Scape Goat Pale Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

419 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 12
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-02-2002

Scape Goat is our award-winning Pale Ale. It is a very smooth brew, refreshing and well-balanced. Scape Goat took home the Gold Medal from the North American Brewers' Association competitions as the best English-style pale ale brewed west of the Mississippi, but only because it is the best. Scape Goat is brewed with pale, crystal malts, and Kent Goldings and Crystal hops.
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Ratings: 419 | Reviews: 237
Reviews by archyquaffer:
Photo of archyquaffer
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 12 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass. A moderate pour produces nearly a one inch thick head, which reduces quickly but leaves about 1/8 inch of creamy froth, which coats the glass in a pattern evocative of a range of snowy mountains. The froth is fed by innumerable little bubble geysers. The color is a honey-golden.

The aroma-flavor is fairly unique, with hop-forward grapefruit-like aromas- but more sweet like a ruby red. I also detect a metallic taste, similar to canned citrus juice (which I love). The beer has a very creamy mouthfeel, as well. The aftertaste is fairly clean, with a malty richness that seems apparent mostly in the burps.

I like the fact that this is obtainable in cans, which are much easier to recycle. If the can lends a little bit of a metallic taste, that doesn't bother me at all.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Beautiful and bright hazy orange in color with a sorry head.

Smell – This is interesting. There’s a light malt backbone to the floral hops, but this one is very musty. There’s a sharp sweetness in there that I can’t quite figure out. It’s almost like a subdued form of sweet onion. It’s very pungent yet sweet, but not lingering. Strange.

Taste – The grassy hops really come out at the taste. The malt shows up as well, but I thought it missed the mark with the hop profile. Between the lawn clippings and sweet onions it’s more like a garden then a beer.

Mouthfeel – This one had a terrific mouthfeel. It was dry enough to quench yet malty and sweet enough to go down well. It was a solid medium in the body.

Drinkability – The funny flavors that I found will probably keep me from buying again, but it’s not a bad ale and it went down really well.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue III:

Standard two fingers of head with some retention as the lacing drops a couple of rings on the inside of the glass. Perfect clarity with a bright pale amber color. Mildly fruitiness with a peppery herbal hop nose, hint of biscuity malt in the aroma as well. Enough crispness to carry the moderate body along. Solid ping of hop bitterness is a flash on the palate, this lets both the oily hop flavor and bready malt overtones mingle to come through with suggestions of wildflowers and tree bark, biscuity grain and mild animal feed respectively. Slightly fruity but pretty clean throughout. Leans a little to the sweet side in the finish with lingering bread and oily hop.

A standup English Pale Ale as it hits its target, a quaffer (session beer) as well.

Photo of Jason
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown long neck with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Appealing bubbly white lace on top of the brassy amber coloured brew. Clarity is fine even with the fine sediment that made its way into the glass.

Smell: Big floral citric hop with a soft spiciness in the back. Some fruitiness, nutty yeast and malt sweetness make it to the nose as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Level crisp moderate body that shows some smoothness, a bit dry in the mouth and that make the heavy hand of hops more pronounced. Waves of citrus rind and a soft floral-like oil show that a substantial amount of flavouring hops was used. Maltiness just stands there with a lightly toasted flavour, yeast jumps in at the same time with a nutty note. Clean finish with a drying graininess and lingering hop flavour.

Notes: This is your standard American brewed pale ale, light on the malt with an obvious citric hop. One thing going for this beer is that the brewers did a good job at keeping it balanced and making it quite drinkable.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange with a white head. The aroma is strong citrus hops, more hoppy than I expected. Very nice aroma. The flavor is citrus hops with quite a bit of hop bitterness as well. There is also a nice malt backbone to keep the beer from being overly bitter. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. A solid example of an American Pale Ale.

Photo of Thrasher
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good beer with enough flavor to be interesting while being incredibly easy to drink. Appearance is hazy orange-gold with decent head and minimal lacing. Aroma of biscuit malts and light fruitiness with very appealing musty yeast odor. The beer goes down effortlessly, with bright, sweet flavors followed by just a short sharp kick of hops which are neither especially bitter nor lasting. Mouthfeel really good; smooth and substantial without being thick. I was pleased with this beer and had no trouble finishing the glass. It may not rock your world but it provides satisfaction.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A weaker amber appearance, good clarity, slight head and lace. Good aroma, hops, caramel.

More caramel, slight hop taste, restrained bitterness, hops are of the Cascade variety predominantly I would guess, imparts detectable grapefruit notes, very drinkable, low abv relatively makes this a keeper for the weekdays.

Some sweetness creeps in, everything is held in abeyance for the hops. As close to balanced as I like, can't wait to check it out in a can.

Photo of ADR
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty nice deep amber, head is persistent, lasts at 1/4-1/2 inch and sticks to the side of the pint glass. Aroma is pretty much of Pac Northwest-smelling hops, though English hops are also used. Medium-bodied mouthfeel, fairly good balance between a settled sweet malt and a fair hop zing. Leans toward the hop side. Flavor is relatively long lasting. Seems balanced and pretty drinkable, lacks major distinction though. This and "Moose Drool" are among the better of the Big Sky brews.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a mug)

A- This beer has a warm crystal clear dark orange body with a creamy off-white head that last and last. There is a carbonation of tiny bubbles that is pretty slow moving.

