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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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1,056 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,056
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 25
Gots: 127 | 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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Ratings: 1,056 | Reviews: 369
Photo of warmstorage
2.56/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle. (Apparent) best by date of 11/03/07.

Appearance: medium orange, crystal clear, light off-white head, moderate lacing.

Aroma: limited, surprisingly so. Kind of a flat grain smell.

Taste: also quite limited. Earthy, grassy hops, some metallic notes, malt definitely out-competes the hops. Apparently British style, but limited in hops even for that. Kind of sweet and tangy, but not necessarily in a good way.

Mouth: moderately thin, limited aftertaste.

I drank a bunch of this on the ferry between Juneau and Whittier, and it was just okay, the same price for a six pack in the liquor store in downtown Juneau as a single pint with tip of Alaskan Amber on the boat. It was serviceable for the time, but it's really not great beer. It's especially disappointing as it was so hyped. (i.e., why didn't Alaskan make an IPA? Well, they wanted to make one that was really special, etc, etc.) This is far from special.

Photo of eallured
2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a medium gold color, much lighter than most IPAs. The smell of hops was sweetish and mostly floral, and relatively faint for the style. The taste was very short lived, with some up front bitteress which quickly faded to softer flavors, ending without finale. Mouthfeel was of soft carbonation with a low level of astringency, making it a bit bigger feeling. This may be a modest introduction to IPAs, but does not fill the shoes of ofther, established labels.

Photo of dcloeren
2.69/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crips pale straw color with 1 finger of foamy white head.

The nose is faint but getting some tropical fruit and orange. Not much of a strong hop present...

The taste is pretty similar to the nose but getting a some bready characteristics. Slight citrus hop taste... not much going on here.

Light in body and crisp with carbonation. Very slight drying taste.

Overall, this was a disappointing IPA. Not much going on anywhere with this beer.

Photo of waddellc2
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of forestkcary
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of eulerthegrape
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of StaceyY1
2.76/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of jvillefan
2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: It is slightly more golden than a fizzy yellow beer. It has no head.

S: The smell has a musty hops smell and is very one dimentional.

T: the taste is not that good. Its has an alcohol flavor with a little hops and citrus throwen in.

M: The has the same mouthfeel as slightly carbonated water.

O: Not a good beer. It should not be considered an IPA.

Photo of sprucetip
2.81/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes. I've been disappointed with this one since its inception, but had never analyzed it purposefully, only noted in my mind that I was extremely underwhelemed and never choose it unless my options are severely limited. Was on the state ferry the other day and this was the best option, with Alaskan Amber and Winter the only other non BMC options.

Pours very clear pale golden, very active, thick white head, good retention and some lacing. SMELL some centennial, I think, hoppiness. Otherwise grainy and possibly a bit of booze. Mediocre at best. TASTE malty base is detectable, but not sweet. Dry, grainy, with a light hop bitterness and subtle floral hop notes. Fairly balanced, i guess, but not much going on to balance. FEEL strong carbonation, thin side of medium body, clean dry finish. OVERALL I will concede that it drinks easy enough, in a lowest-common-denominator, training-wheels-craft beer sort of way. But the taste, smell and feel do nothing to inspire desire to drink it at all (unless your only other options are BMC or Alaskan Amber on the ferry). Beside that, I don't even think it is an IPA at all, even an enlish style one. I'd call it a thin, uninspiring pale. SNPA, for example, has a much more robust hop profile than this disappointing attempt from Alaskan Brewing.

Photo of Weisseguy1
2.81/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I love IPA'S and have grown to love a well balanced IPA like lagunitas little sumpin. This ipa from Alaskan is sub par. I won't go much further with this review. Yes it does have hops. But if you like only hops and bubbles this is your choice. I would have liked more malts less bubbles. I can only assume that this ale was fermented much colder than a typical ale should, since it was brewed in Alaska, hence the carbonation. Respect it anyways.

Photo of macktbone
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Very golden and light. Looks overly carbonated. Nice thick head that laces the glass well.

S- Crisp apple like aroma. Not so hoppy...makes me not so happy.

T- Nice initial edge, a little woody (cedar like), but nothing that grabs you at all. Weak for an IPA...thank goodness no-one tried to claim imperial status.

M- average ale.

D- I wouldn't spend money on this as an IPA, but for a lawnmower beer with tons of carbonation I guess I would drink this....If I was at someone elses house.

Photo of chrisafari
2.87/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Nose: crisp/clean hops, slightly citrusy and piney (nice balance between them). Background of subtle malt.

Pour: clear light amber/copper, almost straw. Full creamy off-white head.

Taste: citrus hops are throughout with some clean subtle malt. Finish is slightly dry. Somewhat astringent/metallic taste throughout, which is pretty unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: medium body, nice lacing.

Drinkability: the metallic taste takes a lot away from the enjoyability of this beer.

Photo of Jmoore50
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sorry Alaskan but this is not your best work by far. Had this on tap at the Reno Blues and Brews festival.

The appearance was good, nice golden color, poured soft with a light half finger head.

The smell was non existent. It had a small aroma of light flowery aromatic hops, or something like it. I was not impressed.

