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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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Reviews: 235
Hads: 424
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 17.04%
Wants: 14
Gots: 25 | 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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Photo of megahurts4
4.6/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big Sky Scape Goat Pale Ale

Appearance: golden, medium head, and good lacing.

Smell: hops, fruit, and grain.

Taste: hops, malty grains, and a faint fruit.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This is a really nice pale ale. It has a good amount of flavor that is well balanced and savory.

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Photo of jj21
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown with white head. Head doesn't last too long, bu tit doesn't need to. Lemon and Grapefruit aromas right away with the flavor changing to malty, grassy, citrusy, Tart Grapefruit, Crisp Finish. Very clean. Great Beer. Easy to drink many.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light copper. Decent bubbly white head that retains nicely. Nice citrus and floral tones on the nose. This beer is all about the hops. Citrus/grapefruit, piney, dry. There's a good enough malt backbone, but it is in the background. Refreshing and easy to drink. One of my favorite pale ales. Could throw some of these back.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.41/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- nice lookin can. Mostly clear golden amber with a big rocky white head. Major sticky lace. Absolutely beautiful.

S- crisp American hops. Grapefruit, orange, lemon, passion fruit, mango, and a hint of resin. Pale bready malt backdrop.

T- rounded malt sweetness and tangy citrus. Not overly bitter but a very nice hop flavor. Herbs and fruits, wood and tobacco. Thyme, pineapple, a bit of toffee English flavor for good measure. Finish is pleasant and very well balanced.

MF- on the light end of medium bodied with active carbonation and very refreshing. Resinous feeling with a moderate dryness.

D- insanely drinkable and tasty. If I could get this here in Ohio, it would definitely be a go-to brew. Thanks drew and charlie from Montana do the hook up.

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Photo of Jayhawk
4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Part of my tour of new canned craft beers, which have been slowly appearing at my local liquor store.

Pours a nice copper color with two fingers of foam. Some lacing on the glass as I drink it down (standard pint glass). A nice balance between hops and malt - good hop bit up front and nice, mild citrus flavor. Smells malty with a slight tinge of piney hops. All in all a nice pale ale...it's billed as an English style pale ale, and it's closer to that than an APA...but it's definitely an American made English style pale ale but in a good way. A very sessionable ale at only 5% abv. This might be my new go to canned pale ale...much more to my taste than Sierra Nevada canned pale ale.

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Photo of BigBigPickle
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: I am not a pale ale drinker, normally. However, I appreciate the style, want to learn more, and want to have a beer around that my wife will drink. This is it!

A: Clear, golden copper. Good head with poor retention. Very good lacing.

S: Yeasty with a bit of malt. Some slight fruit esters with a touch of hoppiness.

T: Nice rounded malt flavor with the perfect hop complement for the style. A nice, bitter, well-rounded pale ale.

M: The above mentioned balance creates a tremendous mouthfeel. Feels great on the cheeks and tongue.

D: Great session beer at 4.7%. Something I will keep in my fridge for sure.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a slightly hazy light copper color. A fluffy pillow of an off-white head sits on top that eventually dissipates to a film of white bubbles. Nice sticky lacing appears all over the glass. The beer smells well balanced, but the bright hops come out the most. The taste is delicious, as it's so very well balanced. Hops abound, but it's the caramel-malt presence in there that adds just the right sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly dry finish.

Overall, another well-rounded beer from Big Sky. I really haven't had a bad beer yet from these folks, and this is just another well-done brew to add to the list.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First off, I would NOT call this an English style pale ale. The label has changed, and I get the feeling that this used to be a very different tasting beer.

A: Orangish, translucent golden with a white head.

S: Orange, tangerine, mango in a deliciously citric nose.

T: Not as much mango in the taste, but orange and tangerine are still present with some pine. It's delicious!

M: Medium-light bodied and smoothish.

O: This is a deliciously hoppy pale ale with nice orangey aromas and flavors. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of wnh
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottled poured into a pint glass.

Pours a crisp, clear copper with a steady stream of bubbles rising to the surface. Moderately sized sticky, foamy white head that leaves some nice sticky lacing on the way down.

Nose is sweet biscuit-like malt up front with some relatively strong citrus notes hiding just underneath. Not an IPA level of hop aroma, but for a hophead, this is one great smelling pale ale.

First thing I notice at first sip is hop bitterness, with some earthy hop notes coming through. There's a strong malt backbone that holds up the hops and keeps them in check--and quite likely keeps this from being an IPA. Toward the last half of the glass I notice some sweet grapefruit hop flavor in the back end, which brightens things up and makes it interesting. Mildly bitter lingering finish.

