Pygmy Owl Itty Bitty IPA - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Reviews: 27
Hads: 117
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 1
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Bitterbill on 03-15-2014

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Photo of chicksdiggit
4.38/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured center from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

L: pale straw color with a finger and a half of clean white head of consistent moderate sized bubbles. Large cone of quickly rising carbonation concentrated at the center of the glass. Thick retention, thin but sticky lacing.

S: Grassy aroma with green leafy hops and a little dank coming through. Not normally a fan of this smell but I like it here.

T: Green vegetal hops and dank in the flavor as well. Buttered cracker in the background malt flavor. Malt comes through more as it warms.

F: Hoppier than bitter, which I always appreciate. Not overly dry in the mouthfeel even though a dry finish in flavor. My type of IPA.

O: Tasty, but not over the top for me. Not an intense IPA like you normally see on the market. I dig it. (787 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My reaction is that of Senor Wences. S'alright? S'alright. I picked this up by chance at the Albertson's in Shelby before we crossed the border. This is Itty Bitty in terms of look, feel, and taste. (198 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of grass, hops, hint of pine, resin, hint of floral hops, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of earthy malt. Fits the style of an American IPA, but since there is such low ABV, and less intense body and aroma, would be a better fit in the American Pale Ale style. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of grass, tea, hint of pine, hops, resin, slight sweet malt, and a hint of earthy malt. Overall, body tasted too much of tea for my tastes, and I know it is called itty bitty IPA, but nevertheless it should still be in the APA category. Name aside, it is a very weak IPA, with decent complexity. (737 characters)

Photo of Zorro
2.69/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden colored beer with a medium sized white colored head.

Smells strongly hoppy with mostly a grapefruit scent. Some toasted grains and that is about it.

Starts out highly carbonated and slightly bitter. That is about it not a lot of subtleties here. Mostly this is grapefruit zest in taste.

Mouthfeel is club soda.

Overall it is drinkable but damn near Bud Lite. (379 characters)

Photo of Donkster46
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Seasonal release from Big Sky. Really light, even for a session. I would enjoy this when it hits the 80 degree mark. Basic, yet enjoyable depending on the weather. (163 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i am almost certain this isnt retired, as i had some today and do not think the bottle was old at all. the beer tasted fresh, and although its not the most incredible session ipa on the planet, its worthwhile in my opinion. it has a neat yeast sort of flavor, fruity like its belgian. maybe its from the hops not the yeast, but this is moving in that belgian type direction, at least for me. hops arent over the top, although its pretty bitter on the back end. there isnt a lot of that citrus refreshment going on, its more rudimentary than that it seems, but is really nice and light on the grain front, and has almost no body at all. i think both of these features are positives in the style, you could drink a ton of this if it could hold your attention or you didnt need it to. for me, i would have liked more hop flavor and less bitterness, but i dont dislike it as much as others obviously have. nice carbonation and really light, it works well in hot weather, but is a league below the best session ipas out there. (1,021 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear light golden color with a small fine white head. The head fades rather rapidly, leaving a somewhat persistent white foam film on the surface of the brew and a decent sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of an earthy and citrus hop smell mixed with other aromas of a cracker and bready nature. Along with these aromas are some lighter notes of a lemon and a little bit of sweetness of tangerine and some pear.

Taste – The taste begins with a somewhat crisp cracker taste mixed with some lemon and a moderate sum of grapefruit hop. As the taste advances a little bit of orange and bready flavors develop in the middle only to fade away at the end, bringing back a dry and crisp taste to the brew. Along with the citrus hop some rather herbal and earthy hop tastes also come to the tongue at the middle and increase up to the end, leaving one with a rather dry and somewhat dankly hopped light bodied IPA flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is very thin with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. For the light abv. and the crisp flavors of the brew the feel is rather well done, making for a crisp and easy drinker.

