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.

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Photo of tasteology408
1.58/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This was the worst ipa I had all year. The World could have gone without this beer ever being created.
Maybe it was cold, taken off the shelf, then cooled again.only thing I could think of, cause if not this beer really sucked. It was not enjoyable. I gave them away after trying the 2nd bottle hoping it was a mistake that the first one was bad. Ewwwww

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Photo of DogFood11
2.05/5  rDev -44%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz brown stubie. bright green label. A very light color for an IPA. Pale golden body. Low carbonation. Fizzy head that lays down to some small island skim. trace lace.

Very similar in smell and taste to alot of English IPA's i've had a change to gobble. Mild hop dryness and little in the floral department. Bitterness is sharp in the middle and gives way to a dry finish. Malts are mild as well and rather lackluster.

Notes: A run of the mill IPA with a lean towards English style. Watery in my opinion. Lacks depth or attitude. Pass.

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Photo of troutmask96
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

How can a brewery get something so right (Alaskan Brewing's world-class Smoked Porter), while also missing the mark so completely (its barely-palatable Pale Ale and now-reviewed IPA)? Alaskan Brewing's IPA may just be the Budweiser of craft beers, an offering so uttely unmemorable and uncomplex that their marketing company may as well replace the hallmark Anheiser Clydesale horses with breaching Orca whales (or at least cresting king salmon). Because it's one-and-done for this reviewer. I'll squirrel away more of their utterly incredible Smoked Porter vintages (the 2006 I just poured last weekend was resinously sublime), but it seems that Alaskan Brewing, like most things Alaskan, is a one-trick pony...

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Photo of konkoba98
2.36/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

kind of stinky. didn't have the flowery or fruity smells i like in my ipas. had a bit of skunky stank in it! aftertaste was similar. i don't know if it is the type of hops, malt, or what that makes some of these fairly popular beers hit the wrong note with me, but this one is one of them. big fan of some alaskan beers. just not this one. too thin, too watery, too keystone-like.

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Photo of veinless
2.39/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very clear, pale straw yellow. Bubbles continue to rise from the bottom to the top for a couple minutes after pouring. Head is two-fingers, lacy, and strikingly white, Retains after it dissipates to a half-finger cap.

A soft rindy grapefruit is the first scent I get, with a honey-like sweet malt afterwards. It's a crisp smell but lacks strength and punch.

Taste starts with same rindy grapefruit citrus, but is balanced by grainy malt that wasn't evident in the nose. A touch of pine blends them together, and a hoppy bitterness finishes the beer out. This is not the smoothest of beers, nor is the grainy character a great match with the citrus and carbonation. Slight bubblegum comes out as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is thin and heavily carbonated. The fizz is way too strong for how light and punchless the flavors are. Drinkability is hurt by that, along with the lack of any great tastes to make me want to take another sip. It isn't tough to drink, but it isn't really enjoyable either.

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Photo of HugePlume
2.42/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

A- My first reaction was that they had mis-bottled the beer or that I had accidently purchased a pale or a lager, not an IPA. Pours a clear yellow with no head, and no lacing. Could easily mistake this for a healthy lager or a pale ale by looks.

S- Has a weak apple or pear hop aroma. Indistinct malts.

T- Taste is akin to a bitter european lager or a very hoppy pale ale. Definatly not in the west-coast IPA tradition in the least bit. taste is not bad, but its certainly not in the same territory as the best IPA's in the least bit.

M- Low carbonation and high bitterness lead to a lingering bitter note that is not unpleasant, but also not as strong as you would hope from an IPA.

D- Its drinkable inthe sense that you can finish it, but there is no reason to. Its not anything like I would have expected and honestly very dissappointing.

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Photo of anglagard1
2.48/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is really no different than any macro. Smell gives me nothing to indicate this is an IPA, sort of a well water aroma. The overall taste I get from this is drinking the milk from the bowl after you've eaten Frankenberry. There's a definite strawberry taste to it. There's a bit of graininess to it, so let's say there's still a few pieces of cereal in the milk. There's a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste, but I'll be damned if I know where it's coming from. From everything I know about IPAs, this does not fit into the catagory. More of a Pale Ale, perhaps, but that is not a style I really appreciate. My score is based upon both what I think of the beer and how it represents the style. I can't give it an average grade when it to me does not taste, smell, or look like an IPA.

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Photo of Duttonic
2.48/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 12oz bottle into a dogfish head pint.

A- Deep copper, one finger of head, little to no lacing.

S- Spicy and citrus scent. Nothing really distinct.

T- Lacking. Citrus, hops, pine? Semi-earthy, but not impressive or drawing me to have another. Hides the 6.2% well.

M- Clean finish, but not a lot going on here. Some hops, not really bitter, little to no bite.

