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Scape Goat Pale Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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410 Ratings

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Ratings: 410
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 12
Gots: 16 | 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 JoeAmerican77
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
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 colts9016
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light copper color with little to no head. The aroma is hoppy floral and citrus. The taste is citrus, malt, kinda chalky hints of corn and floral. The finish is clean and very easy to drink. This beer is not as hoppy as some American Pale ales

Photo of Spikester
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very nice APA.
Pours medium amber from the 12 ounce bottle with a medium head.
Aroma is mild, some earthy hops.
Flavor is very full for an APA nice cirtus hops, plenty of sweet malts.
Palate is smooth, slightly watery.
Nice session brew not too hoppy for frequent consumption. Recommended.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce (355ml) standard looking brown glass bottle. Dark blue crown cap with gold lettering. Main and neck label look different to those on the bottle pictured here on BA, maybe I have a more up-to-date version. No strength or freshness date on the bottle or label.

Appearance: Superb presentation, an immense off white head sits high and proud leaving some incredible Belgian style lacing and a supporting a head that stays at least 1” deep for Act #1 and never gets below ½” thick for the curtain down. Clear tawny body has some orange-amber hints.

Nose: Sweet caramel malts and some toffee. Light grain in the back end.

Taste: The toffee and caramel from the nose disappears in the initial flavor profile once tasted. Grapefruit and hops come through first - the middle has a thin bitterness whilst the ending has a caramel malt finish. Gentle acidity with a nutty feel which can dominate as the beer warms. As it drinks through, the toffee aspects start to remind me of a butterscotch silky tingle, hmmm, this aspect is not good but it picks up as the beer warms, thankfully the grapefruit hops balance this and keep it in check.

Mouthfeel: Sadly I think this is the worst part of this brew, maybe that is harsh, but it is the weak link, the Achilles heel if you will. Whilst the caramel and toffee add a chewy factor, it feels like one of those toffees that has been left in the sunshine and gone all runny. It definitely lacks in this department.

Drinkability: Well I picked up a Six-Pack of this from the BevMo in Irvine this afternoon, and whilst it does rock my boat, I can say honestly that I will have no problems managing the other five bottles.

Overall: Not bad, a nice Pale Ale from Montana but suffers from a little too much of a buttery feel, dare I say too much “d” even?

Photo of Oxymoron
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

What no dopplebock? This goat poured a light amber color with flares of yellow. A good froathy head and decent laciness which last for some time but both eventually fade. The beer is slightly cloudy but good carbonation.

The nose is limited overall but some sweeter generic malt notes and distinct hop aroma. To start the malt is limted but some minor crystal notes and a light bready aroma. The hops have a citrus and earthy hop notes. The yeast is mostly clean but a light diactyl note is there.

The taste is a bit different with the hops coming out a touch more. The malt is limited with some grainy and husky notes. A mild caramel flavor but lacking complexity. Flavoring hops come out with some minor bittering but mostly finishing hops. A mix of citrus and lemon but more of a grassy finish that leaves a light astringency issue. The yeast is mostly clean. No real diactyl but there in nose and texture.

The body is light and could use a bit more depth. Some slickness in the mouthfeel. Carbonation is light but ok. Overall a limited beer but easy drinking.

Photo of ikats
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber in color with nice off-white head that never fully disappears. Nose has some floral and citrus hops, but is also filled with sweetness. Taste seems off balance. Hops play by themselves while light malty sweetness is on the other side of the mouth. Light body. Goes down quick, so I find it very drinkable.

Photo of Bobikel
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Pours a filtered light amber/golden color with a good sized chunky head that died down quite rapidly, leaving big globs of lace on the glass.

Smell - Some citrus hops and malt backbone. Remember this is not an IPA, I keep telling myself. It won't be hop wallop. So for a pale, this is about in line. A little pineapple as well.

Taste - Despite a less than stellar smell, this beer tastes very good. Well balanced hops and malts dancing nicely across the tongue. Neither overpowers the other. Just a little bit cloying after the swallow.

Mouthfeel - Thin and a little watery. Descent Carbonation.

