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:
327
Reviews:
164
Avg:
3.39
pDev:
15.63%
 
 
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Ratings: 327 |  Reviews: 164
Photo of lurpy1
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Split a bottle with my lovely wife last night. It's uber-tropical here, so seems like a good night for a beer that runs towards the light side.

Unfortunately, this one is too tilted towards the light. Mouthfeel, while not unpleasant, is clearly thin. The taste is pleasant, honey, breakfast spices, apples, but there's just not enough there there. Hop characteristic is completely lacking, although it shows up in the aftertaste . My wife summed up well after we were done: "Find me something else, I don't even feel like I drank a beer."

It does go down very well on a hot, hot night. Probably a good gateway beer from Macro beers to craft brew. Other than that, I look for something with a little more action.

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Photo of Gatch
2.91/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Golden pale in color. Thin, fizzy head that dissipates quickly.

S - Hops, some malt, staleness that you find in macro lagers. Some citrus.

T - This tastes and feels more like a macro lager than a pale ale. What makes it different and keeps it a pale ale are the notes of citrus and honey.

M - Fizzy with ample carbonation.

Not great but good when it's cold.

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a decent two finger white head. Aromas of toasted biscuit malt and honey. Kind of reminds me a bit of honey nut Cheerios, but not in a bad way. Also picking up a bit of lemon on the end. Flavor pretty much follows suit. I remember having this beer a few years ago and not being a huge fan, but it's actually tasting pretty good to me today.

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

A - After a vigorous pour a white 1-finger pillow of head formed over a noticeably bubbly transparent golden brew

S - Sweet malt dominates with a hint of honey and spice in the background

T - Clean malty flavor with a small hit of spices. The honey really doesn't show itself until the finish.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation and a very clean finish

O - This is definitely a summer session beer in my mind. There isn't anything remarkable about it, but that's OK. I think it would appeal to the BMC drinkers that you might want to try giving a little push in the craft direction.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear rich golden color below a small white head, that quickly recedes into a thin lasting lacing.
The aroma is a light sour lemon and honey with a slight bready maltness to it.
The taste is also a light sour lemony with honey in it. There is still a slight bread like maltiness in the taste and even into the aftertaste which really doesn't dry out much.
This beer has a light body and mouth feel from the first sip to the last swig. If you are into drinking lighter beers aka Bud, Coors, etc. this is right in your ballpark but a step up without getting all heavy on you.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Nice sunny golden color. Very little head or lacing.

S: Very clean malt. Slight lemon/honey.

T: Tasty. Very malty with a honey edge. Crisp, clean. An instant summer go to.

M: Full. Medium carbonation.

D: Will surely enjoy this one again this summer. Not overtly sweet (nor bitter). Good.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hump day...timed to wet the whistle with alil' Summer Honey from Big Sky. The appearance is good, crisp clear and golden with good carbonation that forms a thin white head. The nose is strong with honey, grain, and some spice. The taste is decent, good honey start polished off by a little spice/pepper taste. The mouthfeel is good and it is a fine beer to have on a summer day!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark gold color, 1" head, looks like an ale. Aroma was plain, honey not discernible, nor are the hops beyond the faintest flourish hint.

Taste is also rather muted, hops and honey are not relevant, sweetness is more reminiscent of corn than honey. Faintly bready. Light caramel. No development through the bottle, even as it warms. Girlfriend/intro beer.

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Photo of browna71
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden Straw, thin layer of cream colored head
S- Bready, sweet, honey
T- Pleasant toasted malt body, notes of herbal spiciness, honey comes though on the finish
M- Appropriate for style, good carbonation
O- Good beer, nothing over the top crazy, but a great beer for a hot summer day. Could drink several of these

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Photo of humuluslupulus8
3.01/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer was a golden color like a light honey. It had a white, medium-thick head.

S: The smell wasn't too exciting. I noticed some sweetness and a weak mention of hops.

T: The flavor was close to balanced between the sweetness and bitterness, but it leaned toward the sweet side. As in the smell, the hops were faint and I couldn't really taste them distinctly enough to describe if they were piney, floral, or herby.

M: The beer had a medium density. For some reason, I was expecting it to be thinner. The beer would probably be more enjoyable if had a little more carbonation to thin it out.

