Summer Honey Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company
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1.48/5 rDev -56%
This beer had a musty earthiness I found rather unpleasant, and nothing else to recommend it. I can't recommend it - I found it rather lousy.
This beer appeared to have an oily sheen; it was slightly hazy, an unflattering shade of yellow, and had a little head. The appearance didn't give me a lot of reason to have faith that I would enjoy this beer.
The aroma didn't provide any additional reason not to be pessimistic. There was the aroma of some spice and maltiness, but also a lot of earthiness that I found off-putting and unpleasant.
The watery mouthfeel hit me before the flavor. Flavor was a distinct compost-y flavor.
Not good...not recommended...most went down the drain.
07-08-2007 01:53:11 | More by BeerBelcher
1.85/5 rDev -44.9%
I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.
Pours pale yellow color and and is clear. Two fingers of head is fairly resilient and produces moderate lacing on the side of the glass.
The smell is fairly faint and has a sweet aroma.
The taste is sweet, with a real raw honey flavor, and very little hop flavor coming through. I think the honey is over done. It is a sickly sweet flavor.
The mouth feel is a little thick and syrupy, but that could be my mind playing tricks on me because of the overly sweet taste.
I came close to pouring this one down the sink. Its just too sweet, and the sweetness has some odd characteristics as well. It reminds me of the smell of over-aged beef. I can see how a lot of folks might like this beer, but I think Ill avoid this one in the future.
04-19-2006 16:42:18 | More by RJLarse
2.03/5 rDev -39.6%
I have to admit that I didn't pour this into a glass and so I gave the appearance a "3.0" as a default. I don't think the appearance could have saved this one though. It tasted very watery to me, like a light macro beer but with some honey flavor added. I know that a summer ale is supposed to be light, but this one was dismal...
07-03-2008 01:05:13 | More by HoppyMcStout
2.05/5 rDev -39%
Tasted from 12oz bottle. Pours pale golden with a thin and quickly receding white head. Light nose of wheat and some honey. Simple flavors of wheat and honey with some spices on the back of the palate. Body is light, and carbonation is very lively with a rather short spiced finish. Overall, I am not crazy about this beer.
07-27-2010 03:24:46 | More by wedgie9
2.15/5 rDev -36%
Poured from bottle to standard pint glass.
A: Light yellow straw. Barely any bubbles.
S: Honey notes accented by low hopping.
T: Floral with low honey flavor. Touch of sourness.
M: Light mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.
D: No real appeal here. Much better summer ales available.
12-20-2010 13:53:29 | More by harrymel
2.15/5 rDev -36%
Poured into an english pint, it is nearly transparent. The white head goes from single finger to barely lacing in no time. It's golden, not leaning toward orange or yellow. Not particularly impressive.
The smell doesn't hit me immediately as much of anything. Perhaps hints of coriander, but can't define anything more than that. Citrus may be a stretch.
The taste is thicker than the appearance would suggest. The best thing I can say is that it is well mixed. The honey doesn't feel forced or separated, not like a hoppy pinesol. Rather, the honey is subtly combined with the sweet, light texture. I may not have the strongest palate, but it seems a bit empty, not very complex. The sharper hints are not of citrus, but of subtle spice that does not linger.
Flavors here might benefit from a wheat texture, as this one seems too quickly fleeting. There is not much present to hold on to.
It goes down easy, but is heavier than I might like. There is something to this one being cold that gives it a Kolsch feel. I have to admit this might be releiving on a hot day.
07-11-2009 06:28:56 | More by pants678
2.28/5 rDev -32.1%
12 oz. bottle into a pint glass on a scorching Montana day.
The pour leaves an amazingly transparent, straw yellow ale with a thick, cloud-white head. Decent spackles of lacing are left behind as the foam slowly recedes. It's all downhill from here... The aroma is mediocre as best: some coriander & other spices with hints of sweet citrus and lots of wheat.
The taste is disappointing as well. There's a touch of honey, barely detectable, with a bland blend of wheat and bitter spice. Pretty awful stuff, really. Mouthfeel is crisp and astringent with a high level of carbonation, but a bad aftertaste that tries its best at a bitter finish, but ultimately fails. All in all, I wouldn't ever buy this again. Quite the flop of a summer brew from the makers of such a fine-tasting beer as Moose Drool. I hope this is just a case of a bad bottle.
07-29-2007 20:14:31 | More by wagenvolks
2.3/5 rDev -31.5%
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Clear body, gold in color. Thin, tight lacing.
S) Not very aromatic. With a name like "summer honey" I anticipated at least a honey aroma. Of the faint aromatics there's a noticeable grain and a subtle floral aroma.
T) Weak taste. Gritty grain taste. Subtle malt sweetness. Resembles more of pilsener than a APA (maybe that's a error?)
M) Fizzy. Crisp. Light bodied.
D) Meh... not very impressed. I wouldn't drink another one.
01-17-2011 02:05:44 | More by u2carew
2.42/5 rDev -28%
Served in Imperial Pint glass. Poured a clear light gold with a thin head that had no retention or lacing.
A bland, although slightly sweet, aroma greets the nose. The flavors are similar, without there being any noticeable features. with a slightly astringent finish.
The body was very thin, you almost don't even notice it's in your mouth. The beer was certainly drinkable, but why bother? Try this if you're looking to add another notch on your gunhandle, but otherwise avoid.
08-21-2009 19:18:16 | More by beertunes
2.5/5 rDev -25.6%
Appearance: pours a thick eggshell sudsy head that recedes fairly quickly. Moderate lacing. Color is a cloudy gold with some sediment in suspension.
