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Scape Goat Pale Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

Scape Goat Pale AleScape Goat Pale Ale

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372 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 372
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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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 02:57:42 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of BierJager89


4.26/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First off, I would NOT call this an English style pale ale. The label has changed, and I get the feeling that this used to be a very different tasting beer.

A: Orangish, translucent golden with a white head.

S: Orange, tangerine, mango in a deliciously citric nose.

T: Not as much mango in the taste, but orange and tangerine are still present with some pine. It's delicious!

M: Medium-light bodied and smoothish.

O: This is a deliciously hoppy pale ale with nice orangey aromas and flavors. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 23:34:44 | More by BierJager89
Photo of BoFoSho


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
Photo of travolta


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

App: Brown/ apricot, tan head, nice lacing, average retention.

Nose: Soft and clean, yeasty, biscuity, malty, with green herbs.

Taste: Coppery, medicinal, medium carbonation, dry finish. Metallic and mineral.

Notes: Pale ales are difficult to review. This is a very nice pale ale, it is just not to my taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 00:23:23 | More by travolta
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 05:18:38 | More by mactrail
Photo of bmwats


3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark golden hue. Pours about a finger and a half, frothy, white head. Tiny shades of effervescence continue to rise throughout. Eventually settles, but never fully disintegrates. Sporadic, but distinct beer ring lacing.

S: Mossy wood and caramel enhance this maltier than expected nose.

T: Pungent and brassy hop bite, with a slight arboreal tone, and just a hint of sweetness.

M: Pungency settles on the palette and lingers throughout. Dry finish.

D: Easy drinking, but hoppy enough to slow the pace a bit especially as that bite saturates the palette.

Atmosphere is good. Really nice dark golden hue with a solid frothy head, and persistent lacing. Nose is mossy and woody with a bit of sugary caramel or butterscotch. Flavor is hoppy and biting with a bit of malty heft, enhanced with sweet and planty components. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 01:01:54 | More by bmwats
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear golden honey color with a white finger width head. The head is quick to dissipate, leaving behind a spotty lace.

Smell - Fruity esters and a mild pepper, with notes of earth and citrus underneath.

Taste - Slight caramel and earthy red apple, balanced out with grassy and subtle citric hops.

Mouthfeel - Light in body, while the carbonation lends itself to a decent bite.

Overall - This is an okay beer. Probably not one I'd buy again, and certainly not something I'd go out of my way to find, but I'd have no problems drinking it if offered.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 05:27:32 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of Jamesthebrit


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
Photo of hopfacebrew


3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 22:43:26 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of JosiahS


3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Glass: Pint

Golden/honey color, mostly clear with signs of bubbles drifting upwards at 9 mph. 1cm thick white head above with signs of patchy lacing.

/beer forecast

Sweet and juicy on the aroma, some tropical fruit and a nice malt undertone. The tastes eases away from the fruit but counters with a long hop bitterness throughout, lightly bitter though. A little fruit on the front, maltyness on the back.

Clean, simple, crisp, refreshing. An average pale ale that won't win any awards but will satisfy the beer enthusiast on a budget.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 00:05:35 | More by JosiahS
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 15:29:34 | More by KTCamm
Photo of JoeAmerican77


3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 00:10:15 | More by JoeAmerican77
Photo of mdcrouser


3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 21:10:23 | More by mdcrouser
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Original rating on 07-17-11: 4.0, 3.0, 3.0, 2.0, 2.5 (2.85)
Edited rating on 09-15-12: 4.0, 4.0, 3.5, 3.5, 3.5 (3.63)

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Dark golden look. Head was about an inch and a half that left a quarter-inch (or more) film. Lots of flavors in the smell and seemed heavy. Mild to heavy on the carbonation. Flavor was a dark red. Left plenty of film on the glass. Each sip could feel the film sitting in my mouth. Haven't experienced that since I started rating (only a week and about 13 beers). Reminded me of that candy that fizzes in your mouth. Taste never got better as it went on.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 08:24:00 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of GossageBrewery


3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color of the APA is a nice clear amber. It produced a nice white head and left behind a good amount of lacing. Good head retention. The aroma of the APA was very nice it was full of malt, hops and citrus notes. This APA was a medium bodied ale. It has a nice malt base that was complimented with citrus and hops. Very well balanced APA- Not outstanding but a very good representative of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 01:53:57 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of Dope


3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear light amber with a nice fluffy white head. Leaves lots of nice lacing.

