Alaskan Icy Bay IPA | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Icy Bay IPAAlaskan Icy Bay IPA

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Alaskan IPA is honey gold in color with a fruity, citrus aroma. An enticing blend of hops and our dry hopping process, in which hops are added directly to tanks during fermentation, give this brew a very intense, complex aromatic character with a refreshing hop finish.

Added by zacharius on 03-26-2005

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into my trusty glass mug. Colour is golden amber with a white head. Smells slightly piney with some floral notes. Taste like a very smooth west coast IPA with lighter than average citrus undertaste. Great mouthfeel. Goes down smooth but I would still say that this is just an average IPA. Nothing special yet still very drinkable. Prost!

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Photo of bilbobrewer
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Summary: nothing special.
12 oz bottle poured into tulip
BB date is April 27/ good to go, kudos on the clear dating!

Pours very clear, some white foamy head, good carbonation...

but the taste is just bland, like an offering of one of the 'big brewers' that scrimps on ingredient quality.

If it was 'value priced, eg. $6.99 a 6pk, then maybe I'd be interested. Maybe. Otherwise, there are far more tasty, hop-forward IPAs for the money.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a slightly hazy darker golden appearance with a soapy finger and a half of white head that left a lot of lacing on the glass on the way down.

The smell was going towards the typical west coast IPA with some flowery notes, some pine and a bit of dank earthiness in the background.

The taste was also following the west coast IPA style with a piney and flowery taste coming out of the beer.

Mouth feel was medium with a fairly dry finish to it.

Overall a cleanly made IPA that really did not have any real outstanding notes. Seemed to taste like similar well crafted west coast style of IPA's. I kind of felt this one got a little lost in all of the noise of these IPA's that have just flooded the market.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a clear golden orange color with a bright white full creamy, steady stream of bubbles, lots of lacing, looks good.

A: Pine needles, grapefruit rind, touch of malts, balanced, no alcohol on the nose, smells promising.

T: Not as good as the appearance and aroma, touch of pine needles and grapefruit rind, moderate amount of bitterness in the middle, citrus notes in the aftertaste.

M: Medium-light mouthfeel, good amount of carbonation with a dry finish.

O: Aroma and appearance are solid but the taste did not live up, pretty basic notes on the flavor, dry finish, lots of better IPAs out there.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It is the first time I am having an IPA from Alaska. It thought it was pretty good.

Look: clear with a golden hue with a bubbly thin white head.

Aroma: moderate aroma of citrus and pine

Taste: Sweet toasty malt backbone and grapefruit, a little bit of pine, medium bitterness for an IPA.

Feel: light and smooth, significant carbonation

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent head rapidly collapses on itself

Surprisingly clear with a rather rudy gold colour

Flavor is very very fruity which is enhanced by some sweet roasted malts followed by some random piney bitterness that's quite inchoate but not terrible

Mouthfeel is light and fluffy but a more robust mouthfeel would be more appropriate

Overall pretty good

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Photo of gandres
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle to wine glass
A: light amber pale
Aroma: hoppy, grains
Taste: medium bitterness, long finish, sweet follow through
M/F: lively carbonation, creamy
OA: very good IPA, ok to repeat, but not look for
Drank: 9/13/2016 10:20 PM

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden amber in color, clear, foamy, white head with a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is fruit, both tropical and citrus. Some caramel malt as well. The flavor is more on the citrus side, orange and tangerine, and the malt is present in the finish. Juicy mouthfeel, with a nice citrus hops finish. A decent IPA overall.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoy thinking about the "ice road truckers" that must have traveled across the Canadian wilderness to bring this Alaskan brew to my little specialty shop in the suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio. After that, I transition to pretending I'm a young man of Eskimo heritage enjoying this brew in a small dive bar in a rural Alaskan village. That said, by my craft beer standards, this rates a satisfactory but not noteworthy brew. Regardless, this (and not Budweiser) is what I would be taking back to my igloo on any given night.

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Photo of BB1313
2.94/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Best by 10/20/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with great clarity and transparency; fluffy off-white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are full of fresh bread and cracker malts. Hints of caramel, pine and lemon. The flavors are balanced. Lots of cracker notes. Some citrus notes. Pine and fresh grass is present. Slightly earthy and spicy. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light with active carbonation. Very easy to drink.

This is an "old-school" example of the style. It might not match up with the modern examples of the style, but it's not bad. It's more like a classic pale ale, in my opinion.

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Photo of carlborch
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a 12 oz bottle it pours golden with a slight haze and produces a white to off-white, dense, 1.5 inch collar. The carbonation is light to normal. The nose has some sweet aroma hops and suggestions of grass and hay. The body is light to medium-light. The palate has a clear sweet malt profile with restrained hops. I expected much more hops! In addition, I find vegetative and bitter citrus pith notes. The ale does not linger very long and the ABV is not noticeable on the palate. Very nice Belgian lace is produced. This is an OK IPA, not great. Given the carbon footprint I think I will not reach for it again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, copper coloring with a foamy, clingy, white head. Aromas of lemon and lime forward, tropical fruit notes, grassy and bitter greens, and a sweet candy backbone. Flavors are bitter and vegetal forward, heavy on grass and pine, with a solid tropical fruit follow, with a blend of pineapple, melon, lemon, and lime. Very good balance of tart and sweet fruit with the bitter and resinous hops characteristics. Slick, oily, mid-body, with a resinous and citrusy aftertaste. The finish is oily slick and dry, with a solid bitter linger.

