Big Sky Rye Ale
Big Sky Brewing Company

Big Sky Rye AleBig Sky Rye Ale
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American IPA
Ranked #4,858
Ranked #28,230
3.78 | pDev: 7.67%
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States
Very Good
Big Sky Rye AleBig Sky Rye Ale
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Photo of Libeertarian
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mostly clear, somewhat dull copper to amber. Very fine and sparse haze to it. Light tan, fluffy head has decent retention. Moderate lacing, forming ringlets. Resin, herbs, distinct grains, and orange are faint, but there on the nose. The rye in this gives it a brothy, vegetal edge, works well with the hop aromas. Complex, but weak. I guess I'm used to IPAs. Taste is much stronger than you might expect, given the smell. Resiny to almost piney throughout, starts vegetal, light orange or grapefruit in the middle, ends spicy, very peppery, and rindy-bitter. Caramel, raisins, and pasta or crackers in the background. Medium body, as smooth as expected given the inclusion of rye and the way this poured. Carbonation is medium, fine, and prickly, softening very quickly to highly drinkable suds. Semi-astringent though with filmy aftereffects. An excellent Montana beer. An excellent American Pale. An excellent example of rye in an ale.

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Photo of Moose90
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served On-Nitro Tap

A — Pours a clear bright orange color with a nice creamy off-white colored head of foam on top, leaves behind solid and consistent rings of foamy lace.

S — Smell is fairly mild and mellow initially, but as it warms up a bit and you get into it there are nice lightly spicy notes of Rye and ginger, as well as a fruity and lemony hop aroma.

T — Taste is much like the nose, though I feel things are neutralized on the Nitro setup, there are grainy Rye notes apparent with a balancing juicy orange peel and citrus kick.

M — Medium bodied, nice and smooth on the Nitro of course.

O — Very good overall, a nice new offering from Big Sky, fairly unassuming, but not bad at all.

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Photo of Savan
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This delicious ale poured a deep shade of yellow-orange with light thin frothy head. Citrus notes are not flamboyant but not fleeting, subtle hop smells as well. I like the taste, best to put to words is a complexity of hops with a light malty goodness beneath. Grapefruit and sour dough bread, hints of salt and orange peal also come to mind... all well balanced mind you ! OVERALL a very good pale ale. Not readily available where I hail from (only in variety packs) but, I would be proud to revisit!

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of citrus, spicy rye and roasted malt. A fairly bold and malty IPA with some citrus zing and spices.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is dank and rye/rye bread. The flavor is ry/rye bread, fruit, citrus, hops/slight hop resin, malts and a mix of bitter, spicy and very slight sourness in the finish.

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Photo of stevoj
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Albertsons. Clear amber pour, small ring of foamy head. Tons of rye sourness in both aroma and taste, malts also, some hop bitterness and drying near the finish, but not overdone. Just the right amount bitter/sour balance.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served deep amber-slightly reddish color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades slowly over time to leave rings of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big of a rye bread smell mixed with some other aromas of a citrus and pine. Along with these smells comes some light aromas of a hay-like and grainy nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice slightly spiced rye flavor mixed with a decent showing of a pine right from the start. The rye intensifies more as the taste advances, with the caramel flavors dwindling a bit. All the while a decent citrus hop and some lighter fruit flavors of a tropical nature take the place of the lost caramel. With some grassy flavors coming at the end and a little loss of the spice from the rye, one is left with a rather pleasant moderately hopped, but not too hopped, rye flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the style it is quite a nice feel as it accentuates the rye, spiciness of the front flavors, and the hop rather well.

Overall – A rather tasty rye overall with lots of nice rye flavor mixed with a nice blend of hop and sweet. A good one to try if you get a chance.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I would like to taste the Big Sky Rye on tap as I like it would be a bit smoother than the bottle I am imbibing. The beer poured a nice clear amber that laced from the white head. The scent leaned more toward pine and spice. The taste was a nice balance between sweeter malt and pine bitterness...all which finished clean. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall....I like it a lot!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

nothing special here, just an overpriced rye pale ale, without as much rye spice character as i expected or hoped for. a little bronze color to it, nice and fluffy on the head, and fairly clear, looks fine. it smells alright too, nothing wrong with it at all, just not all that exciting. i smell a little rye, but its a but sharp, like it was sparged or mashed too hot, a little acidity there, but it doesnt really come though in the flavor like that. in the flavor its a dry muted rye character with just as much pale barley malt flavor is rye flavor, i think they could have been a little bit more aggressive with the proportions there, but its balanced well between the two. its also hopped pretty conservatively for an american pale ale. it has the bitterness, but the hop nose and flavor are is minimal as they rye itself, which i found to be a little disappointing. for me, its either hit or miss with these guys, and this one had a lot more potential than it lived up to in my humble opinion, but i was looking for a rye bomb...

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Photo of stephens101
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a sort of this beer drinker is reverting back to childhood, I've been trying pale ales more and more lately, and this one is suiting my fancy at the moment. Reddish brown with a firm tan froth. Aroma is of malt and light fruits. Tastes of malt, pine and a wave of citruts in the finish. Tasty, but not necessarily complex.

A much appreciated surprise of a brew.

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Photo of DrHizzle
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer that has a nice abv. Picked upped a sixer at the grocery store and was very impressed. Compared favorably to Sierra Nevada's ruthless rye. would definitely buy again

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the fridge tonight.. Picked up at WF a week or so ago and finally getting to it tonight.

Poured into my BeerMongers CBC tulip.. Christ, the tulip glass is ALOT bigger than 12oz.. Easy pint!! Clear light amber brew with good pancake batter looking foamy white head... good retention and lacing...

Nose shows plenty of nutty rye malt with dry toasty malt backbone that is equally balanced by an aggressive American CCC hoppiness..

Nice bitterness.. rye/toasty maltiness is a star but still the hops hammer home the PNW provenance..

Very complex beer for a shelf 12oz!! I dig it a bunch... The "rye" really tastes like RYE and the hops marry well with the malt.. Fantastic.. Surprising.


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Photo of Lane_in_ID
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: Dark amber color, 1 finger of off white head, left a small amount of lacing on the glass.
Smell: malty and a little dank
Taste: Spicy note from the rye, mild burnt grain flavor, moderately bitter.
Feel: solid medium, light carbonation.
Overall: decent, could be an acceptable session beer.

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Big Sky Rye Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 47 ratings