Pygmy Owl Itty Bitty IPA | Big Sky Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States
bigskybrew.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Bitterbill on 03-15-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,665
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
167
pDev:
12.43%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 167 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of dcotom
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of robebo44
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lelampp
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Coldfire_2112
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MinerBob
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of blissfulNemo
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DucksFan16
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of mistahmojoryan
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ncherf
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lingenbrau
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NickMunford
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrsqc7
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Recommended.

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Photo of B_B
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SeanMNCraftBeerLover
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of Gerred
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Sleeb
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of colts9016
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of psoriasaurus
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of corywalston
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mojohawk21
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BobbyOlson
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Quafftastic
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stevoj
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of SamuelMiller
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cfitterer
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Pygmy Owl Itty Bitty IPA from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 167 ratings