S: Not much, there is some detectable grass if I really try but that's about it.

T: Not much, very light hop and malt flavor. Beer isn't bland - just very light in all ways.

M: Very clean, crisp and light. Great lawnmower beer.

O: Nothing offensive, just not much there. Pretty average.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 03:40:08 | More by Dope
Photo of WoodBrew


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
Photo of harrymel


3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 13:48:51 | More by harrymel
Photo of soju6


3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 01:39:38 | More by soju6
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scape goat is a amber, almost orange, beer with wisp of head. A piny, citrus aroma overlays doughy malt contribution to to the nose. Medium bodied, typical for the style. The flavor is similar to the nose with the malt and hops mixing in a biscuity, citrus concoction. The melding of the two isn't perfect, leaving the beer a few rough edges. Overall a drinkable beer. Can't complain.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 01:02:58 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of TMoney2591


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

Served in a GameWorks shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing his Montana Mixer!

"Do my dirty work..." Clearly Metallica had Big Sky on the brain. This particular brew therefrom pours a clear pale golden straw topped by a half-finger of white foam. The nose comprises light grapefruit, flowers, and some mild caramel. The taste runs along a similar road, though the grapefruit is replaced by some mandarin oranges, sans the syrup. Honestly, this seems to help matters a decent deal. The body is a heavy-ish light, with a light carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice APA, nothing really special, but the lean toward orange instead of grapefruit makes things all the better to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 22:57:00 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Vdubb86


3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

This baby pours a nice clear golden orange with a quick fading fluffy head. The aroma is of nice citrus-y hops (mostly like imitation orange that you'd get from a Glade Plug-in) which is the predominant aroma. With a bit of nostril detective work some caramel might be able to be pulled from the woodwork of this beer. The flavor consists mainly of a citrus explosion up front that degrades quicker than a snowman in a heatwave. The flavor quickly turns from sweetness into bitterness as is moves it's way back on the tongue then fades into obscurity on the back end. Aside from the bitterness the mouthfeel is spot on, and it would serve as an enjoyable beer for the price. It's a good beer that is by no means an outstanding example of the style, but it has it's place in the world.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 06:57:16 | More by Vdubb86
Photo of Wildman


3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear amber color and formed a snow white head that left layered lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops, and pine. The flavor was of malt, hops, and toffee. Medium light body and a fairly sweet finish for a pale ale. Tend to not like mine that sweet.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 02:54:10 | More by Wildman
Photo of deereless


3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Scape Goat pours with a thick head and good retention, color is medium gold with a faint amber, lots of spotty lacing down the sides of the glass - 4.00, S: Nose is quite biscuity with a solid citrus and herbal punch - more specifically I pick up grapefruit, mildly sweet - 3.75, T: The initial flavor shows a moderate hop bite with some grapefruit pith on the tail end of the beer, there is a faint woodiness as well as an herbal quality - 3.50, M: Mouth feel is quite slick and oily, medium bodied - 3.00, D: A nicely crafted APA, might have benefitted from a little boost in the American hops - 3.50

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 01:02:19 | More by deereless
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A light pale ale, with mild hop flavor. Aroma is pleasant enough, floral cascade hops. Taste is average for the style, with low to moderate bitterness, leafy hop and little malt character. A bit thin, drink ability is decent since it goes down without much of a thought.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 13:13:54 | More by Stinkypuss
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Scape Goat Pale Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.