Big Sky IPA | Big Sky Brewing Company

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Big Sky IPABig Sky IPA
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Big Sky IPABig Sky IPA

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States

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

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Ratings: 1,183 |  Reviews: 477
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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Photo of SPD656
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of craigbelly
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
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 -4.5%
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 -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Raime
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Sky IPA.

As always with any review night I need my expected hop fix. Big Sky hasn't overly impressed me as of yet but they sure have disappointed me nor given me a reason to stop trying their beers so there is always room to earn a new lifer. Not sure what to expect here but I am hoping for the best.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a pint glass. This brew pours a deeper shade of amber that manages to keep its crystal clear clarity with a two finger, slightly off white head that dies down to a mountain range amongst the top of the swill. Heh how fitting for a beer from Montana. Carbonation is on about moderate. Some stick remains but it isn't much.

Smell - Restrained bitter grapefruit piths start of the nose on a high note along side some obvious melon with a moderate dosage of malt to round things out. Almost smells session like with more of a balance and juicy aspect that should ensure it gets a good bit of balance in the taste profile. Not too big of a nose, but welcoming.

Taste - Woahhhhh lord Satan in the promised land of unheilig hell is this guy bitter. Super fresh tropical fruit juices here but the flavor isn't overwhelming with any one over the other but the bitterness is über high. Malt is there in the back ground to present a nice balancing act. Sweetness also joins the fray but it is neither cloyingly so nor overpowering and surely wouldn't prevent you from drinking more than one of these. All fruity and bitter from where I'm sitting Captain.

Feel - The feel is rather full though the body itself stays quite light but it depends on how big a drink you take to let sit around and collect welfare. Bitterness actually tones down a bit and it is highly creamy likely due to the well retained cap amongst the top of the swill. Swallows exceptionally bitter with no surprise given the flavor profile.

Overall - A very solid ipa with a nice flavor that fans of higher IBU brews will enjoy thoroughly. Admittedly didn't expect the bitter for the lower alcohol content but for me it was a nice surprise. I could easily throw down a sixer of this and this is probably my favorite big sky brew thus far. As always try it for yourself and come to your own conclusion!.

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Photo of dcbeers
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SamuelMiller
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kkrxseven
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of MichialTanner1
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of B_B
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CCStix
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This was on sale so I picked up a sixer. The nose is of caramel malts and a kiss of lemon and orange. The appearance is golden amber and slightly opaque. The head was about 2 fingers upon initial pour with minimal lacing. The taste is outstanding. This one borders more on the side of an English IPA to me, but over all a very pleasant flavor of roasty caramel malts and a moderate bitterness that is well balanced and lingers on the back of the tongue just briefly. The mouth feel is slightly thin and over-carbed for me - but I still enjoyed this beer a lot. Overall, this is a high quality brew. I needed a break from hop-bomb West Coast IPAs and this was just what the doctor ordered. Highly sessionable. I would absolutely buy this again anytime I am in the mood for a more malt forward IPA.

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Photo of Croft
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Josholson666
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of q33jeff
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from SS to pint glass.

Sweet Fruity Aroma. Nice Caramel Red Brown Color. Nice flavor, with a bitter finish, but not unpleasant. Medium carbonation.


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Photo of Brandon632
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a dark copper color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated very quickly.
The lacing was stringy and thin.
The smell had a big caramel maltiness leading into some toast and toffee and then escaping into some floral and grassy hops.
The taste was malty sweet with the floral tones trying to make an effort to balance, but they gently slide back into the background. There's a lingering sweet malty aftertaste leading into a sticky finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionable feel to it. Carbonation runs nice on my tongue allowing the sticky caramel malts to cling to my tongue a bit more than a normal AIPA.
Overall, for me, I don't mind it, but as a said American styled IPA, I'd have to beg to differ. Maybe if it was labeled an English IPA on here, it would do the beer its due service.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Big Sky IPA from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 1,183 ratings