Big Sky IPA | Big Sky Brewing Company

very good
1,174 Ratings
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: 1,174 |  Reviews: 476
Photo of TwelveOunces
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours clear copper orange with a two finger off white head, decent retention. There isnt much on the nose, there is some citrusy hop bitterness. The taste is very east coast IPA, there is some citrus flavors and and a metallic malt feel. The beer drinks pretty easy, leaves behind a bitter and dry aftertaste. This is a pretty good IPA, dont know how old mine is but I would like to try it fresh because I feel it would have a bigger nose.

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Photo of Jfriz25
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- golden amber with big foamy white head. Leaves some decent lacing.

Smell- faint citrusy smell, less than I am used to in an ipa nowadays but still pleasant

Taste- orange and pine are the two dominant flavors held together by some sweet malt. Nice balance and flavor.

Mouthfeel- Fairly full body, not very resiny. Pretty par for the course.

Overall- it was a good find in a make your own 6 rack and in the same situation id get it again. Perfect for someone who likes hops but isn't in to the overpowering stuff.

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Photo of LJWalker
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of MonkeyPilates
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of JMSiefer
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of elkinbrown
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Thehopluver
2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of seanmugs
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of djtomain
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 9/13/12.

Pours a clear copper with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some grassy and herbal hop aromas. Taste is very much the same with pine and herbal hops up front and the malt coming through on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA that has lots of earthy hop aromas and flavors.

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Photo of ChrisKuhns
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of CarolinaKev
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of barnzy78
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed this in 2009, deserved a re-review...I enjoyed this one much more than previously.

12oz bottle, pours amber/copper with a tall foamy beige head. Nice clarity, excellent head retention and lacing. Aromas are malty caramel with grapefruit citrus, and faint pine. Tastes are malty up-front with a nice caramel backbone followed by bold piny hops that have some grapefruit notes. Well balanced with a strong malt presence that holds up to the resinous hop profile. Mouth is medium bodied, smooth, and creamy with ample carbonation. Overall, I've had this one a few times now, and each time I seem to like it more and more. Even though it's not the best IPA out there, it has a good price-point for a 6er; I might actually buy this one again.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Big Sky Brewing Co. - Moose Drool pint glass.

A: Medium brown. Pours about a half finger, foamy, brown white head. Settles fairly slowly, leaving a blanket of foam on the surface, and a thick beer ring. Thick, substantial, beer ring and residual spiderweb lacing.

S: Soapy, pine and light honey.

T: Pine, fresh tea, wood, and a little cola.

M: Thick, and robust body, characterized by a deep, biting pine that lingers on the palette throughout the experience. Very dry finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is good. Deep dark hue, nice head, plenty of lacing. Nose is full, very piney with light sweet notes, with a soapiness to it. Flavor is full-bodied woody pine, with cola and tea leaves. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of KZE80
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Arborescence
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Buster
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of WhiskeeTango
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of megahurts4
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big Sky IPA

Appearance: brownish red, medium head, and some lacing.

Smell: hops and a malt-nuttiness.

Taste: nice whole hops and malts.

Mouthfeel: medium and bitter.

This is a decent brew. Its more average than anything, but it has plenty of flavor.

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Photo of Hopmodium
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Jumski
5/5  rDev +29.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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

I had at Champps Americana in Houston.

A. Nice amber color with a two-finger wheat head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. Bubbly.

S. Malty and sweet.

T. It has a sweet citrusy hop taste to it, smooth and floral. It has a milt bite and a bit of a sour aftertaste, in a good way.

M. Refreshing and somewhat carbonated.

O. This is just a good prototype IPA. When you ask for an IPA, if you are looking for something that is true to the style and not original (in a good or bad way) then this is excellent.

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of seeswo
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Big Sky IPA from Big Sky Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,174 ratings.
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