D- You could probably drink a lot of these, but I wouldn't. There are much better IPA's out there.

Just an average beer, nothing special, but at least I can say I've had a beer from Alaska.

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Photo of Briken
2.51/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hazy tan color with a spot of orange with a big foamy white head with good retention and uneven lacing. Light aroma of citrus hops and pale malts. Bold hops up front that give way quickly to a pale malt sweetness and finishes with a poot tasting bitter linger. High carbonation takes away most of the body.

I remember having this a long time ago and thinking it was a good, smooth IPA but that was before I really started drinking IPA's. Now it's an average, fairly tasteless beer that's not horrible but not good either. Definition of average, right?

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Photo of warmstorage
2.56/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle. (Apparent) best by date of 11/03/07.

Appearance: medium orange, crystal clear, light off-white head, moderate lacing.

Aroma: limited, surprisingly so. Kind of a flat grain smell.

Taste: also quite limited. Earthy, grassy hops, some metallic notes, malt definitely out-competes the hops. Apparently British style, but limited in hops even for that. Kind of sweet and tangy, but not necessarily in a good way.

Mouth: moderately thin, limited aftertaste.

I drank a bunch of this on the ferry between Juneau and Whittier, and it was just okay, the same price for a six pack in the liquor store in downtown Juneau as a single pint with tip of Alaskan Amber on the boat. It was serviceable for the time, but it's really not great beer. It's especially disappointing as it was so hyped. (i.e., why didn't Alaskan make an IPA? Well, they wanted to make one that was really special, etc, etc.) This is far from special.

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Photo of eallured
2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a medium gold color, much lighter than most IPAs. The smell of hops was sweetish and mostly floral, and relatively faint for the style. The taste was very short lived, with some up front bitteress which quickly faded to softer flavors, ending without finale. Mouthfeel was of soft carbonation with a low level of astringency, making it a bit bigger feeling. This may be a modest introduction to IPAs, but does not fill the shoes of ofther, established labels.

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Photo of dcloeren
2.69/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crips pale straw color with 1 finger of foamy white head.

The nose is faint but getting some tropical fruit and orange. Not much of a strong hop present...

The taste is pretty similar to the nose but getting a some bready characteristics. Slight citrus hop taste... not much going on here.

Light in body and crisp with carbonation. Very slight drying taste.

Overall, this was a disappointing IPA. Not much going on anywhere with this beer.

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Photo of jvillefan
2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: It is slightly more golden than a fizzy yellow beer. It has no head.

S: The smell has a musty hops smell and is very one dimentional.

T: the taste is not that good. Its has an alcohol flavor with a little hops and citrus throwen in.

M: The has the same mouthfeel as slightly carbonated water.

O: Not a good beer. It should not be considered an IPA.

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Photo of sprucetip
2.81/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes. I've been disappointed with this one since its inception, but had never analyzed it purposefully, only noted in my mind that I was extremely underwhelemed and never choose it unless my options are severely limited. Was on the state ferry the other day and this was the best option, with Alaskan Amber and Winter the only other non BMC options.

Pours very clear pale golden, very active, thick white head, good retention and some lacing. SMELL some centennial, I think, hoppiness. Otherwise grainy and possibly a bit of booze. Mediocre at best. TASTE malty base is detectable, but not sweet. Dry, grainy, with a light hop bitterness and subtle floral hop notes. Fairly balanced, i guess, but not much going on to balance. FEEL strong carbonation, thin side of medium body, clean dry finish. OVERALL I will concede that it drinks easy enough, in a lowest-common-denominator, training-wheels-craft beer sort of way. But the taste, smell and feel do nothing to inspire desire to drink it at all (unless your only other options are BMC or Alaskan Amber on the ferry). Beside that, I don't even think it is an IPA at all, even an enlish style one. I'd call it a thin, uninspiring pale. SNPA, for example, has a much more robust hop profile than this disappointing attempt from Alaskan Brewing.

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Photo of Weisseguy1
2.81/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I love IPA'S and have grown to love a well balanced IPA like lagunitas little sumpin. This ipa from Alaskan is sub par. I won't go much further with this review. Yes it does have hops. But if you like only hops and bubbles this is your choice. I would have liked more malts less bubbles. I can only assume that this ale was fermented much colder than a typical ale should, since it was brewed in Alaska, hence the carbonation. Respect it anyways.

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Photo of macktbone
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Very golden and light. Looks overly carbonated. Nice thick head that laces the glass well.

S- Crisp apple like aroma. Not so hoppy...makes me not so happy.

T- Nice initial edge, a little woody (cedar like), but nothing that grabs you at all. Weak for an IPA...thank goodness no-one tried to claim imperial status.

M- average ale.

D- I wouldn't spend money on this as an IPA, but for a lawnmower beer with tons of carbonation I guess I would drink this....If I was at someone elses house.

