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:
#34,615
Reviews:
428
Ratings:
1,422
pDev:
11.68%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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Ratings: 1,422 |  Reviews: 428
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decent understated hoppy beer. Great drinkability.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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

had this on tap at the stars/avs game at pepsi center last night. surprised I have not reviewed it before, as I have had this many many times. its a lighter ipa in color, more golden than anything else, with inviting citrusy and honey sweetness aromatics. well balanced compared to many, a pale malt base supports a robust but not overpowering hopping that results in a drinkably flavorful hop forward ale that makes pretty darn good hockey beer. my critique is that it doesn't stand up so well against the more assertively hopped ipas out there, and comes across more as an American pale ale than an ipa, but I guess that's being unnecessarily critical of a well above average beer. its just a little more tame. I like the carbonation and lighter of feel of this, the alcohol is well hidden and this is a fine session beer if you can take the buzz with you. not as interesting as some Alaskan brews, but a serviceable ipa at a good price.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 2/22/12.

Pours a clear light honey orange with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a small cap. Broken foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal hops. Taste is of citrus zest and herbal hops up front with a malt finish. There is a very mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA but nothing too memorable. I'm glad I finally picked up a bottle to give it a shot.

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3.78/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found this 22oz bomber at a Fred Meyer's in the Tri-Cities. It pours a light copper colour, with 2 fingers of foamy off-white head. The smell is predominantly pine hops with a little citrus kick, very inviting. The taste is much less hoppy than I was led to believe, however, the mild hop bite balances evenly with the grainy, cracker-like malt component. A light carbonation gives an innocuous mouthfeel, and the finish is very much like a pale ale, not many hops left at this point. Overall, a nice sessionable brew, becoming more like a pale ale the more I drank of it.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

03.05.15: Brief initial impressions.

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with a pry-off pressure cap served into a pilsner glass in Austin, TX. Cost was

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 11/4/2014. Pours crystal clear deep gold color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of citrus hops and bready pale malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good IPA. Good balance and robustness of citrus hops and bready pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. More of a balanced IPA that is not too bitter, but still has nice hoppiness in flavor. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a bubbly, three-finger head of white foam. It left behind sticky, rings of lace after the head receded.

S - It smelled of pine and resin. The was a light orange peel aroma, too.

T - It tasted of piney hops with a citrus bite. It had a sweet caramel flavor. The hop bitterness was very mild.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer with a dry finish.

D- This is a solid IPA. Alaskan always does good work and this one is nice. Cool label art, too.

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Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a frothy white head that leaves shards of lace

Smell: Hints of floral tangerine waft above a decent amount of malt in the aroma

Taste: Starts out with a nice bready flavor that is joined mid-palate by the tangerine; after the swallow, I pick up an herbal and grassy element that adds complexity to the bitter flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Bordering on the pale ale category this IPA nevertheless has a nice floral citrus element that makes it very easy to consume; damn drinkable, I say

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mothman
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a white head. Leaves some sticky lace. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Bready pale malts. Grapefruit citrus. Floral hops. Very earthy. Pretty fresh.

Taste: Orange and grapefruit citrus. Bready pale malts. Floral and piney. Earthy.

Mouthfeel: Bitter. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, a decent ipa. A little above average. A bit malty. However, this is pretty solid.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright citrus greets you in the nose of Alaskan's IPA. It's lemony, and mildly grapefruity. There are other fruits as well, including soft apricot, melon, and papaya. Beneath the fruitiness there's also a lightly sweet biscuity malt that's ever so slightly caramel tinged.

It's clear golden in the glass beneath a white head, and the retention and lacing are quite good.

Across the palate it's medium to medium-full in body with a delicately zesty tingle on the tongue due to its very fine bubbled median carbonation.

The flavor starts with citrus wrapped in a thin layer of sweetish malt. It becomes a little tarter and more bitter across the middle as the carbonation bristles the tongue. Floral, leafy, and mildly grassy hop notes appear, and going into the swallow the honey-drizzled and subtly caramelish malt becomes more apparent as it warms. The maltiness is short lived, however, as it's then immediately washed over by citrus and bitterness in a swirling finish.

It lingers throughout the mouth with a combination of citrus, honeyish malt, bitterness, leafy hops, and finally, chalky citrus rind. It's not too long lasting, and it's certainly more lemony citrusy than bitter. It's very refreshing!

It's interesting in that it's kind of English in nature with it's biscuity malt base and limited bitterness (around 50 IBU's), but also quite American in it's brightly citrusy hops. The strength is also kept in check whereas many American versions are just starting at 6.2%. Very well done. Certainly worth trying!

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Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can with a June 2017 BB date stamp on the bottom.
Pours clear amber in color, with a creamy bone-colored head that leaves patterned lacing on the glass and has very good retention.
The aroma is evident in the pour: citrusy hops with herbal notes. The flavor follows but the herbal elements are less obvious and some bready malts appear.

Feel: medium body and lively medium+ carbonation. Crisp with a dry finish.

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

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,422 ratings