Big Sky IPA - Big Sky Brewing Company
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3.84/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
08-10-2014 00:36:45 | More by TheCondor
3.25/5 rDev -14.7%
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.
07-29-2014 20:22:11 | More by JamesMN
Big Sky IPA from Big Sky Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 943 ratings.