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:
0
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Reviews: 391 | Ratings: 1,274
Photo of utopiajane
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful gold with lovely clarity and some lager type bubbles floating ever upward to a fat head of bone white foam that had excellent retention and left clinging lace. Nose is earthy and citrusy. A powdery and soft hop floral pervades the nose. There is a light and earthy pine and pink grapefruit. The malt to the nose is a but a drop of tempting honey, just a bit of sugary sweetness. Taste is mild and juicy. The pink grapefruit abounds in the flavor. Tart, citric and with some of the bright zest of the fruit peel. The mouthfeel is west coast style lightness and as it warms a just a hint of cracker peeks through. It's not very sweet but just sweet enough. The hops are floral perfection in this and exude their powdery musk throughout the drink. Their sweetness is unique in this aspect. The pine and a subtle herbal combine for a more delicate approach to the palate. The bitter is soft and graceful and ends this beer dry, with a slight pucker and with you wanting more.

Lovely.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking glazed orange color with a one finger white foamy head that died off in about a minute. Light lacing was here and there.
The smell had a really nice citrusy hoppiness inviting a nice light caramel maltiness to balance.
The taste was basically a balanced sweet citrusy hoppiness to light caramel malts.
The mouthfeel had a good sharpness running over my tongue.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good AIPA that I would have again.

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Photo of beergoot
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice golden colored body with a thick, chunky, white head; spidery lacing on the glass. Pine and earth aroma. Mild malt flavors; slight berry fruitiness; good hop bitterness lingering at the finish. Medium bodied; smooth and slick mouthfeel; dry finish.

A good if unexceptional IPA. Hits the style parameters with decent balance and respectable depth of flavor but there's nothing exceptional or memorable going on. Taste does have a nice juicy quality to it.

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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 MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of white head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront citrus hops with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, and tangerine. Big scent of pine resin. Also some grassy hop hints. Soft pale malt background with hints of grains, cracker, and yeast. Very hop forward and ripe smelling. Pretty solid.

Taste: Like it smells, a ripe and juicy hop driven taste with good notes of citrus and pine. Citrus hops with some upfront notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, pineapple, and tangerine. Big taste of piney hops. Earthy notes of pine resin. Soft bready malt background presence with notes of grains, cracker, and yeast. Very hop dominate and pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, slightly oily, and pretty drying on the finish. Nicely smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid IPA. Good pine and citrus bite with a balanced smooth body.

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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 LeeryLeprechaun
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Beer pours a hazy orange color with a strong finger of fluffy white head.

Piney aroma, no malt notes. Fairly simple, just a whole lot of hops that smell like pine.

Beer also tastes pretty simple. It is hop forward with a bitter lingering finish. Taste of pine and a little danky.

Medium Body, good carbonation for the style.

Overall, an okay beer. There are no flaws, and it is pretty easy drinking. It just does not stand out or anything. It would be good for a session IPA. It is not too high in ABV or IBUs.

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Photo of stevoj
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice, crisp, tart IPA. Hazy golden with thick creamy head. Aroma of yellow grapefruit. Taste is citrus hops, and hops linger on the palate. This is a classic IPA , all about the hops.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle received in trade from BeerKangaroo, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a huge bubbly off white head that persists forever. Aromas of caramel and citrus dominate with hints of mineral to round it out. The flavor is a bit of pine, spice, and citrus with a solid bready caramel to back it up. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mineral mouthfeel. Nice easy drinker, a bit old school but certainly serviceable.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy medium gold body, with a large, dense, and coarse white head, which retains well. Faint streams of fine carbonation drift slowly to the surface. Scattered, patchy lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Fairly prominent grapefruit and pine tar hops dominate the aroma. Sweet, pale malt is also notable, although it is overshadowed by the hops.

Taste: Opens with sharp grapefruit rind hop flavors, these dominate throughout the taste. As the taste progresses, sweet orange hops are present, although to a greatly lesser extent, as well, as a modest pale malt presence, with a subtle toasted flavor. Late in the taste, there are some notable grassy hop flavors as well. Finishes with a lingering, moderate grapefruit and pine hop flavors.

Mouth feel: Smooth, very soft, and full, with slight zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Nicely done, a solid example of the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which has some retention but not much. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a pale amber that appears as a golden straw when held up to the light. Considerable lacing at the moment.

Nose- Nice but simplistic. Shows citrus (mostly orange with a little bit of lemon) but not much else. Some hints of honey, a light floral character, maybe even some caramel. Very slight notes of pine and resin in the background. Swirling shows light honey and a very light peach.

Taste- Reflects the nose for a while (citrus (mostly orange again), some honey, brief floral notes, slight caramel) then moves into a much more stereotypical IPA flavor profile. Grapefruit, huge notes of pine and resin which, at first, seemed to contribute to a strong bitter finish but seems a little more rounded at the moment. Earwax as well as the linger reasserts itself. Most of the interesting notes fade and leave the bitter notes of pine, resin, grapefruit, and earwax to dominate. No flaws but fairly boring. Lacks complexity. Okay balance and integration. Above average beer but a rather average IPA. Some matchstick.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with a slight syrupiness to the texture. Light carbonation, little zing.

Drinkability- I'm not much a hophead anymore so the bitter linger is undesirable but otherwise, it's pretty drinkable. Pretty standard craft beer price so I would definitely grab something else. Only bought this because it was in a variety pack.

