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Big Sky IPA - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Big Sky IPABig Sky IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

960 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 960
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 31
Gots: 49 | 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 LXIXME
4/5  rDev +5%

LXIXME, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

rab53, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Undated 12 oz bottle purchased last week near brewery.
Pour is orange-amber with a thick, creamy, tan head. Earthy and piney hops dominate the aroma and the flavor. A bit of citrus in th taste too. Medium body with medium+ carbonation. Fairly smooth.
O: too earthy and piney for my taste.

chinchill, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of Bighuge
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper. Dirty white bubbly head. Lace is quite full. Great aroma of resin, pine, pink grapefruit pulp and pot. Really great aroma. The palate is hit with some greasy hop resin right off the bat. The pink grapefruit pulp is evident on the buds too. Bitter that way, though the overall bitterness is not too obtrusive. Malts only seem to add balance and add little to the flavor profile. Body is about medium at best. Appropriately carbonated. Slight sting of EtOH. Overall, this is a good IPA. Just not uper echelon.

Bighuge, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A darker ipa than expected, brown to amber. Average carbonation, head, lacing, aroma, a bit pinier.

The pine doesn't come out so much on the tongue, a decent amount of bitterness, but the hop flavor and zing comes out moreso than just plain pucker. Big malt background. Roast. Has that frequent wood to grittiness/graininess downbottle. Loses hop feel to something more bland. But hey, balanced.

Decent price, nothing special.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 02, 2010
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4/5  rDev +5%

dmorgan310, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz purchased at the 16th st Albertsons for about $1.40... poured into my shaker pint... still listing to James Zabiela Alive V.1.

Big eggshell head sitting on top of a polished copper brew.. crystal clear.. but oh my smell the hops from here.

Big badass hop aroma... citrus pine... you name the American hop ... It is probably here and it is standing at attention. I would guess there are quite a bit of Simcoe and Chinook in here... I typically don't care for Chinook hops.. too metallic/aggressive.. but with the citrus hop bomb it works really well. Just enough caramel malts to back up the hops.

The malty sweetness battle with the hop bitterness but are overtaken early in the palate... flows smoothly into the hop flavors.. again grapefruit and pine... and more Chinook... toward the end a nice toasty malt finish blends perfectly with the citrus zest... good medium body with adequate carbonation to mix the flavors perfectly.

I would put this beer up against lesser DIPA's... and frequently this one would pull a substantial lead on the hop profile and balance alone. Big Sky makes some fantastic brews... Stop at the brewery if you get a chance and try some of their much more rare beers that are only available in Missoula... and if you get lucky, there will be some nice bottled offerings you can take home.

JohnGalt1, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of Tone
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber/copper color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong hops and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation. The bitterness is noticeable and there is some dryness associated. Tastes of strong hops up front (slightly sweet, but not too sweet), some earth malt, and slight biscuit flavor. Overall, a perfect blend of flavors - I recommend this brew.

Tone, May 15, 2009
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

harpus, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of beertunes
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear, coppery amber color with about a half inch of off-white head that had decent retention and lacing.

I found the aroma to be a pleasant surprise. I'm generally less than impressed with Big Sky's beers, but this had a strong, bold citrus hop scent, with a hint of pine and a bit of malt in the background. The flavors follow along nicely, solid hops and nice hops, playing together very well.

The body was fairly typical, perhaps a touch fuller than most. Drinkability was very good, I could drink a couple of these. Overall, this is a pleasant surprise of a brew, it's my bad that I've skipped over it for so long. Give it a shot.

beertunes, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of Gusler
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice clear copper color from the 12 ounce bottle with a modest white creamy head that fades away leaving the lace to coat the glass in a thin sheet. Nose has a citrus like crispness, chock full of spicy hop aroma, sweet malt, and a bit of fruit, start has a pleasant malt profile, sweet at the front and a bit of hop bitterness at the back, top is medium in feel. Finish continues the hop spiciness; somewhat sweet dry aftertaste ends the beer, a nice drinking IPA.

Gusler, Oct 23, 2007
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

THECPJ, Oct 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

drummermattie02, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of scruffwhor
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again Nick for the mixed sixer of Montana brews. Pours a great amber with light orange highlights. Light head after the pour, bt a strong film and ring of foam "stick around throughout the duration of these twelve ounces. Good bubbling too. The arom is a stinky hop resin that elludes to some old oranges and pine needles. T taste is a resiny hop wth lots of earthy hop pines, flowers, and orange peels. The palate has some thick liquid feel to it. Make think of a light ginger hop syrup. Pretty good session IPA. But you have to be in the right mood.

scruffwhor, Aug 10, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

xnicknj, Jul 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of jrallen34
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into an Orval glass...Pours a light clear copper with a light off white head that only rises about a finger, gone quickly...Light aroma shows off a touch of malt and light hops, good in general, would be great if a touch stronger...The taste is pretty good, mostly light hops from start to finish, a pretty easy to drink slightly above average ipa. Light pine in there too but take a couple points off because there is a slight medicinal bitter finish...Feel is fine, easy to drink.

