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Summer Honey Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Summer Honey AleSummer Honey Ale

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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.37%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
When the days get longer and the air gets warmer, we get outside quite a bit. And we build a big thirst. Summer Honey helps us shake off the winter and slakes our thirst for a refreshing brew. Summer Honey is a full-flavored summer seasonal ale. Brewed with a unique, balanced blend of spices, Northwest Hops, and Montana honey. Summer Honey is brewed during the early days of spring and released around the first of May each year. Light colored, light bodied, and very drinkable, Summer Honey sacrifices nothing to create a flavorful beer that can be enjoyed during the height of the Summer.

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Reviews by PirateUlf73:
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PirateUlf73

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Nice light to medium-gold color with a nice white head.

S: Sweet malt and honey character. Honey is quite strong on second evaluation.

T: Somewhat spicy, but the honey dominates the taste. A bread-like sweetness with little in the way of hop bitterness. Quite sweet and savory.

M: Fairly light-bodied (as it had damned well better be!) with a somewhat even mouthfeel. Finishes pretty clean, with a honey-sweet aftertaste.

D: Light and sweet, but perhaps a bit too sweet for a hot summer day (for my taste anyway).

A good effort from Big Sky, but I found it to be a tad too sweet for my taste. The honey is quite dominant and thus not very well-balanced. May do well to lure some away from mead.

08-23-2009 03:45:05 | More by PirateUlf73
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brownbeer

Missouri

3.1/5  rDev -7.7%

A- gold with a white head.

S- Grainy aroma, corn, musty honey, somewhat floral.

T- A mild honey sweetness, juicy fruit, caramel

M- Smooth and malty, goes down pretty easily.

D- Not bad on a hot day but there are quite a few others I would reach for instead. Not worth seeking out.

10-06-2009 22:06:05 | More by brownbeer
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -2.4%

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear yellow with a smallish white head that quickly goes to a thin film.

The aroma is sweet clove honey and some spices.

The flavor is sweet bready malts and a bit of honey with some subdued spicing. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a decent slightly plain summer beer.

08-13-2009 22:57:08 | More by Beaver13
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

06-23-2014 05:00:54 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

4/5  rDev +19%

04-21-2012 18:06:13 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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Mora2000

Texas

3.65/5  rDev +8.6%

The beer pours a very clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is honey and wheat. The flavor is more of the same with lots of wheat and honey flavors. For a pale ale, there is hardly any hop character. Medium mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation. A nice easy drinking beer, but that is about it.

03-05-2010 22:37:14 | More by Mora2000
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rhinonau

Wyoming

2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

10-28-2013 15:35:32 | More by rhinonau
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juicebox

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

08-10-2012 14:09:02 | More by juicebox
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.9/5  rDev -13.7%

Dark gold color, 1" head, looks like an ale. Aroma was plain, honey not discernible, nor are the hops beyond the faintest flourish hint.

Taste is also rather muted, hops and honey are not relevant, sweetness is more reminiscent of corn than honey. Faintly bready. Light caramel. No development through the bottle, even as it warms. Girlfriend/intro beer.

05-23-2011 02:01:32 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -10.7%

Clear yellow ochre color with a substandard head that's a trace after 20 seconds. Bright aroma, trace of honey. Off tastes (!), tap water with spicy impressions. Stays medium-bodied to the swallow, but has some unsettling qualities in the esophagus. There's a little mid-mouth interest in this brew, but it doesn't redeem the wandering finish of sweet/sour/weird to my tongue. Big Sky Brewing is a real puzzler to me, high variation in quality in their brews.

08-07-2002 09:25:05 | More by ADR
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Oelschlager

North Dakota

3/5  rDev -10.7%

08-04-2013 07:36:42 | More by Oelschlager
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +7.1%

(Served in a mug)

A- This beer has a golden light copper body with a crystal clear body and a soapy foam head. There was a very gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The slight sweet honey notes came with a pale malt note that was dry and fresh. There was a light sulfur note in the finish.

T- The taste of fresh pale malt had a slight honey sweetness that followed. There was a bitter hop finish that had a soft grassy quality to it.

M- This beer had a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight fizz texture at the finish.

D- The sweetness of the honey was nice and the bitterness of the hops offered a nice balance. Most beers that add honey have some odd fermented honey flavors but this one wasn't bad.

06-08-2006 18:58:40 | More by rhoadsrage
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.23/5  rDev -3.9%

Pours a clear rich golden color below a small white head, that quickly recedes into a thin lasting lacing.
The aroma is a light sour lemon and honey with a slight bready maltness to it.
The taste is also a light sour lemony with honey in it. There is still a slight bread like maltiness in the taste and even into the aftertaste which really doesn't dry out much.
This beer has a light body and mouth feel from the first sip to the last swig. If you are into drinking lighter beers aka Bud, Coors, etc. this is right in your ballpark but a step up without getting all heavy on you.

