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Scape Goat Pale Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

Scape Goat Pale AleScape Goat Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

370 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 370
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%


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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philbertk

Washington

2.05/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

2000 12 oz. Bottle. 4.70% ABV. (2.5 / 5.0) Very clear light amber golden color. Mild hop front. Light malty body with carbonated hop spiciness. Carbonation accentuates bitterness in finish. Mild light pale ale with balance problems. Sampled 4/21/2000.

2001 12 oz. Bottle. 4.70% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Clear rich bright golden color. Light white head but nice lace. Mild pale malt body with subdued malty caramel biscuit notes. Medium sweetness. Easy balanced citrus hop end. Tasty and drinkable but mild. Sampled 9/13/2001.

2002 12 oz. Bottle. 4.70% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear rich dark golden color. Medium lacy head. Mild citrus floral hop front. Mild toasted sweet caramel citrus mild doughy body. Thin Pale Ale. Mild citrus hop spice tangy end. Thin malt. Lots of citrus hop. Sampled 12/19/2002.

2003 12 oz. Bottle. 4.70% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Clear rich golden amber color. Foamy lacy head. Floral mild fruit hop front. Malty doughy biscuit caramel body. Tangy mild yeasty fruit notes. Clean earthy hop citrus end. Bottle conditioned aged? Tastiest version so far. Sampled 3/31/2004.

2005 12 oz. Bottle. 4.80% ABV? 30 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Foamy mild lace head. Clear bright golden color. Tangy floral hop front. Crisp dry sweet astringent mild caramel citrus minor biscuit body. Mildly tangy crisp medium hop citrus end. Golden Ale flavor. Sampled 1/20/2006.

Big Sky Brewing Company--Scape Goat Pale Ale--Always Drink Upstream From The Herd--We Make Water Fun--2010 12 oz. MicroCan. 5.00% ABV. 30 IBU's. (1.5 / 5.0) Big foamy mild lace head. Fizzy cloudy bright orange gold color. Fruity floral aromatic estery front. Sweet fruit ester yeasty mildly doughy smooth malty Pale Ale body. Mild sweet mild hop easy mild citrus fruit end. Fruity canning job bugs? Sampled 3/19/2011. Purchased for $1.54 at PCC--Fremont, Seattle on 7/1/2010.

Serving type: can

03-29-2011 03:24:15 | More by philbertk
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dren

Indiana

2.3/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

After loving the Moose Drool brown I figured I would give Big Sky another shot and check out their pale. The first sip greets you with malt and hops but some unwanted roasty flavors lingered around and resulted in a bad after taste. Not what I would expect from a pale. I thought it might have just been me but a few of the guys had the same beer with me and we couldn't finish them. We might have purchased a bad 6 pack, but I find this highly unlikely since we were in the town the beer is brewed in.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2004 15:39:27 | More by dren
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tr4nc3d

Kansas

2.3/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12fl oz bottle poured into my pint glass

Pours a light copper to orange-ish(is that even a word?, lol)color with vibrant two inch frothy white head. Good amount of carbonation can be noticed with bubbles rising to the top of the beer and popping in the head. Great head retention that subsides really slowly. Minimal lacing is left sticking to the sides of my glass.

Smell consisted of floral like hops with pine needle. Very earthy and herbal type smell. Bread like malts can be noticed when you take a whiff.

Slightly sweet upfront with very little hop presence except a little bit of some pine bitterness. Malts come and shine throughout the beer leaving a sweet and slightly bread like taste.

Mouthfeel is in between light and medium(on the watery side), with high amounts of carbonation. Very crisp.

