Alaskan Icy Bay IPA - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Icy Bay IPAAlaskan Icy Bay IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,111 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,111
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 29
Gots: 145 | 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: 1,111 | Reviews: 379
Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

03.05.15: Brief initial impressions.

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with a pry-off pressure cap served into a pilsner glass in Austin, TX. Cost was <$9 for a 6 pack at a local HEB grocery.

I dig the sleek green label art. 6.2% ABV. Best before: 05/10/15.

Pours a healthy off-white head which occupies half the glass and has great retention (at least 7 minutes). Body colour is a clear translucent copper of average vibrance, and presents cleanly.

Aroma is good, with ample hop notes of floral character, resins, and a hint of pine. This is complemented nicely by a malty hint of graham cracker and some fresh pale malt sweetness. No yeast character, alcohol, or off notes come(s) through. Aromatic intensity is average.

Taste is quite balanced, with the bitter hop notes compensated for by the clean pale malt backbone. It's floral, vaguely fruity, and a biteen resinous. No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes come through. Not horribly deep or intricate, but the fundamentals are there, and I rather like it.

Texture is predictably smooth and wet, with slight overcarbonation. Nevertheless, it's refreshing and appropriately medium-bodied.

Overall, it's a highly drinkable and very approachable IPA in a more than fair price range, and I'm glad I nabbed a 6 pack. Maybe it can't compete with offerings like Ballast Point Sculpin or Bear Republic Racer 5, but it's a respectable brew that offers more quality than most IPAs do at this price point. More good work from Alaskan.

Low B- (3.29)

***
04.09.15: Further truncated impressions:

This IPA ours a healthy off-white head of fair frothiness. Has a good overall consistency and retains well - for ~6-8 minutes. Body colour is a yellow copper - brighter than most IPAs. Clean, translucent, and transparent.

Aroma features notes of hop resins, light hop oil, biscuit malt, pale malt, a bit of graham cracker, and floral hops. The hops seem well balanced with the malts, though I suppose the hop profile should be more expressive. An appealing aroma of mild strength.

Texture is creamy and soft, with an apt medium body and moderate thickness and heft on the palate. A bit overcarbonated, but nevertheless refreshing.

The taste follows the aroma, though the hop profile is rather inexpressive and shallow. It's a bit too malty and sweet for my tastes, without sufficient emphasis on the hops. Far from a deep or intricate beer. Not gestalt, but I don't dislike it.

In just over a month (since my last review of a bottle from the same six pack), this IPA has plummeted in quality despite refrigeration. I remembered liking it far better, but after only a few weeks of age it's fallen off to the point that it's now average at best. Drink this one fresh.

C

Photo of jjayjaye
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to drumrboy22 for the opportunity to consider this one!!
Pours a clear ultra pale yellow with a big stiff white head and nice lacing. The smell from the neck is nice citrus and pine, but this one seems a little oxidized from the glass with a lot more lager roast malt character. Nicely carbonated, the mouth feel is light and on the edge of being thin. Lightly hoppy and refreshing, the taste is equally understated and melancholy. The entire experience cleans up really quickly. I hate to compare it to 'fizzy yellow' multi-national corporate product but this one isn't distinguishing itself much. Good effort on the label and cap though. Don't pass this one up on my account...i recommend taking it for a test drive.

Photo of t420o
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on-tap

A- Pours a yellow- light gold with 1-1/2 finger head that leaves decent lacing

S- Hops. Some citrus, pine, a little grapefruit and orange zest. Not very complex or floral

T- Pine, orange zest, lemon zest. Not very bitter, but also not much flavor. Hops seem muted by the malt or something. Thiey just dont stick out nor do they have that great of flavor.

M- Light but with nice carbonation that feels good on the tongue and going down

O- Not a great IPA. I really liked the Imperial IPA they make in their Pilot Series... I found that on to be very enjoyable (didnt do a review though, need to get another one so I can)Where are my hops ?

Photo of olmatty
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Pours a clear light amber with a large soapy head with some good lacing.

Smell-Very low and disappointing hop aroma. More malt than hops here.

