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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

956 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 956
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 31
Gots: 48 | 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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Photo of minterro
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

Montana mixer

A & S: earthy hops, citrus, and ‘maltyness’. Large fizzy-foam off-white head. Leaves specks of lacing. The beer is a light mostly transparent copper color

T & M: floral hops and bready malts sums up the taste pretty well, its not super complex. On the low side of medium for body, and medium carbonation.

O: good but nothing special

minterro, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of dansmcd
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

A - Golden amber, crystal clear and fizzy, a fat finger of dirty white head perched on top.

S - Typical IPA aromas of tropical fruit and pine. Simcoe hops are prominant. Moderate malt profile.

T - Clean flavours of grass, pine and citrus. Some caramel sweetness.

M - Medium in body, oily. Well carbonated. Dry finish.

O - Another excellent American IPA. Well balanced between expressive hops and malt flavour.

dansmcd, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

amber color with a touch of gold highlights was well carbonated. Nice head of white pops up quickly and leaves a good bit of side glass lacing as it works its way down. Light pine and orange peel are mixed in with a very bready, biscuit like aroma, though it could have been a bit stronger. Smooth, bit heavier body here, but well carbonated took a bit away from the crispness of it and the bready flavor really seemed to take control of it mid way through. Light dry finish

mikesgroove, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of pBRale
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

From tasting notes on 9-11-11

Appearance: Beautiful amber color, big frothy off white head that settles fairly quickly and leaves a moderately heavy lace.

Smell: A bouquet of hoppy aromas: grapefruit, other citrus, and flowery hop scents, and a sweet hint of malts.

Taste: Taste is of grapefruit, decent malts to balance, bitter crisp hoppy finish--grassy hops with an earthy and piney twinge.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, refreshing. Super drinkable.

Overall: Great smelling and tasting beer. Very tasty indeed.

pBRale, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

A: Dark orange with a medium off white head.

S: Lemony citrus with some piney hops and light, bready malt.

T: Lots of citrus and pine hop with some grapefruit. Light bread malt in the finish.

M: Light with some carbonation.

O: Good IPA. Wish it was easier to get.

RunForYourBeer, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of ADZA
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours a translucent deep copper hue which leaves creamy two finger head and heaps of lacing,the smell is a mix of sweet toffee malts and piney hops but mainly sweet with also a mix of citrus,the mouthfeel is just over light bodied and very sessionable with tastes of sweet toffee,piney hops,pineapple,paw-paw and finished with a bittersweet citrus hit and overall im glad ive tried and like most AIPA's we get these days from the USA its definately above average and would buy again cheers.

ADZA, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of setexascustoms
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%

Bottle into a pint glass

A- A deep clear copper, one finger of off white foamy head and nice lacing.

S- Aromatic with citric and pineapple. Herbal hops and a slight malty sweetnes.

T- Citrus rind and zest, some pine and a nice balanced malt sweetness. A little dry and slight bitterness stays till the next sip.

M- On the lighter side with an astringent dryness. Pleasant but different.

O- A lovely IPA, among my favorites. Very balanced and refreshing, I could definitely enjoy more than one and would recommend it without hesitation.

setexascustoms, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of AllHatDavidson
4/5  rDev +5%

Pours a sort of ruby orange color with pretty big long standing froth beige head. Smells of sweet nectary hops, notes of pound cake and berries. Hops are more citrusy in the flavor, notes of lemon and honey, with a cakey, malty backbone, leaving a bitterness on the finish. This is indeed balanced for an IPA, with the hops prominent but definite malt presence too. Very nice.

