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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

947 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 947
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 31
Gots: 47 | 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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3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

a good ipa i suppose, maybe more english in style than american, but a very drinkable version either way. it smells grassy and lemony at the same time, a definite blend of hops in this one. american and english malts add some seriosu body to this, which is an interesting mix with the less intense hops. the hops flavor is much less intense, and therefore more drinkable than a lot of big american india pale ales. its got some sweetness in the finish, not crisp and dry, but not drawn out either. it just sort of entices me to keep sipping. a 6pack of this is no problem in an afternoon, especially with the grill going out back and football on tv. the feel is interesting, plenty of body for the style, and average carbonation. its a good not great ipa, but it is distinct from its peers in a lot of ways, a hybrid really between english and american styles. props to big sky for this one.

09-16-2012 22:24:48 | More by StonedTrippin
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

This was a pleasant find in furtherance of the CANQuest during my annual visit to Binny's (South Side Loop) in Chicago on my way home from the Great Taste of the Midwest. I had heard that it was being CANned, but this was the first that I had actually see it in a CAN.

From the CAN: "We make water fun."; "Hold my beer and watch this."

I had a nice Crack & Glug which resulted in two-plus fingers of dense, tawny head with excellent retention. Color was a deep-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a definite pine hop presence and my mouth was watering at the prospect. Mouthfeel was medium and the bite of the hops on the tongue was immediate and welcomed by this self-avowed hophead. It tasted of pine and wintergreen and I was beginning to consider its potential as mouthwash or breath freshener. Finish was dry, although not arid, gasping dry. I really liked this and would certainly consider its inclusion in my cooler on an outing.,

09-16-2012 21:59:19 | More by woodychandler
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3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Sept. 14, 2012 (purchased at BevMo! In La Mesa (San Diego, Calif.) for a variety12-pack price of $13.99 (w/ card) on Sept. 14, 2012). About a finger of head. Caramel amber with off-white head. Good retention all-around.

Smelled a sharp whiff of citrus hops, maybe more cascade than citrus (I tend to call everything citrus hops, then adjust). Nice break from the other three beers I had in the variety pack. Got lemon, lime, icy and slight caramel.

Tasted cascade hope, lime and lemon coming through. Lots of bitterness on the tongue after. Nothing too complex.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. In fact, very bitter.

Really good beer overall. The only blemish is the feel. Got worse as it went down.

09-15-2012 05:59:57 | More by BucannonXC5
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3.2/5  rDev -16%

Another beer from woodychandler, this box seems bottomless. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a brown/orangeish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of piney hops, a touch of citrus. Taste is also dominated by piney hops, considerable bitterness, a touch of malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall I found this to be a mediocre beer.

09-13-2012 18:24:46 | More by tone77
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

09-08-2012 00:29:04 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

09-03-2012 16:49:34 | More by NIURicky
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2/5  rDev -47.5%

09-03-2012 14:40:42 | More by gbeam44
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

09-01-2012 03:16:43 | More by Kips
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-29-2012 17:01:59 | More by Dieck
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4.43/5  rDev +16.3%

Light brown color but darker than a typical IPA. A good amount of head at pour and great lacing. Aroma is well hopped but very different - maybe over the top piney hops and some spice from a spices green like cilantro. Flavor is much of the same and this take on an IPA is different and much appreciated.

08-29-2012 06:59:05 | More by Oakenator
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4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

Purchased in a six-pack from my local grocer.

A: Poured into a New Holland Brewing 16oz glass, Big Sky IPA yielded a 1/2 finger of head, with heavy lacing and strong retention around the glass. The color is a gorgeous dark, copper/amber color...darker (more IIPA) color than what you'd expect from a standard IPA. Beautiful!

S: Strong floral and citrus notes hit the nose immediately- then a rich, powerful caramel rush finishes it. Not a typical IPA smell combo, but really awesome nonetheless.

T: Here's where the hops come out of the woodwork, and in a balanced, almost understated way. A nicely rounded flavor overall, with a sprucey, semi-floral bitterness, coupled with more of that rich caramel-candy malt noted earlier in the initial smell. Not the greatest flavor on Earth by any means, but smooth, balanced and sessionable.

M: The carbonation is great- on the mild side, aiding and supporting the flavors, not overpowering them. It hits the tongue with a silky-smooth flow and goes down well; but I wouldn't mind a slightly drier finish.

O: For the price ($9.00 sale for a sixer), this beer is a real steal! I wouldn't hesitate to pick this one up again on a warm summer afternoon sometime. Kudos to Big Sky for a unique, accessible and satisfying take on the India Pale Ale formula.

08-26-2012 02:57:07 | More by Fusion_Pirate
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

08-25-2012 22:15:39 | More by Doubledippa
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-25-2012 20:24:47 | More by beerpadawan
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4/5  rDev +5%

08-19-2012 23:34:46 | More by dmorgan310
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-18-2012 23:53:38 | More by JimmytheSaintPSU
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a brilliantly clear copper color with a solid inch and a half cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma is dominated by dank resin, cannabis, and pine, with a hint of grapefruit pith. Bready malt and more citrus emerge, with notes of caramel and toast.

Initial sip is somewhat lacking in a mid palate flavor. Muted citrus, orange and grapefruit pith underlie the flavor profile, which shifts immediately to a bitter, piney, dry finish. Citrus hops emerge more in subsequent sips, but the malt is almost nonexistent.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation, and a slightly astringent finish.

Overall, the bittering hops were a bit dominant, and they drowned out almost all malt flavor. Wish the flavor had followed the aroma more closely. Sacrilege, but it's finish is too bitter for my taste.

08-17-2012 20:56:24 | More by barczar
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-17-2012 00:19:11 | More by JoelMD
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-15-2012 00:12:38 | More by Perducci
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3.85/5  rDev +1%

A: Pours an amber color with a good head that fades slowly to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus-pine with a trace of malt sweetness.

T: Has a good citrus bite with some malt sweetness and a bit of grain.

F: Medium body, crisp and nicely balanced.

O: Enjoyable IPA. Another quality beer from Big Sky.

08-11-2012 05:54:17 | More by soju6
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4/5  rDev +5%

08-10-2012 14:08:42 | More by juicebox
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-10-2012 13:11:28 | More by CommonRider
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

08-04-2012 01:17:39 | More by NeverSettle
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-04-2012 00:59:03 | More by zbooks
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4/5  rDev +5%

08-02-2012 22:54:57 | More by dbell23
Big Sky IPA from Big Sky Brewing Company
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