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

Pours a crystal clear gold color, with a decent white head on top.

Aromas are sweet, hard candy like, with some citrus notes.

Taste is dry and crisp. There is an underlying hop bitterness, with some grapefruit like flavors as well. Maltiness is creamy and understated but nice.

Mouthfeel is nice. Very crisp and with a nice long finish.

Drinkability is very good. Not an overwhelming IPA. But very solid, and very drinkable. Good stuff that is almost session worthy.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The IPA pours a nice golden hazy color. It produces a average white head and and has slightly above average lacing. The aroma was a nice mix of hops and lemon. The mouthfeel is exceptional- the smoothest IPA I have ever had- Very delicate. The taste had nice citrus and hop balance. Alaskan does a nice job of striking a balance between drinkability and hop bitterness. Very good AIPA. Also, this beer has a high ABV, I started feeling "good" and checked the label ...its a 6.2.;)


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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very clear dark gold, finger of white head.

Smell is orange, pine, sweet citrus, bubble gum and not much in the way of malt.

Taste is lemon, grapefruit, nice malt backing, a bit of sweetness, finishes bitter and piney.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp carbonation.

I have been wanting to pick this up for a while, really unique, could easily session this one with the lower abv for the style, very refreshing.

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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 vickersspitfire
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this IPA has a clear body very little carbonation, it topped off with a light and creamy head that nearly resembles whipped cake frosting. Its got a thin layer of lacing that’s broken up but still form an imperfect ring around the glass. Hops, hops and more hops in the aroma, mixed in with some mild citrus fruits like grapefruit and lemon, grass smells are coming through. The aroma brings mind an image of a valkyrja riding through a storm of ice on her weathered white horse with her blonde hair flowing in the wild wind holding her arms wide open with an IPA in one hand… I would classify this as medium-to-full bodied leaning more toward the full bodied IPA. The taste is sharp and mildly bitter up front but quickly becomes hoppy and spicy as it nears the middle of your tongue. The spices pick up just a little bit as you swallow, but then given I to a mild sweet hoppy aftertaste. This is one good IPA

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Photo of utopiajane
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful gold with lovely clarity and some lager type bubbles floating ever upward to a fat head of bone white foam that had excellent retention and left clinging lace. Nose is earthy and citrusy. A powdery and soft hop floral pervades the nose. There is a light and earthy pine and pink grapefruit. The malt to the nose is a but a drop of tempting honey, just a bit of sugary sweetness. Taste is mild and juicy. The pink grapefruit abounds in the flavor. Tart, citric and with some of the bright zest of the fruit peel. The mouthfeel is west coast style lightness and as it warms a just a hint of cracker peeks through. It's not very sweet but just sweet enough. The hops are floral perfection in this and exude their powdery musk throughout the drink. Their sweetness is unique in this aspect. The pine and a subtle herbal combine for a more delicate approach to the palate. The bitter is soft and graceful and ends this beer dry, with a slight pucker and with you wanting more.


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Photo of Willamette
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

My 'no glug' pour produced a clear, light golden color with an airy 1+ finger head which tended to linger, and rejuvenate between drinks.
The smell was great. Very hoppy, and maybe slightly over-estered. Surprisingly stronger than I expected.
Tastes great. Not very hoppy, bitter or malty, but quite appealing and easy to enjoy.
The mouthfeel was pretty thin and a little over-lively but it leaves the palate neutral with minimal dryness.
This a great, readily available micro(?) IPA. It is very friendly and I will definately buy it again if I can find it.

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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 mjurney
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden-amber color, hazy. Lots of small bubbles rising up. Thick frothy head. Leaves a very nice lacing behind.

Grassy, piney, slight citrusy. Fruity. Sweet malts.

Pale malt up front, bready, caramel. Hop bitterness is moderate, mainly grassy, piney, leafy, there some citrus. Tartness towards the finish, a little dry. Body is light-medium, crisp, refreshing.

Pretty light for an American IPA, otherwise it's really good IPA, highly drinkable, very refreshing.

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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 ZAP
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Gold colored...creamy white head


T-Piney notes...also a lemony citrus feel.

M-Light side of medium bodied...gets a little watery feeling at times...very dry, quenching finish. Would never guess 6.2%.

O-Nice drinkable IPA with good flavor. A quality IPA I'll likely get more of down the road although there are so many good IPA's in MN these days.

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

Alaskan IPA
12oz. brown bottle

A: snifter. looks like liquid gold, yellowish orange with a fair amount of solid white head. very mild lacing.

S: good hoppy aroma. some citrus along with some pine. a little bit of honey also. also smells of sweet biscuit malts.

