Icy Bay IPA
Alaskan Brewing Co.

Icy Bay IPAIcy Bay IPA
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From:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
 
Alaska, United States
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #3,531
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
83
Ranked #25,292
Avg:
3.68 | pDev: 11.68%
Reviews:
453
Ratings:
1,039
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 06, 2022
Added:
Mar 26, 2005
Wants:
  39
Gots:
  293
SCORE
83
Good
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
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Rated: 3.5 by BigIronH from Michigan

Oct 27, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by TreyJ88

Oct 07, 2022
 
Rated: 3.74 by thomasarose from Tennessee

Aug 02, 2022
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Reviewed by dcat151 from Georgia

3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Orange-brown pour with moderate head. Traditional piney IPA aroma. Taste is old school IPA: pine with a bit of citrus. Not as full-bodied as I expected. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected. Overall flood, but not great.
Jul 29, 2022
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Look - Orangish with a nice frothy white head
Smell - piney citrus bitter
Taste -mostly piney but slight citrus pretty bitter
Feel -medium body and carb
Overall - classic ipa for back in the day
Jul 15, 2022
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Reviewed by ZenAgnostic from Texas

4.78/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
12oz can poured into pint glass. Picked up from grocery store as part of $11 sixer mixer. BEST BY 071422 printed on bottom of can. So this one still has 2 months left in it.

Appearance - Pours large billowing offwhite head with fine to medium-fine relatively even foam, with no lacing or stick, but absolutely amazing retention. Slightly hazy medium gold body. 5

Smell - Refreshing and bold but not overpowering hop. 4.5

Taste - Solid, flavorful, but not overpowering. Balanced, if a bit on the malty side, especially for an IPA. Interesting. 4.75

Mouthfeel - Bold, medium bodied but with a relatively clean finish that still reminds you that you just took a sip of a good beer. 5

Overall - Possibly the best in style I've had. 5
May 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.23 by USAF-Mike from California

Jan 22, 2022
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Reviewed by German-Helles from Wisconsin

3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
This is a 12oz. can briskly dumped into the Alaskan pint glass. This ale is slightly hazy, straw colored, with two fingers of thick lumpy foam. The lacing is very thick and the carbonation is medium light.
The aroma is typical IPA pine and grapefruit, noticeable at a distance.
The flavor is very pleasant the dry pine flavor and a somewhat tart citrus, there is also a little sweet malt hidden in there.
I like these IPA beers that are not overly dry or bitter, they are very refreshing and more enticing to keep coming back for another sip. This is an easy drinker, very enjoyable!
This has been sitting in the back of the fridge for awhile, I wish I would have sampled it sooner.
Jan 04, 2022
 
Rated: 3.53 by Danzifer from Ohio

Dec 09, 2021
 
Rated: 3.4 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 08, 2021
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12oz can into a pint glass.
L: Pours a yeast hazed bright yellow caramel w/a 1.5" off white creamy head w/good creamy retention. Mild carbonation. Random sticky lacing.
S: Malts, light pine, sweet grains, honey, light citrus, a hint of yeast.
T: Light candied sweetness, caramelized malts, tangerine, citrus rind, pine, a hint of bread & yeast.
F: Soft, creamy, medium bodied mouth fell w/a lightly drying finish that lingers long.
O: A very easy drinking soft tasting American IPA that is mildly bitter and lightly creamy. Fairly mild and light tasting overall. It is excellent in it's style.
Oct 15, 2021
 
Rated: 3.22 by mcbraxt from Michigan

Aug 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4.83 by jameswaldo from New York

Aug 14, 2021
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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Served on tap in a 16 oz (473 ml) conical pint glass at Stonehouse, Ranier Ave. South, at the the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Washington.
A: Pours a lightly hazy, light amber color with a one finger, off white head, with little retention and minimal Belgian lacing.
S: Aromas of caramel, honey, and light orange.
T: More semisweet than semidry. Palate follows the nose with no more than slight bitterness throughout.
M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A tad watery.
O: Easy drinking and enjoyable.
Jul 23, 2021
 
Rated: 3.59 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Jul 11, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by hester7 from Texas

Jul 06, 2021
 
Rated: 3.87 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Jul 04, 2021
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Reviewed by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Can into pint glass. Pours a clear amber with a decent off-white head. Initial impression is moderate pine resin and citrus; slightly astringent. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Finish is bitter and astringent, but clean. Overall, not bad but not something I'd revisit.
Jul 01, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by mpenske from California

Jul 01, 2021
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Reviewed by deleted_user_1314598

4.73/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
First off? I can't believe that this wasn't my first beer that I reviewed on BA?? This is a absolute go-to, no/nonsense ipa that is pure, and crisp..

The taste is absolute, pine and grapefruit with a slighty malt finish, and a lil kick of caramel/malt to let you know that it's a gourmet, craft brew with variety..

