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.

Added by zacharius on 03-26-2005

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle

Typical color, pale golden.

The nose is flowery and earthy hops with peachy,fruity undertones. It's not very pungent, almost hard to smell.

It tastes more like an English style to me with more earthy flavors and a quick finish that's not very bitter or flavorful.

It's easy to drink, but the flavors don't really make me want to drink more. It's just too light all around and might go better with food.

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

Poured 12oz bottle into a Belgian Tulip glass.

A: Orange copper color. Nice head with good retention. good lacing.

S: Maltier than I would have expected. The citrus hop is there but subdued. I wonder if its because this is old, or if its because it just a maltier IPA.

T: Same. The hop is subdued. Nothing special.

M: Syrupy. Too carbonated. weird aftertaste.

O: This is an IPA I will be skipping. If I am every in Juneau I will give this a try at the brewery, but other than that, I'm not really interested.

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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 beerdrifter
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear deep yellow pour with a nice white head and decent lacing. Subdued nose with an odd hint of soap to it and a touch of grass. Not much else going on. The taste is subdued as well. Some lemon zest, pine, grass and a little caramel maltiness. Nice crisp, dry, light hop finish makes it a nice refreshing and drinkable summer beer. Not the hop monster I prefer, but a decent beer.

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Photo of hdog09
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very light and golden in color. Hardly any citrus or piny smells from the hops. Strange aftertaste that linger but isn't incredibly pleasing. Carbonation isn't very balanced and there really isn't anything that stands out in this beer. Decent IPA but nothing special, There's a handful of other IPA's I'd have over this one.

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Photo of budgood1
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out of the twist off 12 ounce stubby bottle a clear pale gold colour with a thin off white head. head reduces to some thin bubbles and leaves some spotty lace. light caramel malt aroma and a healthy dose of herbal and piney hops. grainy malt flavour, rather light for an IPA. hopping is again on the reserved side of things, slightly medicinal and herbal. almost tea like. this has an english IPA feel to it and really resembles nothing of any west coast characteristics. moderate bitterness. medium body at best, feels like an ordinary pale ale with its spritzy tongue tickling character. nice enough drinkability, but nothing that leaves me longing for more. would probably be a nice compliment to some chicken wings or other appetizer.

overall rather tame and a bit disappointing. nothing bad about this offering, just nothing to get even a little excited about. i'll probably not revisit this, and could not recommend.

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Photo of GoBeerGo
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

IMO - Lots of tiny bubbles in thick head, sticks to glass, darker Amber, honey like in color, smells of light fruit not a lot of hop. Tastes of roasted malts, tons of bittering hops, aromatic burps. Fresh, light bodied, effervescent, finishing long, bitter.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A=pours an orangish copper color without the "glow" i associate with the best ipas, two finger head that laces nicely

S=rather yeasty intially with some grapefruity citrus notes following

T=much like the smell, with a yeastiness and a dryness to the flavorings, some pine and citrus mixed in

M=dry, medium bodied, with generous carbonation

D=ok, average abv and decent taste make it drinkable

As a fan of most of the Alaskan offerings this left me somewhat disappointed.

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Photo of zacharius
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a golden color with a foamy white head, looks good so far. Smell is that of floral hops but fainter than I'd expect for an IPA. The taste was a big letdown, this beer had an astringent grainy taste to it. Hop bitterness was there but the astringency took away from the taste. It could have used more flavor hops as well. This beer is medium-light bodied. One of the worst offerings from this great brewery. After their smoked porter, oatmeal stout and ESB, I felt let down.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a 1 1/2 finger head. Retention is a little weak and the head is frothy at first but seems a little weak. Somehow the retention remains good: hard to explain. Pale orange/yellow in color.

Smell is of some weak cascades or centennials.

Taste is very weak for an ipa. Pretty boring really. Some pale malts and weak hops with a dry mouthfeel. I am dissapointed by this ipa.

Still thanks to gglwebster for the sample.

This sample tastes mildly soapy

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear light copper pour with a small head and light carbonation. Very faint hop smell upfront. Bold hop flavor with some grapefruit and resin initially. Body also has slight hints of pine, light citrus and a grainy malt back end. Finishes with a light bitterness.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into taster

Pours a pale golden color with a crop of white head resting on top. Streaks of lacing run across the glass with some filmy residue left behind.

Slightly muted and muddled nose with flairs of pine and citrus hops. Soft sweetness with bread and biscuit malts and a touch of lemon peel.

