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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 LXIXME
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of thagr81us
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to caSSino for just giving me a can of this for nothing more than to tick it. Thanks buddy! Served from can into a Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a half a finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, citrus, citrus hop, and a floral note. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, tobacco, citrus, citrus hop, earth, and subtle floral notes. It had a very light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The flavors on this one were quite interesting to say the least. The tobacco aspect was really quite surprising on this one. Somehow it managed to blend in with the rest decently. The citrus was the saving grace for this one in my opinion. Worth your time to try if you get the chance.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber-tan and slightly hazy. Can nearly exploded with great lasting head and lots of good lacing.

Malty smelling with just a touch of bite. Bready and biscuit malt aromas too.

Taste is quite malty, pungent and earthy with biscuit malts, fruity flavors and some bitterness from the hops. It's pretty well balanced and damn tasty stuff.

Creamy and sweet in the mouth, carbonation isn't too high despite the original opening bombing from the can.

Overall it's a damn fine beer and has the added bonus of coming in a can. I would happily fish all day long drinking this stuff.

Photo of soju6
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark copper color with a head that fades to nominal lacing.

S: Has a subtle citric & grain aroma.

T: Starts with a mild malt then citrus & spice flavor and has a nice touch of bitterness for the finish.

F: Fairly medium body, quite crisp and refreshing. Well balanced.

D: Smooth and goes down easy. Could drink a number of these with no problem. Good Pale Ale. Well worth a try.

Photo of beeritron
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out of the bottle a tawny, copper color with a fluffy tan head. After settling, the head stays around for the duration of the beer leaving behind a fair amount of lacing. Not an overly fragrant APA, but there is a noticable hop presence followed by a yeasty, malty smell. The taste has a nice maltiness with a sweet swallow. It's moderately bitter on the back of the tongue which leaves a pleasant aftertaste. The ABV for this beer seems low compared to others in the style and doesn't leave the warmth in the throat that I've come to associate with pale ales. The mouthfeel is good, but certainly nothing you can chew on. Not the most aggressive APA, but very thirst-quenching and easy to drink.

Photo of BigRedN
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is clear, coppery/amber with a nice near white head about 3/4 inch in height. Head slowly fades to a thin cover on the liquid. Leaves some good lacing.

Smell: Some floral and piney hop scents, with a bit of caramel malt.

Taste: Decent enough malt body, this one has a nice bitter hoppy ending, more hoppy than some APA's that I have had recently. This is a pretty good example of the American Pale Ale style IMO.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, just enough carbonation. Somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability: Part of a mixed 12 pack I purchased. I enjoyed the three that I had and would gladly trade the Summer Honey Ale for three more of these. A good APA that I would purchase again.

Photo of wcudwight
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper, amber, brass in color. Huge rocky off-white head with good retention. Sheets of sticky lace line the glass. Carbonation bubbles rise to the top which makes the head more active than a tornado in a trailor park. Fine looking beer!
Smells like grapefruit with a bit of sweetness. I also think I detect a bit of spice lurking in the back ground.
The body of the flavor is a sweet earthy caramel flavor. From the middle to the end the hops jump out and startle ya. Citrus hops. There is another fruitiness there that I can't quite figure out. Maybe apricots or mangos. A slight acidic and metallic finish dropped the taste for this 1/2 a point. Overall a nice tasty adult beverage.
I'd call the mouthfeel medium bodied. I've certainly had lighter bodied pale ales. The carbonation makes it interesting with out going overboard.
The forementioned metallic finish hinders the drinkability more than the overall flavor. After awhile you kind of get tired of it. With that said this is still a delicious beer that is no problem to drink.
I'd recommend this one and hope that I come across it in the future.

Photo of chiapete
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold,amber to caramel color. Slight head that dissipates quickl y to small bubbles.Slight lacing

Sweet floral,toasty caramel, hoppy aroma. More aroma appeared after sitting .

Pleasant mouth feel,very smooth, easy to drink.Hop flavor seems to stick out. Slight after taste . with a smooth finish.