Overall- Above average. Worth a try but it is just a run of the mill IPA. I will not be purchasing it again. This is mostly because when I drink IPAs these days, I try to go for the cream of the crop.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Alaskan IPA

Enjoyed on tap. Served cold in a shaker pint glass.

A) Golden amber brew. Really not much head. A thin frothy collar remained. Not much lacing...

S) Quite a fresh scent. A bit floral, with a pinch of grass, and a good amount of grapefruit.

T) Pleasantly citrusy, with good malt balance in the flavor. A bit of grass and pine. Citrus rind on the finish.

M) Lighter medium body, with mild carbonation, but not flat. This was refreshing and really easy drinking.

O) I enjoyed this... Definitely above average, with very nice drinkability. I'd go for this again.

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Photo of beertunes
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pulled out of Val and Tom's fridge while house and cat sitting. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a hazy weak straw color with about 1/4 inch of white head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma had a mostly floral and pine hop scent, with a slight touch of citrus, and just a very light grain base. On the tongue, the malt was virtually non-existent, the pine and floral notes were lower and the citrus bigger, to the point that finish had a lot of lingering bitterness.

The body was pretty much average for the style, perhaps a touch light, but I've had lighter. Drinkability was OK, the beer went down quickly enough, and under the right conditions I could see knocking off a sixer at a cookout or such. Overall, not a great beer, not a terrible one, and probably a pretty decent one for the price point. Give it a shot, or 2, if you see it and need a budget IPA fix.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

had this on tap at the stars/avs game at pepsi center last night. surprised I have not reviewed it before, as I have had this many many times. its a lighter ipa in color, more golden than anything else, with inviting citrusy and honey sweetness aromatics. well balanced compared to many, a pale malt base supports a robust but not overpowering hopping that results in a drinkably flavorful hop forward ale that makes pretty darn good hockey beer. my critique is that it doesn't stand up so well against the more assertively hopped ipas out there, and comes across more as an American pale ale than an ipa, but I guess that's being unnecessarily critical of a well above average beer. its just a little more tame. I like the carbonation and lighter of feel of this, the alcohol is well hidden and this is a fine session beer if you can take the buzz with you. not as interesting as some Alaskan brews, but a serviceable ipa at a good price.

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Photo of Weisseguy1
2.81/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I love IPA'S and have grown to love a well balanced IPA like lagunitas little sumpin. This ipa from Alaskan is sub par. I won't go much further with this review. Yes it does have hops. But if you like only hops and bubbles this is your choice. I would have liked more malts less bubbles. I can only assume that this ale was fermented much colder than a typical ale should, since it was brewed in Alaska, hence the carbonation. Respect it anyways.

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Photo of ISmith87
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - clear golden amber color with lots of lacing on the sides as I swill it down

S - Very clean hop smell to this one (citrus, pine, grapefruit), refreshing.

T - Pretty massive bitterness, citrus zest.

M - light, bitter aftertaste, alc hidden.

O - Wanted more specific flavors coming off the hops.

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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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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Keep in mind a sixer only runs about $5.99 so it's a solid IPA for a decent price.

there is definitely a piney hop bite on the finish (another review said "oily hop" which is about right, the bitterness sticks to the top of your mouth) - not much sweetness here. A bit of malt, biscuit in the middle. Smell was mostly malty, I am guessing they did not dry hop to reduce costs. Overall a solid IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co. On a side note their black ale (ala black ipa) is top notch. Pick it up if you can find it.

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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 CurtFromHershey
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kangaroo adam for this one...

Pours a pale straw with slightly orange hues. Brilliant clarity and towering white head. decent retention.

Smell is my favorite part. Lemongrass, flowers, hints of orange zest.

Taste is similar to the smell but somewhat duller. A bit of pine comes through, followed by some bready sweetness.

Seemes a bit undercarbonated, but nothing drastically wrong with the mouthfeel. Pretty standard fare.

Overall a very nice beer. Tip of the hat to alaskan for this one.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this IPA has a clear body very little carbonation, it topped off with a light and creamy head that nearly resembles whipped cake frosting. Its got a thin layer of lacing that’s broken up but still form an imperfect ring around the glass. Hops, hops and more hops in the aroma, mixed in with some mild citrus fruits like grapefruit and lemon, grass smells are coming through. The aroma brings mind an image of a valkyrja riding through a storm of ice on her weathered white horse with her blonde hair flowing in the wild wind holding her arms wide open with an IPA in one hand… I would classify this as medium-to-full bodied leaning more toward the full bodied IPA. The taste is sharp and mildly bitter up front but quickly becomes hoppy and spicy as it nears the middle of your tongue. The spices pick up just a little bit as you swallow, but then given I to a mild sweet hoppy aftertaste. This is one good IPA

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alaskan IPA, India Pale Ale, 6.7% ALC./VOL.

Clear, bright golden hue, snowy white, long-lasting, lacey head.

Aroma: grapefruit and orange, hints of pine and grass.

Taste: nice, tidy bitter bite up front, intense hoppy citric flavors, then cool and mellow. Medium body, moderate mouthfeel, soft finish. Back for another sip and swallow, and it goes down the same, hoppy, lingering bitterness, crisp, clean malt.

Nice, easy-drinking IPA. It's a good beer, and you can drink it.

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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 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 mikeg67
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Pours orange with long lasting, fluffy, white head. Aroma is of caramel malt, citrusy hops and ripe fruit. Body is full and very tangy. Taste is of spicy, citrusy hops, biscuit malt and ripe fruit. Finish is long, citrusy and spicy. Nice IPA.

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