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 bierbrauer
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a pint glass from a newly tapped keg at Silver Creek.

A: Clear gold with a fluffy white had that leaves a fair amount of lacing; no effervescence.

S: Citrus, floral & pine; earthy.

T: Brief malt sweetness, followed by fast-building, strong bitterness that lingers.

M: Thin/medium body, light carbonation; dry finish.

O: Dominant bitterness, thin; simple.

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Photo of Roeters
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.
A: Pale golden color with a slight haziness, big off white head with some great lacing left in the glass
S: Floral, earthy hop nose in the front with a semi-sweet malt base
T: Nice hop presents in the front fading to a malty backbone, not very bitter
M: Medium body, quite a bit of carbonation
D: very easy to drink, well balanced, just not as hoppy as I would like

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Photo of Docer
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 22 oz. bottle, poured into a tumbler glass..

Light see-through golden yellow and light amber color, small layer of white head that left quickly.. great lacing..

Smell is of a basic IPA... bitter hop and caramel malt, has a very sweet and spicy scent. If you have a stuffed nose like I do now, it will almost clear it.

Taste is average.. with some extra spice. More spice than most IPA's I have ever had. Did some hot peppers trickle over? Who knows... but there is a noticeable spice. It is however well balanced, but light.

Not too dry, and doesnt leave me parched.. nice fresh water, and a basic gulp of Ale. Nice floral notes in the belch! Worth a try!

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden hue with a decent light white head, decent lacing as well.

S: Some slightly sweet hops. Not a lot of aroma on this one.

T: A very light IPA. A faint taste of pine with decent balance with some slightly sweet malts. Very little citrus at all. Should really be a pale ale.

M: Light bodied, even a little thin.

D: Wasn't too fond of this one. It's not a bad beer but there are far too many good IPA's out there to justify picking this one up.

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Photo of oldpinecone
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

What an average beer.

Pours a nice light amber/bright copper with a one and a hlaf finger head. Looked average.

Smell was sweet and malty with a tiny floral "afterscent". Not too much hop aroma coming through at this point...

First initial flavor is the malty sweetness immediatley follwed through with the hoppy bitterness. Balance is ok. Not hoppy enough to be called a true IPA.

Nicely carbonated but kind of watery and thin.

All together this beer could be sessioned due to its mildness. Drinkable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, light orange-hued body with a lush, bubby off-white head.

Smell: Pleasantly aromatic nose of citrus and soap with a mild addition of caramel malts.

Taste: Juicy citrus flavors of lemon and tangerine. Only a faint hint of caramel as not too much maltiness shows up. There's a medium bitterness which drops out for a pretty clean, light finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It could use a bit more of everything, but as it stands it's still a decent, easy drinking light IPA.

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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 malthegal
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: very crisp and clear golden body with a creamy white head. Minimal lacing.

S: for an IPA, this is not as aromatic as I had thought (hoped) it would be.

T: Not a bitter IPA, although you do get some hints of bitterness late in a sip.

M: Medium-High carbonation level, smooth feeling. An extremely light bodied brew.

D: A very drinkable IPA, one that I would probably have more than 1 of in a sitting.

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

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thin bubbly white head that disappears quickly and leaves good lacing on the glass.

S: Some sweet malt dominated by a not overpowering earthy pine aroma with a hint of citrus and orange peel.

T: A moderate amount of hop bitterness with a strong grassy pine flavor and some orange citrus. There is also a small amount of of malt biscuit and toffee sweetness.

M: A light to medium body mouth feel with moderate to high carbonation tingle on the tongue.

O: It's not a particularly great IPA but it is a good beer worth trying. The earthy notes in this are not really my favorite. I wouldn't buy it again but I am glad I at least tried it.

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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 KTCamm
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light copper, see through, with ring of white foam on the top. Light grassy pine nose. Taste is a light malt with a smooth bitter throughout. Very fizzy buzz in the mouthfeel. Actively carbonated. Good IPA, but nothing remarkable,.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Alaskan Brewing's Icy Bay IPA last week for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. This is the first time I've seen this beer around and I thought it was worth taking a chance on, so lets see how it goes. Best by 12/24/14. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's a little odd with a surfer on it and I think it's not too eye catching. It poured a amber orange color that took on more of a darker amber orange color when held to the light with just about two fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice sticky rings of lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart some slightly grainy, sweet malt and very bready aromas with some doughy yeast showing up in the background. Up next comes the hops which impart a mixture of fruity, piney and floral hop aromas with the citrus rind hop aromas sticking out a little more than the other aspects. This beer had a nice aroma, but i wish it was a little more fragrant.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma, but it's a little lighter and it still starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart the same malty aspects that I got in the aroma with the bready malts sticking out the most and there's still some doughy yeast showing up in the background. Up next comes the hops which impart the exact same aspects that they did in the aroma with the citrus rind hops still sticking out the most. On the finish there's slightly lower amount of medium bitterness with a bready malt, citrus hop, piney and floral aftertaste. This beer tasted decent, but I thought it was just a little bland for the style.