AllHatDavidson, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of lstokes
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

Deep hazy orange. Smells and tastes tropical and grapefruit and pine--oh hell, lots and lots of hops with a big stingingly crisp mouthfeel. Some malt backbone but really this is about the Simcoe hops. A nice aggressive American IPA which is priced wonderfully here in Chicago... will be buying again!

lstokes, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of richalexander78
3.58/5  rDev -6%

Heard this one was pretty good. It was! Fantastic aroma of hops and citrus. Both are very well balanced and combine to have a nice soft bitter finish without a funky after tast. I would really like to try this fresh on draft. Well done inexpensive ipa.

richalexander78, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of mattcrill
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Aroma: Light floral and citrus-like hop aromas up front. Mild background caramel sweetness. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Deep amber pour that is nearly clear. Small, sticky white head with good retention.

Flavor: More citrus punch up front followed by some gentle background caramel sweetness that is punched out by more hop resiny bitterness. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is clean. Aftertaste lingers with hop resin bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with high carbonation. No alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A big citrusy American IPA. I love the orange and lemon zest flavors as well as hints of malt here and there to keep it interesting. It's wonderfully dry which makes for easy quaffing. Well done.

mattcrill, Aug 14, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +15.5%

Appearance-Deep Amber in color with a thick cream colored head.

Smell-Has a strong floral aroma and a slight caramelly sweetness

Taste-Has a malty/caramelly sweetness balance by a nice hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel-Medium Bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall-I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I did not expect a beer from a brewing in Montana would taste this good. Definately one of the better IPA's I've tasted.

clint1019, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of coldriver
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%

This was a gateway beer for me - the first IPA that I really liked and my absolute favorite beer a few years back. The thing that really caught my attention was the wonderful piney-tangerine aroma which of course I now recognize as dry hopping. Decent head and lacing. This is still a favorite wonderfully balanced IPA that I still turn to for the incredible nose-hit experience.

coldriver, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of GossageBrewery
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured this beer from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This AIPA poured a nice white head and it had excellent head retention. Lacing was above average. The beer poured a dark copper color. The aroma was filled with malt, orange citrus and hop aroma. The taste of the AIPA had a nice sweet malt flavor, notes of citrus and oily hops. Medium in body, very smooth. Slightly dry finish. Very nice hop flavor, not overly aggressive- easy to drink. Very good beer.

GossageBrewery, Jul 27, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

A nicely tempered IPA. It presented nicely in the glass and retained a decent amount of head. It's smell was brilliant, and complemented the taste well. Not the best IPA I've had but it was a pleasant pint, that had good body and a full taste. The mouthfeel was good, and the ending notes were not harsh but hoppy and sweet. This is a solid drinkable IPA with a bit of bold flavoring, but nothing too overpowering. I wish I had another one right now.

cbo2122, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of chocosushi
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

Love revisiting again and again.

6 oz pour -> Anchor Steam Pint

A ~ Copper colored with a 1/3" of creamy head with good lacing and completely solid retention that goes very sticky near the bottom/end of the glass.

S ~ Resinous American Hops & Toffee. Whisper of mango. Not alot compared to the taste following.

T ~ Pine Resin & Caramel Malt dominate. Orange peels, canned pineapple rings, & vegetal/organic flavors come through. Tastes different everytime, but this time was very unique. Fresher perhaps. Lots of random earthy flavors throughout.

M ~ Very easy to drink with slight stickiness. Cream-like, almost churn-able carb with a bitter finish.

D ~ My go-to session IPA for under $9 after tax.
Intensely sessionable, and addictively so.


chocosushi, Jul 16, 2011
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3.13/5  rDev -17.8%

A - Copper/amber in color with a fluffy, bubbly, off-white head. Dissipates quickly.

S & T - Some malt and hops. Nothing remarkable. Typical IPA characteristics.

M - Feels like an IPA should. Nice carbonation and a bit of a bite at the end. Good finish.

Solid IPA that I can imagine tastes exponentially better on draft and in the state of Montana.

Gatch, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of samie85
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

A-Pours a copper color with two fingers of dense, white head that leaves thick lacing behind.

S-Gives off a honey-like aroma with tropical fruits including orange, mango and pineapple.

T-Sweet caramel with pineapple juice, mango and orange with a slight bitterness.

M-Nice and smooth with low carbonation and a medium body.

