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 IPAPackaging
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 â€œMoose Droolâ€ and â€œScape Goatâ€ 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 isnâ€™t anything special about it. Very classic.Appearance
A deep copper, a bit deeper than Iâ€™m used to seeing. A very nice fluffy white head with some good lacing down the sides.Smell
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, Iâ€™d love to know for future reference. I donâ€™t get any sweetness or malts in the smell.Taste
Bitter! Its all hops. Even after it warms up, there isnâ€™t much sweetness. I enjoy how dry it is, but Iâ€™d like just a pinch of balance for all this hop flavor. Some of the bitterness is a bit earthy, a little dirty.Mouthfeel
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 Iâ€™ve come to enjoy, but could use a pinch of sweetness to balance it. Iâ€™m not 100% of the bitterness after a few. However, I do enjoy this IPA. This would be really good with some spicy chili or tacoâ€™s or spicy shrimp.Overall
Iâ€™d say the same thing as I have for the past couple a IPAâ€™s. If you like bitterness and alcohol dryness, this is for you. Give it a try and tell me what you think! Iâ€™d love to hear about it.
Have you tried this brew? Iâ€™d love to hear about it. Plus Iâ€™d love to know where you live. Distribution on this beer is pretty centered so Iâ€™d love to know where you got it! Enjoy!