Not the best Ive had in this category but would have again

Photo of bditty187
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bronze hue with coppery-gold highlights, there is plenty of animation to replenish the modest off-white head, it topped off at a half finger in height, which held well. Some lace was produced that was spotty and unorganized. The nose is just potent enough to whisper equal amounts of caramel-toffee and light piney hops. It is soothing and inviting, albeit simplistic. The palate is dry upfront, which is very pleasant, with kisses of hoppy bitterness, in the middle is a good amount of malty softness, sweet too, the finish is again dry with lingering piney notes from the hops. Undercurrents of nuts and yeasty fruitiness play well with the other flavors, occasionally citrus notes emerged too, more so in the aftertaste. This is a typical APA and there is nothing wrong with that, it is well brewed and quite yummy. Medium in body, the carbonation level is low but natural, it seems dead-on for this beer. As a whole this is a very good session brew and it would be something I’d quaff often if it were available locally, I purchase mine in Sioux Falls, SD. Worth trying but you need not seek it out. It is a solid beer.

Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color in the big glass. Nice nose of earthy hops. Light body with plenty of flavor.

Hops and lemonade. I was surprised after a big gulp and then checked the category. The English style can be really tasty, and this is a great variation with the big carbonation we like. Finishes with a mineral taste and a nice bitter tang. A pleasant surprise from the people who brought you Moose Drool. Nice addition to the lower alcohol world.

Totally drinkable and worth a try. Bought this as a single 12 oz at Philnor Liquor in Lakewood, Colorado.

Photo of RedBaron
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice APA from a Rocky Mountain brewery. Good one for a warm summer day!

Appearance: Setting sun orange; nice white head that was properly carbo'd for this beer; left some lacework, too.
Smell: Floral, but nicely understated, hop aroma. Some grassy notes.
Taste: Mmmm...low-key citrus-y grapefruit bitterness throughout with some slightly biscuity malt components. Pine notes, too. Guessing good, clean and soft water from the Rockies made this enjoyable, too. Finishes pleasantly dry.
Mouthfeel: Nicely balanced beer. The lingering bittering hop is impressive in this beer. Love it.
Drinkability: By American standards this is clearly a sessionable beer (4.7%abv), and one that I enjoyed immensely in the context of winding down after a hot and humid summer day. I realize a "basic" pale ale doesn't get much dazzling press in the circles of beer geekdom (which I'm a proud member of) these days, but if you're searching for a reasonably priced, well-made sessionable APA, this is your beer. Nice job, Big Sky folks!

Photo of mdcrouser
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant cloudy orange, with a quickly fading head that leaves only jagged lace around edges.

Heavy grapefruit, some lemony citrus and little else. Has my sniffer gone bad or is it just that lacking.

Crisply hopped, with lots of grapefruit and some greenery to close. More malt than I would have imagined adds a strong sweetness, while also holding the hops in check.

Just a bit of spiky carbonation, highlighting the bitterness of the hops.

Tasty - a well-balanced IPA for the summer.

Photo of mugglesandhops
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Got this bottle at Joe's Place up in Norman. Poured 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Pours a Clear, Still Yellow with a big bubbly rocky head, poor head retention though. Smells bready and citrus hop scent. Taste was good, I really liked the taste of this pale. Not overly hoppy. Had a nice hoppy taste up front and a nice malt backbone. Mouthfeel was fairly thin. This is a great session beer.

Photo of Slynger
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scape Goat pours in a pale lightly brownish golden color with a hint of orange to it. The cap is lightly creamy and dirty cream colored.

The nose doesn't deliver much, but the flavor has an excellent balance of light caramel sweetness molding with citrusy grapefruit, fresh pine, and a pleasant floral spiciness. The body is medium light, with a light melted buttery slickly smoothness, and a nice amount of lightly sharp and zesty carbonation.

Scape Goat is a good beer, while not overly complex, it could make a great sessioner. I, for one, will definitely purchase this again.

Photo of brentk56
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a rocky head - excellent stickage and quite a few shards of lace

Smell: While there is an earthy hop element underneath, the aroma is a bit too restrained and malty, to me

Taste: Fortunately, the hops come out much better in the flavor profile; after the caramel malt lays down its backbone, the hops jump out with a hybrid mix of English and American flavors that blend together nicely; after the swallow, the bitterness recedes into a well-balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The balance and low abv of this beer make for a very nice combination

Thanks, deliriumfest, for the opportunity

Photo of karst
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper amber with a 3 fingered dense persistant head that puts up a solid veil of lace the sides of my Grindstone pint glass. Scape Goat Pale Ale is a very smooth English style Pale Ale. It is well balanced with pale, crystal malts, and Kent Goldings and Crystal Hops. Before you bring up the glass you are ambushed by aromas of zesty citrus, grapefruits, peaches and apricots. Flavors of these hops are very juicy and fresh. Body is light and mouthfeel is a little thin. Finish is wonderful as hop flavors recede to a mild bitterness of grapefruit. This is a hop lovers beer that has session written all over it.

