AlexPlatt (7) - USA - MAY 3, 2008 does not count
An attempt at blending the hoppy qualities of an IPA with the maltiness of an amber or brown goes horribly awry with this noble but misguided effort from the Big Sky Brewing Company. The appearance when poured was promising -- deep amber and ruby with a medium-thick head. But the nose is terrible ... stale smelling, with overtones of beef jerky and dive bar urinals. (Based on several positive reviews, this could be the age of the bottling, so not gonna write this off quite yet). The flavor and mouth-feel offers some redemption -- a combination of malty, toasty caramel with intense hop flavors, and a much thicker palate than normally found in an IPA. But the aftertaste isn’t great, and the aroma is a deal-breaker. Might try it again fresh when I go back to Montana this summer, but otherwise -- no. rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2008
Pours a caramel color with a small bubbly white head. Aroma of hops and grapefruit. aste is much the same hops, grapefruit and a little caramel sweetness. Very drinkable IPA. douglas88 (9572) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2008
Bottle thanks to ditmier. Really enjoyed this one. Pours a orange/red with a huge tan head. The aroma is heavy grapefruit hops. The taste is really quite well balanced and great; a sweet caramel malt body with a great Simcoe hoppyness, grapefruit and some bitterness. Really a perfect everyday beer. spikester (606) - Salem, Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2008
Poured copper-amber with a nice sized off-white head, good amount of lacings. Aroma is floral hops, some sweetness.
Tatse is grapefruit hops, sweet malts with the hops winning by a nose. I am taking a liking to these Big Sky brews. Will probably keep going until I run through them all. Not as crisp as the best IPAs but very close. Would like to try this on tap sometime. Nice bitter finish. phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2008
Pours a nice bright, copper colour- somewhat cloudy. Citrusy, light and fruity with well integrated hops. Aroma is piney and floral. a notice pleasent grapefruit character prevalent throughout the brew.
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - APR 20, 2008
Not a terrible IPA, but not the great example of the style I have ever tried. It’s solid and well balanced, but could be a little bigger in some areas. I love the strong malt background, fresh citrusy hoppiness. Pretty drinkable overall. VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2008
Sweet caramel resiny nose, some grapefruit spice. Copper with a frothy thick head. Rich sweet malt, hops progresses through the bitterness and aromas nicely. Full body, has a long smooth finish that cuts through. Really solid IPA. greedycheater (80) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 13, 2008
Aroma hits you strong before anything else. Lots of barley - you can smell it from far away. Hop head heaven. Too bitter for me, but a strong representation for the style. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2008
on tap at the Iron Horse Brew Pub in Missoula, Montana. A solid IPA... deep golden / amber color with a 1/4" head. Crisp with an average level of hops. Citrusy on the nose and slightly bitter through the finish. Overall, it could be a bit more aggressive, but that is my personal love of hops coming through. For the average IPA, it is one of the best. ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 10, 2008
2008 Bottle - Citrus and pine aroma, tastes of grains, yeast and hop flowers, very bitter on the end, decent but not great, kinda one dimensional...