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Photo of chrisafari
2.87/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Nose: crisp/clean hops, slightly citrusy and piney (nice balance between them). Background of subtle malt.

Pour: clear light amber/copper, almost straw. Full creamy off-white head.

Taste: citrus hops are throughout with some clean subtle malt. Finish is slightly dry. Somewhat astringent/metallic taste throughout, which is pretty unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: medium body, nice lacing.

Drinkability: the metallic taste takes a lot away from the enjoyability of this beer.

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Photo of Jmoore50
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sorry Alaskan but this is not your best work by far. Had this on tap at the Reno Blues and Brews festival.

The appearance was good, nice golden color, poured soft with a light half finger head.

The smell was non existent. It had a small aroma of light flowery aromatic hops, or something like it. I was not impressed.

The taste was not good, sorry. It was stale on the palate, not really good going down, hard to swallow. The taste was of old hops and a bitterness that was almost like stale pale ale. I had two glasses also, so it might of been the tap?

Overall bad experience, sorry Alaskan, not the best.


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Photo of PDXHops
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bomber, poured into an oversized snifter.

Clear, golden-orange body topped by a finger or so of almost pure white head. The head diminishes rather quickly into mainly a ring of larger bubbles around the rim, an island of larger bubbles in the middle, and a slight skim of smaller bubbles around the island. I can revive it easily by swirling, but it keeps disappearing just as easily. Small amount of lacng.

Clean aromas of lemon and piney hops with just a hint of malt in the background. Pretty straightforward.

In the mouth, it doesn't live up to the promise of the nose for me. As a sip hits my tongue, I taste the citruy/piney hop flavors, but they disappear quickly, leaving mostly just plain bitterness (like cocktail bitters) behind, with a tad of grapefruit in the finish as well. A bit of soap in there as well, and a touch of strange medicinal flavor. Not much sweetness, but there is some toasted malt.

Not enjoying the mouthfeel. Pretty low carbonation, and the weird cocktail bitters and medicinal tastes seems to linger on my tongue.

Drinkability is not good for me. Struggled to finish the bomber, and had really had enough after 8 oz or so.

Overall impression: I love IPAs in general, but this is definitely not one I would seek out.

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Photo of sirosler
2.91/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep golden color with a one finger head that left in a hurry.

S: Floral and woody hops with a strong malt background.

T: The floral and earthy hops come at you first, then comes a strong malty middle. Finishes bitter and dry.

M: Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Not very smooth.

O: A below-average IPA that is lacking in many ways. It has some pieces of the necessary characteristics, but they combine to create something not very good. As others have said, it seems more like a pale ale or even a brown ale than an IPA.

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Photo of woemad
2.91/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.39. On the freakishly bright label is "A070507." Not really sure if it's a freshness date or not.

This poured a dark straw color with a fizzy inch of white foam that dropped almost immediately, though the carbonation looked to be rather high, judging by the many tiny bubbles hurtling skyward in the glass. The bubble parade went on for some time. Lots of spotty lace.

This smelled rather disappointing. There's a leafy, herbal, almost medicinal hop scent. The malts are biscuity and way out of proportion for an ipa, as they stand out just as much as the hops. Not what I look for in an ipa.

The taste is a little better. The hops take a slightly more dominant role, and end the beer on a bitter dry note. Still, the malts are brash and overdone for an ipa.

Mouthfeel could be that for a mass market lager that is doing a good job of keeping its carbonation.

A very disappointing IPA. I would almost be tempted to call it an English IPA, and a poorly balanced one at that . I won't be getting this again any time soon.

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Photo of gordavidson
2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- The beer is perfectly clear. The head that forms after the pour is pretty small and leaves a few spots when it settles out. I cannot see any streams of carbonation rise to the top. It is just a really clear light golden liquid with a little bit of foam on top.

S- Some citrus, pine, and grassy hops. The malt is very sweet smelling, almost a tad macro. Actually the more of it I drank, the more macro it seemed.

T- Same as the smell just a tad more intense. Even sweeter than the smell and more macro-y. Weird.

M- A good amount of carbonation in the mouth keeps it slightly spicy, pretty good.

D- Not quite what I was expecting, but a good shot none-the-less.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.94/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear gold pour with a wall of bubbles for a head. Nice release of citrus hops, with some pine and soap. Bit more soap in the taste, but that turns quickly into buttery hops and toasty malt. Not bad, but not nearly as good as others more easily available.

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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 drpimento
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had a lot higher hopes for this. Poured with a great, large, foamy, off white head that lasts a while and good lacing. Color is a clear dark yellow. Aroma is a mild blend of hop, caramel, malt. Flavor has nose and some wet cardboard. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of short to medium length.

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