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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

1,044 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,044
Reviews: 457
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 30
Gots: 82 | 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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Ratings: 1,044 | Reviews: 457
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ATXRyan
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of D11
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from bottle into tulip

A- i really enjoyed the appearance. pours a dark amber orange. with a two finger head that lasts somewhat.

S- mostly nice roasted malt. with some hops and a little caramel.

T- the roasted malt dominates the hops pretty much but not in a bad way. also maybe a little caramel.

M- had a great mouthfeel. carbonated just right. not too thin and not dry.

O- i really enjoyed this beer. i thought the dark amber orange was sexy for an ipa. i usually prefer a lot of hops in my beer, but the malt in this was delicious and made up for it not being too hoppy. all around, a very well balanced beer and definately worth trying.

Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of IpeeA
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

S- Light floral, citrusy hop aromas up front, caramel sweetness in the back.

A- Deep translucent and clear amber pour. Small, sticky white head with good retention and lacing

Flavor- A citrus punch in the front, lemons, grapefruit, a resinous character resembling a mild barleywine. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is clean. Aftertaste lingers with hop resin bitterness.

Feel- Light bodied with spiky carbonation. Hint of warmth.

I like it, drink it a little warmer for those who enjoy caramel and vinous characteristics in there IPA's. Solid rep of the style

Photo of 18alpha
4.88/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love this beer! There is a lot of art in this IPA.

It has enough IBUs to be a solid IPA but it doesn't beat you to death with the hops. The malty quality takes the edge off of the bitterness. I love hoppy beers but I don't claim to be a hop head. I think this is a beer most hop heads will enjoy but if you are looking for maxed out IBU, you'll probably be disappointed. Still, this is a pretty big beer.

The finish is the key. It brings you right up to the edge where a lot of IPAs lose it. Rather than the ragged bitter finish you get with most American IPAs, Big Sky takes you right to the edge and then eases you into their signature clean finish.

If you are looking for a big, clumsy beer this ain't it. If you are looking for an IPA that cuts lines like a figure skater, you might want to give this one a try.

Photo of mulder1010
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a tulip

A-- darker clear shade of orange amber color on pouring. One finger quick fading dirty white head. Much better looking on swirling. Though fades pretty fast. Good ring of lacing on the side of the glass once head faded.

S-- Carmel biscuit nose first, followed by orange, grapefruit, and some lemon peel. Much more about the malts than the hops in this. Gives a good, balanced smell.

T-- Lots of carmel biscuit. Pungent orange taste with backing of lemon and lime. Not a lot of up front bitterness. Pretty balanced really.

M-- Medium body and medium light carbonation. Carmel, orange and lemon really dominate the mid and back palate. Not overly bitter or hoppy. Just balanced. One negative, slightly sweet and syrupy.

O-- Good, easy to drink IPA. A little more obvious Malt backbone than other IPA's but a very solid IPA. Not all that bitter but that is ok. has enough to carry the beer. The sweetness is the biggest issue to the beer but not a bad IPA.

Photo of angrybabboon
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 10/15/11

Appearance: A nice orange-amber color, little white head that is retained pretty well, some nice lacing, mostly clear

Smell: Very malt-forward, biscuity, with some pine and citrus - some floral notes, smells nicely balanced

Taste: Interesting - malts are mostly pale, but also slightly caramel and amber - an unexpected level of malt sweetness and breadiness - very biscuity - nicely balanced by hops, which are remarkably piney - some citrus, too, of course, mostly pith - impressively balanced, not too extreme

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation, nicely dry and somewhat smooth

Overall: A solid IPA

So far this is the best thing I've tasted from Big Sky Brewing. It's a nicely balanced IPA thanks to some interesting malts and interesting hops. I would probably drink a lot of this if I was in the distribution area. If I had to compare it to something, I'd say it reminds me of Dark Horse Crooked Tree. Except it's not as good as Crooked Tree. And Crooked Tree isn't as good as Bell's Two Hearted. So it goes.

Photo of minterro
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of dansmcd
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of pBRale
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of ADZA
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of setexascustoms
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of AllHatDavidson
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of lstokes
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of richalexander78
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mattcrill
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of clint1019
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Big Sky IPA from Big Sky Brewing Company
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