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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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912 Ratings
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Ratings: 912
Reviews: 347
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 21
Gots: 85 | 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 wagenvolks
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a clean, golden body beneath a thin cap of foam that scantily covers the beer beneath...looks more like a lager than an IPA. Grapefruity sweetness abounds in the aroma, balanced by a crisp wheat note and pale malts. Still nothing exceptional.

The flavor is a tasty blend of pale, crystal malts, spicy/citrus hops, and some crackled pepper. Mouthfeel is a bit on the over-carbonated side, but crisp and decently refreshing. Not much of a hop finish, which is a bit of a disappointment. All in all, I was underwhelmed by this IPA. Will likely look elsewhere, although Alaskan's Smoked Porter is fantastic.

wagenvolks, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought back a mixed Alaskan six pack. I had the IPA on tap and now from the bottle. Good appearance. Orange IPA color, big white head and good lacing. Smell was west coast piney hops with some citrus. The bottle version had more noticible balance than the tap version. I could taste some maltiness in the finish

Just like the on-tap version, there a the strong hint of floral hops to accompany the grapefruit. This is a good solid IPA. Bitterness was just right for a hophead but not the head-shrinking monster IPA that would turn off those that like balance.

Mouthfeel was rich and creamy. Drinkability is good, just right for an IPA.

JayQue, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of beerlassie
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer has a light yellow/amber color. When it was poured it had a small white head that lasted only a minute or so.

The smell is hoppy and sweet, while the taste is fruity. Has a slightly hoppy taste and is somewhat bitter. On my first sip, the taste was almost reminiscent of a lager, rather than an ale.

Mouthfeel was decent. Good balance of carbonation, with a light body.

Drinkable, but ultimately just an average IPA. I've had other beers from Alaskan Brewing Co. that were quite enjoyable, so this IPA was definitely a let down.

beerlassie, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of Brewlore
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden orange in color with a small (and very) fizzy white head. Disappears quite quickly yet lingers as a ring around your brew.

Hop aroma up front (obviously). Grapefruit/grassy scents abound. Light caramel malt scent cuts that aroma though.

Very light tasting yet quite bitter. Citrus notes aplenty with a pretty harsh hop bitterness at the end. Surely not a "big" IPA by any means. Lemony/grapefruit and all around citrusy flavor from the hops and there were some grassy notes in there as well. Oddly, this brew gets a little lager like as it warms.

Light-medium bodied with lively carbonation. Feels really smooth on the palate.

The hop bitterness is there in a harsh way. It does feel nice on the palate and offers an interesting (yet somewhat muted) array of flavors. As it warms, the aforementioned bitterness gets harsher.

Brewlore, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of dhilltop2000
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow color with a slight amber hue. The head starts to form nicely with a large tight layer of white foam. This tight layer is soon lost revealing large sudsy type bubbles. Smells mild for an IPA. Slight stale aroma but enough citrus and hops to keep me from worring about it. Thin on the palate, almost makes me think im not drinking and IPA. Also very light on the hop finish. OK beer, nothing to go out of the way for.

dhilltop2000, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of wspscott
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass at Sheep Mountain Lodge

A: light copper color, small head that leaves little lace
S: sharp hops (nothing particular, just bitterness), but nothing else
T: grassy, piney, herbal hops completely dominate the hops but hints of caramel come through
M: crisp, highly carbed, oily on the tongue
D: solid IPA but not earth shaking, worth trying but I like the ESB better.

wspscott, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of Crosling
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light golden/bronze color with a small foam. Woodsy and medicinal hop aroma, with some herbaceousness as well. Fairly aromatic, but not pleasant for me at all. Flavor is fairly hoppy, also woodsy like the nose, with spruce hints and some honey covered fruits. Don't care for the super medicinal nose, but the flavor is pretty spot on for the style and well balanced. Could be brighter, but its a pretty good IPA.

Crosling, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of tmitch75
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow straw color, lighter than most IPAs, with a light head, bubbles of various sizes, and a nice bit of lacing.

Lightly sweet malt smell with oily piney hops.

Wow. Very well balanced taste. Solid malt with piney citric hops.

Nice medium body, not too light but doesn't get in the way.

Overall this is an excellent beer and a fantastic example of the IPA style.

Tasted on 5/13/08.

tmitch75, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Healdsburg Bar & Grille in Healdsburg, CA. From notes.

Surprisingly tasty. Quality hop profile, not fruity, not so spicy either, just good. A thicker liquid that I prefer in IPA's, which helps the rating here. A bit darker than most in the pour. A bit more malt profile present as well.

A delicious, balanced IPA.

USCTrojanBrian, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of MiScusi
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Healdsburg Bar & Grille. Having had IPA's sunch as RR IPA, RR Blind Pig, Pliny the Elder, Racer 5, and Hop Rod Rye in the last 24 hours, Alaskan IPA still held up very nicely, and was actually really satisfying. Pours a clear dark gold or amber. The dry hopped pine aromas are displayed front and center although there is a light, caramel malt body behind it.

