Icky IPA | Great Basin Brewing Co.

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Icky IPAIcky IPA

Brewed by:
Great Basin Brewing Co.
Nevada, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Just say “Gimme an Icky!” Named after Nevada’s official state fossil, this beer is made in the India Pale Ale style. Ichthyosaur is accented by a blast of Cascade hops.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-05-2003

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

SRM darker than your average ipa. This is a malty ipa. Its more brown than anything. Solid 1/2" white head. Good retention. Aroma is earthy, with just a mild C hop tree thing going for it.

Taste, malty. Almost brown malt. Amber feels. Wood, pine, bitterness. Lower than average carbonation in the mouth feel. Mild hops. Difficult to call this an American IPA given the low hopping, while they are the American hop variety.

Decent, but also pretty average, even if slightly different than your average (hoppier) ipa.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Solid flagship IPA, small head, nice lacing amber-copper look. Feels great, and is a nice showing for IPA. Citrus, evergreen, fruity, and balanced. It's refreshing!

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Copper amber, white head, smells like a good classic IPA. Tastes piney and grapefruity, balanced, but does have a noticeable caramel sweetness. Pretty good overall. Cheers!

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A lovely light amber, clear as a bell with ample white head. Fine carbonation.
S: Malt, resin, and yeast. Nothing too fancy but appetizing.
T: A touch of sweet malt (maybe crystal?), nice bready notes...some floral hop tastes as well as more resin. Stays consistent the whole time with a really long finish.
M: Medium feel with a fair amount of sticky (icky!) lingering around the mouth.
O: I had this beer last year in a bomber and liked it enough that I had to go to the brewery when in Reno, which is highly recommended. This beer is nothing over-the-top or fancy but is hard to stop drinking. A solid and delicious IPA and one I'd gladly drink many times in the future.

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Photo of BeerBobber
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear copper color with a foamy white head and a butt load of streaming bubbles.

Smell is fresh floral and pine with just a hint of mustiness.

The taste is a wonderful blast of caramel malts followed by a smooth push of hops gliding across the tongue.

Mouth feel is light and watery for a very refreshing brew.

Overall I am very impressed by this beer. The taste and mouth feel are what really sells this bad boy. Also the fact it is brewed right up the road from me (just about 7 hours by car!) is pretty cool. so ask for an Icky and I think you will enjoy it. Cheers!

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Photo of Taylor_Madison
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A rather light ipa with less hoppyness than I would consider an ipa. It is borderline a malty taste imo. With that said, it gives a rather nice smooth feel. I would claim that this is lighter summer ipa that is better suited for the warmer weather. Pairs quite nicely with a turkey, bacon, and avocado sandwich as that's how I am tasting it.

In summary, it's an introductory and mild ipa for those that don't fully appreciate ipa's.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours relatively clear and copper in color with an off-white, finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds and a ring around the edge of the glass. Lacing is spotty with a few streaks and shows good stick.

Smell - Fragrant pine aroma hits the nostrils formidably with a light floral undertone. Faint trace of caramel.

Taste - As with the nose, pine is the predominant character, it's not a potent as the aroma would indicate. Floral character steps in to cut down on the dankness, while the malts come through faintly with touches of bread and caramel. Finishes with a touch of citrus and the aforementioned pine flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Goes down smooth before a crisp, dry finish.

Overall - Had this at my buddy's Wedding a few years ago and I always meant to come back to it and rate it; I'm glad I did. I remember thinking it was decent, and memory serves correct. Despite the pine-heavy character, which I've never been big on, it's something I wouldn't mind drinking again, though at someone else's expense.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.6/5  rDev 0%

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing pint glass

A: Pours golden amber with a frothy off white head that laces very nicely.

S: Malt sweetness and a little pine hops.

T: Pine hops quickly countered by caramel malt sweetness, a little floral and fruity notes. Bitterness doesn't linger too long, pretty clean finish.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Inoffensive and drinkable, but not quite hoppy enough for my tastes as an IPA. By no means does it live up to it's name as "Icky" though.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev 0%

A pretty sticky IPA, generic in its hopping as far as flavor and varietal, but the texture is wholly unique. It's dense and mean and chewy, but it's all up front. It's the finish that's so weird, dryer than any other robust IPA like this that I can remember. It just stops, almost prematurely for the style. There is a little bit of an alcohol thing here too, odd in a beer this standard in abv, maybe too big to have a bunch of too, but the dry finish helps that. If this was done with some newer world hop strains it might be next level.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden-orange with a tight, white head that leaves rings of lacing.