Kiss of bitterness up front with citrusy hops and lemon peel. Light grapefruit notion with a dash of pine. Biscuit and cracker-like malt consistency resting upon a mild sweetness. Finishes lightly bitter and dry.

Medium body, nicely carbonated, dry and lingering on the tongue. Alaskan makes some great beers but this unfortunately isn't one of them.

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Photo of EnVinoVeritas
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light Amber / Gold Appearance. Upon pouring, one finger head that dissipated quickly. Reasonable lacing throughout the quaffing. Clear as a bell and a much lighter appearance than I am used to in IPAs.

S: Malty at first, but quickly gives way to grapefruit (citrus) and piny smell. I definitely noted an alcohol nose, but nothing overbearing. Strange, I thought since this is a 6.2 ABV.

T: Light malty flavor, although the nose is somewhat citrusy, I tend to take note of a piny hop presence. Finishes pretty dry - which I enjoy because I do not particularly enjoy being overwhelmed by malty sweetness.

M: Medium carbonation. Lighter mouthfeel for an IPA.

D: Light and dry enough to drink a few of them without hesitation. I would, however, not hesitate to pass this one by if another option presented itself. I like my IPAs hoppy and wasn't too impressed by the profile. It fits the style, but isn't that memorable.

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Photo of KeithBeerKline
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very light - it looks more like a lager than an IPA.
The mouth feel is slightly creamy, but this is overwhelmed by carbonation.
The hops have a nice flavor - somewhat floral - but this is a very lightly hopped beer for the style.
Overall the taste is nice, but rather weak. Light and easy to drink.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear bronze color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit, oranges, and floral hops. It is rather mild for the style. The taste is similar to the aroma. It is lacking the assertive bitterness that an American IPA should possess. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this beer seems more like a pale ale than an IPA. It isn't bad, it is just light in both flavor and aroma. I can't see myself drinking this again.

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Photo of hopdog
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a light to medium and crystal clear amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, orange peels, and somewhat floral. Tastes of citrus, floral and a touch of caramel thrown in. Thinner body.

Notes from 4/28/07

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Photo of phishsihq
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alaskan IPA pours a crisp and clear golden color with an inch of frothy white head that leaves a fair amount of lace. Piney and lemony-citrusy hops create a nice hop bouquet of aromas, with a slight malt providing a sweeter backbone. Sweet toasty maltiness is balanced well by citrus and piney hop bitterness, but not overwhelmingly so. This clean and crisp beer is lighter in body with a medium amount of carbonation. A good IPA, that is well balanced and not an over-the-top hop-bomb.

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Photo of stephens101
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A thin tan head covers a pale orange brew.

Smells of oily hops with a bit of sweetness in the background. Not a lot going on here.

Tastes about as nondescript as it smells with some hop bite, a hint of caramel and maybe some tea leaves and herb. A little citrus flares up later.

Light to medium body and easy going.

Toned down and fairly ordinary. And since there's no accounting for taste, if that's your pick, then this is your beer.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: The Alaskan IPA pours an extremely clear, almost disturbingly clear, pale yellow color. It looks more like an adjunct lager than an IPA. The head, however, is big and fluffy, close to two fingers. It dissipates very quickly though and without much lacing.

SMELL: The rather thin aroma of this one allows some roasted malt flavor and a little bit of smoke to come through in an otherwise hoppy smell.

TASTE: This is a very light IPA with a lot of grapefruit flavor and not a whole lot of malt to back it up. Some pine and resin come through a bit as well. This is a pretty straight forward, hoppy beer. Not much complexity.

MOUTHFEEL: Crisp and clean, it feels more like a pilsner than an IPA, which, in my book isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it is unusual.

OVERALL: Alaskan made a half-way decent IPA here, but it seems much more suitable for a hot night in Georgia than anytime in Alaska. It is more of a light refreshing beer than something to sip on a cool, crisp summer night or…well…a freezing cold night.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. About a finger of head. Color was pale and fairly clear. Lots of bubbles initially. A lot like some dehydrated urine or apple juice. Light lacing on the top that dissipated fairly quickly. Some foggy, wet film on the sides.

Smelled sharp crisp notes of citrus hops. Mainly a lighter grapefruit and some lemon. Got a bit of caramel as well.

Taste was pretty plain. Got the citrus hops, more lemon than anything else, but it was nothing special. Some caramel malts, but very watery. Slightly bitter on the tongue after.