Scape Goat is medium bodied with a slight stickiness that enhances the bitter finish without allowing the bitterness to be too much. Well balanced on the whole, and that lingering bitterness sucks me in for another sip. I'm pleasantly surprised, and I'd gladly session with this beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark burnt orange, with a thick, creamy white head, good retention, with big, thick lacing.

S: Great nose of tropical fruits - a lot of pineapple, papaya, orange in there as well.

T: Big pineapple notes, light citrus fruit, passion fruit, malt provides a good backbone, caramel and dark bread. Great hop profile in this one.

M: Solid, medium-bodied, brisk carbonation character, refreshing.

D: A very good pale ale out of Big Sky, definitely the winner in the mixed 12er, definitely pick this up if you live out West.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright, dusty tangerine with very little carbonation. All those CO2 molecules gave themselves up to form an impressive, dark cream-light orange head that is dense and tacky. It falls first at the edges and leaves quite a bit of lace in blurred rings.

Only two varieties of hops were used to brew Scape Goat (Crystal and Kent Goldings), but they provide a complex aroma. I had anticipated more of an English pale ale scent, but I'd forgotten that Rogue Brutal Bitter uses Crystal and it doesn't smell English to me. Anyway, it's a nose that appeals to me. The brewers seem to have added the Crystal hops with a heavier hand because their bright, citrusy aroma overpowers the earthy spiciness of the Goldings. I hope the flavor is a carbon copy of the nose.

Not quite, but it's close. The flavor is a wonderful melange of three components. Sweet caramal malt vies with the grapefruit sprucy Crystal and spicy Goldings. The caramel and spicy hops were in the background in the aroma, but come out to play on the palate. The finish is long as a direct result of the medium-full, slightly slick body. With a tweak here and there, this would make a great IPA.

Bolder and hoppier than most APAs and an intriguing combination of the US and UK styles, Scape Goat Pale Ale is a wonderful craft brew and is a pleasant surprise. If you run across this well made beer from the Treasure State, pick up a sixer or two. You won't be sorry.

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Photo of pjwilson
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here's a good session beer if the price is right. I like this pale alot, has just about everything i look for in a APA.
A: Seems a deep orange, darker than most APA's I've seen. Good head when poured and even minor lacing.
Smell: mmm hops, malt balance. west coast.
taste: Now there's some balance. right amount of bitterness meets malts. lingering bitterness. Pretty hoppy for how low of alcohol.
Mouthfeel: full
Drinkability: where'd my beer go? really smooth drinker.
Notes: Drink this one cold as it does not improve as gets warm. I tried one at 55 and it didn't taste so great....right out of the fridge hit the spot. Great for times when you want a really light beer, with full flavor. I dig this. The only pale ale that trumps this is poleeko gold, but that one usually costs more and is stronger. This will become a staple for me if i can keep getting it for 6 bucks a sixer.

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Photo of Kwak
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice head fluffy white and rich.
Golden / amber body.
Lively hoppy ale with sweet caramel and nut flavor.
A little bitter in the end. But not to bad for this style!

I recomend this pale ale , can't waite to go back to Montana!!

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Photo of Vidav
4.16/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Dark orange, very nice coloring. I got about 1.5 inch head, it seems to be mildly carbonated.

S: Not a lot to smell here, the hops seems to be the only thing coming through.

T: Starts out really hoppy but ends with subtle citrus.

M: Smooth feel.

D: This is just a really nice and drinkable pale ale. It would be a perfect session beer.

Notes: This is one of the first pale ales I really enjoyed. It is a bit stronger than most though not quite up there with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I would recommend this for anyone looking for an easy to drink refreshing beer.

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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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am a tad pissed off at seeing the below. Somewhere along the line, my original bottle review got deleted, making the remaining review worthless. It may not have been a very good review, since I did it early on, but in the interim, it now comes in a 12-Fl. Oz. CAN from Crown. The CANQuest (TM) rejoices! I picked this up at Binny's (South Loop) during my Thanksgiving visit.

From the CAN: "Chained Up On All 4"; "3-7-77".

There is nothing like the satisfying auditory nature of the Crack! and so I celebrated with my infamous inverted Glug. I produced two fingers of tawny head as the result, but it evinced only mild retention. Color was a slightly hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose had a solid citrusiness which made my mouth begin to water in anticipation. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste struck me as being only mildly bitter, not really rising to the aroma, with a bigger malt presence than I would have liked. I got some lacing in the glass as I drank. Finish was semi-dry, but overall, unsatisfying. I remember really liking it many years ago, but it seems as though my palate has changed in that time. I am not going to change my original scores, and I am glad that I found a CAN of this one, but I do not see myself giving it another run in bottle form.

