Big Sky IPA - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Big Sky IPABig Sky IPA

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very good

1,067 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,067
Reviews: 464
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 33
Gots: 94 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-18-2002

In Montana, many classic memories are made right after someone says, “Hold my beer and watch this.” These bold, assertive moments deserve a bold, assertive beer – Big Sky IPA. A distinct hop presence and malty backbone will leave you refreshed and ready for your moment of glory. Hang on tight and enjoy the ride.

65 IBU
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Ratings: 1,067 | Reviews: 464
Photo of z_taylor
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent beer. Nothing to special

Photo of BIll_Currie
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

another decent beer from them

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy copper color with thick off white head. Caramel malt aroma with citrus and pine. Flavor is crysal malt start with some fruit. Finish is bitter grapefruit and pine.

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a bottle at a backyard gathering, this is the first from Big Sky I've snagged. Always thought it's be Moose Drool, since that one's everywhere. I digress. Really refreshing, lots of juicy hop goodness with a nice malt balance. Some floral and grassiness.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasting notes: A dark bronze IPA with a subtle citrus/pine aroma. Mellow, rather subdued, classic Cascade flavor. Mildly tannic, some lemon and light grapefruit notes against a semi-sweet/nutty caramel malt backdrop. Tannins build a little over time. Moderate carbonation and body. Easy going, temperate IPA lacking in bold resinous, rind, tropical or piney flavors. Old school.

Photo of fabian
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

there was a fishing cabin in montana and this is simply the perfect beer for.

Photo of dukeandduke
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3/30/15 (Bottle) - Copper amber pour with a generous white head and solid carbonation. Fruits, malt and pine aromas prevalent and pleasing. Taste of hops very strong and bitter and enjoyable, Clean smooth feel, enjoyable drinking. Overall very good beer.

Photo of nqdell
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good bold smell and a perfect balance of hops and fruit tones.

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Its been a good IPA friend of mine for years but I think the last batch I had was not the freshest. Will continue to seek out the best.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a fading head.
Nose shows sweet syrupy malt and some soft piny hops.
Malty flavours, quite clean. Some piny hops. Not particularly complex. An assertive bitterness in the finish.

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden clear with thin white head.
S- slight hop with fruity wheat.
T- good juicy, fruity hop combination. Is that bubblegum at finish? Nice malt.
F- great balance for a busy beer.
O- I could drink a lot of these. Reminicient of Gumballhead, just not quite as good.

Photo of tymoe4
4.66/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

To be honest, expected it to taste like crap bc of the cheesy label. Very surprised. Great nose and very smooth drinkable ipa.

Photo of JustSomeSkank
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great overall and better for the price.

Photo of RJB66
4.56/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Overall great tasting beer (optional review)

Photo of Sir-Buddly-Longfellow
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Pretty solid, but there are just better IPAs out there. But this one is worth a try at least once!

Photo of mjurney
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Deep amber-gold color, clear. Lots of carbonation rising. Thick off-white rocky head.

Citrus, floral, fruity, a little pine, sweet caramel malts.

Lots of floral hops up front, citrus, herbal, a little piney. Deep malt background, sweet, toasted, caramel, hint of nutty. Finish is dry, semi-crisp. Medium bodied, smooth, dry, a little refreshing.

It's an excellent American IPA.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Resiny piney hops dominate the nose with grain aromas in the background.
A tea colored pour with a slight haze supports a 3" off white head with a slight yellow tint. The head persists and leaves thick lace.
An initial malty palate hints at fruit in the middle and then give way to a pleasant, citrusy, lingering bitterness.
Medium body and carbonation.

Photo of joe12pk
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%

Poured into a glass.

A - Dark amber with a two inch rocky head. Good lacing.

S - Pine and grapefruit peel

T - Nice hop rush up front, ending with fruit and sweet malt and some light hops. Nice.

M - medium light

O - Excellent ale. This gets sweeter and more complex as it warms. Very glad I found Big Sky today!

Photo of AtrumAnimus
3/5  rDev -21.1%

This one pours a perfect reddish gold in color that has a decent tan head that settles with moderate speed leaving a course lacing down the glass.

