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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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1,022 Ratings
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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 climax
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one starts off positive with a cloudy honey-tangerine color and a good sized head. The retention is pretty good, but the lace notches were excellent, even with the constant swirling I subjected it to.

The nose was subtle and clean. Heavy hop aromas are not present, but smooth refreshing fruity tones help it out. Juicy pear, lemon, and citrus tones lay slightly ahead of pale malt and phenolic astringent flavors.

The flavor sports more bitterness, but not necessarily in a good way. The fruity tones are gone and replaced by a more garish bitter character that seems to have no definite direction.

The feel is very sharp with carbonation, too much IMO. The body is around medium. This one is off-kilter to me, it started off well but the flavor just seemed in disarray.

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ubrewidrink for sending this beer my way!

Appears a clear golden yellow color with a lofty off white head that seems to want to stick to the side of the glass. The aroma is hoppy, floral, citrus with a definite malt backbone.

The taste is initially slightly bitter then comes some malt and I get a little metallic flavor as well. The mouthfeel is nice on this brew - active carbonation yet smooth. light/medium in body.

Overall a pleasing beer in most respects yet the flavor wasn't all put together in my opinion.

Photo of drpimento
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had a lot higher hopes for this. Poured with a great, large, foamy, off white head that lasts a while and good lacing. Color is a clear dark yellow. Aroma is a mild blend of hop, caramel, malt. Flavor has nose and some wet cardboard. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of short to medium length.

Photo of FosterJM
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

67th review on BA
Bottle to pint

App- Has to be one of the most bubbly beers I have ever seen in a glass. Just bubbles after bubbles coming up and creating a perfect foamy head. Orangy yellow color as well.

Smell- Low citrus with a medium hoppiness balance to it.

Taste- Its a bitter ipa with a flat after taste but somehow it all works and tastes great.

Mouth- The carbonation is pretty spot on but meshes well with the body to create a really well done beer.

Drink- I need to go get more.

Photo of echoes
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a glass.

A: Pours very cloudy dark yellow. When it settles it is a golden-yellow color with a little bit of carbonation but mostly clear. Head is thick and pure white. Leaves very little lacing.

S: Scents detected: (roasted?) hops, floral, and perhaps citrus. Smells decent and not unpleasant.

T: Roasted hops, perhaps caramel and citrus. Bitterness hits between start and middle. It is a little bitter but not too much for an IPA.

M: Full, smooth feel to it. Lots of bubbly feel, not from the carbonation per se but from the head. Feels great on the palate. Just right for an IPA.

D: Goes down nicely. Not too shocking for an IPA. Not too little flavor/feel but not too much bitterness either.

I've tried several IPAs before that I did not care for. This one showed me what an IPA is supposed to be. Great IPA. Well balanced. IPAs aren't really my cup of tea, if you'll forgive the term, but if I ever get an inkling for one this is definitely one I would buy again. I would recommend this to IPA fans.

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

pale golden copper hue with a bright wite head fine even lacing. Aroma has hints of citrus/floral notes. A biscuit doughy center in the nose really stands out. Flavor wise sharp piercing bitterness really brings out citrus/floral notes more pale biscuit semi sweet malt tones, pretty hop sided but that's okay. Not brilliant but I'd imagine hops are a tough comodity in Alaska. Unliked Smoked salmon and malts. Mouthfeel is sturdily carbonated with a light to medium bodied. Drinkabiliy overall is solid an approachable early IPA that I would definitely swing for especially on tap.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper gold win a white head and some good lady streaks as it goes down the glass. Aroma is some caramel malt presiding over some floral and citrus hops. Neither really dominates, but the hops aren't particularly strong. Taste is much the same with a bit off sweetness balanced out some bitterness. Lift to medium body with good carbonation. Drinks pretty well, but not one of the better IPAs we picked up on our West Coast trip.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

This brand had a short "keg only" showing last summer, but beer enthusiasts cried out for more. Alaskan appeased the thirsty crowd with their IPA, now bottled year-round.

Drops into the glass with a short stack of foam that subsides to a very sticky yet thin lace. A tad hazed within the dim golden-colored brew. Evergreen, hemp and lemon zest hop aromas attack the nose (in a loving way).

