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Summer Honey Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Ratings: 250
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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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BeerAmbassador

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - After a vigorous pour a white 1-finger pillow of head formed over a noticeably bubbly transparent golden brew

S - Sweet malt dominates with a hint of honey and spice in the background

T - Clean malty flavor with a small hit of spices. The honey really doesn't show itself until the finish.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation and a very clean finish

O - This is definitely a summer session beer in my mind. There isn't anything remarkable about it, but that's OK. I think it would appeal to the BMC drinkers that you might want to try giving a little push in the craft direction.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 03:41:32 | More by EnJeiBee
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Nice sunny golden color. Very little head or lacing.

S: Very clean malt. Slight lemon/honey.

T: Tasty. Very malty with a honey edge. Crisp, clean. An instant summer go to.

M: Full. Medium carbonation.

D: Will surely enjoy this one again this summer. Not overtly sweet (nor bitter). Good.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 13:31:21 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Nevada

2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 02:01:32 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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browna71

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden Straw, thin layer of cream colored head
S- Bready, sweet, honey
T- Pleasant toasted malt body, notes of herbal spiciness, honey comes though on the finish
M- Appropriate for style, good carbonation
O- Good beer, nothing over the top crazy, but a great beer for a hot summer day. Could drink several of these

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 01:53:14 | More by browna71
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humuluslupulus8

Arizona

3/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer was a golden color like a light honey. It had a white, medium-thick head.

S: The smell wasn't too exciting. I noticed some sweetness and a weak mention of hops.

T: The flavor was close to balanced between the sweetness and bitterness, but it leaned toward the sweet side. As in the smell, the hops were faint and I couldn't really taste them distinctly enough to describe if they were piney, floral, or herby.

M: The beer had a medium density. For some reason, I was expecting it to be thinner. The beer would probably be more enjoyable if had a little more carbonation to thin it out.

O: Overall, the beer was good, but it wasn't exciting. None of the flavors were very distinctive from the malt base to whichever hops were used. I would drink this beer again, but I wouldn't expect it to be memorable.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 03:07:47 | More by humuluslupulus8
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TexIndy

Texas

2.73/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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]

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 00:01:02 | More by TexIndy
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u2carew

Massachusetts

2.3/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz. longneck.
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 02:05:44 | More by u2carew
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harrymel

Washington

2.15/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed 06/05/10
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 13:53:29 | More by harrymel
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 23:28:24 | More by TMoney2591
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Adamthome1

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no best by date but it's late in year probably been shelved for 6 months or so....

heavy smell, almost like hard water, also get the citrus in the nose

smooth at first and goes down easy, taste of honey and quite a bit more than expected fruity accents from the hops. Carbonation feels just right

Aftertaste is dominated by, you guessed it, honey...also a nutmeg flavor coming through, was not expecting that, nice balance, and a nice and sweet aftertaste.

One of the easiest drinking honey beer's I've had, could actually probably stomach more than just one at a time like most honey's. Thumbs up on this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 01:18:10 | More by Adamthome1
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery in August 2009 during our West Coast road trip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a pale golden color with a white head. Nose brings forward a dash of honey and a little bit of mildly floral hops. Pretty plain overall, and this carries over into the taste. There is some faint honey-baked bread along with some ever so slight bitterness. Feel is light and well carbonated. No apparent defects, just nothing really going for it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2010 00:18:15 | More by Thorpe429
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look - murky light golden or straw color, almost like a pale hefe. Good 2 or 2 - 1/2 inches of head. Good carbonation.

Smell - very wheaty smelling, fairly hoppy. Not smelling much of the honey flavor, but there is a slight sweetness, maybe even a hint of pumpkin spice?

Taste - Very good balance between malty and hoppy. Slightly more hoppy flavored though, with a very "earthy" vibe to it..maybe not as pungeant as some of the noble ones...very "American" tasting if that makes any sense. Still can't taste much of a honey flavor..almost more of a smokey flavor to the taste.

Mouthfeel - Fairly well balanced, but more watery than creamy in texture.

Drinkability - very tasty brew! No lingering aftertaste and very clean in general. Easy one to come back to, and a great summer brew!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 04:33:27 | More by Nerudamann
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Offa

California

3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very pleasant, somewhat kolsch-like golden ale with a definite honeyish character.

Golden and bubbly, it has a large white head shrinking steadily.

Aroma is honey and grain, simple but pleasant, straightforward about what it is.

The taste is light, crisp, slightly sweet with honey, grain, and a biscuity-grain aftertaste. Very pleasant, smooth, light and crisp, it is highly drinkable, pleasant, and does the job well.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 19:11:51 | More by Offa
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ManuelHerrera

California

3/5  rDev -11%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- This beer pours a clear yellow with a little head retention.

Smell - Very sweet aroma with heavy honey, mildly syrupy. The smell is quite promising before tasting this beer.

Taste - Very thinly flavored on the front end, but as the beer lingers honey and grapefruit notes carry this subtle beer into a flowery sweet finish.

Mouthfeel- Light, very carbonated, but not particularly smooth feeling. The thinness makes this summer brew particularly appropriate on a hot day, though.

Drinkability - Overall a decent beer with very little complexity. I'll admit I expected more from the makers of Moose Drool, but alas, it's just okay.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 05:29:29 | More by ManuelHerrera
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Clockwork420

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into glass.
Under $14 a 12 pack.

A - Gold straw color. No head at all, after pour. Super light white layer. Less than a mm thick.

S - Clean fresh, grassy. Smells sweetly like flowery. Smells kind of like dirt in a good way. Earthy.

T - Citrus, and sweet. Lemon hints. Light malt and balanced hops. Tangy bite on end. Refreshing.

M - Great carbonation. Thin and easy to drink. Perfect viscosity.

D - Fairly high.

This is the ideal Summer blend for a beer. I can see myself drinking this mowing the lawn or sitting on the porch with this one. The only lacking area is the Appearance, but its understandable and fits the style perfectly. Could pass as a massive brew product by looks alone. Taste is not in the same category. Light years away.

Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 22:25:49 | More by Clockwork420
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer appears a clear pale golden hue, with one finger of soapy white head, which leave nary a speck of lace as it melts away. It smells of mildly sweet honey, and white grain. The taste is crisp grain, a bit of generic honey, and mild muddled dessert spices, with pretty much no discernible hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, and plain, with an off-dry finish, some newfound earthy hops rounding out the latent honeyed graininess.

Nothing special, but nothing off-putting either. A good beer to go with intensely spicy hot wings, as was the pairing in my case.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2010 06:43:34 | More by biboergosum
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wedgie9

Tennessee

2.05/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 03:24:46 | More by wedgie9
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jrallen34

Illinois

2.58/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 23:13:59 | More by jrallen34
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Serving type: can

07-10-2010 16:06:41 | More by woodychandler
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whynot44

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with a modest white head that does manage just a bit of lacing.

The aroma is bread dough, hints of honey and light floral hops.

The taste is dry bready malt, honey, hints of pepper and cinnamon, with a dry lightly hopped lingering aftertaste, crisp and refreshing, a very nice hot weather cooler.

Light/medium body, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 03:40:39 | More by whynot44
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flexabull

California

3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 05:30:10 | More by flexabull
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lester619

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden yellow with a creamy head that settles to a half inch film. Sweet and floral smelling. Some black pepper, and faint baking spices like cloves and cinamon come out. Very clean and crisp flavor. Sweetness with a little peppery kick to start. Finishes bone dry with a just with a little bitterness and a touch more spice. This stuff works for what it's for. Very refreshing hot weather all day drinking kind of beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 22:50:03 | More by lester619
Summer Honey Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.