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Big Sky IPA - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Big Sky IPABig Sky IPA

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86
very good

947 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 947
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 31
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
In Montana, many classic memories are made right after someone says, “Hold my beer and watch this.” These bold, assertive moments deserve a bold, assertive beer – Big Sky IPA. A distinct hop presence and malty backbone will leave you refreshed and ready for your moment of glory. Hang on tight and enjoy the ride.

65 IBU

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-18-2002)
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Reviews by Andreji:
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Andreji

Colombia

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

04-02-2011 00:02:10 | More by Andreji
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oberon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Good clarity to the pour,a clear copper with a thinner but sticky slight off white head that turns into a soapy-like froth.Nice hop profile in the nose quite piney spiked with grapefruit rind a nicley developed carmael sweetish malt base shows itself well as well,wow this is a mans IPA here big resin and pine with deeply rooted grapefruit rind in there and definently bitter whoo!A earthy drier malt bas struggles to stay with the hops finally just completely giving way about mid glass.If you like aggressive hopped bitter American IPA's this is it for you personally I loved its brashness.

12-20-2006 22:48:33 | More by oberon
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brownbeer

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

A- Autumn orange without much head on this one.

S- Doughy biscuit malt, citrusy(grapefruit), leafy hops.

T- Fresh, fruity hops. Bright with flowery notes.
Tastes better than it smells. There is some diacytl. Crisp clean finish, bitterness fades quickly.

M- Light to medium body with a crisp carbonation.

D- Good beer, especially considering the price range. A solid "take to a party" IPA.

09-16-2009 15:17:13 | More by brownbeer
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

A departure from the many English beers Big Sky brews, a healthy dose of Simcoe hops are used to bitter and flavors this beer. We dig the how the animal theme is genuine and not corny as hell, "Antilocapra americana" blazing this label.

Massive white head that slowly settles with an neat-looking plateau in the middle, ample lacing and retention is seen. Very clear deep copper color. Fresh orange zest from the hop aroma, maltiness goes a little nutty and the yeast gives a hint of fruitiness in the nose. Smoothness is packed deep, and the creamy medium body holds firm. It's a back and forth from hops to malt starting off with a sweet bready tone to a slick, oily herbal flavor. Then there's a light caramel note to a semi-prickly bitterness, biscuity grain to a bit of citric rind. Finishes off with more lingering oily hop flavor and runs a little dry.

This is a perfect snapshot of what American IPAs were back in the 1990s. Easy drinking and balanced but still with a very pronounced hop flavor, it's not a trait you see as often, and it's great to experience it again.

11-13-2009 19:32:54 | More by BeerAdvocate
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chip26

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

07-10-2014 03:14:50 | More by chip26
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Beaver13

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

12 oz bottle. Pours a copper orange with a huge fluffy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is big on piney, slightly fruity hops with some sweet caramel malt in the background. Yum!

The flavor is sweet sugary melon initially, followed by a big piney hop bitterness with a long lasting bitter finish. As it warms, the flavor dulls some. The mouthfeel is kind of soft, but smooth and pleasant.

Overall, this was a huge surprise. This is an excellent IPA. I got this in a mixer sixer, but will definitely be getting more of this. This could be one of my new go-to beers, alongside Titan, Hercules and Dale's Pale Ale.

11-09-2006 02:41:20 | More by Beaver13
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-21-2012 18:02:57 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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megamass

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-08-2013 22:45:11 | More by megamass
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Billolick

New York

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness/bottling info to be had. Pour rich, dark almond amber, lighter kahki head, that leaves a slight collar and light scattered bit of lace. Fruity and fragrant hops in the nose. Big and bold ale, plenty of malt coating the underbelly, sweet and smooth. The hops are equally smooth and lighly grapefruit infused as well as grainy and biting. Respectable hop crunch, quite drying and satisfying. Well done Big Sky. Big beer and hop lover, go get some

08-08-2009 21:47:34 | More by Billolick
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aquazr1

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-01-2013 05:04:05 | More by aquazr1
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Mora2000

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%

Pours an amber color with a minimal white head. Smell is hoppy, with some citrus as well as pine. There is also a little bit of caramel malt in the smell. The flavor is predominantly hops, with grapefruit being the easiest flavor to pick out. There is also some more malt in the flavor. Overall, a fairly well balanced IPA and one that I really enjoy. I picked this up in Arizona but now that we are getting Big Sky in Texas, I think I will be drinking a lot of this beer.

