Alaskan Icy Bay IPA | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Icy Bay IPAAlaskan Icy Bay IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States | website

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
Reviews:
391
Ratings:
1,274
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
21.58%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
229
For Trade:
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Photo of HalfFull
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather clear golden honey color into a pint glass. Head is thin and fleeting though the carbonation keeps a surface film that yields some spotting lacing.

Smell is of floral and citrusy hops and a touch of sweet malts, with some pine emerging when stirred up a bit. And that too is wrapped with a touch of sweetness. And occasionally a bit void on the nose if left untouched for a few minutes.

Nice balance of hops and malts on the taste, and gives a rather tart sweetness on the close. Unexpected given the light color and likely caused by some hop oils confusing me. Just a touch of bitterness present.

Feel and carbonation are good. An easy drinking IPA that doesn't try to tackle you. A rather light IPA; in color, in ABV, in body and in hoppieness. Quite approachable.

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Photo of Bockrules
4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Pours a two-head, inviting hazy gold color. Nice head all the way down the glass. Moderate lacing.

S - Great blend of floral and cirtus hop fragrances. Needs to be stronger though.

T - Alcohol and a lemony sweatness on the nose. Thed body is very well balanced with a pinging citrous hop flavor dancing around the tongue. The finnish is lemony and bitter and leaves a pleasant bitter-sweet aftertaste.

M - Medium body with plenty of carbonation. After swallowing, the beer still bubbles on your tongue. Very Pleasant! Seems to suite the beer perfectly

D - This is my favorite IPA so far. Plenty of hop presence (by no means harsh), which I expect from my IPAs and still delicious tasting. I wouldn't want to knock back more than about two of these in a night, but this is a perfect for when you just want one drink. A great deal at about $6.50 a six here in Oregon- will definately look for again next time i'm in the PNW!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bomber bottle! Dang, I love being back on the west coast for beer!

The pour created a finger's worth of soft, foamy head that resembled a scoop of French Vanilla ice cream, plus it held on like a champ. Color was a beautiful golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a grassy, flowery aspect. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a pleasant hops flavor on the tongue. It was somewhat spicy, peppery, and quite dry. The finish lingered with a soft hops flavor. I can't wait to get to AK!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear goldish amber with a decent creme head. Nose is malts and floral tones. Flavor is salty and acidic really. There are earthy and leafy tones with some minor backside citrus oily hops to it, but it's not really the level of balance that would make me happy. Feel has a full and biting carbonation to it and the liquid is about typical. A decent IPA, but lacking a slight touch of balance and grace to make it easier to drink.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a clean, golden body beneath a thin cap of foam that scantily covers the beer beneath...looks more like a lager than an IPA. Grapefruity sweetness abounds in the aroma, balanced by a crisp wheat note and pale malts. Still nothing exceptional.

The flavor is a tasty blend of pale, crystal malts, spicy/citrus hops, and some crackled pepper. Mouthfeel is a bit on the over-carbonated side, but crisp and decently refreshing. Not much of a hop finish, which is a bit of a disappointment. All in all, I was underwhelmed by this IPA. Will likely look elsewhere, although Alaskan's Smoked Porter is fantastic.

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

The beer has a light yellow/amber color. When it was poured it had a small white head that lasted only a minute or so.

The smell is hoppy and sweet, while the taste is fruity. Has a slightly hoppy taste and is somewhat bitter. On my first sip, the taste was almost reminiscent of a lager, rather than an ale.

Mouthfeel was decent. Good balance of carbonation, with a light body.

Drinkable, but ultimately just an average IPA. I've had other beers from Alaskan Brewing Co. that were quite enjoyable, so this IPA was definitely a let down.

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Photo of Brewlore
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden orange in color with a small (and very) fizzy white head. Disappears quite quickly yet lingers as a ring around your brew.

Hop aroma up front (obviously). Grapefruit/grassy scents abound. Light caramel malt scent cuts that aroma though.

Very light tasting yet quite bitter. Citrus notes aplenty with a pretty harsh hop bitterness at the end. Surely not a "big" IPA by any means. Lemony/grapefruit and all around citrusy flavor from the hops and there were some grassy notes in there as well. Oddly, this brew gets a little lager like as it warms.

Light-medium bodied with lively carbonation. Feels really smooth on the palate.

The hop bitterness is there in a harsh way. It does feel nice on the palate and offers an interesting (yet somewhat muted) array of flavors. As it warms, the aforementioned bitterness gets harsher.

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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 wspscott
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass at Sheep Mountain Lodge

A: light copper color, small head that leaves little lace
S: sharp hops (nothing particular, just bitterness), but nothing else
T: grassy, piney, herbal hops completely dominate the hops but hints of caramel come through
M: crisp, highly carbed, oily on the tongue
D: solid IPA but not earth shaking, worth trying but I like the ESB better.

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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 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 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 MiScusi
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Healdsburg Bar & Grille. Having had IPA's sunch as RR IPA, RR Blind Pig, Pliny the Elder, Racer 5, and Hop Rod Rye in the last 24 hours, Alaskan IPA still held up very nicely, and was actually really satisfying. Pours a clear dark gold or amber. The dry hopped pine aromas are displayed front and center although there is a light, caramel malt body behind it.

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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 ThreeWiseMen
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear and golden. About one finger head initially, but dissipates to not much. Very thin lacing.