S- The smell of dry pale malt and a note of pot caramel gives way to a spicy hop finish that is pretty light.

T- The light toasted malt has a faint caramel malt note that becomes more dominate after the sip is finished. There is a light green hop finish that has a spice hint to it in the finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a slight creamy finish due to the fizz texture.

D- This beer has some light caramel malt notes that are a bit off and the hops are mostly bittering hops with not much depth.

Photo of rugbyfan13
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce into my East Atlanta Beer Fest glass.

Appearance - yellow with strands of golden honey.

Aroma - light, very PA-ish. Hops, citrus, fruity. Half inch white head that disappears quickly. Light to medium lacing

Taste - Light, very PA-ish (wait, did I say that?). Despite the light flavor its a fantastic beer (and I detest IPAs normally). The hops are clean and refreshing, Can definitely tell there are Kent Goldings in the brew. That being said, this is no Sierra Nevada in that the flavor is not dominated by hops. A dinkum job was done by the brewers to make the hops the spotlight but not the only thing in the beer. Hints of citrus and pineapple with some other fruits. My first sip I was unimpressed and later fell in love with the beer.

Mouthfeel - it was good but I don't know what a bad mouthfeel would be for me.

Drinkability - wonderful. Wonderful wonderful wonderful. On this hot humid late summer Atlanta eve, I could drink five or more of these with ease. If only I had more than the one I just consumed.

Photo of LXIXME
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Full big off white head leaves a nice lacing above a clear rusty golden colored beer.

A big aroma of citrus hops with lemon in the forefront.

A nice citrus hops taste, the lemon is a little more toned down from the aroma.

A dry aftertaste with some bittering on this medium bodied beer.

A pretty good goat.

Photo of watermelonman
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a dark and clear gold with a small head that lasted well. Lace is minimal.

The smell is full of hops that are soft in character. The taste starts with a strong base of pale malt, which is overtaken by lasting hop flavor. The balance and drinkability are both very good. The mouthfeel is medium and pleasing.

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, from a recent trip through western Montana. I'd wager that it's not just the water in this beer that makes it 'fun', but I appreciate the cheekiness nonetheless.

This beer pours an attractive, clear medium golden copper hue, with many fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some nice broken cirrus cloud lace around the glass as it lazily drops away.

It smells of bready, biscuity pale malt, dry toasted toffee, mildly tart lemon citrus, and leafy, grassy hops. The taste is more lightly toasted bready pale and crystal malt, a hint of caramel sweetness, soft orchard fruit notes, and earthy, grassy, and slightly musty hops.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, just a tame swirling frizziness, the body a decent medium weight, crisp, but not really all that smooth. It finishes mostly dry and cracker-like, the promising fruitiness faded, and the hops kind of moping about.

Virtually all roads lead to England in this one. A decent enough, and well-wrought pale ale, just not the hoppier Yankee version I was expecting. Still worthy of a go, if that's the way your bread is buttered.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear golden honey color with a white finger width head. The head is quick to dissipate, leaving behind a spotty lace.

Smell - Fruity esters and a mild pepper, with notes of earth and citrus underneath.

Taste - Slight caramel and earthy red apple, balanced out with grassy and subtle citric hops.

Mouthfeel - Light in body, while the carbonation lends itself to a decent bite.

Overall - This is an okay beer. Probably not one I'd buy again, and certainly not something I'd go out of my way to find, but I'd have no problems drinking it if offered.

Photo of cokes
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pale ale by the numbers. As effortless as the following review.

Golden orange. Whitish cap.
Hoppy nose of equal parts herbs and citrus.
Vaguely malty. Sugar cookies and bread crusts. Leans towards biscuity as it warms. Touches of diacetyl arrise as well. Closes hoppy with mint leaves and lime rinds.
Light bodied and quaffable.
This is a decent pale ale and nothing more. You've tasted its ilk before.
Whatever.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A pink tinged beige head slowly rises to about two fingers of dense foam above a cloudy apricot colored brew. Lots of really finely bubbled lace sticks to the glass like fake frost in a Christmastime storefront window display. Head retention is good, and that lace is starting to dry into a nice crust. Hubba hubba!

S - Pink grapefruit is the dominant aroma here. My mom used to eat grapefruit sliced in half with sugar on top. She had a scimitar shaped little knife that was purpose built for grapefruit eating. This reminds me of that clean and citrusy, but slightly acrid smell. This is sweet smelling, but not malty per-se. It's more like that grapefruit with sugar on top, or artificially sugared up grapefruit juice.

T - Again, pretty much grapefruit and sugar without a whole helluva lot of complexity or malt spine. This is sort of one-dimensional, but it does that one dimension very well.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied. This really could use a thickening up with a higher malt content. This showcases some really nice grapefruit hop notes, but the finish is surprisingly quite clean (ie un-hoppy) and fresh with a nicely building soft dryness.