The taste was not good, sorry. It was stale on the palate, not really good going down, hard to swallow. The taste was of old hops and a bitterness that was almost like stale pale ale. I had two glasses also, so it might of been the tap?

Overall bad experience, sorry Alaskan, not the best.


Photo of PDXHops
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bomber, poured into an oversized snifter.

Clear, golden-orange body topped by a finger or so of almost pure white head. The head diminishes rather quickly into mainly a ring of larger bubbles around the rim, an island of larger bubbles in the middle, and a slight skim of smaller bubbles around the island. I can revive it easily by swirling, but it keeps disappearing just as easily. Small amount of lacng.

Clean aromas of lemon and piney hops with just a hint of malt in the background. Pretty straightforward.

In the mouth, it doesn't live up to the promise of the nose for me. As a sip hits my tongue, I taste the citruy/piney hop flavors, but they disappear quickly, leaving mostly just plain bitterness (like cocktail bitters) behind, with a tad of grapefruit in the finish as well. A bit of soap in there as well, and a touch of strange medicinal flavor. Not much sweetness, but there is some toasted malt.

Not enjoying the mouthfeel. Pretty low carbonation, and the weird cocktail bitters and medicinal tastes seems to linger on my tongue.

Drinkability is not good for me. Struggled to finish the bomber, and had really had enough after 8 oz or so.

Overall impression: I love IPAs in general, but this is definitely not one I would seek out.

Photo of sirosler
2.91/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep golden color with a one finger head that left in a hurry.

S: Floral and woody hops with a strong malt background.

T: The floral and earthy hops come at you first, then comes a strong malty middle. Finishes bitter and dry.

M: Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Not very smooth.

O: A below-average IPA that is lacking in many ways. It has some pieces of the necessary characteristics, but they combine to create something not very good. As others have said, it seems more like a pale ale or even a brown ale than an IPA.

Photo of woemad
2.91/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.39. On the freakishly bright label is "A070507." Not really sure if it's a freshness date or not.

This poured a dark straw color with a fizzy inch of white foam that dropped almost immediately, though the carbonation looked to be rather high, judging by the many tiny bubbles hurtling skyward in the glass. The bubble parade went on for some time. Lots of spotty lace.

This smelled rather disappointing. There's a leafy, herbal, almost medicinal hop scent. The malts are biscuity and way out of proportion for an ipa, as they stand out just as much as the hops. Not what I look for in an ipa.

The taste is a little better. The hops take a slightly more dominant role, and end the beer on a bitter dry note. Still, the malts are brash and overdone for an ipa.

Mouthfeel could be that for a mass market lager that is doing a good job of keeping its carbonation.

A very disappointing IPA. I would almost be tempted to call it an English IPA, and a poorly balanced one at that . I won't be getting this again any time soon.

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2.92/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of david131
2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- The beer is perfectly clear. The head that forms after the pour is pretty small and leaves a few spots when it settles out. I cannot see any streams of carbonation rise to the top. It is just a really clear light golden liquid with a little bit of foam on top.

S- Some citrus, pine, and grassy hops. The malt is very sweet smelling, almost a tad macro. Actually the more of it I drank, the more macro it seemed.

T- Same as the smell just a tad more intense. Even sweeter than the smell and more macro-y. Weird.

M- A good amount of carbonation in the mouth keeps it slightly spicy, pretty good.

D- Not quite what I was expecting, but a good shot none-the-less.

Photo of johnlcarlson
2.92/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of magictrokini
2.94/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear gold pour with a wall of bubbles for a head. Nice release of citrus hops, with some pine and soap. Bit more soap in the taste, but that turns quickly into buttery hops and toasty malt. Not bad, but not nearly as good as others more easily available.

Photo of drpimento
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had a lot higher hopes for this. Poured with a great, large, foamy, off white head that lasts a while and good lacing. Color is a clear dark yellow. Aroma is a mild blend of hop, caramel, malt. Flavor has nose and some wet cardboard. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of short to medium length.

Photo of brownbeer
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle

Typical color, pale golden.

The nose is flowery and earthy hops with peachy,fruity undertones. It's not very pungent, almost hard to smell.

It tastes more like an English style to me with more earthy flavors and a quick finish that's not very bitter or flavorful.

It's easy to drink, but the flavors don't really make me want to drink more. It's just too light all around and might go better with food.

Photo of avaldivia
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured 12oz bottle into a Belgian Tulip glass.

A: Orange copper color. Nice head with good retention. good lacing.

S: Maltier than I would have expected. The citrus hop is there but subdued. I wonder if its because this is old, or if its because it just a maltier IPA.

T: Same. The hop is subdued. Nothing special.

M: Syrupy. Too carbonated. weird aftertaste.

O: This is an IPA I will be skipping. If I am every in Juneau I will give this a try at the brewery, but other than that, I'm not really interested.

Photo of dhilltop2000
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow color with a slight amber hue. The head starts to form nicely with a large tight layer of white foam. This tight layer is soon lost revealing large sudsy type bubbles. Smells mild for an IPA. Slight stale aroma but enough citrus and hops to keep me from worring about it. Thin on the palate, almost makes me think im not drinking and IPA. Also very light on the hop finish. OK beer, nothing to go out of the way for.

Photo of Beerswag
3/5  rDev -18%

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Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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