1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours to a glowing copper/orange colored body that’s lightly hazy. A very craemy/rocky off-white head sits on top. The lacing is spectacular. The aroma is heavy on grapefruit, pine, and toasted pale malts. Wow. Is this just a great bottle, or is this beer just this good so far? The flavor is grassy and spruce trees with toasted pale malts. Quite malty. The palate is medium bodied and silky. A nice lingering bitterness. Very quaffable. A delightful surprise from Montana.
modalnails (43) - boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2007
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
a smooth and crisp ipa, not a fan but this one did the trick. it lingered around for awhile but overall i thinked this ipa but yeah, recommend it try it make your own decision
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
At The Happy Gnome during the RBSG 2007 Pub Crawl. Clear amber body with a small white head. Floral hops aroma. Sharp citrus hops flavor with some light caramel.
Tejas (869) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really good IPA. Good balance with just a tad towards the hoppy side. Pine flavors really come through on this guy. Reminds me of a hoppier version SN Celebration except less fruity. Would love to try again. Wish it was here in Texas.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ve been disappointed by some other Big Sky beers: my view of this brewery is that they’ve chosen to grow through distributing everywhere rather than through the quality of their beers. This beer is making me rethink that assessment - it is quite good, and after my look with new )to me at least) IPAs these days, it is a pleasant surprise. This beer has a pleasant sweet-hop aroma, and a taste that is pleasantly sweet and nicely grassy. Definitely recommended.
Appearance is a dark copper red, with billowy white head remisicent of a Belgian strong ale. Aroma was my first clue that this was really going to be a pretty good beer...it was a very substantial hop sweetness. Flavor was good...very bitter yet nicely grassy at the same time. Mouthfeel was fairly dry and astringent...not sticky like some other sweet IPAs.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JUN 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark copper with a one finger head that fades slowly to a soapy cap. The lacing that’s left behind is a bit spotty, but sticks pretty well.
Smell; tone of resiny piney hops, with some very nice citrus fruits backing up the pine. There’s also some caramel floating around in there, but this is one is definitely all about the hops. It smells great.
Taste; as with the aroma the hops are prevalent. Very piney, with a ton of grapefruit and a little bit of oranges. A very solid caramel maltiness helps to offset the hops just enough, adding a little sweetness to the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium to full, and the hops resins just fills the mouth adding a bit of a creamy feeling. The drinkability is really good, as I would have no problem drinking more than one.
I wasn’t all that thrilled about Big Sky making it to Nebraska, but after having this IPA, I’m glad they did. A big surprise for me, and a beer that just may become a regular in the beer fridge.
pivo (2556) - GERMANY - MAY 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Floral nose, amber color, creamy head. Sweet juniper-like spiciness, caraway seed notes in the end. Like a rye bread. Lingering bitter. Big body to support all the stuff going on on top. Interesting flavor and well balanced.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 26, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the bottle from Beertopia. Pours a dark copper amber with a medium off-white head. Strong grassy pine-like green hop aroma. Malty and citrus in the first flavor , but medium in palate only. Long burning bitterness actually feels acidic in your gullet. Nice mouthfeel of fresh green hops.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle from DYCSoccer17. Rich amber color, light amounts of clinging head. Aroma reeks of big, raw Simcoe - mostly pine but some orange and tangerine thrown in there too. I also pick up some yeasty notes and some light sulfur compounds. Sharp, acidic hoppiness cuts in on first sip, fading to some citric (orangey) fruitiness and heavy resin. Lightly sour. The beer tends towards the dry side with only a bit of caramel sweetness to offset the intense hoppy flavor. Medium-high bitterness, which, as the commercial description implies, is quite clean, yet also lingering. Very juicy, dry, hop-forward. A little too acidic for me to love it though.
Braudog (5627) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft 8 oz at the brewery taproom; Dark rusty amber with a nice poofy ’shmellowy head. Big time piney hop aroma. Nice chewy hop consistency, resin, pinetar, flowers. Excellent malt underpinning. Excellent brew. (#2925, 5/19/2007)