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Summer Honey Ale | Big Sky Brewing Company

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Summer Honey AleSummer Honey Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States | website

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-16-2002

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Reviews: 162 | Ratings: 314
Photo of cadenwhitaker
3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed the smell of this beer as I picked up quite a bit of honey and cane sugar.

The taste on the other hand was... not bad. Just a bit to "yeasty" I guess, almost like a grain belt. However, I think it needs that because there isn't much else in there. A decent enough summer beer. I'll have to remember this for the hot days because this beer is probably quite good out of a bottle.

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Photo of rowew
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz long neck bottle with a beer grazing on the front. Made with real honey and spices. Indecipherable freshness code.

Appearance: Clear gold color with a great head.

Smell: Aroma is raw honey - sweet and slightly spicey.

Taste: Slight wheat flavor with the honey coming through strongly. Not cloyingly sweet like some honey beers.

Overall impression: One of the better honey beers I have tried. Nice drinkable summer brew.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought in the 12 oz brown bottle..nice label with a bear taking some honey froma tree trunk.
Beer is a nice golden colour''like honey in fact..nice small sized frothy pure white head.
This is a real nice smelling beer..very malty and with honey and some spiciness.
Taste is not quite as good as the aroma..but it has all the above mentioned and a small hop bite at the end
Veru luxurious mouthfeel to the beer..smooth and creamy..nice.
Quite a drinkable honey beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of therica
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= light golden-yellow with a glisten typical of honey; very light head, hardly any lacing that lasts long.

S= nice and inviting, malts with a bit of sweet-grassy scent.

T= mild on carbonation but sufficient; mild hops bitters, malts, honey.

M= very nice, with a slight hops-bitter residual, slight grassy taste with some mild honey-sweetness, less than I expected from the name "Honey Ale" though.

D= very drinkable, great for sessions or parties, probably just fine even in the non-summer seasons, and obviously FAR better than any macro of any sort.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Summer Honey Ale pours a light golden color with a pale beige head. The head is nice and light with a frothy texture. It has decent retention and leaves some nice lacing.

The aroma is fairly subtle, but it does have some nice, slightly grainy aromas to it. It also carries a light spice note and some zesty citrus.

The flavor is crisp, pleasant and unassuming with a nice sweetness that mixes well with an earthy spiciness. The citrusy and zesty character also comes through, as well as some floral blossom notes.

The body is quite light and the carbonation is appropriate for style. The finish is dry and slightly grainy, but fairly refreshing.

This is a drinkable and light ale that would definitely be a good one to quaff at a summer party. I found it to be pretty unremarkable, but solid none the less.

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Photo of woemad
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bartender at The Viking in Spokane gave me a bottle of this on the house. The label features a bear doing something to a tree that's just plain wrong.


Poured a slightly dark yellow color, with a moderate white head. A very slight amount of lace.

Smell was of a honeyish sweetness, coupled with a more submissive spicy bitterness.

The first thing to greet the tastebuds is a honey flavored sweetness that, while not quite something I'd call mild, nevertheless is not over the top. This is quickly followed by a very mild peppery hop bitterness. Not a bad tasting beer, but it didn't send my tastebuds into ecstacy either.

This is a medium bodied beer. Nothing to complain about here. Nothing earthshattering either.

This is a perfectly drinkable beer, though it's nothing fantastic. I'm just not a fan of honey beers. It was quite good at the price I got it at, but I'm not sure I'd seek it out and pay actual money for it.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(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.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle poured into a glass mug

Big Sky Brewing Summer Honey Ale poured a clear honey golden color with a small ¾ finger white head of bubbly foam that was short lived. The aroma was of wheat, and light honey. The flavor is a bit stronger and more diverse than the aroma with the honey up front, some citrus along with a light herbal/spiciness that is hard to identify. For an APA the hoppiness is on the light side which suits me just fine. Make sure you do not drink Summer Honey Ale to cold as the flavor improves as it warms. The mouth feel is to the lighter side and a bit soft – perfect for a summertime brew.

Big Sky Summer Honey Ale is a good choice for a refreshing summertime brew.

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Photo of ZAP
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, crisp golden in color....spritzy carbonation like champagne, and with a nice creamy white lace....very nice nose...honey, and nice floral hop profile..the nose is deinitely the highlight of this beer.

The taste doesn't match the nose, but it's not bad...the honey is evident, along with a twang of grassy hops...finishes on the dry side....it does have a creamy mouhtfeel...the hops give it a real fruity flavor to accent the honey...

Not bad at all....I'd take it over Leinie's Honey any day of the week...I've got three more of these and may adjust this rating as I drink them, but my first impression is pretty good...

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Photo of yesyouam
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big Sky Summer Honey is a crystal-clear, lively light golden ale with an off-white head that mostly dissipates and leaves good lacing. The first aroma that strikes me is... pizza dough?, followed by honey and cane syrup and a hint of spruce. That yeast is too loud, otherwise it's excellent. It is medium bodied and soft, lively on the tongue, and it leaves the mouth raw and oily. It's hella bitter. The flavor balance is excellent-- a bit top-heavy. The yeast is in balance here and has a great Western US flavor. The blue spruce aftertaste reminds me of big country. It's fruity and bready-- a rowdy western session ale!
(rated Aug 9, 2007)

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Photo of schellsbeer
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Of the three Big Sky beers that I have had tonight, this is my favorite.

Very nice looking with a clean yellow straw orange color. I was somewhat impressed. Nice head.

Smell was sweet with some honey there but could have used more.

