Big Sky Summer Honey Ale

Reviewed by on August 26, 2014 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • 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 !

The Review

Big Sky is a craft brewer from Missoula, Montana, who have been brewing in the middle of the Rocky Mountains since the mid-90s.  Summer Honey Seasonal Ale is pretty self-explanatory, save that it is also made with some unspecified (see: ancient Chinese secret) spices.

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.

Brady White



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