D-Very smooth and drinkable, however, I wish there was a bit more bitterness to this one. It's a little too easy drinking and sweet, but not cloyingly so.

samie85, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of raznug
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%

Appearance: Pours a very slightly hazy orangeish copper with a half inch of tight white head. The head on this beer just doesn’t go away I am over half down with the beer and half the head is still hanging around.
Smell: There is a nice hop presents in the aroma with a little bit of malt in the background.
Taste: The malt that was in the aroma is not in the taste the way I expect an IPA to be. There is a nice bitterness to the beer that is spot on, just the right amount you would expect from a single IPA not over powering just darn tasty.
Mouthfeel: This IPA has that consistency that makes the bitterness stick around nice and thick but not too heavy.

raznug, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Very nice clear amber with subtle orange and red tones. Small off-white head, good lace.

S: Piney, resinous hops accompanied by a fruity ester presence. Woody.

T: Woodiness continues in the flavor, with an ample supply of resinous hops (Cascade, Columbus?). Reminds me of my very first homebrewed IPA.

M: Smooth. Low carbonation, a little oiliness. Nice. Not as dry as I would have expected.

D: Good all around. Not stellar for the category, but very good.

ForWhatAlesYou, Jun 19, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured from bottle to a tulip glass. Best by 09/15/2011 stamped on bottle.

A: Rich copper with a thick, foamy off-white head. Nice lacing and nicely carbonated.

S: Strong grapefruit with citrus and floral hops.

T: Very balanced. Stout malt backbone with plenty of hops bitterness as well. Definite caramel notes throughout with citrus and floral hints as well. A bit too much caramel sweetness for my taste.

M: Nice malt creaminess up front and nice bitterness and bite on the back end, but a tad watery in the middle.

O: A nice, well-balanced entry into the AIPA field. Not my favorite in the style or of this brewery, but not a bad beer.

tito42, Jun 17, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours a nice light copper, with a 3/4 finger of light foamy head, which quickly dissipates leaving a small amount of lacing.

Very nice piney aroma, not much else there, the slightest floral hints.

The nose foreshadows the flavors completely. This is all about pine. Taste "bigger" than the 6.2% listed on the bottle, there is a slight boozyness to it.

Clean and crisp, this isn't a tongue destroyer.

A nice "everyday" IPA out of Big Sky.

dc55110, Jun 11, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Its a cooler weekend here in Oswegoland and just finished cutting the soggy grass...we had a deluge recently. The carrot at the end of the stick was some Big Sky IPA from a mixed pack. The appearance is good, a ruby amber with finger think foamy white head. The smell is a balance between pine and floral tones with hints of citrus/grapefruit. The taste is starts with a pine and flowery tingles, then a bitter grapefruit finish. The beer does not come off the pallete clean...likes to linger....which would make tought o session.

WoodBrew, Jun 11, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev +1%

A: Pours out a nice clear brown with quite a foamy off-white head. Decent lacing.

S: Nothing overpowering but not nearly as subtle as some other IPAs I've smelled. Mid-range. Some nice pine, earth and a bit of malt.

T: Good pine hop, really shows up on the back end versus up front. Long lasting bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Medium body, carbonation is good, pretty standard.

O: Nothing world shattering but overall a very nice IPA. Not a super hop bomb and not an upfront west-coast style IPA. Just plain good, not too hoppy, not too malty, not too bitter IPA.

Dope, Jun 10, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Dark mahogany complexion, brilliant half inch silky head and killer lacing found up and down.

S: Earthy hop presence and some sweet malt played in the back. Nothing spectacular but IS there nonetheless.

T: Good hop in the front kind of warms you up with a little heat. Followed up by some sweet maltiness to round things off. Good complexity between the two, done well.

M: Medium in general, little sticky, abv blends well.

O: Nice IPA indeed. Would consume more if applicable, comes recommended.

BuffaloTapHugger, Jun 03, 2011
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