Drinklability - Quite drinkable, and even sessionable, but lacks the depth of character to really keep my interest. Just a couple more OG points, and/or a little less attenuation, would make all the difference in the world for this beer.

Photo of KTCamm
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Montana mix pack 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Light copper bronze with an orange tinge. Small amounts of white foam stick. Malty smell. Light pine/grass, but unimpressive. Lightly hopped malty taste. Even keeled with smooth malty/bitter flavor. Nondescript pale, which isn't to say it isn't good. Easy drinker with enough pop to stay interested.

Photo of TxTechBrewer
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured into pint glass as a nice light copper color with off white head that maintained itself well.
Aroma: Mild hop notes with subtle malt backing.
Flavor: Citrusy hop flavor with mild (not sharp) hop bitterness and malty sweetness behind...perhaps even a bit of biscuit. Finishes dry with lingering hop bitterness and a bit astringent.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation that lends a bit of a bite.
Overall: A mildly hoppy beer with decent malt backbone and lingering hop flavor on the tongue. A nice drinkable beer.

Photo of harrymel
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 06/05/10
Poured from bottle to standard pint glass

A: Golden, deep amber. Good clarity. No ribbons, no head. Flat sheet of foam.

S: Nice cascade nose.

T: Strong amber backbone. High malting for pale, nice hopping. A bit sweet, however for a pale.

M: Medium body with moderate burning carbonation.

D: Decent pale ale, good price @ $1.50 for 12oz.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Deep clear golden, one finger head.

S- Citrusy hops with a hint of sweetness.

T- Slight sweetness on the take fading off to a very approachable hop bitterness in the finish.

M- Kinda light, otherwise good.

D- Very quaffable.

Nothing special, but still a good brew.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at 50 degrees. Picked up in a trade from davideddie (thanks!).

A - Pours a cloudy golden color with an off-white head.

S - A little sweet with floral highlights and some grain compose the aroma.

T - Grainy flavor with a floral bite. Goes down smooth with some caramel in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body with a small amount of carbonation. It finishes crisp with a little sweetness on the tongue.

D - I enjoyed this beer, but more so for the fact that I can't really get Montana beer here in PA. Nothing over the top, but good for the style.

Photo of drinkAK
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to dancingcaddis, thanks. Nice pale orange-yellow color, decent head, looks about as good as any other pale ale. The smell is nondescript and boring, there is really nothing that stands out. The flavor seems to follow suit, a little bit of biscuit flavor but other than that it is completely boring. I am not saying this beer is bad at all because it is very easy to put down but it is just bland overall.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color, with a finger of head that falls to ring the beer. The nose is all about APA. Lots of dirty APA hops mingling with some biscuit malts and a hint of caramel. Eh. I just don't find this combination appealing. The flavor is okay. There is a nice caramel that comes through, with hops and biscuity flavors on the finish. The feel is off. Way too thin on this beer. Its almost watery feeling. Not what I expect. Drinkability is okay. Its not the best beer I've ever had, but its not awful.

Photo of slyke
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scape Goat Pale Ale pours a nice golden-orange color with a finger of white head that laces a bit and sticks nicely.

The aroma is a bit grainy and has a note of hops, but not much.

The taste is fairly well balanced, no distinct notes. Nice, but subtle hop finish.

The weight on the tongue is about what you expect for the style - medium bodied, maybe a hint of coating of the mouth.

Overall it is a decent brew. Nothing that rocks my world, but nothing offensive. Give it a try if you see it.

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this beer at the local liquor store in the pick your sixer section.

A - Poured from undated brown 12oz bottle to a pint glass. The beer pours a bright clear amber color with a 1 finger white head with decent retention and some lacing.

S - The beer is strong in malt character with a sweet biscuit aroma. Not a lot of hope aroma. A bit metallic.

T - Unlike the nose the hop character is more noticeable on the tongue. A bit of lemony citrus character with some floral to boot. The malt presence again is dominant with a lot of caramel malt throughout.

M - The beer is a bit overcarbonated in my opinion which makes for a sharp mouthfeel.