Overall – A decent session IPA overall. Light in abv. and full of hops, but at some times a little unbalanced. Not a bad one to try if you like a somewhat crisp and more dankly hopped IPA though, as it may be a fantastic session IPA for you. (1,548 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +17%

This website continues to change.....the Bitty Owl is a very nice sessionable IPA a la All Day IPA, Pop-up IPA, etc. The beer poured a golden clear with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent carries light pine and citrus. The taste is very easy balance with good flavor from the hops in the form of pine and citrus. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with decent carbonation. Overall this is a great beer. (426 characters)

Photo of TheCondor
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Mix and match six pack. I have one Big Sky beer I have liked, one I hated. We will see where this goes.

Appearance - Pours a very clear straw color with carbonation bubbles rising through the entirety of the drink. Pours a one finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing. I like all of Big Sky's packaging.

Smell - This is probably my favorite part of this beer. Smells nice and fruity, just like you would expect out of an IPA, but nothing too powerful. Citrusy, lemon, pine all coalesce into a nice nose on this beer.

Taste - Unfortunately, the taste cannot support what the nose is expecting. Fruity hops are present throughout the drink, but other than that there isn't much. A little bit of grains, some fruity hops, but not much else. Kind of a let down.

Mouthfeel - Finishes a little sticky. Strongly carbonated, light bodied.

Overall - Well, I'm not very impressed with this Big Sky product either. I wouldn't even bother trying it unless you just want to, and certainly wouldn't buy it. It was just bland, there are so many other IPA's out there to spend your money on. If its free and you don't have anything going on, go for it. (1,157 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler.

Something about the "Itty Bitty IPA Committee" just doesn't ring all that sonorous to me... Regardless, this stuff pours a clear golden brass topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, light orange rind, relatively mild pine resin, and a touch of slightly sweet biscuit off in the distance. The taste brings in more of the same, with a slightly stronger biscuit contingent and a stronger resin character, much to the dismay of the lemon, which tries in vain to stay relevant in these modern circumstances. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp-ish finish. Overall, a decent little IPA, but one that seems to sacrifice a bit of flavor and body for its relatively lower ABV. I'll take the extra bit of blood poison, thanks. (806 characters)

Photo of utfiero
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color- clear gold. Full head.

Aroma- citrusy hops and lemon Jolly Rancher.

Taste- a pleasant, light, sessionable IPA from Big Sky. My rating reflects this brews quality in relation to similar light session IPAs. Starts mildly hoppy with a malty middle, finishing with a pleasantly soft hop note (think English ESB) lingering long and dry. A great hot summer day session IPA! 30 IBUs. Purchased at Whole Foods in Austin for $5.99 / six pack.

Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted June 2014. (568 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apple-juice gold color, kinda limpid, with very little head. Nose offers some nicely resinous hops. Flavor is ... uh, not very good. The beer lacks good carbonation, and there really isn't all that much bitterness. Malt is grainy and hop flavor is one dimensional, a little grassy, and not too assertive. This beer needs to be retired, with Big Sky going back to drawing board. (377 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
3.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a somewhat translucent golden with a white head.

S: Orange, citrus rind, some slightly sour fruity notes in the nose, as well as some tropical fruit.

T: Orange, lemon, citrus rind, grapefruit, pine, not much malt. Fairly typical IPA, but light on bitterness and somewhat light on flavor, though not watery or flavorless at all.

M: Medium-light bodied and smooth.

O: Not the tastiest IPA, but it does taste good. Honestly, I don't think this is an IPA. It's more of a lightish American Pale Ale. Still, good for what it was meant for: being drinkable, tasty and light. (584 characters)