A decent drink after work, nothing special, but not bad.

jrallen34, Jul 25, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 6.2% ABV, No date.

A - I would not change a thing about how this beer looks. Beautifully clear golden orange amber color with a huge pillowy light beige crown of head. Fantastic retention finally ends up in a pile minutes later but leaves adherent lace all over the glass in clumpy rings.

S - Citrusy hops burst from the glass with style in this beer. A great aroma of American hops showcases pine needle, grapefruit citrus that smells freshly squeezed, and a well-blended floral aromatic quality. Solid malty sweetness backs up the hops well.

T - While being well-balanced between the submissive sweet caramel malts and pungent hops, the hops just seem to stand out so well. Not overpowering, rather, distinctive, the hops feature dry and herbal floral flavors that have pine and citrus undertones to them. Grapefruit is present but not over-the-top like a lot of AIPAs these days. Very nicely balanced.

M - Spectacular blend of very dry floral hops with sweet caramel malts. A good medium body but crisp and refreshing, lively carbonated finish that has an average bitter finish. Not tongue-shredding.

D - This IPA is just a solid AIPA I could have a few of no problem. Not something I'd session all night, but in a world of highly hop-saturated IPAs and DIPAs, this is a fantastic AIPA I'd welcome into my glass at any time.

BeerFMAndy, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of WoodBrew
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 12, 2011
Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle a dark reddish gold with a large head of foam that shrinks down to about a half inch but stays for the entire session.

The smell is a pungent mix of pine and citrus that I haven't noticed in any other American IPA that I've tried. Interesting.

The taste is very piney up front with notes of grapefruit and then, some sweet caramel malt moves in trying to create some balance and after a few sips, there *is* some balance there but the hops are still in the drivers seat. ;^) Btw, there's no best by date anywhere on the label or bottle but there's no doubt in my mind that this is a fresh product and...a darned good one.

Bottom line: This is a very nice American IPA that just recently showed up in Casper and I'm going to enjoy it often. I say, if you see it, give it a try.

Bitterbill, Jun 22, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

KAF, Jan 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

tone77, Sep 13, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, mellow orange citrus and hints of pine hops. In the taste, a gingerbread like maltiness and pine hops stand out. A small hop bite and a medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Quite malty, yet light bodied, mellow and decent.

OWSLEY069, Apr 13, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Happy Gnome: Gorgeous dark copper color. Clear body and glimmering. Thin and quick cap of dusty white foam slips away soon after the pour. Lacing is in a few globby strings and bigger spots.

Aroma is clean, crisp, and rounded in a wonderful fruity sweetness thats deep and rich mixing well with a hoppy grapefruit pith thats been bruned or scorched into a dry pine bittering sour tone. Quite nice. A bit resinous and greasy too.

Flavors are solid with good depth and roundedness, crisp, clean, and bold. Short and sweet in the front, kinda dark and apple-y, sweet, toasty, and firm. Middle, well, there isn't really a middle as it skips right to the finish with bright and crisp hoppyness of pine and juicy citrus tones. Clean, milding, and smooth bitterness ensues into the finish with a bit of grapefruityness sliding around in a dark and resinous center. It's quite good actually, and possibly deserving of a better number then what I'm giving it, but there was something about it that seemed unperplexing and medium about its flavors. I do, however, like its darker, thicker, tone.Hmmm....tough to call, could be better but how, I'm unsure. Complexity? Caramel?

Feel is somewhat thicker then most other IPA's; given its clean and crisp nature. Somehow, and whatever the reason why, it tends to carry a bit more darker heavyness for its underbelly then others that don't use the caramel brigade of malts. This was pale but rounded, semi toasted, clean and bitter, but sweet and dark. A nice aspect to the beer and its flavors. Mellows out some as it warms and the bitterness tends to seep in and out from time to time. It's darker nature and simple yet supple and giving bitterness does slow down the drinking of the brew. It's got a uniquely heavy crispness and, almost, greasy fashion. More of a "winter" IPA then for warmer months, but damn good none the less.

tavernjef, Jun 02, 2006
Big Sky IPA from Big Sky Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 960 ratings.