06-10-2011 19:28:39 | More by LXIXME
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BoozerBrad

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

07-31-2014 00:25:47 | More by BoozerBrad
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bpascale

Nebraska

3/5  rDev -10.7%

11-20-2013 03:18:45 | More by bpascale
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watermelonman

California

4.03/5  rDev +19.9%

This poured to a light and clear yellow and gold with a small head. The head quickly faded and left no lace.

The smell brings strong honey flavor with some light flower scents. In the taste, pale malts start things off while honey takes over part way through and lasts through the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly light while drinkability is very high.

08-21-2006 07:40:36 | More by watermelonman
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IntriqKen

California

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Pours a pale honey color (sorry...that honestly is the shade of yellow I see) with a half finger white head that melts slowly to fine sticky lacing.
Aroma is floral and honey with almost a lager yeast smell to it.
Taste is initially pale malt lightly sweetened with a floral honey but then quickly turns to citrus hops. Actually a very nice evolution or balancing of flavors.
Aftertaste is sort of a floral or clover honey-lemon peel mixture and a nice quenching dryness.
This is a good summer beer...maybe excellent...very refreshing.

10-01-2006 18:54:44 | More by IntriqKen
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -0.3%

16oz Yankee pint at the Iron Horse restaurant in Missoula, with me dear ma.

This beer appears a clear, medium golden yellow hue, with one finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and soapy dirty white head, which leaves a bunch of chunky bleeding stormcloud lace around the glass as it gradually melts away.

It smells of semi-sweet field honey, grainy pale malt, a hint of spicy black pepper, and earthy, leafy, and mildly floral hops. The taste is crisply grainy pale malt, a touch of caramel sweetness, some lessened generic honey notes, mild muddled dessert spices, and pretty much little to no persisting and/or discernible hops.

The carbonation is moderate in its plainly frothy manner, the body a decent and typical medium weight for the broad style, and generally smooth, nothing else really carrying a torch here. It finishes off-dry, as some reborn earthy hops round out the lingering and purposeful honeyed graininess.

Nothing overly special, sure, but enjoyable enough when the season and occasion call for it. A good beer to go with intensely spicy hot wings, as was the pairing in my case - y'know, when in Rome, and all that.

08-04-2010 06:43:34 | More by biboergosum
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MrVonzipper

California

3.28/5  rDev -2.4%

Light honey Color with alot of visible carbonation Short white head  

Pale malt. Not much going on at all. Very disappointing. Smells like a euro pale lager. 

Tastes like a euro pale lager but thankfully a little better with the extra touch of honey and spice notes. 

Mouth. Very lite and refreshing Good carbonation.

Overall this beer was pretty boring. There are many summer honey style beers I prefer over this one. I wouldn't get this again.

07-25-2011 04:44:40 | More by MrVonzipper
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DruC4

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-16-2014 23:07:02 | More by DruC4
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Diggy

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-20-2014 18:31:37 | More by Diggy
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +17%

Big Sky delivers a beautifully floral, gently sweet, and lightly citrusy golden beer in their Summer Honey Ale. It pours a deep golden body with an orange cast beneath a frothy head of bright white that steadily dwindles to a cottony surface covering and thick collar. Rings of spotty and cragged lace are left behind. In the nose it's lemony over some malty and honeyish sweetness. The body is medium with a decidedly dextrinous edge, and it's crisp on the palate with a lightly bristling carbonation. The flavor is loaded with honey flavor and wheatish malt. Floral hop flavors and a bit of lemon zest help to round it out. It finishes surprisingly short and dry given the amount of flavor packed into each sip, and it lingers for a few moments with a combination of wheatish malt and floral hops as well as a very light touch of pine. Quite a nice summer ale! This one's perfect for a wide variety of events, and I could easily imagine enjoying this at a ball game, boating, a backyard BBQ, fishing trip, or cool evening on the porch. Worth trying.

12-20-2006 22:35:19 | More by NeroFiddled
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -2.4%

Hump day...timed to wet the whistle with alil' Summer Honey from Big Sky. The appearance is good, crisp clear and golden with good carbonation that forms a thin white head. The nose is strong with honey, grain, and some spice. The taste is decent, good honey start polished off by a little spice/pepper taste. The mouthfeel is good and it is a fine beer to have on a summer day!

06-01-2011 23:28:47 | More by WoodBrew
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BeerAmbassador

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a clear golden color with a decent two finger white head. Aromas of toasted biscuit malt and honey. Kind of reminds me a bit of honey nut Cheerios, but not in a bad way. Also picking up a bit of lemon on the end. Flavor pretty much follows suit. I remember having this beer a few years ago and not being a huge fan, but it's actually tasting pretty good to me today.

07-14-2011 05:36:14 | More by BeerAmbassador
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours golden/honey with efferevesence & a 3 fingers white head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Slight lemon zest & peppery notes

T: Lemon, honey & slight floral hop notes. Grainy notes follow Finishes lemony & sweet, off style to me, would work better as a wheat ale

MF:Light & spritzy. Okay balance, skews too sweet

Drinks okay. I prefer the crystal ale as a summer time libation. One of the better honey beers I've had, still a bit too sweet

07-13-2006 03:57:41 | More by russpowell
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Summer Honey Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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