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Alaskan Icy Bay IPA | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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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
Ranking:
#31,233
Reviews:
414
Ratings:
1,379
pDev:
11.68%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
262
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,379 |  Reviews: 414
Photo of THoff94
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid IPA. Just the right amount of hoppy.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
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 MikeCross
2.17/5  rDev -41%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Out of date, not fresh

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Photo of Nurt20
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gator_Chomp
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ktru42
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of williamv0123
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tyleeis
4.36/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Leschber
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hreb
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vanity review from 30000 feet on an Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle. Served in the bottle -- no room for a tumbler today. Tastes like a very conservative single IPA by NW craft brew standards, or a pretty decent IPA by macro standards. That is, it's moderately hoppy, citrusy and bright, but not particular complex. It is crisp and drinkable, though.

Updated review from a proper serving in a pint glass follows. The appearance is golden and slightly hazy with slight head formation. The flavor is legitimately juicy. This is a respectable NW IPA. Still probably not as good as Husky, not like I said, drinkable.

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Photo of baseballrock
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AirZombie
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KyleSweetsema
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Muggins25
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BoljaBoy52
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mlkluther
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kinmundy77
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BenGap
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rawwie
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of abrodsky
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber color with a huge head of white foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, very slowly fading to leave a ton of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is somewhat mild overall, but consists of a mix of citrus and pine hop smells mixed with a little bit of a bready smell. There are some rather light fruit notes in there as well, with these being mainly of a tangerine and apricot nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather fruity flavor of tangerine, orange and pear mixed with some hop flavors of a more grapefruit nature. Upfront the grapefruit is quite light, with it growing slightly stronger as the taste moves on further to the end. Along with the grapefruit comes some other hop flavors of a pine and grassy taste, which nicely add to the grapefruit. While more hop comes to the tongue, the overall hop flavor remains relatively light to average for an IPA of 6.2 % abv., and with the fruit increasing a little bit at the end, one is left with a rather fruity and moderately hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the mix of fruit with hop, the more mid-range feel is rather appropriate, being thin enough to highlight the fruit, all while having enough base to support the hop.

Overall – A decent IPA overall, but nothing super out of the ordinary. Rather enjoyable and with Alaskan beers usually quite affordable, this is a rather nice go to.

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Photo of BillT916
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PaulBenjamin
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeff_Plitzner
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dare I say perfect? Nice golden color, not too bitter for an IPA

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Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,379 ratings
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