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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 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 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 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 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 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 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
Photo of ADZA


2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Love the can style and thanks to beermasons for this offering and it pours a crystal clear golden amber hue which leaves a three finger head and some lacing,the smell is corn,tea,chilies,caramel malts and herbal hops,the mouthfeel is light bodied and reminds me of iced tea with hints of corn syrup,herbal hops,light honey,barley,light toffee and finished with a ice tea taste and overall its a let down i mean i love the can style but i definately would not revisit this one anytime soon cheers.

Serving type: can

04-12-2012 14:36:19 | More by ADZA
Photo of JuicesFlowing


4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a slightly hazy light copper color. A fluffy pillow of an off-white head sits on top that eventually dissipates to a film of white bubbles. Nice sticky lacing appears all over the glass. The beer smells well balanced, but the bright hops come out the most. The taste is delicious, as it's so very well balanced. Hops abound, but it's the caramel-malt presence in there that adds just the right sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly dry finish.

Overall, another well-rounded beer from Big Sky. I really haven't had a bad beer yet from these folks, and this is just another well-done brew to add to the list.

Serving type: can

03-07-2012 00:12:59 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of hustlesworth


4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- nice lookin can. Mostly clear golden amber with a big rocky white head. Major sticky lace. Absolutely beautiful.

S- crisp American hops. Grapefruit, orange, lemon, passion fruit, mango, and a hint of resin. Pale bready malt backdrop.

T- rounded malt sweetness and tangy citrus. Not overly bitter but a very nice hop flavor. Herbs and fruits, wood and tobacco. Thyme, pineapple, a bit of toffee English flavor for good measure. Finish is pleasant and very well balanced.

MF- on the light end of medium bodied with active carbonation and very refreshing. Resinous feeling with a moderate dryness.

D- insanely drinkable and tasty. If I could get this here in Ohio, it would definitely be a go-to brew. Thanks drew and charlie from Montana do the hook up.

Serving type: can

02-08-2012 05:18:15 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of josiahschlender


3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm always supportive of canned craft brew, but Scape Goat couldn't overcome mediocrity for my taste buds.

It pours a fairly dark "pale" into my pint glass. Closer to orange or amber, but it's a pleasing color with a moderate off-white head that leaves just a few flecks of lace.

I am spoiled and used to the very hoppy aromas of most NW pales. The aromatic hops are subtle citrus, with some some bready malts detectible with some warmth.

Taste is a little more substantial, but nothing out of the ordinary. I like it more than a cheap lager, but just not much oomph or balance, especially considering the dark color of the beer. Not much sweetness in the malts, mostly bread with bittering hops being the most pronounced flavor.

Low carbonation, slick mouthfeel and moderate length on the palate.

Overall, just not impressed. Especially for what you have to pay for it around here. Too bad, I had higher hopes.

Serving type: can

01-29-2012 00:05:43 | More by josiahschlender
Photo of schwaeh


3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can from scotchboy

A: Pours out light copper with real high carbonation. A big billowy head shoots up quickly and dissipates just as fast. Sticky lacing.

S: Mainly caramel and pale malts in the nose along with some sweet bread. Real malty for a pale ale, not in a bad way, in a flavorful but still easy drinking way. Grapefruit, earth, and assorted citrus are there albeit slightly distant. It smells sweet like honey.

T: Starts out with sweet malt, biscuit, and caramel. Vague fruit peaks through mid-drink. The finish is comprised of a palette-cleaning blast of fresh noble hops and citrus, just real crisp and clean. Things seem to work quite alright with each other. I like that they aren't trying to go too bitter with this

M: Light-medium body and zesty carbonation. Goes down very easy.

O: A solid, crisp & clean tasting pale ale. I'm glad to have this change-up from all of the heavy brews I've been drinking lately. I could have several of these in one sitting.

Serving type: can

01-19-2012 19:37:13 | More by schwaeh
Photo of megahurts4


4.6/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big Sky Scape Goat Pale Ale

Appearance: golden, medium head, and good lacing.

Smell: hops, fruit, and grain.

Taste: hops, malty grains, and a faint fruit.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This is a really nice pale ale. It has a good amount of flavor that is well balanced and savory.

