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Scape Goat Pale Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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393 Ratings
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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 11
Gots: 12 | 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 Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Wasatch, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of skeetermoses
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was really looking forward to this one, as how the liquor store owner pointed it out to me as a great beer. I was thoughouly dissapointed with this one, I think I had my hopes up to high for this one. Not bad in general, but one I will try to avoid in the future.

skeetermoses, May 18, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Deep clear golden, one finger head.

S- Citrusy hops with a hint of sweetness.

T- Slight sweetness on the take fading off to a very approachable hop bitterness in the finish.

M- Kinda light, otherwise good.

D- Very quaffable.

Nothing special, but still a good brew.

Pauly2X, May 16, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark burnt orange, with a thick, creamy white head, good retention, with big, thick lacing.

S: Great nose of tropical fruits - a lot of pineapple, papaya, orange in there as well.

T: Big pineapple notes, light citrus fruit, passion fruit, malt provides a good backbone, caramel and dark bread. Great hop profile in this one.

M: Solid, medium-bodied, brisk carbonation character, refreshing.

D: A very good pale ale out of Big Sky, definitely the winner in the mixed 12er, definitely pick this up if you live out West.

Halcyondays, May 15, 2008
Photo of jayrod20
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is hazy orange-gold with decent head and minimal lacing. Aroma of biscuit malts and light fruitiness with very appealing musty yeast odor. The beer goes down effortlessly, with bright, sweet flavors followed by just a short sharp kick of hops which are neither especially bitter nor lasting. Mouthfeel really good; smooth and substantial without being thick.

jayrod20, May 06, 2008
Photo of cdkrenz
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A nice hazy light orange with a half inch of foamy white head.

S - Soft hops with a spicy nature to them. This is an inviting aroma.

T - The hops are a little bitter and lack a real flavor. However, the flavor is a bit watered down which evens the bitterness out.

M - The taste is felt on the outside back of my tongue. The texture is not coarse at all but I think that hinders the brew a bit.

~ I'd recommend this one to friends. The beer will make a decent session brew just based on the texture and flavor being relatively mild for a pale ale.

cdkrenz, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of PhxHorn
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a dark orange with a very light head. Smells lightly of malt and spice and slightly of citrus. Not a lot of aroma, but what there is is nice. Tastes of malt, spice, a wee bit of citrus and finishes with a surprisingly strong bitter aftertaste. The bitterness adds an intriguing note and makes this beer pretty darned drinkable.

PhxHorn, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of WJVII
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew has a bright orange color with a 1/2 in head that left decent lacing. The smell of this beer was distinctively of wonderful hops. A minimal spice note was also noticed. My first taste noticed that there was a multitude of hops with some more bitter and some a little milder. The balance was very good with this beer, this was a lighter body brew with light carbonation, but the after taste was just right for a pale ale. This was better than the other Big Sky brew I tried.

WJVII, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of SargeC
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

SargeC, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, copper body with a medium, though short-lived white head.

Smell: Aroma of pale malts, a drop of toffee, and floral, spicy hops.

Taste: Pale malts quickly followed by floral, spicy hop flavors. Only a thin measure of crystal malt sweetness. Lightly bitter. Crisp, clean finishes with a faint lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied (just barely, though!). Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's okay! A fine, refreshing English-minded pale ale.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of Spikester
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very nice APA.
Pours medium amber from the 12 ounce bottle with a medium head.
Aroma is mild, some earthy hops.
Flavor is very full for an APA nice cirtus hops, plenty of sweet malts.
Palate is smooth, slightly watery.
Nice session brew not too hoppy for frequent consumption. Recommended.

Spikester, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of udubdawg
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

pours coppery orange, a sizeable creamy soft off-white head slowly forming and then fading to an uneven ring. Decent clarity with some small but rapidly-sinking yeasty particles I didn't notice until it was too late. Lacing better than decent.
Aroma is pleasant, but a letdown for the style. There's a light grainess but otherwise I don't get a lot of malt here under the hops. Speaking of which, I get a lot of vague, slightly citric hints in the hop profile that hint at the bitterness but otherwise do little for the omplexity. But again, judged on its own not bad at all.
Pretty tasty. Citric hops are everpresent, some floral qualities, with a light toasted malt presence. Again not a lot of depth, but pretty thirst-quenching. The primary detractor was a metallic aftertaste that I just couldn't get over. Too bad - this is otherwise a
body on the thin side of medium, plus the aforementioned aftertaste, plus lower than ideal carbonation - pretty average mouthfeel.
I'd have this again, and a few at a time, before the aftertaste got the better of me. Not bad at all.

udubdawg, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of chiapete
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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

chiapete, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of Zorro
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Mildly chill hazed amber colored beer with a distinct orange tinge. OK white head.

Smell is sweetly malty instead of strongly hopped. Hops are present though herbal and woody mostly with a bit of a citrus edge. Grapefruit and a little lemon in the scent.

