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Summer Honey Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Summer Honey AleSummer Honey Ale

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263 Ratings
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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.37%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | 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.

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

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +7.1%

(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.

06-08-2006 18:58:40 | More by rhoadsrage
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Zorro

California

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
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DoubleJ

California

3.4/5  rDev +1.2%

Part of a mix-pack from Cost Plus World Market, on to the beer:

Pale filtered straw colored in the body, head is white and fuzzy with modest retention. The aroma is mild, hop and tea leaf notes with touches of sweetness (could that be the honey?). As it enters the mouth, I immediately become refreshed off its easy and light flavor. Almost citrusy tasting. Bready notes break up the monotone flavor. I can't seem to find the honey character; okay it's there, but it's very light. This is a simple and refreshing beer.

07-07-2008 04:15:39 | More by DoubleJ
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Wasatch

Utah

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, with minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, very slight hop note, little spice note. The taste is sweet, malty, with some spice. Medium body. Drinkable, this is not an APA, should be a Blonde Ale or Cream Ale.

10-11-2009 21:07:06 | More by Wasatch
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.23/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

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

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +31.8%

This clear light golden brew throws out a medium white head with little retention. Beautiful sweet clover honey is present on the nose with some light spicing perceived also (cinamon?). This is really a nice tasting summer brew. The honey is evident as well as some wheat malt it seems. There's a nice little hop bite. It's light to medium in body and glides over the tongue effortlessly. There is also a very nice dryness present throughout the drink, but moreso on the finish. One of my favorite quaffable summer beers.

08-02-2002 19:31:38 | More by Bighuge
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.9/5  rDev -13.7%

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.

05-23-2011 02:01:32 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

11-26-2012 02:22:49 | More by dmorgan310
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wrightst

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

06-13-2014 21:43:54 | More by wrightst
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.45/5  rDev +2.7%

12 oz from the Coop today for about $1.50.. enjoyed from my New Belgium snifter while listening to Fatboy Slim Live on Brighton Beach.

1" head drops leaving only a collar of lace... brew is crystal clear dark straw.

Aroma is pale malts and little else.. grassy hops may be there and some possible honey essence.

Flavor has more of a honey kick to it.. mixes well with the pale malts.. some background yeastiness.... herbal hoppiness .. there has to be a bunch of wheat in there.. very very drinkable.. body is light/medium with great carbonation..

Good beer and I am probably downplaying it, but overall, I want a little bit more out of my summer seasonals.. but still very nice.... I am actually very surprised that I've never reviewed this one before despite my dozens of times enjoying it.

06-25-2008 08:40:25 | More by JohnGalt1
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Tone

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +22%

Pours a clear yellow color. One inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, honey, citrus, and pine. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, pine, slight honey, and citrus. There is a slight dryness associated with this brew. Overall, a very drinkable APA with decent body.

06-24-2009 05:21:15 | More by Tone
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beertunes

Washington

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
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Gusler

Arizona

3.53/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

10-23-2007 18:21:22 | More by Gusler
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harpus

Alabama

3/5  rDev -10.7%

10-18-2012 17:34:06 | More by harpus
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scruffwhor

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -15.2%

Pours a clear straw with a quick head and no lacing or foam. Good bubbles though. The aroma is a delicate mix of pale malts adn light spices. hen somesoft honey and musty hops. The tase immediately mkes me think of an American pale wheat ale. Musty German hops with some light honey bread sweetness and even lighter spice notes. The palate is sweet but a little musty, but the finish has a nice honey and spice combo. Tastes more like an American wheat ale than an APA.

08-10-2008 21:49:14 | More by scruffwhor
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.49/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a two finger white head that dissipates slowly to a thin cap and heavy ring around the edges. Aroma of light bready malt, grassy hops and a hint of sourness. Flavor is biscuit malt, light honey and grassy hops, finishing with grassy hop bitterness. Light flavored and otherwise unremarkable, but redeemed somewhat by the light honey in the background.

07-20-2013 19:46:08 | More by LiquidAmber
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jrallen34

Illinois

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
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -2.4%

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!

06-01-2011 23:28:47 | More by WoodBrew
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -1.8%

Golden color with decent clarity. Thin white head fades to a small collar pretty quickly.

Smells of faint malt, honey and honeydew melon. Very light nose. Smells fresh, but a bit unexciting.

Tastes of light fruits, such as cantaloupe, strawberries and (again) honeydew melon....maybe some clover. Lightly lager-esque sulfur flavor and tartness. I don't really taste an abundance of honey flavor or sweetness.

It's an ok quencher, but not overly exciting or flavorful. I'll stick to the Moose Drool.

10-29-2008 04:19:18 | More by twiggamortis420
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +31.8%

Light honey yellow in color with a small pencil width high head of even leveled, off-white, super tight, creamy foam. The head faded a little fast and has spotty lace. The aroma is very nice, very sugary with a touch of honey thats super fresh. Nice! Taste echoes the smell with a nice light sugary taste with sweet honey and a bit of hops showing up with a very slight lemon note that together keeps this nicely balanced and super smooth. Yum! Feel is a lighter to medium body, very clean, soft, and solidly smooth. This is some remarkable stuff, very unique, yummy, and very drinkable in my book. I think I have a new summer brew to add to my list, this summer honey of a brew by Big Sky is a must try.

05-09-2003 18:23:36 | More by tavernjef
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.23/5  rDev -3.9%

12oz bottle received as an extra in trade with cjsell. Thanks! This beer (and brewery) is new to me. Into my Stone pint glass

A: Straw yellow with a dense, 1-finger white head. This is almost perfectly clear to boot.

S: Mild citrus note with an orange peel astringency. Spicy with some coriander and black pepper. Some floral sweetness is present

T/M: Starts off mildly sweet yet hoppy with some citrus, spice and honey-like sweetness present. Exceedingly light in body, slightly strange on finish with a spicy character that just doesn't work for me. The carbonation is at an adequate level but the flavor leaves a lot to be desired.

D:At 4.7%, I have no complaints drinking it - apart from the very disappointing flavor profile

08-29-2008 00:40:42 | More by DefenCorps
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev +6.5%

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...

07-21-2002 15:15:54 | More by ZAP
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barnzy78

Illinois

3/5  rDev -10.7%

12oz bottle, pours golden with a thin white head that quickly dissipates leaving no lacing on the glass. Aromas are biscuity, sweet, faint honey. Tastes are sweet, malty, honey, biscuit, some spice, and trace herbal hop on the finish. Mouth-feel is thin-to-medium with moderate carbonation. Overall, definitely sessionable, but pretty standard for the style.

06-17-2012 03:01:41 | More by barnzy78
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enelson

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

07-14-2012 22:29:20 | More by enelson
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alexgash

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +19%

Pours a vibrant, sparkling, golden yellow, with a coppery sheen. Tight-packed, persistent guaze-white head. Nice. Soft, tangy malt aromas underscore definite honey and some peppery spices--maybe coriander. Interesting and good. Peppery spices dot biscuity malt flavors up front. Light, honeyish sweetness gives way to an herbal, peppery bitterness. Soft mouthfeel on a medium body. I could swear there's some wheat in here. Nice summer ale that thankfully is not just another American pale wheat ale.

06-26-2005 19:16:16 | More by alexgash
Summer Honey Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.