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Summer Honey Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.07%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-16-2002)
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5/5  rDev +48.8%

TimRasmussen, May 18, 2012
Photo of BigKrall
4.75/5  rDev +41.4%

BigKrall, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of youradhere
4.5/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great summer brew, not too heavy but still does the trick when camping with friends. Cool and crisp, a slight hop bite greets you followed by a mellow honey twang, almost unnoticable. Not much on hop aroma, possibly Mt. Hood or even Cascade if I had to venture a guess. A definate and constant summer must for me and my friends as we all enjoy this one to start the night off before moving to the cheap stuff.

youradhere, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of jsisko01
4.45/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a dark honey color with a thin white head that fades into a nice, thick lacing.

Smell - Has a slight bitter funk to it, along with feint hints of honey and wheat.

Taste - Very sweet with pale malts, caramel, honey, corn, wheat, and buttery biscuits. I honestly don't taste any spices at all.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall - I usually don't favor honey beers but this stuff tastes great. It's very drinkable and I hope to find it again some day.

jsisko01, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of tavernjef
4.43/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light honey yellow in color with a small pencil width high head of even leveled, off-white, super tight, creamy foam. The head faded a little fast and has spotty lace. The aroma is very nice, very sugary with a touch of honey thats super fresh. Nice! Taste echoes the smell with a nice light sugary taste with sweet honey and a bit of hops showing up with a very slight lemon note that together keeps this nicely balanced and super smooth. Yum! Feel is a lighter to medium body, very clean, soft, and solidly smooth. This is some remarkable stuff, very unique, yummy, and very drinkable in my book. I think I have a new summer brew to add to my list, this summer honey of a brew by Big Sky is a must try.

tavernjef, May 09, 2003
Photo of Bighuge
4.43/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This clear light golden brew throws out a medium white head with little retention. Beautiful sweet clover honey is present on the nose with some light spicing perceived also (cinamon?). This is really a nice tasting summer brew. The honey is evident as well as some wheat malt it seems. There's a nice little hop bite. It's light to medium in body and glides over the tongue effortlessly. There is also a very nice dryness present throughout the drink, but moreso on the finish. One of my favorite quaffable summer beers.

Bighuge, Aug 02, 2002
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.38/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Beautiful golden honey color with bubbles slowly rising from the bottom. A huge foamy white head that takes forever to recede, and sheets of thick sticky lacing coats the glass.

S- Smells malty, with a sweet honey undertone.

T- Big sudsy malty taste, with a gentle coating of honey afterward. Just perfectly balanced.

M- Medium bodied and creamy.

O- Another great beer by Big Sky, my second favorite brewery. This is delicious, and the perfect amount of sweetness makes this a great session beer.

JuicesFlowing, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of BeerWithMike
4.38/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 3/20/14, though it has been since 2012 since I tried one. Bottled chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a pretty golden color with a thin white head. Lots of lacing is seen which each sip which settles back down the sides of the glass. The aroma is of pale malts with some honey sweetness. The taste is about the same with a hint of white pepper with the right amount of honey. Goes down very easy with no harsh after taste. Perfect carbonation. This is a great blonde ale that isn't over done.

BeerWithMike, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of TastyTaste
4.33/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like about 15,000 other beers, crystal clear gold colr, with a small white head that fades to almost nothing. Not a lot in the nose, but malt and honey sweetness, and a little spice. Taste is very nice for a honey ale. The honey is there, and makes the beer sweet, but enhances the malt flavor. Very light and crisp, the malt and honey are absolutely at perfect levels to each other. Good work Big Sky, you have made the best honey beer I have ever tasted.

TastyTaste, Sep 15, 2005
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4.33/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Amber colored ale with very light head.

Smell - Very sweet smelling.

Taste - If you like Blue Moon from Coors you will love this beer. Great with an orange as well.

Mouthfeel - Very nice zing, GREAT BEER!!

Drinkablility - Goes doen easy, enjoy anytime I don't care what the name says.

andreasmwatt, Jun 06, 2008
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4.33/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pale and bisquit malt scent with some honey notes and a musty breadlike finish. The taste is excellent. It has a very smooth pale and bisquit malt flavor that is slightly sweet and very drinkable. It goes down easy and finishes spicey and breadlike. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine summer seasonal. It has real good flavor and aroma; a good drinker.

WesWes, Oct 02, 2004
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4.3/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/08/04- Sampled at the Big Sky Brewery on tap.

*taken from notes in August 2004.

Appearance- Pours with a small, quickly disappearing head and not much lacing. A decent dark golden color.

Smell- Lots of sweet honey and spices throughout.

Taste- One of the first beers that claim they have honey that you can actually taste! Not really any hop or malt taste here, which I find a little weird. Very sweet and spicy taste with maybe even a bit of citrus in there holding everything together.

Mouthfeel- Pretty decent carbonation which makes it very easy to go down. A little less carb and a little warmer at tasting would make this a higher rating.

Drinkability- All in all a great beer with different and great flavors. This may take over my top Montana beer.

GClarkage, Nov 08, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

juicebox, Aug 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

TobyRoseman, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of CU570M
4.22/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

when poured from a 12 oz bottle the first thing i notice is the thick lacy head that after it is gone leaves soap like suds on the edge of the glass. The color was a pale amber yellow. The first thing i could smell was a wild coriander/cilantro and a little bit of citrus. Taste was about the same with a little more veggie taste. Mouthfeel was creamy, but clean. Nice and sudsy. Drinkability is awesome on this one. I really enjoyed this beer. A lot better this time, than the first time i had it.