Light body.Thin, olily texture. Above average carbonation. Abrupt watery finish.

Below average IPA. Nothing too special about it. I wouldn’t try it again on purpose.

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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 kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

03.05.15: Brief initial impressions.

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with a pry-off pressure cap served into a pilsner glass in Austin, TX. Cost was <$9 for a 6 pack at a local HEB grocery.

I dig the sleek green label art. 6.2% ABV. Best before: 05/10/15.

Pours a healthy off-white head which occupies half the glass and has great retention (at least 7 minutes). Body colour is a clear translucent copper of average vibrance, and presents cleanly.

Aroma is good, with ample hop notes of floral character, resins, and a hint of pine. This is complemented nicely by a malty hint of graham cracker and some fresh pale malt sweetness. No yeast character, alcohol, or off notes come(s) through. Aromatic intensity is average.

Taste is quite balanced, with the bitter hop notes compensated for by the clean pale malt backbone. It's floral, vaguely fruity, and a biteen resinous. No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes come through. Not horribly deep or intricate, but the fundamentals are there, and I rather like it.

Texture is predictably smooth and wet, with slight overcarbonation. Nevertheless, it's refreshing and appropriately medium-bodied.

Overall, it's a highly drinkable and very approachable IPA in a more than fair price range, and I'm glad I nabbed a 6 pack. Maybe it can't compete with offerings like Ballast Point Sculpin or Bear Republic Racer 5, but it's a respectable brew that offers more quality than most IPAs do at this price point. More good work from Alaskan.

Low B- (3.29)

04.09.15: Further truncated impressions:

This IPA ours a healthy off-white head of fair frothiness. Has a good overall consistency and retains well - for ~6-8 minutes. Body colour is a yellow copper - brighter than most IPAs. Clean, translucent, and transparent.

Aroma features notes of hop resins, light hop oil, biscuit malt, pale malt, a bit of graham cracker, and floral hops. The hops seem well balanced with the malts, though I suppose the hop profile should be more expressive. An appealing aroma of mild strength.

Texture is creamy and soft, with an apt medium body and moderate thickness and heft on the palate. A bit overcarbonated, but nevertheless refreshing.

The taste follows the aroma, though the hop profile is rather inexpressive and shallow. It's a bit too malty and sweet for my tastes, without sufficient emphasis on the hops. Far from a deep or intricate beer. Not gestalt, but I don't dislike it.

In just over a month (since my last review of a bottle from the same six pack), this IPA has plummeted in quality despite refrigeration. I remembered liking it far better, but after only a few weeks of age it's fallen off to the point that it's now average at best. Drink this one fresh.


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Photo of jjayjaye
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to drumrboy22 for the opportunity to consider this one!!
Pours a clear ultra pale yellow with a big stiff white head and nice lacing. The smell from the neck is nice citrus and pine, but this one seems a little oxidized from the glass with a lot more lager roast malt character. Nicely carbonated, the mouth feel is light and on the edge of being thin. Lightly hoppy and refreshing, the taste is equally understated and melancholy. The entire experience cleans up really quickly. I hate to compare it to 'fizzy yellow' multi-national corporate product but this one isn't distinguishing itself much. Good effort on the label and cap though. Don't pass this one up on my account...i recommend taking it for a test drive.

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Photo of t420o
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


A- Pours a yellow- light gold with 1-1/2 finger head that leaves decent lacing

S- Hops. Some citrus, pine, a little grapefruit and orange zest. Not very complex or floral

T- Pine, orange zest, lemon zest. Not very bitter, but also not much flavor. Hops seem muted by the malt or something. Thiey just dont stick out nor do they have that great of flavor.

M- Light but with nice carbonation that feels good on the tongue and going down

O- Not a great IPA. I really liked the Imperial IPA they make in their Pilot Series... I found that on to be very enjoyable (didnt do a review though, need to get another one so I can)Where are my hops ?

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This was poured into a pint glass numerous times, always the same. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange to yellow color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about thirty seconds leaving a light lacing sticking and then sliding down into the beer. The smell had a decent sweet to bitter citrus rind and caramel malts running in and out of each other, (separated from each other). The taste was basically the same. Bitterness doesn’t seem to blend with the malts. The aftertaste is caramel sweet to light citrus. It leaves a semi-dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation comes across fairly harsh and the bitterness shows its face slightly. Overall, I say this was an okay AIPA, better in the taste, but wishing the aroma smelled together.

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Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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