Smells of pine and earthy hops.

Tastes of the pine hops with a decent malt backbone. Hops lead off with citrus and pine along with a touch of fruit. Malts come through and add a bit of caramel and grainy sweetness. Finishes with a bit of earthy bitterness, but overall is malt forward.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid IPA and I would like to check out more from this brewery.

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Photo of TwoBeers
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, orange color. Two finger head that dies off fairly quickly. Laces quite nicely though.

S: Not a whole lot of nose. Hoppy. Orange. Some floral.

T: Gentle citrusy and floraly hops. Quite malty for an IPA. Toasty, caramel malts. Reasonably balanced but a gentle IPA.

M: Light, smooth, very easy drinking. Crisp, clean carbonation.

O: I reviewed this served from a bottle, but I much prefer it fresh from the brewery. Either way, a decent and very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of Gavage
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: clear orange in color with a 1/4" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: light orange tones and a hint of floral bitterness are tough to pull from the glass.

Taste: light caramel, orange, a bit of pear, and some mild floral bitterness create a mellow flavored IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Short lasting aftertaste and mildly refreshing.

Overall: a so-so IPA that has some muted flavors but it is very easy to quaff.

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Photo of louisanabeerman
4.54/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

really enjoyed this IPA in Reno, NV. awesome place. 6.4% is a winner. great percentage of alcohol, without it tasting off. we took growlers with us and the beer was very consistent. i'd recommend this one. fantastic taste with no shortage of alcohol.

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Photo of Taz_Michael
1.12/5  rDev -68.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Stopped at a pizza parlor in Quincy, California, for buffet lunch. Saw Icky IPA on tap, so thought I'd give it a try. It's considered a premium beer, though it is brewed just over the hill from Quincy. I couldn't finish it. I tried, I really did. The aftertaste stayed with me for hours. I burped slimy hops from Quincy to Downieville. No bueno, compadres! Icky, indeed.

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Photo of Moose90
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-Tap @ Pour24 inside NYNY, Las Vegas, NV.

A – Bright crystal clear orange in color. With a bright white head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing.

S – Pretty mild, but notes of lemon and orange are prominent. Not much else, a little bit of sweet malt.

T – Not bad, more of the citrus notes come through, as well as a nice balanced malt complexion.

M – Clean and clear. Nothing lingers or develops further, but this is a nice drinker nonetheless.

O – A rather pedestrian IPA, but not bad by any means. Could drink this one all day long.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A finger of head on a hazy, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is a mild grapefruit and lemon.
The taste has a moderate pine bitterness balanced nicely with a malt backbone.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Here's a solid IPA that isn't overpowering on the IBUs.

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Photo of dfillius
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The first hoppy beer I ever liked when I tried for the first time in 2002. Tried again and reviewed in 12/2011.
A: Moderate pour yields 1/2 finger of off-white, tight head with great retention. Hazy golden orange liquid.
S: Delicate hop, pronounced caramel. Slightly stale/sherry aroma is ever so slight. Maris Otter malt maybe.
T: Sweet caramel with delicate hop flavor. Hops are floral with some good savory bitterness, growing with every sip, gently ups the bitterness. A tad mellow on hops for an AIPA. Almost an EIPA, but for a more aggressive piney flavor.
M: Round, smooth, delicate bite.
O: Quite a mellow IPA. I can see why this was my gateway. I'd order another definitely and buy for parties or sessions. Not a palate wrecker.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Icky is starting to spread around the area, after being the Reno/Sparks Metropolitan area's most popular local brew for some time. It actually sort of straddles the APA/IPA line. It's not a huge on hops as an IPA tends to be, but it is still a bit bigger and more citrusy than an APA. It's also really, really malty for an IPA, which broadens its appeal but for some might be overkill. As such, it ends up being a unique take on the style which I hope gets reached out to by more folks out West.

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Photo of Duff27
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Half inch white head on a amber colored body. Good lacing and decent head retention.

S- Stanky orange smell, kinda weird!

T- Taste follows the smell in that it's definitely different. There is citrus in there but this would be what I consider a malt bomb IPA...hops are serisouly lacking compared to 98% of IPAs out there. Strange aftertaste.

M- Medium mouthfeel, lower end of carbonation.

D/O- Both a higher degree of carbonation and more hop presence would benefit Ichthysaur. That being said, it was easy to put this one down. Thanks a ton for the Nevada tick beerandraiderfan!

