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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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884 Ratings
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Ratings: 884
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 20
Gots: 74 | 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 ehammond1
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Glowing deep orange. Thick white head. Decent lacing.

Hoppy aroma without beating you over the head. Some citrus elements, particularly in the form of grapefruit and lemon.

A relatively bitter IPA. Incredibly drinkable. Obvious malt backbone but a hop-centered and bitter focused beer. Delicious.

A rich, medium to thick mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation. Very nice.

A delicious, tasty, and incredibly drinkable IPA.

ehammond1, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is not what you would expect from an american IPA. It pours like an IPA but a little too tranparent. At first taste you think, was that water? but then the flavors sneak up on in the middle of the taste. overall the hop flavors are a little weak but the smoothness is unique. Alaskan did the same thing with their pale, but technically that is a golden and should be that way. The IPA could really use some more hop flavor, but if you want to get wasted off an IPA taste this is the beer for you.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 15, 2007
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 mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I finally got to try the Alaskan IPA. I have waited forever to get to try this one and finally received a couple bottles in a recent BIF. This one poured a golden amber with an adequate sized white head of foamy lace which settled down after a few minutes. This eventually gave way to a nice layer of lace which covered the rest of the session and left a little bit of side glass lace, but really not too much. The smell was light and very fresh, with a light pine floral hoppiness to it. Nothing that was going to tear you apart though, it was more of a light pale ale kind of aroma and this related perfectly to the taste. It was a very light, crisp and refreshing taste, something that you very rarely see with hop heavy west coast IPA’s nowadays. Very light feel as well made this very sessionable. The only appreciable hop feel was in the dry finish, but this was really light enough to be a pale ale for me. Overall not bad at all, not super hoppy for me, but still a quality light ale for sure. I would definitely not turn this one down if it were offered, it is very good.

mikesgroove, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of josiahschlender
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hadn't seen a sixer of Alaskan IPA in the store before. On sale under six bucks, I figured I'd try something new.

Stubby bottle poured into a pint glass. Rather small head, but it stuck around for a long time. This beer is highly carbonated, little bubbles rising the duration of the glass, seen through the clear, golden honey color.

I'm used to big hoppy IPAs here in the northwest. This one is less overwhelming. Smells are sweeter than most, grain malts mixed into orange citrus and pine hops.

Again, more malts come through in the taste. It's sweet, citrusy and slightly bitter at the end with a clean finish. I like the carbonation with the moderate body. It makes it refreshing and lighter feeling than most IPAs. Easy to down, it doesn't punish you for swallowing.

A good beer! One of the more sessionable IPAs I've had, this one went down easy. It might be the right kind of IPA to introduce to your friend that's scared of hoppy, "bitter" beers that won't fry their taste buds, but still leave a true hop aftertaste.

josiahschlender, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of Tballz420
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, golden colored body, decent size white head topping that. Fresh grassy hops on the scent with some sweet malt. Nice light malt start, bitter hops but nothing overwealming. Pretty bready. Medium bodied, pretty soft. Nothing too crazy, just a good IPA.

Tballz420, May 12, 2011
Photo of silver0rlead
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a nice beige head that leaves impressive lacing. The aroma has some intense hoppiness upfront (grapefruit, citrus rind, pine resin), along with some caramel and biscuit malt character, and a touch of fruity esters and alcohol. The flavor also starts out with a citrusy and resiny hop character, along with biscuit and caramel malt flavors, and a slight yeastiness. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, with good drinkability. A solid IPA, thats drinkable despite being flavorful and moderately high in ABV.

silver0rlead, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of NorthsideFred
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoying on Veteran's Day at Siebert's in Salem Wi. Served by a very cute bartender.

A: Not bad, dark yellow. Decent head and great lacing.

S: Mostly pine, but a little muted.

T: Very smooth and well balanced. Better than I expected. The reviews on here don't do it justice.

M: Medium to thin, a little flat.

O: Much better than I expected.