MiScusi, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz. bottle on 6/6/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Clear golden/amber body with one-finger white head that left some attractive lacing around the glass. Ample carbonation.

S - Pungent citrus hop nose paired with a sweet malt presence. Some perfumy notes emerge as the liquid warmed up.

T - West Coast-style IPA flavor with predominantly a citrus hop character. The aggressive hop flavor is balanced by a sweet caramel malt backbone.

M - A little thin, but pretty creamy nevertheless. Softly carbonated. Short, mild bitter finish with a very timid amount of heat.

D - Pretty sessionable West Coast-style IPA that's rather one-dimensional but still quite flavorful.

ffejherb, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear and golden. About one finger head initially, but dissipates to not much. Very thin lacing.

Smell: Strong citrus (grapefruit especially, orange and lime) along with light hops. Also catching whiffs of toasted malts.

Taste: A little bland, especially for an IPA. Strong citrus flavor (again grapefruit and lime with a little orange). Malts are definitely present. Hop bitterness is pretty weak. Not much aftertaste either - a little bitter, a little citrus, but not much. Wise Man Pete says, "This is not the taste I'd expect from an IPA."

Mouthfeel: Very thin. Carbonation seems relatively high. Aftertaste is weak.

Drinkability: While I could imagine myself drinking this beer all night, I could also imagine myself doing a lot stupider things all night. This beer is ok - definitely nothing to write home about. The taste is bland with very little body. I could imagine myself getting drunk off of it because it's so light.

Burp: Delicious; robust and hoppy! The missing ingredient to this beer must lie in my tummy, because that burp was a hell of a lot better than the beer itself. Why can't there be a burp category?

ThreeWiseMen, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. A vigorous pour produces. The aroma is sweet malt, lemon zest with some pine and citrusy hops. The taste is pretty balanced between the malt and hops. There is both citrus and pine flavors. The flavor is certainly not over-the-top and extreme like some IPAs, but it is very tasty. Overall, this is a pretty solid IPA that I would be glad to drink any day of the week. Recommended.

cjgator3, May 31, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the YardHouse, on to the beer:

This is a lighter tasting IPA, although it is still more dominating in the hops depeartment, with sharp hop bitterness making up much of the taste. It gives Alaskan Brewing a hoppy offering in their lineup, but they might be too late with the number of offerings out on the market, and many of them better offerings. Still, this is worth a try.

DoubleJ, May 28, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A reasonable pour into my 25cl tulip glass yields a three-finger thick, lightly tanned, off-white colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, copper color that only gets brighter when held up to the light. Aromatically expressive in its hoppiness, the hop character is quite noticeable as I pour and visually inspect the beer. Grapefruit, big lychee and tangelo are noticeable aromatics up front with follow on, slightly reduced in intensity, aromas of pine sap and herbal hop notes. The finish also has a nice, toasty grain character to it reminiscent of biscuit malt and crushed saltine crackers, though the hops do a good job of drowning out any malt influence. As the beer warms a bit some fruitier notes of apricot and light tropical fruit become a bit more noticeable.

Lightly sweet malt and a malt fullness is quickly overtaken by a dominant, though not scathing, green, herbal hop component. The flavor has a more even balance between citrus and herbal / pine hop influences, though the citrus just edges out the others. Flavors of grapefruit, bitter orange zest, candied orange peel, apricot and lychee are more noticeable up front, while a sharp, herbal, mix of menthol-pine and hop bitterness seem to be quite a bit more noticeable towards the finish; each of these notes is noticeable throughout the flavor profile at some level though. Fizzy carbonation and a light-medium heft keep this quite drinkable and perfectly inline with the quaffability of an IPA.

This is a nice hop-focused IPA, I almost wish for a bit more malt character, but there is just enough to support the hops and any more would likely intrude and the eminent drinkability that this, dry beer achieves.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Gueuzedude, May 25, 2008
Photo of PhxHorn
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a golden yellow with an orange-ish tint, with a half inch of white head. Smells promisingly of citrus, but the taste is disappointingly weak. This would score well as a good pale ale, but definitely doesn't belong in the IPA category. Possibly the weakest IPA I've tasted. It's drinkable as a good pale ale would be, but it just doesn't cut it as an IPA.

PhxHorn, May 20, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours golden yellow hue with a nice foamy head. Nice sheet lacing.

S: Nice hop aromas. Some bold citrus, along with lemon zest and pine.

T: Nice balance between hops and malt. The taste is citrus upfront. A bit of sweet pine can be detected in the middle before a nice sweet bready malt takes over. Very Nice.

M: Medium to light in body with ample carbonation.

D: Easy-drinking, smooth and refreshing. Nice balance leads to a very sessionable brew especially for those who don't like hop bombs.

tpd975, May 13, 2008
Photo of jakon
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 6-13-8.

This beer pours gold with a nice-sized eggshell colored head that recedes quickly while leaving behind a layer of uniform lacing.

