Icy Bay IPA
Alaskan Brewing Co.

Icy Bay IPAIcy Bay IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #6,478
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
83
Ranked #39,435
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 11.65%
Reviews:
442
Ratings:
1,463
From:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
 
Alaska, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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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
Reviews: 442 | Ratings: 1,463 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
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
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GStone899 from Minnesota

3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
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
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
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)

Aug 25, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

Jul 04, 2019
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Jan 20, 2019
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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

Dec 26, 2018
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Drak-Nib from Nebraska

3/5  rDev -18.7%
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

Nov 28, 2018
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Nov 05, 2018
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Oct 28, 2018
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Sep 22, 2018
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Aug 27, 2018
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HoppyBastard from Nebraska

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Aug 13, 2018
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MaddenDalyBrokaw from Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Jul 08, 2018
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev +6%
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.

Jun 12, 2018
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northwestdr from Washington

3.95/5  rDev +7%
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.

Jun 11, 2018
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Suds from Missouri

3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Jun 09, 2018
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cardfan212 from Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Jun 02, 2018
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Ocalafox from Florida

3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

May 23, 2018
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NRajtarski from Minnesota

3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Apr 22, 2018
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Apr 08, 2018
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Stoutmaster9 from California

4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Mar 20, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Feb 07, 2018
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theinternetlife from South Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +22%
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.

Jan 30, 2018
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Gavage from Nevada

3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Jan 06, 2018
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Dec 11, 2017
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