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 Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Kiwano
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - yellow orange - thick head at first then a thin head

S - a little fruity with some hops

T - Some sweetness and fruit on front with pine and then nice bitterness at the end - nice amount of hops -

M - great balance of smoothness and carbonation

O -- tasty - refreshing -- feel a bit of the alcohol good sweet/bitter balance more on the sweet side at the beginning but the bitter balances it out and takes it over which is nice

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Photo of harrymel
2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled: unk

Pours a nice amber with a sheet of solid light yellow foam and excellent clarity. Smells english malt dominant with some herbal and floral hops. Maybe a hint of grapefruit. Flavor is fruity and bitter with a good overture of malts and apprehensively applied spiciness. Medium bodied with hi carb and semi dry finish. Average beer.

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Photo of beerrooster
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Kunstman
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, ruby amber with a thick and pillowy 3 finger, off-white head. Great retention. Leaves a thick, impressively sticky lace.

Smell - Faint. Spiced hop. Earthy.

Taste - Follows the nose. A fair amount of spice and citrus hop, with a good balance of malt, apple and earthy. Not an especially aggressive IPA, but an interesting flavor nonetheless.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Carbonation lends to a nice, crisp bite.

Overall - A very good IPA. Not especially hoppy, but makes up for it in great balance and a nice, complex flavor.

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Photo of antoines15
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of K_Diggity
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a really dark copper hue. A frothy vanilla cream head sits on top and dissipates to a film. Good sticky lacing. The beer smells slightly malty underneath the bright grapefruit rind hop aroma. The beer tastes balanced between a faint malt sweetness and a strong hop bitterness. There's a sticky taste profile in there that I've also experienced in Breckenridge Lucky U IPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a semi-sweet finish(?)

Overall, not a bad IPA, but lacking, considering I love all other offerings from Big Sky.

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Photo of fDOTbear
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of duff247
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of clb
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of countchunkula
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Happy_Camper
1/5  rDev -74.1%

Photo of flayedandskinned
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Irrationalist
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle - from Total wine summerlin las vegas NV for 1.59$

Appearance - Clear dark copper colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the taste is made up of sweet caramel and malts mixed with hops. It also has a grapefruit flavour mixed with some apricot and pineapple. It ends with a fairly bitter hoppy and yet sugary sweet aftertaste.

Overall - An above average IPA that has some flavours typically found in a DIPA. It still seems like it's missing a little something that I can't put my finger on. I'd drink it again and would suggest that it's worth trying if you see it on the shelves.

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Photo of rjpetrizzo
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of muddyh2oblues
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of calmond72
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Mattamue
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a pint. No bottle/expire date.

a Creamy-tan head. Lacing clings to the glass like the surf retreating from the beach. Very subdued carbonation, could count the lines of bubbles and there is less than a dozen. Burnt amber, translucent.

s Citric notes on par with hops resin. Apple and cheddar. Sweet malt in the background.

t Pear and apple up front. Hops bitter herb middle of the taste and the aftertaste.

m Watery light body. Easily tasted and re-tasted. Very dry.

o Not impressed with the appearance. Surprised by the taste. Held back again by the thin body. Would recommend, would choose another IPA for myself for regular drinking.

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Photo of mtlasley
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of mdimeglio
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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