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Big Sky IPA - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Big Sky IPABig Sky IPA

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very good

959 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 959
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 31
Gots: 49 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-18-2002)
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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Photo of RyanK252
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

RyanK252, Monday at 02:39 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.84/5  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.

TheCondor, Aug 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

superfriend, Aug 09, 2014
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Big Sky IPA from Big Sky Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 959 ratings.