Aroma: there is a smell of something akin to soap, along with white yeast rolls, and a hint of hop spice
Mouthfeel: light, thin, and watery with a somewhat dry finish.
Flavor: lightly roasted sweet malts, honey, lemon, and a slight soapy flavor in the middle and finish.
Overall: this a decent, light, refreshing summer beer. Not outstanding, but good nonetheless.
04-27-2014 17:36:11 | More by Foyle
2.53/5 rDev -24.7%
Strange, from the name I expected a summer honey wheat beer.
This beer pours a clear golden colored beer with a decent white head.
Smell is sweet and floral with the trace of flowers that honey leaves behind but there is still a trace of honey in the scent. The bottle says there are spices in this but I am not picking them up.
Taste is dry very dry and with a sharp bitter hit at the start of the glass. Flavor of flowers and high alpha acid hops. Not much more I can say about this one the taste just isn't there.
Mouthfeel is good.
A boring beer that tastes like a Coors with kicked up bitterness levels. No reason to ever try this.
12-24-2006 03:14:15 | More by Zorro
2.55/5 rDev -24.1%
GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx 40 degrees
Pale golden straw color. Very pale. Minimal head. Minimal retention. Spotty lacing (at best). Looks weak.
Smells of wheat and floral hoppiness. Black pepper and orange peel.
Weak. Tastes like carbonated water, served in a glass that once had beer in it. I will say that it is crisp and clean tasting. There is some citrus and spice flavor in here, along with a touch of sweetness. The problem is that they are buried so deep that you can hardly taste them.
A little bit better (more) body than the traditional summer brew. Smooth and drinkable.
I don't like this one. I don't find it drinkable. For me to drink this one again, my other choice(s) will have to be quite horrid.
10-01-2008 20:35:41 | More by coldmeat23
2.58/5 rDev -23.2%
12oz bottle into my Orval glass...Pours a disappointing clear light honey with a only a whisper of white head that fades right away...Aroma is super light, a little honey a skunk but thats it, not encouraging...The taste is so bland and boring with a horribly light feel, its like drinking a bud light without the skunk.
Skip this commercial garbage.
07-25-2010 23:13:59 | More by jrallen34
2.58/5 rDev -23.2%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into standard pint glass
A: Very light pale gold, almost looks too light. Very little head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing to speak of.
S: I hate to do this...I love Big Sky beers...this one smells like a gym sock soaked in Coors light...with a some noticeable hints of honey. No malt or hops coming through.
T: About like it smells
M: Very light body, crisp, decent carbonation
D: I would still drink this before most macros out there...ice cold on a hot day it may hit the spot. But I certainly won't go out of my way to find it.
Sorry Big Sky...your IPA, Moose Drool, and Scape Goat are still great!
03-12-2010 21:15:52 | More by BeerOnTheWall
2.6/5 rDev -22.6%
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a true imperial pint glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I quite fancy honey beers, but this brewery has yet to impress me.
A: Pours a two finger head of slight cream, fair/below average thickness, and okay retention. Colour is a transparent light gold. The abundance of bubbles makes me wonder if it's overcarbonated.
Sm: Mildly full barley, traces of cidery honey notes, and no detectable spices (I was looking for them per the label). A mild strength aroma.
T: A barley foundation with some decent honey notes atop. I detect no spice at all. It's quite simply built so there isn't much to say about it. No layering or depth. It's decently balanced I guess.
Mf: Smooth and wet, but also too obstructively thick. There's hardly any allowance for what few flavours are present. It's by no means creamy. The finish is abruptly dry and a touch coarse.
Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. I might try it again on draught if I'm feeling squirrelly but otherwise I'll just avoid this in the future. This was the fourth and final beer I had from their variety pack; I see no reason to have anything from this brewery in the future unless it comes naturally to me. They seem to be pretty shite.
12-20-2011 04:23:30 | More by kojevergas
2.63/5 rDev -21.7%
12 oz bottle. Freshness code stamped on neck.
Clear golden with a soapy white head and patchy lace.
Aroma is honey and cereal.
Flavor is honey, grain, and lemon.
finish is short and slightly sweet.
Today was a hot one, over 90, and yes this was refreshing, but there are many other summer beers that are better.
04-08-2007 07:03:28 | More by Padron4KM
2.7/5 rDev -19.6%
Pours a very pale gold color with a small white dome and minimal lacing. Kind of dull looking actually.
A weak corn and sweet malt aroma greets you, along with a grassy accent. Again, kind of dull.
Tasted a bit more interesting than the scent and appearance would suggest, however it's still only average at best. Sweet malt is the main draw here, with an ever so slight hint of orange and pepper.
Mouthfeel was on the watery side. Had just enough carbonation bite to keep it from getting a lower score.
This is a moderately enjoyable brew, but once I finished off the bottles I had no desire to revisit it again. A bit too sweet and thin for my tastes.
11-13-2009 04:43:32 | More by JBogan
2.73/5 rDev -18.8%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 8/17/11 lasered on the neck. It was a clear, golden honey color with plenty of carb streams. It had an average sized, fizzy head that quickly settled into a good carb and wisps. Good lacing with lots sticking.
The aroma was pale and biscuity malt with a little bit of honey and low hops. Bit of a disappointment. Needed more honey and more hops. No spices that I could tell but label claims it. Taste was average with biscuity malt leading the way and again a, too small, touch of honey. Not much hops. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.
Overall, an average beer and a below average APA that I won't remember soon as I crack the next beer. Really like some other Big Sky offerings but this one is a miss for me. Avail here in TX. Too many other offerings out there to make the rotation. [N;N]
05-16-2011 00:01:02 | More by TexIndy
Summer Honey Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.