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Scape Goat Pale Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

396 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 396
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 11
Gots: 14 | 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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5/5  rDev +39.7%

M_Burkey, Aug 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +39.7%

TicoCali, Nov 15, 2011
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.

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

megahurts4, Jan 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

juicebox, Aug 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

MTfish, Oct 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Mayhewbc, Jun 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

mfl620ks, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of hustlesworth
4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

hustlesworth, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of jj21
4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

jj21, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of Bighuge
4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Bighuge, Jun 01, 2002
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4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

BigBigPickle, Jan 12, 2010
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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.

Jayhawk, May 24, 2013
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

JuicesFlowing, Mar 07, 2012
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4.26/5  rDev +19%
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.

BierJager89, Feb 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

enelson, Jul 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Jumski, May 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

dunix, Oct 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

delalove, Feb 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

ssjkyle, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Halcyondays, May 15, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Boverhof3, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of wnh
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

wnh, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of Kwak
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
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!!

Kwak, Nov 29, 2002
Photo of Vidav
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Vidav, Jul 10, 2009
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4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 29, 2004
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Scape Goat Pale Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.