Summer Honey Ale | Big Sky Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
When the days get longer and the air gets warmer, we get outside quite a bit. And we build a big thirst. Summer Honey helps us shake off the winter and slakes our thirst for a refreshing brew. Summer Honey is a full-flavored summer seasonal ale. Brewed with a unique, balanced blend of spices, Northwest Hops, and Montana honey. Summer Honey is brewed during the early days of spring and released around the first of May each year. Light colored, light bodied, and very drinkable, Summer Honey sacrifices nothing to create a flavorful beer that can be enjoyed during the height of the Summer.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-16-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,418
Reviews:
166
Ratings:
336
pDev:
15.48%
 
 
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6
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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked this up over the summer when I was out west, having most of these when I was on the road. I saved one for the house here and even though summer just recently ended, a brew like this has me missing the longer (and warmer) days outside!

With that being said, this was still easy to enjoy during a cooler night such as this, even though this wasn't terribly deep or complex. Bright with plenty of head, there was a good amount of lacing left behind once I started to work my way through this golden ale. Some lemon, pepper, spice, and honey were faintly found in the nose as the last of those came through in the taste. It felt like there was a ton of latter in the taste as a nice floral mouthfeel took over with a good amount of wheat in the mix as well. This reminded me of something from Sam Adams as this was appropriate for the season while being unoffensive as possible at the same time.

Because of how little alcohol was in this, it felt a bit like a Radler when all was said and done because the booze was nearly impossible to detect. The aftertaste left a bit to be desired as a rural, outdoor feel took hold given how much of the grass, spice, and wheat lingered; to the point where I needed a shot of water to chase it down. Not a bad beer but not great either - just right for a lazy summer day on the lake or in the park...

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into glass. Stamped on can bottom is '115184'. Marked as 5.0%ABV.
Clear, pale gold colored body. Thin white head, which dissipates to interrupted cap and ring. Leaves behind some scattered spots of lacing.
Bright, pale malt aroma, with the earthy essence of the honey.
Pale malt flavor, with the floral nature of the honey (without its sweetness), and some spiciness to finish up.
Smooth, thin to medium mouth feel. Good carbonation. Refreshing.
A summer time ale that is easy to quaff and provides plenty of refreshment. The honey smooths out the enjoyable taste profile.

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Photo of COBEERHUNTER
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chillin
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of corywalston
2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jbundang9
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1971bernat
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of moundbz
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Sayb
4.21/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrjbrown27
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Morningopiate36
3.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of NickMunford
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of COR8RFAN
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sludgeman
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of craigbelly
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

its bogus that this is rated so poorly here, although i have never had it in a bottle, it was fantastic from the can, rich full flavored for a blonde ale, nice honey flavor, real authentic but not sweet at all, super drinkable but with a bit of body for what it is, well carbonated, fluffy feeling, and overall one of the better seasonal beers i have had from these guys. the honey is great, very little residual sugar but a ton of character from it, floral and waxy and nice. maybe some wheat in here, where else would all this body come from in such an otherwise light brew? i could drink fifteen of these, but it also worked well as a marinade for some chicken with a little green onion, soy, black pepper, and lemon juice. summery and nice. maybe the bottles let too much light in or something, or those drinking it didnt have it fresh or whatever, but from the can, fresh and ice cold, this was a great summer beer, i think more interesting and better made for the real beer drinkers than is common in summer seasonals from larger craft breweries. nicely done in my opinion.

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Photo of SamuelMiller
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Impetuous
3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Crisp cracker some definite honey flavor here deny it deny you have a palate some hoppy bitterness at the end leaves your mouth all ummm hmmm hmmm but the beginning is much better

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Photo of cbcrunch
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden color with a full inch of white head. Good looking beer. Aroma didn't give much, definitely not honey.

Taste was also a plain jane excursion. Nothing appreciable in the mouthfeel or taste indicative of honey. Light breads and caramel.

Normal stuff.

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Summer Honey Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 336 ratings