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 Beerandraiderfan
3.24/5  rDev -10%
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 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 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 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 Jmoore50
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This tastes like a Pale Ale to me, but this brewery is a very good local one.

The appearance is a lighter amber color with a white head. It is a very clear brew, and has a stronger carbonation.

The smell is of hops and a smaller malt background. There are faint hops smells, but if you get this thing fresh it has pine and earth hop characters.

The taste is of a lighter red ale. There are pine hops, with some armarillo fruity hops towards the end. Some bready malts in the background.

The brew is a local favorite, so I have to show some love. Compared to every other IPA, this is mediocre at best.

Enjoyed at Imperial Lounge and Bar.


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Photo of mjl21
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Red's Old 395 Grill in Carson City. They call it Icky on the menu. No abv info is given. Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours a semi clear amber with an off white head that has some good retention. Leaves some decent lace.

S-Has a muted smell on the nose. I pick up on some sweet malt and a tad bit of citrus if I really stick my nose deep into the glass.

T-I get earthy hops, some caramel malt, and it finishes with some citrus at the end. There is some booze that is evident at the end.

M-Medium bodied and it has a very crisp level of carbonation.

D-Not bad, not great.

I love to try local beers and this is from the Sparks area. As noted above, it is so-so. I wouldn't want to write it off until I had it fresh from the source. The bar where I had it at probably doesn't move a ton of this stuff.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Icky IPA from Great Basin Brewing Co.
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