Pygmy Owl Itty Bitty IPA
Big Sky Brewing Company

Pygmy Owl Itty Bitty IPAPygmy Owl Itty Bitty IPA
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Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States
IPA - American
3.46 | pDev: 12.43%
Nov 16, 2019
Mar 15, 2014
Pygmy Owl Itty Bitty IPAPygmy Owl Itty Bitty IPA
Notes: On a classic Montana summer day last June, our head of maintenance at the brewery, Gus (that’s ‘Mr. Magic Fingers’ to us), was on his way to a fishing excursion on the Clark Fork River. He came around the corner and saw something he had never seen before, a very young pygmy owl, approximately an inch in height. The tiny critter sat on the side of the trail with a fly on its head, and stared at Gus. As Gus stared back, he took out his cell phone and snapped a couple of shots.

The next day at the brewery, Gus shared the photos of his new friend. We all thought this “itty bitty” owl was pretty cool. So cool in fact, that we decided to post a shot on Facebook and see if the little guy was worthy of having a beer named after him. Based on the comments and likes, the overwhelming response was YES. Seven months later, we’re happy to announce the arrival of Pygmy Owl “Itty Bitty” IPA.

Pygmy Owl is an IPA with full fledged hop taste and aroma, yet is remarkably low in alcohol. In fact, it clocks in at only 4.2% ABV. An IPA with full flavor, but without the harsh bitterness. And the best part, you can have more than one without getting that drunkied up feeling.

IBU’s 30

Malts: Pale,Cara Pils
Hops: El Dorado, Mosaic
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3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Another review fashioned from that March 2014 haul pic. Got a 6 pack of this, liked it and then it seemingly disappeared from shelves.

Pours a light yellow with 1/3" white head, average retention. Aroma had a tropical fruit and lemon like hop, but it was way better than Sorachi. Looks like a mix of Mosaic and El Dorado, gotta be the El Dorado giving that lemon aspect. Smelled nice.

Taste was easy going, they didn't over do it with the El Dorado for bittering I presume, was nice and complimentary to the late stage Mosaic use. Really was light bodied, well carbonated and full flavored. Checks all the boxes for what I want in a session ipa. I'm really surprised the score here is this low, gonna be a rare positive rate deviation for me. Sure, there are "better" session ipas, but those are still like $4/pint or whatnot, whereas these are $1.50 a piece. Would bang again if I see it.

Nov 16, 2019
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4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by dcotom from Iowa

Everything about this screams hoppy pilsner, and that is by no means a bad thing. The sample was poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a glass goblet. Clear, light golden in color, with a two-finger soft white head that settled into a 3-mm white cap leaving scads of lacing. Loads of bubbles stream constantly from the bottom of the glass. Big aromas of crackery malt, with a grassy and slightly floral undertone. The flavor profile is similar in character, with a nice hop bite, a little lemony citrus, and a nice lingering bitterness. Medium mouthfeel, with a rather crisp finish. This is better than the ratings seem to indicate, but approach it with an open mind.

Jan 20, 2018
3.25 by robebo44 from Virginia on Aug 09, 2017
4 by Lelampp from Ohio on Jun 09, 2017
3.49 by Coldfire_2112 from Montana on May 23, 2017
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3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by MinerBob from Oklahoma

Let me preface my review with I'm not a fan of IPA'S but this one isn't bad. Never thought I'd say that. Pours a clear golden color with a lot of head. Hoppy smell of a strong IPA but a smooth flavor and easy swallow. Probably the best IPA I've ever had.

Mar 05, 2017
3.54 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Feb 24, 2017
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3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Canned 04/05/2016. Enjoyed on 01/14/2017.

Jan 14, 2017
3.73 by mistahmojoryan from Canada (SK) on Dec 08, 2016
3.98 by ncherf from Washington on Nov 23, 2016
3.2 by Lingenbrau from Oregon on Nov 12, 2016
3.5 by NickMunford from Wyoming on Oct 27, 2016
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3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Impetuous from Montana

The kids call this a session ipa
It is thoroughly sessionable. Had four last night in short order and no hangover whatsoever. So it succeeds in that regard. There is no metric for this apart from overall. Hence the bump.
Taste is pine throughout with malt backbone fading until lingering pine is left.
Quite carbonated leading to robust mouthfeel


Aug 24, 2016
3.1 by B_B from California on Aug 21, 2016
Photo of SeanMNCraftBeerLover
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by SeanMNCraftBeerLover from Minnesota

Easy drinker, Bu average IPA. Nothing to write home about here.

Jul 02, 2016
2.73 by Gerred from Missouri on Jun 25, 2016
3.53 by Sleeb from Arizona on Jun 04, 2016
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3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by colts9016 from Idaho

Poured into a pint glass. A nice one finger head white head that has some retention. The color of the beer is a pale yellow color with a slightly haziness.

The aroma of the beer is grassy, grainy, citrus, and floral

The taste is grassy, pine, citrus, and perfume.

The mouth feel of the beer is slightly carbonated.

For a session IPA this is spot on, the taste does wane a bit.

Jun 02, 2016
4 by psoriasaurus from England on May 31, 2016
3.55 by corywalston from North Dakota on May 29, 2016
2.9 by mojohawk21 from Missouri on Apr 30, 2016
3.6 by BobbyOlson from Michigan on Feb 08, 2016
3.31 by Quafftastic from Virginia on Feb 05, 2016
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3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by stevoj from Idaho

Pours like a lager, clean and crisp and clear, light head. Light hop aroma. Initial taste smacks of grains, but hops come in on the finish, and dries it out. This is a great session beer and would be great on a hot day.

Jan 15, 2016
3.82 by SamuelMiller from Montana on Jan 10, 2016
3.38 by cfitterer from Montana on Jan 08, 2016
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3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus hops. Taste is mild, citrus, touch of pine, no real malts to speak of, and minimal bitterness. Feels medium/light in the mouth and overall, while refreshing, it lacks the oomph I expect in an IPA.

Jan 04, 2016
3.63 by Pablobomb from Illinois on Dec 29, 2015
4 by DerwinWentworth from Utah on Dec 15, 2015
3.54 by cbcrunch from Wyoming on Dec 03, 2015
4 by Josholson666 from Minnesota on Dec 02, 2015
3.68 by Bear1964 from Nebraska on Nov 08, 2015
4.1 by Campvann from Arizona on Oct 23, 2015
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3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Wasatch from Colorado

12 oz. Bottle
Best Before: 08/07/15

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, with a nice small fizzy white head, with some nice sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, with a nice malt note, some citrus. The taste is hoppy, slightly malty, with some citrus notes. Medium body. Overall, not a bad brew for the ABV.

Oct 20, 2015
3.55 by luke12345 from Pennsylvania on Oct 17, 2015
3.57 by lochef81 from Michigan on Oct 07, 2015
3 by nuebs from South Dakota on Oct 05, 2015
3.02 by halo3one from Georgia on Sep 28, 2015
3.15 by GreatGrey from Wyoming on Sep 25, 2015
3.5 by mtbdonn from Colorado on Sep 14, 2015
Pygmy Owl Itty Bitty IPA from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 168 ratings