Big Sky IPA - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Big Sky IPABig Sky IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

454 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 454
Hads: 1,077
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 32
Gots: 101 | 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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Reviews: 454 | Hads: 1,077
Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Clear copper with a foamy, tan head of about 2 fingers. Great soapy lacing. A hearty looking IPA here.

S- Nothing that really blows me away on the nose. Delicate aroma of pine cones and biscuits. I expect more bold aroma of the style.

T- Big earthy pine hops combine with a caramelized sugar malt base. Some metallic notes that seem a little off, but not too distracting. High acidity leads to a bitter finish.

M- Chewy and creamy. Mid body. Fair drinkability.

O- A traditional IPA that makes no bones about its straight forward style. A comforting brew that won't blow you away, but also won't leave you overly disappointed with your selection. (652 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice beer. Poured at a good temperature with a large, foamy, lite tan, billowy head that settled after a while and some lace. Color is a clear medium amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is hop up front, some malt to balance. Flavor's like nose, all qualities are bolder and and add tang, slightest hint of sweet, ditto caramel. Body/carbonation good. Finish is like flavor, not too complex, yet goes vey well with spicy food. (426 characters)

Photo of brewbattles
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We did a blind taste test between this beer and 4 others to determine which was a better IPA. The beers that were competing were: Stone IPA, Big Sky IPA, Bear Republic Racer 5, Lagunitas IPA, and Full Sail IPA. Here is the video:

http://youtu.be/AAPlYzFD4m8 (258 characters)

Photo of arc3636
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into Sam Adams glass

A - a bit darker and reddish than expected from an ipa. Full 2 fingers of head

S - floral and orange hops

T - solid bitterness from the hops, but not too heavy. Floral, orange, and grapefruit hops

M - above average, hops flavor seems to continue to grow after I had swallowed

O - solid, balanced ipa (332 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this bottle of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours cloudy orange-amber hue with a fluffy white head that leaves a good trail and wispy lace.

S: Hoppy aroma with a slight biscuit and caramel background.

T: Bitter beginning with some tart hops followed by a slightly sweet caramel middle and
finishes dry and bitter.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent brew – I’ll have another. (406 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy amber color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is minimal. Lacing is decent. Mainly a piney, resinous aroma with a slight malty backbone and citrus. Not a lot there but still pleasant. Bready, malty taste up front. Nice piney hop with a slight citrus taste. Decent astringency at the end. Decent very drinkable beer but nothing special about it. (378 characters)

Photo of RonKoch
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's 5:00 on a hot day in which I worked reasonably hard, so I brought home this from the HyVee Wines and Spirits. It is very refreshing and drinkable for a moment like this. Evergreen and apple in the aroma. Vine fresh hops in the taste. Bitterness is real and strong, but not so oppressive like in some newcomer IPAs which make me think the brewer is only out to make me pucker. The very prominent hops do not completely hide the sweet malt backbone. Good head retention and pretty lacing on my standard pint glass.

Overall, I'll be happy to go back to this IPA in the near future. (585 characters)

Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_greg
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was a pretty darn good beer. It had a nice dark amber color for an IPA. It is also not as hoppy for an IPA. The tastre is pretty bitter. Not in a bad way but its a nice change from your average hop overload. The beer has a pretty sharp feel on the tongue. id recomend to anyone to try it. (293 characters)

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep cooper with a tall thick head of off white foam, good retention and lacing.

Nice citrus aroma - orange, lemon - followed by pungent earthy hop notes with some slight pine. All this backed by a nice floral bouquet.

Sweet orange and bitter lemon dance around a malt breadiness. The flavor is kept hopping by bitter earthy, pine notes. The flavor explodes across the palate like the sun stretching across the wide western sky. A solid IPA. (453 characters)

Photo of Averwo
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful unfiltered dark orange.
Smell is nice and citrusy. Nothing really stands out like grapefruit or anything like that. Just general IPA goodness.
Taste is wonderful. Rich citrus hops. Full of bitterness. Tons of pine and grapefruit. Aftertaste is nice and hoppy.
Medium bodied mouth feel.
Definitely a first class IPA. (334 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Nice copper shade, good foam and lacing.

Smell: Citrus and malt, just like an IPA should smell.

Taste: Citrus and floral hops, caramel and grassy malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, typical bitter aftertaste.

The Verdict: Good brew. A solid IPA with plenty of malt character balancing out the hops. So far, I'm impressed with this Montana brewer. (366 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Undated 12 oz bottle purchased last week near brewery.
Pour is orange-amber with a thick, creamy, tan head. Earthy and piney hops dominate the aroma and the flavor. A bit of citrus in th taste too. Medium body with medium+ carbonation. Fairly smooth.
O: too earthy and piney for my taste. (288 characters)

Photo of carolinared
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass, nice head and color. Enjoyed the great piney aroma and complex taste with pine and citrus touches. This is my preferred IPA style vs others that just focus on the hoppy bitterness. Still looking for a few "go to" IPA's to drink on regular basis, have generally been disappointed by some of the well known brands since to me they are pretty much the same (bitter). This one has a nice balance of aroma, hoppy flavors and bitterness. (467 characters)

Photo of Sark
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- a finger and a half of eggshell velvet head, golden copper colored with low carbonation

Smell- citrus hops with light pale malt sweetness

Taste- pale malts up front, mid tongue grapefruit and hop bitters on the finish

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, moderately slow fade

Overall- a solid IPA out of Big Sky, easy drinking and not overly filling. (355 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured this one rather roughly into my pint glass. Came up with a little over a finger of sandy colored head over a rosy copper body. Lacing clings rather well to the sides.

This one smells rather sugary. Heavy malts, a bit of juicy tropical fruit.

This beer is very malt forward. Sweet malt, very sugary is the first punch, the number two punch comes right as you are swallowing. Big tropical and pine hop flavor smacks you bitterly in the tongue. The aftertaste is all piney and bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Lightly syrupy. (536 characters)

Photo of AndyP612
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle aggressively poured into Uptown Bar Pint glass.

A- Amber to dark brown. Very inviting fairly clear.

S- Hops forward with a lean towards citrus. More Hops... Cirtus.

T- Tons of fruit right off that bat to dissipate into a hoppy overtones Fruit, Grapefruit. To balance out the hop tip with malty sweetness finish.

M- Still has carbonation toward the second half of the pint. Delicious. Very carbonated leaping off the tongue. Dry finish. Still inviting.

O- The carbonation bites the cheeks yet it continues to invite you to drink more. The grapefruit presence sustains its attendance. Very dry finish is noteworthy. Feels like a west cost IPA in that I continue want more but only in a six pack increment. A very interesting feeling I feel but the feeling I get is sheer enjoyment. Cheers. (801 characters)

Photo of smbslt
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good burnt orange color with a creamy goldish head. Too much sediment though to be appealing.

Citrusy (orange) but with an oddly placed mocha influence.

Interesting floral sensation but the malts were to forward and the aftertaste was not pleasant.

Mouthfeel fine except the finish - did not really matter at this point.

Subtle or just confused - the beer I mean. Did not seem like it should be in the IPA category. May score it higher as a pale ale. (454 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass
random numbers on the bottle but nothing that makes sense

A: crystal clear, dark amber, 2 fingers wifth of light tan head. Leaves tons of lacing.

S: lots of citrus, lemon and orange peal, mint

T: Piney bitterness, citrus rind, solid malt backbone. Pretty simple, but tasty.

M/D: carbonation on the heavy side, medium body, drinkability is good.

O: Nothing special, but an enjoyable, above average IPA. Id drink this again. (461 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a clean amber pour with a finger of fluffy white head. smells biscuity with some grassy hops and caramel. the flavor has lots of piney and soap like bitterness from the hops, lots of caramel and nutty flavor from the grain bill even out the flavor. medium body with a decent amount of carbonation.

a pretty good ipa, not bad at all for a year round. a little generous on the abv as well, which isn't noticeable at all. really diggin the overall malt profile of this one. (472 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce can. “122812” is printed on the bottom, and I can only assume that is the canning date.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is orange-tinted amber. Two fingers of buttery, eggshell-colored head left a bubbly lacing, a thickish ring around the edge, and trails of foam along the glass.

