Big Sky IPA - Big Sky Brewing Company
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Reviews by dwilson01:
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
poured from a 12oz bottle into my arrogant bastard pint glass, healthy 2 fingers of off white-light tan creamy head that dissipates timely leaving nice lacing on the glass. Brown coloration and clear, basically looks exactly like a new castle in body color.
The smell is very light, hops are present and I get some elderly flower notes (not that fresh floral scent). I get some pine and tree bark as well as a bit of spicing in there but very muted, turmeric and nutmeg. I'm getting a bit of a sweeter honey grain from the malt, like honey put on some 7grain bread.
The flavoring is very smooth, not sweet but also not bitter it's a great balance of malt and hop. The grains are giving me a toasted nut and honey, very much reminded of multi-grain cheerios I used to love as a kid. It also gives a sweeter aftertaste of honey. The hops bring some bitterness, barky wood flavors as well as more fresh greenery in this part than the nose. Not bad, very mellow to be sure.
The mouthfeel is great, one of the best I've had in an ipa like this. It's not heavily malted so much as to weigh it down but thick enough to let you know it's there. Carbonation and lighter flavoring balance perfectly with this and seriously just make an extremely drinkable ipa for the beer lover. I wouldn't give this to someone who I'm trying to intro the style to, yet it's not so hoppy as to be considered the "west coast" styled ipa.
Serving type: bottle
06-01-2010 05:29:54 | More by dwilson01
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