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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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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 CanuckRover
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly light amber, touching on gold. Head settles to a thin film. Lacings are scattered.

Super fresh aroma. Loads of citrus fruits without with a welcome bit of sweetness.

Clean biscuity malt up front. Big juicy hops take over with a nice bit of zing. Bitterness os soft and not resinous in the least.

This is a really nice sessionable IPA, bordering on an APA. Would happily try again.

Photo of morimech
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, pale golden color with a small head that had decent retention. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Hoppy aroma of pine, citrus, and herbal. Not powerful aroma but suitably aromatic.

Not the bitterest of IPAs. The hops do offer some good flavor of citrus and slightly medicinal tilt. The malt is dry. It is certainly a flavor profile that appeals to me.

The body is slightly lighter than moderate. Good carbonation and texture.

Easy drinking IPA. With so many great IPAs on the market, I think this one will get lost quickly in the static. Depends on the price point.

Photo of franksnbeans
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber with a small head and some decent lacing. Smells of a little grapefruit, a little malt and some hops. Very mild taste which is fine but dissapointing if seeking an intense IPA. Mild hops and balancing malt, some citrus rind but nothing comes close to blowing you away. Finishes a tad dry but leaves the pallate something to desire. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. This is an IPA made to sip continuously on a hot day. A middle of the road IPA.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Clear light golden with subtle amber hues. Nice frothy foamy head.

S: Very piney with citrus (grapefruit) hops.

T: Less aggressive in the hopping than I would've imagined from the aroma. Spicy hops sit well with a dark-bread like malt character. Bitterness finishes with a clean bite. Very well balanced.

M: Pretty well average in carbonation and body but very good levels of viscosity and oiliness.

D: Maybe not the stand out of the class but a very good reliable IPA.

Photo of sam_bliss
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into pint glass

A two-fingered head sits atop a golden-sunset light orange brew. The head dissipates to a fine creamy foam and carbonation seeps up from the bottom of the glass. The scent is not strong as my beer is still cold, but it smells wonderfully of hops and caramel. The taste is of strong, fresh cascade hops. Citrus fruit and evergreen needles please the mouth over a background of bready biscuit malt. Medium-light body with plenty of carbonation, but not overwhelming fizz. Lacing stays strong all the way down the glass.

This is refreshment on the level of SNPA, which is a high compliment. Very hoppy and very tasty.

Photo of BryanCarey
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alaskan IPA pours to a straw color with a body that is completely clear. A good pour will result in a nice head of foam that gradually subsides to a thin white layer and leaves lace as you consume. The nose on this beer is one of citrus with a touch of pine and it succeeds at enticing you to take that first sip.

The flavor of this IPA isn’t too surprising. It has a taste of bread, pale malts, earthy notes, and of course, citrus fruit, mainly grapefruit and orange. This IPA is a dry hopped for a dry finish and it has a pleasant aftertaste of biscuits and fruit.

One quality of Alaskan IPA I wish was slightly different is the body of the beer. It is a little lighter than usual and if poured into a glass and held up to a light, it has that transparent around the edges look. I prefer my IPA to be a little fuller than this, but I know that the somewhat lighter body will suit others perfectly fine.

Alaskan Brewing makes some great products and Alaskan IPA is another in a long line of quality brew. The lighter body is about the only issue I have with this beer. Otherwise, it is a very nice, tasty IPA good for most any occasion.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours from 12oz bottle(ice cold) a light gold with a small head of foam that shrinks quickly to a fine broken layer with some lacing.

The smell is very hoppy. I note mostly grass and pine.

The taste on first sip is also very hoppy. Lots of grass and pine that makes out for a very bitter start but that's followed by an abundant malt sweetness that balances out the hops very nicely.

Further sips in and as the ale warms, the hops start to lean more towards a citrus character and I'm getting a lot of lemon zest and some grapefruit; also, the malt seems to be fading a bit resulting in, once again, a pretty sharp hop bite....now I'm getting a taste of hop oils. Interesting and, I like it. Hmmmm...this kind of reminds me of the Ballantine XXX Ale of the 70's iirc and *that's* debatable. ;^)

Bottom line: I think this is a well made American IPA that deserves to be tried if you find it in your neck of the woods.

Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Light Rust/Orange with a 1 finger head with a moderately hazy appearance. It looks alot more like an American or Belgian Pale Ale than an IPA.

Smell - Piney Hops, Yeasts, Caramel, and Malts. It's fairly malty due to it's sweetness, but there's also some hoppiness in there too

Taste - Piney Hops, Caramel, Malts, and Yeasts. Hops are not as strong as they are in a normal IPA. There is, however, a rather strong resin aftertaste in the flavor.

