Big Sky IPA | Big Sky Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,176 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
Ratings:
1,176
Reviews:
476
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
11.92%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
147
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,176 |  Reviews: 476
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.59/5  rDev -7%
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 +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of benloho
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jodio
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beergoot
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
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 -6.2%
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 +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Golfer3Aces
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BLZR
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gtg642
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mojohawk21
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nuggetz
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 50StateBeerTour
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.09/5  rDev +6%
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 +3.6%
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 +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dovers
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flagmantho
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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 +11.4%
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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Photo of SPD656
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mtn
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of craigbelly
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nonic pint.

Pours a shade lighter than honey, with a 2 finger head that's fluffy and leaves generous lace behind.

Smells of onion and grapefruit rinds, a touch of cracker and overbaked malts.

Flavors are eh. Nothing really stands out at all. Some garbage honey sweetness, a bit of mineral water, and a pathetic stab of pine at the end that utilizes a sticky finish so it sticks with you. The first half is really just sweet mineral water, and it tries to save face towards the end with pine.

Feel is refreshing and carbonated, and leaves a sticky coating on the palate after the finish.

Overall, the Big Sky IPA is not one I'd feel inclined to drink again. It's very average, in fact boring really...and doesn't stand out or even make itself sessionable to step down a grade to a regular pale ale.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 4-20-16.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, copper color with less than one-finger off-white head that quickly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, medium carbonation, there is moderate lacing on the glass.

SMELL: initially sweet caramel and bread then a metallic pine note and some grapefruit citrus.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel then a very bitter hop blast that is metallic pine with some grapefruit, the bitterness really lingers.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this reminds me of an English bitter more than an American IPA, I must admit I do not appreciate the metallic note and my score reflects this, this is not a terrible beer but not what I prefer from the style so I will not seek this one out again.

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Photo of Billydoughnuts
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Big Sky IPA from Big Sky Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,176 ratings.
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