Icy Bay IPA
Alaskan Brewing Co.

Icy Bay IPAIcy Bay IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #6,159
Ranked #36,138
3.7 | pDev: 11.62%
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
Icy Bay IPAIcy Bay IPA
Notes: Alaskan Icy Bay IPA is made from glacier-fed water and a blend of Cascade, Bravo, Calypso, Summit and Apollo hops and premium two-row pale and specialty malts.

65 IBU
Reviews: 440 | Ratings: 1,453 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of defunksta
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a slightly clouded, deep orange color with a sudsy white head that fades. SRM of 14. (3.75)

Aroma: Strong sweet caramel flavors upfront. This is the first IPA that I actually get more malts on the aroma than hops. Strong caramel and nectar aromas with a background of sweet orange marmalade. (4.00)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose. More caramel. It's like a caramel candy with the white cream on the inside. It starts with dark caramel flavors and turns into a slight orange and vanilla cream flavor. No bitterness, pine or herbs. (3.50)

Feel: Heavier-bodied. Decent carbonation. Finishes sweet. (3.75)

Overall: This beer is completely lbackward where the malts present stronger and before the hops. I get tons of caramel malts with a slight orange and cream marmalade. Agree with other reviews that it drinks with less bitterness and more sweetness to liken it toward a pale ale. However, it does have the body of an IPA. It's sweet, heavy, and unique. Exactly what I would expect from an Alaskan Brewing beer. (Final Rating: 3.71)

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Photo of mngermanshepherd
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For an IPA, this certainly is not bad! Not a huge IPA fan, but the piney/hop taste that IPA is known for is certainly not as bad as some. Pours a nice dark gold, taste has some pine but in moderation. Delicious finish!

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Photo of secondtooth
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy copper, with a nice bone-white head and hint of lace.

Aroma: Citrus hops.

Taste: Pretty refreshing tropical and citrus hops, with a mildly bitter finish. Tasty and enjoyable IPA here.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste: tangy, fresh dry hop, citrus, spice, some malt in the back end. Fresh, floral citrus hop nose. Golden hue, semi clear, white head with ringed lattice. Medium body. Easy drinker. 65 IBUs

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Photo of Drak-Nib
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweet initial taste, fitting the IPA flavor. This is a good IPA to quench your thirst. Definitely worth another taste. Beyond that, not much to report that stands out above or below other IPAs. From a taster. 2018/11/25

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours faintly cloudy rich golden with foamy whitish head, faint hop citrus aroma, medium carbonation, bitter resinous malty taste with faint hop citrus aroma, thin body, long bitter finish. Not very remarkable, I'd expect much more with so many different hop varieties.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 12/15/18. Amber color with a finger of white head. Smells of pine resin. Medium feel. Piney hop flavors up front with some bready malt taste near the end. Mild bitterness. Pretty good.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper with a slight haze, a little swirling carbonation and a finger of yellowish head.

Smells of peaches with a hint of tea and dankness.

The taste is of peach tea, caramel, a hint of dankness and a slight but lingering dull bitterness.

Medium body, with moderate carbonation.

Got this in Redding where I am drinking it Sept 21st 2018.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice safe IPA, if a little understated. Nice slightly hazy color with some fluffy head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of some fruity and floral hops but a little more faintly than I’m used to. Tastes of nice citrus zest hops and floral hops, caramel, biscuit and malt. Not very much bitterness. Mild mouthfeel with some nice carbonation. A solid IPA but just not as strong as the many other contenders in this category.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date "110218".

APPEARANCE: pours a slightly hazy, copper color with one-finger, off-white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there is heavy lacing on the glass, slightly higher that average carbonation.

SMELL: brown sugar, bread and pineapple.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet then pineapple citrus and bread, the taste is somewhat understated and not overpowering at all.

PALATE: medium body and higher than average carbonation.

