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 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 mactrail
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Attractive amber brew with lots of foam and lacing with every pour in the conical snifter. It settles down rather quickly but leaves a frothy mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. Interesting mild aroma of sweet flowers and fresh straw.

Pleasant malty base with a nice sweetness to go with the hops. Finishes with a deep resiny hop flavor. Spritzy and fruity like pear cider. Hints of mango and apple. Moderately bitter aftertaste with an acidic edge. A very drinkable IPA with plenty of hops and a more friendly sort of flavor. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of womencantsail
3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for sharing, Gil.

A: The pour is an orange-amber color with a finger of white head.

S: Starts off with a bit of citrus peel and floral hops. There is a light herbal note and pine, too. Although there are a decent number of different hop notes, the aroma is dominated by the sweet maltiness.

T: A pretty bland flavor. Lots of cracker and bready malt flavors with very little in terms of hop flavors. A bit of bitterness, some floral and pine hop notes, and some more sweetness of toffee malts.

M: Light bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Lackluster. Not something I'd care to try again.

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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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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark yellow and light orange combo with a 1/5" white head on the top that goes away slyly. Aroma was boozy, bitter, not inviting.

Taste was hot alcohol, high bitterness, crystal malt caramel and toffee feels. Another one of 'those' ipas.

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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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Photo of Donkster46
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 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 fredmugs
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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 shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Aged from August. Pours a dark yellow-orange, little carbonation. Aroma, something astringent alcoholesque, not the best smell. Taste, very bitter. Not so much in terms of hop quality or dry hopping flavor, must use something in a long hop boil.

Definitely let's you know it's there, good alcohol and bitterness quotient. Not quite balanced. Had a lot better IPAs, but still I guess this is a tad better than your average beer. Drinking it fresh doesn't seem to matter, its all about the bitterness and not so much the flavor. Marginally average.

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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 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 Reidrover
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle from Roth’s Sunnyslope Market in S. Salem. $4.79 This has a new label compared to the page and is 6.7% alc. Pours a nice slightly hazy orange colour with a large ,thick and frothy off white head. Nice aromas, of resiny/piney hop along side good bold caramel malt profiles. Quite balanced in the taste.. malts and hops combine well but the pine driven hop comes though in the end to dominate. Godd clean palate well carbonated and slightly dry in the end..long lasting hop aftertaste. Nice PNW IPA..not bad at all.

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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 strongaf
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 vande
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BlueSpader
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RJLarse
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the marina. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep gold color and is clear. A thin bubbly white head caps the beer.

Smell is faint and has pine sweet malt notes.

Taste is a nice sweet malt flavor up front and a smooth citrus bitterness. Well balanced flavors are complex and interesting.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and flat perhaps. The beer is mildly carbonated.

A very drinkable IPA. Not too bitter, not too dry. I'd have this again.

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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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Photo of doughanson78
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

As all northwest IPA's are starting to taste Typical to me I'm gonna try and seek out a few East Coaster's to compare. Maybe I'm missing something or living in the Northwest I just take what we have for granted?

A: Medium orange color with a golden hue. Slightly hazy. Slightly off white one finger head with a few larger bubbles. Not great retention. OK lacing.

S: Big citrusy hops. Mostly grapefruit, light oranges. Floral hops come through mildly. The faintest hint of sweet malt. Hints of alcohol.

T: Malts come through much more than the aroma. Light toffee and caramel. Quickly balanced by the hops who's bitterness never really breaks through. Mostly floral with a slight sour grapefruit finish that lingers for a bit.

M: Medium bodied with OK mouth coating. A slightly dry finish.

O: Another typical IPA. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad, just typical. Can be had by a number of brewers. Not worthy of seeking out.

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Photo of Docer
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (4.0)

- Pours a very lightly cloudy straw yellow and copper zesty orange.. like a west coast number. Not much head, but sits nicely with scattered foam and a bit of a ring of lace. Overall simple, and not a lively overcarbonated drinking bomb.

Smell: (3.0)

- Lovely grain aroma, slight roasty touch with a caramel back, and more bready malt and biscuit. The hops fair well, but don't show any face in the aroma. Slight grassy and herbal aromas maybe.

Taste: (3.5)

- Lovely biscuit and fruity yeast/malt base with a grassy and herbal bitter flare. Lovely malt notes without being overly sweet and sugar-like. Lots of bready base malt, and a lot of balance. Taste is quite good.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)

- This is a nicely carbonated brew with a chewy medium body. It is only a touch dry, but makes the tongue work a little, and demands another taste. Really well put together feel. The balance makes it creamy, and just right.

Overall: (3.5)

- The beer is brewed super well, it looks perfect almost, and has just that. The hop profile is just a tad short for me... maybe not the bittering hops, but the aroma. This should be dry-hopped with a dose of Amarillo... or what they used in the boil. Solid feel, very nice to drink, and balanced... just a little more bready malt-forward for me.. and I like bready malt!

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India Pale Ale from Ice Harbor Brewing Company
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