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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 younger35
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a florescent green 22oz bomber into my Dead Guy Ale pint glass. Drank while watching the Boise State/Washington game.

Appearance- Pours a yellowish orange that is crystal clear. Nice one finger head that recedes fairly quickly leaving a nice sticky head and long stringy lacing.
Smell- So clean and fresh! Nice grapefruit and lemon/lime zest gives this a big citrus nose. Not much of a maltiness to this brew but some light doughy bread peaks in.
Taste- I don't think I've tasted a beer that tastes this close to how it smells (that make sense?). Very crisp and clean with not a lot of interference. Big citrusy bursts of grapefruit and lemon peel give this a very standard IPA bitter hopness. A very mellow brown sugar sweetness try's to gently give a bit more balance to the brew. Leaves a sweet bitterness on the back of the tongue.
Mouthfeel- Light and crisp with medium carbonation and a semi dry bitter finish.
Drinkability- Very nice solid quality IPA. It's not excessive like some of the hopsicles can be but very approachable and drinkable. The fresh citrus quality of this little guy makes this beer a quality choice. Other than the Smoked Porter this is my favorite offering from Alaskan Brewing.

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Photo of ssteakley
4.29/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent smell right off. The second taste did the trick, this one is a unique tasting IPA. A non-traditional after taste, but very good. This is a party Beer....I think great for tailgating or any fun get together. Even your girlfriend should like it!

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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 TBoneJones
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden crisp look, nice finger width head, some bubbles coming up from the bottom. 
Some apricot and pineapple, sweet. 
Tastes nice, definitely fruit first, followed by spicy. Well-done regarding that flavor interplay. 
Light-bodied beer that finishes nice if a bit dry with a nice linger of bitterness. 
Overall highly drinkable. I will revisit this again I'm sure. Also, knowing that we're planning on taking an Alaskan cruise next summer, I wouldn't be at all disappointed if Alaskan IPA was the only available craft brew.

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Photo of hops4me
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of TunTavern1775. Thanks brother and see ya soon.

A - pours a hazy gold but that changes to a clearish gold. A finger of head sits on top and really stays there the whole drink. Good lace sticks to the sides.

S - Pine dominates but I can definitely detect the citrus and floral hop aroma. Very pleasant perfumy aroma.

T - The taste is the same way as the smell. BUT there is some slight toasted malt sweetness with it. I am a bit surprised based on the color.

M - It is a little light for an IPA but there is a great flavor profile there to kick it in the ass a bit.

D - I like this one alot. I would get more if it was available in NC. Like I said it is a little light in the body but this adds to the drinkability. It is complex enough to satisfy the sophisticated palate but very refreshing at the same time.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured fro a twist off capped 12oz brown bottle into an Alaskan Summer Ale glass. The cap gave a swift Pssht as it was removed.

A - A brilliant clear golden amber with a frothy pillow of white foamy head. A deposit of lace is like a random snowflake pattern.

S - Whoah!, look out the fresh citrusy tangerine hop scents come at you en force. The scent is invigorating to say the least. A very floral sweet and herbal odor is noted on second whiff.

M - The mouthfeel is just about right on w/ a serious oily hop texture. A moderate to full bitterness that lingers momentarily and allows the supportive malt sweetness to make itself known. The carbonation snaps up front to give a good introduction, but relaxes ever quickly.

T - Very floral and citric in flavor, the IPA does have it goin' on w/ fresh tasting hops that bitter but don't kill the taste buds. Nice malt backing makes it a good choice as far as balanced IPA's go. The slightly higher strength makes it interesting and adds to it's character. The oily taste of hops that is unavoidable is a strong atttribute. Very pleasant bitterness, I would prefer a tinge more malt to keep the balance steady, but no knocking the bountiful fresh hop taste.

D - Very good western U.S. IPA. I would pair this with orange chicken, bourbon chicken or blackened swordfish, but it is a great India Pale Ale and it will hold its own w/ spicy dishes I'm sure. I would get a case if you can-it is that good.

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Photo of corey0212
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden color, blinding white head fades pretty fast, but leaves a bit of lacing behind. Smell is really clean/crisp, definite grapefruit/pine aroma. This is just a great tasting IPA....super-drinkable. Nice hoppy bitterness on the back end, but nothing overpowering. This is an everyday IPA. If this was easier for me to get (ordered from Liquid Solutions), it'd be in the fridge often!

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Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled through a trade with Northertimber.

Clear mostly golden colored ale with a tall white head. I guess you could call this a pale shade of amber but this is really much closer to gold than "IPA Orange" to me.

Smell is a little sweet and herbal without the usual C Hops commando raid on your nose. Grapefruit, pine and spicy spruce are in here just not Banzai levels like some beers. There is a spicy scent here that I can only describe as spruce and cinnamon.

The taste starts out neutral and woody in the mouth. Flowery hop taste, something you don't often taste in an AIPA anymore. Little bit of vanilla present possibly from oak somehow. Mild chamomile flavor. Pine and grapefruit are in here but they are hidden by a more abundant herbal hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Super easy to drink and very flavorful. A different IPA from the usual full power C-Bombs that seem to be made by everyone now. Most easy to drink, flavorful without blowing your taste buds off, recommended.

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Photo of Deuane
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz Bomber brought back to PA by my parents after their visit to the brewery.

A: Golden yellow with a nice thick white head

S: Lovely floral citrusy and piney hopiness

T: Crisp and clean with a nice lots o hops kick and a little malty finish..the way I like it...hop forward please.

M: Light with a nice crisp carbonation. Very "clean" tasting with only a bit of hop aftertaste

D: Very well done west coast IPA for ABC's first go at an IPA. I prefer lighter, crisp, hop forward IPA's and this hits the mark.

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Photo of mn6
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark golden color, small head that quickly reduced to near zero, slight lacing throughout the session.

S: I love the hop aroma here. Strong pine and citrus notes.

T: Taste is very crisp, clean pine, citrus and slight resin. A very well put together IPA.

M: Carbonation is pleasant and body is light.

O: I will return to this IPA for sure and at $8 for a 6er you cant go wrong.

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Photo of timtwoface
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really surprised at how much I liked this beer, especially for the price I paid for a bomber-size bottle.

Very crisp, nicely hopped, but not overly so - I would definitely recommend this brew to someone looking for an IPA that also at the same time doesn't want to be blown away by hop-bombs.

Check it out! I intend to again, and soon!

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Easy to overlook the Alaskan IPA; I mean when I think of IPA, Alaska doesn't exactly pop into my head. This is really good though. This was poured form a bottle marked best by 6/29/13, so fresh, but not as fresh as you'd like. Nonetheless, nothing blows your mind and nothing is disappointing. It definitely grows on you. You could do better, but you could do much worse. For the price it is certainly worth a look if you're interested in trying a new IPA.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

67th review on BA
Bottle to pint

App- Has to be one of the most bubbly beers I have ever seen in a glass. Just bubbles after bubbles coming up and creating a perfect foamy head. Orangy yellow color as well.

Smell- Low citrus with a medium hoppiness balance to it.

Taste- Its a bitter ipa with a flat after taste but somehow it all works and tastes great.

Mouth- The carbonation is pretty spot on but meshes well with the body to create a really well done beer.

Drink- I need to go get more.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this at the Alaskan brewery and later picked up a six pack. This review is of the bottled version.

A: pours a brilliant clear gold with soapy white head. This has the looks of a very crisp and refreshing brew.

S: lemond rind and other citrus notes up front, some bready malts, everything is subtle, but the aroma is nice

T: fruity hops on the front, balances well with the malt profile

MF: thin body, crisp, medium carbonation

D: this is a great IPA. I believe my bottle was very fresh which made for a great experience. This was my favorite among the regular line up that Alaskan brewery has to offer.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer recently at Portland's Spring Beer & Wine Festival, then a couple days later from a 12 oz. bottle (best before 06.22.07). Alaskan has made this beer for the AK market for a while, but just in March 2007 has begun to release in bottles to the 'Lower 48'.

Info I received from the brewery: Made as an "English Style" IPA, 6.2% ABV, 55 IBU.

A: Golden honey and very clear, with substantial carbonation. Appearance is definitely lighter than most of the West Coast American IPA's I've seen. Head is fairly thin, only about 1/2-finger, pure white and like creamy soap suds; fades to a filmy cap.

S: Sweeter, filled with toffee notes. Hops are more subtle - sweeter orange citrus and some pine - also with floral hop aromas.

T: Throughout the beer I tasted a barley graininess, not unpleasant just notable. Has a biscuity, rather sweet, taste in general. Hops tasting of grapefruit and orange, & some pine resin are balanced nicely with the maltiness. Though it's not the 'hop bomb' one might expect from an IPA originating on the West Coast, tastes are expertly crafted and very well balanced.

M: Smooth but with a bite of hop zest and carbonation. A little lingering tingle on the tip of the tongue and some warmth on the cheeks. Not a strong lingering bitterness, just a subtle reminder that keeps the tastebuds intact. Mouthfeel & carbonation levels both medium.

D: A really nice beer, wonderfully balanced. It's hard to compare this to most aggressively hopped American IPA's; this one should almost be recategorized. I talked to Tony up at the brewery by phone and he put it like this, when comparing Alaskan's milder IPA to its more hop-heavy NW brethren: "We know ours is kinda like bringing a knife to a gun fight...". Well, I'll take this "knife" anytime; thoroughly enjoyed and will recommend!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of white head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront citrus hops with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, and tangerine. Big scent of pine resin. Also some grassy hop hints. Soft pale malt background with hints of grains, cracker, and yeast. Very hop forward and ripe smelling. Pretty solid.

