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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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BA SCORE
81
good

380 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 11
Gots: 7 | 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.

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AgingWarrior

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 20:07:44 | More by AgingWarrior
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BierFan

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: can

10-04-2010 01:59:38 | More by BierFan
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GClarkage

California

3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11/08/04- Sampled at the Big Sky Brewery on tap.

*taken from notes from August 2004.

Appearance- A golden light amber pour with decent foam head and light amounts of lacing.

Smell- Lots of hoppy smells. Floral and a mixture of fruit. Maybe a bit of malt also. Maybe a bit of grassy scents also.

Taste- Nice hop flavor. Kinda reminds me of a SNPA, but with more citrus tang to it. More hops than I expected.

Mouthfeel- Very crisp, clean and dry with a nice aftertaste. Hops stay with you throughout the day and night.

Drinkability- This would be a great session beer if they carried it back here in California. Will get some more of this when I go back next year.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2004 18:10:19 | More by GClarkage
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SargeC

Japan

3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep golden colored brew with a golden white head.

Smell: Malt with buttery notes. Nice hop presence.

Taste: Good citrus hop bite with clean malt undertones. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light body, slightly acidic

Drinkablity: Great, refreshing brew. A bit light for a pale ale, but very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 03:17:42 | More by SargeC
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear dark orange color with a one finger head that lasted a while. Mild lacing developed during the session.

Smell: mild citrus, hints of caramel, and bits of fruit sweetness are very light.

Taste: nice caramel profile with some mild orange citrus and sweet green grapes. Bitterness provides a nice balancing here.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Medium bodied. Very short-lived aftertaste as the flavor leave the tongue almost immediately.

Drinkability: easy drinking beer here. Worth giving this one a try if you are in the mood for a good, but not over the top, pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2008 11:29:51 | More by Gavage
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JEdmund

Kansas

3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance
Light orange with a copper tinge; small head which recedes fast

Smell
Sharp orange rind; pretty pungent, spicy, and pronounced

Taste + Mouthfeel
Hops in the mouth don't quite live up to the nose, but it is still an enjoyable level of bitterness; hops seem one-dimensional, but I like the sharp citrus quality of what's being used; body is medium with a good level of carbonation; finish is pretty clean, though there is a lingering bitterness and a somewhat odd, earthy quality...kinda dirt-like

Overall
A middle-of-the-road APA--far from bad, but certainly not stellar. It is well crafted and drinkable, just a bit forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 20:30:00 | More by JEdmund
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mac56

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this on the same day I tried Smithwick's Irish Ale. This was everything I wanted the Smithwick's to be, but wasn't. Another poster wrote that it's sort of reminiscent of SNPA. I think that's a very apt comparison.

I'll be buying more of this - a great session ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2005 20:00:54 | More by mac56
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ribby

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, very light brown, with a tall, but fragile, head.

The aroma is of moderately strong hops. The hops also dominate the taste, with small amount of nutty malt flavor accenting the hops.

The carbonation gives a bit of tingle to the mouthfeel, but it doesn't linger.

If you like your pale ale on the hoppy side, this is very drinkable.

Serving type: can

01-25-2011 00:32:23 | More by ribby
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a BIF or a trade, not really sure which, but anyway decided to open it tonight and I am very glad I did.

A - Poured a nice clear amber with an ample white head about two inches tall. This faded and left behind a ton of lace. Good visible carbonation.

S - Very hoppy, lots of very sweet citrus flavors. A touch of sugar and some malted grains in the backend of it.

T - Very nice, and very hoppy. Had a very clean, cut taste. Not much of an aftertaste here, just straightforward hoppy pale ale. Nice grain fresh cut grass in the back.

M - Silky smooth, albeit a little thin, but very smooth. Again very clean and refreshing, light.

D - Very good. I could easily session this one all night ling. It was just a nice light IPA, or pale ale.

Overall this was really a good quality light session beer. Still tasted fresh and had a good feel. I will definatly have to try this again if I get the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2007 23:43:18 | More by mikesgroove
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange with a white head. The aroma is strong citrus hops, more hoppy than I expected. Very nice aroma. The flavor is citrus hops with quite a bit of hop bitterness as well. There is also a nice malt backbone to keep the beer from being overly bitter. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. A solid example of an American Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 17:24:47 | More by Mora2000
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +11.4%

01-01-2012 00:09:32 | More by richkrull
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dertyd

California

4/5  rDev +11.4%

03-07-2014 19:13:34 | More by dertyd
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scape Goat...me likie!!!! This is a very good and sublte pale ale. Reminds me alot of New Belgium's Skinny Dip. The Appearance is a nice golden, slightly amber clear color. Modest carbonation gives way to a thin white head. The nose as sublte hops and citrus which feed beautifully into the taste. The mouthfeel is very good, for me, I like the sublte pale characteristics of the beer which doesn't hang on the pallete very long. Definitely worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 01:41:33 | More by WoodBrew
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jheezee

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-07-2011 04:06:08 | More by jheezee
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larryarms847

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-11-2013 01:44:50 | More by larryarms847
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birchholz

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-11-2011 03:34:57 | More by birchholz
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Another6Pack

Michigan

4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-26-2011 14:24:41 | More by Another6Pack
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Ragingbull

California

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange in color with a frothy head and lots of prickle that doesn't rise at all in the glass. The nose is malty and slides smoothly in the nostrils. The attack is refreshing and displays a creamy mouthfeel for the beer. The hops presents itself late. The finish has some residual hoppiness in the mouth that carries through to provide a hoppy aftertaste. Drinking this beer is like a journey from the malty to the hops. It is certainly my favorite of the Big Sky beers I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 22:35:20 | More by Ragingbull
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from KenGage, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, a good amount of hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character and sweet flavors of caramel & citrus. Then a decent burst of hops bitterness comes in to provide some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice solid beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 02:32:50 | More by TheManiacalOne
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NIURicky

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.4%

09-03-2012 16:50:29 | More by NIURicky
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calmond72

Oregon

4/5  rDev +11.4%

04-08-2012 03:44:07 | More by calmond72
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BJA

California

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into perfect pint glass from 12oz can.

A: poured from can – I got two fingers of creamy white head that stayed for several minutes and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Color is golden yellow/orange and clear (more on the golden side).

S: It has a light, fresh hop scent with a bit of citrus. There was a malt scent present in the background too.

T: There was a nice fresh hop taste backed up by malt taste.

M: medium mouthfeel. Medium finish. Left an aftertaste of fresh hops. Carbonation was perfect.

O: I am impressed with this beer. It has enough of a hop and malt taste to satisfy but it remains easy to drink and refreshing. It is well constructed and favors the hop taste slightly.

Serving type: can

07-02-2011 20:40:45 | More by BJA
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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-28-2011 20:28:01 | More by brandoman63
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DerwinWentworth

Utah

4/5  rDev +11.4%

03-27-2012 01:15:46 | More by DerwinWentworth
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RevCraig

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +11.4%

01-27-2014 00:19:43 | More by RevCraig
Scape Goat Pale Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.