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Old 05-08-2010, 04:16 PM   #1
Jan 2010
Fargo, ND
Posts: 220

I've been on a crazy IPA binge as of late. So many people like them and I continue to try to find one that makes me fall in love with the style. This one was pretty good, gotta be honest. I didn't know what to expect from a small brewery with a goat on the front of the bottle that I had to blow a little bit of dust off of.

Review of Big Sky IPA


For me, there is nothing special about the packaging at all. Its pretty basic and looks a little to old for me. From my understanding the label is a painting of a mountain goat created by one of the founding brewers mothers. It is a very nice painting, but every time I see an animal on a label, I always feel like it is that animals piss. Big Sky Brewing has other brands that include Moose Drool and Scape Goat which leads me to believe that the name of this beer is a little uninspired. The label tells me its an IPA and that it has 6.2% ABV in it. A little more information would be nice, but like I said, there isnt anything special about it. Very classic.


A deep copper, a bit deeper than Im used to seeing. A very nice fluffy white head with some good lacing down the sides.


Very hoppy. I can smell citrus hops, but I also seem to dig out a little bit of pine or mint within the hop smell. If anyone knows what kind of hops give it that pine or mint, Id love to know for future reference. I dont get any sweetness or malts in the smell.


Bitter! Its all hops. Even after it warms up, there isnt much sweetness. I enjoy how dry it is, but Id like just a pinch of balance for all this hop flavor. Some of the bitterness is a bit earthy, a little dirty.


Not much carbonation, but the acids from the hops hit the tongue and sting it nicely. It is a medium bodied IPA that, again, sticks to the roof of my mouth.


I would put this up there as a beer I could drink a few of. It has the dryness that I like, the hop characteristics that Ive come to enjoy, but could use a pinch of sweetness to balance it. Im not 100% of the bitterness after a few. However, I do enjoy this IPA. This would be really good with some spicy chili or tacos or spicy shrimp.


Id say the same thing as I have for the past couple a IPAs. If you like bitterness and alcohol dryness, this is for you. Give it a try and tell me what you think! Id love to hear about it.

Have you tried this brew? Id love to hear about it. Plus Id love to know where you live. Distribution on this beer is pretty centered so Id love to know where you got it! Enjoy!

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Old 05-09-2010, 03:33 AM   #2
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Eagle, Idaho, Idaho
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Pronghorn Antelope...
Engineer, Animator, Brewer.

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Old 05-09-2010, 11:41 AM   #3
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Northern Brewer can give a minty/earthy character from what I understand. I tried this beer a few months ago and really enjoyed it. Not sure exactly where it came from a friend of a friend that was in Montana or Idaho or something.

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Old 05-09-2010, 10:42 PM   #4
Jan 2010
Fargo, ND
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Originally Posted by r2eng View Post
Pronghorn Antelope...

Thanks for the clarification.

Northern Brewer can give that minty, earthy aroma and flavor? That is really interesting...


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