Big Sky IPA - Big Sky Brewing Company
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Reviews by cokes:
4.47/5 rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Generally clear, toasted honey hued with a big rise of bone-colored foam that deflates over time but leaves gobs of lace.
A full nose, both of hops and of malt. Apple butter-smeared toast, pomegranate, toffee, golden raisins, apricots, pine tar, pipe resin, tree bark, spearmint, and lime peels.
Caramel lolls through the mouth, coating the teeth, the ebbing down the esophagus. Fruity tones arrive, with pears, apples, and apricots. Toastiness follows them in. Hops brighten afterward, bringing a mojito of lime and mint, peppery herbal, danker notes of resin and pine sap, burnt wood, and the lingering, lightening bitterness of pink grapefruit
I like hop bombs as much as the next person, but this one capivates me with its squid vs. whale persona. Calling something "balanced" usually denotes a general blandness and lack of pizzazz. Not here. There is a rustic, old school charm with some new school tricks.
I've walked past this on the shelf for years. Idiot me.
Serving type: bottle
03-31-2011 07:05:47 | More by cokes
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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 928 ratings.