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Alaskan Icy Bay IPA - Alaskan Brewing Co.

Alaskan Icy Bay IPAAlaskan Icy Bay IPA

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Ratings: 752
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%

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.

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Photo of Zorro


4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 02:59:03 | More by Zorro
Photo of FosterJM


4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 04:00:26 | More by FosterJM
Photo of mn6


4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark golden color, small head that quickly reduced to near zero, slight lacing throughout the session.

S: I love the hop aroma here. Strong pine and citrus notes.

T: Taste is very crisp, clean pine, citrus and slight resin. A very well put together IPA.

M: Carbonation is pleasant and body is light.

O: I will return to this IPA for sure and at $8 for a 6er you cant go wrong.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 22:50:00 | More by mn6
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really surprised at how much I liked this beer, especially for the price I paid for a bomber-size bottle.

Very crisp, nicely hopped, but not overly so - I would definitely recommend this brew to someone looking for an IPA that also at the same time doesn't want to be blown away by hop-bombs.

Check it out! I intend to again, and soon!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 20:06:48 | More by timtwoface
Photo of DenverHopHead


4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Easy to overlook the Alaskan IPA; I mean when I think of IPA, Alaska doesn't exactly pop into my head. This is really good though. This was poured form a bottle marked best by 6/29/13, so fresh, but not as fresh as you'd like. Nonetheless, nothing blows your mind and nothing is disappointing. It definitely grows on you. You could do better, but you could do much worse. For the price it is certainly worth a look if you're interested in trying a new IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 02:59:02 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of Slatetank


4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured fro a twist off capped 12oz brown bottle into an Alaskan Summer Ale glass. The cap gave a swift Pssht as it was removed.

A - A brilliant clear golden amber with a frothy pillow of white foamy head. A deposit of lace is like a random snowflake pattern.

S - Whoah!, look out the fresh citrusy tangerine hop scents come at you en force. The scent is invigorating to say the least. A very floral sweet and herbal odor is noted on second whiff.

M - The mouthfeel is just about right on w/ a serious oily hop texture. A moderate to full bitterness that lingers momentarily and allows the supportive malt sweetness to make itself known. The carbonation snaps up front to give a good introduction, but relaxes ever quickly.

T - Very floral and citric in flavor, the IPA does have it goin' on w/ fresh tasting hops that bitter but don't kill the taste buds. Nice malt backing makes it a good choice as far as balanced IPA's go. The slightly higher strength makes it interesting and adds to it's character. The oily taste of hops that is unavoidable is a strong atttribute. Very pleasant bitterness, I would prefer a tinge more malt to keep the balance steady, but no knocking the bountiful fresh hop taste.

D - Very good western U.S. IPA. I would pair this with orange chicken, bourbon chicken or blackened swordfish, but it is a great India Pale Ale and it will hold its own w/ spicy dishes I'm sure. I would get a case if you can-it is that good.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 18:38:32 | More by Slatetank
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4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 23:36:34 | More by hops4me
Photo of homebrew311


4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 23:45:39 | More by homebrew311
Photo of tonistruth


4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 04:13:00 | More by tonistruth
Photo of Floydster


4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint for four dollars at Naja's Place, only IPA they had left on tap except for West Coast from Green Flash and I have been drinking quite a bit of that lately

A-Light red with lots of orange in color, 3/4 inch foamy white head that stuck around for a little while, some retention and sticky lacing

S-Pine hoppiness, floral accents, grapefruit, lemon, orange, light malt, and more hops

T-Starts off with citrus hops with mostly grapefruit, some grainy malt in the middle but can barely taste it, dry piney hops in the finish, as it warmed it did not get much sweeter and the citrus actually died down a little bit, dryness in the aftertaste was nice and kept me coming back for more, nicely balanced overall and a tasty IPA

M-Dry and citrusy mouthfeel, not overly carbonated, medium body, taste lingered nicely

D-Could drink a few pints of this, low ABV, goes down easy, not heavy on the stomach, was nice on this hot day

One of the best brews from Alaskan, sessionable india pale ale, will probably buy some bombers soon, will drink certainly drink again, recommended

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2008 01:34:05 | More by Floydster
Photo of echoes


4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 04:46:29 | More by echoes
Photo of bcm119


4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

One of the tastier easy-to-find IPA's. Straw-colored with thin white lace. Light, northwest hop nose and a medium light mouthfeel. Subtle grain flavor is nicely integrated with a zippy hoppiness mid-palate. Finishes squeeky clean and bitter. Never sweet, syrupy or juicy, this is a real early-90's-esque session IPA. Its highly drinkable and very appetizing, and although its not really exciting in itself, after a long day I'd be pretty excited to have one of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2007 02:12:34 | More by bcm119
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a frothy white head that leaves shards of lace

Smell: Hints of floral tangerine waft above a decent amount of malt in the aroma

Taste: Starts out with a nice bready flavor that is joined mid-palate by the tangerine; after the swallow, I pick up an herbal and grassy element that adds complexity to the bitter flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Bordering on the pale ale category this IPA nevertheless has a nice floral citrus element that makes it very easy to consume; damn drinkable, I say

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 22:53:03 | More by brentk56
Photo of srandycarter


4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 04:10:42 | More by srandycarter
Photo of jakon


4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 09:54:58 | More by jakon
Photo of MiScusi


4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2008 15:34:40 | More by MiScusi
Photo of flexabull


4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 02:22:09 | More by flexabull


4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have poured this beer out of a 22oz bomber and into a pint glass.