The aroma gives off a clean dry crisp tangerine, candied low key toffee, with a citrus fruit that makes this IPA go down so smooth...

Probably in my top 5' IPA'S of all time, and I'm proud as hell to be from the same state as this clean/crisp-- all around, kick'ass IPA....A matter of fact the only other IPA that stands up to this one would be from those West Coast beer/hipsters at Langunitas!!! There IPA ain't no joke either!!! Lol.

Sitting at 6.2% this crispy/crisp IPA is a home/run!!! One of my all time favorites indeed!!! No alcohol burn, no issues...One of my first and all time loves!

Pouring this beautiful IPA into my 16 ounce tulip Libbey Belgium glass, I'm a happy man..Especially the fact that I always get a beautiful, 2 finger thick/cloudy head.
May 21, 2021
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
From the can, it pours a clear amber with a nice white head that slowly reduces. Lacing as you enjoy the brew. In the nose, it is a bit piney. In the mouth, it is first lightly bitter, then some astringency.
May 06, 2021
 
Rated: 3.47 by QuintusHorace from California

May 04, 2021
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Reviewed by barneyrubble from Colorado

3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
L- 70% transparent dark yellow beer with 3F off white foam that fades quickly to a floppy cap with decent lace.

N- Light pine, vegetal hop note

T- Bitterness on the tongue then a short lived touch of malty sweetness that dries quickly with a light astringent finish, and a pine bitterness.

O- I did not have any expectations for this beer. It has an interestinge balance between hop and malt, but eventually leans to far to the bitter side for my tastes.
Mar 22, 2021
 
Rated: 3.78 by Idahoman from Minnesota

Mar 19, 2021
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Reviewed by tryptagon from Missouri

3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
L: Medium dark, clear straw. Barely any head.

S: Hoppy zest, mild malt.

T: Hoppy bitterness, dry and tepid.

F: Coats the tongue, which begs for more sips.

O: Not the most intense of IPA's, still a solid contender. Enjoyable, slightly sweet, slightly bitter.
Mar 16, 2021
 
Rated: 3.7 by funku2 from Colorado

Feb 21, 2021
 
Rated: 3.92 by HighwayChile from Kansas

Jan 30, 2021
 
Rated: 3.02 by GRFounder from Michigan

Dec 28, 2020
 
Rated: 3.5 by archero from Texas

Oct 16, 2020
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Reviewed by beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
-Enjoyed at Chicken, Alaska 2020 at the ole Chicken Creek Saloon. On draft.

A: A slight haze over a light sense of orange coloring. A dull bone white colored head is foamy, rocky, and slight in size, with a weak cohesion factor. Small delicate lace patterns weakly hold to the vessel walls. From tap, a soft sense of carbonation which hardly disturbs the head above, which has since fallen rather quickly. Moderate looking by style.

S: The aroma to me was faint, a bit homogenized, in the sense was hard to pick out defining characteristics, or strong points. Dull citrus, light orange peel, maybe some semi-dry pine resins. The strength was a bit underwhelming, as well the complexity. I’m guessing not a lot of aromatic hop usage or the beer was particularly past its prime due to the current situation and lack of tourist industry in region, as well as being so far out of the way (Chicken AK).

T: The flavor followed the nose in expectations, rather homogenized, with no strong indicating factors. Dull and old citrus, pine, and hop floral were lackluster with no particular bright spots. Old, dry breadiness, soft orange peel, and a very monotonous level of hop progression.

M: Mouthful was okay, a bit bready, medium full, but really stopped there in terms of definition.

O: Overall I found the ibu levels to be underwhelming, as well the complexity. Funny as they claim to have multiple hops added to this (Cascade, Bravo, Calypso, Summit, and Apollo). I’m guessing to many spices cancel one another out, especially with similar qualities, and things get a bit muddled in the end. Very mildly bitter, unexciting drinkability, and one that can easily be forgotten. For the record I think a 3.5 is a solid beer that doesn’t disappoint, good for casual drinking without to much criticism. I found this to be a tad underwhelming and average at best. Their SMaSH Galaxy fairs much better with a single hop usage, with more taste and complexity, as well as bittering factor, drinkability, and excitement level and comes more regarded as a try then this.
Aug 15, 2020
 
Rated: 3.43 by ngosteli from Alaska

Aug 06, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Jul 11, 2020
 
Rated: 4.31 by evanwoertz from California

Apr 10, 2020
 
Rated: 3.67 by Limazulu from Idaho

Feb 22, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by Seal4676 from Michigan

Jan 04, 2020
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Reviewed by GStone899 from Minnesota

3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Not the best APA you'll ever have but it's okay. Nothing to write home about but then again you're probably not writing home about beer. If you are, you're weird.
Dec 16, 2019
 
Rated: 3.31 by pfhanlon from Massachusetts

Dec 08, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Dec 02, 2019
 
Rated: 4.08 by Blcookies from Nevada

Nov 10, 2019
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