Big Sky IPA - Big Sky Brewing Company
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Reviews by Andreji:
3.95/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
I reckon it's been a while since i've had the lucky chance of having a true american IPA. and this beer- again, courtesy of aschwab- was a reintroduction into the ever coveted genre that makes me ache for more at times, and for less at others.
Big sky took me back there. And as much as I hate being a trigger-happy (or keyboard-happy, given the circumstances) "love-em-all" type of reviewer, I struggle to find wrongdoings here.
First off, the pour. american pint glass, very appropriate. Not to blow my own horn, but the pour was perfect, too. Fit perfectly. the mushy, dirty white head, almost beige, two fingers, thick but active and in disarray. Below a crystal clear, amber-hued light looking (read: looking) beer. Slightly fizzy throughout. Visually alone i went back to the many (or so few, rather) IPAs i've loved and hated. Alas, the struggle renewed in me.
The smell and the incidental taste of the head (yes, i stuck my nose right into it and had to lick it off) was much more....herbal than I'd anticipated. It wasn't a rough hop feel. It's no sweetness either. It's rather like charged with parsley maybe, or basil. mostly the latter. fresh. no sweetness whatsoever. this is dominating it as a whole. no alcohol, either. this thing's an IBU experience, not an ABV one- apparently.
Taste-wise, it's a bit more run-of-the-mill. Even as it has a slight tangy spin on the base of the tongue, the clear and habitual sequence of barely superficial malt sweetness overriden by a stark bitterness is in every sip here. Not that i dislike it- heck, i've grown to love it (and must, when possible start re-trying those i disqualified early on), but one can see how the tasty yet repeated numbing and injurious intake of the hops can affect its overall mouthfeel, since I myself would dare say more than one or two of these at a time would saturate my rather (and now conveniently) moderate palate.
Overall, the beer is good, and very representative of its kind. Oh, and ckeck montana in my 'states' list, please. Hopefully I will land more Big Sky brews in the future, since it seems I'm not headed that far up (and west) anytime soon.
Serving type: bottle
04-02-2011 00:02:10 | More by Andreji
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3.25/5 rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Bottle dated 03/13/14. Not sure if it's 'bottled on' or 'enjoy by'.
Appearance: Standard copper colored IPA with hints of orange. Thin off-white head that has left some lacing where it has dissipated.
Aroma: Caramel and orange essence. Definitely hinting at being a balanced, if slightly malty IPA. Sort of reminiscent of a barleywine but with much less body.
Taste: The hops really surprised me here, as they dominate the flavor. The only time the crystal malt flavor comes through is for a brief moment right when it first hits the palate. Slightly dry/peppery hop bitterness quickly takes over and builds in intensity. The finish is interesting, while there is a good amount of bitterness there is also a creamy flavor from the malt that appears for a moment. The aftertaste releases some orangey hop flavor along with a lot of bitterness that slowly fades away. Even though I can't find any big flaws in the flavor, due to the one-dimensional bitterness and lack of depth it's hard to praise this one
Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body with somewhat aggressive carbonation, nothing a good swirl can't fix. Pretty easy drinking but nothing to get too excited about.
Final Thoughts: It's rare that a beer I review gets the exact same score in every category. Big Sky IPA is simply an okay beer. It's flavor fits right in with the style guidelines and it doesn't try to get any fancier than that. So while it doesn't impress me, it has my respect in a way. Would I drink it again? If I'm ever in Montana I wouldn't turn it down.
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2014 20:22:11 | More by JamesMN
Big Sky IPA from Big Sky Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 927 ratings.