M- Smooth, fairly clean, fairly crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was an ok beer and I thought it was a very average example of the style, the hop profile wasn't bad, but it could have used a little more bitterness to give it that bite that a nice IPA should have. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth, fairly clean, fairly crisp, not too filling and the taste didn't do a good job at holding my attention, one is enough for me, I have no urge to drink another one in a row since the flavor just can't hold my attention. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance, it looked pretty nice and true to style. What I like the least about this beer was the taste and drinkability, it just wasn't as good as I had hoped and it left me wanting more from this beer. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's very easy to find a much better IPA and I can't say I would recommend it as a good example of the style. All in all I wasn't impressed with this beer, it had some nice aspects, but it also had some that were pretty weak which made for a very average IPA. This isn't my favorite from this brewery and it's the middle to lower end of the style. Better luck next time guys, this IPA could use a little bit of work.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a golden yellow with an orange-ish tint, with a half inch of white head. Smells promisingly of citrus, but the taste is disappointingly weak. This would score well as a good pale ale, but definitely doesn't belong in the IPA category. Possibly the weakest IPA I've tasted. It's drinkable as a good pale ale would be, but it just doesn't cut it as an IPA.

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Photo of sevopie
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very light golden in color, almost macro lager like. Fluffy off-white head.

Smell - Citrusy hops with a touch of a sweet malt in there. Also a faint note of spice.

Taste - Hoppy mixed with spicy. I was wondering what that spice in the nose was all about, and if I was making it up. It ends up mixing in an almost vinegar-like strange off taste. Its rather light on the hops in the first place for an IPA, and the malt just mixes into weirdness.

Mouthfeel - A little lighter for an IPA, but the carbonation is nicely mellow.

Drinkability - Other than the off-taste, this is not too bad of a brew. After a few sips, it starts to feel like a lager mixed with IPA, and ultimately ends up kind of "meh."

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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 Beernoisseur
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A Decent IPA.

It certainly has all the qualities of a an IPA, just not that interesting. It would be a great place for someone to start conditioning their palate for IPAs. Pine tar and citrus notes. Good hop character. Definitely erring on the hop side. There's malt in there too, just not quite as pronounced. The balance battle between the hops and the malt tips in favor of the hops. Not too bad, but there are certainly other IPAs that I am more interested in.

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

Mediocre IPA. Coming from the brewer of some remarkable beers, this one is disappointing. The biggest problem is simply that it's rather bland. The liquid is a bright gamboge with a rocky slightly off-white head. The aroma is mostly citric with some peaches, probably all from hops. The flavor is relatively dry but lacks any real depth. The hops just seem to fade away too quickly. There's a bit of bright bitterness initially but the finish is weak and a bit watery. Caramel malt has some presence, but that flavor even gets a bit sour.

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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 ThirstyBird
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ubrewidrink for sending this beer my way!

Appears a clear golden yellow color with a lofty off white head that seems to want to stick to the side of the glass. The aroma is hoppy, floral, citrus with a definite malt backbone.

The taste is initially slightly bitter then comes some malt and I get a little metallic flavor as well. The mouthfeel is nice on this brew - active carbonation yet smooth. light/medium in body.

Overall a pleasing beer in most respects yet the flavor wasn't all put together in my opinion.

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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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Photo of MADhombrewer
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Clear honey color with a white head and good lacing 4/5

Smell- Grassy and piney hop aroma balanced with a small caramel smell. 3.5/5

Taste- Malt is up front in the taste rather than the smell. The hops come later and leave decent bitterness in the back. 3/5

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel is on par with the style. 4/5

Overall- I can't decipher the date on the bottles. This one says 091711. But another that I looked at wasn't a date, just a six digit number. My instinct tells me this isn't really fresh, but I could be wrong. I could use more hop aroma and taste for this one. The malt in it seems to be prominent. This is a easy drinking, low priced IPA. Sometime those factors seem to trump others. 3/5

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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 LeeryLeprechaun
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Beer pours a hazy orange color with a strong finger of fluffy white head.

Piney aroma, no malt notes. Fairly simple, just a whole lot of hops that smell like pine.

Beer also tastes pretty simple. It is hop forward with a bitter lingering finish. Taste of pine and a little danky.

Medium Body, good carbonation for the style.

Overall, an okay beer. There are no flaws, and it is pretty easy drinking. It just does not stand out or anything. It would be good for a session IPA. It is not too high in ABV or IBUs.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Transferred over from the Alaskan session in my tasting notebook.

Appears a rich golden color with a tiny one finger head that vanishes in less than a minute, medium-thin body and somewhat lackluster carbonation, however overall this is a very hop-forward beer in both the nose and the flavor. Smells mostly of crisp piney resin with grapefruit rind coming in very much diminished compared to the resin strength and vague caramel malt hiding underneath it all. Flavor follows through exactly as the nose predicts..

So, if judged as a hop bomb, this brew comes across to me as a bit too monotone on the pine resin aspect of hopping, if there had been some more variety of hop aspects and a better mouthfeel, I would have enjoyed this one a lot more than I did. If it is only trying to be a standard IPA, my criticism is that the malts are too subdued and out of balance, and the mouthfeel still needs work.

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Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,328 ratings.
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