The beer is a nice golden-straw color. About a finger of frothy white head took its time to subside and when it did it lleft a thick ring of lacing around my glass. The thick lacing continues as I drink.

Smell is very nice- malt forward but with sweet citric hops shining through. The malts are reminiscent of buttery toffee and the hops of candied orange peels.

Taste is more hoppy than I expected by the smell but is well balanced. Hops are more bitter than indicated by the smell and have a strong backbone of buttery malts. Satisfying.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium carbonation, slightly thick but not overbearingly so. Just right.

Drinkability is certainly established with this beer. Flavorful and complex...deep but still sessionable. Great brew from Alaska!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 04:01:35 | More by THEBEERBAR0N
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4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright citrus greets you in the nose of Alaskan's IPA. It's lemony, and mildly grapefruity. There are other fruits as well, including soft apricot, melon, and papaya. Beneath the fruitiness there's also a lightly sweet biscuity malt that's ever so slightly caramel tinged.

It's clear golden in the glass beneath a white head, and the retention and lacing are quite good.

Across the palate it's medium to medium-full in body with a delicately zesty tingle on the tongue due to its very fine bubbled median carbonation.

The flavor starts with citrus wrapped in a thin layer of sweetish malt. It becomes a little tarter and more bitter across the middle as the carbonation bristles the tongue. Floral, leafy, and mildly grassy hop notes appear, and going into the swallow the honey-drizzled and subtly caramelish malt becomes more apparent as it warms. The maltiness is short lived, however, as it's then immediately washed over by citrus and bitterness in a swirling finish.

It lingers throughout the mouth with a combination of citrus, honeyish malt, bitterness, leafy hops, and finally, chalky citrus rind. It's not too long lasting, and it's certainly more lemony citrusy than bitter. It's very refreshing!

It's interesting in that it's kind of English in nature with it's biscuity malt base and limited bitterness (around 50 IBU's), but also quite American in it's brightly citrusy hops. The strength is also kept in check whereas many American versions are just starting at 6.2%. Very well done. Certainly worth trying!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 22:38:05 | More by NeroFiddled
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4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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.;)


Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 01:08:40 | More by GossageBrewery
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4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this IPA has a clear body very little carbonation, it topped off with a light and creamy head that nearly resembles whipped cake frosting. Its got a thin layer of lacing that’s broken up but still form an imperfect ring around the glass. Hops, hops and more hops in the aroma, mixed in with some mild citrus fruits like grapefruit and lemon, grass smells are coming through. The aroma brings mind an image of a valkyrja riding through a storm of ice on her weathered white horse with her blonde hair flowing in the wild wind holding her arms wide open with an IPA in one hand… I would classify this as medium-to-full bodied leaning more toward the full bodied IPA. The taste is sharp and mildly bitter up front but quickly becomes hoppy and spicy as it nears the middle of your tongue. The spices pick up just a little bit as you swallow, but then given I to a mild sweet hoppy aftertaste. This is one good IPA

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 02:52:52 | More by vickersspitfire
Photo of nickapalooza86


4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very clear dark gold, finger of white head.

Smell is orange, pine, sweet citrus, bubble gum and not much in the way of malt.

Taste is lemon, grapefruit, nice malt backing, a bit of sweetness, finishes bitter and piney.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp carbonation.

I have been wanting to pick this up for a while, really unique, could easily session this one with the lower abv for the style, very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 19:18:29 | More by nickapalooza86
Photo of Willamette


4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

My 'no glug' pour produced a clear, light golden color with an airy 1+ finger head which tended to linger, and rejuvenate between drinks.
The smell was great. Very hoppy, and maybe slightly over-estered. Surprisingly stronger than I expected.
Tastes great. Not very hoppy, bitter or malty, but quite appealing and easy to enjoy.
The mouthfeel was pretty thin and a little over-lively but it leaves the palate neutral with minimal dryness.
This a great, readily available micro(?) IPA. It is very friendly and I will definately buy it again if I can find it.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 01:55:52 | More by Willamette
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4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 18:21:43 | More by paulthebeerguru
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4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 19:57:04 | More by ffejherb
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