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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 BretSikkink


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe I misunderstood, and this is a completely different beer; I thought they called it Super Scape Goat, but it didn't taste radically different from what their regular pale ale would be like from the cask.

Had this on cask at Papago Brewing Company.

Served leaning towards golden over orange, with a fluffy, bubbly white cap about an inch in height. Lacing is, as expected from the cask, superb.

The aroma and flavor feature pungent citric aromas with a modicum of pale, slightly sweet malt to back up. The nose is nice and strong, with a hint of a soapy overtone. The flavor is sharp and bitter which is fine initially, but when it gets toward the bottom of the glass it's a bit much.

Great cask mouthfeel, smooth and full with a little hop oil slickness. This is great. A little hard to finish the end of the glass and I didn't care for another, but a tasty little treat all around.

Serving type: cask

11-16-2008 17:30:10 | More by BretSikkink
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
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
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Scape Goat Pale Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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