The taste starts out neutral in sweetness and quite woody and herbal. Slight lemon taste to this and a sour sensation that is mostly the absence of sweetness. Little caramel in this but mostly it is just a dry pale ale.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK beer I guess but I really have no reason to want to try another. Not as good as most pale ales in my opinion.

Zorro, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a cloudy, orange/amber color with a slightly lighter hue at the bottom of the glass. It had a white, soapy head that left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled very grassy and of (Cascade?) hops. There was also a roasted malt aroma.

T - Very hoppy for an APA. Good roasted malt taste and a burnt toast taste.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice APA. Hoppier than I expected.

zeff80, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beginning my flight of American Pale ales tonight... 12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.40.. poured into a rinsed red wine glass.

Nice white head atop a slightly hazy orange/honey brew.... suprising lacing lasted the entire glass.

Smell is something different.... It reminds me of a brewery during a boil... a slightly cooled pale ale wort... I know it sounds weird, but seriously, it smells like a brewery... grainy... sorta heavy pale malts with a significant EKG grassy/earthy hop presence... but the hops are definately restrained.

Tasting the brewery not so much in the flavor.... but is definately there in the finish... pale malts (English?)... and a little sweetness is balanced by enough bitterness... but the tail end is short but lingering earthy/piney hops is very much appreciated. Palate is spot on for an APA... sorta creamy/minerally finish.

I've had this beer dozens and dozens of times, and this is the first time I really remember trying to "taste" it. I am glad I finally started reviewing beers... my next brew will toast the Alstrom brothers. Thanks.

JohnGalt1, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of ohoove
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden orange in color with not much of a head but impressive lacing on the sides of the glass.
Light mouthfeel with a crisp peppery zing on the tongue and a definite carb. presence.
Not much other than slight pine and grapefruit but i did detect a bit of a metallic taste on the finish.
Not one of my favorites in the style but a very drinkable and non hophead friendly offering. A good starter.

ohoove, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of Durge
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear pale amber colored brew with a thin but full cover of off-white head and nice thick lace. The aroma to me was an odd blend of grapefruit hops and a bit of old fashioned urinal essence. The grapefruit part was good, sharp and pretty strong. The taste is very sharp thin grapefruit and orange with little or no malt presence. To me this is quite bitter and a little peppery. It has a nice, fine carbonation, pretty refreshing and drinkable enough. But to me it's more astringent than I normally would enjoy so I wouldn't call this highly drinkable. Pretty unique and tasted a little more palatable to me as it warmed, a little more of a malt hint came out to take the edge off the bitter hops. I just may not be so familiar with this style. I would drink it again but not too high on my list.

Durge, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of Talisker
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased from SF's City Beer Store in May 2007, poured October 2007.

Wow - am I in England? From the get-go the Scape Goat screams British Pale Ale (and I mean that in a very good way). Pours an inoffensive clear orangish tan, one finger head. Fresh British malt small, bitter hops (no citrus) - this is not your Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, that's for sure.

Taste is that of a very fresh British Pale Ale. Probably some crystal malt in there, certainly not over-hopped - I think this is the classic EKG hop profile. Just pleasant, easy-drinking. Texture might be a little thin to Northwest American palates, but this would fit right in at a London pub.

If you like the style, you could drink this one all night. Quite a winner from Big Sky.

Talisker, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of BigRedN
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

BigRedN, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of sweethome
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color. White head, very nice lacing.

Nose of citrus hops and carmel malts.
First tastes are rather sweet malts, rather velvety feel. A crisp bittering arrives, a real bite. The bittering hangs in there right through. A bit of mineral flavor.

Easy drinking, not particularly distinctive.

sweethome, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of beeritron
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

beeritron, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of OKCNittany
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

OKCNittany, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of rugbyfan13
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce into my East Atlanta Beer Fest glass.

Appearance - yellow with strands of golden honey.

Aroma - light, very PA-ish. Hops, citrus, fruity. Half inch white head that disappears quickly. Light to medium lacing

Taste - Light, very PA-ish (wait, did I say that?). Despite the light flavor its a fantastic beer (and I detest IPAs normally). The hops are clean and refreshing, Can definitely tell there are Kent Goldings in the brew. That being said, this is no Sierra Nevada in that the flavor is not dominated by hops. A dinkum job was done by the brewers to make the hops the spotlight but not the only thing in the beer. Hints of citrus and pineapple with some other fruits. My first sip I was unimpressed and later fell in love with the beer.

Mouthfeel - it was good but I don't know what a bad mouthfeel would be for me.

Drinkability - wonderful. Wonderful wonderful wonderful. On this hot humid late summer Atlanta eve, I could drink five or more of these with ease. If only I had more than the one I just consumed.

rugbyfan13, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

mikesgroove, Aug 01, 2007
Scape Goat Pale Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.