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Big Sky IPA | Big Sky Brewing Company

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Big Sky IPABig Sky IPA
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1,178 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: 1,178 |  Reviews: 476
Photo of antoines15
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Wobbly
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

A very well balanced IPA, along the lines of a Bell's Two Hearted. Personally, I feel that the trend of "imperial" or "double" IPA's is a bit much.

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Photo of tubeyes
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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

Photo of nuebs
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 RyanK252
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%

Bottle poured into an Alaskan Brewing Co Pint glass

A: Pours deep golden amber with a little off white head.

S: Citrus hops and caramel malt sweetness

T: Citrus and tropical fruit hops, grapefruit and pineapple stand out most, a little caramel malt sweetness to balance it, with a little floral hop hit on the finish. Very well balanced.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Very pleasant surprise. Quite a tasty brew.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 6/4/09 so just out of date but should still be good. It was a hazy orange amber color with some lazy carb steams and great lacing. Had a large beige head that slowly settled into a 1/8" foam.

The aroma was very pleasing but really started to fade away as it warmed up. Some fade is expected but this really dropped off so a 4 instead of 4.5. Floral, pine, grapefruit and caramel malt. The taste was good but again seemed slightly muted compared to others so again a small hit on the score. These 2 might have been hurt by being out of date so will try to get again. Good start then the hop build to a nice middle hop bite. It's an easy drinker and could a short session beer. Get some good hops without shredding.

Overall, a good solid AIPA and another good one from Big Sky. Recommend. Not available here or it would be in the occasional hop rotation.


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Photo of sukwonee
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Blakaeris
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark red-copper with a rocky white that leaves sheets of lacing.

Aroma is spicy floral and perfume hop. Minerally caramel malt, and a touch of dark fruit.

Taste is tart biscuit malt. Hops come in with an initial resinous piney quality that quickly becomes more of an earthy spice and orange peel bitterness. Finishes with a pleasantly dry cedar character.

Mouthfeel is a chewy medium body.

Big balanced flavor. Hops become more aggressive as it warms, but the generous biscuit malt keeps things in control.

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Photo of dcotom
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of indiapaleale
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, orangish-reddish with a very nice looking pancake-battery head.

Aroma is lots of citurs, lemons and oranges.

Flavor is a little subdued. I am thinking this one sat for a long time before an unsuspecting consumer, me, put it in their mixed six pack holder. Not a lot of hoppiness and the malt seems to have taken over.

This is a prime candidate for a can in my opinion. Their other canned offerings are excellent and the flavor is sealed in very well.

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Photo of Beerasaurus
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of anon
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of phishbone23
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of daledeee
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice head and keeps lace throughout the drinking experience.

Nose is grapefruit and floral.

Taste is grapefruit with malt and citrus oils but not sweet. The biggest taste to this beer is over carbonation. I know that sounds funny but after several of these, the taste is not very distinctive and carbonation is the most prevalent characteristic of this drink.

A drinkable beer but there are several others that I like better.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into Sam Adams glass, with another big thank-you to John (Wasatch).

Pours a bright orangy copper, almost crystal clear, with a two-finger light-khaki head that settles into a creamy, thinnish solid cap. Nice retention

Nose is full of citrus, with a nice mix of orange and grapefruit notes, some a lightly-bready caramel malt sweetness sits underneath, maybe a bit of a metallic edge to it.

Taste is a bit on the sharp, bitter side. Mild grapefruit character with a bit of light caramel underneath, with a very firm bitterness that takes on just enough metallic sharpness to make it unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is dry, quite oily, a bit prickly. medium to medium full body, and a moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is mediocre. On the one hand, the flavors are quite balanced; on the other hand, the bitterness is a bit harsh. That harshness tends to linger a bit as well.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber with a decent foamy head. Color is rich mahogany, with very good clarity. Darker than your average IPA

S - Very Smooth hopped, very little citrus smell.

T - Creamy and delicious, however there's a small bite at the end of the tongue. Mildly acidic and alcoholic

M - Decent. The flavor is rich so it's hard to distinguish all the different flavors being extruded. Carbonation is good, but it could be a little less

D - Very solid, I could begin to look for this brew more often.

A very solid intermediate IPA, by no means is it offensive. Another quality, nice brew from Big Sky Brewing... I wish they would step out a little with their brews.


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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i wanted this to live up to the hype but was a bit underwhelmed. pours a clear burnished amber with a smallish of-white head and lacing. grapefruit and caramel in the nose. taste features a sharp citric rind bitterness dominating the lightly sweet caramel malt. light to medium in body with a prickly carbonation. drying, bitter finish with a bit of astringency. overall this is decent but lacks complexity and character. seemed a bit one or two note and a touch thin.

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Photo of Camjmorton
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of mattcrill
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Light floral and citrus-like hop aromas up front. Mild background caramel sweetness. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Deep amber pour that is nearly clear. Small, sticky white head with good retention.

Flavor: More citrus punch up front followed by some gentle background caramel sweetness that is punched out by more hop resiny bitterness. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is clean. Aftertaste lingers with hop resin bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with high carbonation. No alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A big citrusy American IPA. I love the orange and lemon zest flavors as well as hints of malt here and there to keep it interesting. It's wonderfully dry which makes for easy quaffing. Well done.

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Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of rowew
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck - typical Big Sky label with a roughly drawn animal (antelope this time). Date code of 207 06. This one is new to the Colorado market.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a nice head. Very thick lacing long after the head fades.

Smell: Lots of hops - piney and floral, with a thick sticky aroma.

Taste: Nice - balance of thick oily hop flavor with enough malt backbone to keep it from overpowering. Nice amount of bitterness.

Overall impression: Definitely a bit heavy on the hops - just like I like it. Still balanced enough to enjoy several.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper in color with a soapy head, both in color and texture. Sparse sticky lacing.
Woderful tropical fruit aromas.
While this is an aggresively hopped beer, it's the malt profile that sales it for me. I don't know what it is, but it's different than most IPAs. It's better.
Nice lush mouthfeel. Full bodied.
Very drinkable. It has a lot of the characteristics of a DIPA with out the high abv and it's not as filling. Good job Big Sky.

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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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