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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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855 Ratings
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Ratings: 855
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 19
Gots: 63 | 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 jsprain1


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

08-06-2010 05:55:17 | More by jsprain1
Photo of honeybrewer


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

05-08-2010 01:43:18 | More by honeybrewer
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

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

05-25-2008 02:04:16 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of jdoncbus


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

**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.

02-16-2008 03:16:01 | More by jdoncbus
Photo of katan


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

05-29-2010 02:58:20 | More by katan
Photo of Patch62383


3.86/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

03-16-2013 04:54:01 | More by Patch62383
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3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

07-12-2010 21:03:18 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of u2carew


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

01-27-2011 00:47:56 | More by u2carew
Photo of claybeer


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

08-30-2010 16:36:47 | More by claybeer
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

06-30-2013 01:42:58 | More by mikeg67
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3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

10-06-2007 02:18:11 | More by dbalsock
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3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

04-02-2008 02:55:27 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

05-13-2008 17:31:44 | More by tpd975
Photo of dgilks


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

08-01-2010 10:17:20 | More by dgilks
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3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

08-16-2010 20:43:47 | More by Offa
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3.84/5  rDev +4.6%

09-09-2013 04:26:03 | More by ReverendJon
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3.84/5  rDev +4.6%

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!

04-26-2012 23:18:28 | More by obrike
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New Mexico

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a snifter.

Things start off pleasantly with a hazy, copper-colored body and a frothy, creamy, pale white head that persists for a good amount of time. Carbonation trickles through the body.

Smells of citrus and caramel blend together for a sweet nose. The hop aroma is resinous and pungent and difficult to ignore.

Interestingly, the citrus disappears on the tongue, replaced by an earthy, more grainy hop flavor. There's a hint of orange or grapefruit eventually, but it is definitely second fiddle here. From the malt I taste mild notes of bread and caramel before the hops reemerge for a pungent, slightly marijuana-like finish.

My first instinct is to guess this is one of the new session IPAs as the mouthfeel is light and almost what I think of as thin and watery. There's enough malt there to take notice and provide some body, but this brew feels like one of those that tries hard to be big on flavor and light-drinking. There's a bitter finish that is pretty enjoyable.

Icy Bay IPA is good. I don't know whether it's a session IPA or a pale ale or just a good old IPA, but it's good.

08-13-2014 20:18:24 | More by ONovoMexicano
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

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).

08-28-2011 09:31:45 | More by augustgarage
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

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!

05-27-2012 03:08:03 | More by joecalderoni
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

06-22-2009 03:58:23 | More by GarrisWH
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

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!

03-26-2007 11:43:59 | More by Reidrover
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

10-19-2011 05:16:10 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

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

02-07-2012 02:12:17 | More by derkfromwi
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3.78/5  rDev +3%

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.

12-05-2007 06:46:43 | More by JohnGalt1
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