Big Sky Summer Honey Ale
Reviewed by Brady White on August 26, 2014 in Summer Guide
- Brewery: Big Sky Brewing Company
- Origin: Missoula, MT, US
- Rated On: August 25, 2014
- Best Before: November 19, 2014
- ABV: 5.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: American Blonde Ale
- Rating: GOOD !
This 12oz bottle pours a clear, medium golden yellow hue, with one finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and soapy dirty white head, which leaves a bunch of chunky bleeding stormcloud lace around the glass as it gradually melts away.
It smells of semi-sweet field honey, grainy pale malt, a hint of spicy black pepper, and earthy, leafy, and mildly floral hops. The taste is crisply grainy pale malt, a touch of caramel sweetness, some lessened generic honey notes, mild muddled dessert spices, and pretty much little to no persisting and/or discernible hops. The carbonation is moderate in its plainly frothy manner, the body a decent and typical medium weight for the broad style, and generally smooth, nothing else really carrying a torch here. It finishes off-dry, as some reborn earthy hops round out the lingering and purposeful honeyed graininess.
Nothing overly intense or ingratiating, sure, but enjoyable enough when the season and occasion call for it. A good beer to keep on ordering for your sunshine-drenched patio table, when you inexplicably insist on ordering that round of super-spicy hot wings, or the like.