Smell: Strong citrus (grapefruit especially, orange and lime) along with light hops. Also catching whiffs of toasted malts.

Taste: A little bland, especially for an IPA. Strong citrus flavor (again grapefruit and lime with a little orange). Malts are definitely present. Hop bitterness is pretty weak. Not much aftertaste either - a little bitter, a little citrus, but not much. Wise Man Pete says, "This is not the taste I'd expect from an IPA."

Mouthfeel: Very thin. Carbonation seems relatively high. Aftertaste is weak.

Drinkability: While I could imagine myself drinking this beer all night, I could also imagine myself doing a lot stupider things all night. This beer is ok - definitely nothing to write home about. The taste is bland with very little body. I could imagine myself getting drunk off of it because it's so light.

Burp: Delicious; robust and hoppy! The missing ingredient to this beer must lie in my tummy, because that burp was a hell of a lot better than the beer itself. Why can't there be a burp category?

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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 DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the YardHouse, on to the beer:

This is a lighter tasting IPA, although it is still more dominating in the hops depeartment, with sharp hop bitterness making up much of the taste. It gives Alaskan Brewing a hoppy offering in their lineup, but they might be too late with the number of offerings out on the market, and many of them better offerings. Still, this is worth a try.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A reasonable pour into my 25cl tulip glass yields a three-finger thick, lightly tanned, off-white colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, copper color that only gets brighter when held up to the light. Aromatically expressive in its hoppiness, the hop character is quite noticeable as I pour and visually inspect the beer. Grapefruit, big lychee and tangelo are noticeable aromatics up front with follow on, slightly reduced in intensity, aromas of pine sap and herbal hop notes. The finish also has a nice, toasty grain character to it reminiscent of biscuit malt and crushed saltine crackers, though the hops do a good job of drowning out any malt influence. As the beer warms a bit some fruitier notes of apricot and light tropical fruit become a bit more noticeable.

Lightly sweet malt and a malt fullness is quickly overtaken by a dominant, though not scathing, green, herbal hop component. The flavor has a more even balance between citrus and herbal / pine hop influences, though the citrus just edges out the others. Flavors of grapefruit, bitter orange zest, candied orange peel, apricot and lychee are more noticeable up front, while a sharp, herbal, mix of menthol-pine and hop bitterness seem to be quite a bit more noticeable towards the finish; each of these notes is noticeable throughout the flavor profile at some level though. Fizzy carbonation and a light-medium heft keep this quite drinkable and perfectly inline with the quaffability of an IPA.

This is a nice hop-focused IPA, I almost wish for a bit more malt character, but there is just enough to support the hops and any more would likely intrude and the eminent drinkability that this, dry beer achieves.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a golden yellow with an orange-ish tint, with a half inch of white head. Smells promisingly of citrus, but the taste is disappointingly weak. This would score well as a good pale ale, but definitely doesn't belong in the IPA category. Possibly the weakest IPA I've tasted. It's drinkable as a good pale ale would be, but it just doesn't cut it as an IPA.

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Photo of tpd975
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours golden yellow hue with a nice foamy head. Nice sheet lacing.

S: Nice hop aromas. Some bold citrus, along with lemon zest and pine.

T: Nice balance between hops and malt. The taste is citrus upfront. A bit of sweet pine can be detected in the middle before a nice sweet bready malt takes over. Very Nice.

M: Medium to light in body with ample carbonation.

D: Easy-drinking, smooth and refreshing. Nice balance leads to a very sessionable brew especially for those who don't like hop bombs.

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Photo of jakon
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 6-13-8.

This beer pours gold with a nice-sized eggshell colored head that recedes quickly while leaving behind a layer of uniform lacing.

The aroma is beautiful. Big citrus, big pine. Orange peel and grapefruit with a light peppery spice and a touch of fresh-cut grass to it.

The taste reflects the aroma. West-coast IPA all the way. The bitterness is dialed in nicely. Not sure why it took me this long to finally try this beer, as it's always been a ubiquitous presence on local shelves and I've been a longtime fan of their Smoked Porter.

This beer compares favorably to all the PNW IPA's. It'll now have a spot in my regular rotation.

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Photo of
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle

Slightly hazed, light gold with some orange tones. Medium, just off white, creamy head. Not much legs, some lacing.

Strong aroma of earth and pine.

Taste was a big burst of hops, pine/spruce. Touch of citrus. A bit soap like, not sure I was wild about that. Some sweetness - caramel and a green apple. Lingering pine in the finish.

Medium body, at best. Medium carbonation. Dry.

Very different hop character compared to what I am used to, but not unpleasant. I would certainly have again.

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Photo of hops4me
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of TunTavern1775. Thanks brother and see ya soon.

A - pours a hazy gold but that changes to a clearish gold. A finger of head sits on top and really stays there the whole drink. Good lace sticks to the sides.

S - Pine dominates but I can definitely detect the citrus and floral hop aroma. Very pleasant perfumy aroma.

T - The taste is the same way as the smell. BUT there is some slight toasted malt sweetness with it. I am a bit surprised based on the color.

M - It is a little light for an IPA but there is a great flavor profile there to kick it in the ass a bit.

D - I like this one alot. I would get more if it was available in NC. Like I said it is a little light in the body but this adds to the drinkability. It is complex enough to satisfy the sophisticated palate but very refreshing at the same time.

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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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Alaskan Icy Bay IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.
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