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Scape Goat Pale Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Reviews: 235
Hads: 423
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 13
Gots: 25 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-02-2002

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 UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i always admire when simple ingredients and processes yield spectacular beers, and this is a great example of that. an english pale ale thats real hoppy, and not with tropical new world varietals, but with the classics. these beers are traditional for a reason, and i think the aggressive use of these hops make this beer awesome. the english ale yeast profile is minimal, and the grain base, while sturdy and appropriate, is not overly flavorful. it lets the hops do the majority of the work in the flavor, which i think is right on for the style, but also lets me taste these hops in higher doses than we usually get them. its bitter sure, but there is also a pear-like fruitiness to it in the finish, and a really clean aspect where they go away really quick for how flavorful they are. just a touch more honey sweetness from the grain than i need, and maybe a little more body too than i need for a beer i want to consume by the six pack, but the high carbonation and clean finish both help with drinkability. simple beer made right, i always appreciate that, and this is a good take on the style with that mentality. drink it close to freezing though, it loses some of its pop as it warms up.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
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

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, from a recent trip through western Montana. 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 medium golden copper hue, with many fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some nice broken cirrus cloud lace around the glass as it lazily drops away.

It smells of bready, biscuity pale malt, dry toasted toffee, mildly tart lemon citrus, and leafy, grassy hops. The taste is more lightly toasted bready pale and crystal malt, a hint of caramel sweetness, soft orchard fruit notes, and earthy, grassy, and slightly musty hops.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, just a tame swirling frizziness, the body a decent medium weight, crisp, but not really all that smooth. It finishes mostly dry and cracker-like, the promising fruitiness faded, and the hops kind of moping about.

Virtually all roads lead to England in this one. A decent enough, and well-wrought pale ale, just not the hoppier Yankee version I was expecting. Still worthy of a go, if that's the way your bread is buttered.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  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.

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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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
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!

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Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.83/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.59/5  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!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.82/5  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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Bud American Ale glass.

Pours about 1 finger of near white head. Decent retention leaving splattered lace. Color is a clear light gold.

Aroma: Lots of floral hops. Reminds me of an ipa. Has a biscuit malt base. It seems to be kind of weedy tough.

Taste: Bready/biscuit malts of the top then come the weedy, somewhat floral hops. Not my kind of pale ale. It's more of an off based ipa. Some citrus notes.

Mouthfeel: Pretty basic, a little bitter, a little smooth. Pretty light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends a little sticky and weedy.

Overall, this wasn't the pale ale for me. It just tasted weedy all around. Maybe it was a bad bottle and if that is the case I will reevaluate on my next bottle. I would rather choose another pale ale though.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.92/5  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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am a tad pissed off at seeing the below. Somewhere along the line, my original bottle review got deleted, making the remaining review worthless. It may not have been a very good review, since I did it early on, but in the interim, it now comes in a 12-Fl. Oz. CAN from Crown. The CANQuest (TM) rejoices! I picked this up at Binny's (South Loop) during my Thanksgiving visit.

From the CAN: "Chained Up On All 4"; "3-7-77".

There is nothing like the satisfying auditory nature of the Crack! and so I celebrated with my infamous inverted Glug. I produced two fingers of tawny head as the result, but it evinced only mild retention. Color was a slightly hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose had a solid citrusiness which made my mouth begin to water in anticipation. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste struck me as being only mildly bitter, not really rising to the aroma, with a bigger malt presence than I would have liked. I got some lacing in the glass as I drank. Finish was semi-dry, but overall, unsatisfying. I remember really liking it many years ago, but it seems as though my palate has changed in that time. I am not going to change my original scores, and I am glad that I found a CAN of this one, but I do not see myself giving it another run in bottle form.

This review is for Scape Goat in the Aluminum (bottle-shaped) Can.

I do not really have that much different to say from my initial review except that this serving style struck me as being hoppier, plus there was greater clarity. Hopefully, brevity is all in this case.

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Scape Goat Pale Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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