Review: Trout Slayer Ale, Big Sky Brewing

Trout Slayer Ale
Big Sky Brewing Co. — Missoula, Montana

  • Style:  Wheat Ale
  • Bitterness:  Not provided   
  • ABV:  4.7%
  • Malts:  Not provided   
  • Hops:  Palisade, Glacier, Mt. Hood
  • Sampled: 12 oz. can

Description:  "They say the best way to shrink a fish is with with a ruler, but the best way to grow a fish is with a beer. Montana Trout Slayer is the beer to drink when you're knockin' back a couple cold ones and tellin' fish stories. Who knows the next one might be the best yet! "A bigger tale with every ale.  Trout Slayer is a filtered wheat ale, fermented at cool temperatures, making it a smooth drinkable session beer."  Big Sky Brewing Co. 

Random thoughts:    This is part of my series on canned craft beer.

The tasting:   Pale gold in color, slightly hazy, with a white head that dissipated quickly.  Aroma of bread-like malts, light citrus hops, and yeast.  Flavor very similar to aroma.  Light to medium in body with an effervescent mouth feel and a crisp, clean finish.  Very drinkable.  They say it's an ale, but I think it could pass for a lager.

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone gave it to me.   I don't fish for trout, but if I did, I could see drinking this for hours while standing out on a lake or river.  Trout Slayer is a good session beer and would be a perfect complement to a hot summer day.  What can I say, Big Sky's not so subliminal imaging worked on me...

Have you tried Trout Slayer or any other Big Sky brews?

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  1. I like Big Sky. I lived in Montana for a couple of years and found some really good beers, especially small brewers. Moose Drool is their best, but all of them are good. Love the cans!

  2. Its good I just wish big sky would have made up a good name for it. I have boycotted it for years because they stole the name from bayern brewing after bayern gave it up after peta said it promoted the slaying of trout. Good beer stolenname

  3. nate my friend, if you were better informed you would know that Bayern never owned the name Trout Slayer. And if Bayern cared so much about what PETA had to say, why did it take them 5 years to change the name? thoughts are that if Bayern owned the name "Trout Slayer" they would still proudly sell it as their number one next time you go to pick up your favorite 6-pack of beer, dont be afraid to grab a Trout Slayer, i know im not! Cheers!

  4. Dear Nate, boy are you misinformed! I personally know the guys who own the rights to the name "Trout Slayer" they wanted to expand the beer further with Bayern and they didn't want to. So, Trout Slayer, being popular in name and taste went with someone (Big Sky Brewing) who wanted to run with it. That pissed off Bayern and he came up with that stupid Peta story. Bayern sure wasn't concerned about the name Trout Slayer when they were in contol. Get your facts straight before accusing the name of being stolen. Same guys own it who invented it. Have a great day and pick yourself up a nice 6 pack of Trout Slayer Ale in bottles or cans.

  5. Taste the TROUT.

  6. I live in Ft. Lauderdale, but each summer when I am in Montana, T.S. is the only beer (ale?) I buy. I wish I could get it in SoFla. Down here I am stuck with Yuengling Lager.


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