Photo of Isoruku
2.63/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This is an IPA? Don't believe it! And if you're an IPA fan, don't waste your money. Pygmy Owl is a forgettable beer that has none of the qualities you would expect from an IPA. Overall, I agree with ONovoMexicano's review (scroll down). He's right when he stresses the "weak" and "watered down" qualities of Pygmy Owl. There is no complexity, none of the hoppy, layered flavor that you want in an IPA. In short, Pygmy Owl is utterly unrewarding. (445 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of light biscuit malt, citrus, grassy hops, smells good. Flavor is mild biscuit malt, citrus with a bit of grapefruit rind and grassy hops. Medium bodied with a surprising light creaminess. Mild in flavor compared to what I've been drinking lately, but has quite a bit of well integreted malt and hops for the low ABV. It's a bit tame for an IPA, but a bit more robust than a pale ale. A great lunchtime session IPA. (556 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive white head on the light golden brew poured into a tall tumbler. Spritzy and lively on the tongue. Light body with a tangy and refreshingly watery mouthfeel. Modest aroma of flowery and resiny hops.

Pale malt flavor that is rather delicate but pleasant in that you can still taste it with the hops. A bit fruity with a grapefruit touch. Slightly bitter with more bitterness in the aftertaste. I'd be inclined to call this a Pale Ale. In any case, it's significantly better than my benchmark, the typical Utah supermarket beers which are only slightly less alcoholic at 4.0%.

These really light session IPAs are never going to score as well as the revered hop fantasies, so it's hard to compare. But this is a highly quaffable light beer that I enjoyed after actually doing yard work on a warm afternoon, which I believe is its intended purpose. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Washington. (930 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, from the six-pack they are sold in up here north of 49. Kind of stunned-looking owl depicted on the label.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of loosely foamy, and mostly bubbly bone-white head, which leaves some decent melting snowface lace around the glass as things slowly ebb away.

It smells of sharp, somewhat funky orange citrus and muddled pine needle bitters, like a cat walked by and pissed on them, or something, bready pale malt, a bit of raw onion, further tropical fruitiness, and some additional middling earthy, floral hops. The taste is gritty crackery, and kind of biscuity pale malt, an indistinct forest floor detritus green character, more onions apparently capable of masquerading as uric acid, a sedate orange fruitiness and some of its more exotic foreign friends, and plain weedy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is quite low and basically just a simple frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, a tad pithy, but generally smooth. It finishes barely off-dry, the limping pale malt graininess still dealing with that weird, but somehow workable vegetal/fruity combo.

An adequate session IPA, in that its dumbing-down isn't all that obvious - instead, they've gone with the redirection technique - through some strange hop manifestation trickery - and had me ignoring the programmed lightness of being of this offering. And for that, I must applaud Big Sky, because this weakly-defined 'style' shouldn't just be about how low the ABV is, relatively speaking. (1,531 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
2.84/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear golden colored body.
The aroma is fain grain, not great.
The taste is mild lemon bitterness with a touch of metallic to it.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's okay. There isn't any real smell to it and the taste is bland. (282 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: straw hue with a tiny touch of haze and a moderate effervescence. Head pours a thin layer of frothy white foam with little retention. Not much going on here.

Smell: nicely tropical fruity hop aroma; reminds me of mamba or starburst candy. One of my favorite types of hop aroma!

Taste: hops have the nice tropical character of the aroma, plus a little lemongrass thrown in for measure, but the flavor is quite low in intensity. Malt is a little sweet and a little grainy; not bad for its session strength. Hard to pack a lot of punch in these lower-ABV beers, but Pygmy Owl does a pretty good job.

Mouthfeel: light body with a big carbonation and a surprisingly fulfilling creaminess, if a bit evanescent.

Overall: here's where I give the beer points for drinkability. I like the trend of more sessionable ales, and while a session IPA presents plenty of challenges, I think this beer is a step in the right direction. (977 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
2.31/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Fizzy pale white head with a pale golden body. Trickles of carbonation heading upwards.

S- Oniony, muted hop profile that almost smells watered down. Floral hops are present but weak. Not impressed with this aroma.

T- Continues everything the nose suggested with equally poor results. Tastes incredibly watery, with a punch of floral, oniony hops at the finish that taste stifled. This beer almost reminds me of what you get if you just let hops sit in a water jug and then drank from it after a short while.

