Alaskan Icy Bay IPA | Alaskan Brewing Co.

Alaskan Icy Bay IPAAlaskan Icy Bay IPA
BA SCORE
50.7%
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3.68 w/ 1,366 ratings
Alaskan Icy Bay IPAAlaskan Icy Bay IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
alaskanbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30,158
Reviews:
412
Ratings:
1,366
Liked:
693
Avg:
3.68/5
pDev:
11.68%
Alströms:
4
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
257
Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +35.9%

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4.96/5  rDev +34.8%

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4.95/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.92/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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4.72/5  rDev +28.3%

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4.66/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Alaskan Brewing is a brewery that I have often overlooked, but I am a big fan of this beer. Like Alaskan's IIPA, Hopothermia, Icy Bay IPA has a relatively highly carbonated, easy to drink feel that is best when really cold (perhaps not surprisingly for a brewery from Alaska). An approachable beer for most beer drinkers, this is an exceptionally balanced and refreshing example of the style.

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Photo of BluesBoy
4.64/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice foamy head. fruity and floral hops aroma. Crisp and herb-y at the start and clean, hoppy finish. One of my favorite easy-to-drink IPAs.

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4.59/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Got this in a trade with Bubba83.

Pours a clear gold with 1-2 fingers of foamy brite-white head. Nice layer of retention across the top that leaves absolutely huge sheets of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is just as fresh as can be with notes of pine, oranges, mangos, grass, hop oils, mint, and biscuits and sweetness way in the back.

The taste has great balance up front, with a mix of hops, zesty citrus, and intermingling sweet malt. Only in the finish, does those brawny, resinous hops comes out, leaving the palette feeling bitter and sticky. The mouthfeel is medium bodied up front but then thins out a little through the finish but still retains good carbonation with a fantastic easy feel.

Wow, this is one of the better IPAs I've had in a while with a fantastic fresh feel, great flavors, and a huge drinkibility. I actually could have probably have used 2 of these to review, based on how fast I drank the first bottle. I'm glad to have had a chance to try this. Thanks Kev!

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4.59/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.57/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from Solomon420, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very hoppy along with a good burst of fruity citrus and a mild background of caramelized malt.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with a strong burst of floral hops up front and then a complimentary citrus sweetness that comes in next. The malt character is kind of thin for the style, despite the substantial sweetness, but I like it. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Quite tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, nice kick, very good representation of style while keeping it on the lighter side, to me this is the perfect beer to pound for a whole evening. If I had the opportunity to hammer a 12-pack, I certainly would.

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4.57/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from bottle: very large thick and creamy head which lasts and leaves behind like traces on the glass. Smells of biscuit and freshness, the freshness of line-dried clothes washed without scented detergents: sun-washed. No piney or obvious IPA over-hopped resiny flavor--clean hops with medium body that finishes crisp, substantial, citrusy-melon. I've decided that this is one of two of the top IPAs I've ever had and I've decided this after enjoying this beer for two years. It's just a fantastic beer that has outlasted the (now) overhopped, one-dimensional and tedious onslaughts that are now produced as IPAs.

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4.57/5  rDev +24.2%

Icy Bay IPA... not icy, but still cold, in my imperial pint glass.

Not to shabby to look at. Crowned by a delicate one finger head white as sea foam, and a crystalline golden honey-orange color. Pretty.

The aroma is wonderfully nuanced in all the right IPA places.Floral citrus like lemon and lime, a light fragrance of pine trees, and a really, really nice yeasty, bready note. Like REALLY nice.

That bright, fruity citrus takes control of the flavor first, and then it totally shifts into the most wonderful malty finish of bread and clean, crispy, biscuity hoppiness. And the finish doesn't end there! Then come the dank hops. A delightfully dank hoppy component makes an inspired impression is in no hurry to leave. The hops want to stick around and chat, and my palate is certainly inclined to oblige them. This is quite nice to say the least.

It's kinda full-bodied. Crisp and refreshing!

Well.... this is a well-executed IPA. One thing that really sets it on a pedestal for me is its malty side that shows up in the finish. Don't get me wrong, the initial fruity citrus is VERY nice indeed, but the bread and yeast here... they're really quite exquisite.

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4.57/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint, the IPA is golden color with slight chill haze, a few streamers, and a stubborn surface skim and collar that leaves moderate white lace.

The nose is moderate, a very nicely toasted malt, and while there's no question it's hoppy, it's not super pungent, mainly an earthy pine resin. I really like my cali hop bombs, but this is a nice change and very inviting.

Man, this is one fine IPA. Very satisfying to the hop head in me, yet a restrained balance that makes it very refined. No wild west alaska here, someone decided to rock a tux to the party, and consequently owns the room. Like the nose, tasty toasted malt perfectly balanced by the hop resins, not really sweet, rather clean and nice bitter finish. So smooth, this is the James Bond of IPAs. And with an undetectable 6.2% ABV, it probably getting the panties droppin' just as quickly.

Light bodied with a nice, oily sharpness.

Well, I'm only having one of these tonight, but I really wish I had more, I'm sure I could effortless suck these down all night long. Damn good, I'm really impressed. Probably the best IPA I've had in awhile, very well crafted. Alaskan brewery really knows what they're doing. Their baltic porter is maybe my favorite beer ever, and now this IPA, wow!

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4.56/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bomber bottle! Dang, I love being back on the west coast for beer!

The pour created a finger's worth of soft, foamy head that resembled a scoop of French Vanilla ice cream, plus it held on like a champ. Color was a beautiful golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a grassy, flowery aspect. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a pleasant hops flavor on the tongue. It was somewhat spicy, peppery, and quite dry. The finish lingered with a soft hops flavor. I can't wait to get to AK!

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4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance great golden color, looks crisp and vivid

Smell- Nice sweet citrus with honey floral

Taste very similar to how it smells. Nice citrus without being overpowering, also nice hop structure

mouthfeel is smooth full and nice. Great water seems to give it great structure to this beer.

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4.52/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I found this beer to be very tasteful and hoppy. Its also a great beer if you're going to be drinking all day. The price is very affordable for such a good beer. I also like the fact it is available year round. Both bottle and on tap this is a winner.

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Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 50.7% out of 100 with 1,366 ratings
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