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Scape Goat Pale Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

Scape Goat Pale AleScape Goat Pale Ale

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370 Ratings
THE BROS
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very good

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Ratings: 370
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.

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UCLABrewN84

California

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
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright, dusty tangerine with very little carbonation. All those CO2 molecules gave themselves up to form an impressive, dark cream-light orange head that is dense and tacky. It falls first at the edges and leaves quite a bit of lace in blurred rings.

Only two varieties of hops were used to brew Scape Goat (Crystal and Kent Goldings), but they provide a complex aroma. I had anticipated more of an English pale ale scent, but I'd forgotten that Rogue Brutal Bitter uses Crystal and it doesn't smell English to me. Anyway, it's a nose that appeals to me. The brewers seem to have added the Crystal hops with a heavier hand because their bright, citrusy aroma overpowers the earthy spiciness of the Goldings. I hope the flavor is a carbon copy of the nose.

Not quite, but it's close. The flavor is a wonderful melange of three components. Sweet caramal malt vies with the grapefruit sprucy Crystal and spicy Goldings. The caramel and spicy hops were in the background in the aroma, but come out to play on the palate. The finish is long as a direct result of the medium-full, slightly slick body. With a tweak here and there, this would make a great IPA.

Bolder and hoppier than most APAs and an intriguing combination of the US and UK styles, Scape Goat Pale Ale is a wonderful craft brew and is a pleasant surprise. If you run across this well made beer from the Treasure State, pick up a sixer or two. You won't be sorry.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2004 16:03:54 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2007 23:43:18 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a rocky head - excellent stickage and quite a few shards of lace

Smell: While there is an earthy hop element underneath, the aroma is a bit too restrained and malty, to me

Taste: Fortunately, the hops come out much better in the flavor profile; after the caramel malt lays down its backbone, the hops jump out with a hybrid mix of English and American flavors that blend together nicely; after the swallow, the bitterness recedes into a well-balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The balance and low abv of this beer make for a very nice combination

Thanks, deliriumfest, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 18:38:50 | More by brentk56
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 21:18:15 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-review 19 December 2006: A snoozle full of citrusy hops greets you in the nose of Big Sky's Scape Goat Pale Ale. It's bright and citrusy with notes of grapefruit, pineapple, and tangerine/apricot, and a rounding note of spruce. It's very nicely balanced against a gently biscuity maltiness, and I find it quite drinkable with a refreshing tartness and solid bitterness. Flavorful, smooth, drinkable!

Original review 25 December 2004: The rich maltiness that dominates the nose of Big Sky's Scape Goat carries through in its flavor. It's sweetish, caramel-drenched maltiness is threaded with floral and lightly fruity hops that help to balance it and give it a dual character; and it's nicely backed by a solid bitterness that leaves it dry and refreshing in the finish. The head retention could be a bit better; but with its slightly restrained alcohol content; smooth medium body; rich caramel malt character; and great balance, this makes for an excellent session ale!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2004 23:11:28 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'd wager that it's not just the water in this beer that makes it 'fun', but I appreciate the cheekiness nonetheless...

This beer pours an attractive clear pale golden copper hue, with many fingers of foamy off-white head, which leave some nice consistent webbed lace around the glass as it drops away. It smells of biscuit malt, a bit of lemon citrus, and floral, leafy hops. The taste is bready biscuit malt, a bit of mild caramel sweetness, and earthy, slightly musty hops. The carbonation is fairly sedate, the body crisp, but a bit on the thin side, and it finishes dry and cracker-like.

Virtually all roads lead to England in this one. A decent pale ale, just not the hoppier Yankee version I was expecting.

Serving type: can

08-11-2010 02:40:36 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

Appearance is typical for an American pale ale: a clear dark amber color, a thick, creamy white head. When approaching the nose, the aromas lift out and delight the senses: fresh and fruity, zesty ctrus, grapefruit, peach and apricot notes, and maybe just a touch of spice. Great use of hops, but still light and uplifting.
The initial blitz of carries through the very tasty finish. Malt is mightily subdued, though, creating a bit of an off-balanced atmosphere. Hops continue their wild ride, unassisted by malt, leaving the body a bit thin. Know that I am a card-carrying hophead, but I have to note these slight imperfections.
Finish resolves crisply and dryly, leaving a coppery tang in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2003 18:36:55 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from KenGage, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, a good amount of hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character and sweet flavors of caramel & citrus. Then a decent burst of hops bitterness comes in to provide some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice solid beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 02:32:50 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in canned form, had to try it again... Date on bottom the can 1-28-2011, here's hoping that is the date it was canned!

