Scape Goat Pale Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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405 Ratings
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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 11
Gots: 15 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-02-2002)
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Photo of FINLANDski_1619
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Jamesthebrit
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Medium copper color.
S: Very floral. Like a spring day.
T: Quite bitter. Close to smooth but a little off tasting on the finish.
M: very calm beer. Can certainly let it linger around.

Overall I wasn't very impressed with this beer. It was pretty smooth but the flavor wasn't very pleasing at it left a bitter off putting taste. Other beers from Big Sky show more promise than this one.

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

Golden color, 3 finger head. Citrusy, piney taste with good hop finish, bitter but not too bitter, I'm not really a pale ale lover but this one is a bit milder, and has me excited try more.... I would get this again.

[i hate the two hundred and fifty character limit, i now remember why i started reviewing on]

Photo of slyke
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scape Goat Pale Ale pours a nice golden-orange color with a finger of white head that laces a bit and sticks nicely.

The aroma is a bit grainy and has a note of hops, but not much.

The taste is fairly well balanced, no distinct notes. Nice, but subtle hop finish.

The weight on the tongue is about what you expect for the style - medium bodied, maybe a hint of coating of the mouth.

Overall it is a decent brew. Nothing that rocks my world, but nothing offensive. Give it a try if you see it.

Photo of AgingWarrior
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to CamuMahubah for this brew.

Pours a nice clear dark golden color. Hard pour produces two fingers of tan head. The head held up pretty well and provided some lacing.

Smell is hops, pine and citrus. The scent is not terribly strong, I'd call it almost mild.

Nice malt backbone to this brew with a nice pine and citrus hops finish. Nice balance to this drink.

Medium body, medium carbonation.

Very nice APA, I'd like to drink more of these.

Photo of klikger
2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz poured into a tulip glass

A - Amber, decent head, good lacing

S - Ummm...kind of smells like a goat. There's some caramel in there somewhere, but it's mostly goat. Some soap.

T - Watery caramel starts this off, followed by a largely tasteless mid-section. Slightly bitter lemon finish. Not offensive, but not good.

M - Watery with a bit of soapiness.

D - ABV makes this drinkable. Nothing else helps.

Wow...first beer that I haven't appreciated in a long time. If I get trapped inside Big Sky Brewing Co. due to the outside world being lousy with zombies, I'm sticking with their IPA.

Photo of themorninglark
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of M_Burkey
5/5  rDev +39.7%

Photo of elglueckert
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of RootedFool
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Eureka, California. A little too softly poured, nevertheless a half-inch of head rises toward the rim of the pint glass, off-white and densely bubbled. Leaves no lacing to mention. The body is a deep amber -- attractive color.


Bright and citrusy upfront with a lingering background of freshly baked glazed donuts. Nice.


Opens with a mouth-watering crackle of juicy hop bitterness along the edges of my palate, which spreads out into a round, powdered sugar sweetness in the middle. All the while, the bright hop citrus juiciness sticks around. Some light saltine notes toward the finish. The aftertaste is all hop echo and a perfectly balanced, soft malt backbone.


Excellent feel to the body, wraps around my palate without clinging and has a great weight to it. Plenty carbonated.

Incredibly drinkable and very balanced American pale ale.

Photo of pjwilson
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here's a good session beer if the price is right. I like this pale alot, has just about everything i look for in a APA.
A: Seems a deep orange, darker than most APA's I've seen. Good head when poured and even minor lacing.
Smell: mmm hops, malt balance. west coast.
taste: Now there's some balance. right amount of bitterness meets malts. lingering bitterness. Pretty hoppy for how low of alcohol.
Mouthfeel: full
Drinkability: where'd my beer go? really smooth drinker.
Notes: Drink this one cold as it does not improve as gets warm. I tried one at 55 and it didn't taste so great....right out of the fridge hit the spot. Great for times when you want a really light beer, with full flavor. I dig this. The only pale ale that trumps this is poleeko gold, but that one usually costs more and is stronger. This will become a staple for me if i can keep getting it for 6 bucks a sixer.

Photo of SeanChouffe
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Aluminum bottle - different.
Appearance: Not a very pale ale. Amber/brown color with plentiful effervescence and a white frothy head. Head diminishes, but leaves a decent film a light, sticky lacing. Aroma is quite non-descript; earthy and some malty notes. Mouthfeel is light, and effervescent with a mild hop finish. Flavor sweet start and some hops toward the end.

Non-descript but fairly drinkable.

Photo of deweese
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of JosiahS
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Glass: Pint

Golden/honey color, mostly clear with signs of bubbles drifting upwards at 9 mph. 1cm thick white head above with signs of patchy lacing.

/beer forecast

Sweet and juicy on the aroma, some tropical fruit and a nice malt undertone. The tastes eases away from the fruit but counters with a long hop bitterness throughout, lightly bitter though. A little fruit on the front, maltyness on the back.

Clean, simple, crisp, refreshing. An average pale ale that won't win any awards but will satisfy the beer enthusiast on a budget.

Photo of Kwak
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice head fluffy white and rich.
Golden / amber body.
Lively hoppy ale with sweet caramel and nut flavor.
A little bitter in the end. But not to bad for this style!

I recomend this pale ale , can't waite to go back to Montana!!

Photo of schwaeh
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Shultzerdugen
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden hued copper with a white clingy head.

The nose has citrus, pine, apricot, and caramel notes.

Medium-light body with ample carbonation. Hops are assertive, carrying on the citrus notes from the nose. Malts are caramel tinged and although in the back, their presence, while not balanced to the hops, is satisfying. This beer was pretty bitter in the finish, which acted great as a palate cleanser.

Paired nicely with shrimp scampi pasta and some brussel sprouts sauteed with Balsamic vinegar, butter, bacon, and red onion. A solid APA.

Photo of bulldogops
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of DeekNayvuz
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of josiahschlender
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of cfitterer
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ikats
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber in color with nice off-white head that never fully disappears. Nose has some floral and citrus hops, but is also filled with sweetness. Taste seems off balance. Hops play by themselves while light malty sweetness is on the other side of the mouth. Light body. Goes down quick, so I find it very drinkable.

Photo of 45nDown
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Boverhof3
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of rhinonau
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Scape Goat Pale Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.