Big Sky IPA | Big Sky Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,170 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:
1,170
Reviews:
474
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
11.92%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
145
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,170 |  Reviews: 474
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Sept. 14, 2012 (purchased at BevMo! In La Mesa (San Diego, Calif.) for a variety12-pack price of $13.99 (w/ card) on Sept. 14, 2012). About a finger of head. Caramel amber with off-white head. Good retention all-around.

Smelled a sharp whiff of citrus hops, maybe more cascade than citrus (I tend to call everything citrus hops, then adjust). Nice break from the other three beers I had in the variety pack. Got lemon, lime, icy and slight caramel.

Tasted cascade hope, lime and lemon coming through. Lots of bitterness on the tongue after. Nothing too complex.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. In fact, very bitter.

Really good beer overall. The only blemish is the feel. Got worse as it went down.

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Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another beer from woodychandler, this box seems bottomless. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a brown/orangeish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of piney hops, a touch of citrus. Taste is also dominated by piney hops, considerable bitterness, a touch of malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall I found this to be a mediocre beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Photo of NIURicky
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of gbeam44
2/5  rDev -48.2%

Photo of Kips
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Dieck
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Oakenator
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light brown color but darker than a typical IPA. A good amount of head at pour and great lacing. Aroma is well hopped but very different - maybe over the top piney hops and some spice from a spices green like cilantro. Flavor is much of the same and this take on an IPA is different and much appreciated.

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Photo of Fusion_Pirate
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in a six-pack from my local grocer.

A: Poured into a New Holland Brewing 16oz glass, Big Sky IPA yielded a 1/2 finger of head, with heavy lacing and strong retention around the glass. The color is a gorgeous dark, copper/amber color...darker (more IIPA) color than what you'd expect from a standard IPA. Beautiful!

S: Strong floral and citrus notes hit the nose immediately- then a rich, powerful caramel rush finishes it. Not a typical IPA smell combo, but really awesome nonetheless.

T: Here's where the hops come out of the woodwork, and in a balanced, almost understated way. A nicely rounded flavor overall, with a sprucey, semi-floral bitterness, coupled with more of that rich caramel-candy malt noted earlier in the initial smell. Not the greatest flavor on Earth by any means, but smooth, balanced and sessionable.

M: The carbonation is great- on the mild side, aiding and supporting the flavors, not overpowering them. It hits the tongue with a silky-smooth flow and goes down well; but I wouldn't mind a slightly drier finish.

O: For the price ($9.00 sale for a sixer), this beer is a real steal! I wouldn't hesitate to pick this one up again on a warm summer afternoon sometime. Kudos to Big Sky for a unique, accessible and satisfying take on the India Pale Ale formula.

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Photo of Doubledippa
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear copper color with a solid inch and a half cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma is dominated by dank resin, cannabis, and pine, with a hint of grapefruit pith. Bready malt and more citrus emerge, with notes of caramel and toast.

Initial sip is somewhat lacking in a mid palate flavor. Muted citrus, orange and grapefruit pith underlie the flavor profile, which shifts immediately to a bitter, piney, dry finish. Citrus hops emerge more in subsequent sips, but the malt is almost nonexistent.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation, and a slightly astringent finish.

Overall, the bittering hops were a bit dominant, and they drowned out almost all malt flavor. Wish the flavor had followed the aroma more closely. Sacrilege, but it's finish is too bitter for my taste.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of soju6
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber color with a good head that fades slowly to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus-pine with a trace of malt sweetness.

T: Has a good citrus bite with some malt sweetness and a bit of grain.

F: Medium body, crisp and nicely balanced.

O: Enjoyable IPA. Another quality beer from Big Sky.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Big Sky IPA from Big Sky Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,170 ratings.
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