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Summer Honey Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.07%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of brownbeer
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.

brownbeer, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%

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

WakeandBake, May 13, 2010
Photo of loren01
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured from bottle into pint glass a light transparent yellow color with 2 finger head and lots of carbonation. Smell is slightly sweet with grass/hay and hops scents coming through as well. Taste is pretty sweet like honey with a very light hoppy aftertaste. Nothing too special though. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, a little bit on the flat side. Overall this is a pretty decent summer ale that goes down easily.

loren01, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of juicebox
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

juicebox, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of neckbeered
2.25/5  rDev -33%

neckbeered, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of CesarLopes
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

CesarLopes, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of shadow1961
2.8/5  rDev -16.7%

Big Sky Brewing's Summer Honey pours a finger of foam over a slightly
cloudy yellow brew. Carbonation is moderate, the nose is light malt and
cooked vegetable. The flavor is tart malt up against some kind of herbal
hop. There's an aftertaste of grain. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. This is
probably my least favorite Big Sky product so far- it's not bad, but there's
something here that's off- probably that boiled vegetable smell. Try some-
I see this is being deeply discounted in a lot of places. If you like it, stock up.

shadow1961, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Wetpaperbag, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of watermelonman
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.

watermelonman, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of leroybrown10
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

leroybrown10, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of DruC4
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

DruC4, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of BierJager89
4.06/5  rDev +20.8%

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
Photo of SargeC
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

SargeC, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of minterro
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%

Montana mixer

A & S: clear yellow orange colored beer. Off white thick foamy head when poured and doesn’t disappear much for the rest of the consumption. Lacing has a decent amount of cling. There are bits of unfiltered specks floating about in the many rising bubbles. Dominantly fruity aroma, with hints of honey as advertised along with a metallic scent.

T & M: A bit of a dry, very light hoppy penetrating the whole taste (but the hops are not very pronounced, there are there but not robust). Traces of fruitiness throughout, and you can taste the spices in the mid to last part of the taste. Med. bodied with a relatively high amount of carbonation. Really easy to drink.

O: Overall I liked it, and im happy about the montana mixer purchase.

minterro, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of freed
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%

We pulled a couple of these to try out, and frankly, I'm glad we did. This could be an excellent gateway beer, and I imagine I'll try and have some around for family.

The beer is dull yellow, has a mild amount of head, and gives off just a little aroma. The scent is mostly malt, but there is also some of the sweetness to the smell from the honey.

The taste is very pleasant, mild, and smooth. The honey aids in its smoothness, but doesn't dominate the taste. There isn't any noticeable hop flavors or bitterness, and the mild maltienss is rather nice.

I recommend this for the people in your lives who don't understand why you like beer so much. It may help them.

freed, May 02, 2004
Photo of GossageBrewery
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

GossageBrewery, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of SurlyDuff
2.78/5  rDev -17.3%

Had this one on-tap at the BendBrewfest, as well as their Moose Drool Ale.

Pours a light golden, straw/yellow to be more exact. Very dense head, especially after a pretty vigorous pour by the barkeep.
Aroma is a bit mild. If fact, pretty unremarkable. Some spices, coriander.

Not finding much honey in the taste. Bit of a citrus zest, peach/apricot and maybe some apple flavors there.

Sweeter finish, with some floral notes.

Drinkability isn't quite there. I try to be optimistic when trying (and rating) styles that I don't have a strong affinity for. Big Sky does justice in the fact that its a decent summer ale, light and refreshing. Just seems that some more honey and a moderate increase in hopping couldv'e kicked this one up a few notches.

SurlyDuff, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of JEdmund
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

JEdmund, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of climax
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%

color was a pale amber-yellow, a bit murky. i had to pour it pretty aggressively to get a finger of head which faded quickly

smelled of wheat/grain, perfumy honey and melon, graham crackers when i buried my nose in it. hints of citrus and coriander. pretty complex nose actually

taste was bright and smooth, graham crackers, a bit of a hop presence at first and a definite wheat finish

nice crispness from the carbonation but not over done, pretty medium bodied, coats nicely with a chalky finish

not sure this beer is really a pale ale, not hoppy enough, would fit more in the pale wheat category....but i got a IPA in the sampler pack as well so i can't complain. nonetheless it's refreshing and quaffable. i could sit down and drink this all day and not be offended

climax, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of happygnome
2.83/5  rDev -15.8%

a: pours a pale golden color with about a half inch of head that disappears fairly quickly leaving a ring of lacing around the edge of the glass
s: citrus and floral hops. There is a strong aroma of biscuity malts, along with hints of the honey sweetness
t: similar to the aroma. citrus hops biscuity malts and light hint of honey sweetness
m: light bodied beer with ample carbonation

overall, i enjoyed this beer but dont think ill get it again

happygnome, Nov 30, 2009
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

steamboatbrewer, Mar 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

capuchinpilates, Aug 23, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Jameswoody, Dec 25, 2012
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

ROBSTARR, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of warpedrevolution
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

warpedrevolution, Jul 28, 2014
Summer Honey Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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