Big Sky I.P.A. is one of the year-round brews from Montana’s Big Sky Brewing.
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. Big Sky IPA has 65 IBU’s, 5% alcohol by weight, and 6.2% alcohol by volume.
The liquid pours a clear copper, with tiny bubbles floating around. The head is enormous and bubbly and looks like it doesn’t plan on going anywhere any time soon. Plenty of thick foamy lacing hangs from the side of the glass.
I was reminded of a standard English IPA with the nose of this beer. It smells of citrusy hops, mild graham cracker and biscuit.
The beer is surprisingly light, with a noticeable hop blast. The citrus that is in the nose takes a backseat to a more grassy hop flavor. A graininess is noticeable that is not unlike drinking hard water. Sadly, I didn’t detect any of the cracker/biscuit notes that are present in the nose.
Mouthfeel is light, but drying. It leaves a stickiness in the mouth as it finishes.
Big Sky I.P.A. isn’t my favorite India Pale Ale on the market. It almost tastes like a pilsner with a boatload of hops thrown in as an afterthought. Not what I’d reach for if I needed a hop fix.
Overall: 4 out of 10
As an INDIA PALE ALE: 3.5 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Bell’s Brewery TWO HEARTED ALE, Victory HOPDEVIL, Flying Dog SNAKE DOG,