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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Ratings: 197 |  Reviews: 43
Reviews by jhutch31:
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper colored with a half inch of brown foam on top. The aroma is on the sweeter side and reminds me more of an English IPA, but I do get some faint pine. I'm tasting sweet caramel malt with some light pine in the back of the palate. The mouth is lightly sticky and resinous.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
1.9/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

The appearance was a hazy orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a half minute. There was some light trickling lacing sliding into the beer. The smell was a burnt breadiness with a burnt citrus hops. The taste was exactly the same with a slight cardboard aftertaste. On the palate, this sat about a light on the body with not much of a sessionability about it due to the off taste. Overall, this "highly evolved" beer maybe is devolving. Pretty bad stuff.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

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 BeerBobber
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
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 darth_punchbowl
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A little flat tasting for an American IPA. It's bitter af and has lots of caramel malt flavor. The pine flavors get a little lost in the caramel. The nose is cold and sweet. Oily finish. Reminds me of Tetley's or some other British ales but less crisp. Lacks a clean bite. Not much carbonation at all. Maybe I got a bad one? I'd try it again but if this is really it then pass.

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed trying a pint of this IPA at the Brewery in Sparks. It arrived with nice tiny bubble film riding on top of a dark amber, clear brew. Each sip created ample amounts of ringed lacing. Nose was of soft malts and a slight wiff of hops. This a pleasant enuf "IPA", actually kind of malt dominated for the style. Hops do come in late, but I was expecting some more of a hop blast here, that never really materialized. Tasty, malty IPA...

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Ah, while not my favorite beer in Nevada, it is a classic amongst the general beer wasteland.

Pours much darker than your average ipa. Light brown or dark copper, your call. Aroma was not noteworthy, slight earth/grain/pine feel to it. Definitely a malt forward vs. hop forward taste. A nice change of pace and dose of something closer to originality than just dumping hops in a brew (which is nice also).

A degree of sweetness, tiny aspect of pine with the malt and wood feel give this a degree of complexity that you often don't see a lot of nubes able to pick up on. The carbonation is usually lower than average, giving this a charming pseudo cask feel to it at times.

This beer is the footsteps for which all in Northern Nevada are brewing in. Are there better ipas? Yeah, over 100+ in my book. Doesn't mean this one isn't good. Of course, at times, this one isn't good, there is a huge amount of variation to the beer, and you have to get it fresh to want any discernable amount of hop flavor to come out of it. OK for an English ipa I guess. I wouldn't classify this as a west coast ipa, that's for sure.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden yellow color, with a fluffy white head that fades very slowly, leaving a thick lace.

This beer has a grassy hop aroma. Some citrus fruit is present. Mostly grapefruit. It is a rather mild IPA at best.

This beer tastes just like it smells. Mildly grassy with some citrus flavor. A slightly sweet malty flavor mixes in balancing this beer nicely.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. Ity leaves a grassy aftertaste.

This beer wouls probably make a decent session beer. The mild flavor and the not overly high alcohol content make it easy to drink.

Overall: This beer is decent. I like my IPA a bit hoppier, but it is still a beer I wouldnt pass up.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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 bsiri85
3.45/5  rDev -5%
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 jh1982
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of VE777
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Origamianimals
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
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 VictoriaAnne
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Mtadder
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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Icky IPA from Great Basin Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 197 ratings