O: Overall, the beer was good, but it wasn't exciting. None of the flavors were very distinctive from the malt base to whichever hops were used. I would drink this beer again, but I wouldn't expect it to be memorable.

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Photo of TexIndy
2.76/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 8/17/11 lasered on the neck. It was a clear, golden honey color with plenty of carb streams. It had an average sized, fizzy head that quickly settled into a good carb and wisps. Good lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma was pale and biscuity malt with a little bit of honey and low hops. Bit of a disappointment. Needed more honey and more hops. No spices that I could tell but label claims it. Taste was average with biscuity malt leading the way and again a, too small, touch of honey. Not much hops. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Overall, an average beer and a below average APA that I won't remember soon as I crack the next beer. Really like some other Big Sky offerings but this one is a miss for me. Avail here in TX. Too many other offerings out there to make the rotation. [N;N]

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Photo of u2carew
2.34/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz. longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Clear body, gold in color. Thin, tight lacing.
S) Not very aromatic. With a name like "summer honey" I anticipated at least a honey aroma. Of the faint aromatics there's a noticeable grain and a subtle floral aroma.
T) Weak taste. Gritty grain taste. Subtle malt sweetness. Resembles more of pilsener than a APA (maybe that's a error?)
M) Fizzy. Crisp. Light bodied.
D) Meh... not very impressed. I wouldn't drink another one.

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Photo of harrymel
2.17/5  rDev -36%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed 06/05/10
Poured from bottle to standard pint glass.

A: Light yellow straw. Barely any bubbles.

S: Honey notes accented by low hopping.

T: Floral with low honey flavor. Touch of sourness.

M: Light mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

D: No real appeal here. Much better summer ales available.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

It's still summer, right? Regardless, this brew pours a clear wan gold topped by a short-lived half-finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, light honey, light corn syrup, light flowers, and light lemonade. Did I mention the lightness? The taste brightens things up a bit, but not very much. A hint of nuttiness joins the party, along with some very light orange flesh. The body is (surprise, surprise) pretty light, with a light carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a nice light brew for summer, but I do wish there were more to it.

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Photo of Adamthome1
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no best by date but it's late in year probably been shelved for 6 months or so....

heavy smell, almost like hard water, also get the citrus in the nose

smooth at first and goes down easy, taste of honey and quite a bit more than expected fruity accents from the hops. Carbonation feels just right

Aftertaste is dominated by, you guessed it, honey...also a nutmeg flavor coming through, was not expecting that, nice balance, and a nice and sweet aftertaste.

One of the easiest drinking honey beer's I've had, could actually probably stomach more than just one at a time like most honey's. Thumbs up on this one.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery in August 2009 during our West Coast road trip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a pale golden color with a white head. Nose brings forward a dash of honey and a little bit of mildly floral hops. Pretty plain overall, and this carries over into the taste. There is some faint honey-baked bread along with some ever so slight bitterness. Feel is light and well carbonated. No apparent defects, just nothing really going for it.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look - murky light golden or straw color, almost like a pale hefe. Good 2 or 2 - 1/2 inches of head. Good carbonation.

Smell - very wheaty smelling, fairly hoppy. Not smelling much of the honey flavor, but there is a slight sweetness, maybe even a hint of pumpkin spice?

Taste - Very good balance between malty and hoppy. Slightly more hoppy flavored though, with a very "earthy" vibe to it..maybe not as pungeant as some of the noble ones...very "American" tasting if that makes any sense. Still can't taste much of a honey flavor..almost more of a smokey flavor to the taste.

Mouthfeel - Fairly well balanced, but more watery than creamy in texture.

Drinkability - very tasty brew! No lingering aftertaste and very clean in general. Easy one to come back to, and a great summer brew!

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Photo of Offa
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very pleasant, somewhat kolsch-like golden ale with a definite honeyish character.

Golden and bubbly, it has a large white head shrinking steadily.

Aroma is honey and grain, simple but pleasant, straightforward about what it is.

The taste is light, crisp, slightly sweet with honey, grain, and a biscuity-grain aftertaste. Very pleasant, smooth, light and crisp, it is highly drinkable, pleasant, and does the job well.

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Photo of ManuelHerrera
3.01/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- This beer pours a clear yellow with a little head retention.

