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.

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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 SurlyDuff
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had "Icky" (as the locals call it) ontap at a real nice pizza place in Sparks. One of the best AIPA's ive had in a good long while. It's a bit sweeter than some of the IPA's im used to in Oregon. Got a lot more florals and herbal flavors from it, as opposed to the citrus and pine i'm accustomed to.

Pour was a amber copper, with a thin sticky head. The lacing grabbed the glass wherever and whenever it could to create resinous art down the side of my glass.

Juicy sweetness, with enough bitterness to add complexity. Like I said afore, this was one of my favorite ipa's in a very long time, and more complex and interesting than say, a Stone IPA, though not as 'big'.

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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 ThreeWiseMen
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wiseman Zach brought back a 64oz. growler of this for my (Nick's) birthday. Wiseman Zach, you are fucking awesome!

Split between Wisemen Nick, Zach, Jorge, and Peter. Reviewed by Nick and Pete.

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright, orange-copper body, with 1/4-inch sticky white head. Scant carbonation can be seen within. Pretty, web-like lacing. N: 4.0; P: 4.0

Smell: Fresh, oily, hops dominate. Lemon zest, pine, and caramel also present with some other herbal notes. Pete sees the smell as "not that impressive", referring to the overall strength of the smell. I kind of agree... N: 4.0; P: 3.0

Taste: Lemon zest, pine and buttery malts start it off. Finishes on herbal and hoppy notes, and aftertaste is mildly bitter. Not a taste that will blow you away, but very pleasant and mild. N: 4.0; P: 4.5

Mouthfeel: Buttery and smooth. "Really creamy", says Pete. Carbonation is pretty low, which may be a result of the growler, but who knows. Great consistency. Mildly spicy with a slightly dry finish. Very well put together. N: 5.0; P: 5.0

Drinkability: Super smooth and mild. Extremely sessionable. I am so glad Zach brought this back for me. Everyone in the group loved it. N: 5.0; P: 5.0

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Photo of KoG
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep rich copper color with a generous head.

Nice hoppy aroma with hints of citrus, malt, and light pine.

Taste is well balanced. Hops hold their own backed by a nice malt character with a light caramel flavor. Pretty tasty and goes down smooth.

A pretty good pale ale if i must say.

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Photo of RobertDBrase
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 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 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 yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub itself.

Ordinary amber in color, decent head, laces well.

Nose is toward the pine side of things, with citrus.

Palate is pine focused as well from the hops, more malt than usual for the style, and a mellow citrus component to round it out.

Very nice pine.

Easy drinking, and not at all "icky" as you might expect from the name.

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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 chickencoop
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stuck in Sparks, seriously, isn't that a Cash song, whatever it is, this place makes Oakland look like Dubai. Poured from a tap, but i'm rating the growler in my nasty Holiday Inn with the skinamax blaring. A guy at Whole Foods was saying this was the shit, and they just call it the "icky", so i thought it would be almost weed-like stank, little did i know it was named afetr a dino. It was an average IPA, not much hops, big malts. Good thing for this beer, extremely drinkable, almost too much. Finished the growler by the time Tera Patrick went silly, good stuff.

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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 MisterClean
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the west coast beer festival.

A - Pours copper with 2 fingers of white head. Dissipates moderately fast to .5 a finger. Leaves nice lacing.

S/T - Caramel, flower and grass.

M - Well-balanced and slightly thin. Surprisingly, not hop dominated.

D - Good, but a little lite on hoppiness.

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Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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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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 OStrungT
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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 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 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 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 dickroop
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got to try this at the 775 GastroPub at the Meadowland Mall in Reno. Wish I'd had it fresh from the brew pub in Sparks.

Appearance was coppery and clear, nothing special about the head or lacing. The aroma was hoppy but a lilttle weak in the nose. Taste was not as good as I'd hoped for, because my last taste of IPA from Great Basin was a fresh-hopped seasonal. It was mildly piney and floral, but not quite enough hopping for this "local legend". (But then again "ichthysaur" is a fishy dinosaur, isn't it?)

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and pleasant (unmemorable actually). Drinkability was good, it paired well with my lunch and was enjoyable. Served in a 20 oz glass, I was glad for the bigger-than-pint-sized serving. A great local beer but not a great IPA, considering all the competition in the universe of IPAs. Highly recommended... *in* Sparks.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beautiful cascade of nitrogen bubbles rise upwards to form a thick creamy head atop a golden amber colored beer. The beer is very clear and once nitrogen has settled this beer is picture perfect. Smooth taste due to no carbonation blends well with the citrussy hops and is complemented with a touch of malt. This beer lacks body and would not hold a head without nitrogen. The finish is very tasty as it has a hopiness without any bitterness, very flavorful and characteristic of a west coast IPA. Overall this is a very nice IPA with a strong hop presence complemented by the barest malt background which makes a pretty good IPA.

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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 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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