Icky IPA | Great Basin Brewing Co.

Icky IPAIcky IPA
BA SCORE
47.3%
Liked This Beer
3.63 w/ 182 ratings
Icky IPAIcky IPA
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
Ranking:
#33,966
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
182
Liked:
86
Avg:
3.63/5
pDev:
13.77%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
49
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 182 |  Reviews: 39
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

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 nmann08
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of Duff27
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
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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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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3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
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 afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
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 Donkster46
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmdrpi
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of n2185
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 Sound_Explorer
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of cherche
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Icky IPA from Great Basin Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 47.3% out of 100 with 182 ratings
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