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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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824 Ratings
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Ratings: 824
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 19
Gots: 50 | 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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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2010 21:03:18 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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3.85/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 00:47:56 | More by u2carew
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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 16:36:47 | More by claybeer
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2013 01:42:58 | More by mikeg67
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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 02:18:11 | More by dbalsock
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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 02:55:27 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2008 17:31:44 | More by tpd975
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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 10:17:20 | More by dgilks
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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2010 20:43:47 | More by Offa
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3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sixer at Round Rock Specs for about 8.50.

This one's a clinger. Great sticky lacing on my pint glass. A golden yellow hue that looks quite refreshing.

Getting some faint scents of fresh grapefruit, a bit of sweet malt, but nothing out of this world.

Not bad. Getting the semi-bitter grapefruit, some lemon as well, but a decent amount of sweet malt for balance. Very dry finish...makes me want to take another sip immediately...always a good thing in my book. Mouthfeel is good for the style...fairly thin, but freaking refreshing.

I think the drinkability of this one puts it a notch up on a lot of IPAs out there. Super smooth and so easy to drink. Dare I say, maybe an IPA for folks weary about "bitter beer face" IPAs

Good job Alaskan, and welcome to Texas!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 23:18:28 | More by obrike
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3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

The clarity is profound, denoting a filtered ale which gives me pause. Pale, almost metallic gold liquid is topped by a soft finger of ivory. Good retention, average lacing, no legs.

A whiff reveals grass, grapefruit seeds, green grapes, and the suggestion of wet hopping.

Peppery palate entry, moderately bitter with a cutting citrus quality that becomes more grapefruit-like as the profile evolves. Hints of evergreen in conjunction with the bitter/tart citrus denote C-hops. Finishes fruity but dry with a whisper of vanilla and malt to round things out.

Light-bodied but creamy and almost oily mouthfeel with active carbonation.

A well crafted if not especially unique example of the style - refreshing enough on its own, though better served with food (sea food in particular I imagine).

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 09:31:45 | More by augustgarage
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3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: golden yellow color, high carbonation! Very clear!

S: very nice citrus, grapefruit aroma almost no malt aroma! You can tell its dry hopped

T: Nice bitterness well balanced with caramel malt taste! Nice hop flavor

M: medium body, high carbonation!

O: a very nice IPA, extremely drinakble and very enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 03:08:03 | More by joecalderoni
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3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear, slightly orangish, golden hue with a two finger, frothy, white head. Very solid retention and decent lacing.

S - Mainly citrus hops, with hints of grapefruit and lemon. Not much in terms of malt in the aroma, maybe a very slight sweetness in the background.

T - Citrus, slightly floral hoppiness with mostly grapefruit and lemon coming through. Slight biscuity malt backbone. Fairly mild flavors overall, without much bitterness. Pretty tasty, but mellow without much of a hop kick.

M - Medium to light bodied with crisp carbonation. Slightly more watery than I generally prefer.

D - Very drinkable overall. Despite being a bit watery tasting, it has a nice flavor and is smooth drinking. A mellow, refreshing brew that even a non-hophead could enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 03:58:23 | More by GarrisWH
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3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle. Nice enough looking IPA clear orange with a good thick off white head. Nice mainlly citric hop aromas,some piesih undertones. Flavour is actually more balanced than the aroma, the piney hops are there, but theres a good malt balance. Ok on the palate, average for style, THis is by no means a top rate IPA, but its pretty good drinking!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 11:43:59 | More by Reidrover
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3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alaskan IPA pours a nice yellow amber with a dose of carbonation and a light white head. It has Mellowing aroma of caramel malts, pine resin and melon. The taste is pretty standard IPA because of alpha acids but it is as drinkable as a pale ale. I note some melon and lemon zest. There is nothing outstanding about this beer but it also doesn't hit a foul note. I like the balance and finish. The cleanness should be commended It is highly drinkable, albeit almost too watery. The low ABV and affordable price make it a nice daytime or party IPA. This will never be the best in it's style but it's definitely good value for the dollar.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 05:16:10 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
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3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden color, thin white head that stays a little while, decent carbonation