The aroma is beautiful. Big citrus, big pine. Orange peel and grapefruit with a light peppery spice and a touch of fresh-cut grass to it.

The taste reflects the aroma. West-coast IPA all the way. The bitterness is dialed in nicely. Not sure why it took me this long to finally try this beer, as it's always been a ubiquitous presence on local shelves and I've been a longtime fan of their Smoked Porter.

This beer compares favorably to all the PNW IPA's. It'll now have a spot in my regular rotation.

jakon, May 02, 2008
Photo of
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle

Slightly hazed, light gold with some orange tones. Medium, just off white, creamy head. Not much legs, some lacing.

Strong aroma of earth and pine.

Taste was a big burst of hops, pine/spruce. Touch of citrus. A bit soap like, not sure I was wild about that. Some sweetness - caramel and a green apple. Lingering pine in the finish.

Medium body, at best. Medium carbonation. Dry.

Very different hop character compared to what I am used to, but not unpleasant. I would certainly have again.

, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of hops4me
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of TunTavern1775. Thanks brother and see ya soon.

A - pours a hazy gold but that changes to a clearish gold. A finger of head sits on top and really stays there the whole drink. Good lace sticks to the sides.

S - Pine dominates but I can definitely detect the citrus and floral hop aroma. Very pleasant perfumy aroma.

T - The taste is the same way as the smell. BUT there is some slight toasted malt sweetness with it. I am a bit surprised based on the color.

M - It is a little light for an IPA but there is a great flavor profile there to kick it in the ass a bit.

D - I like this one alot. I would get more if it was available in NC. Like I said it is a little light in the body but this adds to the drinkability. It is complex enough to satisfy the sophisticated palate but very refreshing at the same time.

hops4me, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Alaskan IPA
12oz. brown bottle

A: snifter. looks like liquid gold, yellowish orange with a fair amount of solid white head. very mild lacing.

S: good hoppy aroma. some citrus along with some pine. a little bit of honey also. also smells of sweet biscuit malts.

T: light on the flavor initially. a definite honey characteristic is present. very mellow hop characteristic. not extreme but very tasty. good malt character, feels like biscuit malts.

M: light feel in the mouth. good bitters on the palate. very crisp ans smooth.

D: extremely drinkable with a good mellow body. i could drink this for decades.

paulthebeerguru, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4.58/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Got this in a trade with Bubba83.

Pours a clear gold with 1-2 fingers of foamy brite-white head. Nice layer of retention across the top that leaves absolutely huge sheets of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is just as fresh as can be with notes of pine, oranges, mangos, grass, hop oils, mint, and biscuits and sweetness way in the back.

The taste has great balance up front, with a mix of hops, zesty citrus, and intermingling sweet malt. Only in the finish, does those brawny, resinous hops comes out, leaving the palette feeling bitter and sticky. The mouthfeel is medium bodied up front but then thins out a little through the finish but still retains good carbonation with a fantastic easy feel.

Wow, this is one of the better IPAs I've had in a while with a fantastic fresh feel, great flavors, and a huge drinkibility. I actually could have probably have used 2 of these to review, based on how fast I drank the first bottle. I'm glad to have had a chance to try this. Thanks Kev!

Kegatron, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of Mark
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apart from the double and up IPA's that are made now I can categorize the two regular styles of IPA's among some of my favorites. There is the Bear Republic Racer 5 and El Toro ramped up hoppy bombs and then there is the North Coast (ACME) Sierra Nevada IPA's, Alaskan falls in to the latter. I love this brewery, they were great to visit and very generous with the tastings. I try to support them as often as possible. The sample poured a deep gold, head retention was excellent and some lace was apparent. My bottle did not have the piney aroma some others have mentioned but aroma was a bit floral and sort of understated for the style. Smooth taste had some fruity notes with a slight piney hoppiness. Malt was solid. Very drinkable and refreshing. Would buy again. i now think the first bottle I had was not the freshest sample. More lacing on the glass and a subtle yet succulent aroma of piney hops assaults you. Tart piney hops are a joy on the taste buds. Very drinkable, even my girlfriend Suzanne wanted to have two. This is one nice brew.

Mark, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of corey0212
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden color, blinding white head fades pretty fast, but leaves a bit of lacing behind. Smell is really clean/crisp, definite grapefruit/pine aroma. This is just a great tasting IPA....super-drinkable. Nice hoppy bitterness on the back end, but nothing overpowering. This is an everyday IPA. If this was easier for me to get (ordered from Liquid Solutions), it'd be in the fridge often!

corey0212, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale golden color with moderate sized white head. In the glass you might mistake it for a macro lager in terms of color.

Nose is prickly grapefruit and lemon, but overall on the lighter side. Very subdued.

On the palate a more balanced malt/hop balance is apparent for an IPA, with nothing too extreme going on. Perhaps this is more of a traditional IPA than "American" IPA.

Finish is dry with pine. Easy drinking IPA.

yemenmocha, Apr 07, 2008
Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 912 ratings.