Alaskan Icy Bay IPA | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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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
Ratings:
1,358
Reviews:
409
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
11.75%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
253
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber color with a huge head of white foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, very slowly fading to leave a ton of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is somewhat mild overall, but consists of a mix of citrus and pine hop smells mixed with a little bit of a bready smell. There are some rather light fruit notes in there as well, with these being mainly of a tangerine and apricot nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather fruity flavor of tangerine, orange and pear mixed with some hop flavors of a more grapefruit nature. Upfront the grapefruit is quite light, with it growing slightly stronger as the taste moves on further to the end. Along with the grapefruit comes some other hop flavors of a pine and grassy taste, which nicely add to the grapefruit. While more hop comes to the tongue, the overall hop flavor remains relatively light to average for an IPA of 6.2 % abv., and with the fruit increasing a little bit at the end, one is left with a rather fruity and moderately hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the mix of fruit with hop, the more mid-range feel is rather appropriate, being thin enough to highlight the fruit, all while having enough base to support the hop.

Overall – A decent IPA overall, but nothing super out of the ordinary. Rather enjoyable and with Alaskan beers usually quite affordable, this is a rather nice go to.

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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 PaulBenjamin
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeff_Plitzner
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dare I say perfect? Nice golden color, not too bitter for an IPA

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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 magicsqurill
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zookerman182
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MrBIP
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of florisj135
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gully1
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crisp refreshing though having much hop flavor and great hop aroma. Hard to drink just one even with the bitterness

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Photo of Winston3737
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beaulabauve
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of gatheredwaters
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 <$9 for a 6 pack at a local HEB grocery.

I dig the sleek green label art. 6.2% ABV. Best before: 05/10/15.

Pours a healthy off-white head which occupies half the glass and has great retention (at least 7 minutes). Body colour is a clear translucent copper of average vibrance, and presents cleanly.

Aroma is good, with ample hop notes of floral character, resins, and a hint of pine. This is complemented nicely by a malty hint of graham cracker and some fresh pale malt sweetness. No yeast character, alcohol, or off notes come(s) through. Aromatic intensity is average.

Taste is quite balanced, with the bitter hop notes compensated for by the clean pale malt backbone. It's floral, vaguely fruity, and a biteen resinous. No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes come through. Not horribly deep or intricate, but the fundamentals are there, and I rather like it.

Texture is predictably smooth and wet, with slight overcarbonation. Nevertheless, it's refreshing and appropriately medium-bodied.

Overall, it's a highly drinkable and very approachable IPA in a more than fair price range, and I'm glad I nabbed a 6 pack. Maybe it can't compete with offerings like Ballast Point Sculpin or Bear Republic Racer 5, but it's a respectable brew that offers more quality than most IPAs do at this price point. More good work from Alaskan.

Low B- (3.29)

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04.09.15: Further truncated impressions:

This IPA ours a healthy off-white head of fair frothiness. Has a good overall consistency and retains well - for ~6-8 minutes. Body colour is a yellow copper - brighter than most IPAs. Clean, translucent, and transparent.

Aroma features notes of hop resins, light hop oil, biscuit malt, pale malt, a bit of graham cracker, and floral hops. The hops seem well balanced with the malts, though I suppose the hop profile should be more expressive. An appealing aroma of mild strength.

Texture is creamy and soft, with an apt medium body and moderate thickness and heft on the palate. A bit overcarbonated, but nevertheless refreshing.

The taste follows the aroma, though the hop profile is rather inexpressive and shallow. It's a bit too malty and sweet for my tastes, without sufficient emphasis on the hops. Far from a deep or intricate beer. Not gestalt, but I don't dislike it.

In just over a month (since my last review of a bottle from the same six pack), this IPA has plummeted in quality despite refrigeration. I remembered liking it far better, but after only a few weeks of age it's fallen off to the point that it's now average at best. Drink this one fresh.

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Photo of gouettn
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mrose78
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light ipa with a flowery undertone.

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Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pnelting
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GoBeerGo
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

IMO - Lots of tiny bubbles in thick head, sticks to glass, darker Amber, honey like in color, smells of light fruit not a lot of hop. Tastes of roasted malts, tons of bittering hops, aromatic burps. Fresh, light bodied, effervescent, finishing long, bitter.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BHansen214
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,358 ratings.
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