Thanks Joe for bringing this beaut back to Missouri from your trip to the Bad Lands.

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice golden color, nice clarity, moving towards copper, but not quite that deep. The head is thin, off-white, but leaves pretty decent lacing. I actually kind of like the look of it, but it's not impressive. The smell has a nice leafy, kind of grassy hop presence, with a deep, but fairly light american hop aroma. Which is good, an APA, especially a <5% ABV one does not need to smell like a hop bomb. The malt presence is caramelly and sweet, a little powdery, also a slight toasty smell, almsot like pretzels. The taste is just as enjoyable as the smell. Starts off lightly bready, a bit cakey, but nice and dry and crisp. A good toastiness is present, too, a feature I really like in an APA. The hop profile is upfront leafy and herbal. Not very citrusy, which can be good in a beer like this. But there's a nice bite of orange in the middle, maybe some light grapefruit, but not much bitterness or resinous feeling. Finishes a little grassy, but a nice malty sweetness comes in, too. Though you do notice that it's a bit thin in the finish. That's really my only complaint. There's so much interesting going on, but the body is actually a bit thinner than expected. The carbonation isn't sharp, but you feel it in unexpected places and ways. Still interesting. And at this ABV, this one is easy drinking, but you'd never expect it to be so low based on the flavor. Really a very good beer. If it was around, I could possibly make it a staple-type beer.

Photo of beer348
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

well I wasn't really sure about Big Sky until this. I couldn't really ask for more from this beer. It's good quality no doubt about it. The taste is superior, as with the other Big Sky brews. It's very distinctive. This is a great beer. I'll drink it again.

Photo of WakeandBake
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear copper color pour with a two finger foamy white head , geed retention , sone jagged lacing left , lively carbonation .Aroma of biscut like pale malt , toasty with some citrusy and light spice hop notes. Flavor is of earthy and citrus hops up front with a good pale malt background , a little bread crust , very balanced as promised , medium to liught body with a slightly oily mouthfeel . Very drinkable and quite sessionable , A solid PA

Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

These just arrived in Utah.

Pours a nice clean/clean dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little white foamy head, nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, with some slight hop's, some citrus thrown in, and some caramel notes. The taste is pretty nice, sweet, malty, with some hoppiness, citrus, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice brew, would buy again, recommended.

Photo of AgingWarrior
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to CamuMahubah for this brew.

Pours a nice clear dark golden color. Hard pour produces two fingers of tan head. The head held up pretty well and provided some lacing.

Smell is hops, pine and citrus. The scent is not terribly strong, I'd call it almost mild.

Nice malt backbone to this brew with a nice pine and citrus hops finish. Nice balance to this drink.

Medium body, medium carbonation.

Very nice APA, I'd like to drink more of these.

Photo of loren01
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured light golden color with slight whitish head that dissipates quickly.
S: Smell is sweet, malty. Grapefruit scents in there as well.
T: Pretty well balanced, though not over the top flavorfull. Sweet at first with a good tasting hop aftertaste.
M: Good carbonation, goes down well.
D: Pretty good pale ale, good thirst quencher on a hot summer day. One of my favorites from Big Sky.

Photo of BierFan
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass.

Off-white head doesn't stick around for long. Clear light amber body. Little bit of citrus from the hops. Not a lot going on in the smell. Good bitterness. This is really an easy drinking pale ale. Mouthfeel is thinner than most pale ale's which helps with the drinkability.

Photo of semibaked
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a crystal clear apricot with lots and lots of carbonation and a thin white head on top.

S - Nice malty citrus smell with a light peach or apricot smell also.

T - Has some good malt flavor up from with decent amount of hop bitterness.

M - Pretty thin, typical pale ale mouthfeel, but really crisp and clean with loads of carbonation.

D - This is damn good, pretty surprised, not my usual style. Definitely recommend this. Will be buying again.

Photo of berley31
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with an average-sized, off-white head. Body was a dark yellow and mostly clear; a little bit of haze throughout, but not much.

S: Strong aroma of average to heavy hops, with citrus as well. Hoppier than I would have expected.

T: Nice flavor of moderate bitterness, with some citrus fruit coming through. Duration is fairly long actually, as the hops hang around after drinking, leaving a very dry finish.

M: Light-bodied, but with a fairly creamy texture, and average carbonation.

D: I liked it... may not be the be-all-end-all APA, but it seemed very consistent and quite enjoyable. Maybe a little too dry and bitter to drink them all night, but definitely worth having one or two.

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