Disappointed with this one and wish I did not buy a six pack. This beer needs more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 02:03:28 | More by tr4nc3d
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Crosling

Colorado

2.38/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Shining bronze color with a fully developed white foam. Vibrant aroma of malt (caramel and biscuit) and hops (earth, lemon, flowers), with the hops being the most accented of the two. I generally don’t enjoy English Pales Ales unless it’s a spectacular recipe and this is no different. I dislike how the hops give off such an herbal, sometimes medicinal flavor. The hops here taste like antibiotics to me, totally unpleasant, maybe it’s the Crystal, I don’t know, yet. Not much malt and hop balance to begin with and the hop flavor makes this a drainpour for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 01:31:37 | More by Crosling
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spicelab

Australia

2.43/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Can thanks to Beermasons.

Light amber with a respectable white head that leaves touches of lace. Healthy looking bead.

Decent amount of citric hops, mainly tangerine, with some grainy notes and light savoury and toffee malts. Doesn't strike me as English but it's quite okay.

The citrus quickly gives way to a tea-like, metallic and mostly unpleasant palate.

Nice spritzy carbonation, however the drying, metallic bitterness needs flavour in order to work.

Not great. Indifferent malt bill, which for an English Pale Ale seems odd, and unappetising hop character.

Serving type: can

04-20-2012 10:17:29 | More by spicelab
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Murrhey

Montana

2.45/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a weizen glass. Reviewed live.

A- Thick four finger head, cream color. Decent retention. Pale amber color with high clarity. Some frilly lacing.

S- Not a great smell. Overcooked malts.

T- Some sour flavor, little sweetness that juxtaposes in the mouth and is kind of unappealing, unfortunately. Light flavor.

M- Very wet, medium bodied.

O- Meh. Take a walk on this one if you've got a better choice.

Serving type: can

07-21-2012 04:32:53 | More by Murrhey
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kimcgolf

Georgia

2.48/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to a golden orange color with off-white head. I enjoyed the initial aroma of this, a hoppy smell of grass and floral scents. Flavor continued the floral and grass, along with pine. Unfortunately, the finish was extremely unpleasant, completely dominated by these flavors. By the end of the glass, I felt as though I had been chewing on grass and sucking on flowers. The very dry, floral/grass palate completely ruined this beer that started out promising.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 01:43:48 | More by kimcgolf
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kegger22

Michigan

2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Big Sky Scape Goat Pale Ale was a gold color with a tiny off-white head that promptly dissipated to a collar. The aroma was missing in action other than a faint barley water scent. The taste was a bland, small citrus flavor that didn't offend but didn't impress either. The mouth feel was light bodied and lightly carbonated. Drinkability was not good. While the ABV cooperated, the taste just didn't do anything. I'm not trying to be funny, or anything, this was just very weak in all respects. The freshness date on the bottle appeared to be 06-03-10, so I don't think that was the problem. I still have a couple of bottle, so I'll try another later and edit if I was just having a bad day, or something.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 02:22:39 | More by kegger22
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alcstradamus

Washington

2.6/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A--Crystal clear sparkling amber with two fingers of head using a standard pour into a pint glass. A little bit of lacing is left behind.

S--Nice citrus hop nose...oranges, grapes, apples. Some floral presence as well.

T--Good caramel maltiness to balance out the hops leaving this one an OK tasting, though unimpressive, brew. It is a little empty and watery unfortunately, although there are no undesirable tastes present.

M--Light bodied and too watery

D--This is an inoffensive brew that goes down easy and is sessionable, but the lack of a real flavor profile makes me not want to reach for it. It is an alcohol delivery system, nothing more.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 21:42:31 | More by alcstradamus
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

2.63/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I've had this beer before in an aluminum bottle, but this bottle was glass.

This beer poured a nice sparkling amber with abundant white head, which is packed loosely and is sticky, leaving some lacing.

Aroma is a light sweet hoppiness. The aroma is very mild.

Taste is pretty malty with a light hoppy aftertaste. OK, but not bad.

Mouthfeel is middle-of-the-road, not too sticky and pretty drinkable. However, it is a little thin.

