Big Sky Summer Honey Ale


Here's an ale you won't see winning any awards for being crazily bold, insanely complex, or bigger than Buddha. And that is OK. In fact, that is what puts Big Sky's Summer Honey Ale above many of it's ilk: It's a summer sipper, low on ABV and high on sunshine, and it doesn't try to be anything more than that.

It pours a golden color, reflecting its honey namesake well. The head is white and foamy, with decent lacing, and everything here just screams "summer", almost literally.

Give it a sniff, and floral notes will gently smack you on the nose, followed by a quick snap of malts. There's a gentle sweetness here, and I doubt it'd intimidate anyone who's usually vary of hops and booziness.

Most importantly: Summer Honey Ale tastes good. Very malty and creamy, with honey adding a nice sweetness to the palette. There are even some hints of wheat in there and just some traces of spices. In fact, for being such a light beer, there's actually quite a lot going on here, if you take the time to search for it. Maybe in that sense it'd be wrong to claim that Summer Honey Ale isn't complex? It's a complexity you have to search for, certainly, but it's there.

This is an extremely drinkable session ale at 4.7% ABV. I enjoyed it quite a bit, and I don't think you can go wrong with this if you're looking for something truly refreshing this summer.

You can find Summer Honey pretty much anywhere in town, but here's a Beer Spy link in case you need help.