

Oxymoron, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +15%

Sampled through a trade with Northertimber.

Clear mostly golden colored ale with a tall white head. I guess you could call this a pale shade of amber but this is really much closer to gold than "IPA Orange" to me.

Smell is a little sweet and herbal without the usual C Hops commando raid on your nose. Grapefruit, pine and spicy spruce are in here just not Banzai levels like some beers. There is a spicy scent here that I can only describe as spruce and cinnamon.

The taste starts out neutral and woody in the mouth. Flowery hop taste, something you don't often taste in an AIPA anymore. Little bit of vanilla present possibly from oak somehow. Mild chamomile flavor. Pine and grapefruit are in here but they are hidden by a more abundant herbal hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Super easy to drink and very flavorful. A different IPA from the usual full power C-Bombs that seem to be made by everyone now. Most easy to drink, flavorful without blowing your taste buds off, recommended.

Zorro, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%

Pours a 1 1/2 finger head. Retention is a little weak and the head is frothy at first but seems a little weak. Somehow the retention remains good: hard to explain. Pale orange/yellow in color.

Smell is of some weak cascades or centennials.

Taste is very weak for an ipa. Pretty boring really. Some pale malts and weak hops with a dry mouthfeel. I am dissapointed by this ipa.

Still thanks to gglwebster for the sample.

This sample tastes mildly soapy

jasonjlewis, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of jdoncbus
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

**Thanks to JohnGalt1 for the beer (highly recommended trader)**

Pours a transparent gold with mild carbonation and smallish head; mild lacing that leaves an oily residue on the glass.

Mild aroma that consists of a pinch of toasted malt, accompanied by a surge of lemon-zest and peppery hops.

Mouth is introduced to a crispy hop bitterness which leads into a moderate creaminess that brings out hints of fruit rine, lemon-pepper, & cilantro. Palate is left dry and longing for another sip; cetainly a West Coast IPA.

I would love to enjoy this one during the hot, summer months. Like I mentioned above this one is all west coast with its heavy lean towards the hop (no complaints from me). I would certainly recommend.

jdoncbus, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of DogFood11
2.08/5  rDev -43.3%

12 oz brown stubie. bright green label. A very light color for an IPA. Pale golden body. Low carbonation. Fizzy head that lays down to some small island skim. trace lace.

Very similar in smell and taste to alot of English IPA's i've had a change to gobble. Mild hop dryness and little in the floral department. Bitterness is sharp in the middle and gives way to a dry finish. Malts are mild as well and rather lackluster.

Notes: A run of the mill IPA with a lean towards English style. Watery in my opinion. Lacks depth or attitude. Pass.

DogFood11, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%

Found this 22oz bomber at a Fred Meyer's in the Tri-Cities. It pours a light copper colour, with 2 fingers of foamy off-white head. The smell is predominantly pine hops with a little citrus kick, very inviting. The taste is much less hoppy than I was led to believe, however, the mild hop bite balances evenly with the grainy, cracker-like malt component. A light carbonation gives an innocuous mouthfeel, and the finish is very much like a pale ale, not many hops left at this point. Overall, a nice sessionable brew, becoming more like a pale ale the more I drank of it.

biboergosum, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of willjschmidt
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden hue with a decent light white head, decent lacing as well.

S: Some slightly sweet hops. Not a lot of aroma on this one.

T: A very light IPA. A faint taste of pine with decent balance with some slightly sweet malts. Very little citrus at all. Should really be a pale ale.

M: Light bodied, even a little thin.

D: Wasn't too fond of this one. It's not a bad beer but there are far too many good IPA's out there to justify picking this one up.

willjschmidt, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of pwoods
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

Thanks to ahatcher78 for this trade.

22oz. brown bomber poured into my brand spankin' new Stone IPA glass. No dating.

A: Pours a nice IPA deep orange with good visibility(the 2nd pour is a beautiful hazed golden orange from the yeast). 2 fingers of fluffy pearl white head forms. Nice retention and good clumpy lacing.

S: Sweet, juicy grapefruit. Not really pine but a nice pepper snap in the background. Malts aren't detectable.

