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Scape Goat Pale Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Scape Goat Pale AleScape Goat Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

392 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 11
Gots: 12 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-02-2002)
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Reviews by travolta:
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travolta

California

3/5  rDev -16.2%

App: Brown/ apricot, tan head, nice lacing, average retention.

Nose: Soft and clean, yeasty, biscuity, malty, with green herbs.

Taste: Coppery, medicinal, medium carbonation, dry finish. Metallic and mineral.

Notes: Pale ales are difficult to review. This is a very nice pale ale, it is just not to my taste.

09-12-2012 00:23:23 | More by travolta
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RoyalT

Ohio

2.88/5  rDev -19.6%

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.

12-19-2003 01:34:18 | More by RoyalT
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

11-24-2009 02:38:15 | More by BeerAdvocate
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3/5  rDev -16.2%

04-25-2013 02:28:00 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-21-2012 18:05:28 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +7%

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.

03-09-2003 12:02:26 | More by Jason
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

01-13-2010 17:24:47 | More by Mora2000
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woodencardboard


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

11-04-2012 04:16:55 | More by woodencardboard
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Happy_Camper


1/5  rDev -72.1%

04-25-2012 17:51:32 | More by Happy_Camper
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rhinonau

Wyoming

3/5  rDev -16.2%

02-18-2014 14:46:43 | More by rhinonau
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juicebox

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

08-10-2012 14:06:59 | More by juicebox
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Thrasher

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

01-24-2004 03:35:31 | More by Thrasher
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.64/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

08-26-2010 22:11:51 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

05-02-2002 07:37:34 | More by ADR
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

(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.

06-08-2006 18:53:37 | More by rhoadsrage
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +11.7%

01-01-2012 00:09:32 | More by richkrull
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rugbyfan13

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

08-13-2007 01:58:05 | More by rugbyfan13
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.85/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

09-11-2012 01:53:39 | More by LXIXME
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RDW

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

03-04-2012 04:57:12 | More by RDW
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watermelonman

California

4.15/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

08-22-2006 05:30:33 | More by watermelonman
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

08-11-2010 02:40:36 | More by biboergosum
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m0unds

New Mexico

3/5  rDev -16.2%

05-04-2013 03:03:29 | More by m0unds
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TheSixthRing

California

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

05-21-2012 05:27:32 | More by TheSixthRing
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cgman1985

Montana

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

08-03-2013 22:22:10 | More by cgman1985
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Diggy

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

08-20-2014 18:31:18 | More by Diggy
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Scape Goat Pale Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.