Big Sky IPA - Big Sky Brewing Company
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Reviews by demcorhip:
3.88/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to trevorwideman for this tasty surprise.
A coppery amber ale, almost chestnut in hue. A one finger light tan coloured head formed on the pour. This mildly and finely carbonated ale was decently laced with some clingy lacings.
Good and solid aromas of ruby red grapefruit and tropical fruit (papaya, pineapple) greet my nose with a mild assault. Toasted malts with hints of biscuit and caramel also present.
Solid malt backbone of toasted and biscuity malts. Biscuit more pronounced in the taste versus the nose, the slight caramel character was still evident. The hops quickly rise to assert themselves in the middle and the finish of the taste, but lose most of the tropical character evident in the nose in the taste, with assertive flavours of grapefruit and an almost piney bitterness.
A solid light to medium bodied IPA. Refreshing with its dry finish and mildly astringent nature from hopping or perhaps a touch of lignans extracted from the malts. Good malt and hop balance, tilted towards the hops as dictated by the style. Slight creaminess helped soothe the bitter hop tingle.
A good easily drinkable IPA, and a good example of the style. Recommend trying if one is a fan of the style. Im glad this was sent to me, im sure i've seen it, but never bought it before, but this is something i will buy in the future, it will make a nice brew to have a few of this summer,
Serving type: bottle
05-13-2007 22:07:46 | More by demcorhip
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 928 ratings.