Big Sky IPA - Big Sky Brewing Company
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Reviews by PirateUlf73:
3.3/5 rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Poured into an imperial pint glass.
A: Clear amber color with a slightly off-white head. Retention and lacing qualities were fantastic.
S: Nice pine and grapefruit hop aromas up front. Nice hints of green apple and pineapple. Just a hint of malt toastiness to round it all out. Very pleasant and not too piercing.
T: Started out nicely with hops of the grass and pine variety dominating the front of the mouth. However, there was this weird resin-like, almost chemical taste in the back of the mouth that bothered me and really took away from the overall flavor. It faded a bit as I went on. Not sure if I got used to it or it mellowed out. The malt character serves to keep the hops from getting out of hand.
M: Heavier side of light-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. The feeling is slick and almost oily and the aftertaste is bitter and piney.
D: Would be great, if not for that strange taste that I mentioned earlier.
This IPA had so much going for it, and then came that strange flavor. I was able to overcome it eventually, but it definitely put a damper on the whole experience. Take that out of the equation and this beer would be a very solid IPA indeed. Still, it's worth a try, and maybe others will not find that flavor as offensive as I did. I may try this again down the road to see if this bottle was a fluke.
Serving type: bottle
04-06-2009 00:50:47 | More by PirateUlf73
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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 929 ratings.