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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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959 Ratings
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Ratings: 959
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 22
Gots: 101 | 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 illidurit
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear orange-gold with a nice beige cap of foam. Aroma is soft and sweet, with notes of peach, orange, and bubblegum. A bit too faint and sweet for me. Candied lemon wedge flavor with some pithy grapefruit and a pale malt finish with medium bitterness. A little sweet overall but the hops are bright and the bitterness is solid and unastringent.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear yellow/gold color. Poured a 2 finger cream off-white head that dissipated to a thick skim. Lots of lacing. Decanted continually

S: Grapefruit, haya and soft floral hops. Slightly sweet, bready malt hangs in the background. A hint of peppery spice.

T: The bready malt actually a bit in the forefont over the soft herbal hops. more sharply bitter in the finish. Crisp then coating in the finish.

M: Light side or medium body. Nicely balanced carbonation. Lingering dryness in strangely coating feel.

D: Very drinkable for the style as - though mild - beer is well-balanced.

Photo of mentor
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$3.29 for a bomber at Union Jack Liquors. Pours a two+ finger white frothy head over a hazed straw liquid. Looks like a pils with a clingy thick head. A few streamers rising to the surface keep the caving head somewhat afloat. Smells wonderful. Woody and oranges from aromatic hops that leap out. Some pith, tangerine, mango, and lemon. Deep complexity, but not brutally intense.

Tastes grassy hop bitter with orange and mild other citrus flavors. Dried orange peel. Malt sweet plays a supporting role, but doesn't quite work with the extent of the grassiness of the hops. Esters are much below the hops and work well with the intense orange. Ends with a noble hop flat bitter and flavor. Orange and weedy rises retronasal in the aftertaste. Sour tang on the tongue (come across as piney), perhaps due to the malt drying out so rapid in the end. Carbonation is too much, as it lifts the esters and malt sweet too rapidly. The solution...to swirl the glass and release some of the CO2. Md-light mouthfeel.

Photo of DrMalt
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep golden colour with a thick white head.Excellent lacing.
S: Aroma was noticable but not outstanding. Floral, grapefruit hops, caramel malt.
T: Very prominent grapefruit, grassy notes. Perhaps lacking some maltiness balancing bitterness.No off flavour profiles.
M: Somewhat thin bodied.
D: Very drinkable - I could easily drink this beer in greater quantities.

Scored well in comparison to others in an IPA tasting

Photo of chrisafari
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Nose: crisp/clean hops, slightly citrusy and piney (nice balance between them). Background of subtle malt.

Pour: clear light amber/copper, almost straw. Full creamy off-white head.

Taste: citrus hops are throughout with some clean subtle malt. Finish is slightly dry. Somewhat astringent/metallic taste throughout, which is pretty unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: medium body, nice lacing.

Drinkability: the metallic taste takes a lot away from the enjoyability of this beer.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a light gold infused amber with a huge, fluffy off-white cap that left rings of lace all the way down the glass.

Not a good start, a pretty well-balanced nose. Lemony citrus with a cereal-like malt backbone that dominates and leaves me wanting more.

Lemony citrus with a hint of orange rind come through a bit more in the flavor, but lacks that well-rounded hop flavor. Very one-dimensional (and not a great dimension at that) hop flavor.

Might have the lightest mouthfeel of all the IPA's I have had. Middle of the road.

A change in flavor would boost the drinkability considerably. This was a bit of a let down.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample in the Alaskan tap room. This beer is a decidedly clear yellow color with a medium and foamy ivory head that burns away slowly. Patchy lacing on the glass. Fresh resiny hops aroma with some malt present as well. Light-bodied and clean with hops, fruit and malt flavors all in fairly equal representation. The finish is midlly bitter with a short hops aftertaste. Overall an interesting take on an IPA, but average all around.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle for $3.49 which is quite a rare price for a bomber these days. the first whiff of the bottle is instant grassy hops. It smells slightly more subdued in the glass. The color is yellow and the beer is quite clear. the flavor has some mild bitterness but not the hoppiness I expected after smelling the beer. Overall, not bad but given the quality of IPA's these days it will be hard for this to compete.

Photo of MisterClean
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottles purchased from Bel Air market.

A - Pours a copper gold, with 2 fingers white head. It dissipates moderately slow and leaves nice lacing.

S/T - Notes of caramel, flower, grass, and bitter.

M - Full-bodied, hop dominated, and a dry aftertaste.

D - It's not bad, but the dryness is a bit much for the IPA.

