Alaskan Icy Bay IPA | Alaskan Brewing Co.

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Alaskan Icy Bay IPAAlaskan Icy Bay IPA
BA SCORE
3.68/5
Good
1,390 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
Ranking:
#32,053
Reviews:
418
Ratings:
1,390
pDev:
11.68%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
266
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,390 |  Reviews: 418
Photo of hsus0225
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ajuarez
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The bright lime green bottle gets your attention right off the bat. I hope a lot of green went into the boil as well. It's apparently dry hopped too. Pours a mostly translucent yellow gold with a one-finger white head. Nonstop carbonation rises like sparkling wine. Nose is nice--a very pleasant citrus hop. Kind of a light grapefruit, flowers, and some cake batter. I can smell sweet caramel malt in the empty bottle quite well. Very lemony up front in flavor. Crisp mid palate with a Bartlett pear influence. Finish is dry with tingling hop oils and CO2 fading over a light grain base. Not bad.

 596 characters

Photo of dsshuck
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sjmad23
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of artoolemomo
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which has some retention but not much. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a pale amber that appears as a golden straw when held up to the light. Considerable lacing at the moment.

Nose- Nice but simplistic. Shows citrus (mostly orange with a little bit of lemon) but not much else. Some hints of honey, a light floral character, maybe even some caramel. Very slight notes of pine and resin in the background. Swirling shows light honey and a very light peach.

Taste- Reflects the nose for a while (citrus (mostly orange again), some honey, brief floral notes, slight caramel) then moves into a much more stereotypical IPA flavor profile. Grapefruit, huge notes of pine and resin which, at first, seemed to contribute to a strong bitter finish but seems a little more rounded at the moment. Earwax as well as the linger reasserts itself. Most of the interesting notes fade and leave the bitter notes of pine, resin, grapefruit, and earwax to dominate. No flaws but fairly boring. Lacks complexity. Okay balance and integration. Above average beer but a rather average IPA. Some matchstick.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with a slight syrupiness to the texture. Light carbonation, little zing.

Drinkability- I'm not much a hophead anymore so the bitter linger is undesirable but otherwise, it's pretty drinkable. Pretty standard craft beer price so I would definitely grab something else. Only bought this because it was in a variety pack.

Overall- Above average. Worth a try but it is just a run of the mill IPA. I will not be purchasing it again. This is mostly because when I drink IPAs these days, I try to go for the cream of the crop.

 1,719 characters

Photo of wagenvolks
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a clean, golden body beneath a thin cap of foam that scantily covers the beer beneath...looks more like a lager than an IPA. Grapefruity sweetness abounds in the aroma, balanced by a crisp wheat note and pale malts. Still nothing exceptional.

The flavor is a tasty blend of pale, crystal malts, spicy/citrus hops, and some crackled pepper. Mouthfeel is a bit on the over-carbonated side, but crisp and decently refreshing. Not much of a hop finish, which is a bit of a disappointment. All in all, I was underwhelmed by this IPA. Will likely look elsewhere, although Alaskan's Smoked Porter is fantastic.

 637 characters

Photo of GatorCoop
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DanGeo
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

 582 characters

Photo of Andyyyyyy
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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

 419 characters

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

 684 characters

Photo of Daktah
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

 442 characters

Photo of MisterClean
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

 314 characters

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hoplover82
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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!

 1,098 characters

Photo of gandres
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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

 239 characters

Photo of Scotchboy
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

 923 characters

Photo of TrojanRB
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 03fatboy
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Rawwie
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,390 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.