Double IPA | Big Sky Brewing Company

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Double IPADouble IPA
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Double IPADouble IPA

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by biboergosum on 08-22-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by deweese:
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft list from Brouwer's lists this as Big Sky Imperial IPA, but I'm kinda confident its the same beer.

Decent orange beer, average head, not much lace to speak of. Aroma was noticeably subpar compared with the single IPA version.

Taste was good, big hoppy, sweeter. Can't say its better than the single really though. Comparable, the single finished much drier though, wheras this was sweeter, a little heavier, as to be expected. Caramel and citrus all over this one.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The dude at Worden's Market in Missoula was adamant that I grab some of this, as it was brand spanking new, and wouldn't last long. The label backs this up with a proclamation of "Limited Montana Release". Good enough for me...

This beer pours a clear medium copper colour, with one finger of creamy light tan head, which leaves a thin paint job of lace around the glass as it dissipates. It smells of grapefruit and orange citrus, and caramel malt. The taste is fairly prominent pine and grapefruit hops, with a supporting caramel/toffee malt backbone, and a mild alcohol edge. The carbonation is moderate, the body full, smooth, and a little bit creamy. It finishes off-dry, the resident hops pretty much bullying the cowering, but well-meaning caramel malt.

A nice, balanced DIPA. The booze is kept at a manageable level, and the bitter and sweet components teeter-totter for control. Definitely a candidate for full-time production.

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Photo of Chrixsus
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer gifted to me by Rick at Brewforia (he picked a few up on his recent MT trip) ... This is a pleasant surprise as, I believe this is the first "Limited Montana Release", and if the memory banks are accurate, these are only to be sold within MT state lines. Very cool.

12oz bottle ... Main label makes no reference of the DIPA except the 7.8 ABV.. only the neck ring says Double IPA.

Poured into my Old Guardian goblet... Fantastic off white/slight tinge of yellow head... the brew is crystal clear orange. Nice retention and great lacing.

Nose is very fresh.. big citrus and tropical fruity hoppiness.. hints of pine.. some toasty malt shows and helps carry the hops.

Nice bitterness up front that isn't a hammer.. then quickly moves into hop stained pale malts with just bits of toast.... again nice fruity flavor hops.. good malt presence, but the hops are still very bright and yummy... Finish is long and citrusy with a bit of pithy bitter bite.

Body is about standard medium.. the carbonation is good yet still sorta creamy small bubble.

Pretty impressive... I love a good DIPA and Big Sky hit this one pretty square on the head... A nice compromise between the bracingly dry West Coast renditions and more malty takes on the style.

I would definitely buy this again.. especially given that the price tag on a 6'er would be pretty reasonable.

Thanks again Rick... C-ya soon.


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Photo of DeekNayvuz
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jameswoody
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of bluckbeyes
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a snifter at Binny's South Loop.

Part of the trio of Big Sky brews I happened upon while just looking to try Ivan. Again, not gonna argue. This stuff pours a mostly-clear amber-tawny topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises pine resin, sweet flowers, light biscuit, mild melon, and a hint of grass on the edges. The taste brings in more of the same, with the hops chewing as much scenery as they can, relegating the biscuit to the wings and imparting a good amount of blunt bitterness. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a nice enough DIPA, but one that tries too hard to bludgeon me with hops for me to fully enjoy it, despite the fact that at least the bitterness is relatively restrained and fruity (compared to such palate-wreckers as, well, Palate Wrecker).

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Photo of flexabull
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright orange color, a bit hazy, with a decent white head.

Aromas are pine like and floral.

Taste is definitely on the bitter side. Hoppy, spicy, with some pine, mineral, and grittiness. Backdrop of slightly sugary sweet malts, but the hops dominate. Dry and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good, smooth with plenty of body,

Overall, a decent DIPA, kind of one dimensional though.

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Photo of neckbeered
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of chugalug06
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fast growing, four-finger, thin, foamy, white head. Brew is slightly clouded orange with lots of red and a few "bottom buddies". Moderate lacing.

Tropical melon, kiwi, orange, lemon, and pineapple dominate the scent. Amazing scent.

Heavy foamy carbonation, very nice bitter-sweetness. Heat is detectable, but doesn't detract. Pineapple, grapefruit, and mango dominate the flavor.

This is a very solid brew. Big Sky's IPAs kill it, tough to beat. Highly recommended. I would only suggest more smoothness from greater hop balance.

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Photo of bnes09
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-colored ale with a thick ivory head. Nice bands of lacing left behind after each good swig.

Fresh fruit aromas explode from the beverage into my nostrils. Apricot, grapefruit and cantaloupe come to mind. Also some floral notes.

Bold hop flavor from the get-go. Powerful yet pleasant. Similar fruit and floral character as mentioned above. Bready malt character lies in the background to keep the hops in check. Juicy melon and apricot sweetness in the end goes well with the raw hop linger.

Medium bodied, not too thick or thin. Good carbonation. Fairly dry overall feel.

This stuff is solid. Well balanced for the style. Tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of sholland119
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brouwers, 9/10/10.

A-Crystal clear amber with a fizzy off white head and great lacing. Looks great.

S-Citrusy and sweet, very nicely balanced.

T-Spicy hoppiness and sweet malt in the frony, followed by blasts of grapefruit and tangerine. A very nice malt backbone holds it all together.

M-Medium bodied with lots of lingering bitterness.

D-Delicious. Would love to have another.


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Photo of jeff96gt
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Bagoosh
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of billshmeinke
2.94/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Goblet at Blue Palms. From notes.

One finger white head on top of a clear amber golden body. Head retains nicely leasing good lacing behind.

Smell is pretty faint. Light citrusy and piney hops and a whiff of alcohol. Some sweet amber malt.

Taste is similar. Pine and citrus hops followed by bitter resin then a sting of alcohol and some sweet amber malt. Bitter resin lingers.

Mouthfeel is on the high end of medium. Well carbonated a tad hot. A bit of hop oiliness. Tending towards bitter not very well balanced.

Alcohol shows too much. Resin hoppiness with not much else to make it interesting.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint poured at Malt & Vine in Redmond, WA

Pours a translucent amber with about a finger of nice fluffy, clumpy light beige head. Head's fading quickly and is leaving some heavy duty lacing. Visible and active carbonation. Smell is very nice, pretty floral hops and a thick malty background.

Taste is good, but a little one dimensional toward the plain hops bitterness -- but I guess that's the style. A lot of the floral character in the smell is lost in the flavor, although it's still detectable. A little coppery aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice and light, not sticky or thick, quite pleasant drinkable beer.

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Double IPA from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 19 ratings
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