Pack Train
Big Sky Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,456
Ranked #10,947
4.01 | pDev: 9.73%
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States
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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 53 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Lorgeous
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice foggy golden color. Trace amounts of white head on the pour. The smell is loaded with orange and clementine aroma. The taste is very pine centered. Moderate carbonation leads way to a smooth feel going down and it leaves a nice after taste.

= Overall a decent DIPA. Not something I would search out but with most DIPAs. I'm satisfied.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

S: medium hop aromas of grass and resin, medium low malt aromas and low to no yeast aromas.

L: It pours copper amber with a very slight haze as streams of bubbles quickly rise to the top to help sustain a 1.5" lacy, off-white foam cap with moderate retention.

T: Moderate malt flavors with a mild sweetness, citrus and tropical fruit lead the flavors with a moderate finishing bitterness. The bitterness has a citrus rind taste that balances very well with the malt sweetness. As the beer warms, mild tangerine flavors come forward.

F: The body is a little under medium, the carbonation is medium and the beer is mildly warming.

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Photo of arizcards
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead on 11-13-16 for $1.79. Bottled on 8-19-16; received at TW 10-3-16 - refrigerated since purchase.

Beer poured gold with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is a generous amount of citrus.

Taste is citrus, some pine, and a touch of mango that is pretty well balanced with the malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fairly smooth and refreshing.

Overall a solid brew, one that i would love to have fresher!

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of citrus, grapefruit and toasted caramel. Tasted of citrus and toasted caramel with a sharp piney bitterness.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- Pours a slightly hazy, golden orange with a thin, soapy head and little lacing.
S- Nice citrus hop smell with malty backing. Orange, mango, grapefruit.
T- More pine hop than expected. Citrus shows up as well. A little funk to the party. Mango prevalent.
F- Smooth and creamy for a dipa.
O- Nice DIPA, but nothing really outstanding. Good balance.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My neighbor shared a bottle of this with me. It poured a clear orangish with thin white head that left a spotty lace. The scent had waifs of citrus and pine. The taste was evenly balanced and enjoyable to drink. There was pine and citrus balanced by a slight malt. The Mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy straw yellow with a big fluffy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is some sweet malt with fruity resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet sugary caramel malt with lots of fruit and a resiny piney hop bitterness and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice DIPA. It a little sweet and rough around the edges.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a nice new one from these guys, somewhat more of a balanced big ipa, quite a bit more malty than the trends are going on these, but i like the beer a lot and think they have done a better job with this one than they have with a lot of their other hoppy beers. its got a nice malty nose, honey and caramel to it, with the hops more on the pine side of things, sappy and wintery, this smells hearty and warming. the flavor is similar, very nicely rounded, not as much malt presence as it smells like it will have, but a little sweetness through to balance out the hops, which are piney sure, but also a sort of citrusy juicy thing too, bitter enough but not gripping, and with just enough of the alcohol showing through. this is sort of like a light american barleywine, where the grain flavors this as much as the hops do, and the booze unites them. something a little different from what is in vogue in the style right now, but i like what they did with this one quite well. not something i could drink a ton of, but an awesome hop profile and a fuller body are both great here nice for the fall season.

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Photo of stephens101
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange and shiny with a dirty white topping. Citrus and faint pine to the nose. Taste is a near perfect consolidation of juice, resin, spice and caramel sweetness. Medium in body and potent in kick but won't knock you out.

This is a majestic IPA from a brand that I've apparently been away from for way too long.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light, golden amber in color. A faint haze, low carbonation. Almost no head, and very little lacing. The aroma is malt, tropical fruit, and a faint trace of alcohol. The flavor is pine and spice, along with some grapefruit and a light hint of alcohol heat. Not as intense as some DIPAs, but I think it's a sipper. It gets better as it warms up a bit in my opinion. Resinous mouthfeel and dry finish. A decent beer, but not one I'd go to for a regular.

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Photo of corywalston
4.84/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Dark golden hue. Slow head displacement. Very little lacying.
S: Piney hops, sweet fruit, and honey?
T: Hoppy, piney, mango, honey.
F: Very lite syrup.
O: BOOM this is the bomb. Try it. Light in flavor for a DIPA but amazing.

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Photo of Lane_in_ID
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass:

Look: Clear pale orange/amber color with 1 finger off white head that disappated fairly quick, some lacing.

Smell: Pine and Citrus notes

Taste: fruity taste, very mild malt flavors, bitter dry finish. Don't really taste the alcohol even at its 8+% ABV

Feel: Medium mouthfeel for me, carbonation is high

Overall: decent beer, would like to find it on tap somewhere.

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Photo of russpowell
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent honey color with a finger of pearl colored head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Tropical, citrus & breadyness

T: Follows the nose, some mango, grapefruit & dryness up front. Mango, dryness, grapefruit pith, a little wisper of booze as this warms. Finishes juicy, grapefruitty, piney, with mango & dryness

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation

Very nice DIPA, pick it up fresh & you will be impressed

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Photo of Spikester
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear gold with two fingers of ten minute white head. Splotches of lace.
Smell is all about the hops.
Taste is resinous hops with a good amount of malt backing.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Finish is dry and moderately bitter.
Nice DIPA that keeps the malts under control. Nice balance for the style. Well done Big Sky.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Howler purchased at Liquor Shed in Casper.

A nice slightly hazy reddish gold with a 1 finger....quickly shrinking head of foam. It leaves some lacing behind.

The smell is mostly of piney hops. Being in the lower spectrum for the style, I was hoping for some kind of sweetish malt presence but I can't seem to get any. I'm now getting a bit of grapefruit; it adds a nice touch to the hops but again, where's the malt?

Taste fits the smell to a t. Almost. I DO get a slight hint of malt sweetness but it doesn't seem consistent on every sip. There now, not there now. Currently, it's there so I'll judge the beer accordingly.

I have no qualms about the mouthfeel. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall, it comes across, for me, as an amped up IPA without getting into serious malt territory. Maybe that's a good thing cuz the abv is not very noticeable?

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Pack Train from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 53 ratings