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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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1,041 Ratings
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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 GossageBrewery
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The IPA pours a nice golden hazy color. It produces a average white head and and has slightly above average lacing. The aroma was a nice mix of hops and lemon. The mouthfeel is exceptional- the smoothest IPA I have ever had- Very delicate. The taste had nice citrus and hop balance. Alaskan does a nice job of striking a balance between drinkability and hop bitterness. Very good AIPA. Also, this beer has a high ABV, I started feeling "good" and checked the label ...its a 6.2.;)


Photo of welldigger888
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured a golden crystal clear hue with a nice fluffy white head and good lacing.

NW hops reign supreme here for sure, piney and citrusy. A caramel malty goodness stands up to the hop forward profile.

Well, this brew has a nice hoppy bite, piney citrusy and a clean bitterness. The malt follows suit with it's caramel grainy goodness.

The medium bodied smooth carbonation on this brew are tailored well to the style.

OK, I liked this beer last year while out in the pacNW and I like it now. The price doesn't hurt it either, $12.99 a twelve pack.

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

from 12 0z bottle BB 08/11

A- pours a clear light copper color with an off-white 2 finger head some spotty lacing

S-sweet malts,citrus hops,baked bread,a touch of tropical fruit,some orange marmalade or honey

T-follows the nose it a nice ipa with tropical citrus hops some honey a dash of lemon and a baked bread/malt finish

M- nicely carbonated,crisp ipa

O-an above average ipa ,but definitely 2nd tier..this will be one i buy singles of only ..but will buy quite often

Photo of Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear golden body. Thin off white head leaves moderate amounts of patchy lace. Fragrant aroma that has a nice little mintiness to it spliced with some mango citrus tones. Citrus comes through quite nicely on the buds as well. Subdued, but defined. Lemon rind, orange, mango....This beer has a nice quenching dry feel to it. Even keeled bitterness. Quite drinkable and would be nice on a hot day. Refreshing and tasty.

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce twist-off bottle, poured into a NB balloon glass.

A: AlaskanIPA pours a golden to light-amber hue with an off-white head that settles quickly to a thin froth on the surface. lacing is sticky, and carbonation is very fine.

S: Citrus hop aromas, with a hint of pineapple and spring flowers, with a light malt backbone consisting of toffee and honey notes.

T: Much like the aroma, the flavor is an intense burst of citrus, pineapple, and green fruit, along with some floral, grassy notes. Malt balances this beer with grainy, honey-like flavors. Very west coast in my opinion. Finish is dry and crisp, with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Notes: This is a solid IPA by any standards. Overall, this moderate-bodied beer is just what would perk me up in a climate like that of Alaska. Tasty as all Hell! I'll be buying this one again.

Photo of pdoran10
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a mostly translucent golden with half a finger of white head into a snifter. A hint of lacing.

Smell is slight resin and citrus. Faint hop presence slight biscuity malt.

Taste is bigger but still a bit light as American IPAs go. Light grapefruit citrus and slight malt sweetness. A hint of alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is solid maybe a tiny bit thin, but dry and adequately carbonated.

Overall a solid beer. Nice drinkable lighter American IPA with a tasty but delicate flavor profile. Some flaws but I wouldn't hesitate to have another.

Photo of whatthehull
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted April 29th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip

A - copper, no head, off white and no lacing

S - smells sweet, yeasty, citrus, pine and fruit hops, a bit of honey and wheat and toasted

T - really hoppy, toasted Toastiness, earthy, almost a burnt flavor, beyond toasted. Pine, citrus floral, honey and wheat. There is a bit of a sweetness, maybe the yeast strain

M - light, very acidic, medium long finish and not the most balanced

D - if you like IPA with flavor, but on the light side, this one is for you

Final thought - better than I thought, but, eh

Photo of bsp77
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Best by date of July 23, 2011.

Appearance: Clear, light gold without much head and no lacing. Looks a little too lager-like.

Smell: Tangerine, with light grapefruit and tropical notes. Some toasted malts.

Taste: Dry, toasted malt backbone with borderline tart grapefruit and tangerine co-mingling. Finish is slightly bitter and spicy, but fairly light overall for an IPA.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, light to medium body with a very dry finish. A little lighter than I prefer but the tart-like dryness is great.

Overall: Very nice everyday IPA. Not too bold on flavor, but what is present is quite enjoyable.

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

Golden-bronze with a white head, very little retention, but leaves a bit of lace.

S: Grassy/weedy, hints of pine & citrus.

T: Grassy, weedy, grainy biscuit, pine, grapefruit rind, hints of toffe & candied pineapple.

M: Moderate body has a light hop acidity and a crisp finish.

D: A good drinker.

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

Poured from a twelve-ounce bottle into a goblet.

Slightly hazed light almond-orange, topped with a fizzy, large-bubbled half-finger head of off-white that pops away quickly, leaving a thin ring.

An enticing blend of American and European hops in the nose. Grass, pine and a distinct herbal spiciness. Sweet honey and lightly toasted biscuits round out the malts.