T/M: Bitterness is at a good level. Hops provide a slightly muted sweet grapefruit flavor. The bottle might be just at the end of it's prime.. I should have drank this right away. A bit of pepper and yeast in the middle. Starts off nice and light for the juicy hops then gets creamy when the light and bready malts kick in. Finish is dry with a touch of bitterness.

D: Not a terrible brew but I think I waited a bit too long to drink it. Looks great and the mouthfeel is exactly how an IPA should be.

pwoods, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%

Appearance: Pours a clear, light orange-hued body with a lush, bubby off-white head.

Smell: Pleasantly aromatic nose of citrus and soap with a mild addition of caramel malts.

Taste: Juicy citrus flavors of lemon and tangerine. Only a faint hint of caramel as not too much maltiness shows up. There's a medium bitterness which drops out for a pretty clean, light finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It could use a bit more of everything, but as it stands it's still a decent, easy drinking light IPA.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.58/5  rDev +24.8%

Acquired via trade from Solomon420, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very hoppy along with a good burst of fruity citrus and a mild background of caramelized malt.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with a strong burst of floral hops up front and then a complimentary citrus sweetness that comes in next. The malt character is kind of thin for the style, despite the substantial sweetness, but I like it. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Quite tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, nice kick, very good representation of style while keeping it on the lighter side, to me this is the perfect beer to pound for a whole evening. If I had the opportunity to hammer a 12-pack, I certainly would.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

this is not what you would expect from an american IPA. It pours like an IPA but a little too tranparent. At first taste you think, was that water? but then the flavors sneak up on in the middle of the taste. overall the hop flavors are a little weak but the smoothness is unique. Alaskan did the same thing with their pale, but technically that is a golden and should be that way. The IPA could really use some more hop flavor, but if you want to get wasted off an IPA taste this is the beer for you.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of flexabull
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%

Pours a crystal clear gold color, with a decent white head on top.

Aromas are sweet, hard candy like, with some citrus notes.

Taste is dry and crisp. There is an underlying hop bitterness, with some grapefruit like flavors as well. Maltiness is creamy and understated but nice.

Mouthfeel is nice. Very crisp and with a nice long finish.

Drinkability is very good. Not an overwhelming IPA. But very solid, and very drinkable. Good stuff that is almost session worthy.

flexabull, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.78/5  rDev +3%

12oz left over from a 6'er picked up at the 16th st Albertsons. Enjoyed out of a shaker pint... listening to Global Underground Nick Warren, Shanghai mix.

good 2" head atop clear honey brews.... good chunky lacing left down the inside of the pint.

Nice PNW hop aroma right out of the gate.... floral and pine.... really nice toasted malt backbone.

Dry... finish is very noticeable on the first sip... good biscuity malt flavor... that melts from the citrus/grapefruit zest flavor... maybe a little thin for the style but really only a minor fault on an otherwise very nice brew.

Alaskan makes quality products... I wish they still bottled their ESB... fantastic. Now I am just hoping I can pick up a bunch of their barleywine when it comes out soon.

JohnGalt1, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of Deuane
4.22/5  rDev +15%

22 oz Bomber brought back to PA by my parents after their visit to the brewery.

A: Golden yellow with a nice thick white head

S: Lovely floral citrusy and piney hopiness

T: Crisp and clean with a nice lots o hops kick and a little malty finish..the way I like it...hop forward please.

M: Light with a nice crisp carbonation. Very "clean" tasting with only a bit of hop aftertaste

D: Very well done west coast IPA for ABC's first go at an IPA. I prefer lighter, crisp, hop forward IPA's and this hits the mark.