O - A decent beer but just a little better than average.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-20-2011 19:58:51

Photo of david131
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A golden/ copper colored liquid with a thin, white head that leaves nice lacing.

S- A bit of orange rind and meat along with some caramel. Slightly aromatic and slightly unique.

T- Slightly sweet malt with a hint of citrus. Overall, this is fairly boring, but it isn't bad.

M- Creamy smooth with a bit of a carbonation presence.

D- A decent pale ale. Drinks alright. Made it to Michigan just in time for summer.

Photo of akorsak
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The ale has an amber orange glow with a thicker head that retains nicely within the glass.

S: The aroma a big citrusy one, strong on grapefruit, that is underscored by a clearly defined malty grain presence.

T: The APA has a strong starting flavor, kicking off with a noticeable grapefruit citrus element. The hops has a fairly long finish, keeping a strong flavor throughout. The hops are poorly matched by a thin grainy caramel malt body. The thin malt flavor detracts from the stronger hops.

M: Nice hops, not so nice malts. The flavors are big at first and soon thin out.

D: The ale's low abv is nice, but the thinness of the malts is not so hot.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with a white head.
Nose shows sweet clean malt and piny, resinous hops.
Similar flavours, some bready note though. Reasonable hop bitterness.

Photo of climax
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank it from the bottle years ago, recently found in a can only. Intriguing.

It pours a bright amber, clarity is good. The head is decent size and quite creamy. It fades very slowly with some uneven craters.

The nose is malt heavy, not too much intensity on either end of the spectrum however. The malt is sweet biscuits and the hops perhaps a bit sour. It's a tad tinny to boot.

The taste rebounds a bit, from a rocky aroma. The hop presence is admirable in the mouth, much obliged. The profile is floral with a dash of lemon all atop a caramel backbone.

The feel is razor sharp initially from the carbonation. The body itself does have quite a bit of viscosity to it. The finish is a bit slimy with a little dryness. Not a bad beer, didn't care for the odor though. Perhaps a bottle next time, but not my favorite Big Sky brew.

Photo of Scotchboy
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Clear body with a decent white head.

S: Clear pils malts, crisp grain and a little bit of bready sweetness; hops are underlying and a bit pungent, definitely grassy and possibly earthy. Hint of toast.

T: Hint of lemon peel, grassy and earthy again. Grain, maybe faint caramel? Possible toasted malt as well; lower sweetness and lower bitterness levels.

MF: Lighter bodied, moderately bitter.

O: OK. This longneck was from a friends variety pack, and I'm not sure how long those packs sit around? Tastes...not so fresh? This is in the English vein, but you expect more fruity yeast characters, a stronger malt base, and more appropriate hop levels. Meh.

Photo of Durge
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear pale amber colored brew with a thin but full cover of off-white head and nice thick lace. The aroma to me was an odd blend of grapefruit hops and a bit of old fashioned urinal essence. The grapefruit part was good, sharp and pretty strong. The taste is very sharp thin grapefruit and orange with little or no malt presence. To me this is quite bitter and a little peppery. It has a nice, fine carbonation, pretty refreshing and drinkable enough. But to me it's more astringent than I normally would enjoy so I wouldn't call this highly drinkable. Pretty unique and tasted a little more palatable to me as it warmed, a little more of a malt hint came out to take the edge off the bitter hops. I just may not be so familiar with this style. I would drink it again but not too high on my list.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear yet strong copper color uderneath quick, spongey head, and a few small spots of bubbling. Upfront braed with some funky hops and a faint smell of ginger ale. Heavily toasted malts mix with some minty grapefruit hops for the bitter finish. The palate has quick hop and even quicker malt flavors. Leaving th palate feeling pretty moist though, but withno lingering flavors. Good session beer. Need to try on tap.

Photo of redmosquito
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep caramel color w/ an off white head. Aroma of toasted bread and roasted malt. Nice bitterness and toasted malt flavor. Good body, malt flavors and bitterness. The hop flavors are subtle and in the background, this could be a result of a well traveled bottle. Well balanced, like an English pale ale rather than a hoppy west coast American pale ale.

Scape Goat Pale Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.