Based on taste and a thin mouthfeel, I think this beer is really only marginal.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 23:25:18 | More by BeerBelcher
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klikger

Wisconsin

2.65/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz poured into a tulip glass

A - Amber, decent head, good lacing

S - Ummm...kind of smells like a goat. There's some caramel in there somewhere, but it's mostly goat. Some soap.

T - Watery caramel starts this off, followed by a largely tasteless mid-section. Slightly bitter lemon finish. Not offensive, but not good.

M - Watery with a bit of soapiness.

D - ABV makes this drinkable. Nothing else helps.

Wow...first beer that I haven't appreciated in a long time. If I get trapped inside Big Sky Brewing Co. due to the outside world being lousy with zombies, I'm sticking with their IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 21:55:27 | More by klikger
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Jamesthebrit

Michigan

2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Medium copper color.
S: Very floral. Like a spring day.
T: Quite bitter. Close to smooth but a little off tasting on the finish.
M: very calm beer. Can certainly let it linger around.

Overall I wasn't very impressed with this beer. It was pretty smooth but the flavor wasn't very pleasing at it left a bitter off putting taste. Other beers from Big Sky show more promise than this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 18:57:20 | More by Jamesthebrit
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ADZA

Australia

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Love the can style and thanks to beermasons for this offering and it pours a crystal clear golden amber hue which leaves a three finger head and some lacing,the smell is corn,tea,chilies,caramel malts and herbal hops,the mouthfeel is light bodied and reminds me of iced tea with hints of corn syrup,herbal hops,light honey,barley,light toffee and finished with a ice tea taste and overall its a let down i mean i love the can style but i definately would not revisit this one anytime soon cheers.

Serving type: can

04-12-2012 14:36:19 | More by ADZA
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StoutHunter

Michigan

2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I got a single of Scape Goat Pale Ale at the Lager Mill for $1.49. I tried the Montana Trout Slayer and I liked it, so since this was on the singles shelf I decided to give this one a try and see what else Big Sky has to offer. No visible freshness date. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like the design of this can, the nice picture of a big mountain goat gives it a nice rugged look. This beer poured a nice amber color with a little bit of golden yellow thrown in there. It had three and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a pretty thick layer that left some nice looking lacing.

S- There is a strong malt aroma to this beer that gives off a lot of bread and biscuit like aromas. I can pick up a small amount of grassy hops at the end. The aroma is not too impressive.

T- This pale ale seems to be all about the malts. The malts are sweet and just as bready as they were in the aroma. There is a slight amount of grassy hops on the finish. Theres not much bitterness on the finish, just sweet malts. This beer could use more hops to help balance out all the sweet malts and give it some depth.

M- Crisp, light bodied, and perfect carbonation.

Overall this pale ale was average at best. In the end it was just too unbalanced for me to enjoy. There were tons of sweet pale malts in this brew and they needed some nice floral hops to balance everything out. Some Pale Ales tend to have too much hops, but this one didn't have enough and that hurt it. The appearance and mouthfeel were spot on, but the aroma and taste need some work. I wouldn't buy this beer again, there are too many other good pale ales out there.

Serving type: can

04-05-2011 02:21:39 | More by StoutHunter
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BoFoSho

Washington

2.84/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

One snowy, cold-ass day in Missoula the Big Sky Brewing team met to discuss their next brew. The decision had been made, and the Scape Goat Pale Ale was brought into this world. This beer is really not a scape goat, but truly below average. I usually love pale ales but this one was overly bitter and hard to put down, let alone enjoy. I'll pass on the Scape Goat next time.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 07:14:20 | More by BoFoSho
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RoyalT

Ohio

2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Kentucky

2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a DFH pint. No date. The body was golden-amber and somewhat hazy. The off-white head left a clotted cap. Minimal lacing.

Smell was caramel, malty sweetness. Not much else was evident.

Taste was a bit piney. Jam. Lightly bitter and lingering aftertaste. Drying.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied. Adequate but understated carbonation. Average.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 13:28:23 | More by Cresant
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Zorro

California

2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Mildly chill hazed amber colored beer with a distinct orange tinge. OK white head.