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Photo of drned
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Spokane. No head, no lace, little aroma. But a very good tasting APA. How do you rate this? As a very cold ale, but that's not what ale is supposed to be. Beer classifications and ratings become confused when you try to push a rating into a classification. I don't understand the brothers rating ob this, but this is a very drinkable APA that does a very good job. If it looks good, drink it? If it tastes good, drink it.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This IPA pours a light golden, slightly orange color with a medium sudsy, white head and a pretty high amount of carbonation. The smell is piney, but with noticeable underlying caramel malt scent as well. The taste is piney and crisp from the generous amount of hops. There is however, a definite medium bodied malt backbone to back it up. The malts impart flavors of caramel and bread that give this IPA a sweeter flavor than the average example of the style. This is a nicely balanced IPA and I actually prefer this to many completely unbalanced “hop bomb” IPAs. I also can’t say that it is as good or as polished as many of the elites of the style that I’ve tried, however. All in all it’s a good IPA though, and in my opinion better than average.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yellow ipa creates a small bubbled head 1/2", not a ton of retention though. Aroma is mild, there's some c hops, and maybe simcoe. Not nearly as intensely aromatic as described in the commercial hand job.

Taste is a very lightly toasted pale malt ipa, the hops are at the forefront. Citrus, grapefruit stuff. Thankfully a lighter body than the grapefruit-caramel combo you get a lot from these 80s and 90s era breweries.

Its a respectable level ipa you can find at the supermarket in a pinch. Affordable, good format.

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Photo of AleMan66
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It pours a yellow golden with a quickly receding white head. It's one of the best IPAs I've had because they don't hit you over the head with the hops. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of Restin
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up the other day as part of a mix-a-six.

Pours a light, hazy honey color with little head retention. Hop presence in smell and nose is minimal but upon tasting was pleasantly surprised with a remarkable hop sustain and silky finish.

Overall, this would be a great choice for a summer session beer. Nothing over the top but will certainly have me coming back for more.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampled in-flight on Alaska Airlines. Overall, this is a pretty decent IPA. Nothing jumps up and kicks you in the tastebuds, but it's a good middle of the road IPA. Plus, the brewery is donating $1 per beer to some sort of wildnerness foundation. I love it when I can drink beer and save the planet at the same time.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BBD 4/14/16. Pours clear with a slight amber gold color. Normal head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Very good, but a bit light, nose of floral hops, light tropical hops and zest over biscuit.

Light body with a viscosity smoother than water, but not by much. Well balanced light carbonation for the body with a nice middle effervescence and a prickly finish.

The flavor profile is quite good. While not complex, this beer is tasty and well balanced with reasonable intensity. Bitterness is mild and orange rind based. It begins slightly sweet, progresses to a mildly bittered middle, then some flavors separate over a biscuit sweetness. There's a sweet tropical there underneath, perhaps kiwi or stone fruit, but it's very subtle. As the finish approaches, orange asserts itself. The finish is a slow fade of orange zest with notes of spicy spruce.

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Photo of princessbay710
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First impression is a less than impressive head on what looks to me like a well carbonated golden body. 1% for the Oceans, right on. Decent lacing. This beer is very bright and light, at first sip it feels like a very drinkable light macro that would otherwise have you take or leave it, but then draws you back in with a crisp citrus finish that is too clean to deny. Despite lacking any complexity whatsoever, this 6.2% summery session beer will actually have me coming back for more. Thank you Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle with a best by date just a month and a half away (5/27/16). Gold orange color, quite carbonated. Cool lacing. Citra hops are present but muted on the nose. Taste is extremely drinkable and refreshing - it kind of lacks any sort of definitive character an is just an above average, refreshing beer. Really drinkable light beer for an IPA. As it warms it seems to develop a more intense hop profile.
Citra hops again make an appearence but briefly and mostly on the aftertaste. Pretty dry finish that sweetly coats the throat. Alaskan tends to play it safe and they've done it quite well every beer I've tried. Cheers!

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Photo of Lunchbox171717
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one was interesting. I had never heard of the brewery, but was willing to always give an unheard of brewery a chance. It was pretty good, considering the price, but it's probably not one I would be willing to buy again. It was a standard IPA, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Best by 4/23/16 printed on the side (today's date is 2/21/16)

Pours a very clear golden-yellow body with a white head. Little retention, Some lacing. I have to mention the clear appearance of the body again here. It's the (only) reason I am giving it a 4

Smell is fairly faint but I'm getting some citrus with a little pine

Taste follows. A citrus hop bitterness with a decent malt backbone (that I sure couldn't smell) but obviously it's there and creates a nice balance.

Crisp, slightly thin feel.

Overall; Good but not necessarily great. I'm not sure how long it takes from bottling to Alaskan Brewing's "Best by" date is. This one still has 2 months to go but freshness could have been an issue.

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Photo of Lewarcher1949
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice-style glass. Pale orange color. Fairly light colored for an IPA. Citrus elements predominate. Not very bitter smell. Tastes fruity, but not sweet. No boozy taste, which is a blessing. Hops are less prominent, still present. Light mouthfeel and consistency.

Overall, a decent standout example of a very common style. Not the best, but a good choice in a world where everyone and his mother has their own version of an IPA.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Decent little IPA. Had this one served on tap in a glass mug. Aroma was floral hops with orange zest and tangerine. Taste tracks, with a decent malt backbone and dry, piney hop finish. 'Sallright.

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