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 atsprings
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Unibroue glass. Pours a crisp pale orange with a decent frothy head that diminishes to a ring and leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is a bit of sweet malts, but overall, fairly weak. The taste is a unique hop blend that I can't quite put my finger on, not spectacular, but different and intriguing balance of hops and malts. The beer is certainly light, crisp and refreshing with decent carbonation. This one is certainly worth trying, but I would likely not choose it again, even if it were regularly available to me.

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Photo of deereless
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale golden color, pencil layer of foam -3.50, S: A strange hop bill, mildly citric, possibly Cascade, not a strongly hopped beer - 3.50, T: More hops on the tongue than nose, definitely grapefruit which points to Cascade hops, almost more of a heavy hopped pale ale - 3.25, M: Medium bodied - 3.75, D: A pretty run-of-the-mill IPA, nicely flavored, extremely citric - 3.75

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Photo of DIM
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a very pale golden color. It poured with a medium sized, short lived, sticky white head.

s: This is very balanced, smelling like an English IPA. There were malts that smell of biscuity toffe and hops that smell flowery and a little citric.

t: This was pretty mild overall and balanced to the point that I had a hard time seperating the hops and malts. I tatsed herbal, flowery toffee with a bit of a citric bite.

m: Gentle, creamy carbonation and a decent body. There was a nice little lingering hop tickle.

d: This was pretty good for sure, but maybe a little tame.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in a trade with ThreeWiseMen. Thanks!!

The head on this was literally like a dollop of whipped cream. The retention was insane and globs of the cream stayed afloat for quite some time. The color of the beer was like golden honey. Right at the intersection between deep gold and the lightest amber. Some lacing clung to the glass.

Aroma was fresh, floral and also with a lot of pine notes.

Flavor was also fresh and nicely balanced. A nice grain/malt flavor behind the perfume like bitterness of the hops. Well balanced front to back with no burst of sweetness or bitterness as any point. Certainly some citrus notes present.

Mouth feel was fairly light, but not too light. Very drinkable brew.

I had several of these 4 years ago when on a trip to Alaska. Glad I have the opportunity to have this one again.

Nice IPA.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Alaskan IPA poured a 3 finger foam head with good lacing and solid retention. It was a light amber ale color.

The smell was clean and hoppy. In the drink it had a sweet malty backbone with a moderately hoppy profile. It was not aggressive in any sense. In the mouth it was thin and light. I found it to be a simple nicely balanced IPA. It would be in my mile category.

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

I have poured this beer out of a 22oz bomber and into a pint glass.

The beer is a nice golden-straw color. About a finger of frothy white head took its time to subside and when it did it lleft a thick ring of lacing around my glass. The thick lacing continues as I drink.

Smell is very nice- malt forward but with sweet citric hops shining through. The malts are reminiscent of buttery toffee and the hops of candied orange peels.

Taste is more hoppy than I expected by the smell but is well balanced. Hops are more bitter than indicated by the smell and have a strong backbone of buttery malts. Satisfying.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium carbonation, slightly thick but not overbearingly so. Just right.

Drinkability is certainly established with this beer. Flavorful and complex...deep but still sessionable. Great brew from Alaska!

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Photo of kosmoraios
4.39/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, clear golden-brass color with a 1 finger head that dissipates pretty fast.

Aroma is of piney, spicy hops - crisp and enticing, with a hint of honey underneath.

One word for this beer - crisp. Fresh citrus and pine dominate the light malt. This ale dances on the tongue and finishes with a tangy spicyness in the back. A perfect session ale. One of the best domestic "single" IPAs that I've had the pleasure of trying.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather clear golden honey color into a pint glass. Head is thin and fleeting though the carbonation keeps a surface film that yields some spotting lacing.

Smell is of floral and citrusy hops and a touch of sweet malts, with some pine emerging when stirred up a bit. And that too is wrapped with a touch of sweetness. And occasionally a bit void on the nose if left untouched for a few minutes.

Nice balance of hops and malts on the taste, and gives a rather tart sweetness on the close. Unexpected given the light color and likely caused by some hop oils confusing me. Just a touch of bitterness present.

Feel and carbonation are good. An easy drinking IPA that doesn't try to tackle you. A rather light IPA; in color, in ABV, in body and in hoppieness. Quite approachable.

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Photo of Bockrules
4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Pours a two-head, inviting hazy gold color. Nice head all the way down the glass. Moderate lacing.

S - Great blend of floral and cirtus hop fragrances. Needs to be stronger though.

T - Alcohol and a lemony sweatness on the nose. Thed body is very well balanced with a pinging citrous hop flavor dancing around the tongue. The finnish is lemony and bitter and leaves a pleasant bitter-sweet aftertaste.

M - Medium body with plenty of carbonation. After swallowing, the beer still bubbles on your tongue. Very Pleasant! Seems to suite the beer perfectly

D - This is my favorite IPA so far. Plenty of hop presence (by no means harsh), which I expect from my IPAs and still delicious tasting. I wouldn't want to knock back more than about two of these in a night, but this is a perfect for when you just want one drink. A great deal at about $6.50 a six here in Oregon- will definately look for again next time i'm in the PNW!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bomber bottle! Dang, I love being back on the west coast for beer!

