India Pale Ale | Ice Harbor Brewing Company

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Ice Harbor Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by woemad on 09-27-2005

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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of weerezboy
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of biboergosum
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12oz bottle of this at a supermarket in Kennewick (I believe it was a Yoke's) the day after a night before spent at the Ice Harbor brew pub, in the old downtown area. I believe I had this on tap, but at the same time as a number of their other offerings, so no review for any of the drafts. The waitress told me that the IPA cask at the pub is different than the IPA in the bottle, but didn't elaborate, and I didn't pursue (the beer question, or the waitress...) Anyways, I've had this in the fridge since September, time to bust it out.

Right away I could see the sediment in the bottle, but no worries about that. Poured carefully into my Laughing Dog pint glass (another souvenir of that trip), this beer produced a healthy 3 fingers of off-white head, and was a beautiful hazy faded orange colour. Beers that look like this one did have always seemed to turn out well. (That's called foreshadowing, folks...) Some of the sediment from the pour settled as I looked at it, clouding it up further. Taking a whiff of this once the head disappeared a few minutes later, I knew I was in for a treat. This smelled amazing, the dry hopping really doing the trick - lovely grapefruit and pine, all present and accounted for. Taking a sip, I was pleasantly surprised that this wasn't an overwhelming hop bomb. It was all creamy, citrusy, and oily hop goodness, but all in even balance with a nice reserved maltiness. Very moderate carbonation, and well hidden alcohol - I had to pace myself, or this would have been done straight away.

I had to be selective in what I brought back across the border upon heading home from the Tri Cities, and I knew there'd be at least a few single selections for which I would wish I'd purchased a six-pack. Boy, is this one of them - I'm sure I could session this IPA all night long.

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Photo of freed
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer on my last trip to Yakima. This bottle poured a hazy copper hue with a whiff of white foam that leaves an abundance of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is huge and bright. Musky grapefruit, fleshy tangerine and a hint of sweet malt.

The taste bursts with hop flavors. There's sweet citrus flavors followed by a gentle malt profile. The malt is there providing the platform for the hops to leap, but asks for no recognition. It steps aside and allows for a clean, dry and bitter finish.

It's been a while since I've been surprised by an IPA, and this one is abundantly bitter and citrusy while still being unique. The first one reminded me a little of Grant's, which almost offended me with it's directness. This is direct but pleasant. It's too bad I'll have to go back to Yakistan to get some more.

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Photo of mhewes
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A : A nice golden color with a good white head

S : A nice hop aroma, not too overpowering

T : Starts off with a nice smooth hop flavor followed by some citrus notes. A nice hop bitterness on the end

M : Smooth with good carbonation

D : It's a real nice drinking IPA. I'd drink it again

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice golden color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Floral, citrus notes are dominant but more floral notes

T: A nice balance with caramel and hops, floral and back citrus hanging in there, crisp and tasty

M: Light hop bite, crisp and lighter booze

D: East and pleasurable to drink indeed

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'd been waiting half a year to try Ice Harbor's IPA on cask. The regular draught version is a gem and I suspected that cask conditioning may be the last essence of refinement that might achieve total sublimity. That turned out to not be the case. But the core virtues of the IPA survive admirably and the cask version is still excellent, if not enhanced above the draught.

The cask IPA has a white cap of downy soft suds that sits with enduring authority at an elevation of nearly a full finger. Three hops - Cascade, Amarillo, and Crystal - make a strong presence in the flowery bouquet and bright hop flavor that brings immediate enjoyment value. Bittering adds a light biting edge. The body is golden and slightly clouded though virtually uncarbonated. Even for a cask-conditioned ale the complete absence of bubbles seems out of place. But the lack of carbonation enhanced the mouthfeel, making it feel like spun gold to the tongue.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - murky bright orange, bubbly, medium lacing, low retention

Smell - pine hops

Taste - strong resinous pine, some sweet malt mixed in but very floral and pungent mostly, tasty bitter hop notes

Mouthfeel - dry, some alcohol burn, medium body

Overall - strong pine hop character, quite nice if you like a bitter hop vibe

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4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tbeck
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light copper to orange with a thin white head that stuck around. Smell was hoppy but a hint of malt. Taste was excellent, a lot of hops but not very bitter. Taste was capitalized by a crisp, clean piney taste. Very good texture, though a little thin. I am not a big fan of IPA's but sometimes I find one that I can enjoy. This is one of the enjoyables, but it may be a little hoppy for a session beer.

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Photo of ccrida
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shaker glass at the brewery, Ice Harbor's flagship IPA is a clear pale bronze with a small white collar.

Smell is duller, although it was served cold, with lots of hop oils, pine and citrus, a bit on the sweeter side malt wise.

Taste is huge, clean, sweet toffee and caramel malt, with a ton of very nice floral/citrus hop flavor, with a nice spiciness. Very satisfying IPA, wow. Right up my ally for the style, hoppy flavor without being to bitter, albeit it bit malty.

Mouthfeel is oily and dry, a bit prickly, with a medium body.

Drinkability is pretty good, tasty and with a well-hidden ABV. Overall this is very nice, classic PNW IPA, and at only $2.50/glass on Monday's, it went down in a hurry!

