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Summer Honey Ale | Big Sky Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States | website

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
Reviews:
164
Ratings:
318
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
21.89%
 
 
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Reviews: 164 | Ratings: 318
Photo of bushbeer75
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle poured into a glass mug

Big Sky Brewing Summer Honey Ale poured a clear honey golden color with a small ¾ finger white head of bubbly foam that was short lived. The aroma was of wheat, and light honey. The flavor is a bit stronger and more diverse than the aroma with the honey up front, some citrus along with a light herbal/spiciness that is hard to identify. For an APA the hoppiness is on the light side which suits me just fine. Make sure you do not drink Summer Honey Ale to cold as the flavor improves as it warms. The mouth feel is to the lighter side and a bit soft – perfect for a summertime brew.

Big Sky Summer Honey Ale is a good choice for a refreshing summertime brew.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.62/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a true imperial pint glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I quite fancy honey beers, but this brewery has yet to impress me.

A: Pours a two finger head of slight cream, fair/below average thickness, and okay retention. Colour is a transparent light gold. The abundance of bubbles makes me wonder if it's overcarbonated.

Sm: Mildly full barley, traces of cidery honey notes, and no detectable spices (I was looking for them per the label). A mild strength aroma.

T: A barley foundation with some decent honey notes atop. I detect no spice at all. It's quite simply built so there isn't much to say about it. No layering or depth. It's decently balanced I guess.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but also too obstructively thick. There's hardly any allowance for what few flavours are present. It's by no means creamy. The finish is abruptly dry and a touch coarse.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. I might try it again on draught if I'm feeling squirrelly but otherwise I'll just avoid this in the future. This was the fourth and final beer I had from their variety pack; I see no reason to have anything from this brewery in the future unless it comes naturally to me. They seem to be pretty shite.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed: 10/14/11

Appearance: A mostly clear, pale golden color - honestly looks a lot like Trout Slayer, which I had earlier tonight - small white head, minimal lacing

Smell: Pale, light malts with some quite obvious honey - very honey-forward - maybe this was added post-fermentation? - a little spicy, a little floral, but really not that exciting

Taste: Interesting - the honey is really prominent - sweet, but not excessively so - some spice, some light fruit - malts are very light, kind of like barely-cooked biscuits, kind of tastes like some wheat is involved here - a touch of citrus to balance things out - certainly not bitter, but there are some hops in here

Mouthfeel: Light medium body, kind of coats the tongue in a dry way, medium carbonation

Overall: Surprisingly good

At first I was a bit confused by the honey, but it grew on me very quickly. This is really one of the best uses of honey I've encountered in quite some time. I'm note sure if it's what I want in a summer beer, but it works quite well right now as I'm drinking it in October.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Summer Honey Ale pours a light golden color with a pale beige head. The head is nice and light with a frothy texture. It has decent retention and leaves some nice lacing.

The aroma is fairly subtle, but it does have some nice, slightly grainy aromas to it. It also carries a light spice note and some zesty citrus.

The flavor is crisp, pleasant and unassuming with a nice sweetness that mixes well with an earthy spiciness. The citrusy and zesty character also comes through, as well as some floral blossom notes.

The body is quite light and the carbonation is appropriate for style. The finish is dry and slightly grainy, but fairly refreshing.

This is a drinkable and light ale that would definitely be a good one to quaff at a summer party. I found it to be pretty unremarkable, but solid none the less.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

copper color with a good amount of clarity to it. two inch head of white foam came over the top right away.p.

nice and hopped, grassy with some decent touches of light citrus and pine mixed in. A biscuit like bready middle to it that really came out once it warmed up. The flavor was more of the same, crisp and clean, with a quick hitting citric hop bite. Crisp and clean

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Photo of minterro
3.39/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Montana mixer

A & S: clear yellow orange colored beer. Off white thick foamy head when poured and doesn’t disappear much for the rest of the consumption. Lacing has a decent amount of cling. There are bits of unfiltered specks floating about in the many rising bubbles. Dominantly fruity aroma, with hints of honey as advertised along with a metallic scent.

T & M: A bit of a dry, very light hoppy penetrating the whole taste (but the hops are not very pronounced, there are there but not robust). Traces of fruitiness throughout, and you can taste the spices in the mid to last part of the taste. Med. bodied with a relatively high amount of carbonation. Really easy to drink.

O: Overall I liked it, and im happy about the montana mixer purchase.

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Photo of ADZA
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden yellow hue which leaves a two finger frothy head and sporadic lacing,the smell is average and has aromas of grains,bready sweet malts and herbal hops but very uninspiring,the mothfeel is light bodied and dissapointing with tastes of honey,lemon zest,grains and finished with a spicy herbal hoppy dryness and overall its below par with an average mouthfeel that doesnt suit and would not buy again cheers.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy honey yellow, smallish head.

Definite honey and some spice and doughy sweet malt.

Taste features a good honey flavor without overdoing it. Seems to have some wheat in the mix. Light bodied and right level of flavor for a summer seasonal. Finish is crisp, with a hop bite that's part orange, part bubblegum.

An interesting concoction. Enjoyable but not especially memorable. Certainly a good summer option if you're looking for something a little different.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-clear light orange with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a thin film. Foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, and some spice notes. Taste is of toasted malt, honey, and spices. There is a slight bitterness on the tongue after each sip that lingers for a bit. A good level of carbonation makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but not something I would buy more of.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yellow to tan and a bit hazy. Head was about a half inch and lacing was sparse.

Smelled of honey, lemons, and grains.

Taste is refreshing and crisp, with a grainy base being accented heavily with lemons and honey, along with a somewhat floral afternote.

Body is light and more bubbly than I expected from the head. Easy drinking and summery to be sure.

Overall it's tasty and I would like to get it in cans for a day of fishin'.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light honey Color with alot of visible carbonation Short white head  

Pale malt. Not much going on at all. Very disappointing. Smells like a euro pale lager. 

Tastes like a euro pale lager but thankfully a little better with the extra touch of honey and spice notes. 

Mouth. Very lite and refreshing Good carbonation.

Overall this beer was pretty boring. There are many summer honey style beers I prefer over this one. I wouldn't get this again.

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Photo of awmiller
3.06/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Under the cap – “If yer gonna be stoopid, ya gotta be tough!” This brew poured up a clear golden body with a one-finger head (from a somewhat vigorous pour). Retention was minimal reducing down to a bubbly film on top with minimal lacing effects. Smell- Lots of sweet honey and spices throughout. Served ‘fridge-cold’. Scents and flavors of honey (duh!) and various spices and very little detection of hops or malts throughout.

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Photo of lurpy1
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
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 -13.9%
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 +3.6%
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 +0.9%
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 -5.3%
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 +13.9%
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 -2.4%
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 -14.2%
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 +9.5%
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 -10.9%
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 -18.3%
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 -30.8%
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 -35.8%
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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Summer Honey Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.
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