In this beer blog, we are going to get into the second beer from Alaskan Brewery. It is their Icy Bay IPA. This is a newer beer from them. I had their regular IPA a few years back. I loved it along with their Black IPA. If you read my earlier beer blog from a few days ago, you know the history of this craft brewery. If you have not, please, read it to get to know this craft brewery from Alaska. Let us get into this IPA.
It has a clear copper color with a white constant head. The smell has a slight citrus notes. The taste has a citrus notes with a dry hop finish for the aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable beer.
Here is a description from their website (www.alaskanbeer.com):
India Pale Ales are characterized by intense hop flavor and aroma accompanied with medium maltiness and body while also being crisp and dry.
Alaskan Icy Bay IPA is made from glacier-fed water and a blend of Cascade, Bravo, Calypso, Summit and Apollo hops and premium two-row pale and specialty malts.
India Pale Ale is a style of ale originally derived from a colonial thirst for British-brewed beers. By initially brewing the beer to high specific gravities it could continue to ferment during the journey to British colonies. Larger amounts of hops were also added for their preservative properties and resulted in a golden beer with a hoppy flavor.
Alaskan Icy Bay IPA is made from glacier-fed water and a blend of Summit, Apollo and Cascade hops and premium two-row pale and specialty malts. Our water originates in the 1,500-square-mile Juneau Ice Field and from more than 90 inches of rainfall each year.
The Story Behind The Label:
The surfers who ride the waves around Yakutat and Icy Bay have to be prepared for all of the extremes that come with Alaska’s maritime climate. That can mean air temperatures well below freezing, and water temperatures not too much higher. It’s sometimes called blue face surfing, and it requires a special breed of adventurer to seek out the rugged shorelines that yield the best breaks.
Alaskan Icy Bay IPA comes from the heritage of a beer brewed to endure the long ocean journey from England to India, with a bold taste, brisk bitter bite, and a citrus hoppy aroma. For the surfers who venture into the cold waters of Icy Bay, it’s a beer to match the intensity of a remote ride on a wave breaking on a solitary Alaskan beach.
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Ending, I am so happy to see this craft brewery in Michigan. I had a rock show on a Friday at Freedom Hill. I will be enjoying some Alaskan at the tailgate. This IPA is just right. It makes me happy as a Hophead, however, it will bring some border line IPA drinkers over. This will bring new drinkers to the IPA beer style. It has a nice mild and refreshing brew that makes you coming back for more. The malty backbone has a nice bite to fight against the over the top hoppy notes. This is a great IPA and welcome to Michigan. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser