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Big Sky IPA - Big Sky Brewing Company

Big Sky IPABig Sky IPA

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very good

854 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 854
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%

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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Photo of TwelveOunces


3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours clear copper orange with a two finger off white head, decent retention. There isnt much on the nose, there is some citrusy hop bitterness. The taste is very east coast IPA, there is some citrus flavors and and a metallic malt feel. The beer drinks pretty easy, leaves behind a bitter and dry aftertaste. This is a pretty good IPA, dont know how old mine is but I would like to try it fresh because I feel it would have a bigger nose.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 22:29:10 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of Jfriz25


4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- golden amber with big foamy white head. Leaves some decent lacing.

Smell- faint citrusy smell, less than I am used to in an ipa nowadays but still pleasant

Taste- orange and pine are the two dominant flavors held together by some sweet malt. Nice balance and flavor.

Mouthfeel- Fairly full body, not very resiny. Pretty par for the course.

Overall- it was a good find in a make your own 6 rack and in the same situation id get it again. Perfect for someone who likes hops but isn't in to the overpowering stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 00:10:14 | More by Jfriz25
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 9/13/12.

Pours a clear copper with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some grassy and herbal hop aromas. Taste is very much the same with pine and herbal hops up front and the malt coming through on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA that has lots of earthy hop aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 02:32:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of barnzy78


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed this in 2009, deserved a re-review...I enjoyed this one much more than previously.

12oz bottle, pours amber/copper with a tall foamy beige head. Nice clarity, excellent head retention and lacing. Aromas are malty caramel with grapefruit citrus, and faint pine. Tastes are malty up-front with a nice caramel backbone followed by bold piny hops that have some grapefruit notes. Well balanced with a strong malt presence that holds up to the resinous hop profile. Mouth is medium bodied, smooth, and creamy with ample carbonation. Overall, I've had this one a few times now, and each time I seem to like it more and more. Even though it's not the best IPA out there, it has a good price-point for a 6er; I might actually buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 03:10:15 | More by barnzy78
Photo of bmwats


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Big Sky Brewing Co. - Moose Drool pint glass.

A: Medium brown. Pours about a half finger, foamy, brown white head. Settles fairly slowly, leaving a blanket of foam on the surface, and a thick beer ring. Thick, substantial, beer ring and residual spiderweb lacing.

S: Soapy, pine and light honey.

T: Pine, fresh tea, wood, and a little cola.

M: Thick, and robust body, characterized by a deep, biting pine that lingers on the palette throughout the experience. Very dry finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is good. Deep dark hue, nice head, plenty of lacing. Nose is full, very piney with light sweet notes, with a soapiness to it. Flavor is full-bodied woody pine, with cola and tea leaves. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 03:15:02 | More by bmwats
Photo of megahurts4


3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big Sky IPA

Appearance: brownish red, medium head, and some lacing.

Smell: hops and a malt-nuttiness.

Taste: nice whole hops and malts.

Mouthfeel: medium and bitter.

This is a decent brew. Its more average than anything, but it has plenty of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 05:26:11 | More by megahurts4
Photo of Amalak

New York

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had at Champps Americana in Houston.

A. Nice amber color with a two-finger wheat head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. Bubbly.

S. Malty and sweet.

T. It has a sweet citrusy hop taste to it, smooth and floral. It has a milt bite and a bit of a sour aftertaste, in a good way.

M. Refreshing and somewhat carbonated.

O. This is just a good prototype IPA. When you ask for an IPA, if you are looking for something that is true to the style and not original (in a good or bad way) then this is excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 16:53:12 | More by Amalak
Photo of Kiwano

New York

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - yellow orange - thick head at first then a thin head

S - a little fruity with some hops

T - Some sweetness and fruit on front with pine and then nice bitterness at the end - nice amount of hops -

M - great balance of smoothness and carbonation

O -- tasty - refreshing -- feel a bit of the alcohol good sweet/bitter balance more on the sweet side at the beginning but the bitter balances it out and takes it over which is nice

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 00:32:05 | More by Kiwano
Photo of harrymel


2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled: unk

Pours a nice amber with a sheet of solid light yellow foam and excellent clarity. Smells english malt dominant with some herbal and floral hops. Maybe a hint of grapefruit. Flavor is fruity and bitter with a good overture of malts and apprehensively applied spiciness. Medium bodied with hi carb and semi dry finish. Average beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 05:28:35 | More by harrymel
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, ruby amber with a thick and pillowy 3 finger, off-white head. Great retention. Leaves a thick, impressively sticky lace.

Smell - Faint. Spiced hop. Earthy.

Taste - Follows the nose. A fair amount of spice and citrus hop, with a good balance of malt, apple and earthy. Not an especially aggressive IPA, but an interesting flavor nonetheless.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Carbonation lends to a nice, crisp bite.

Overall - A very good IPA. Not especially hoppy, but makes up for it in great balance and a nice, complex flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 04:14:54 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a really dark copper hue. A frothy vanilla cream head sits on top and dissipates to a film. Good sticky lacing. The beer smells slightly malty underneath the bright grapefruit rind hop aroma. The beer tastes balanced between a faint malt sweetness and a strong hop bitterness. There's a sticky taste profile in there that I've also experienced in Breckenridge Lucky U IPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a semi-sweet finish(?)

Overall, not a bad IPA, but lacking, considering I love all other offerings from Big Sky.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 01:40:43 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle - from Total wine summerlin las vegas NV for 1.59$

Appearance - Clear dark copper colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the taste is made up of sweet caramel and malts mixed with hops. It also has a grapefruit flavour mixed with some apricot and pineapple. It ends with a fairly bitter hoppy and yet sugary sweet aftertaste.

Overall - An above average IPA that has some flavours typically found in a DIPA. It still seems like it's missing a little something that I can't put my finger on. I'd drink it again and would suggest that it's worth trying if you see it on the shelves.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 23:49:25 | More by spinrsx
Photo of Mattamue


3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a pint. No bottle/expire date.

a Creamy-tan head. Lacing clings to the glass like the surf retreating from the beach. Very subdued carbonation, could count the lines of bubbles and there is less than a dozen. Burnt amber, translucent.

s Citric notes on par with hops resin. Apple and cheddar. Sweet malt in the background.

t Pear and apple up front. Hops bitter herb middle of the taste and the aftertaste.

m Watery light body. Easily tasted and re-tasted. Very dry.

o Not impressed with the appearance. Surprised by the taste. Held back again by the thin body. Would recommend, would choose another IPA for myself for regular drinking.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 00:35:50 | More by Mattamue
Photo of depechemode1983


3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours out a hazy copper/bronze color. The head is 2 1/2 fingers and off-white. Its dense through the middle but has a foamy looking crown. Retention is excellent and lacing is superb.

S - Has a strong bitter piney smell up front but balances out nicely through the middle with sweet malts and tropical fruits. Mainly pineapple and ruby red grapefruit.

T - A little light on flavor. Mostly you get bitter pine and grapefruit rind. A little mono toned on the taste. Not too bad though.

M - Almost medium bodied. Carbonation is nice. Kinda bubbly. No complaints.

O - Just slightly about average. Very simple and straight forward.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 21:52:59 | More by depechemode1983
Photo of hoplover82


4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a crystal clear amber color with a full/medium creamy persistant off white head that leaves extremely strong lacing in it's trails down the glass.

S-The aroma is beautiful of citrus fruit and a noticable amount of earthy pine from the hops. And the malts are mild and caramel like along with some soft bready notes in the back.

T-The flavor is much like the aroma with notes of pine and citrus fruit up front and a strong bitter presents in the finish I get a soft hint of caramel and fresh baked sweet bread. There are some fruity esther notes from the yeast as the beer warms. The hops are up front as they should be. Very nice interpretation of the style.

M-It has a full, chewy yet creamy body. And a slightly dry/bitter finish that lasts for a long time.

O-Overall I was suprized by this beer. I wasn't expecting it to be this good, but it is. And I highly recommend this beer to any hop lover like myself. Cheers everyone!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 04:51:03 | More by hoplover82
Photo of arizcards


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a bottle as a gift for helping out a friend recently. Best by 4-12-12.

Beer poured a clear orange with a solid white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is floral, citrus, and mango.

Taste is some mango with a grapefruit rind finish.

Feel is quite smooth for the style, malt backbone lends to a smooth finish. Carbonation is fairly light.

Overall i like this ipa. It is solid in all aspects and almost at a sessionable abv. I have had it at a few tailgates-very enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 01:52:48 | More by arizcards
Photo of irrgalaxy


3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Dark amber color, with significant amounts of red for an IPA. Significant head with fairly large bubbles.

S: Crisp, hoppy aroma.

T: Smooth taste, not overly hoppy as the aroma would have you believe. Nice finish on the middle of the tongue.

M: Regular.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 02:52:02 | More by irrgalaxy
Photo of superspak


4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 5/3/2012. Pours crystal clear orange amber color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap that lingers. Some decent lacing on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange, pine, floral, caramel, biscuit, and herbal spiciness. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, pine, orange, caramel, honey, biscuit, and herbal spices. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, caramel, and biscuit on the finish for a bit. Great malt and hop balance, showcasing a great citrus flavor throughout. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Very smooth drinking; with basically no alcohol warming presence. Overall, some seriously excellent stuff here. Great balanced flavor profile, and very smooth drinking. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 03:00:17 | More by superspak
Photo of Jamesthebrit


3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A really nice looking IPA. Copper color.

S: Slight hops, subtle floral.

T: Quite smooth. Hops are not overwhemling. Sweet at first and finishes a little bitter.

Mouthfeel: Too much carbonation. Otherwise sits comfortably.

Overall: An above average IPA. It has a lot of subtle flavors with nothing too offputting. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 20:01:18 | More by Jamesthebrit
Photo of comfortablynumb1


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a H24 Barrel Roll Series snifter...

A - Pours copper with a one finger off white head that dissipates at a fairly hasty pace. A decent amount of lace coats the glass...

S - Caramel malts and good dose of citrus fruits. A little subdued, but what does come through smells like there is a good balance between hops and malt...

T - Like the scent suggested this one is very well balanced. Caramel malts, orange, mango, grapefruit, and a little lemon zest. Finishes clean with some lingering grapefruit...

M - Super smooth. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation...

O - Solid IPA. Not only would this be a great session beer, but it would be a good introduction for someone looking to get into the style. Definitely something I will buying again in the near future...


Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 00:07:51 | More by comfortablynumb1
Photo of hopfacebrew


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Re-post from my hacked "jmkratt" account :(...

look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from brown 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a translucent dark copper color with a 1 finger white head. Decent retention and lacing throughout.

S - A citrus hops aroma: orange and grapefruit. A tad bit of earthy/nutty character as well.

T/M - The beer starts with a grainy/bread character. The bitter hop character soon invades the palette with a citrus and herbal character. Medium bitterness. There are caramel toasted grains prevalent in the middle. The beer finishes dry with a mild hop flavor on the tongue and a bit of bread. Lighter side of medium bodied with decent carbonation. Pretty average for an American IPA.

D - Pretty good.

Overall, this is a good brew. I don't think it's outstanding in any of its attributes but easy to put a few back. I'd drink more.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-16-2011 16:38:44

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 14:14:09 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of Huffaroma


4.9/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this into my beer stein so the most description that I would explain would be the aroma and the taste. As I am a hop head and very biased towards my home town beers, anyway the pour was great a nice golden copper pour. The head was a great build nice and fluffy. Like I was saying before though the aroma is what really caught me from the this beer much like the taste. It was such a great grapefruit/piney smell and the hops just bring back so much flavor while drinking it from a stein.

Taste-It is truly a wonderfully hopped beer that it stayed through the beginning and finished very clean. This could be partly because the water in Montana is some of the best tasting clean water and Big Sky brews their beer with great integrity.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 04:40:38 | More by Huffaroma
Photo of CuriousMonk


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. This big, rich IPA features Simcoe hops which give it both a fruity, piney hop nose and a clean, ringing bitterness. IN-between, the malt flavor is slightly caramel for a touch of malt sweetness. This IPA is well-balanced and very expressive with hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 15:57:57 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of kojevergas


2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an imperial pint glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are low given beers from this style are usually brewed without balance in mind in my experience. No best before date on the bottle, but I consumed it the day I bought the variety pack it was part of to minimize the potential of hop decay.

A: Pours a three finger head of no cream, bad thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear light copper.

Sm: As expected, the only detectable note is hops. I'd guess cascade. A moderately strong aroma.

T: A hoppy flavour profile with too much bitterness plaguing the third act. Some light malts try to aid the balance but fail. An imbalanced IPA that is nevertheless somewhat pleasant to drink. It's built with an emphasis on hops without regard for balance; this may please fans of the style but I don't find it appealing.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the floral notes of the body.

Dr: Drinkable but lacking balance. The cost is okay. It hides its ABV well, but the quality just isn't there to justify another purchase.

I suspect it would pair really well with a spicy food. Maybe chicken wings?

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 03:57:38 | More by kojevergas
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass - part of my Montana mixer driven back to CT from Chicago.

Medium colorful amber with thick creamy foam. Long lasting. Grapefruit/pine smell. Aromatic. Light malty, heavy hop taste. Lasting bitter. Grapefruit in the taste as well.

Pretty darn tasty, but powerful bitter. Good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 11:45:49 | More by KTCamm
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