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Summer Honey Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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245 Ratings
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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-16-2002)
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SargeC

Japan

3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 12:34:35 | More by SargeC
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CesarLopes

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

08-18-2013 17:19:13 | More by CesarLopes
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BierJager89

California

4.06/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 16:25:02 | More by BierJager89
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neckbeered

Montana

2.25/5  rDev -33.4%

06-09-2013 15:59:28 | More by neckbeered
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juicebox

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

08-10-2012 14:09:02 | More by juicebox
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 04:53:49 | More by GossageBrewery
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

2.78/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2007 00:17:46 | More by SurlyDuff
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JEdmund

Kansas

3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 00:57:48 | More by JEdmund
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minterro

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 15:08:37 | More by minterro
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climax

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 02:30:16 | More by climax
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happygnome

Minnesota

2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 19:24:29 | More by happygnome
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Jameswoody

Montana

2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

12-25-2012 03:17:26 | More by Jameswoody
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steamboatbrewer

Colorado

3/5  rDev -11.2%

03-01-2012 15:18:54 | More by steamboatbrewer
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freed

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2004 23:36:40 | More by freed
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ROBSTARR

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

02-15-2013 14:59:02 | More by ROBSTARR
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Chaz

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a shaker. Medium pour yields a one-fingered off white head of medium duration and fairly good lacing. Very clear golden in color, with moderate carbonation. Nose is subtle honey and lightly sweet, pale malts. Slightly vegetal, and no apparent hops. Honey is apparent on the first sip, but is fleeting, a bit more than the minimun impression is left before the semi-sweet malts round out the palate, and a dryer, biscuity malt takes over. Nice and dry in the finish. Somewhat fruity and aromatic, with clover honey (just a guess) and apple blossoms. Aftertaste leaves an impression of peach, which is actually quite nice. The hops are there also, but very, very attenuated. Body is lighter and mothfeel is a little on the thin side, and the carbonation is reasonably easy-going, too. This is a nice, well-executed fruit-vegetable beer, and I'd say so especially if we were to consider it more of an amalgam of Golden Ale and Fruit Vegetable beer rather than an APA. For whatever reason this bottle is striking me as tastier and livelier than the last draght I had of the Summer Honey, so either the recipe has changed or it's less impressive on draught? Improves a bit asit warms, but no doubt goes down quite well on the cold side for some folks . . . is there a touch of wheat malt in this one? At any rate, it's much better than I remember it from the many times I've sampled it over the previous five or six years. A solid summer quaffer from a solid craft brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 18:39:18 | More by Chaz
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JBogan

Nevada

2.7/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 04:43:32 | More by JBogan
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n00blar

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

08-22-2013 22:11:57 | More by n00blar
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capuchinpilates

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

08-23-2013 02:12:36 | More by capuchinpilates
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BigRedN

Nebraska

3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass from the 12 oz bottle. The beer is clear, golden in color, with a somewhat thin white head (about 1/4 inch). Head fell to nothing and left no lacing.

Smell: Some faint spices and citrus fruit. I smell nothing sweat or honey like.

Taste: A bit spicy. Much like the smell I taste nothing really sweat or honey like. I should not be surprised because it seems that I can rarely pick that out any any beer that says it has honey.

Mouthfeel: Light in body with some decent carbonation. Crisp, with a smooth finish that goes down easy.

Drinkability: Purchased a mix 12 pack to try the Big Sky beers. I should have waited til they had a different seasonal in the pack. I would not purchase this as a stand alone product.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 02:34:50 | More by BigRedN
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leroybrown10

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

07-16-2013 21:59:21 | More by leroybrown10
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fivetime

Idaho

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

01-22-2013 01:08:27 | More by fivetime
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jmalex

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tim for this one. I don't think I've ever had anything from Montana before.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Sam Adams glass a clear pale yellow with a loose-bubbled white head on top. It shrinks down to a full cap with great staying power.

SMELL: Quite sweet with indications of wheat and lemony citrus. But it's really overtaken by the spices in this beer. Coriander for sure, but there could be more.

TASTE: Light and lemony and assuredly wheat-based. The spices aren't as formidable but still add a subtle complexity to the beer. Hops are much more apparent giving the beer a great balance. This really has a nice flavor and is quite unique.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium light body with an average carbonation. It does seem a bit slick though and lacks any crispness.

DRINKABILITY: It's a fine choice for a session and is well suited for summer weather. An ABV under 5% is a nice feature too. Unfortunately for me it's the coldest day since spring here today, so it's not quite well suited for drinking on this day.

A fine choice and good to drink if it's available to you. Not worth going out for your way for though.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 22:46:15 | More by jmalex
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salinasa

Delaware

4/5  rDev +18.3%

06-12-2014 00:55:56 | More by salinasa
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rogerthegill

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

01-26-2012 18:05:20 | More by rogerthegill
Summer Honey Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.