Taste: Like it smells, a ripe and juicy hop driven taste with good notes of citrus and pine. Citrus hops with some upfront notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, pineapple, and tangerine. Big taste of piney hops. Earthy notes of pine resin. Soft bready malt background presence with notes of grains, cracker, and yeast. Very hop dominate and pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, slightly oily, and pretty drying on the finish. Nicely smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid IPA. Good pine and citrus bite with a balanced smooth body.

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

Served in a glass.

A: Pours very cloudy dark yellow. When it settles it is a golden-yellow color with a little bit of carbonation but mostly clear. Head is thick and pure white. Leaves very little lacing.

S: Scents detected: (roasted?) hops, floral, and perhaps citrus. Smells decent and not unpleasant.

T: Roasted hops, perhaps caramel and citrus. Bitterness hits between start and middle. It is a little bitter but not too much for an IPA.

M: Full, smooth feel to it. Lots of bubbly feel, not from the carbonation per se but from the head. Feels great on the palate. Just right for an IPA.

D: Goes down nicely. Not too shocking for an IPA. Not too little flavor/feel but not too much bitterness either.

I've tried several IPAs before that I did not care for. This one showed me what an IPA is supposed to be. Great IPA. Well balanced. IPAs aren't really my cup of tea, if you'll forgive the term, but if I ever get an inkling for one this is definitely one I would buy again. I would recommend this to IPA fans.

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

12oz bottle dated 6-13-8.

This beer pours gold with a nice-sized eggshell colored head that recedes quickly while leaving behind a layer of uniform lacing.

The aroma is beautiful. Big citrus, big pine. Orange peel and grapefruit with a light peppery spice and a touch of fresh-cut grass to it.

The taste reflects the aroma. West-coast IPA all the way. The bitterness is dialed in nicely. Not sure why it took me this long to finally try this beer, as it's always been a ubiquitous presence on local shelves and I've been a longtime fan of their Smoked Porter.

This beer compares favorably to all the PNW IPA's. It'll now have a spot in my regular rotation.

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

A- a clear and bubbly golden bronzed ale lies under a 1 finger thin white head, great retent, sticky patches of lace around glass

S- floral, citrus, pear, apricot

T- nicely balanced, though hops are favored. herbal and citrus, with some lingering hop oils, biscuit and tea flavors, leafy as well

M- crisp and oily medium body

D- a mellow, balanced, and very drinkable IPA. well brewed within style, recommended

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Photo of srandycarter
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this originally in 2007 and gave it a C-. I must have been a bad bottle. I was asked to try it again but I told the brewery I was on a mission to try lots of beers and didn't want to buy it again. I offered to try it if the sent me one :)

Well that didn't work out, but I saw it at the store the other day and thought I would retry.

A - Beautiful light clear honey, stark white, thick, long lasting head. Lots of lace. Looks good.

S - Malty, of course, hops and a little fruity.

T - A very nice sweet malt center squashed just right by the hops.

M - Medium body, good carb, and nice balance.

D - Could have it all night. Sorry for the original bad review!

BTW, also a great bargain!

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Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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 bcm119
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

One of the tastier easy-to-find IPA's. Straw-colored with thin white lace. Light, northwest hop nose and a medium light mouthfeel. Subtle grain flavor is nicely integrated with a zippy hoppiness mid-palate. Finishes squeeky clean and bitter. Never sweet, syrupy or juicy, this is a real early-90's-esque session IPA. Its highly drinkable and very appetizing, and although its not really exciting in itself, after a long day I'd be pretty excited to have one of these.

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Photo of Floydster
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint for four dollars at Naja's Place, only IPA they had left on tap except for West Coast from Green Flash and I have been drinking quite a bit of that lately

A-Light red with lots of orange in color, 3/4 inch foamy white head that stuck around for a little while, some retention and sticky lacing

S-Pine hoppiness, floral accents, grapefruit, lemon, orange, light malt, and more hops

T-Starts off with citrus hops with mostly grapefruit, some grainy malt in the middle but can barely taste it, dry piney hops in the finish, as it warmed it did not get much sweeter and the citrus actually died down a little bit, dryness in the aftertaste was nice and kept me coming back for more, nicely balanced overall and a tasty IPA

M-Dry and citrusy mouthfeel, not overly carbonated, medium body, taste lingered nicely

D-Could drink a few pints of this, low ABV, goes down easy, not heavy on the stomach, was nice on this hot day

One of the best brews from Alaskan, sessionable india pale ale, will probably buy some bombers soon, will drink certainly drink again, recommended

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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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Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,305 ratings.
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