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Alaskan Icy Bay IPA | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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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.

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Photo of AleMan66
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It pours a yellow golden with a quickly receding white head. It's one of the best IPAs I've had because they don't hit you over the head with the hops. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of Restin
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up the other day as part of a mix-a-six.

Pours a light, hazy honey color with little head retention. Hop presence in smell and nose is minimal but upon tasting was pleasantly surprised with a remarkable hop sustain and silky finish.

Overall, this would be a great choice for a summer session beer. Nothing over the top but will certainly have me coming back for more.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampled in-flight on Alaska Airlines. Overall, this is a pretty decent IPA. Nothing jumps up and kicks you in the tastebuds, but it's a good middle of the road IPA. Plus, the brewery is donating $1 per beer to some sort of wildnerness foundation. I love it when I can drink beer and save the planet at the same time.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
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 princessbay710
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First impression is a less than impressive head on what looks to me like a well carbonated golden body. 1% for the Oceans, right on. Decent lacing. This beer is very bright and light, at first sip it feels like a very drinkable light macro that would otherwise have you take or leave it, but then draws you back in with a crisp citrus finish that is too clean to deny. Despite lacking any complexity whatsoever, this 6.2% summery session beer will actually have me coming back for more. Thank you Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle with a best by date just a month and a half away (5/27/16). Gold orange color, quite carbonated. Cool lacing. Citra hops are present but muted on the nose. Taste is extremely drinkable and refreshing - it kind of lacks any sort of definitive character an is just an above average, refreshing beer. Really drinkable light beer for an IPA. As it warms it seems to develop a more intense hop profile.
Citra hops again make an appearence but briefly and mostly on the aftertaste. Pretty dry finish that sweetly coats the throat. Alaskan tends to play it safe and they've done it quite well every beer I've tried. Cheers!

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Photo of Lunchbox171717
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one was interesting. I had never heard of the brewery, but was willing to always give an unheard of brewery a chance. It was pretty good, considering the price, but it's probably not one I would be willing to buy again. It was a standard IPA, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Best by 4/23/16 printed on the side (today's date is 2/21/16)

Pours a very clear golden-yellow body with a white head. Little retention, Some lacing. I have to mention the clear appearance of the body again here. It's the (only) reason I am giving it a 4

Smell is fairly faint but I'm getting some citrus with a little pine

Taste follows. A citrus hop bitterness with a decent malt backbone (that I sure couldn't smell) but obviously it's there and creates a nice balance.

Crisp, slightly thin feel.

Overall; Good but not necessarily great. I'm not sure how long it takes from bottling to Alaskan Brewing's "Best by" date is. This one still has 2 months to go but freshness could have been an issue.

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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 Tripel_Threat
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Decent little IPA. Had this one served on tap in a glass mug. Aroma was floral hops with orange zest and tangerine. Taste tracks, with a decent malt backbone and dry, piney hop finish. 'Sallright.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright orange amber, mostly clear, with fluffy and delicate well-retaining light tan head. Contiguous zig-zaggy legs. Smells like figs, oranges, resin, herbs, and spice. Grassy up front, with date-like presence. Gets more tart as it lingers but soon balanced by herbal, piney, rindy bitterness. Peppercorn, dead leaf, and leather finish. Medium in body, sloshy and sudsy, crisp and fairly dry, not as astringent as it could have been give the palate.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This was poured into a pint glass numerous times, always the same. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange to yellow color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about thirty seconds leaving a light lacing sticking and then sliding down into the beer. The smell had a decent sweet to bitter citrus rind and caramel malts running in and out of each other, (separated from each other). The taste was basically the same. Bitterness doesn’t seem to blend with the malts. The aftertaste is caramel sweet to light citrus. It leaves a semi-dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation comes across fairly harsh and the bitterness shows its face slightly. Overall, I say this was an okay AIPA, better in the taste, but wishing the aroma smelled together.

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Photo of J_Chavez15
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out golden yellow. Nice thick head. Smells of fruity citrusy hops. Medium body. Taste the citrus and maybe floral hops. Finish is very refreshing with a bit of dryness in the back end. Overall a very good solid Ipa.

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Photo of ElJacobian
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a huge fan of this beer. Very bitter, but not in a good way. It kind of tastes like rust and cardboard on the after taste. It's a shame because the smell has a lot of potential to me- seems like it could have a crisp bite to it, but unfortunately it tastes kind of old and dusty.

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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 Beer-vortex
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle.

After some smoke it pours a very clear amber orange color (on the lighter side) with many bubbles streaming up. The pour produced a 1 finger head that fades somewhat slowly.

The nose is sweet citrus and a sweet floral aroma. It smells very sweet. The taste is citrus up front with a surprising wheat taste; almost like a lager. It kind of reminds me of Sierra Nevada Beer Camp. The strong sweetness in the nose is not reflected in the taste, which was also surprising. However, I found the taste well-balanced.

There is very little if any vapor with the 6.2% ABV (maybe some on the back-end), so a well made beer. Excellent carbonation (no surprise with all the bubbles I saw). World class lacing.

