Alaskan Icy Bay IPA | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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83
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1,357 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
Ratings:
1,357
Reviews:
409
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
11.75%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
252
For Trade:
0
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Photo of rvelectric
1/5  rDev -72.7%

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 bottomfisher
1.75/5  rDev -52.2%

Way too much carbonation, too hoppy, too bitter, yuck!! Will not buy this one again. Alaskan has great beer but this one is disappointing.

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

Photo of nicole309
2/5  rDev -45.4%

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 jeschaefer
2.16/5  rDev -41%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Photo of MikeCross
2.17/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Out of date, not fresh

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Photo of aurorabeerealis
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

Photo of trytoketchup
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I do not write reviews.

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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 Benjolovesbeer
2.4/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

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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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of bryanlindsey12345
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,357 ratings.
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