Smell: Customary West Coast citrus intermingled with a malt balance. Though nothing intense, it is still mild and somewhat invigorating. Orange, lemon zest, pine, and tropical fruit (maybe mango and pineapple). Pale malts and caramel provide a balance.

Taste: The first sip offers a nice, floral bite, which more or less maintains its strength throughout the pint. The flavor is much more floral and earthy than the aroma. Orange, lemon, pine, and tropical fruit are still present, but relegated to a supporting role. The balance shifts to the hops; the malts are present only as a foundation.

Drinkability: This is good stuff. The flavor leaves me wanting a little more citrus complexity, but this delivers on bitterness. (1,050 characters)

Photo of BoFoSho
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I wouldn't call myself an IPA kind of guy, but I somewhat enjoyed this brew. This is reddish-amber in color with a healthy head. Not very hoppy at all. Definitely classify this one as mild, and somewhat disappointing in that aspect. Overall a decent beer that the whole family will kinda like. (293 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm ready to go. This is from a 12 ounce can, and on to the beer:

With its orangish red color, this could qualify as a red ale as much as an IPA. The head is saopy and thick on formation, retaining itself well and leaving fluffy of lace around the glass. The nose has a mild (for an IPA) hoppiness. Some pine, some grapefruit, some toffee crisp, and a hint of tropical fruit. Not a full force nose, though it is appetizing.

The first taste is a bite iof resin. There's a slight phenolic note which tries to bob its head over the beer, however it gets beaten back down before it causes serious damage. Sweet citrus and fresh pine gets their kicks in. The malt base keeps the hops in check. A modest bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. As for the texture, it's medium bodied with a gentle crispness.

Big Sky delivers good, honest beer, and their IPA is no different. (871 characters)

Photo of mtboozeaddict41
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into Montana Griz pint glass, yeah

A:Caramel and honey color with a strong frothy white head a finger high. A darker color than used to in most IPAs.

S:Citrus notes dominate the aroma. Hoppy grapefruit leaves little room for malt character. The malt that is apparent is sweet and pretty bland.

T:Huge hop profile is noted. Citrus fruits again is basically all that can be found. Finishes dry(highly expected) with comforting fruity aftertaste

M: Nice carbonation pairs well with the fruit and hops. Definitely medium bodied leaning towards a healthy full body. little bit of a greasy texture noticed on mouth.

O: To me this brew is the perfect beginners IPA with a bold hop character coupled with nice juicy citrus fruit. what its lacking is complexity of malts and spice which i tend to lean towards in an IPA. A good beer none the less (859 characters)

Photo of spicelab
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can from Ozzie Shonksters...I mean Beermasons.

Sunset orange, near crystal, with a thick and robust cream head that drops very lazily depositing a good lace lattice.

Good amount of oniony tropical hops, offset by a herbal piquancy. Some doughy yeast and a sweet malt backbone lends good candied notes to the hops. Not a great amount of character but as with all BIg Sky beers I've had, extremely well contained.

Flavours emphasise more of the earthy green herbal character, especially spearmint, but the candied pineapple and mango notes still shine.

Body has moderate hop oils, benign carbonation with a satisfying earthy, mouthwash bitter finish of decent staying power.

Uncomplicated and solid as a rock. In this regard, Big Sky are at the top of the heap. (766 characters)

Photo of Jellopants356
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark bronze. Smells very good, hops and a slight citrus smell. A thin and spotty cream head with nice visible carbonation. Very full-bodied taste with hints of pine, citrus, and of course lots of hops. Reminiscent of a pale ale body. Perfect mouthfeel. Overall a very good IPA and one of my local favorites. I love to have this beer anytime i'm offered it among other local IPAs because it is so balanced in taste and with an IPA of 6.5%, it packs a punch too! (468 characters)

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