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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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 03-15-2014)
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Reviews by flagmantho:
Photo of flagmantho
3.91/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of cmwilliq
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of BoozerBrad
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
2.29/5  rDev -33%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev +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.

Photo of m0unds
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of javlin624
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of DruC4
3.25/5  rDev -5%

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.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Photo of kristenrae8
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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

Photo of Eaglefan344
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Rave
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of jsh420
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of brianjs711
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of fivetime
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

RB

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

Photo of enelson
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

Photo of TheCondor
3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of elkinbrown
4/5  rDev +17%

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Pygmy Owl Itty Bitty IPA from Big Sky Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.