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Photo of Donkster46
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jdense
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, served 1.30.10 into a chilled pint glass :).

Golden hazy brew, not chill haze I believe this is unfiltered, 1 finger white head, medium dissipation with very nice lacing. The nose is citrus hoppy but balanced nicely with bready malts. The taste is subtle hoppiness, citrusy, a bit of grapefruit and some pine. Dry finish from the bready malts, not overly carbonated. Quite drinkable. The number one selling beer at Ice Harbor, accounting for about 30% of sales. The most valid comparison would be Terminal Gravity. Actually this is pretty good, I'll certainly seek out my next trip to Tri-Cities. Recommended.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Green Lantern today.

The beer pours a peachy orange color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty impressive, with considerable dry citrus, pepper and some underlying earthiness. There is some light malt noticeable as well, something that showed up even more prominently on the palate. Otherwise, the flavor profile replicated the nose, and although there was some noticeable sweetness on the mid palate, there was more than enough bitterness to dry the beer out on the finish. Mouthfeel was medium bodied at most, with a fairly long, bitter, slightly alcoholic finish.

While nothing extraordinary, this was a pretty solid, easy to appreciate and enjoy IPA.

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: hazy orange hue with plenty of effervescence and a thick finger of frothy ivory foam. A good look for an IPA.

Smell: resiny, citrusy hops sit atop a moderately sweet malt backbone. An uncomplicated foresty aroma -- I like it a lot.

Taste: a rich malt flavor with a bit of a musty quality. Hops are bright and citrusy as well as a little bit resiny and funky. The overall combination works very well. The bitterness is strong but not grating; quite tasty indeed.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good amount of well-integrated carbonation. Creaminess is very good, especially for the style.

Overall: this is a well-above-average IPA, and it tastes like a Washington or Oregon IPA. Kudos to the folks in Kennewick for this one.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of woemad
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a 6-pk for $7.89 at Yoke's in Kennewick. I've since discovered a sixer at the brewery is about a buck cheaper, so I'd reccomend picking it up there instead.

Poured a hazy orange/amber color into a SA BL pintglass (thanks again Bros & SA). Big, thick off-white head that took several minutes to drop and left "neglige" of lace on the sides of the glass.

The nose is tart and citrusy, with a bit of pineyness present as well. This is dryhopped with Amarillo hops, so if you dig that hop, this will please you.

This has a sharp, tart citrusy taste, along with some piney notes. There's a biscuity malt backbone that, while detectable, is properly subordinate to the hops.

Medium bodied, with a prickly and oily mouthfeel.

This, along with Laughing Dog's IPA, is one of my favorite session IPAs. I usually pick up a sixer when I visit the Tri-Cities. I'm deleting my previous review, as it's long since become apparent I had a bad bottle.

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Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of dnichols
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I previously sampled this beer in a 12 ounce bottle so I resampled from the tap at the brewery pub in Kennewick, WA.

A: It poured rich golden color with an orange tint and white head. The head had good retention and produced a consistent lacing.

S: It had fresh herbal aromas that included spicy earthy aromas with a touch of lightly toasted malts. The aroma of hops is so dominant.

T: It began with a massive hop assault that was bitter and tangy. There are sharp spice flavors that are followed by a soothing and sweet malts. There was a slight but not distasteful bitter aftertaste.

M: Light to medium body with a bitter front, malty sweet middle and spicy end.

D: I am not a IPA fan but this one is very drinkable. I enjoyed the keg variation more than the bottle.

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Photo of birchstick
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle at the Yellow Church Cafe in Ellensburg, WA

A - pours an amberish orange with a nice one and a half finger head

S - smells caramel malts and grapefruit and butter piney hops

T - Tatse follows the nose. Opens up with caramel malts that lay the foundation. Moves to some bitter pine Pine flavors and some rind and bitter grapefruit. As this warmed, the hops took a little more prominence and became more floral.

M - creamy mouthfeel with a low amount of carbonation

D - pretty solid IPA. More balanced than most, which is a good thing if tamer IPAs are your thing. Glad i got to try this. Never heard of this brewey before and wish I could try some more.

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Photo of KJH
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells like a bag of Amarillo pellets! Wha tmore could a hophead want?

Good creamy head and color. Slightly cloudy amber.

The taste is almost a double IPA as there is a strong hop bitterness that lingers.

The mouthfeel is well rounded and invites me back for another sip.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a cloudy coppery orange amber. A slight gusher out of the bottle on opening. Resulted in an active pour with a massive white head that ended up a 1/4" above the glass with good retention. Looked kinda cool. Dissipated slowly leaving a moderate head and massive lacing. Aroma was present on the pour with pineapple, bready malt and decent herbal hops. Flavor is sweet malt with a heavy dose of pine and citrus hops, hops are dominant, leaving a rather dry, hoppy, citrus and bitter finish. There seems to be a saison-like faint funkiness in the aftertaste, probably due to the intense fresh hops. I lean towards maltier IPAs, and this is somewhat unbalanced towards the hops for me. However, the fresh hop flavor and overall taste balance still won me over. Medium bodied, with the mouth feel improved by active carbonation. A nicely made and attractive Northwest IPA.

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India Pale Ale from Ice Harbor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 48 ratings