Photo of erikm25
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Beer pours a blistering light yellow with slight orange hues. Head was about an inch of off white fizz. Receded quicker than my hair line and left some spotty lacing. Appearance here is pretty standard looking. Crisp and shiny.

S: Aromas of citrus and spice caught my attention the way they jumped out. Initially there was a good strong grapefruit tinge but with some sweet caramel malt smells sneaking in towards the end. Reminded me a little of freshly cut grass.

T: Taste starts off with great citrus zest and pine hops tastes. Slight grain hint that becomes more apparent as this warms up. Much like the nose my initial impressions were very positive but quickly faded with more tastes. Slight lemon and faint peppering with a dry finish.

M: Relatively thin and with low carbonation.

D: For less than three bucks for a bomber this is not only a deal but decently drinkable. I think this would be a good beer to start someone off who typically has not tried or is not much into hoppy beers. It's not that I don't like this beer or I wouldn't try it again. However, when rating it to the style it comes up average (at best).

Photo of sevopie
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very light golden in color, almost macro lager like. Fluffy off-white head.

Smell - Citrusy hops with a touch of a sweet malt in there. Also a faint note of spice.

Taste - Hoppy mixed with spicy. I was wondering what that spice in the nose was all about, and if I was making it up. It ends up mixing in an almost vinegar-like strange off taste. Its rather light on the hops in the first place for an IPA, and the malt just mixes into weirdness.

Mouthfeel - A little lighter for an IPA, but the carbonation is nicely mellow.

Drinkability - Other than the off-taste, this is not too bad of a brew. After a few sips, it starts to feel like a lager mixed with IPA, and ultimately ends up kind of "meh."

Photo of radshoesbro
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours yellowish orange, good head retention, lots of carbonation, some lace.

smells of floral hops with hints of grapefruit and something that vaguely reminds me of cantaloupe.

at first the taste is quite nice, but within seconds it dissipates into something that is not nearly as good. at first it has sort of a sweet, wet hop taste and it turns into almost a murky, somewhat dry taste.

i had this out of a bottle at a BBQ, and it wasn't really that bad. but actually pouring this into a glass and letting it open up is definitely not helping what turns out to be a less than adequate beer.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer of this in Rock Springs, I don't know where, or for how much. I remember drinking one as a night cap once, and haven't touched it since. Here's a second go.

A: Deep gold/light copper with a stark white head, about half an inch which recedes to a film. Excellent lacing all around. Excellent clarity too. Pretty nice bubble motion as well. Not too shabby lookin IPA.

S: Floral, grapefruit hops, caramel malt, not much else. Pretty bland in the nose, which is disappointing.

T: Mouth is a little better, grapefruit rind, and a nice graininess to it. IPA though? I'm leaning a little more towards strong pale ale. A little bit more bitterness as its warming up more, but really not that strong. Nothing offensive, but really nothing that spectacular either. Pretty mild flavored IPA.

M: Nicely carbonated pretty smooth finish, lots of lingering grapefruit notes, not really pucker worthy. Hits all the spots that an IPA needs to hit.

D: I could easily drink this whole fiver...pretty tasty, pretty mild, nothing that really blows my mind. Pretty fair IPA. Just not real great. I don't know if I'll seek it out again.

Photo of dfillius
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass
A: 3/4 finger of white head quickly dies to a thin layer. Clear gold liquid. More head please.
S: Orange soda?! Grapefruit, citrus hops, spicy hop. Orange soda smell detracts overall :-(
T: Almost fake hop taste. Grapefruit zest. Malt revealed more in the character upon warming (duh). With warming it tastes more like an EIPA! Not in the smell though.
M: Pleasant bitterness with nice smooth malt character as well.
D: Very high

Photo of akorsak
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The IPA is a light amber color, more yellow than brown. A finger and a half of white foam has left its mark in slowly drying patches.

S: The ale smells a little underwhelming, more malt than hops. A grainy bread presence is here with just the lightest hint of citrus.

T: The ale's flavor profile picks up a little, showcasing more citrus hops, but just barely. The bready grains are strong and have a thick fibrous taste. The ale isn't unbalanced, it just needs more hops.

M: The mouthfeel is ho-hum. A spicy hop profile would add infinitely to the ale.

D: I was really looking forward to this one, so I am a little disappointed. The hop profile is practically nonexistent, seriously hurting the drinkability.

Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clean, clear bright yellow/orange with a pretty thin white head that quickly dissipates.

Smells nice and citrusy. Grapefruit, pine, fresh hops and maybe a bit of Play-Doh for some reason.

Taste is piney and resiny. Lots of nice fresh squeeze orange flavors create a nice balance between the malt and hops. Wow, I've looked forward to checking out this Alaskan offering and its definitely worthwhile.

