Big Sky IPA | Big Sky Brewing Company

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Big Sky IPABig Sky IPA
BA SCORE
3.79/5
Very Good
1,182 Ratings
Big Sky IPABig Sky IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
In Montana, many classic memories are made right after someone says, “Hold my beer and watch this.” These bold, assertive moments deserve a bold, assertive beer – Big Sky IPA. A distinct hop presence and malty backbone will leave you refreshed and ready for your moment of glory. Hang on tight and enjoy the ride.

65 IBU

Added by beernut7 on 08-18-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,385
Reviews:
477
Ratings:
1,182
pDev:
11.87%
Bros Score:
3.8
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
152
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,182 |  Reviews: 477
Photo of rarigney
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jpb123
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickMunford
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of COR8RFAN
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MGoeltz
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've seen some big time color variation in this, from amber/auburn to golden/yellow. Rose colored glasses or some shit. Hits the average marks for its 1/2" white head, retention and lacing.

Aroma gave off some mild pine notes. Not a huge amount. Taste was good, more pine, bitterness, good vegetal quality to the hopping. Plenty malty in the form of heavy toast, roast and caramel.

Its a worthy beer when fresh. Not gonna knock socks off, but no frills when under $2 a bottle.

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Photo of gr8fulbeerhead
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of benloho
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jodio
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beergoot
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, amber body; clouds of carbonation rising; thick, sculpted head. Piney aroma with a dull sweetness buried in there. Fair malt body and okay hop bitterness present. Medium body; dry finish.

No freshness date noticed on the bottle. I'm thinking this may be an older bottle as the aroma and flavor just seemed low-key throughout while many reviewers seem to be pretty impressed overall with their experiences. As it is, this sample isn't bad yet doesn't rise to much beyond mediocre. With suggestions that this review my be missing out on something, I certainly plan on revisiting this beer on down the road. Sometimes first impressions just ain't right…

Late note: saw the bottle date: 010716 – so, I'll re-review with a fresher sample later on...

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale auburn pour with thin white head; cap disappeared quickly and left a ring of little to no lace; good clarity. Citrus and a little grass hop nose. Lemon rind and fresh bitter hops with lite caramel malt base. An ok IPA.

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Photo of Narthax
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Golfer3Aces
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BLZR
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gtg642
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mojohawk21
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nuggetz
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 50StateBeerTour
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really pleased by this one. A good, solid pine style IPA that doesn't overdo it, which is unfortunately very common with this style. Crisp finish, too.

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Photo of TheBrosy
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours golden with a thick white head that slowly dissappates. Very clear.

Smell: A nice balance for an IPA. Not too hoppy, nice blend of fruit smell from the yeast and a orange from the hops.

Taste: Very smooth. Perhaps a little less bitterness than expected for an IPA. Hints of caramel can be tasted.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with nice high carbonation.

A very well done west coast IPA. Flavors are nice and crisp. Perhaps a bit short on bitterness.

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Photo of rossracing
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dovers
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flagmantho
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a thin layer of frothy ivory foam with a moderate retention.

Smell: grainy, toasty, somewhat nutty and somewhat biscuity malt with an earthy hop character. There's also an interesting dash of mint to the hops. Not too bad.

Taste: much like the aroma, there's a toasty, biscuity malt here that is more prominent than the hop character. Hops are mild in flavor with an earthy character, but lend a relatively strong bitterness. Reminds me more of an English IPA, but still it's a decent beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a decent creaminess.

Overall: not a bad IPA, although not a fantastic one, either.

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Photo of JimFalzone
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good drinkable IPA. I'd drink it any time I see it.

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Big Sky IPA from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 1,182 ratings