11-05-2009 00:37:01 | More by Mora2000
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chadjulius

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -6%

It's golden-brown in color, malty, hoppy to the smell, which are strong in the taste as well. The taste lingers too, but not in a bad way, its just a strong, dominating taste and "mouthfeel." A litter bitter tasting.

While it is a nice tasting beer, I think it would be good to have in moderation, as in follow this IPA up with a different beer. I should add that there seems to be a hint of metallic smell to it.

Oh, and it's 6.2% Alc/Vol

09-09-2010 19:08:04 | More by chadjulius
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass.

Appearance: Clear orange-amber with a frothy white head and very nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet toasted malts and citrus hops. Some pine as well.

Taste: Much more hoppy and bitter than the smell indicates. Pine and citrus hops with a ever-so-slightly sweet toasted malt counterbalance. Finishes very bitter, which lasts and lasts.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, very dry finish.

Drinkability: Excellent IPA all around. Nice sipper but hard to have too many.

05-27-2009 02:48:41 | More by bsp77
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Happy_Camper


1/5  rDev -73.8%

04-25-2012 17:50:10 | More by Happy_Camper
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iparules

Indiana

4/5  rDev +5%

02-19-2012 22:10:28 | More by iparules
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rhinonau

Wyoming

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

10-28-2013 15:34:03 | More by rhinonau
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mrw1zard

Alabama

4/5  rDev +5%

10-18-2013 14:40:37 | More by mrw1zard
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juicebox

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5%

08-10-2012 14:08:42 | More by juicebox
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JMSiefer

South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-27-2012 23:19:35 | More by JMSiefer
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

A darker ipa than expected, brown to amber. Average carbonation, head, lacing, aroma, a bit pinier.

The pine doesn't come out so much on the tongue, a decent amount of bitterness, but the hop flavor and zing comes out moreso than just plain pucker. Big malt background. Roast. Has that frequent wood to grittiness/graininess downbottle. Loses hop feel to something more bland. But hey, balanced.

Decent price, nothing special.

04-02-2010 05:31:53 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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whoneeds8

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured into a pint glass golden orange with a very thick froathy head, great lacing. Smells of strong hops. The taste is a little flat in the hops flavor. It might just be the type of hops they used. There is a weird aftertaste on the back end. The mouthfeel is fine. This is a nice IPA, but that's about it.

11-05-2009 23:22:05 | More by whoneeds8
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

Attractive deep orange color, clear appearance. Sturdy white head of good duration. Strings for laces. Aroma has plenty of hop power, pink grapefruit and some underlying apricot solidity. Certainly not balanced between malt and hops, but that's fine because there is a good amount of bitterness without it being cartoonish. Nice pithy Chinook hops sense starts things out, some nuttiness from the malt helps finish the flavor profile. Definitely more aroma hops than the Pale Ale from Big Sky. Fruity sense to the close. A nice version of an American IPA, and one I can see picking up anytime the mood for the style strikes me. Good looks, flavor, and aroma.

07-18-2006 00:32:44 | More by ADR
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.24/5  rDev -15%

Undated 12 oz bottle purchased last week near brewery.
Pour is orange-amber with a thick, creamy, tan head. Earthy and piney hops dominate the aroma and the flavor. A bit of citrus in th taste too. Medium body with medium+ carbonation. Fairly smooth.
O: too earthy and piney for my taste.

06-05-2013 18:36:50 | More by chinchill
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timontheroad

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-26-2013 02:01:19 | More by timontheroad
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jaredseaman77

Texas

2/5  rDev -47.5%

01-04-2012 15:33:19 | More by jaredseaman77
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Big Sky IPA from Big Sky Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 947 ratings.