Easy drinking IPA, not over powerful and not one sided.

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle w/o freshness info. Pours slightly hazed, lighter amber, almost golden. Off white head, tiny bubbles and leaving spotty light lacing. Nice fresh, fruity (I get mostly grapefruit) and grainy hop nose. Quite respectable West coast IPA. Fresh, citric hops go down easy. Not a palate wrecker, but a better then average and enjoyable hoppy ale. Worth a try.

Photo of armock
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to NitroGen for sending this one my way.

A - Poured a clear golden color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of piney citrus hops

T - Is lighter than others but still has a good taste of citrus hops

M - This beer has a lighter body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a good IPA thats easy to drink its a good beginner IPA has its pretty well balanced and not overly hoppy worth trying

Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this out of a Bomber from the corner store.

Appearence was slightly hazy with a light copper color, similar to a Sierra Nevada, for an IPA I would have liked to see it a little darker with some more dark copper in it. Head retention was a little bellow normal but still ok.

Smelled great, a nice balance between the hops and the malt.

Mouthfeel was excellent with no alcohol burn and a great feel for an IPA.

Was highly drinkable for an IPA and quite enjoyable. I would say that this beer over all was great, but maybe more of an APA than a IPA. Not quite hoppy enough to be a great IPA and the malt flavors were a little low for a IPA but it is almost the perfect example of what an American Pale Ale should taste like. Will definitely be drinking this often, to bad it is mis-categorized!

Photo of PDXHops
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bomber, poured into an oversized snifter.

Clear, golden-orange body topped by a finger or so of almost pure white head. The head diminishes rather quickly into mainly a ring of larger bubbles around the rim, an island of larger bubbles in the middle, and a slight skim of smaller bubbles around the island. I can revive it easily by swirling, but it keeps disappearing just as easily. Small amount of lacng.

Clean aromas of lemon and piney hops with just a hint of malt in the background. Pretty straightforward.

In the mouth, it doesn't live up to the promise of the nose for me. As a sip hits my tongue, I taste the citruy/piney hop flavors, but they disappear quickly, leaving mostly just plain bitterness (like cocktail bitters) behind, with a tad of grapefruit in the finish as well. A bit of soap in there as well, and a touch of strange medicinal flavor. Not much sweetness, but there is some toasted malt.

Not enjoying the mouthfeel. Pretty low carbonation, and the weird cocktail bitters and medicinal tastes seems to linger on my tongue.

Drinkability is not good for me. Struggled to finish the bomber, and had really had enough after 8 oz or so.

Overall impression: I love IPAs in general, but this is definitely not one I would seek out.

Photo of Beaver13
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden yellow with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is mild spicy and grassy hops with some sweet slightly vegetal malts.

The flavor is some sweet malts with a earthy, grassy hop finish that has some decent bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a pretty average IPA. I didn't really care for the flavor profile. I prefer brighter fruitier hops.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle tried 6 Oct 2008.

Poured in a shaker pint. Very large yellow white head. Clear golden wheat color. Light sweet lemon peel aroma, herbal, grassy, mineral. Starts with pithy citrus bitterness, slight malty sweetness. Bitterness is predominant but not overpowering. Some caramel develops in bittersweet aftertaste. Light alcohol.

Easy drinking IPA.

Photo of rowew
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Just recently showed up in Colorado. Picked up a six pack, and have been enjoying it. A medium bodied, very drinkable IPA that still has plenty of hop flavor. Not over the top in any direction, but enough flavors to keep me interested, and drinakble enough that the six pack disappears quickly.

Photo of Beernoisseur
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A Decent IPA.

It certainly has all the qualities of a an IPA, just not that interesting. It would be a great place for someone to start conditioning their palate for IPAs. Pine tar and citrus notes. Good hop character. Definitely erring on the hop side. There's malt in there too, just not quite as pronounced. The balance battle between the hops and the malt tips in favor of the hops. Not too bad, but there are certainly other IPAs that I am more interested in.

Photo of chompy
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a glass.

Appearance:Pours golden yellow with a creamy 1 inch head. Diminishes into a finger-width frothy topping that lasts throughout the drink. Medium to heavy lacing that leaves my glass frosted at the end.

Scent: Faint citrus scents. I had let the bottle warm a little before cracking open.

Taste: Smooth IPA. Good amount of hops, and also hints of lemon. Easy on the palate with just enough malt to balance out the hops.

Mouthfeel: medium citrus bodied beer with a malty finish with lingering hops

Would get this again, i had to get this beer for its name

Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 959 ratings.