The pour created a finger's worth of soft, foamy head that resembled a scoop of French Vanilla ice cream, plus it held on like a champ. Color was a beautiful golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a grassy, flowery aspect. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a pleasant hops flavor on the tongue. It was somewhat spicy, peppery, and quite dry. The finish lingered with a soft hops flavor. I can't wait to get to AK!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear goldish amber with a decent creme head. Nose is malts and floral tones. Flavor is salty and acidic really. There are earthy and leafy tones with some minor backside citrus oily hops to it, but it's not really the level of balance that would make me happy. Feel has a full and biting carbonation to it and the liquid is about typical. A decent IPA, but lacking a slight touch of balance and grace to make it easier to drink.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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

Brought back a mixed Alaskan six pack. I had the IPA on tap and now from the bottle. Good appearance. Orange IPA color, big white head and good lacing. Smell was west coast piney hops with some citrus. The bottle version had more noticible balance than the tap version. I could taste some maltiness in the finish

Just like the on-tap version, there a the strong hint of floral hops to accompany the grapefruit. This is a good solid IPA. Bitterness was just right for a hophead but not the head-shrinking monster IPA that would turn off those that like balance.

Mouthfeel was rich and creamy. Drinkability is good, just right for an IPA.

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Photo of beerlassie
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer has a light yellow/amber color. When it was poured it had a small white head that lasted only a minute or so.

The smell is hoppy and sweet, while the taste is fruity. Has a slightly hoppy taste and is somewhat bitter. On my first sip, the taste was almost reminiscent of a lager, rather than an ale.

Mouthfeel was decent. Good balance of carbonation, with a light body.

Drinkable, but ultimately just an average IPA. I've had other beers from Alaskan Brewing Co. that were quite enjoyable, so this IPA was definitely a let down.

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Photo of Brewlore
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden orange in color with a small (and very) fizzy white head. Disappears quite quickly yet lingers as a ring around your brew.

Hop aroma up front (obviously). Grapefruit/grassy scents abound. Light caramel malt scent cuts that aroma though.

Very light tasting yet quite bitter. Citrus notes aplenty with a pretty harsh hop bitterness at the end. Surely not a "big" IPA by any means. Lemony/grapefruit and all around citrusy flavor from the hops and there were some grassy notes in there as well. Oddly, this brew gets a little lager like as it warms.

Light-medium bodied with lively carbonation. Feels really smooth on the palate.

The hop bitterness is there in a harsh way. It does feel nice on the palate and offers an interesting (yet somewhat muted) array of flavors. As it warms, the aforementioned bitterness gets harsher.

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Photo of dhilltop2000
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow color with a slight amber hue. The head starts to form nicely with a large tight layer of white foam. This tight layer is soon lost revealing large sudsy type bubbles. Smells mild for an IPA. Slight stale aroma but enough citrus and hops to keep me from worring about it. Thin on the palate, almost makes me think im not drinking and IPA. Also very light on the hop finish. OK beer, nothing to go out of the way for.

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Photo of wspscott
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass at Sheep Mountain Lodge

A: light copper color, small head that leaves little lace
S: sharp hops (nothing particular, just bitterness), but nothing else
T: grassy, piney, herbal hops completely dominate the hops but hints of caramel come through
M: crisp, highly carbed, oily on the tongue
D: solid IPA but not earth shaking, worth trying but I like the ESB better.

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Photo of Crosling
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light golden/bronze color with a small foam. Woodsy and medicinal hop aroma, with some herbaceousness as well. Fairly aromatic, but not pleasant for me at all. Flavor is fairly hoppy, also woodsy like the nose, with spruce hints and some honey covered fruits. Don't care for the super medicinal nose, but the flavor is pretty spot on for the style and well balanced. Could be brighter, but its a pretty good IPA.

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Photo of tmitch75
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow straw color, lighter than most IPAs, with a light head, bubbles of various sizes, and a nice bit of lacing.

Lightly sweet malt smell with oily piney hops.

Wow. Very well balanced taste. Solid malt with piney citric hops.

Nice medium body, not too light but doesn't get in the way.

Overall this is an excellent beer and a fantastic example of the IPA style.

Tasted on 5/13/08.

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

On tap at the Healdsburg Bar & Grille in Healdsburg, CA. From notes.

Surprisingly tasty. Quality hop profile, not fruity, not so spicy either, just good. A thicker liquid that I prefer in IPA's, which helps the rating here. A bit darker than most in the pour. A bit more malt profile present as well.

A delicious, balanced IPA.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Healdsburg Bar & Grille. Having had IPA's sunch as RR IPA, RR Blind Pig, Pliny the Elder, Racer 5, and Hop Rod Rye in the last 24 hours, Alaskan IPA still held up very nicely, and was actually really satisfying. Pours a clear dark gold or amber. The dry hopped pine aromas are displayed front and center although there is a light, caramel malt body behind it.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz. bottle on 6/6/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Clear golden/amber body with one-finger white head that left some attractive lacing around the glass. Ample carbonation.

S - Pungent citrus hop nose paired with a sweet malt presence. Some perfumy notes emerge as the liquid warmed up.

T - West Coast-style IPA flavor with predominantly a citrus hop character. The aggressive hop flavor is balanced by a sweet caramel malt backbone.

M - A little thin, but pretty creamy nevertheless. Softly carbonated. Short, mild bitter finish with a very timid amount of heat.

D - Pretty sessionable West Coast-style IPA that's rather one-dimensional but still quite flavorful.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
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 cjgator3
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. A vigorous pour produces. The aroma is sweet malt, lemon zest with some pine and citrusy hops. The taste is pretty balanced between the malt and hops. There is both citrus and pine flavors. The flavor is certainly not over-the-top and extreme like some IPAs, but it is very tasty. Overall, this is a pretty solid IPA that I would be glad to drink any day of the week. Recommended.

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Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,332 ratings.
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