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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 rcfunk


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

This beer was well carbonated with a solid head that lingered with healthy lacing for quite a while. Amber in color. Piney hop aroma and taste. Good body. Pleasantly lingering bitterness. Overall, I'd say this is a great American IPA

I really liked this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 00:35:34 | More by rcfunk
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 timmick


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A: One finger off-white, frothy head that left nice sticky lace on the sides of the glass. The color is a clear, dark reddish amber or copper that is very attractive in a glass.

S: Loved the smell of this. Started out with a sweet grapefruit that gave way to pineapple and caramel. The grapefruit and pineapple kept me breathing in the aroma with every drink. Caramel and toffee seemed to come on stronger as the beer warmed.

T: Sweet caramel and pineapple gave way to hoppy grapefruit rind and pine as the drink works its way back over the tongue. Crisp and clean with a nice balanced aftertaste.

M: Silky, with a light to medium feel. Good carbonation balance for a nice finish.

D: Nice, balanced, IPA. This could almost be a session beer for me and I'm sure to have a few more.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 19:23:36 | More by timmick
Photo of tenaciousp65


3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: very rich look a nice amber mix of maple syrup and butterscotch. 1-1.5" head with good lace-served in a beer mug
S: nice spring smells with a touch of citrus
T: Taste starts off with a nice malt flavor and then the hops kick in and give it the bite of an IPA
M: Sweet sticky aftertaste
O: This IPA does a great job of not being too overpowering and is a good quality beer. Teh flavor isn't as bold and full as some of the other IPA's but this beer can be easier to drink at times.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 03:48:10 | More by tenaciousp65
Photo of Jeebs


3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark reddish orange with a large 3 finger white head. The head dissipates relatively slow leaving nice lacing down the glass. I was a bit surprised at how dark this beer poured.

S: The smell is a bit muted, but what aroma is there are piney hops and lots of malt.

T: The taste follows the smell with piney hops and malt with a hint of toffee.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: Drinkability is pretty good although I like my IPAs a bit more citrusy and hop dominated. I will say that for under $7 a 6/pk that it's a pretty damn good buy.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 02:38:11 | More by Jeebs
Photo of chadjulius


3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It's golden-brown in color, malty, hoppy to the smell, which are strong in the taste as well. The taste lingers too, but not in a bad way, its just a strong, dominating taste and "mouthfeel." A litter bitter tasting.

While it is a nice tasting beer, I think it would be good to have in moderation, as in follow this IPA up with a different beer. I should add that there seems to be a hint of metallic smell to it.

Oh, and it's 6.2% Alc/Vol

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 19:08:04 | More by chadjulius
Photo of benteach


3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is fine, clear, good head retention.

Smell and taste is woody, much like pine. The taste lingers on the tongue for quite a while after drinking. Bitter, but good, the bite is a little on the heavy side. Definitely could not drink this all night. Tastes clean and crisp.

I enjoyed the new beer and would definitely try it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 00:19:34 | More by benteach
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 Jellopants356


4.71/5  rDev +23%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 06:41:37 | More by Jellopants356
Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_greg


3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 00:10:37 | More by yeastlovehoppiness_greg
Photo of LBBeer


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

A--very nice copper color with distinct lacing

S--Big malt note, not a lot of hops

T--Nice malt profile, that couples well with some serious bittering hops. Just the right anmount of body.

M--Creamy for a hoppy brew, very nice though, great balance

D--Soft carbonation, but not too light. Very sessionable IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2011 08:20:21 | More by LBBeer
Photo of burtonbe


3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Deep reddish copper color. Clear, with a nice, persistent, two finger head.

Dominant grapefruit aroma. Overly fruity. Smells like that fruity V8 juice drink. Not bad, but a little odd.

Great taste. Fruity hoppiness. Not too intense. Light citrus for the style. Good bitterness. I like.

Nothing special on the mouthfeel. Adequate, solid, no complaints.

Pretty drinkable beer for the style. Not over-the-top. It tastes like they spent some time refining this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 02:02:57 | More by burtonbe
Photo of revolution


3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish-amber with finger width head and nice lace. Looks tasty.

Smell the fruitiness and malt.

Quickly taste the malt and mild sweetness/fruitiness on the tongue then wham--get the bitter hop taste at the swallow.

Initial feel is smooth, then get the astringent kick. The bitterness is nice, but the beer just seems a bit off balance.

A decent IPA. The more I drink, though, the less I enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 14:44:27 | More by revolution
Photo of Fusion_Pirate


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 02:57:07 | More by Fusion_Pirate
Photo of richalexander78


3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 21:13:17 | More by richalexander78
Photo of IPASetter


3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer reminds me a bit of Drifter right off the bat, but with less of a grapefruit taste.

A- Poured with about a 1/4 inch of head with slight retention. Nice carbonation occurring throughout the beer.

S- Nice hop smell nothing overpowering definitely can smell the grapefruit aroma from this beer.

T- A nice crisp IPA that has a slight bitterness but nothing to steer away non IPA fans. Can taste the grapefruit in this one which is very enjoyable.

M- Medium mouth feel with a little carbonation occurring in your mouth.

D- Nice drinkability will please both hop head and non IPA fans because of the nice balance and non overpowering with hops. Would definitely get again goes down easily.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 18:52:07 | More by IPASetter
Photo of omahawk


4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grapefruit. That pretty much sums this good IPA up. It actually works quite well, but there is a bunch of grapefruit taste in this one.

Nice head, pours a copper-amber color into my pint glass. Decent piney-citrus nose. Nice mouthfeel, good carbonation, feels pretty smooth. Lacing persists throughout the experience. Taste is an above average IPA, good balance, right amount of biting hops. I am not a big fan of some of Big Sky's beers, but I will most definitely continue purchasing this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 04:17:40 | More by omahawk
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 RonKoch


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 22:13:53 | More by RonKoch
Photo of zbuc919


4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really nice IPA, was pleasantly surprised when I picked it up on a whim in a mixer-sixer. I know Moose Drool is their go to brand maker, but this is a very quality American style IPA that has the nice strong citrusy-grapefruit flavor. Pick it up if you're a fan of American style IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 23:44:33 | More by zbuc919
Photo of AllHatDavidson

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 20:07:27 | More by AllHatDavidson
Photo of ETM


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

I decided to try this after having enjoyed a sixer of moose drool.
Great head. Not overcarbonated, but there was plenty to go around.
This beer has a lot more strong hop flavor than all the APAs and most of the IPAs that I buy. It smells strongly of grapefruit rinds and that comes through in the taste. I have decided 3/4 of the way through that it is well balanced, although I thought it was a little too bitter at first. Plenty of enjoyment for the price. ($7.99)
I scored drinkability higher because hops are good for you.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 02:21:25 | More by ETM
Photo of Averwo


4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 03:54:58 | More by Averwo
Photo of BoFoSho


3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 06:44:16 | More by BoFoSho
Photo of carolinared

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 18:08:52 | More by carolinared
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