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 mithrascruor
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Callahan's, San Diego

Pours a clear amber red color with a big white head with good retention. Minimal aroma of hops. Light spicy hop flavor is crisp with a subtle aftertaste. Very smooth with light carbonation and a generally light-bodied feel. A bit subdued for an IPA, but really drinkable, enjoyable and refreshing.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper color and almost dark gold. Light head and very little prickel. Pleasant nose is very balance as the hops and malt both come through clearly. The attack is refreshing and clean. The flavor has hops up front, but then gives way to a malty and smooth finish. There seems to be a complexity to this beer that is more than the sum of its parts. Its interesting and fun to drink, but is still very easy drinking. I would say it would be a good "session" beer.

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Photo of MikeAAL
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good IPA.

Light yellow body with a white head. High carbonation.

Smells like hops, citrus and fruity. Also, a faint pine smell.

Tastes like bitter hops and citrus with a piney finish.

Light and sort of fizzy.

Very delicious. I saw my big Alaskan friend drinking it so I thought I'd try it. Definately a good choice.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

This brand had a short "keg only" showing last summer, but beer enthusiasts cried out for more. Alaskan appeased the thirsty crowd with their IPA, now bottled year-round.

Drops into the glass with a short stack of foam that subsides to a very sticky yet thin lace. A tad hazed within the dim golden-colored brew. Evergreen, hemp and lemon zest hop aromas attack the nose (in a loving way).

No lack of smoothness here--the moderate body holds onto a light carbonation that lends a dash of crispness to the mouthfeel. Big healthy herbal, hemp seed, blond tobacco and ruby red grapefruit hop flavors jump up first. Hop bitterness is not shy, with a resin burn that does not seem to want to go away. Malt sweetness and bread flavors are only underlying flavors. Finishes bitter but fresh, with a long lingering hop flavor in the dryness.

Drinkability scores high, which is great, but remember this beer is 6.2 percent ABV. Spot-on for the style and a hophead's dream. A half-dozen Northwest oysters per bottle is a must--Barron Point, Penn Cove and Willapa Bay would all be especially delicious with this.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Icy Bay is a nice sessionable IPA....little heavier than the Founder's All Day IPA...and probably more flavorful. The beer poured a clear golden with nice white head that laced nicely. The scent carried some fresh hops that leaned toward piny and citrus. The taste was an great balance between malt and hops. Starts smooth...bitterness kicks in the center then mellow again. The mouthfeel was light to medium in body with decent carbonation. Overall this is a great beer.

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Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. A vigorous pour produces. The aroma is sweet malt, lemon zest with some pine and citrusy hops. The taste is pretty balanced between the malt and hops. There is both citrus and pine flavors. The flavor is certainly not over-the-top and extreme like some IPAs, but it is very tasty. Overall, this is a pretty solid IPA that I would be glad to drink any day of the week. Recommended.

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Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured light amber from the 22 ounce bottle with two fingers of white head. Good amount of lacing. Head stays about 5 minutes.
Nice floral piney aroma. More aroma than most IPA's.
Taste is crisp, balanced, resinous hops with sweet malts. IBU is listed as 55.
Mouthfeel is medium with a dry bitter finish. Carbonation is just enough.
Overall better than average. Not so hoppy that you would only want one.
May be the ultimate everyday IPA. Give it a try. Hey it came all the way from Juneau!

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Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Healdsburg Bar & Grille in Healdsburg, CA. From notes.

Surprisingly tasty. Quality hop profile, not fruity, not so spicy either, just good. A thicker liquid that I prefer in IPA's, which helps the rating here. A bit darker than most in the pour. A bit more malt profile present as well.

A delicious, balanced IPA.

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought back a mixed Alaskan six pack. I had the IPA on tap and now from the bottle. Good appearance. Orange IPA color, big white head and good lacing. Smell was west coast piney hops with some citrus. The bottle version had more noticible balance than the tap version. I could taste some maltiness in the finish

Just like the on-tap version, there a the strong hint of floral hops to accompany the grapefruit. This is a good solid IPA. Bitterness was just right for a hophead but not the head-shrinking monster IPA that would turn off those that like balance.

Mouthfeel was rich and creamy. Drinkability is good, just right for an IPA.

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Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was on tap at a local pizza shop. The poured a nice amber color with a small head which left a nice lacing on the cup during every sip. The smells were of nice hops and caramel. The feel was medium with a nice little hop resin. The taste was good nice amount of hops along with caramel.

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Photo of kgotcher
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle just in at my local grocer!

Pours very clear light amber color with thick white head. Good head retention and lacings.

Aroma is stellar! Huge piney hop nose with great caramel malt undertones.

Taste is ligher than the aroma a bit toned down on the malt and a very smooth hoppy flavor but no big hop bite. Sweet candi and a light herbal taste. A bit light on the mouthfeel.

I love this beer, Aroma hints of something larger than the actual taste but a great beer nevertheless. If you love IPA aroma without big bitter aftertaste this is a beer for you. A great session IPA as I could throw a few of these back easily.