Deuane, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

So I finally got to try the Alaskan IPA. I have waited forever to get to try this one and finally received a couple bottles in a recent BIF. This one poured a golden amber with an adequate sized white head of foamy lace which settled down after a few minutes. This eventually gave way to a nice layer of lace which covered the rest of the session and left a little bit of side glass lace, but really not too much. The smell was light and very fresh, with a light pine floral hoppiness to it. Nothing that was going to tear you apart though, it was more of a light pale ale kind of aroma and this related perfectly to the taste. It was a very light, crisp and refreshing taste, something that you very rarely see with hop heavy west coast IPA’s nowadays. Very light feel as well made this very sessionable. The only appreciable hop feel was in the dry finish, but this was really light enough to be a pale ale for me. Overall not bad at all, not super hoppy for me, but still a quality light ale for sure. I would definitely not turn this one down if it were offered, it is very good.

mikesgroove, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%

A- a clear and bubbly golden bronzed ale lies under a 1 finger thin white head, great retent, sticky patches of lace around glass

S- floral, citrus, pear, apricot

T- nicely balanced, though hops are favored. herbal and citrus, with some lingering hop oils, biscuit and tea flavors, leafy as well

M- crisp and oily medium body

D- a mellow, balanced, and very drinkable IPA. well brewed within style, recommended

tonistruth, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of SargeC
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

Appearance: Golden color with a short lived white head.

Smell: Moderate hop aroma.

Taste: Pronounced, but not overpowering hop bite. Citrus peel in the background.

Mouthfeel: Satisfying, medium body.

Drinkability: Great moderately hoppy IPA. It is a mild IPA, but this makes it drinkable if the goal is to have a few of them.

SargeC, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

22 oz. bomber, bought at the Liquor Warehouse in Huntington Beach, CA,

A: Pours a golden yellow, almost pilsner like in apperance, with a full, white head, good retention and solid lacing.

S: Smells freshly of hops, piney, with some pale bready malt.

T: Very good balance in this one, this is not a hop bomb by any means, but a very intricate flavour. Pine is the dominant hop flavour, some grapefruit and other citrus, but it is balanced by a very nice soft malt flavour, of artisan white, baguette, some sourdough as well.

M: Softer than your average IPA, this feels closer to an APA than a DIPA, some resin, rich carbonation.

D: A very solid offering from Alaskan. I have never had anything less than an above average beer from them, and many of them bordering on great. First time seeing their IPA in bombers, and at $2.69 a piece, you can't go wrong.

Halcyondays, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of dbalsock
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

App: Very pale orange with a white had that seems to build the longer it suits. There's nice thick lacing briefly over the head too.

Smell: Great mix of floral and piney hops and some slight grapefruit to make things interesting.

Taste: Piney hops dominate the initial sip followed by biscuity/bready malts and some slight caramel. As it warms it actually seems to get hoppier to me.

Mouthfeel: Not over the top bitterness as the smell suggests, but as it leaves the palate the bitterness builds, and it builds with each sip too, going from nice to a little too much near the end of the glass.

Drinkability: Very interesting and quaffable. The increasing bitterness is both a plus and a minus. At first I was very impressed with this beer, but as I finished the bomber I wasn't, still a pretty good IPA.

dbalsock, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of srandycarter
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%

Had this originally in 2007 and gave it a C-. I must have been a bad bottle. I was asked to try it again but I told the brewery I was on a mission to try lots of beers and didn't want to buy it again. I offered to try it if the sent me one :)

Well that didn't work out, but I saw it at the store the other day and thought I would retry.

A - Beautiful light clear honey, stark white, thick, long lasting head. Lots of lace. Looks good.

S - Malty, of course, hops and a little fruity.

T - A very nice sweet malt center squashed just right by the hops.

M - Medium body, good carb, and nice balance.

D - Could have it all night. Sorry for the original bad review!

BTW, also a great bargain!

srandycarter, Oct 03, 2007
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3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

Got this one from younger35.

12 oz. bottle poured into my trusty Davidson Bros. nonic, oh how I love thee.

Pours a clear tinted golden hue with a nice one finger fluffy white head that dies down a thin layer. Stickiness is pretty damn good, how it should be for the style. Smell is a soapy clean citrus hop with a very nice hint of pine. Also detect a tiny bready scent in the nose as well. Taste is just about how it smells, but a bit weaker. Creamy bready hop flavor, not much bitterness, actually pretty smooth. Good blend of caramel malt on the tongue too, pretty solid flavors, they just don't stand out as much as I would like them to. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a small amount of carbonation. Pretty good IPA, I look forward to trying more beers from Alaskan Brewing Co.

BeerTruth, Sep 28, 2007
Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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