Big Sky IPA - Big Sky Brewing Company
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Reviews by EvilKeith:
4/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
IPA is the second beer from Big Sky I have tried. The other was Moose Drool. I thoroughly enjoyed both. I found both to be well crafted and excellent examples of their styles. Big Sky is a brewery whose beers should be sought after.
Big Sky IPA poured into the glass deep copper in color with good clarity. The head was a firm froth and pale tan in color. The lace was nicely thick and sticky.
The smell was sweet caramel malts, hints of brown sugar, a citrus fruitiness and pine needles from the hops.
The taste began with big biscuity malt and a bit of fruity sweetness. This was followed immediately by an assertive green hoppy bitterness. The finish was dry with a lingering bitterness and the tangy bite of citrus rind.
The body was medium with a moderately active carbonation which added up to a creamy, but slick mouthfeel.
As far as I know Big Sky is not distributed in Indiana. I picked these up in Wisconsin. On my next trip to Wisconsin I will have to track down more from Big Sky.
Serving type: bottle
12-03-2006 13:47:03 | More by EvilKeith
More User Reviews:
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 926 ratings.