M- Some effervescence mid-palate combined with a tinge of malt help remind me I'm drinking a beer, but otherwise this is just thin and watery. It's very similar to a Budweiser or something of that sort. I suspect the average Bud drinker might even dig this beer. Far too light for me.

This beer's not tasty, that's for sure. It is easy to drink though, given the water-like quality, so I guess that's a plus. I'm not a fan in any way. (954 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


12oz picked up a while back... I forget where I found it, but a fair number of places have it available now... Pours a pale straw... decent enough white head with spotty lacing..

Nose shows biscuity malt with bunches of lemony and grassy hops..

Flavor strikes me as a pretty heavy wheat/pale maltiness for anything labeled close to an IPA... but the bitterness balances pretty well and a good amount of light citrus and herbal/lite pine hops come in and make this very drinkable.

Light body... good carbonation.. plenty of flavor... Pretty darn nice.

3.5/3.5/3.25/3.5/3.5 (581 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent gold with a thumb of pearl white head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Lemony, bready & a little grassy

T: Grainy, lemony, & bready up front, mineral dryness to this as well (flinty). Breadyness, a touch of honey & lemons. Finishes crisp, lemony & dry

MF: Light bodied, lively carbonation, nicely balanced

Drinks a lot like an old School Golden ale from the early 90s, drinkable as hell but not very IPA-ish (434 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: clear pale straw with ample white head.

S: A light, fruity hop presence; stone fruit, grapefruit, citrus peel, hints of pine. Crisp malt backbone, crackery and dry.

T: Hops are less upfront here as a pilsner-like malt backbone carries the flavor profile. There is still a dose of citrus and pine, now competing with dry, crisp pale malts. Very APA-ish.

MF: Decent for such a small beer, a bit watery but light bodied and crisp.

O: I liked it for what it is, but would it kill brewers making 'session' IPA's to add a handfull more hops, at the very least halfway through the boil or towards the end? More hops are always welcome. Decent session IPA. (695 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw, very light coloration with great clarity. Wispy finger high, bone white head that has poor retention and a very thin ring of lace. Looks like an adjunct lager in all honesty.

Adjunct bits in the malt, corn flakes and thin cracker-like two row, with a bit of acidity. Passion fruit and yellow oranges, bright and acidic, never had so much passion fruit in the nose of any other beer before.

Pale wheat and thin malt, a bit of corn sweetness and lemony zing. Hops provide more of the passion fruit in the nose and tame citrus rinds. There is some acidity that gives the impression of the hops being very juicy. Finish is mildly bitter, acidic and dull metallic finish.

Light body and even carbonation. Doesn't dry especially well but of course the alcohol is a non factor. Very drinkable.

Better than some of the other "session" IPAs on the market that are like hoppy seltzer water or are nothing but a mislabeled pale ale. Pygmy Owl brings a pilsner/macro lager malt bill and livens it up with tart and juicy tropical fruit. (1,039 characters)

Photo of Redneckwine
2.46/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into pint glass

Appearance - Super light golden, very clear and fizzy, 1 finger head, a bit of head retention and lace. Looks eerily similar to a Bud Light...

Smell - Yikes. Honest to God, the predominant aroma is like new shoe-rubber/onion stink, very offputing. Kinda skunky, maybe some grainy malts.

Mouthfeel - Harsh, prickly carbonation dominates, very light and watery.

Taste - Immediately starts off with the weird skunky/oniony rubber note, then thankfully opens up into slight citrus/pine hops and feint grain to let me know this is actually a beer. Finishes damn near like water... Pond water.

Overall - I realize that this is a session IPA and I expected a light, refreshing brew, but nothing about this beer works: funky rubber/onion character, watery seltzer body, Bud Light appearance... it's disjointed and unappealing, I was hoping for more from Big Sky. (888 characters)

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Pygmy Owl Itty Bitty IPA from Big Sky Brewing Company
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