OVERALL: as IPA's go this is a mild one, I would consider this a gateway IPA, it would be an excellent choice for someone trying IPA for the first time, it's definitely a tropical/citrus type IPA and I enjoyed having it.

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Photo of MaddenDalyBrokaw
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour = pretty orange/amber with delicate lace.
Aromas = citrus and yeast.
Flavors = orange, light malt, light yeast, decent but one-noted hoppy bitterness.
Pleasant to drink but wouldn't make my top 10 IPA list.

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Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden color and clear. Modest head which leaves many initial spots, fewer as the drink is finished.

Classic American IPA aroma and flavor. Think souped up APA. The malt is mostly pale, soft and not sweet. The hop is neutrally bitter without any complexity. This is a good IPA without any pretensions.

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Photo of northwestdr
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It's a fairly clear, golden color, with a hint of an orange hue. Ample, light head which lingers. This is a refined, easy-to-drink IPA. Clean-tasting and balanced. It has the right amount of hop bitterness, without overpowering. There is a good barley-malt flavor which is not over-roasted. Since it's on the smooth side, I wouldn't be surprised if some IPA aficionados considered it slightly bland, but I always enjoy it. Overall, it's a classic Western IPA that's smoother than most.

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Photo of Suds
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is a wonderfully clear, golden color with a huge, white, rocky head. The aroma is classic American IPA...full of fresh, juicy hops, with just a little pine underneath. Slightly dry, with a little malt and lots of bitterness. Full in body and wonderfully drinkable. Well made and not in-your-face. Classic.

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Photo of cardfan212
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass.

Look - Cloudy bronze with a short dense tan head that stayed for a long time. Lots of visible carbonation streams.

Smell - Light floral and pine notes with a decent amount of malt sweetness on the back end.

Taste - Immediate pine on the tongue that dwindles into a vague citrusy flavor. Malty aftertaste lingers. Very balanced and enjoyable.

Feel - Medium body and intense carbonation with many small bubbles. Keeps the hoppiness from getting too extreme.

Overall - A perfectly fine IPA that doesn't do anything original or exciting, but it shows restraint and balance, something that a lot of IPAs don't.

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Photo of Ocalafox
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty fresh, bought at Woodman's in Madison WI. Prolly like a few other Alaskan beers a bit better. This isn't in the same competition as Original Jai-Alai or Sunshine City but a great deal for the price.

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Photo of NRajtarski
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a glass. Expires on 5/21/18.
Look: Orange/golden orange with about a 1inch foamy head.
Smell: Strong hop smell, with some hits of pine and citrus.
Taste: Great hop flavor up front and small amount of malt taste on the backend of the beer.
Feel: A little lighter than most IPAs with a little bit of carbonation.
Overall: This is a solid beer and drinks easy.

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Photo of Ri0
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 12pk for $10. Can poured into snifter, clear dark gold with a 1.5 finger white head. On the nose I get piney and citrus hops with some sweet caramel malts. Not much else, kind of a subdued and classic IPA aroma. Flavor of sweet and caramel malts up front, flowed by piney, citrus hops, like grapefruit, more malts on the back end. Feel is medium with a dry finish. Seems like and classic, balanced IPA which can be refreshing change from the IPA trend.

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The color, not unlike Honey. Half a finger head, wee bubbles. Zero lacing.

A floral Malt scent, sweet & mild.

Creamy-crisp, balanced and light. Crowned with a golden spark of Honey divine.
Harmonious Sour epilogue, far from lingering.
So light, so balanced (& ABV bordering on boring), one might easily overlook this brew.
Would be a shame to dismiss the craft, though.
A rather good brew after taking a bit of ah break.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into glass. Label has a 'BEST BY: 042018'.
Clear, deep gold colored body. Two finger white fluffy head settles to persistent cap. Good rings of lacing.
Delicate aromas of orange and floral hops. Backed with caramel malt.
Taste is orange and grapefruit citrus, with a little floral, earthy hops, together with sweet caramel malt. There is a little bite on the tongue but the bitterness is subdued.
Medium mouth feel, smooth and refreshing.
Well balanced, easy drinking IPA. Certainly not a bitter IPA nor a juicy IPA, but well done for what it is.

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Photo of theinternetlife
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first beer review. Before finishing, I want to describe a bit my own beer experience. I'm from the USA but started drinking beer back in 2003 in The Netherlands, so my first brews were the masterpieces of Belgium, Holland, and Germany. What strikes me about the best beers of the old-world is their balance: you seldom find a beer that is "too much of any one thing," at least in terms of how the beer relates to itself.

The American beer scene is something I'm also on top of, despite many years in Europe now. The innovation that surrounds American beer is often compromised by "too much" of something, a byproduct of the extreme creativity being brough to brewing beer in the USA these days. At the same time, there are so many new innovations in beer that it's absolutely startling.

With that in mind, this beer together with their Spruce Tips IPA (which is the better of the two), are VERY good. Read the other reviews of these two Alaskan IPAs, and you find this strange element of surprise. "It's not that hoppy," "it's not that bitter," or "it's surprisingly drinkable." Get rid of the surprise and this expectation that every beer produced in America needs to shock you somehow, and you realize that you've got two very, very good beers on your hands.

They are balanced. They are not that bitter. This one in particular has these nice orange notes, floral notes, but it finishes clear, like the appearance. The other reviews are pretty accurate in this regard. But as for the sheer score... I don't know what you can ask for more out of beer. It is balanced, it's super drinkable... overall, this is a very outstanding beer.

I question the values of so many beer drinkers out there, and at the same time salute whoever is in charge at Alaskan for focusing on crafting balanced beer that doesn't fall prey to this or that fad going on today.

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Photo of Gavage
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: hazy light orange in color with a 1/2" head.

Smell: very light orange and floral hop aroma here.

Taste: caramel, orange, grapefruit, and a mild earthy and floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Refreshing.

Overall: an easy to drink IPA that has a mild mannered flavor profile.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by 011418
Pale golden in color with a creamy off-white head. Zesty and grassy aroma with hints of lemon and grapefruit. Nice IPA flavors here: lemon & grapefruit zest, grassy & piney hops, biscuity and a bit of nutty malt, a touch of honey. Medium body, resinous, finishing bitter and semi-dry. Overall, a very good American IPA. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of deebo
3.02/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Bottle with a BB of Jan 14 2018 poured into a pint glass. A couple fingers of big bubbled white head atop a golden brew with good clarity.
S-Grass and herbal hop aroma. Caramel and toffee aromas noticed in the malt. Fairly strong malt presence for an ipa.
T-Hops pop a bit more in the flavor. Once again herbal and grassy with some back end bitter rind in the finish. A malty ipa.
M-Moderate to high carbonation that competes with the hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied.
O-A ipa with a fair amount of hop kick but definitely with a more significant toasted type malt character than most IPAs.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

$ 2.19 (Including tax)/12 oz bottle ($ 0.177/oz) at Meijers, Wyoming, MI.
BB 110317 bottle stored in store cooler then in my 42 degree reefer. Served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Citrus floral, perfumey
Head – Large (Maximum 6.3 cm, aggressive pour), off white, low density froth, average retention time, diminishing to a mm ring, an irregular three to eleven mm ring, a rocky partial layer, and some broken lace as the head withdraws.
Lacing – Not very good. In addition to the residue from the head withdrawal, only tiny islands of lace remain.
Body – Light orange, very slight haze.
Flavor – Begins bitter with some light maltiness and some floral hoppiness. No alcohol, no diacetyl. Makes my lips sticky.
Palate – Just into medium from light, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression: Although I like the slight maltiness, the perfume aspect is off-putting. Otherwise, this is a decent low end IPA with a reasonable price point.
Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 3.25, Palate 3.25, Overall 3.25.

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Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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