Alaskan Icy Bay IPA | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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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
Ratings:
1,358
Reviews:
409
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
11.75%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
252
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,358 |  Reviews: 409
Photo of cjgiant
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle best by end of July, 2017:
Pours a lovely clear straw golden. Head doesn't grow too hish on a normal pour, but is still atop the beer midway through. Thickish collar with some lacing.

Nose is a crisp malt with light grain and hay, and a seemingly grassy bitterness, a light hint of spice.

A crisp, clean opening, slightly more prickly than tickling carbonation. A light lemon citrusy note with a malt prfile that reminds me of shredded wheat cereal, for some reason. The beer gets a tad strange in the middle - like it's trying to figure out where it wants to go. The grassy note from the nose wins out but it's a bit more earthy than spicy. Clean ending.

This is near the end of its freshness, I am sure, but still has a nice cleanness to it. It's borderline APA/IPA in bitterness at this point, but presumably was a little stronger in this sense when more fresh.

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Photo of juicebox
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jsmith313
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 80x2HopHead
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 11/4/2014. Pours crystal clear deep gold color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of citrus hops and bready pale malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good IPA. Good balance and robustness of citrus hops and bready pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. More of a balanced IPA that is not too bitter, but still has nice hoppiness in flavor. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cascades an amber hue with one fingers worth of head.

Aroma is full of herbal and spicy hops with very little malt aroma. Not too complex, but perfect for a refreshing IPA.

Sme biscuit/crystal malt plays a supporting role to the crisp, refreshing hop bitterness that bursts and does not linger. Tastes of resiny pine, light citrus, but feels rather light in the middle.

Mouthfeel is thin on the palate, medium to high carbonation. Overalll very refreshing and the bitterness is not overwhelming. "Barkeep, I will have another!"

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Photo of donspublic
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of elNopalero
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours with a bright, vibrant, almost-gold color. I get a noseful of vivid, grassy hops, followed by a flavor that is hop forward. It is dominated by the fresh, crisp flavor of the hops, grassy, and lightly bodied with a lingering bitterness on an otherwise clean, bright finish. I can see this falling apart if the hops fade as I don’t think the malt backbone has enough to hold up. Not bad, just drink it fresh!

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of PaulBenjamin
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bsp77
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Best by date of July 23, 2011.

Appearance: Clear, light gold without much head and no lacing. Looks a little too lager-like.

Smell: Tangerine, with light grapefruit and tropical notes. Some toasted malts.

Taste: Dry, toasted malt backbone with borderline tart grapefruit and tangerine co-mingling. Finish is slightly bitter and spicy, but fairly light overall for an IPA.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, light to medium body with a very dry finish. A little lighter than I prefer but the tart-like dryness is great.

Overall: Very nice everyday IPA. Not too bold on flavor, but what is present is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of pgregoryCA
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz left over from a 6'er picked up at the 16th st Albertsons. Enjoyed out of a shaker pint... listening to Global Underground Nick Warren, Shanghai mix.

good 2" head atop clear honey brews.... good chunky lacing left down the inside of the pint.

Nice PNW hop aroma right out of the gate.... floral and pine.... really nice toasted malt backbone.

Dry... finish is very noticeable on the first sip... good biscuity malt flavor... that melts from the citrus/grapefruit zest flavor... maybe a little thin for the style but really only a minor fault on an otherwise very nice brew.

Alaskan makes quality products... I wish they still bottled their ESB... fantastic. Now I am just hoping I can pick up a bunch of their barleywine when it comes out soon.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange, two finger head with some lacing

S-Nice citrus, hops are present.

T-Citrus tones with mild bitterness. Sweet but not outstanding.

M-Light bodied with little carbonation.

O-A pleasant IPA, nothing stands out as great. Was a gift from family who went on an Alaskan cruise. Worth the try.

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Photo of nqdell
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a- thin clear gold with head that disappears quickly

s- hops strong in piney scent

t- Very drinkable ipa with enough hop to satisfied a indian snob

m- bounces oo the tongue and give a creamy feel and tingles the nostrils

Overall a fine bargain beer I would choose over the peers in this category.

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Photo of DrMalt
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep golden colour with a thick white head.Excellent lacing.
S: Aroma was noticable but not outstanding. Floral, grapefruit hops, caramel malt.
T: Very prominent grapefruit, grassy notes. Perhaps lacking some maltiness balancing bitterness.No off flavour profiles.
M: Somewhat thin bodied.
D: Very drinkable - I could easily drink this beer in greater quantities.

Scored well in comparison to others in an IPA tasting

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Photo of Lelampp
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow-ish color with a big white head. In the aroma, citrus hops, a bit on the the sweeter side as well. In the taste, a mix of citrus and piney hops, again a bit sweet. A nice bitter mouthfel and a dry, hoppy aftertaste. Very nice, and actually kind of standard, but very good.

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Photo of telescifly
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jtirpak22
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Golfer3Aces
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dcotom
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. Hazy golden copper color, with a three-finger white head that left some nice sticky lacing. Aromas and flavors of light malt with a grassy and herbal hop character. Lots of peppery bitterness on the tongue, with a pleasantly dry finish. A very good beer overall.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mig100
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Turbo
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,358 ratings.
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