No lack of smoothness here--the moderate body holds onto a light carbonation that lends a dash of crispness to the mouthfeel. Big healthy herbal, hemp seed, blond tobacco and ruby red grapefruit hop flavors jump up first. Hop bitterness is not shy, with a resin burn that does not seem to want to go away. Malt sweetness and bread flavors are only underlying flavors. Finishes bitter but fresh, with a long lingering hop flavor in the dryness.

Drinkability scores high, which is great, but remember this beer is 6.2 percent ABV. Spot-on for the style and a hophead's dream. A half-dozen Northwest oysters per bottle is a must--Barron Point, Penn Cove and Willapa Bay would all be especially delicious with this.

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

Poured into a nonic. Beer is light yellow and slightly hazy. Heavily carbonated but only a thin head with minimal lacing.

Aroma is mildly malty and has a mild hop aroma.

Mediocre. It's not bad just OK. Medium to light body. Uninterseting overall. Moderate bitterness, mild malt. No real hop flavor in the beer. Eh...

Photo of claybeer
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This IPA pours very light. It has a nice gold color but it leans toward the yellow color a little bit. A clean white head easily topped off this beer at least one finger thick. It started to leave a nice lacing around the glass. The nose was gentle with inviting citrus hops and some floral notes. It has a wonderful taste but not what I expected from an IPA. I think it drinks more like a pale ale. The clean finish was simple and easy. This introductory IPA is an excellent beer for someone who really wants to try their first IPA but doesn't want to be overwhelmed with hops....yet.

Photo of homebrew311
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this at the Alaskan brewery and later picked up a six pack. This review is of the bottled version.

A: pours a brilliant clear gold with soapy white head. This has the looks of a very crisp and refreshing brew.

S: lemond rind and other citrus notes up front, some bready malts, everything is subtle, but the aroma is nice

T: fruity hops on the front, balances well with the malt profile

MF: thin body, crisp, medium carbonation

D: this is a great IPA. I believe my bottle was very fresh which made for a great experience. This was my favorite among the regular line up that Alaskan brewery has to offer.

Photo of Bfarr
2.51/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hazy tan color with a spot of orange with a big foamy white head with good retention and uneven lacing. Light aroma of citrus hops and pale malts. Bold hops up front that give way quickly to a pale malt sweetness and finishes with a poot tasting bitter linger. High carbonation takes away most of the body.

I remember having this a long time ago and thinking it was a good, smooth IPA but that was before I really started drinking IPA's. Now it's an average, fairly tasteless beer that's not horrible but not good either. Definition of average, right?

Photo of Offa
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good, solid IPA, balanced and very drinkable, if nothing overly special or outstanding.

on tap, it is dark gold with a lasting creamy off-white head, slowly shrinking and leaving some nice lace.

Aroma is citrus-lemon, grapefruit, leafy, and caramelly raisin.

Taste is as aroma, balanced, crisp, flavourful overall, with the above elements joined by light mineral and yeastiness. Grain and lemon peel dominate the aftertaste. It's not great or complex, but reasonably well-rounded, balanced, smooth yet drinkable. Feel is pretty good.

Photo of jsprain1
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this a few times since reviewed and it strikes me as a better IPA now then it did then. Either it changed or (more likely) I did. Better head retention, more of an earthy character in the finish, and decent, though still a bit too light, of a body are things I noticed. Scores changed to reflect this.

Edit: 6/27/11

A- Pours a slightly darker than honey color. The head retention, or lack thereof, lost this one points.
S- Smell is of citrus hops, grapefruit and lime primarily, supported by caramel and pale malts. Subdued, but pleasant.
T- Starts a bit on the malt side, with some sweetness up front. Hop flavors take over and dominate through the finish.
M-Dry finish. Light body for style.
D- Nothing overpowering or intensely challenging. I found this to be a decent beer that seemed a equally good out of the bottle as on tap. A particularly good summer beer.

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

Intense piney hop aroma with a sweet caramel malt background.

Good, clear golden colour with a nice, 2 finger white head.

Moderate pine and grapefruit flavour with a clean bitterness. There is a nice, mild sweetness up front that dries out by the end. Good.

Medium body with moderately-low carbonation. It probably needs just a touch more carbonation to bring out the flavours.

A decent IPA but not one of my favourites.