CU570M, Jan 13, 2008
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4.15/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very small white head immediately gone. Lots of small carbonation in slightly hazy honey-coloured beer.

S- Honey, sweet, light malt, kind of lager-y.

T- Grassy, floral, slight bitterness, light honey.

M- Light to medium body. Little bitter feel.

O- Very good. Certainly adds something in taste to the concept of a summer beer (innovative).

imasloth, Jul 29, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fine white head that leaes quickly, honey golden color. Aroma: spicy sweet, arousing, tingly, bright. Taste:utterly delicious. So far, the best honey beer I've had, though I haven't had them all (Dupont Biere de Miele, Young's Waggledance, where ARE you??. ) Bright honey flavor comes shining through. Light body, pleasant finsh, easy-drinking. Not much in the hop department, but that's not what they're going for. An excellent summertime refreshment!

feloniousmonk, Jan 13, 2003
Photo of Tone
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellow color. One inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, honey, citrus, and pine. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, pine, slight honey, and citrus. There is a slight dryness associated with this brew. Overall, a very drinkable APA with decent body.

Tone, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours transparent golden color with thin white head that dissipates to a rim lace after a few minutes. Nose is lemon-lime citrus, with a slight touch of vanilla icing. Clean & fresh.

Palate is light to medium, with some herbal qualities that make me think of Kolsch, and some balancing honey sweet flavors in the middle. Toasty malt is present. Finish is herbal and somewhat dry.

Very refreshing and a great summer alternative to the usual weissbier or kolsch.

yemenmocha, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pristine honey with lemonade colored trim. The head is rich ivory in color and sponge-like in texture. Persistence is better than average, while lace deposition is worse than average. There's nothing wrong with the appearance, but nothing catches the eye either.

The aroma is lightly sweet, breezy and citrus zesty; perfect for a summer cooler (which is the opposite of a winter warmer). I can't detect either honey or spices, but feel confident that I'll be able to appreciate them on the palate.

I like Summer Honey Ale. The bee juice contributes flavor and an ideal amount of balancing sweetness, in addition to whatever pale malt sweetness is present. Hoppiness is on the tame side for an APA, which allows the beer to achieve an easy, pleasureable sweet-bitter balance. Honey-dipped grapefruit wedges?

Even though I can't identify any specific spices, it tastes like something out of the ordinary is present. The beer tastes more herbal than spicy to me. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that coriander is one of the secret ingredients. The flavor deepens with warming, so if you really want to appreciate the best this summer brew has to offer, don't drink it too cold.

The mouthfeel is summer beer light, along with being soft and feathery. That combination increases drinkability exponentially. I usually have a swallow or two left at this point in my reviews. Not today.

With Summer Honey Ale, Big Sky has demonstrated their brewing dexterity by keeping three balls named 'honey', 'hops' and 'spices' in the air at the same time. They've come up with an excellent summer cooler that I'd love to have access to when the hot weather rolls around.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 26, 2005
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4.06/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque orange with a white head.

S: Coriander, nutmeg, malt and not much else in the nose.

T: Malt, a little floral honey and nutmeg. Maybe some fruity esters.

M: Light bodied and smooth.

O: It may not be interesting or complex, but it's good and it's refreshing. Definitely recommended, especially on a hot summer day.

BierJager89, Feb 07, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The CANQuest hits the trifecta with this surprise gem! CAN you believe it - I will have had it on-tap, out of a bottle and now from a CAN?!?

From the CAN: "We make water fun! 'Some Catchy Phrase Goes Here.' Ale brewed with honey and spices." I should also mention that unlike the bottle label, where the bear is upright and rampant, on the CAN he is on all fours, surveying a river vista with mountains in the background.

My pour created a finger of eggshell-white head with good retention. The color was a golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. I got the honey up front on the nose. There was a light spiciness in there, but it seemed more yeast-driven than anything else. Mouthfeel was slightly thin with a honey-sweet taste on the tongue. Finish had a spicy dryness that I would have otherwise attributed to a yeast strain doing its thing. The spices were there, but they did not seem readily identifiable to me. This is definitely a summer beer! Light, smooth, dry on the finish - a definite CANdidate for the cooler (if only it were readily available). Tasty.

woodychandler, Jul 10, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

watermelonman, Aug 21, 2006
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4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a slightly hazed light golden colour, with a fair sized head and some minimal lacing. grass and honey aroma, leaning towards clover and certainly perfumy. nice nose. light flavours of some grainy and coarse maltininess, sweetened a bit by some honey notes and balanced nicely by a small shot of some northwest hops. there is a definite underlying spiciness that adds a delicate layer of herbal goodness. tastes quite nice and is very satisfying. the mouthfeel is rounded and ample for a lower ABV summer themed ale, and the overall body is light and airy, making for easy quaffability. drinkability rates high for the quenching characteristics this summer ale imparts.

a nice beer. this should be a revisited every summer. recommended.

budgood1, May 28, 2008
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4/5  rDev +19%

BuckeyeSlim, Apr 21, 2012
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Summer Honey Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.