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Photo of AorakiMyEyes
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's impossible to spell this after drinking a beer but here it is off the bottle: ichthyosaur. Try it backwards.

I poured it into a 4oz tulip glass at 63 degrees (house temperature). The head was about 1-2 fingers thick, absolutely white and disappearing in about 45 seconds. Light threading. Very floral smell. The taste is little dry, bitter and floral like the darn sagebrush in my front yard. It reminds me of the Mammoth brewery's pale ale, which intentionally puts sagebrush as a hop additive (bad on the belly). Back to "Icky" as they call it: it's a chewy mouthful, bubbly acidic. Average priced and worth a bit more. I'll drink it with visitors to the eastern Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of bsiri85
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A few years ago when I started drinking beer, I thought Icky was "WAY TOO HOPPY". However, I have grown my pallet quite a bit, expanded my knowledge of the brewing process and become a pretty hardcore hophead/homebrewer. Nowadays, I would consider Icky to be just a little tiny bit hoppier than a Pale Ale. If you are looking for a nice, strong, citrussy IPA look to other west coast IPA style beers, but if you are just testing the waters of the IPA world, this is a good starting point.


S-mild hops.

T-Hoppy but sweet. This really is a beer that is inbetween an IPA and Pale Ale. A solid house beer for Great Basin because of its mass appeal.


O-For a hop lover, its tame. For a person used to light lagers, you will think its extreme. It's a well flavored beer with plenty of malt and hops, but I recommend this as a starting place for people looking to branch out into the beer world.

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Photo of BeerTaft
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have always had a soft spot in my belly for this beer. It was the first IPA i every had and it was my go to beer at the brewery since it opened when I lived in the Reno/Sparks area. So I was very happy to see it was now available in bottles to drink at home now that I live out of state. Now on to my review.

Appearance = It's a pretty dark amber color with a thin head that will leave some lace on the side of a clean glass. The beer is crystal clear with no sediment.

Smell = a Deep earthy sweet aroma. Hints of grapefruit and other citrus. Followed with a sweet malty bread aroma. Balanced is all aspects.

Taste = First sip you pickup on the bitterness of the hops on both the middle and back part of you pallet. Then comes some of the sweet malt and finish's very clean with a little citrus. This is one well balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel = It has a nice feel to the mouth coating ones tongue for just the right amount of time until it slowly falls away. Just right for an IPA.

Overall = For a beer that the recipe has been set since the 1994 opening of the brewery it stand up very well. It follows the guideline for an IPA to the T and is one of the most balanced of the breed for sale today. If your a lover of the new styled West Coast IPA then I could see you not being overly impressed. But as a day to day session IPA this one is hard to beat. IT pairs well with fried foods and stands up to strong flavors of the dips that tend to come with them. Depending on what mode your pallet is in you can pickup all sorts of flavors but always in balance with the others. If you only think a good IPA should blow you away with hops then I could see this beer not being for you. But if you like a more east coast, German style IPA that show off all that goes into a great beer then by all means grab a pint at the bar or pick up a the newly available bottle's and enjoy.

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Photo of Cinderbike
2.62/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Gold with a fluffy white head.

S - Where's the hops? Didn't smell much. Light malt character and hints of what might have been citrus and pine. Not much.

T - Malt, with some hop flavor. Again, not enough.

M - Medium, but well carbonated. It's balanced and not too hop-forward.

O - I had higher hopes. The "Hopasaur" was much better. This just wasn't up to bar. Needs more dryhopping, aroma hops, and bitter ing hops. Beyond that it's a decent IPA.

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Photo of Klym
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my Sister's BF for sharing a bottle of this with me.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good IPA. Beautiful hops on the nose that worked well in the mouth with an interesting, almost sticky maltiness adding backbone to it. There were some gaps in the flavor but I found it easy to drink and easy to enjoy. Would be curious to try more from Great Basin.

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Photo of Tucquan
2.81/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on 2010-08-19 in Reno, NV at the Great Basin brew pub

A - Clear mahogany with a 1-finger head

S - Not much except some mild grain

T - Odd and not my favorite. Sweet, toasted malt, burnt bitter chocolate, fermented grass. The aftertaste is bitter as expected but there's also a sourness that didn't grab me. I liked the flavors less as the beer warmed.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Not creamy.

D - I guess I'm in the minority, but one was enough for me.

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Icky IPA from Great Basin Brewing Co.
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