S: Citrus hops in addition to other hops, touch of earthy malts

T: Hops up front, sweet and citrusy, good bitterness middle to end

M: Light, almost medium-bodied, light carbonation, thin

O: Decent, above average IPA, but lots of choices and competition in this beer style

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 02:12:17 | More by derkfromwi
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3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz left over from a 6'er picked up at the 16th st Albertsons. Enjoyed out of a shaker pint... listening to Global Underground Nick Warren, Shanghai mix.

good 2" head atop clear honey brews.... good chunky lacing left down the inside of the pint.

Nice PNW hop aroma right out of the gate.... floral and pine.... really nice toasted malt backbone.

Dry... finish is very noticeable on the first sip... good biscuity malt flavor... that melts from the citrus/grapefruit zest flavor... maybe a little thin for the style but really only a minor fault on an otherwise very nice brew.

Alaskan makes quality products... I wish they still bottled their ESB... fantastic. Now I am just hoping I can pick up a bunch of their barleywine when it comes out soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 06:46:43 | More by JohnGalt1
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Alberta (Canada)

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

From a 22 oz. brown bomber. Pours a clear vibrant golden hue, tall massive frothy and chunky white head with great retention and consistent thick slashes of lacing.

Intense Cascade hops on the nose, soapy pine, sweet flowers, tangerine and grapefruit citrus. Very faint biscuit malt in the background.

Predominantly hops throughout the flavour, floral and citrus at first, more sticky and pine melded with puckering white grapefruit rind on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, soapy smooth yet sticky on the finish, some alcohol burn.

A solid decent run-of-the-mill IPA, one-dimensional with the expected hop whollap, but it delivers the goods you bought the ticket to ride for in the first place.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 01:55:13 | More by IronDjinn
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3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange, two finger head with some lacing

S-Nice citrus, hops are present.

T-Citrus tones with mild bitterness. Sweet but not outstanding.

M-Light bodied with little carbonation.

O-A pleasant IPA, nothing stands out as great. Was a gift from family who went on an Alaskan cruise. Worth the try.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 00:15:19 | More by rlee1390
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

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

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 15:58:36 | More by DrMalt
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Ontario (Canada)

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

12 oz bottle picked up at Biercafe in Portland.

Pours a clear dark yellow/straw, touch of amber, thick white head forms, drops to a medium sized ring, leaves some chunky lace on the glass, looks alright. Smell is nice, grapefruit and floral hops, some orange peel, a bit spicy and herbal, touch of caramel sweetness in the back, nice malts, a bit of pine, smells good. Taste is similar, pine and grapefruit hops, some biscuit and toasty malts, caramel, tangerine, nice herbal bitterness, a bit plain but solid. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty dry in the finish. A solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 18:30:29 | More by Viggo
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3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cascades an amber hue with one fingers worth of head.

Aroma is full of herbal and spicy hops with very little malt aroma. Not too complex, but perfect for a refreshing IPA.

Sme biscuit/crystal malt plays a supporting role to the crisp, refreshing hop bitterness that bursts and does not linger. Tastes of resiny pine, light citrus, but feels rather light in the middle.

Mouthfeel is thin on the palate, medium to high carbonation. Overalll very refreshing and the bitterness is not overwhelming. "Barkeep, I will have another!"

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 15:22:01 | More by TheJollyHop
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3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a- thin clear gold with head that disappears quickly

s- hops strong in piney scent

t- Very drinkable ipa with enough hop to satisfied a indian snob

m- bounces oo the tongue and give a creamy feel and tingles the nostrils

Overall a fine bargain beer I would choose over the peers in this category.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2014 01:03:29 | More by nqdell
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

11-07-2012 13:53:54 | More by Turbo
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

02-15-2014 04:54:46 | More by ryancl
Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 824 ratings.