Photo of benclimbs
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

pours golden tan with a nice one finger head, lots of visible bubbles and a good bit of lacing - look very good, but a bit clear for my taste in american ipas.

smell is subtle but pleasant, grapefruity citrus cascades followed by not much else.

taste is ok, but just really disappointing has a nice backbone of hop bitterness and piney citrus character but finishes with this watery, nothing there mouthfeel, and no real lasting finish or aftertaste, not a bad brew, but just not very exciting or moreish.

fairly drinkable i suppose as it has nothing offensive in it.

Photo of KeithBeerKline
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very light - it looks more like a lager than an IPA.
The mouth feel is slightly creamy, but this is overwhelmed by carbonation.
The hops have a nice flavor - somewhat floral - but this is a very lightly hopped beer for the style.
Overall the taste is nice, but rather weak. Light and easy to drink.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A yellow ipa, tiny bubbles leave behind a low amount of lace that dissipates quickly. Aroma is not hop pungent.

Taste, light, refreshing and hoppy. A distinct crispness on tap v. bottles I've had (and I've had a lot of them). Nothing real adventurous here, you get a standard west coast hop level for a year round release single ipa, with a little less than average heft with it.

Good price on this stuff helps drinkability.

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

One of the most pale straw color IPAs I have seen to date. Nice clarity, foam cap and collar.
Aromas or subtle noble hop mumblings.
Taste is hoppy and clean. No caramel malt, seems like 100% base malt. Dry taste and mouthfeel.
High carbonation.
Enjoyable for a dry non sweet IPA.

Thanks to Olympuszymurgus for this extra.

Photo of Bookseeb
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has a golden copper color with a thin head and nil lace. Smell of lightly sweet malts with light citric floral hops. Taste is a slightly sweeter IPA reminding me of sweet grapefruit with just enough hop without being over the top. Mouthfeel is just under medium with good carbonation. An easy drinking, refreshing IPA.

Photo of Duttonic
2.48/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 12oz bottle into a dogfish head pint.

A- Deep copper, one finger of head, little to no lacing.

S- Spicy and citrus scent. Nothing really distinct.

T- Lacking. Citrus, hops, pine? Semi-earthy, but not impressive or drawing me to have another. Hides the 6.2% well.

M- Clean finish, but not a lot going on here. Some hops, not really bitter, little to no bite.

D- You could probably drink a lot of these, but I wouldn't. There are much better IPA's out there.

Just an average beer, nothing special, but at least I can say I've had a beer from Alaska.

Photo of dwilson01
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass, aggressive pour yields 1.5 fingers of white head, dissipates at an average rate, leaves some nice lacing. Pale golden yellow body coloring with little carbonation rising through the brew.

The scent is refreshing and hoppy, not overpowering and a nice balance between the bitter and floral aspects.

The flavor hits me with a smooth earthy hop flavoring with not much from the malt, this comes in generally as a background body impartation on the brew. Overall it's definitely an ipa, standard in just about every way and quite balanced, for sure a session one if thats what youre lookin for.

Photo of appenzeller
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with exceptional clarity and bursting with carbonation. Healthy frothy white head that retains for some time. This beer's aroma is citrus and hops, the taste is the same--a fairly classic take on the hops side of a "West Coast IPA" with its citrusy taste, but lacking the heavy malting and sweetness of some other Left Coast IPAs. Also, the citrus notes here are superb, suggesting fresh lemon, orange, maybe grapefruit. I strongly prefer this version, which is lighter and has a bitterer taste that is right for the style in my view. Like a lot of folks I first became aware of Alaskan because of their Alt beer, but this is a top notch IPA to me.

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

Had on 6/11 at The Yard House in Long Beach, CA
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a light, clear copper color with a two finger of off white head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving sheets of lacing behind.

S: Nose is all citrus and floral hops. Seriously, not even the tiniest hint of malt coming through here.

T: Taste starts with a burst of piney hops. There is the slightest hint of caramel malts in the middle though the hops continue to dominate. The finish is a big grapefruit citrus hop taste that really hangs on with you.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, oilu body with a dry finish.

D: Goes down easily, taste is pretty good, this is really hop, hop and more hop. A decent IPA that you could sit with for a bit.

Photo of beerdrifter
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear deep yellow pour with a nice white head and decent lacing. Subdued nose with an odd hint of soap to it and a touch of grass. Not much else going on. The taste is subdued as well. Some lemon zest, pine, grass and a little caramel maltiness. Nice crisp, dry, light hop finish makes it a nice refreshing and drinkable summer beer. Not the hop monster I prefer, but a decent beer.

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