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Thursday, June 17th 2010

Summer Honey Ale
(Big Sky Brewing Company)

Big Sky's Summer Honey Ale had a very limited, Missoula-only, canned release. I really want to thank the good people at Big Sky for sending me a couple cans of this and their Scape Goat Pale Ale. I never would have had the chance to try either of these two canned brews if it wasn't for your generosity, so cheers! 


From the Big Sky site:


"When the days get longer and the air gets warmer, we get outside quite a bit. And we build a big thirst. Summer Honey helps us shake off the winter and slakes our thirst for a refreshing brew. Summer Honey is a full-flavored summer seasonal ale. Brewed with a unique, balanced blend of spices, Northwest Hops, and Montana honey. Summer Honey is brewed during the early days of spring and released around the first of May each year. Light colored, light bodied, and very drinkable, Summer Honey sacrifices nothing to create a flavorful beer that can be enjoyed during the height of the Summer."


Here we go...


Pour - big, bright and sunny! This beer pours very golden in color, almost shiny with a relatively small head. Clean and clear in appearance and ready to be consumed.


Aroma - grainy and sweet. What smells like corn and wheat as well as hay is combined with a tangy cereal aroma. It reminds me of Honeycomb cereal a bit in the smell.  


Taste - malty sweet, definitely a honey profile, very smooth and quite flavorful for such a light colored brew. Lots of cereal/grain flavors as well as that touch of honey sweetness that provides a tanginess to this beer that maybe sets it aside from others in this style category. Light on the tongue with a nice sweet finish. 


Overall - Like many Blonde Ales the real plus to this style is its simplicity and ease of consumption. This is the type of brew that if its in the cooler and its a warm day than you can expect them to go quickly. Plenty of flavor but oh so drinkable. 


Would I buy more of it? - maybe if I lived within a few blocks of Big Sky and could go back in time.


Availability - May (summer seasonal release)


Note - Big Sky released their first video "brewsletter" earlier this month. Definitely check it out as they talk a lot about their new state of the art can filler and the recent release of both their Summer Honey Ale and Scape Goat Pale Ale in cans. 




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Summer Honey Ale
Style: Blonde Ale
Brewery: Big Sky Brewing Company
Missoula, Montana  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 4.7%
IBUs: ???
Date: June 17th, 2010

Posted by Russ

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Labels: Blonde Ales