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Scape Goat Pale Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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391 Ratings
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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | 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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Photo of semibaked


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

04-11-2010 00:30:48 | More by semibaked
Photo of berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

10-22-2009 17:59:53 | More by berley31
Photo of flexabull


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

Pours a bright and clear gold color with a good solid white head. Looks pretty nice.

Aromas are of light citrus hops, some orange, tangerine, hard candies, and hints of caramel malts.

Taste is pretty subtle. Some creamy caramel malts, lightly bready, with a crisp finish that has a hoppy taste that reminds me of lemon and orange zest.

Mouthfeel is solid. Full, well carbonated, and smooth.

Drinkability is good. This is a pretty well put together Pale Ale, nothing really stands out, but it is certainly refreshing, goes down easy, and is quite drinkable.

06-19-2010 20:02:49 | More by flexabull
Photo of WakeandBake


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

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

05-09-2010 15:50:53 | More by WakeandBake
Photo of Slynger


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

10-31-2008 01:34:43 | More by Slynger
Photo of Wasatch


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

06-15-2008 23:08:00 | More by Wasatch
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

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

04-10-2009 18:38:50 | More by brentk56
Photo of loren01


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

07-02-2006 05:57:31 | More by loren01
Photo of mugglesandhops


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

03-13-2009 16:51:14 | More by mugglesandhops
Photo of OKCNittany


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

Again, from Boise/Y-stone vacation notes:

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Clear amber body, 1/2" off-white head, decent retention leaving some lacing.

S: Citrus & floral hop aroma, almost IPA like - but then as it warmed there was a bit of a stale malt macro-like aroma coming out. (note to self, drink this more quickly next time)

T: Taste seemed to be pretty standard for a good hoppy IPA. Decent balance. No complaints.

M: A bit light - almost watery. Medium carbonation.

D: Overall, this is pretty good stuff. Would make a nice session beer.

09-02-2007 19:03:23 | More by OKCNittany
Photo of beer348


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

12-12-2009 04:22:06 | More by beer348
Photo of AgingWarrior


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

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


3.93/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

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


3.93/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

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


3.93/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

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


3.95/5  rDev +10.3%

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

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

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

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


3.95/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

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


3.95/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

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

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +11.7%

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


4/5  rDev +11.7%

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


4/5  rDev +11.7%

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!

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


4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-07-2011 04:06:08 | More by jheezee
Scape Goat Pale Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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