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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 Thorpe429


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

On tap at the brewery in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice, light caramel with a white head. The nose brings a decent amount of citrus zest along with some doughy bread. Taste brings a bit of orange and lemon along with a slightly sweet malt backbone. The citrus character is well balanced and nicely done, but is quite faint and hard to pull out. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Drinks pretty well but nothing standards out; not nearly as good as their IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2010 00:09:47 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of 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
Photo of nlmartin


4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer is a fizzy golden coloration. The head was a short lived biege coloration. The beer left streaks on my glass.

Smell: The beer has a good floral and citrus hoppy smell. The hops combine well with the sweet caramelly maltyness.

Taste: The beer has a very good well melded taste of floral and citrus hops and nice caramel maltyness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a light body. The beer is well carbonated. The beer is very easy to drink. The beer would make a fantastic sessionable beer. This might even be good for your BMC swilling friends.

Thanks loren01 for the beer !

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2006 12:23:18 | More by nlmartin
Photo of GClarkage


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
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 BeerKangaroo


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On the front of the can below the goat stamped in black, it says "122713." Its been a while since I've had some Big Sky, so I think its born on. Ok, let's go:

Into a pint glass:

A: semi-clear/somewhat hazy looking golden brown colored body with a two finger white foamy head that lasts for about thirty seconds; once the head starts to die, somewhat thick spider web lacing clings to the sides of the glass; carbonation is seen rising at a moderate pace

S: slightly bitter hops combined with some English malts, more sweetness comes out as it warms

T: mainly sweet, but an English sort of bitter arrangement of hops try to come out; malty aftertaste, quick dry malty English finish

M: light to medium, somewhat sessionable, carbonation comes across fairly smooth - good for the style and good for me

O: good English pale ale well worthy of having with food, and it might be nice next to the grill in the summer as well

Serving type: can

01-09-2014 18:10:17 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of rlee1390


3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear amber, not much carbonation, one finger head.

S-Rather malty, good deal of caramel, dirt and grass.

T-Starts malty, caramel, dirt, grass, very mild hops, not much bitterness.

M-Light, not much carbonation and watery.

O-A malty boring, English Pale Ale. The hops were hardly there, if at all. I know EPA aren't hop-forward but it needed something.

Serving type: can

07-03-2013 20:28:35 | More by rlee1390
Photo of archyquaffer


3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 12 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass. A moderate pour produces nearly a one inch thick head, which reduces quickly but leaves about 1/8 inch of creamy froth, which coats the glass in a pattern evocative of a range of snowy mountains. The froth is fed by innumerable little bubble geysers. The color is a honey-golden.

The aroma-flavor is fairly unique, with hop-forward grapefruit-like aromas- but more sweet like a ruby red. I also detect a metallic taste, similar to canned citrus juice (which I love). The beer has a very creamy mouthfeel, as well. The aftertaste is fairly clean, with a malty richness that seems apparent mostly in the burps.

I like the fact that this is obtainable in cans, which are much easier to recycle. If the can lends a little bit of a metallic taste, that doesn't bother me at all.

Serving type: can

05-24-2013 03:34:00 | More by archyquaffer
Photo of Jayhawk


4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Part of my tour of new canned craft beers, which have been slowly appearing at my local liquor store.

Pours a nice copper color with two fingers of foam. Some lacing on the glass as I drink it down (standard pint glass). A nice balance between hops and malt - good hop bit up front and nice, mild citrus flavor. Smells malty with a slight tinge of piney hops. All in all a nice pale ale...it's billed as an English style pale ale, and it's closer to that than an APA...but it's definitely an American made English style pale ale but in a good way. A very sessionable ale at only 5% abv. This might be my new go to canned pale ale...much more to my taste than Sierra Nevada canned pale ale.

Serving type: can

05-24-2013 00:08:23 | More by Jayhawk
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 drabmuh


3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can from my Arizona adventure. Beer served in a shaker pint. Beer is brown and mostly clear with a thin tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate retention.

Aroma is malty and sweet.

Beer is mildly bitter, nice finish, no aftertaste, interesting malt make up, Marris Otter maybe, hard to discern. A decent beer but probably not a repeat.

Serving type: can

12-31-2012 04:28:19 | More by drabmuh
Photo of ferrari29


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

Beer poured from can into a Nonic shaped pint glass

A - Beer pours with a thin white colored head; very well carbonated; body is clear and has a light amber colored body; light-to-moderate amount of lacing formed around the glass

S - Fruity; sweet caramel nose; light floral rose scent; toffee; tapioca pudding; pine

T - Leaves a sour grapefruit lingering taste on the back side of your tongue; tip is sweet and has a nice caramel and pine taste; grassy

M - Bitter aftertaste; effervescent; body is thin and watery; tart

D - Overall, its a very good English Pale Ale; easy to drink and enjoyable; nice floral and pine notes; grapefruit tart feel and sour taste is fantastic

Serving type: can

11-10-2012 06:15:28 | More by ferrari29
Photo of beertunes


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

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a clean, clear gold amber color with 1/2 inch of white head that had moderate retention and light lace.

The aroma had the malts upfront with some piney hops in the back. The flavors were the same, mostly malt centered, with some nice piney hops and a quick hit of citrus on the end.

The body was a bit fuller than is typical for the style, and the finish was just a wee bit sticky. Drinkability was good, the beer disappeared quickly. Overall, a nice take on the style. A refreshing change from the IPA-Lite" that a lot of APA's suffer from. Certainly worth grabbing a sixer to take on the trails, or out on river with. Viva El Cans!

Serving type: can

10-20-2012 21:58:49 | More by beertunes
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 LXIXME

New Mexico

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: can

09-11-2012 01:53:39 | More by LXIXME
Photo of RblWthACoz


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

This is decent enough ale. Malty and hop tones combine to make a hearty drink. It could stand to have a bit more unique character, or something that would make an impression. Always nice to try a new beer, but I doubt I would ever go back to this one.

Serving type: can

08-24-2012 00:59:37 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Murrhey


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
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 alexanf


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a mild amber.

S: Grapefruit galore. Hops, earth, and citrus notes are also prevalent.

T: Medium hops and citrus notes. Quickly transitions to a mildly dry, bitter end.

M: Fast transitioning, clean/smooth-- but slightly dry finish.

O: Overall, the beer is just "meh".

Serving type: can

07-12-2012 02:18:14 | More by alexanf
Photo of pasdachuri


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

Bought a 6-pack of cans with this one.

Pours a clear light amber, generous white head.

Heavy scents of grapefruit and citrus hops, pretty good invitation.

Sweeter taste upfront then I was expecting with a smooth finish with some hoppy bitterness in the background

Light body ale that goes down easy and was a good choice for an easy-drinking summer afternoon. Will turn to this one again.

Serving type: can

06-20-2012 16:18:58 | More by pasdachuri
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 UCLABrewN84


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

Best by 8/9/12.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a 2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and some slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is of citrus zest and herbal hops up front with a malty finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy to drink and pretty refreshing.

Serving type: can

06-19-2012 03:15:48 | More by UCLABrewN84
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 spicelab


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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Scape Goat Pale Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.