Pours honey/amber with 3 fingers of rocky tan head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness & grassy hops, nose is a bit lacking

T: Follows the nose, some orange peel as well up front,plus a touch of biscuitty malt. Earthy hops assert themselves as this warms along lemons & more orange peel, plus leafy hops. Finishes dry with a slight bready sweetness & more leafy hops

MF: Light bodied, firm carbonation with pretty good balance

Drinks really easy, a nice quencher that works for the style. But I'd rather have their Big Sky IPA or Modus, or OK's own Coop Native amber for the same price. I wish they'd canned the IPA instead, still a nice warm weather option!

Serving type: can

03-19-2011 21:48:50 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice toasted, grainy malt scent. The taste is good. It has a really cool malty flavor with a light, refreshing finish. It goes down easy with a creamy malt palate. It boasts of toasted flavor. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pale ale with some flavor and nice malty aroma. There isn't much hop character, but the beer drinks well.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2004 02:41:05 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

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
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange with a white head. The aroma is strong citrus hops, more hoppy than I expected. Very nice aroma. The flavor is citrus hops with quite a bit of hop bitterness as well. There is also a nice malt backbone to keep the beer from being overly bitter. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. A solid example of an American Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 17:24:47 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 04:16:47 | More by zeff80
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

Pours copper amber with a creamy white head. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of caramel, slight mustiness, some resin and citrus.

The taste is of caramel and biscuit. Mild balancing resiny, earthy slight citric bitterness balances the mild malty sweetness.

It's a bit thin, but gets close enough to medium-bodied to work well enough. It has a nice carbonation level.

A nice enough, standard APA. Very drinkable and well-balanced. A good, mild, balanced pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 08:37:39 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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
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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
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Halcyondays

California

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 00:57:38 | More by Halcyondays
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mactrail

California

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
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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

Poured a light copper with a small white head Nose was average, notes of light citrus, hops and some malts and taste was a below average from the pales I am used to drinking here in California. I did not like the malts and found it rather weak on the hops. The bottle was not that good in my opinion but I would attempt the tap version.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 00:45:33 | More by barleywinefiend
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The ale has an amber orange glow with a thicker head that retains nicely within the glass.

S: The aroma a big citrusy one, strong on grapefruit, that is underscored by a clearly defined malty grain presence.

T: The APA has a strong starting flavor, kicking off with a noticeable grapefruit citrus element. The hops has a fairly long finish, keeping a strong flavor throughout. The hops are poorly matched by a thin grainy caramel malt body. The thin malt flavor detracts from the stronger hops.

M: Nice hops, not so nice malts. The flavors are big at first and soon thin out.

D: The ale's low abv is nice, but the thinness of the malts is not so hot.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 23:51:14 | More by akorsak
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a mug)

A- This beer has a warm crystal clear dark orange body with a creamy off-white head that last and last. There is a carbonation of tiny bubbles that is pretty slow moving.

S- The smell of dry pale malt and a note of pot caramel gives way to a spicy hop finish that is pretty light.

T- The light toasted malt has a faint caramel malt note that becomes more dominate after the sip is finished. There is a light green hop finish that has a spice hint to it in the finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a slight creamy finish due to the fizz texture.

D- This beer has some light caramel malt notes that are a bit off and the hops are mostly bittering hops with not much depth.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 18:53:37 | More by rhoadsrage
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown long neck with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Appealing bubbly white lace on top of the brassy amber coloured brew. Clarity is fine even with the fine sediment that made its way into the glass.

Smell: Big floral citric hop with a soft spiciness in the back. Some fruitiness, nutty yeast and malt sweetness make it to the nose as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Level crisp moderate body that shows some smoothness, a bit dry in the mouth and that make the heavy hand of hops more pronounced. Waves of citrus rind and a soft floral-like oil show that a substantial amount of flavouring hops was used. Maltiness just stands there with a lightly toasted flavour, yeast jumps in at the same time with a nutty note. Clean finish with a drying graininess and lingering hop flavour.

Notes: This is your standard American brewed pale ale, light on the malt with an obvious citric hop. One thing going for this beer is that the brewers did a good job at keeping it balanced and making it quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2003 12:02:26 | More by Jason
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Scape Goat Pale Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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