Serving type: can

01-08-2012 04:51:09 | More by megahurts4
Photo of PintOHops


3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Glass - Pint

A - A nice golden colored brew with high clarity and moderate carbonation. It produced a 2-finger head that seemed to stick around well. I got a nice splash left on my glass.

S - Smells mostly hop forward. A semi bright rind, lemon and orange thing going on. Mild pine in there as well, with dry and floral notes. Subtle caramel, cracker and bread underneath the hops.

T - Hmm, well it tastes like a Pale Ale. Rind, pine and grapefruit bite the tongue upfront and throughout. Malts are soft and lend soft bread and caramel on the back of the tongue. Hops are definitely dominant and finish this brew with a lingering rind and floral flavor. It's a bit drying as well, and the bitterness is low-moderate.

M - It's pretty crisp, with a firm medium body.

O - This beer is kinda what I expected it to be. I think it's good, the hops are very refreshing along with the high carbonation. I would have liked a little more balancing to it though, a touch of toast, along those lines. The punch of citrus like hops could have been toned down as well. All in all I'd drink it again but I would prefer something else.

Serving type: can

12-17-2011 00:15:24 | More by PintOHops
Photo of NittanyBeerFan


3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another aluminum-clad offering supplied by shadesofgray as an extra in a recent trade. Poured into a shaker pint.

Glugs out of the can into the glass, and even aggressively poured, the head stays in check, reaching 1 cm above the surface of the coppery amber liquid below. It settles to little clumps of foam fueled by bubbles rising from below.

The aroma and smell are that of a solid pale ale. Light hop bitterness is accompanied by light floral and pine. In good fashion, caramel, toffee, and bready notes provide a strong backbone that balances the bitterness and then some.

Prickly and lively on the palate, this is a very well-carbonated pale ale, but not overdone. The palate is somewhat resinous with a smooth and easy finish.

Serving type: can

12-08-2011 02:35:19 | More by NittanyBeerFan
Photo of Khazadum


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

A- Very clean and clear looking body, a few constant streams of carbonation but mostly singular entitites. Low amount of lacing, good head development but minimal stickiness. Its an average looking beer to me.

S- Light sharp bitterness, faint citrus hoppy nature, lemon rind but faint. Faint specifics in terms of what the hops can be here. They are there, they are bright, but they are nondescript. Tad bit malty as well, biscuit faintness.

T- Papery and cardboard maltiness combined with a light sweetness. Light caramel syrup flavor. Not too much in bitterness, very minimal when its there. Perks up ever so slowly at the edges. Finishes off kind of nasty and unwanted. Needs to tone down the earthen cellulose nature.

M- Full bodied, nice crispness, low stickiness for the most part, has a finish I'm definitely not a big fan of.

Its... alright. Definitely wouldn't be purchasing this one anything soon. Great for a float trip though.

Serving type: can

11-21-2011 23:46:49 | More by Khazadum
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to caSSino for just giving me a can of this for nothing more than to tick it. Thanks buddy! Served from can into a Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a half a finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, citrus, citrus hop, and a floral note. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, tobacco, citrus, citrus hop, earth, and subtle floral notes. It had a very light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The flavors on this one were quite interesting to say the least. The tobacco aspect was really quite surprising on this one. Somehow it managed to blend in with the rest decently. The citrus was the saving grace for this one in my opinion. Worth your time to try if you get the chance.

Serving type: can

10-26-2011 14:46:59 | More by thagr81us
Photo of lawlerj


4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

A - pours a translucent pale gold color. Yields a one to two finger slightly off white head w/ a fairly aggressive pour into the glass.

S - very citrusy hops dominate the aroma; grapefruit and even some pineapple w/ just a touch of floral hops. The aroma is not too bold, and I can detect just enough malt to balance the hops.

T - initially follows the nose; citrus hops dominate with the bitter grapefruit and a touch of floral hops. Citrus is up front and then it mellows as it slides back, opening up into the floral hop flavors mixing the biscuity malt. Finishes with a very clean hop burst that leaves a refreshingly bitter aftertaste.

M - the word that comes to mind is clean - very crisp. Medium bodied, well carbonated.

O - overall, a very nice pale ale. As I said above, it's very crisp and clean. Not overly complex, but very delicious.

Serving type: can

10-15-2011 00:45:25 | More by lawlerj
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Scape Goat Pale Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.