Alaskan Icy Bay IPA | Alaskan Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,357 |  Reviews: 409
Photo of DanGeo
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pale golden copper hue with a bright wite head fine even lacing. Aroma has hints of citrus/floral notes. A biscuit doughy center in the nose really stands out. Flavor wise sharp piercing bitterness really brings out citrus/floral notes more pale biscuit semi sweet malt tones, pretty hop sided but that's okay. Not brilliant but I'd imagine hops are a tough comodity in Alaska. Unliked Smoked salmon and malts. Mouthfeel is sturdily carbonated with a light to medium bodied. Drinkabiliy overall is solid an approachable early IPA that I would definitely swing for especially on tap.

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Photo of Andyyyyyy
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good IPA. Nothing mind blowing. Has a nice golden color that you would expect from an American IPA. Not much of a smell to make you look forward to drinking. Nice bitterness but not enough hoppiness. Then again I enjoy very hoppy beers! Mouthfeel is as expected. Nothing to brag about though. Definitely a great drinking IPA that is a safe bet for an IPA lover however has no qualities that make it stand above the rest

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Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glad to finally be able to purchase Alaskan beers in Tx! 12 oz bottle pours a clear gold color with a nice cap of off-white head. Retention and lacing are both excellent.

Nose is fairly balanced for an IPA, with graham cracker and honey malt peeking through the pine and fruity hop aromas.

Sharp bitterness, crackery malt and a low sweetness make for a solid, if not spectacular, IPA experience. This seems like one of those IPAs that would have been considered top tier 10 years ago, but now just falls into the 'meh, it's pretty good' category. I also dont think this is as good as many of the other standard lineup/seasonal beers they do compared to their stylistic counterparts.

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Photo of Daktah
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper gold win a white head and some good lady streaks as it goes down the glass. Aroma is some caramel malt presiding over some floral and citrus hops. Neither really dominates, but the hops aren't particularly strong. Taste is much the same with a bit off sweetness balanced out some bitterness. Lift to medium body with good carbonation. Drinks pretty well, but not one of the better IPAs we picked up on our West Coast trip.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottles purchased from Bel Air market.

A - Pours a copper gold, with 2 fingers white head. It dissipates moderately slow and leaves nice lacing.

S/T - Notes of caramel, flower, grass, and bitter.

M - Full-bodied, hop dominated, and a dry aftertaste.

D - It's not bad, but the dryness is a bit much for the IPA.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hoplover82
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a pleasantly surprising light golden color (I like my IPA's on the lighter colored side). With a vigorious pour it only has a small to medium white head that has pretty good retention and some noticeable lacing.
S- By the aroma you can tell it's an IPA but it's quite mild for American IPA's which ought to be more in your face. I get tropical fruit notes, some pine and mango notes, and with a swirl of the glass comes a very noticeable sweet pilsner like, fresh bread aroma.
T- There's plenty of hop and malt flavor but they don't go well together. I definitely pick up the pine hop flavor with some fruity esthers from what I am assuming is a yeast thing. On the finish it has a crisp pilsner like malt flavor. I just don't think that the flavors in the beer merry well together.
M- It has a medium body. Low carbonation, which lends to a balanced mouthfeel (Not to sweet not to dry.) It has a nice lingering hop bitterness in the finish.
O- Overall, I don't think this beer is a homerun but it's above average in my opinion. I am glad I bought a six pack to try it. Cheers Everyone!

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Photo of gandres
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle to wine glass
A: light amber pale
Aroma: hoppy, grains
Taste: medium bitterness, long finish, sweet follow through
M/F: lively carbonation, creamy
OA: very good IPA, ok to repeat, but not look for
Drank: 9/13/2016 10:20 PM

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, Sam Adams perfect pint. I've passed this brew up many times, decided to purchase and review tonight. Bargain at $2.79 per 22. Best before of September 2011.

A: Pours a crystal clear light straw color (think BMC) with a good amount of white head that subsides and clings to the glass. Carbonation dances up from the bottom of the glass.

S: Hop forward, floral hops, evergreen and pine needles, some herbal qualities as well. Smells crisp and bitter. Light malt presence.

T: Bitter hops but not overwhelming; again the pine and floral characters are forefront, followed by a grapefruit-like dryness. Underneath there is a layer of earthy hops and herbal flavors, maybe even light tobacco qualities.

MF: Crisp and clean, well carbonated. Lighter mouthfeel.

O: Quaffable but not my favorite, a touch dry and piney with no real malt sweetness or citrus hops to balance. Good display of hops and hop bitterness.

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Photo of 03fatboy
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Rawwie
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BillT916
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Desimoaj
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Josholson666
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WesMantooth
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There is a group of numbers that is stamped on the label "091815" I assume this is a best by date.

Pours paler gold, or golden yellow if you prefer. About 90% clear. Large, fluffy white head that leaves a bunch of lacing. Too bad you can't post video in the review because the tiny bubbles on the side wall shimmer like glitter as they cascade back down the glass into the beer.

It smells like sweet pale malts, and citrus fruits with a touch of floral/herbal hops.

There is nothing negative about the flavors, but they are not very assertive either. Some lemon with some grapefruit sourness. Grassy and floral hops. Sweet, biscuit grains on the back end. Fairly bland, it really falls off more toward the end. A solid bitterness overall though.

Pretty well carbonated. Decent amount of resin.

A good beer. Not a great IPA in my opinion. Drinks more like a hoppy pale ale really.

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Photo of thomasjohne
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gruss004
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lewarcher1949
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice-style glass. Pale orange color. Fairly light colored for an IPA. Citrus elements predominate. Not very bitter smell. Tastes fruity, but not sweet. No boozy taste, which is a blessing. Hops are less prominent, still present. Light mouthfeel and consistency.

Overall, a decent standout example of a very common style. Not the best, but a good choice in a world where everyone and his mother has their own version of an IPA.

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Photo of beck2008
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a golden amber 2 finger head, minimal lacing (not sure how lacing affects taste buuut I thought i'd mention it nonetheless)
S - a little piney hops - aroma is subtle - likely not much dry hopping
T - citrusy hops, mellow bitterness with equal mellow malt backbone. This is tastes like a pale ale not a IPA but then again I would argue that that a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is more like an IPA but I digress
M - good carbonation for this style
O - well balanced maltiness with hop bitterness - a very drinkable brew. Definitely buy it again (I think this one ran $7.99 which is a good deal for a craft brew)

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of malprep
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Icy Bay IPA pours a copper color with a small lacing head. There is a more balanced aroma, but some hop notes do come through. The taste is also more balanced, but again some hop flavors come through. Decent feel, okay strength of flavors. Overall its a very OK IPA.

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Photo of CapCollector16
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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