Mouthfeel - The body is light along with the carbonation. It's got a rather crisp feel but not quite refreshing

Overall - It's got a good taste and it's crisp. It's not perfect but you can't go wrong with it either

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle brought from a western state by a friend. This is my first hoppy beer from Alaskan, here goes: The beer is light orange with a little chill haze, thin wet head that laces onto the glass. The aroma is hoppy but makes me suspect this has a little age, it's got a stronger malt presence than I'd expected. Caramel malt competes with an almost abrasive citrus hop character, like a light barleywine. The taste is exactly the same as the smell, balanced, rich, and tasty. By balanced I don't mean neutral, this has both hops and malt turned to 8. Peppery carbonation and a somewhat substantial body lend more credibility, this is much better than I'd expected. Definitely worth ordering if you see it.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear/golden rod, trace white head, patchy lacing

S: lemon grass, pine, malt nose

T: lemon peel, grassy/pine, malt, low bitter finish

M: med/light body, light oily/sticky mouth

O: Really nice brew, would love to try to
more of their brews. Recommend to others.


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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, golden copper with a large, foamy, sticky off-white head with great staying power.

Light on the nose, with faint aromas of grass and tropical fruit. Even lighter and more subtle on the palate, with light grassy hops on top of a bed of cooked grain-like maltiness. Medium bodied with a quick finish and lingering sense of grassy hops.

Not a lot going on here, but pleasant enough. Reminds me more of an English IPA than an American IPA. Inoffensive and very easy to drink, and one of the only beers in this general vein that I'd be willing to drink more than one of at a sitting.

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 Buttstallion
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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 RJLarse
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed a bomber of Alaskan IPA in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a medium gold/yellow color and is clear. A bubbly foamy white two-finger head forms, and is fairly resilient. Not a big chunky head, but it hangs around in the sides of the glass. There are a lot of tiny bubbles rising through the beer.

The smell is mostly citrus fruit, with a bit of a malt presence. More malt than found in a lot of IPAs.

The taste is also a fairly well balanced combination of malt, and the sour citrus and pine flavors of the hopping. It's a mellow flavor, hoppy, but not as hopy as a lot of IPAs.

Mouth feel is medium, fairly full-bodied, with a crisp clean finish. Carbonation is moderate, I was expecting a bit more fiz based on the appearance.

Drinkability is good. It's not a great IPA, American or otherwise, but it's a nice easy drinking beer. No reason not to have this one again.

Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scored this in Wyoming

Pours bronze/amber with 1" of white head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Some leafy/tobbacco hop notes, note much else

T: Earthy/leafy hops with some grapefruit on the side. Fruittyness & some jammy notes show up as this warms. Finishes a fruitty, crisp & a little lemony

MF: Medium bodied with good balance & carbonation

Drank pretty easy, not a head ripping IPA, but one I could session on with no problem

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

Golden with a decent soapy head, slightly hazy. The smell is of herbal hops, almost lager-like, with some tones of grapefruit and light, earthy pine. The taste is very similar, with a nice malty flavor that becomes more prevalent as the beer warms. The hop character is very unique and quite strong when fresh. An excellent summertime IPA, and a nice deviation from the more tropical examples that seem to be so popular right now.

Photo of Idris
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thin crown of white fed by a continuous stream of carbonation sits atop this honey gold beauty. I'd like to see better clarity, a personal preference I know, but this is a review. The pleasing aroma of grapefruit meets the nose and stays dominant. Big, delightful hop bitterness accentuated by a gentle malt presence. This may be my favorite offering from this brewery, and is a solid representation of the style.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, bought at the Liquor Warehouse in Huntington Beach, CA,

A: Pours a golden yellow, almost pilsner like in apperance, with a full, white head, good retention and solid lacing.

S: Smells freshly of hops, piney, with some pale bready malt.

T: Very good balance in this one, this is not a hop bomb by any means, but a very intricate flavour. Pine is the dominant hop flavour, some grapefruit and other citrus, but it is balanced by a very nice soft malt flavour, of artisan white, baguette, some sourdough as well.

M: Softer than your average IPA, this feels closer to an APA than a DIPA, some resin, rich carbonation.

D: A very solid offering from Alaskan. I have never had anything less than an above average beer from them, and many of them bordering on great. First time seeing their IPA in bombers, and at $2.69 a piece, you can't go wrong.

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Ppuech
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of rawfish
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a great amount of clarity that nets a stark white 2 inch head of foam. Some sheets of lacing stick on the glass.

A touch of honey and light grains followed by a rich pine resin and citrus hop profile. Very light and floral. The aroma cuts through the malt and straight to the hops.

Light pale malts with some soda cracker, honey and raw grain husks. Quickly gives way to a pine and grapefruit hop flavor that sticks around well into the drink and leaves with a mild amount of bitterness. Pretty light on the over all flavor profile but gets right into the hops.

Pretty settled carbonation and a lighter take on the body. Surprisingly leaves some stick on the mouth but flavors vanish quite fast.

Some times you need a light take on an IPA to smack you in the face like a crisp Alaskan morning to get you on your way. This delivers just that, dives right into the hops and brings the hop fix with just enough grain to get you there. Simple, effective, clean.

Photo of SargeC
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden color with a short lived white head.

Smell: Moderate hop aroma.

Taste: Pronounced, but not overpowering hop bite. Citrus peel in the background.

Mouthfeel: Satisfying, medium body.

Drinkability: Great moderately hoppy IPA. It is a mild IPA, but this makes it drinkable if the goal is to have a few of them.

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.

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