Summer Honey Ale | Big Sky Brewing Company

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Summer Honey AleSummer Honey Ale
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
Ratings:
326
Reviews:
164
Avg:
3.39
pDev:
15.63%
 
 
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6
Gots:
33
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Photo of bump8628
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of the many "easy-drinking" summer seasonals that shows up every year. Like most, this doesn't offer much in flavor, but what it has is pleasant. Subtle spicing sets it apart some. Light caramel honey sweetness, interesting herbal spicy twang from the hop/spice combo. Clean and light on the palate. Nice enough, I can't put my finger on any single spice which helps keep it mildly interesting.

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Photo of Perducci
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of beergoot
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice, golden yellow body topped with a thick, creamy white head. Smell comes across kind of 'dirty' and skunky. Some burnt grain notes. Some bright, grassy notes. Tastes include a light bread-like character with a good, subtle bitterness. Some slight caramel notes and buttery tones. The beer feels slightly rich, yet smooth and dry.

A decent little summer beer from "the last best place". Nothing outstanding, but worth a taste or two.

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of MouthfulOfchris
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of juicebox
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of kree
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of TurboBrew
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of dbell23
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of BeerBadger
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of imasloth
4.12/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very small white head immediately gone. Lots of small carbonation in slightly hazy honey-coloured beer.

S- Honey, sweet, light malt, kind of lager-y.

T- Grassy, floral, slight bitterness, light honey.

M- Light to medium body. Little bitter feel.

O- Very good. Certainly adds something in taste to the concept of a summer beer (innovative).

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Photo of Shasty
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Rich540
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.36/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Beautiful golden honey color with bubbles slowly rising from the bottom. A huge foamy white head that takes forever to recede, and sheets of thick sticky lacing coats the glass.

S- Smells malty, with a sweet honey undertone.

T- Big sudsy malty taste, with a gentle coating of honey afterward. Just perfectly balanced.

M- Medium bodied and creamy.

O- Another great beer by Big Sky, my second favorite brewery. This is delicious, and the perfect amount of sweetness makes this a great session beer.

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Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of vinhgoh
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of alexanf
2.79/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a honey laced gold.

S- Pale malts with light hints of spice and honey.

T- Flavorful honey, with a slight hint of fruit. Also has traces of wheat and light earthy spices.

M- Smooth, lightly carbonated. Finishes quickly and leaves a slight touch of honey lingering.

O- Overall, this has been my least favorite offering from Big Sky Brewing.

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Photo of jsisko01
4.36/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a dark honey color with a thin white head that fades into a nice, thick lacing.

Smell - Has a slight bitter funk to it, along with feint hints of honey and wheat.

Taste - Very sweet with pale malts, caramel, honey, corn, wheat, and buttery biscuits. I honestly don't taste any spices at all.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall - I usually don't favor honey beers but this stuff tastes great. It's very drinkable and I hope to find it again some day.

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Photo of Ryan1423
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of kew
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of cdwil
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, pours golden with a thin white head that quickly dissipates leaving no lacing on the glass. Aromas are biscuity, sweet, faint honey. Tastes are sweet, malty, honey, biscuit, some spice, and trace herbal hop on the finish. Mouth-feel is thin-to-medium with moderate carbonation. Overall, definitely sessionable, but pretty standard for the style.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of mcneels
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of TimRasmussen
5/5  rDev +47.5%

Summer Honey Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
3.39 out of 5 based on 326 ratings.
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