Icy Bay IPA
Alaskan Brewing Co.

Icy Bay IPAIcy Bay IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #6,159
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
84
Ranked #36,138
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 11.62%
Reviews:
440
Ratings:
1,453
From:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
 
Alaska, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  40
Gots
  287
SCORE
84
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: 440 | Ratings: 1,453 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ripe apricot with lemon peel trim. Multitudinous bubbles race up to do their part in the creation of a densely creamy cap the color of lightly yellowed ivory. From the melting ice cream look of the head to the generous amount of lace, this is one good looking India pale ale.

I wish the aroma was more forthcoming, but I love what I smell. My nose tells me that there's no (or almost no) caramel malt present. The white grapefruit and lemon hops tell me that one or more of the 4-Cs is in use (Cascade at least). I like the way these guys have decided to construct their IPA.

Alaskan Smoked Porter and Alaskan Stout are superb examples of their respective styles. Alaskan ESB is good as well. After that, I'm not thrilled with what this brewery produces, although it's all drinkable in a pleasant sort of way. I'm thrilled to see that Alaskan IPA comes in at the higher end of the spectrum.

This is a hop-focused beer that isn't anywhere close to being a tongue destroyer. By using pale malt almost exclusively (I'm guessing), the brewers allow the bright, zesty, citrus fruit character of the Pacific NW hops to shine. Malt support is rock steady, with an untoasted biscuity sweetness just below the surface. Simple... straightforward... delicious.

The mouthfeel is exactly where it should be for an American IPA that isn't a hop and booze monster. It's medium for the style, is both firm and lightly creamy, and is well-carbonated without being buzzy. In other words, it's a perfect match for the flavor profile.

I love the fluorescent green that Alaskan Brewing Co. has chosen for the labels and bottle caps. I'm sure it makes the beer stand out on the shelves. Although it may not be as sexy as some of the hop bombs that are being brewed these days, Alaskan IPA is a more than solid effort that I enjoyed thoroughly. I'm glad to see that these guys have filled the 'hoppy beer' hole in their lineup with such a quality offering.

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More User Reviews:
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 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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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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

Photo of yankhawk
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of lswilma
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Noooddle
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rowew
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Just recently showed up in Colorado. Picked up a six pack, and have been enjoying it. A medium bodied, very drinkable IPA that still has plenty of hop flavor. Not over the top in any direction, but enough flavors to keep me interested, and drinakble enough that the six pack disappears quickly.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light copper, see through, with ring of white foam on the top. Light grassy pine nose. Taste is a light malt with a smooth bitter throughout. Very fizzy buzz in the mouthfeel. Actively carbonated. Good IPA, but nothing remarkable,.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Lewarcher1949
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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 radshoesbro
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours yellowish orange, good head retention, lots of carbonation, some lace.

smells of floral hops with hints of grapefruit and something that vaguely reminds me of cantaloupe.

at first the taste is quite nice, but within seconds it dissipates into something that is not nearly as good. at first it has sort of a sweet, wet hop taste and it turns into almost a murky, somewhat dry taste.

i had this out of a bottle at a BBQ, and it wasn't really that bad. but actually pouring this into a glass and letting it open up is definitely not helping what turns out to be a less than adequate beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Kadon
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of silver0rlead
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a nice beige head that leaves impressive lacing. The aroma has some intense hoppiness upfront (grapefruit, citrus rind, pine resin), along with some caramel and biscuit malt character, and a touch of fruity esters and alcohol. The flavor also starts out with a citrusy and resiny hop character, along with biscuit and caramel malt flavors, and a slight yeastiness. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, with good drinkability. A solid IPA, thats drinkable despite being flavorful and moderately high in ABV.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 1453 ratings