Smell - Very sweet aroma with heavy honey, mildly syrupy. The smell is quite promising before tasting this beer.

Taste - Very thinly flavored on the front end, but as the beer lingers honey and grapefruit notes carry this subtle beer into a flowery sweet finish.

Mouthfeel- Light, very carbonated, but not particularly smooth feeling. The thinness makes this summer brew particularly appropriate on a hot day, though.

Drinkability - Overall a decent beer with very little complexity. I'll admit I expected more from the makers of Moose Drool, but alas, it's just okay.

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Photo of Clockwork420
3.82/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into glass.
Under $14 a 12 pack.

A - Gold straw color. No head at all, after pour. Super light white layer. Less than a mm thick.

S - Clean fresh, grassy. Smells sweetly like flowery. Smells kind of like dirt in a good way. Earthy.

T - Citrus, and sweet. Lemon hints. Light malt and balanced hops. Tangy bite on end. Refreshing.

M - Great carbonation. Thin and easy to drink. Perfect viscosity.

D - Fairly high.

This is the ideal Summer blend for a beer. I can see myself drinking this mowing the lawn or sitting on the porch with this one. The only lacking area is the Appearance, but its understandable and fits the style perfectly. Could pass as a massive brew product by looks alone. Taste is not in the same category. Light years away.

Good beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz Yankee pint at the Iron Horse restaurant in Missoula, with me dear ma.

This beer appears a clear, medium golden yellow hue, with one finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and soapy dirty white head, which leaves a bunch of chunky bleeding stormcloud lace around the glass as it gradually melts away.

It smells of semi-sweet field honey, grainy pale malt, a hint of spicy black pepper, and earthy, leafy, and mildly floral hops. The taste is crisply grainy pale malt, a touch of caramel sweetness, some lessened generic honey notes, mild muddled dessert spices, and pretty much little to no persisting and/or discernible hops.

The carbonation is moderate in its plainly frothy manner, the body a decent and typical medium weight for the broad style, and generally smooth, nothing else really carrying a torch here. It finishes off-dry, as some reborn earthy hops round out the lingering and purposeful honeyed graininess.

Nothing overly special, sure, but enjoyable enough when the season and occasion call for it. A good beer to go with intensely spicy hot wings, as was the pairing in my case - y'know, when in Rome, and all that.

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Photo of wedgie9
2.06/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tasted from 12oz bottle. Pours pale golden with a thin and quickly receding white head. Light nose of wheat and some honey. Simple flavors of wheat and honey with some spices on the back of the palate. Body is light, and carbonation is very lively with a rather short spiced finish. Overall, I am not crazy about this beer.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.55/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Orval glass...Pours a disappointing clear light honey with a only a whisper of white head that fades right away...Aroma is super light, a little honey a skunk but thats it, not encouraging...The taste is so bland and boring with a horribly light feel, its like drinking a bud light without the skunk.

Skip this commercial garbage.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The CANQuest hits the trifecta with this surprise gem! CAN you believe it - I will have had it on-tap, out of a bottle and now from a CAN?!?

From the CAN: "We make water fun! 'Some Catchy Phrase Goes Here.' Ale brewed with honey and spices." I should also mention that unlike the bottle label, where the bear is upright and rampant, on the CAN he is on all fours, surveying a river vista with mountains in the background.

My pour created a finger of eggshell-white head with good retention. The color was a golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. I got the honey up front on the nose. There was a light spiciness in there, but it seemed more yeast-driven than anything else. Mouthfeel was slightly thin with a honey-sweet taste on the tongue. Finish had a spicy dryness that I would have otherwise attributed to a yeast strain doing its thing. The spices were there, but they did not seem readily identifiable to me. This is definitely a summer beer! Light, smooth, dry on the finish - a definite CANdidate for the cooler (if only it were readily available). Tasty.

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Photo of whynot44
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with a modest white head that does manage just a bit of lacing.

The aroma is bread dough, hints of honey and light floral hops.

The taste is dry bready malt, honey, hints of pepper and cinnamon, with a dry lightly hopped lingering aftertaste, crisp and refreshing, a very nice hot weather cooler.

Light/medium body, very drinkable.

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Summer Honey Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
3.39 out of 5 based on 327 ratings.
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