Taste was good at best but better than the other 2 that I had tonight. At least this was refreshing and I could enjoy this again.

Mouthfeel was again average for me. Thin. Yeah...you get the idea.

Drinkability is high considering it is only 4.7% ABV. This is one thing that I do appreciate about Big Sky. They make beers that tend to be lower in ABV than many other macro craft breweries....if you know what I mean. I know that macro and craft don't usually go in the same sentence but Big Sky is becoming a popular brewery.

One thing that I have noticed about Big Sky is as they get more known, the quality seems to be going down....many of their beers take on a watery feel. This should be the case when I spend $15 on a 12 pack...and this is on a good day.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a clear pale gold color with a thin white cap.

Very light aroma of sweet malts, honey, and bread.

The taste has more going for it than the aroma with sweet malts, honey, apple, and cinnamon. Finishes clean.

Lighter bodied, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

An easy-drinking APA from Big Sky. Not great, but definitely good.

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Photo of SargeC
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold colored brew with a minor white head.

Smell: Small touch of hops. Malt with a hint of honey sweetness.

Taste: Crisp and clean start, honey flavor shows up very passively in the finish. Minor spice profile throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light body. The brew is denser than expected.

Drinkablity: Easy drinking and tasty brew.

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Photo of flexabull
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright and clear gold color with a nice head, and good lacing.

Aromas are doughy, with hints of honey, and a dusty mineral like quality.

Taste is dry, with hints of honey, kind of floral, and a bit creamy as well. Finish is crisp, and also dry, with a light floral hop note.

Mouthfeel is nice, quite full, and pretty nice for the style.

Drinkability is pretty good, this is a decent honey ale. Dryer and less sweet than I expected, which was a pleasant surprise. All in all, a pretty good summer beer.

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Photo of katan
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours an extremely clear, light golden color. Lots of bubbling is present from the strong carbonation. Head formation is extremely light.

S - Smells of a sweet pilsner malt - only the lightest hint of honey. No hops to speak of.

T - Starts with the malt pilsner sweetness, which only briefly adds some bitterness. No hopping on the taste. On the aftertaste the honey starts to show just a bit. Sits on the tongue with a bit of a bitter bite.

M - Light in body - light in carbonation, which is against its appearance. Light sugar cling on the tongue.

D - Easily drinkable. ABV is manageable. Not filling.

Not really an APA to me, but an okay offering nonetheless.

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Photo of Redrover
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle included in the sampler pack. Poured into a pint glass, the beer is a bright gold with a fairly dense white head.

The aroma is of grains, perfumey hops and a bit of honey.

The taste is slightly grainy with some sweetness that may be from the honey that lurks in the background. The hops add a bit of balance, but this one falls on the sweet but not cloying side of the taste spectrum. I like the bit of sourness that emerges late in the aftertaste.

The mouth is decent with unlooked for heft. I suppose this is an easy enough drinker and would be a nice cross-over beer

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Photo of Gusler
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours from the 12 ounce bottle a slightly foggy gold with a portly bright white creamy head that dissipates leaving the lace a firm sheet upon the glass. Nosey is sweet with honey and malt, citrus like in its crispness, start has a pleasant honey taste, nice malt presence, the top light to medium in feel. Finish has a sparkling acidity, the hops underpowered, sweetness continues to the end also, a bit dry, a drinkable beer, maybe a bit to sweet for me, but not a major malfunction.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

copper color with a good amount of clarity to it. two inch head of white foam came over the top right away.p.

nice and hopped, grassy with some decent touches of light citrus and pine mixed in. A biscuit like bready middle to it that really came out once it warmed up. The flavor was more of the same, crisp and clean, with a quick hitting citric hop bite. Crisp and clean

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yellow to tan and a bit hazy. Head was about a half inch and lacing was sparse.

Smelled of honey, lemons, and grains.

Taste is refreshing and crisp, with a grainy base being accented heavily with lemons and honey, along with a somewhat floral afternote.

Body is light and more bubbly than I expected from the head. Easy drinking and summery to be sure.

Overall it's tasty and I would like to get it in cans for a day of fishin'.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy honey yellow, smallish head.

Definite honey and some spice and doughy sweet malt.

Taste features a good honey flavor without overdoing it. Seems to have some wheat in the mix. Light bodied and right level of flavor for a summer seasonal. Finish is crisp, with a hop bite that's part orange, part bubblegum.

An interesting concoction. Enjoyable but not especially memorable. Certainly a good summer option if you're looking for something a little different.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear pale gold color pour with a thin white cap.Very light aroma of sweet malts, honey, and bread and faint hops .
Flavor has more going for it than the aroma with sweet malts, honey, apple, and cinnamon. Finishes clean.Lighter bodied, smooth, and moderately carbonated crisp clean mouthfeel.Quite drinkable

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

It's still summer, right? Regardless, this brew pours a clear wan gold topped by a short-lived half-finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, light honey, light corn syrup, light flowers, and light lemonade. Did I mention the lightness? The taste brightens things up a bit, but not very much. A hint of nuttiness joins the party, along with some very light orange flesh. The body is (surprise, surprise) pretty light, with a light carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a nice light brew for summer, but I do wish there were more to it.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this American Blonde Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear yellow color, produced a nice white head, decent retention and a nice amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma consisted of pale malt, white pepper and a touch of honey.Medium bodied, easy to drink there was a foundation of pale malt, sweet honey and fruitiness. Dry finish. Overall, decent summer brew but there is nothing that makes this beer stand out.

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Summer Honey Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.