This review is for Scape Goat in the Aluminum (bottle-shaped) Can.

I do not really have that much different to say from my initial review except that this serving style struck me as being hoppier, plus there was greater clarity. Hopefully, brevity is all in this case.

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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!

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Photo of skrib09
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

dark, golden color, with good clarity. tan head up top, looks a bit sticky from some hops.

smells floral and spicy with a touch of pine and lemon. some malt tones (bread maybe) mixed in.

taste is well balanced with a malt backbone and a touch of floral hop. hints of fresh bread mixed in with a touch of resin and pine notes.

good mouthfeel. full-bodied yet well balanced. drinkable.

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Photo of jsh420
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

best by 05/28/09

pours a clear darker gold copper with a 1+ finger head that leaves a good amount of lacing down the glass

smell is very hoppy for an APA mostly grapefruit

taste is much like the smell very citrusy grapefruit hops but will a good sweet malt backbone just a tad tangy

mouthfeel is light with not a lot of carbonation that makes the beer very smooth

drinkability is high for me @4.7% i have found another winner for the hot summer days

big sky continues to impress me - they might not make the extreme high abv beers but every offering i have had from them is very flavor full and could be a nice gateway beer for non craft drinkers

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Photo of ibbjamin
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single 12 oz bottle in my adventures back to Manitowok, WI for the past holiday. This beer is somewhere around the $6-7 per 6-pack range i believe. Poured into a pint glass.

One inch white semi-frothy head after a normal pour. Transparent dark gold color. Some very light head retention. Good lacing.

Smells very light, clean and fresh. Quality ingredients used in moderate quantities.

Has a brew pub like taste to it. Again, like the nose, just quality ingredients in this one make it very refreshing, easy to drink lighter bodied beer. Good carbonation. Watery taste and finish, adding to its drinkability.

I'd like to get this beer to share with those not necessarily into the crafts, especially for a long day's drinking. Recommended it you are looking for something a bit lighter on the palate.

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Photo of beernut7
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad respresentation of a pale. Easily drinkable with a good amount of carbonation and a good head. Nice hoppiness to the level of an american pale.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour - dark golden amber/copper color with a solid inch of white foam sitting on top and some nice lacing as well. Clean and clear. Sometimes the condensation on the outside of a glass of beer just makes your mouth water!

Aroma - slightly citrusy, orange peel, caramel, dark bread, biscuity and some hints of earthy hops. Very inviting!

Taste - tangy sweet and citrusy. This is definitely on par for an English-style pale ale with the malt leading the way and the hops a little more subdued. Plenty of caramel malt flavor and some of that citrusy orange-peel bitterness coming in at the end. Its got a rather dry finish that really leads you right into another sip. It goes down almost too easy which is always a great sign!

Overall - Absolutely delicious and the type of beer that I'd love to have a cooler of when hosting a barbecue or sitting around an early evening campfire. Something about this style of beer being canned just seems to work really well. I'd say Scape Goat made the transition from bottles to cans pretty much flawlessly and the flavor is probably even fresher from the can. Excellent brew from the good folks at Big Sky. If you are lucky enough to spot any of these left on the shelves be sure to snatch them up because if they aren't already gone they will be soon.

Would I buy more of it? - totally, this is a great brew to sit around a campfire with or bring with you tubing or kayaking. No complaints...at all.

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Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper with a tight white head that had good retention. Leaves rings of lacing on the glass after each drink.

I smell a lot of hops in this ale. Pine, grapefruit, and a musty malt base. A bit earthy overall.

Hops upfront in the flavor. Very bitter even for an APA. Seems to be going into the realm of ESB. The malt supplies a nice platform for the pine and citrus hops. Leaves a citrus aftertaste.

Light body with vibrant carbonation. Not too harsh but unremarkable in the end.

I had to check to see if I poured Big Sky IPA in the glass instead of the APA. But it is the APA and a bitter one at that. Very refreshing and a lighter body and low ABV makes these go down fast and easy.

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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.

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Photo of pweis909
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big Sky calls this an English-style pale alke on their website and claims to use Goldings hops. It's listed as an APA here, and I probably would have classified it that way too.

A=Deep yellow, pushing amber, not much head
S=Hops seem balanced with citrus and floral components. A bit of honey from the malt.
T=Sweetness comes through at the front, with a light bitter finish.
Well balanced, drinkable APA.

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Scape Goat Pale Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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