It’s not that strong of an IPA offering; it needed more of a stronger citrus and hop presence, so I’d call it more of a pale ale. However, this is a very good beer that I enjoyed. Bottle did not have the date but had a best before date on the bottle.

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Photo of marcellaproust
4.57/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from bottle: very large thick and creamy head which lasts and leaves behind like traces on the glass. Smells of biscuit and freshness, the freshness of line-dried clothes washed without scented detergents: sun-washed. No piney or obvious IPA over-hopped resiny flavor--clean hops with medium body that finishes crisp, substantial, citrusy-melon. I've decided that this is one of two of the top IPAs I've ever had and I've decided this after enjoying this beer for two years. It's just a fantastic beer that has outlasted the (now) overhopped, one-dimensional and tedious onslaughts that are now produced as IPAs.

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Photo of OrtheusMaximusRex
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised by this one. I tasted it out of an Alaskan Sampler 12 pack (this one was great, had the Amber, Icy Bay, their APA, and the Stout, which is hard to find where I live). Overall a nicely balanced and drinkable IPA. Not as hop-forward slap you in the face hops as the HopoThermia, nice floral/citrus aroma. Very drinkable.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A : Mellow gold body with a thick, fluffy white cap of 3 fingers. Leaves generous whisps and licks of lacing as it slowly recedes.

S : Mandarin oranges, grapefruit juice, and an herbal aroma. Some slight OJ. Also a faint beery malt aroma.

T : Citric. Slight seltzer water. Soda cracker, damp hay, and a rich malty backbone. Bizarre taste profile but it's actually enjoyable. Orange peel on the finish with a little grassiness and herbal hop.

F : Intense carbonation that stings like bees on the tongue, but it's exciting. And under that is a creamy, rich, medium-bodied feel. It ends wet and creamy with a snap of dry hop.

O : I'd have it again. I'm not an IPA fan but I like this beer. Malty despite the abundance of hop.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks - Poured massive see through gold with a well retained frothy white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

mell - Very malt forward. Plenty of toasted malts on the forefront leading to a tad whiff of some grapefruit.

Taste - Toasted malts ane light grapefruit all throughout this one, though it leaves a bit more to be desired for the style.

Feel - Sits a bit thin although creamy. Slight carbonation.

Overall - A bit on the lighter side of things. Very drinkable and having a twelve shouldn't be an issue. Not much to write home about.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Chill hazed gold, 2” off white foam cap, lacy.
S: Citrus, light earthy dankness, grass.
T: Citrus, fruit, citrus rind bitterness, orange, lemon, pear.
F: Creamy, medium body and carbonation.
O: A well made, flavorful, easy to drink IPA.

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Photo of dorianmarley
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is cloudy yellow amber with a head that fades and nice lacing.

Nose is tart candy, lemon zest, and all spice.

Taste is nutty and mild, with crusty bread and lemon peel.

Mouthfeel is easy with mild carbonation.

Overall, it is a fun, easy and unique session.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

And the debate between whether a beer is a single IPA versus a hoppy pale ale continues...

Pours a nice copper color with 1 finger of quickly dissipating head.

The smell is very nice. A ton a sweet citrus notes. Not too much malt. Relatively dry.

Taste doesn't come close to the nose. It is light, but bordering a pale ale. I do like the dryness though. The beer is approaching watery and is missing some malt backbone. You do get some non-descript citrus notes. The end is a rather unpleasant hop resin finish.

In short, the beer smells and looks good but the taste doesn't follow. It is alright, but overall it is a little thin without the true hoppy-citrus punch I like. It gets a 81.

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Photo of justinp444
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass this beer pours a clear golden orange with a 2 inch foamy white head. It smells of light malt and citrus with some sweet fruit. Taste is watery with a light malt flavor and some orange citrus. Not very complex with only a bit of very small fruit notes in the back this beer. It has a light to moderate mouthfeel though a okay crispness with a lingering piney biterrness to the end of it.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked this up as part of a build-your-own-six-pack from a local liquor store. The bottled on date states this was brewed a little under three months ago. Poured right from the fridge into a pint glass.

L: Pours a crystal-clear amber with profuse visible carbonation. A half-inch eggshell head sticks around for a bit and falls to a film with some lacing on the glass.

S: Not much nose to this one: there's citrus hop flavor mingled with underlying bread notes from the malts. A little bit of apricot in this one, as well.

T: Plenty of carbonation at the front diffuses the caramel and bread malt flavors at the onset. The middle has some subdued citrus and pine hop flavor, with just a touch of apricot/peach. The back end has some clear alcohol and definite hop bitterness that registers predominantly as pine, but there's also a little citrus rind to it. The whole thing tastes a little more watery than I'd like in this style.

F: On the lighter side of medium-bodied and very effervescent on the palate. The finish is decidedly clean. Though the finish brings the bitter, it feels somewhat watered-down.

O: This is a passable IPA in a pinch, but certainly not worth the same price tag as, say, Two Hearted. All the flavors feel muted, and that watery sensation should not be there in a beer with an ABV of 6.2%. Seeing that this was on the shelf for inclusion in a build-your-own-sixer, it's very possible that this one wasn't handled with appropriate care, but it's not likely that I'll reach for this one again.

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Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,295 ratings.
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