The nose is sweet malts, grassy, bread and some floral notes. Not to remarkable.

The flavor is rather bitter and a little off balance. Nothing to special.

The mouthfeel is a bit too watery as well.

Overall not to great, I would pass on this one. There are much better options out there.

Photo of RyanK252
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%

Bottle poured into an Alaskan Brewing Co Pint glass

A: Pours deep golden amber with a little off white head.

S: Citrus hops and caramel malt sweetness

T: Citrus and tropical fruit hops, grapefruit and pineapple stand out most, a little caramel malt sweetness to balance it, with a little floral hop hit on the finish. Very well balanced.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Very pleasant surprise. Quite a tasty brew.

Photo of TheCondor
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It has been a while since I did the "mix and match" six pack from a local store, but I thought I would give it a whirl since there were several beers in there I was interested in, this being one of them. Side poured with standard vigor from the bottle into the Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - Pours a standard transparent copper color with a decent one finger head that dissipates relatively slowly. Mostly gone by mid beer. There are small signs of lacing, not many. I like the packaging, I like the concept. Hell I like Montana

Smell - Nice malty backbone coincides with your expected citrus and grapefruit smells from the hops. However, the maltiness and bready aroma pleasantly surprised me, as if in Montana they understand that more is not necessarily better when it comes to hops, even in an IPA.

Taste - Much like the nose, this has a strong malty backbone with enough hops to let you know they are there, but nothing overwhelming. This would probably be called a "pale ale" at some of the more aggressively hopped breweries, although I very much enjoy it. Nice balance between the grapefruit/citrus from the hops and the malts.

Mouthfeel - Finishes clean and just a bit bitter from the hops. Nice snap at the end.

Overall - I was thoroughly impressed by this beer. I had relatively low expectations, but I am surprised and pleased. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone who likes a bit of hops for flavor but doesn't like their taste buds assaulted with them. Excellent beer. Condor recommended and approved.

Photo of JamesMN
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured into a pint glass, this one appeared to have a bronze color with a slight transparency about it allowing some light carbonation to be seen rising. There was a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. The lacing was somewhat clingy and eventually spider webs a bit.
The smell had a decent earthy crisp caramel maltiness with a light kick of citrus bitterness.
The taste was basically the same as the smell.
The mouthfeel was slightly harsh and bitter with a dry effect running over my tongue. Probably about a medium on the body.
Overall, decent AIPA that I could have again.

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color a two finger of white colored foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer has a big smell of a bready and citrus nature with the citrus being mainly of a grapefruit hop smell, but containing some aromas a sweet orange. Along with the grapefruit hop comes aromas of pine and a bit of an earthy smell as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and very citrusy flavor with the presence of a bit of orange sweetness mixed with a grapefruit hop. Other fruity flavors of a tropical fruit nature (tangerine, mango, pineapple) are present from the start as well with these fading as the flavor advances on more toward the end of the taste. The bready flavors take on some more biscuit like notes as the taste advances with the hop really ramping it up toward the middle to the end. While initially only a grapefruit hop being present, hop flavors of pine and a floral nature, as well as an increase in the grapefruit come to fruition more at the end of the taste. With all these changes and a bit of the tropical flavors really coming back strong at the end, one is left with a decently hopped and smooth flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the rather high side. Both actually fit the beers flavor profile quite well with the higher carbonation really enhancing the crispness of the brew all while the medium body did the same, but upheld the nice blend of hop flavors.

Overall – This was a rather easy drinking and quite enjoyable IPA overall. Rather tasty.

Photo of Foyle
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a healthy 3" cream colored head that fades slowly with significant lacing. Color is a clear rich copper with no visible carbonation streaming.
Aroma: pleasant aroma of citrus hops (tangerine and grapefruit) with some malty sweetness lurking in the background.
Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied with a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Finish is somewhat dry. Flavor: the grapefruit hops dominate the taste, but the sweeter tangerine flavor is also present. For balance there is whole wheat bread malt flavor and some caramel sweetness.

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Big Sky IPA from Big Sky Brewing Company
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