Summer Honey Seasonal AleJuly 1, 2005 Missoula, Montana
Big Sky Brewing Co.
Available: AK, CA, ID, MN, NV, ND, OR, SD, WA, WI, WY
Big Sky Brewing Co. has just become the first small brewing company in North America to use a new aluminum package: the AlumaBottle, which is shaped like a bottle, but made from aluminum. The bottle can be filled on the existing bottling line, but the filled container is as light as a can. The aluminium containers to allow beer drinkers to take beer where glass containers aren’t allowed or are inconvenient.
Alcohol (wt.): 3.8
Alcohol (vol.): 4.7
A quiet head and pleasing color make for a good start on this beer. The honey is right there in the nose, and follows one right onto the palate. A faint and elusive spice factor comes forth, but its exact nature remains hidden. The overall effect is one of smoothness and balance. This would indeed be a pleasant lawnmower beer with a second serving most welcome.
- Fred Eckhardt
For us pointy-headed Northeasterners, Montana’s Big Sky country calls up images of taciturn folks with pick-up trucks and guns – not “Summer Honey”. Well, the beer is golden and raises a nice white head. The nose is almost exactly like creamed corn, a sweet aroma with sulfurous honey notes. The sweetness continues on the tongue, round and soft, drying cleanly into the finish. Complex it isn’t, but neither is a summer day. Throw those shrimp on the grill and get out the mango salsa.
- Garrett Oliver
Rocky head (the metaphor fits mountainous Montana). Bronze color. Syrupy aroma. Honey on toast? Honeyed in the palate, too, with flowery suggestions of orange-blossom. Citrussy. Some lemony, refreshing, acidity. A soothing, cookie-like, malty sweetness in the middle. Nutty dryness, slightly bitter, in the finish. Lightly appetizing. Well balanced. A gentle beer.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style and Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.
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