Taste-Balanced hop and malt. Hops are zesty citrus and some pine resin later. Crisp, dry finish.

Middling carbonation, palate scrubbing zesty flavor makes for good mouthfeel.

Drinkability-Light and refreshing IPA. Aroma left much to be desired and I seem to remember more finishing hops in the past. A good summer, hot weather IPA.

Photo of beerlassie
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer has a light yellow/amber color. When it was poured it had a small white head that lasted only a minute or so.

The smell is hoppy and sweet, while the taste is fruity. Has a slightly hoppy taste and is somewhat bitter. On my first sip, the taste was almost reminiscent of a lager, rather than an ale.

Mouthfeel was decent. Good balance of carbonation, with a light body.

Drinkable, but ultimately just an average IPA. I've had other beers from Alaskan Brewing Co. that were quite enjoyable, so this IPA was definitely a let down.

Photo of kenito799
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

5 oz pour in a flight at Yard Houe San Diego.

This is a nice amber looking beer with decent lacing. The aroma is OK, with some citrusy notes but fairly subtle for an American IPA.

The palate is restrained for the style. There is decent aroma and bitterness, more flavor than a pale ale, but with the direct comparison to a good IPA in the same flight (Anderson Vally Hop Ottin) this brew's timidness was very apparent. Not bad, but nothing special.

Photo of riored4v
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/25/08

Poured into a pint glass. Clear, light golden color, thin white head.

Smell didn't have much hop presence. Very mild hop aroma, no malt presence. Smells more like a pale ale.

Taste was light on hops and malt. Slight dryness from hop presence but nothing really distinctive. Maybe piney and spicey?

Mouthfeel was light and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. Very light beer.

Overall it seems more like a session-style IPA, although it wasn't really IPA-like. More like a Pale Ale to me. For 6.2% it drinks more like 4%.

Photo of climax
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one starts off positive with a cloudy honey-tangerine color and a good sized head. The retention is pretty good, but the lace notches were excellent, even with the constant swirling I subjected it to.

The nose was subtle and clean. Heavy hop aromas are not present, but smooth refreshing fruity tones help it out. Juicy pear, lemon, and citrus tones lay slightly ahead of pale malt and phenolic astringent flavors.

The flavor sports more bitterness, but not necessarily in a good way. The fruity tones are gone and replaced by a more garish bitter character that seems to have no definite direction.

The feel is very sharp with carbonation, too much IMO. The body is around medium. This one is off-kilter to me, it started off well but the flavor just seemed in disarray.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a light gold infused amber with a huge, fluffy off-white cap that left rings of lace all the way down the glass.

Not a good start, a pretty well-balanced nose. Lemony citrus with a cereal-like malt backbone that dominates and leaves me wanting more.

Lemony citrus with a hint of orange rind come through a bit more in the flavor, but lacks that well-rounded hop flavor. Very one-dimensional (and not a great dimension at that) hop flavor.

Might have the lightest mouthfeel of all the IPA's I have had. Middle of the road.

A change in flavor would boost the drinkability considerably. This was a bit of a let down.

Photo of HardTarget
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Bright yellow glass with a lot of haze, holds a thin white cover of foam that leaves some lacing.

Smell: Not a lot going on, a mild hop note, mild clean grainy, almost corn note.

Taste: An APA, not an IPA, the hops just aren't up to the level expected. While everything here is well made, the hops are a bit grassy and earthy where I prefer a citric note. There is a slight metallic aftertaste that is annoying as well. Finish is sweet, where I should be getting a dose of hop oils.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, prickly carbonation, bit frothy.

Overall: Not my cup of tea. There is a woody, difference about this that I could see being a love or hate kind of thing, but it doesn't do it for me.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A- Light Golden appearance, very carbonated, moderate lacing, 2 finger head.
S- Malty, slight sweetness, slight citrus and pine, unique earthiness to the aroma. Overall very hidden mellow smelling beer.
T- Again malts are very present, slight hints of citrus and pine, very mild IPA, kind of bland for my tasting, not a lot going on overall.
M- Small mouth feel, well carbonated
O- Very disappointed with this IPA, first Alaskan beer I’ve had and I was not impressed. Was expecting a little more hop profile. O well too each his own.