NorthsideFred, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of Derek
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Derek, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

jsprain1, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of BBlov
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

BBlov, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of honeybrewer
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw color. Minimal head retention.
Smells of hops and citrus.
Taste is citrus hops, with a good malt base. I also get a little yeastyness to it as it warms, but in a good way.
Good level of carbontaion adds to the full body of this beer.
Very drinkable, well priced, good beer.

honeybrewer, May 08, 2010
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 jdoncbus
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**Thanks to JohnGalt1 for the beer (highly recommended trader)**

Pours a transparent gold with mild carbonation and smallish head; mild lacing that leaves an oily residue on the glass.

Mild aroma that consists of a pinch of toasted malt, accompanied by a surge of lemon-zest and peppery hops.

Mouth is introduced to a crispy hop bitterness which leads into a moderate creaminess that brings out hints of fruit rine, lemon-pepper, & cilantro. Palate is left dry and longing for another sip; cetainly a West Coast IPA.

I would love to enjoy this one during the hot, summer months. Like I mentioned above this one is all west coast with its heavy lean towards the hop (no complaints from me). I would certainly recommend.

jdoncbus, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of katan
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a very clear, translucent golden color. Bright white head formation, well retained. Little lacing. Bubbling is light.

S - American hopping is dominant - very grassy, grapefruit, but still bright and floral. No malts come through on the nose.

T - Starts off lightly malty, but is immediately dominated by a super strong american hop note. Grassy, floral, earthy, and extremely dry. Finishes with a light malty and clean.

M - Moderate beer body, strong carbonation. Very biting, sticky to the tongue and the palette. Finishes somewhat oily, resinous.

D - Moderate drinkability for an IPA. A bit filling from the potent carbonation. ABV is strong, will sneak up on you.

A good representation of an American IPA. Stylistically its on. I would prefer it be a little more balanced, and less carbonated for my taste.

katan, May 29, 2010
Photo of Patch62383
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

IPA smells of sweet grape fruit and pine. Taste is subtile and smooth with the hops at first and I can also taste a small hint of wheat and an dry bitterness at the end that lingers. This is a Decent IPA I could enjoy this on a summer night strumming the guitar on the back porch.

Patch62383, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of u2carew
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

u2carew, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of claybeer
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

claybeer, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of mikeg67
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Pours orange with long lasting, fluffy, white head. Aroma is of caramel malt, citrusy hops and ripe fruit. Body is full and very tangy. Taste is of spicy, citrusy hops, biscuit malt and ripe fruit. Finish is long, citrusy and spicy. Nice IPA.

mikeg67, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of dbalsock
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App: Very pale orange with a white had that seems to build the longer it suits. There's nice thick lacing briefly over the head too.

Smell: Great mix of floral and piney hops and some slight grapefruit to make things interesting.

Taste: Piney hops dominate the initial sip followed by biscuity/bready malts and some slight caramel. As it warms it actually seems to get hoppier to me.

Mouthfeel: Not over the top bitterness as the smell suggests, but as it leaves the palate the bitterness builds, and it builds with each sip too, going from nice to a little too much near the end of the glass.

Drinkability: Very interesting and quaffable. The increasing bitterness is both a plus and a minus. At first I was very impressed with this beer, but as I finished the bomber I wasn't, still a pretty good IPA.

dbalsock, Oct 06, 2007
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3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - hits the Belgian glass with a fairly clear orange golden color, a soapy layer of white suds on top. Good streaks of lace here and there.

Aroma - sweet grapefruit and pine. The sweetness fades a little and a light woody, earthy note comes through.

Taste - average grain frontage. A hint of metal but it gets nowhere as the hops move it to lay some nice grapefruit flavor down. Pine in there as well. The swallow turns dry, bitter, and with a trace of alcohol. A solid taste.

Mouthfeel - high carbonation, medium-bodied. Could have a little more.

Drinkability - easy session IPA, those hop loving folks in Juneau are well taken care of with this around.

brewdlyhooked13, Apr 02, 2008
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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 dgilks
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

dgilks, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of Offa
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Offa, Aug 16, 2010
Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 884 ratings.