Alaskan Icy Bay IPA | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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3.68/5
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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
Ranking:
#33,939
Reviews:
424
Ratings:
1,407
pDev:
11.68%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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37
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272
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Photo of Ocalafox
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bdiiorio
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NRajtarski
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of GreenBayBA
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dafixa
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ri0
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Dreynolds1808
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of jbeervt
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of firkingroovin
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imperialking
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Grill20
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of theinternetlife
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
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 G-R-Fracassa
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gavage
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Dovers
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MeIquiades
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of barnzy78
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Photo of BlueSpader
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of deebo
3.02/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Bottle with a BB of Jan 14 2018 poured into a pint glass. A couple fingers of big bubbled white head atop a golden brew with good clarity.
S-Grass and herbal hop aroma. Caramel and toffee aromas noticed in the malt. Fairly strong malt presence for an ipa.
T-Hops pop a bit more in the flavor. Once again herbal and grassy with some back end bitter rind in the finish. A malty ipa.
M-Moderate to high carbonation that competes with the hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied.
O-A ipa with a fair amount of hop kick but definitely with a more significant toasted type malt character than most IPAs.

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Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,407 ratings