The more spicy European hops rule the flavor, washing over the mouth with earth, some pine and lemon. A backbone of pale malt results in very little malt flavor — just biscuits and a touch of honey. It’s bright, crisp and straightforward. Definitely not a challenging flavor, but dammit if it down’t go down easily.

High carbonation prickles the tongue and causes the beer to fizz up negligibly. Body is light and crisp, with a drying snap.

Like I said, challenging it ain’t — but drinkable it is. A bright, approachable, summery IPA.

Photo of iSip
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alaska IPA: Continuing my drinking through the IPA universe, I picked up an Alaska IPA last night. This beer pours a light head, and is clear amber in color. The aroma is faint. So at this point, looking more like a pale ale than an outright IPA. Taste confirms this view. The Alaska IPA has a good flavor, and nice balance of malt and light hoppiness, but it does not rise to the level of an IPA in my opinion. A good beer that I enjoyed, but not what a true IPA lover will get excited about.

Photo of Tone
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pine, yeast, hint of alcohol, slight pale malt, and citrus hops. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, slight sweet malt, pine, and hint of pale malt. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, and blend, but lacking in complexity.

Photo of veinless
2.39/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very clear, pale straw yellow. Bubbles continue to rise from the bottom to the top for a couple minutes after pouring. Head is two-fingers, lacy, and strikingly white, Retains after it dissipates to a half-finger cap.

A soft rindy grapefruit is the first scent I get, with a honey-like sweet malt afterwards. It's a crisp smell but lacks strength and punch.

Taste starts with same rindy grapefruit citrus, but is balanced by grainy malt that wasn't evident in the nose. A touch of pine blends them together, and a hoppy bitterness finishes the beer out. This is not the smoothest of beers, nor is the grainy character a great match with the citrus and carbonation. Slight bubblegum comes out as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is thin and heavily carbonated. The fizz is way too strong for how light and punchless the flavors are. Drinkability is hurt by that, along with the lack of any great tastes to make me want to take another sip. It isn't tough to drink, but it isn't really enjoyable either.

Photo of tbern007
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber/gold, clear. Average all around in many ways.
Smell is typical of an IPA but on the light side.
Taste is lemony-citrus, hoppy, floral, with a little bit of sweet malt there as well.
M & D - crisp, tasty, good all around. Good balance. I think there should be a little more strength in every way but a good, drinkable, cheap, light-IPA. Only $1.59 per bottle in Denver.

Photo of kenito799
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

5 oz pour in a flight at Yard Houe San Diego.

This is a nice amber looking beer with decent lacing. The aroma is OK, with some citrusy notes but fairly subtle for an American IPA.

The palate is restrained for the style. There is decent aroma and bitterness, more flavor than a pale ale, but with the direct comparison to a good IPA in the same flight (Anderson Vally Hop Ottin) this brew's timidness was very apparent. Not bad, but nothing special.

Photo of DovaliHops
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured very aggressively to get a slightly hazy golden color with a small/medium white head that diminishes slowly. Scent is hoppy with some caramel malt... not really anything special. Taste isn't either... Even though this bottle is only a month old, the hops seem faded and there aren't really too many great flavors going on. Tastes more like a pale ale IMO. Hops balanced with the malts and finishes slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is crisp with somewhat dry body. Drinkability is fairly high, as this goes down easy and is refreshing. Overall, not a great example of an IPA. It's not a terrible beer, but I have so many better IPAs to choose from.

Photo of u2carew
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby twist off.
A) Pours with a finger thick head then settles to a thin lacing on top. Slightly hazy body. Bronze in color. Sticky lacing on the side of the glass.
S) Citrus fruit and flowers.
T) Orange, floral notes at first then some malt sweetness seeps in. Finishes with a quick hop bite then lingering citrus fruit.
M) Crisp. Clean. Medium body. Tannin on the back side.
D) A well crafted American IPA - true to form. And if I had another I'd drink it.

Photo of HugePlume
2.42/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

A- My first reaction was that they had mis-bottled the beer or that I had accidently purchased a pale or a lager, not an IPA. Pours a clear yellow with no head, and no lacing. Could easily mistake this for a healthy lager or a pale ale by looks.

S- Has a weak apple or pear hop aroma. Indistinct malts.

T- Taste is akin to a bitter european lager or a very hoppy pale ale. Definatly not in the west-coast IPA tradition in the least bit. taste is not bad, but its certainly not in the same territory as the best IPA's in the least bit.

M- Low carbonation and high bitterness lead to a lingering bitter note that is not unpleasant, but also not as strong as you would hope from an IPA.

D- Its drinkable inthe sense that you can finish it, but there is no reason to. Its not anything like I would have expected and honestly very dissappointing.

Photo of olmatty
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Pours a clear light amber with a large soapy head with some good lacing.

Smell-Very low and disappointing hop aroma. More malt than hops here.

Taste-Balanced hop and malt. Hops are zesty citrus and some pine resin later. Crisp, dry finish.

Middling carbonation, palate scrubbing zesty flavor makes for good mouthfeel.

Drinkability-Light and refreshing IPA. Aroma left much to be desired and I seem to remember more finishing hops in the past. A good summer, hot weather IPA.

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.

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