T: light on the flavor initially. a definite honey characteristic is present. very mellow hop characteristic. not extreme but very tasty. good malt character, feels like biscuit malts.

M: light feel in the mouth. good bitters on the palate. very crisp ans smooth.

D: extremely drinkable with a good mellow body. i could drink this for decades.

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Photo of hardy008
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold color with a two finger white head which has good retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit and lemon. Not complex, but nice.

The taste is much like the aroma, and has grapefruit and lemon flavors. Hop forward, with very little malt. What malt there is has a bread or biscuit like taste to it.

Light to medium bodied, with average carbonation. Easy to drink. I like this beer well enough to buy again. Keep the good beers coming Alaskan.

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

Enjoyed in a pint glass
A: 3/4 finger of white head quickly dies to a thin layer. Clear gold liquid. More head please.
S: Orange soda?! Grapefruit, citrus hops, spicy hop. Orange soda smell detracts overall :-(
T: Almost fake hop taste. Grapefruit zest. Malt revealed more in the character upon warming (duh). With warming it tastes more like an EIPA! Not in the smell though.
M: Pleasant bitterness with nice smooth malt character as well.
D: Very high

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

A- Thick white head on a clear golden body.
S- Light grapefruit, orange, hints of pine, and sweeter caramel malts.
T- Sweet pale malts with a balance of light fruit hops. Some grass, grapefruit juice, lemon, and one or two other fruit flavors. I wouldn't call this a American IPA at all. Reminds me a lot more of a English IPA.
M- Medium/full body with a medium/low carbonation.
D- It is a good solid lighter IPA. Nice beer to sit back and enjoy and have a few of.

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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 CurtFromHershey
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kangaroo adam for this one...

Pours a pale straw with slightly orange hues. Brilliant clarity and towering white head. decent retention.

Smell is my favorite part. Lemongrass, flowers, hints of orange zest.

Taste is similar to the smell but somewhat duller. A bit of pine comes through, followed by some bready sweetness.

Seemes a bit undercarbonated, but nothing drastically wrong with the mouthfeel. Pretty standard fare.

Overall a very nice beer. Tip of the hat to alaskan for this one.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Stubby 12oz bottle like the one depicted; no "best before" date on bottle or 6-pack. Poured into a standard pint glass.
Has a clear dark golden color, decent carbonation and a moderate .5in white head that left scant lace.
Nose had a clean citrus and pine aroma with a softer undercurrent of grains and hay. Not real potent but definitely a solid IPA aroma.
Tastes good; crisp citrusy hops bite that swiftly overtakes the initial mellow sweet grains flavors. As it reaches further back on the tongue, the citrus taste transitions to a more pronounced pine resin taste that lingers nicely after each pull.
Feel is surprisingly light; crisp and clean.
Overall, a very easy drinking IPA. It has a more subdued hops profile than many West Coast IPA's (or East Coast, for that matter) but that only serves to make Alaskan's version a more viable session IPA. This brew's hops bill won't scour your tongue after the first; it'll leave you wanting more. Good effort by Alaskan BC!

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Photo of RyanK252
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles and laces quite well.

S: Citrus, maybe a touch floral, a little pine, and a nice hit of bready malt.

T: Very nice citrus hop hit up front, grapefruit, orange, a touch of pineapple, followed with some pine and floral notes, and backed with light pale malt. Very crisp and clean. Hoppy, but not overwhelming.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, goes down easy.

O: May not be anything super special, but it's a very solid, very drinkable IPA. Almost too drinkable. Before I knew it my glass was empty. Was a bit worried because it wasn't the freshest bottle, but it still delivered quite well.

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Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this out of a Bomber from the corner store.

Appearence was slightly hazy with a light copper color, similar to a Sierra Nevada, for an IPA I would have liked to see it a little darker with some more dark copper in it. Head retention was a little bellow normal but still ok.

Smelled great, a nice balance between the hops and the malt.

Mouthfeel was excellent with no alcohol burn and a great feel for an IPA.

Was highly drinkable for an IPA and quite enjoyable. I would say that this beer over all was great, but maybe more of an APA than a IPA. Not quite hoppy enough to be a great IPA and the malt flavors were a little low for a IPA but it is almost the perfect example of what an American Pale Ale should taste like. Will definitely be drinking this often, to bad it is mis-categorized!

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Photo of jimmah120
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date

Look is clear gold with a slight orange tint. Smell is lemon, pine, and earthy hops. Taste is pine/earth(hops) with a white bread(malt) background- emphasis on the hops. Light body with a sudsy finish. Bonus points for it's extreme drinkability.

Bitter and hoppy, enjoyable for sure, but doesn't knock it out of the park. Still wouldn't mind having a few more of these around.

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Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,329 ratings.
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