Smell is sweetly malty instead of strongly hopped. Hops are present though herbal and woody mostly with a bit of a citrus edge. Grapefruit and a little lemon in the scent.

The taste starts out neutral in sweetness and quite woody and herbal. Slight lemon taste to this and a sour sensation that is mostly the absence of sweetness. Little caramel in this but mostly it is just a dry pale ale.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK beer I guess but I really have no reason to want to try another. Not as good as most pale ales in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 03:09:18 | More by Zorro
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ZAP

Minnesota

2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent enough pale ale...I'd drink it if I saw it on tap in Montana..don't think I'd buy it over Summit or Sierra Nevada though..

Pours a nice copper color...off-white head...I didn'tcare for the nose that much at first...the first time I drank it it reminded me of sweet onions...now it's just more of a sweet ickiness....towards the bottom though a nice bready/biscuity nose emerges that is quite pleseant..

Medium light body....session beer style body...taste is sweet fruitiness....kind of a unique fruitiness...some decent bready notes...a slight dry finish...

Not a bad taste...just not real strong flavored....balanced and easy drinking if you want to be nice..."dumbed down" and "weak flavored" if you want to be honest...

Not a personal favorite...I won't buy it again...unless I'm in Montana and see it on tap alongside some macros..

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2003 05:59:33 | More by ZAP
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dfried

Minnesota

2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

American PAs are one of my favorite styles so I get very picky when sampling them. Scapegoat is average across the board for me. What I like most about this beer is that it is pretty refreshing, and has a decent dry flavor. I feel like it lack pizzazz though, it could use some diversity in malt in hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 19:52:24 | More by dfried
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drpimento

Wisconsin

2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured with a small to medium sized, cream colored head that quickly subsided and no lace. Color is a clear medium amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is more caramel malt than hop, along with some toffee, and raisins. Flavor is like nose, but hops take a very slight edge over caramel and some carbonic tang with hints of dark ripe fruit. Body is decent and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of medium to long in duration. Ok beer, nothing special.The can in this case is shaped like a bottle.

Serving type: can

09-24-2011 23:03:16 | More by drpimento
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DogFood11

California

2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pils glass. Appearance is typical for the style although the body may be a bit lighter than most and its a tad cloudy. Lacing is admirable and overall its inviting.

Citrus is up front, malts are mellow and make a cameo appearance. Mostly its slightly citrus hops and not a whole lot of body to this. Rather thin in the end. Hops seem to "Spike" rather than last, its a quick zip and gone.

Notes: It was just ok, I don't mind a pale that is balanced and mellow but it has to be flavorful and interesting and this falls short. I was amazed at how watered and light the body is. This brew has potential but for now its barely OK.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 02:50:47 | More by DogFood11
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CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed on September 17, 2005. Poured from a bottle at the Big Lake Brewfest. Orange yellow pour, white head. Beaming hop aroma. Crystalline hops and diacetyls dominate the flavor. Somehow, the finish is somewhat sweet and oily. The Big Sky yeast and thin body never really excites me.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 23:03:51 | More by CharlesDarwin
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light copper with a small white head Nose was average, notes of light citrus, hops and some malts and taste was a below average from the pales I am used to drinking here in California. I did not like the malts and found it rather weak on the hops. The bottle was not that good in my opinion but I would attempt the tap version.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 00:45:33 | More by barleywinefiend
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Birmingham

Kansas

3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Medium strength aroma consisting of citrus and floral notes.

Appearance: The beer pours a pale copper with a tall off white head. The head is creamy and persistent.

Flavor: Mild citrus flavor. The bitterness and malts are balanced well.

Mouth feel: It has a medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall Impression: Solid beer, well balance neither the hops nor the malts are prominent.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 00:24:11 | More by Birmingham
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Scape Goat Pale Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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