Sky Hag
Airways Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #3,812
ABV:
7.8%
Score:
87
Ranked #23,021
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 8.81%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
48
From:
Airways Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  7
SCORE
87
Very Good
Sky HagSky Hag
Notes: She hates you and her job. But, she gets to go to Paris twice a month. This beer’s as bitter as she is. An abundance of Northwest “C” Hops give this beer its bite.

99+ IBU
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 48 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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OrestesMethuon from Montana

4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big IPA. Great head, light, with great lacing; great red-tinted orangey golden-brown color, with very nice busy effervescence, with big bubbles on the top layer. Absolutely wonderful dry-fruit nose, exploding layers of wildflower honey, candied grapefruit peel, sugary thyme and seaside wild sage, and salty taffy. Good bitters notes on the body, but softly sweet, with some more grapefruit pith, candied lemon, peel, and sweet grassiness; excellent buoyancy as well.

Not so bitter as the bitterest sky hag—but I love the label, and the the name.

Oct 20, 2015
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kemoarps from Washington

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard semi-opaque amber with a real notable gradient from the centre column to the edges. Lousy with bubbles leading to a persistant pillowy off white crown.

Nose starts off with an inviting sticky/juicy resins and malts before giving way to more floral hops.

Resin again and some sticky spice. Guava-y mango-ish perhaps, but not the fruity juicy tropical fruit flavour I usually associate them with. Much more... resinous. Pine but not quite and some faint pithiness. Finish finally commits to a honey/mango/bitter trifecta that works really well. While this isn't a blow-you-away IPA, I think if a more notable brewery had made it it would have considerably higher ratings. Or not. Who knows.

Jul 31, 2015
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A_Pint_A_Day from Oregon

4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – Brilliant gold in color and absolutely haze free. When poured created about a finger and a half of fluffy white head. Left lots of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell – A powerful smell of grapefruit that was a little resinous. Some floral notes were also present. Maltiness was very subdued.

Taste – A very bright beer with tons of orange and grapefruit flavor. A small amount of maltiness really let the hops shine through. The aftertaste consisted of pine and grapefruit rind flavors. Intensely bitter throughout.

Mouthfeel – Medium-light in body with a fair amount of carbonation. The alcohol was present and was slightly hot.

Jul 07, 2015
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mactrail from Washington

3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive coppery orange-tinted amber. Plenty of foam in the Kasteel chalice with a sudsy mouthfeel. Pleasant grapefruit scent with some resiny notes.

Interesting flavors with a warm malty base. Toasty, biscuity, appley. Warming in the throat with alcohol. Moderate bitterness creeps up the dial as you sip. Still it's much less than most big IPAs. Some sweetness persists. Hints of mango and scorched pineapple. While flavorful, everything about this is lightened up and more friendly.

I think this is a highly drinkable and tasty IPA. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Washington.

May 12, 2014
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DenverLogan from Colorado

3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from 22 oz bottle, obtained through Letspour. Poured in Grimbergen chalice.
Big creamy carbonation...full mouthfeel.
Rich flavors of grassy hops, dark malts, cream of tartar, pine sap, grapefruit, sourdough bread rind. Very vibrant in the mouth...lots of flavors.
15 minutes into tasting...
Bigger bitterness than sweetness, creamy with a big head throughout, rich melons, slight herbal spice, slight soap water, minerals, funky astringency. Full flavored and tasty but not delicious.

Feb 05, 2013
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to a thin layer with good lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, grapefruit and citrus rind. Flavor is grapefruit, citrus hops with a light pine component, sweet malt. Hops and malt are nicely balanced. Finishes with citrus rind, grassy hops and residual citrus flavor. Medium body with some creaminess; nice mouth feel. A well balanced, pleasant IPA that is not as flavorful or intense as other IIPAs, but enjoyable.

Nov 21, 2012
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

3.22/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 11.3.12.

A - Pours a dark golden orange with a few large light tan bubbles that last forever.

S - Heavy grass and pine.

T - Bitter grass, pine, leafy and dank.

D - Lower carbonation with a medium body.

O - Grassy and bitter with a lot of earthy qualities.

Nov 06, 2012
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barleywinefiend from Washington

2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a nice cloudy, deep orange color with good carbonation leaving a dirty white head and lots of lacing

S: Orange peel, grapefruit and caramel

T: Starts off with hop bite and ends the same way. Mainly citrus profile w. orange peel, grapefruit

M: Bitter, medium body, sordove thin on the back end

O: Not bad but with the amout of good IIPA's on the market this is average. A good IPA, yes, an IIPA it is not

Apr 20, 2012
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grittybrews from Washington

4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy orange-amber with a finger of soapy white head. Aroma dominated by grapefruit, caramel, and hints of woody vanilla.

Moderate carbonation and a slick, ultra-creamy mouthfeel. Really exceptional flavor with just the right balance of tart grapefruit/orange, biscuity caramel malt, and sweet tangerine and pine on the long finish.

Just a hint of boozy warmth and super drinkable. I had this on tap and then via growler a year later, and I was blown away all over again. This is a really exceptional double IPA.

Dec 18, 2010
Sky Hag from Airways Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 48 ratings