Alaskan Icy Bay IPA | Alaskan Brewing Co.

Alaskan Icy Bay IPAAlaskan Icy Bay IPA
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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.

Added by zacharius on 03-26-2005

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer of this in Rock Springs, I don't know where, or for how much. I remember drinking one as a night cap once, and haven't touched it since. Here's a second go.

A: Deep gold/light copper with a stark white head, about half an inch which recedes to a film. Excellent lacing all around. Excellent clarity too. Pretty nice bubble motion as well. Not too shabby lookin IPA.

S: Floral, grapefruit hops, caramel malt, not much else. Pretty bland in the nose, which is disappointing.

T: Mouth is a little better, grapefruit rind, and a nice graininess to it. IPA though? I'm leaning a little more towards strong pale ale. A little bit more bitterness as its warming up more, but really not that strong. Nothing offensive, but really nothing that spectacular either. Pretty mild flavored IPA.

M: Nicely carbonated pretty smooth finish, lots of lingering grapefruit notes, not really pucker worthy. Hits all the spots that an IPA needs to hit.

D: I could easily drink this whole fiver...pretty tasty, pretty mild, nothing that really blows my mind. Pretty fair IPA. Just not real great. I don't know if I'll seek it out again.

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Photo of DruC4
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RBuckley73
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is not what you would expect from an american IPA. It pours like an IPA but a little too tranparent. At first taste you think, was that water? but then the flavors sneak up on in the middle of the taste. overall the hop flavors are a little weak but the smoothness is unique. Alaskan did the same thing with their pale, but technically that is a golden and should be that way. The IPA could really use some more hop flavor, but if you want to get wasted off an IPA taste this is the beer for you.

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Photo of EdFed
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PaBeerLover
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Lukebell15
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of tillmac62
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BBD 4/14/16. Pours clear with a slight amber gold color. Normal head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Very good, but a bit light, nose of floral hops, light tropical hops and zest over biscuit.

Light body with a viscosity smoother than water, but not by much. Well balanced light carbonation for the body with a nice middle effervescence and a prickly finish.

The flavor profile is quite good. While not complex, this beer is tasty and well balanced with reasonable intensity. Bitterness is mild and orange rind based. It begins slightly sweet, progresses to a mildly bittered middle, then some flavors separate over a biscuit sweetness. There's a sweet tropical there underneath, perhaps kiwi or stone fruit, but it's very subtle. As the finish approaches, orange asserts itself. The finish is a slow fade of orange zest with notes of spicy spruce.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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

Photo of MaxPowers
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Mortarforker
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Alaskan IPA

Enjoyed on tap. Served cold in a shaker pint glass.

A) Golden amber brew. Really not much head. A thin frothy collar remained. Not much lacing...

S) Quite a fresh scent. A bit floral, with a pinch of grass, and a good amount of grapefruit.

T) Pleasantly citrusy, with good malt balance in the flavor. A bit of grass and pine. Citrus rind on the finish.

M) Lighter medium body, with mild carbonation, but not flat. This was refreshing and really easy drinking.

O) I enjoyed this... Definitely above average, with very nice drinkability. I'd go for this again.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from younger35.

12 oz. bottle poured into my trusty Davidson Bros. nonic, oh how I love thee.

Pours a clear tinted golden hue with a nice one finger fluffy white head that dies down a thin layer. Stickiness is pretty damn good, how it should be for the style. Smell is a soapy clean citrus hop with a very nice hint of pine. Also detect a tiny bready scent in the nose as well. Taste is just about how it smells, but a bit weaker. Creamy bready hop flavor, not much bitterness, actually pretty smooth. Good blend of caramel malt on the tongue too, pretty solid flavors, they just don't stand out as much as I would like them to. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a small amount of carbonation. Pretty good IPA, I look forward to trying more beers from Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear and golden. About one finger head initially, but dissipates to not much. Very thin lacing.

Smell: Strong citrus (grapefruit especially, orange and lime) along with light hops. Also catching whiffs of toasted malts.

Taste: A little bland, especially for an IPA. Strong citrus flavor (again grapefruit and lime with a little orange). Malts are definitely present. Hop bitterness is pretty weak. Not much aftertaste either - a little bitter, a little citrus, but not much. Wise Man Pete says, "This is not the taste I'd expect from an IPA."

Mouthfeel: Very thin. Carbonation seems relatively high. Aftertaste is weak.

Drinkability: While I could imagine myself drinking this beer all night, I could also imagine myself doing a lot stupider things all night. This beer is ok - definitely nothing to write home about. The taste is bland with very little body. I could imagine myself getting drunk off of it because it's so light.

Burp: Delicious; robust and hoppy! The missing ingredient to this beer must lie in my tummy, because that burp was a hell of a lot better than the beer itself. Why can't there be a burp category?

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Photo of u2carew
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby twist off.
A) Pours with a finger thick head then settles to a thin lacing on top. Slightly hazy body. Bronze in color. Sticky lacing on the side of the glass.
S) Citrus fruit and flowers.
T) Orange, floral notes at first then some malt sweetness seeps in. Finishes with a quick hop bite then lingering citrus fruit.
M) Crisp. Clean. Medium body. Tannin on the back side.
D) A well crafted American IPA - true to form. And if I had another I'd drink it.

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Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was on tap at a local pizza shop. The poured a nice amber color with a small head which left a nice lacing on the cup during every sip. The smells were of nice hops and caramel. The feel was medium with a nice little hop resin. The taste was good nice amount of hops along with caramel.

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Photo of Beerswag
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of harryhops
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigAl18
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Stubby 12oz bottle like the one depicted; no "best before" date on bottle or 6-pack. Poured into a standard pint glass.
Has a clear dark golden color, decent carbonation and a moderate .5in white head that left scant lace.
Nose had a clean citrus and pine aroma with a softer undercurrent of grains and hay. Not real potent but definitely a solid IPA aroma.
Tastes good; crisp citrusy hops bite that swiftly overtakes the initial mellow sweet grains flavors. As it reaches further back on the tongue, the citrus taste transitions to a more pronounced pine resin taste that lingers nicely after each pull.
Feel is surprisingly light; crisp and clean.
Overall, a very easy drinking IPA. It has a more subdued hops profile than many West Coast IPA's (or East Coast, for that matter) but that only serves to make Alaskan's version a more viable session IPA. This brew's hops bill won't scour your tongue after the first; it'll leave you wanting more. Good effort by Alaskan BC!

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Photo of Techichi
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Gerred
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of eulerthegrape
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of 77apm
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 50.7% out of 100 with 1,367 ratings
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