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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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4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 5/3/2012. Pours crystal clear orange amber color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap that lingers. Some decent lacing on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange, pine, floral, caramel, biscuit, and herbal spiciness. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, pine, orange, caramel, honey, biscuit, and herbal spices. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, caramel, and biscuit on the finish for a bit. Great malt and hop balance, showcasing a great citrus flavor throughout. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Very smooth drinking; with basically no alcohol warming presence. Overall, some seriously excellent stuff here. Great balanced flavor profile, and very smooth drinking. Recommended.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A really nice looking IPA. Copper color.

S: Slight hops, subtle floral.

T: Quite smooth. Hops are not overwhemling. Sweet at first and finishes a little bitter.

Mouthfeel: Too much carbonation. Otherwise sits comfortably.

Overall: An above average IPA. It has a lot of subtle flavors with nothing too offputting. Very drinkable.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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

12oz bottle into a H24 Barrel Roll Series snifter...

A - Pours copper with a one finger off white head that dissipates at a fairly hasty pace. A decent amount of lace coats the glass...

S - Caramel malts and good dose of citrus fruits. A little subdued, but what does come through smells like there is a good balance between hops and malt...

T - Like the scent suggested this one is very well balanced. Caramel malts, orange, mango, grapefruit, and a little lemon zest. Finishes clean with some lingering grapefruit...

M - Super smooth. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation...

O - Solid IPA. Not only would this be a great session beer, but it would be a good introduction for someone looking to get into the style. Definitely something I will buying again in the near future...


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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from brown 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a translucent dark copper color with a 1 finger white head. Decent retention and lacing throughout.

S - A citrus hops aroma: orange and grapefruit. A tad bit of earthy/nutty character as well.

T/M - The beer starts with a grainy/bread character. The bitter hop character soon invades the palette with a citrus and herbal character. Medium bitterness. There are caramel toasted grains prevalent in the middle. The beer finishes dry with a mild hop flavor on the tongue and a bit of bread. Lighter side of medium bodied with decent carbonation. Pretty average for an American IPA.

D - Pretty good.

Overall, this is a good brew. I don't think it's outstanding in any of its attributes but easy to put a few back. I'd drink more.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-16-2011 16:38:44

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Big Sky IPA from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 1,178 ratings
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