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Pygmy Owl Itty Bitty IPA - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Pygmy Owl Itty Bitty IPAPygmy Owl Itty Bitty IPA

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33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 137
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 26.59%
Wants: 1
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 03-15-2014

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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 137
Reviews by flagmantho:
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3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of 303beer
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You can buy this beer at mollys in denver colorado. Pours a nice yellow. Good amount of carbonation. I get a smooth grapefruit flavor.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of moundbz
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really light and strange tasting

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Photo of schoon
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cmwilliq
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of BoozerBrad
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
2.31/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.84/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.


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Pygmy Owl Itty Bitty IPA from Big Sky Brewing Company
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