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Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the kind of IPA I like, easy to find, well priced , full of hops , well balanced , lots of citrus notes on the nose and full mouthfeel. Alaskan have been on the beer geeks b-list since they hardly ever put out limited editions Double this beers( remember when the Smoked Porter was a holy grail beer in the late 80's). They however always put out a quality product that you can often find in a corner store. I hope this beer comes to BC ( a possibility with all the US beers arriving in the last year)

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Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clean, clear bright yellow/orange with a pretty thin white head that quickly dissipates.

Smells nice and citrusy. Grapefruit, pine, fresh hops and maybe a bit of Play-Doh for some reason.

Taste is piney and resiny. Lots of nice fresh squeeze orange flavors create a nice balance between the malt and hops. Wow, I've looked forward to checking out this Alaskan offering and its definitely worthwhile.

Easy drinking IPA, not over powerful and not one sided.

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Photo of Ed_Johnson
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a yellow color with a wiff of a white head. The aroma is biscuit lots of piney hop nose. The flavor has a lot of bitterness with pine. There is also a hint of biscuit and citrus, but the bitter hops are far more present than the malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not great but good.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle stamped 062212 poured to pint glass the beer arrives a translucent golden color with a nice 1.5 finger head, good retention and lacing. The nose is a pleasant blend of resiny floral citrus and pine hops mixed with an underlayer of caramel malt sweetness. Similarly the flavor starts with a crisp blend of citrus and pine hops with a caramel sweetness beneath. Medium bitterness. Finishes crisp and clean. Adequately carbonated. Overall, a good IPA. I'd purchase again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ripe apricot with lemon peel trim. Multitudinous bubbles race up to do their part in the creation of a densely creamy cap the color of lightly yellowed ivory. From the melting ice cream look of the head to the generous amount of lace, this is one good looking India pale ale.

I wish the aroma was more forthcoming, but I love what I smell. My nose tells me that there's no (or almost no) caramel malt present. The white grapefruit and lemon hops tell me that one or more of the 4-Cs is in use (Cascade at least). I like the way these guys have decided to construct their IPA.

Alaskan Smoked Porter and Alaskan Stout are superb examples of their respective styles. Alaskan ESB is good as well. After that, I'm not thrilled with what this brewery produces, although it's all drinkable in a pleasant sort of way. I'm thrilled to see that Alaskan IPA comes in at the higher end of the spectrum.

This is a hop-focused beer that isn't anywhere close to being a tongue destroyer. By using pale malt almost exclusively (I'm guessing), the brewers allow the bright, zesty, citrus fruit character of the Pacific NW hops to shine. Malt support is rock steady, with an untoasted biscuity sweetness just below the surface. Simple... straightforward... delicious.

The mouthfeel is exactly where it should be for an American IPA that isn't a hop and booze monster. It's medium for the style, is both firm and lightly creamy, and is well-carbonated without being buzzy. In other words, it's a perfect match for the flavor profile.

I love the fluorescent green that Alaskan Brewing Co. has chosen for the labels and bottle caps. I'm sure it makes the beer stand out on the shelves. Although it may not be as sexy as some of the hop bombs that are being brewed these days, Alaskan IPA is a more than solid effort that I enjoyed thoroughly. I'm glad to see that these guys have filled the 'hoppy beer' hole in their lineup with such a quality offering.

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Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a 2" white head that recedes very slowly leaving moderate lacing. Abundant carbonation evident. Color is slightly cloudy golden-orange.
Aroma: pleasant sweet tangerine and bready malt background.
Mouthfeel: between light and medium with a somewhat dry finish.
Flavor: sweet tangerine, bitter citrus rind, toffee, crusty white bread.
Overall: an excellent IPA, really enjoyed this well balanced brew.

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Photo of sinistermadman
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear yellow-gold in color with a billowing white head. Nice pine laden hop aroma. Medium body with a creamy/slick palate presence. Flavors meld between citric grapefruit notes with a creamy malt backing. Well balanced. Not a hop bomb, but tasty. Simply a solid, drinkable IPA.

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Photo of appenzeller
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with exceptional clarity and bursting with carbonation. Healthy frothy white head that retains for some time. This beer's aroma is citrus and hops, the taste is the same--a fairly classic take on the hops side of a "West Coast IPA" with its citrusy taste, but lacking the heavy malting and sweetness of some other Left Coast IPAs. Also, the citrus notes here are superb, suggesting fresh lemon, orange, maybe grapefruit. I strongly prefer this version, which is lighter and has a bitterer taste that is right for the style in my view. Like a lot of folks I first became aware of Alaskan because of their Alt beer, but this is a top notch IPA to me.

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Photo of travolta
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Foamy white head with nice retention.

Nose: Papaya, pineapple, guava, a tiny bit of mint and floral.

Taste: Dry and simple on the palate. Dry and crisp with traditional hop bitterness. A less complex taste than nose.

Notes: This is a very good standard IPA. They are making a good product here without trying to reinvent the wheel. A standard good IPA, accurate to style.

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

Just recently showed up in Colorado. Picked up a six pack, and have been enjoying it. A medium bodied, very drinkable IPA that still has plenty of hop flavor. Not over the top in any direction, but enough flavors to keep me interested, and drinakble enough that the six pack disappears quickly.

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Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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