Icky IPA | Great Basin Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
181
Reviews:
39
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
14.33%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
47
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 181 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of Taz_Michael
1.12/5  rDev -68.5%
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 uabarca_
1.75/5  rDev -50.8%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
1.9/5  rDev -46.6%
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 DRTBrewster
2/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of Cinderbike
2.62/5  rDev -26.4%
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 Tucquan
2.81/5  rDev -21.1%
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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Photo of Duff27
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
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 BubalooBrewMaster
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of fcrcmach
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of KevMo84
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of tpacek
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of jbertsch
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of CasanovaCummins
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of mmilyko
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of PappyVans
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of jhutch31
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of GatorCoop
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MasterRigger
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Pens1967
3.01/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Docrock
3.02/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of LouZ
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.24/5  rDev -9%
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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Icky IPA from Great Basin Brewing Co.
3.56 out of 5 based on 181 ratings.
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