Photo of erikm25
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Beer pours a blistering light yellow with slight orange hues. Head was about an inch of off white fizz. Receded quicker than my hair line and left some spotty lacing. Appearance here is pretty standard looking. Crisp and shiny.

S: Aromas of citrus and spice caught my attention the way they jumped out. Initially there was a good strong grapefruit tinge but with some sweet caramel malt smells sneaking in towards the end. Reminded me a little of freshly cut grass.

T: Taste starts off with great citrus zest and pine hops tastes. Slight grain hint that becomes more apparent as this warms up. Much like the nose my initial impressions were very positive but quickly faded with more tastes. Slight lemon and faint peppering with a dry finish.

M: Relatively thin and with low carbonation.

D: For less than three bucks for a bomber this is not only a deal but decently drinkable. I think this would be a good beer to start someone off who typically has not tried or is not much into hoppy beers. It's not that I don't like this beer or I wouldn't try it again. However, when rating it to the style it comes up average (at best).

Photo of jera1350
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light gold in color with a thin white cap of foam. A little lacing present.

The nose is quite faint, but does present some light citrus notes and maybe even a little tropical fruit.

Very subdued and slightly watered down IPA. Very light citrus and piney hops, but again, watered down. Light malt sweetness for balance. There is some light bitterness as well. Light seems to be a theme for the flavor.

Not as thin as the flavor might suggest. Close to a medium body with some lacking in the carbonation department.

This IPA leaves me pretty disinterested. It's just too light and really offers nothing to make me want to have this again. By no means bad, but not in the realm of what I want in my IPA's. Reminds me more of a pale ale.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden color with a thin white head and good lacing.

S: It smelled like someone had rubbed lemon all over my glass, wihich is kind of strange. As the beer warms, some pine hops and cedar come out.

T: There are some pine hops there, but they're so faint that I almost didn't taste them at all. The taste was way closer to a lager than an IPA. If anything, maybe this should be an IPL.

Photo of benclimbs
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

pours golden tan with a nice one finger head, lots of visible bubbles and a good bit of lacing - look very good, but a bit clear for my taste in american ipas.

smell is subtle but pleasant, grapefruity citrus cascades followed by not much else.

taste is ok, but just really disappointing has a nice backbone of hop bitterness and piney citrus character but finishes with this watery, nothing there mouthfeel, and no real lasting finish or aftertaste, not a bad brew, but just not very exciting or moreish.

fairly drinkable i suppose as it has nothing offensive in it.

Photo of beer2day
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber gold with 1-finger medium cream head. Not much retention and faint lace.

Malty IPA nose. Hints of pine and honey, but lots of caramel malt. Floral, more than anything else.

Flavor is much lighter that an IPA deserves. bits of floral hops, but not near enough to get excited about.

Feel is about right for the style, with malt back bone.

Leaves me lacking ...

Photo of pmarlowe
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Says 011312 on the side, whatever that means. Bomber to pint glass.

A: Pours pale gold with about a finger of nice frothy white head. Clear. Good retention and decent lacing.

S: Caramel malt with some pine and lemon citrus.

T: A little lemon but mostly malty with some biscuit. Moderate bitterness. Very dry.

M: Medium body and medium-high carbonation. A bit higher than optimal.

O: Not bad, but lackluster. Would pass on it in the future.

Photo of JackieTH
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Rob for the sample!

Color was on the lighter side of gold with an inch of so of white foam. A bit lighter in color than I would have expected for an IPA.

The nose is inviting, if too faint, with citrus and resin notes. Taste is quite subdued. Floral and resin elements with a light malt sweetness.

Overall, the Alaskan IPA leaves a slight bitterness in the mouth, but is watery and thin on taste. It's fine as well as drinkable as beer goes, but unimpressive for an "IPA". I'd call this a pale ale at best, but even at that I'd have no reason to seek it out.

Photo of racer2k
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Medium golden color that is on the lighter colored side. Thin head which disappears very quickly and minimal lacing. Moderate carbonation is present.

