Alaskan Icy Bay IPA | Alaskan Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
83
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1,361 Ratings
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:
1,361
Reviews:
410
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
11.75%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
254
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,361 |  Reviews: 410
Photo of tcayiajr
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While living in Juneau I was fortunate enough to pick up a pony keg straight from the Brewery. In my opinion it is one of the best keg purchases I've ever made. The beer poured a medium golden color, lighter than a lot of American IPA's. The hop aroma was definetely present and enjoyable. I wish Alaskan would distribute it in bottles instead of only in bars or direct from the brewery because it is a great beer.

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Photo of Mark
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apart from the double and up IPA's that are made now I can categorize the two regular styles of IPA's among some of my favorites. There is the Bear Republic Racer 5 and El Toro ramped up hoppy bombs and then there is the North Coast (ACME) Sierra Nevada IPA's, Alaskan falls in to the latter. I love this brewery, they were great to visit and very generous with the tastings. I try to support them as often as possible. The sample poured a deep gold, head retention was excellent and some lace was apparent. My bottle did not have the piney aroma some others have mentioned but aroma was a bit floral and sort of understated for the style. Smooth taste had some fruity notes with a slight piney hoppiness. Malt was solid. Very drinkable and refreshing. Would buy again. i now think the first bottle I had was not the freshest sample. More lacing on the glass and a subtle yet succulent aroma of piney hops assaults you. Tart piney hops are a joy on the taste buds. Very drinkable, even my girlfriend Suzanne wanted to have two. This is one nice brew.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear golden body. Thin off white head leaves moderate amounts of patchy lace. Fragrant aroma that has a nice little mintiness to it spliced with some mango citrus tones. Citrus comes through quite nicely on the buds as well. Subdued, but defined. Lemon rind, orange, mango....This beer has a nice quenching dry feel to it. Even keeled bitterness. Quite drinkable and would be nice on a hot day. Refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of chicagobill13
4.41/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was so excited that my friend brought this beer back from WI. I love their Amber and I have heard great things about their IPA. Let's see.

Color: Really is this a lager? It is very golden and yellow in color. not like your normal IPA that I have tried.

Smell: This hop smell and the oils did it's job from the hops. I love the smell this one has a great smell. Nice Grapefriuit smell.

Taste and mouthfeel: There is a nice balance on the hops. sweet after taste.

This is sex in a bottle to me being a hop head. I really like this beer. I am very impressed. Enjoy! Cheers!

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Photo of pererfromtheinternet
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of Jeysun23
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of bombventure
4.39/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of atone315
4.39/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Zatch90
4.39/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of YupikHops
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle with a best by date just a month and a half away (5/27/16). Gold orange color, quite carbonated. Cool lacing. Citra hops are present but muted on the nose. Taste is extremely drinkable and refreshing - it kind of lacks any sort of definitive character an is just an above average, refreshing beer. Really drinkable light beer for an IPA. As it warms it seems to develop a more intense hop profile.
Citra hops again make an appearence but briefly and mostly on the aftertaste. Pretty dry finish that sweetly coats the throat. Alaskan tends to play it safe and they've done it quite well every beer I've tried. Cheers!

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, golden color with thick foamy head. There is a good amount of lacing on the side of the glass. Foamy head goes down quickly but persists through drinking. Strong , citrusy, grassy aroma. Strong hop forward taste - very grassy and piney. Slight citrus flavor that preceeds a mid malt at the end. The bitter aftertaste does persist after drinking. The hops are a tad bit on the grassy side for me, but still a good beer for a hop head.

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Photo of tyleeis
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Teenzeus
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%

Photo of CorvetteMike
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

While on a cruise in Alaska, visited the brewery. Sampled all of the beers on the tour. The IPA was my favorite. Brewed with no preservatives, so can not get in New England, too bad.

A: Golden color, high carbonation

S: Citrus and grapefruit smell, very pleasant

T: Slight bitterness, smooth, slight malt taste, light hop presence

M: Medium body, carbonation high

O: Very nice IPA, enjoyable

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Photo of Caveworm
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Alaskan Icy Bay IPA | Alaskan Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this has a three finger thick head, with solid lacing, and a deep golden body.

Smells like citrus and tropical hops.

I taste bitter and flavorful hops with a clean and refreshing hops.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

I'll rate Alaskan Icy Bay IPA | Alaskan Brewing Co. with an overall 4.25

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Photo of megahurts4
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alaskan IPA
On tap at The Reluctant Fisherman in Cordova, Alaska

Appearance: deep golden, medium head, and some lacing.

Smell: floral and fruity hops.

Taste: nice floral and fruity hops with a grain finish.

Mouthfeel: medium and slightly bitter.

Overall:
This brew has some nice hop flavor. The overall complexity isn't quite up to par with other IPA's, but it does well without being too watery.

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Photo of dlin0sbb
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Auraan
4.34/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a nice amber with a thin white head that dissipated to a white ring. Pretty nice. Scents of grapefruit, pine and other citrus. Nice scent. Flavor is mostly pine and grapefruit pith, with a little bit of grapefruit and a grainy malt on the finish. Dry finish. Bitterness is high. Good IPA, nice and bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. A good IPA, worth trying. Looking forward to having more.

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Photo of J_Chavez15
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out golden yellow. Nice thick head. Smells of fruity citrusy hops. Medium body. Taste the citrus and maybe floral hops. Finish is very refreshing with a bit of dryness in the back end. Overall a very good solid Ipa.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Alaskan IPA has a thin, white head and a semi-clear, golden appearance, with some streaming bubbles and minimal lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit and sweet, white bread. Taste is the same, with maybe some pith and pine oil. Bitterness is strong, but not overwhelmingly so. Mouthfeel is medium and oily, and Alaskan IPA finishes fairly dry, refreshing, and quite drinkable. Overall, this is considerably nice, and I score it as being most excellent. Check it out!

RJT

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.31/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,361 ratings.
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