D - Not bad. Not bad. This is a little underpowered and simple, but the soft mouthfeel and relatively gentle grapefruit notes are pleasant enough. This might be a good pale ale for a non-BA friend who isn't really into aggressive beers. I'd buy this again. It has session potential.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful Light whisps of club cracker malts and some lemon and spice come to form the nose. A good malty backbone bathes the tongue and lets hints of lemon, and mint hop flavors shine. A really pleasant flavor. Creamy medium body, a little ability to stay for an aftertaste. This really surprised me as a pleasantly palatable ale. Thanx BSBC

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-review 19 December 2006: A snoozle full of citrusy hops greets you in the nose of Big Sky's Scape Goat Pale Ale. It's bright and citrusy with notes of grapefruit, pineapple, and tangerine/apricot, and a rounding note of spruce. It's very nicely balanced against a gently biscuity maltiness, and I find it quite drinkable with a refreshing tartness and solid bitterness. Flavorful, smooth, drinkable!

Original review 25 December 2004: The rich maltiness that dominates the nose of Big Sky's Scape Goat carries through in its flavor. It's sweetish, caramel-drenched maltiness is threaded with floral and lightly fruity hops that help to balance it and give it a dual character; and it's nicely backed by a solid bitterness that leaves it dry and refreshing in the finish. The head retention could be a bit better; but with its slightly restrained alcohol content; smooth medium body; rich caramel malt character; and great balance, this makes for an excellent session ale!

Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, taken out of someone else's fridge

apperance: pours a light amber-coper, light foamy head with not a whole lot of retention...not a whole lot more to say, pretty standard

smell: a more malt dominated apa (which is not my bag), sweet toasted caramel malt, grain, grassy spicy hops

taste: big malt backbone, slightly toasty, lemon peel, spicy hops, grassy, slight citrus flavours overrun by a grainy nature. It is what it is, an easy drinking average apa

mouthfeel: medium body, finishes dry

drinkability: easily drinkable if not for the dry finish

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scape Goat...me likie!!!! This is a very good and sublte pale ale. Reminds me alot of New Belgium's Skinny Dip. The Appearance is a nice golden, slightly amber clear color. Modest carbonation gives way to a thin white head. The nose as sublte hops and citrus which feed beautifully into the taste. The mouthfeel is very good, for me, I like the sublte pale characteristics of the beer which doesn't hang on the pallete very long. Definitely worth a try!

Photo of Fly4awhiteguy
2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A good day time beer especially in the summer time if you want to session drink due to the very low ABV. This is a tasty beer for how light it is but I wouldn't go great distances to seek out. I view this as like a camping or boating beer in place of American Light Lagers.

Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow with a nice white head that sticks around for a bit and leaves some lacing. Bready malt on the nose with a lemony, peppery hop nose. Buiscuty malt on the palate, with a bit of fruit and nice backbone of bittering hops. Really nicely integrated tight carbonation gives it a creamy mouthfeel. This is a beer that I might start buying for an easy drinking, quaffable pale ale.

Photo of russpowell
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in canned form, had to try it again... Date on bottom the can 1-28-2011, here's hoping that is the date it was canned!

Pours honey/amber with 3 fingers of rocky tan head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness & grassy hops, nose is a bit lacking

T: Follows the nose, some orange peel as well up front,plus a touch of biscuitty malt. Earthy hops assert themselves as this warms along lemons & more orange peel, plus leafy hops. Finishes dry with a slight bready sweetness & more leafy hops

MF: Light bodied, firm carbonation with pretty good balance

Drinks really easy, a nice quencher that works for the style. But I'd rather have their Big Sky IPA or Modus, or OK's own Coop Native amber for the same price. I wish they'd canned the IPA instead, still a nice warm weather option!

Photo of lawlerj
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

A - pours a translucent pale gold color. Yields a one to two finger slightly off white head w/ a fairly aggressive pour into the glass.

S - very citrusy hops dominate the aroma; grapefruit and even some pineapple w/ just a touch of floral hops. The aroma is not too bold, and I can detect just enough malt to balance the hops.

T - initially follows the nose; citrus hops dominate with the bitter grapefruit and a touch of floral hops. Citrus is up front and then it mellows as it slides back, opening up into the floral hop flavors mixing the biscuity malt. Finishes with a very clean hop burst that leaves a refreshingly bitter aftertaste.

M - the word that comes to mind is clean - very crisp. Medium bodied, well carbonated.

O - overall, a very nice pale ale. As I said above, it's very crisp and clean. Not overly complex, but very delicious.

Photo of chiapete
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold,amber to caramel color. Slight head that dissipates quickl y to small bubbles.Slight lacing

Sweet floral,toasty caramel, hoppy aroma. More aroma appeared after sitting .

Pleasant mouth feel,very smooth, easy to drink.Hop flavor seems to stick out. Slight after taste . with a smooth finish.

Not the best Ive had in this category but would have again

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Scape Goat Pale Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 419 ratings.