S - Moderate hops are present with hints of pine, grapefruit and citrus. There is also a hint of malt in the glass.

T - Medium hop flavor that not much beyond a good hoppy pale ale. The finish is nice and hoppy but not overwhelming and there are hints of malt present

M - A light IPA that is moderate in carbonation

D - Thin on the hops for an IPA but pretty drinkable. Good selection on draft.

Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks nice in the glass, golden yellow in color. Swirls of lacing along the glass. Nose of flowery hops. Surprisingly dry. Malt is rather modest with hardly a hint of sweetness. Light body. Rich mouthfeel and nice carbonation is the best feature. Flavor is on the astringent side. Some typical big-hop flavors like pine but also canned unsweetened peaches.

Does seem more like pale ale, but then I'd complain it was too bitter for the style. Not much to like about this.

Photo of harrymel
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by 14FEB12
A: golden, finger of white foam sticks around as a thick quilt. excellent clarity and spotty lace. (4)
s: Resiny and piny hops with a lighter malt profile. (3)
T: Pine and grapefruit rinds, some resin. soft bittering and sweet, biscuity malt. (3.5)
M: medium bodied with moderate carb, semi dry finish. (3)
O: better when fresh than elder. Decent IPA. (3)

Best by 16DEC11
A: golden with a finger of white soap suds. These fall to a broken sheet of the same. Spotty lace and brilliant clarity. (4)
S: Almost a helles like malt profile with sweet wisps of vanilla. Grassy and piny hops over the top. Substandard for nose on an IPA (2)
T: Malt is forward and again, a bit sweet. The hops are bitter and grassy with some hints of resin. Simple. (3)
M: Thin with hi carb and wet finish. (3)
O: A middle of the road IPA. I like to drink it when I'm poor; at $2.50/bomber, it's hard to pass up. (3)

Photo of DovaliHops
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured very aggressively to get a slightly hazy golden color with a small/medium white head that diminishes slowly. Scent is hoppy with some caramel malt... not really anything special. Taste isn't either... Even though this bottle is only a month old, the hops seem faded and there aren't really too many great flavors going on. Tastes more like a pale ale IMO. Hops balanced with the malts and finishes slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is crisp with somewhat dry body. Drinkability is fairly high, as this goes down easy and is refreshing. Overall, not a great example of an IPA. It's not a terrible beer, but I have so many better IPAs to choose from.

Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle into Tulip glass.

Pours a clear orange-yellow color with a finger of creamy head that remains a layer atop the glass as the beer is drank. Aroma is citrus, grassy hops with some touches of malt. The flavor is light citrus hops and malt upfront with some lemon zest and soft bitter finish. Its light to medium bodied with a nice crispness. This is an easy drinking IPA. I would really just prefer a little more hop character to this beer but the malt and the of the beer body is just where I believe an IPA should be.

Photo of mynie
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

They--they surf in Alaska?

Pours like a regular ol' IPA only with a large head that springs up like a weed.

Smells a little blandly malty with a small dose of generic hops in the back. Says it was bottled in July so it's not stale. Not a bad smell, really, but the hops are certainly secondary and that' just not what I expect from an American IPA.

Tastes slightly more balanced. Lightly sour malt profile balanced somewhat against a decent hit of citrusy American hops. Still pretty light, especially for its ABV.

Photo of HalfFull
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather clear golden honey color into a pint glass. Head is thin and fleeting though the carbonation keeps a surface film that yields some spotting lacing.

Smell is of floral and citrusy hops and a touch of sweet malts, with some pine emerging when stirred up a bit. And that too is wrapped with a touch of sweetness. And occasionally a bit void on the nose if left untouched for a few minutes.

Nice balance of hops and malts on the taste, and gives a rather tart sweetness on the close. Unexpected given the light color and likely caused by some hop oils confusing me. Just a touch of bitterness present.

Feel and carbonation are good. An easy drinking IPA that doesn't try to tackle you. A rather light IPA; in color, in ABV, in body and in hoppieness. Quite approachable.

Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,111 ratings.