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Scape Goat Pale Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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388 Ratings
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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 11
Gots: 9 | 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.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

05-19-2013 21:36:14 | More by elglueckert
Photo of Shultzerdugen


4/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

08-23-2005 23:25:02 | More by Shultzerdugen
Photo of DeekNayvuz


3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

01-11-2013 17:35:48 | More by DeekNayvuz
Photo of josiahschlender


3.03/5  rDev -15.4%

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.

01-29-2012 00:05:43 | More by josiahschlender
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New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -5%

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.

10-16-2006 03:29:11 | More by ikats
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

02-18-2014 14:46:43 | More by rhinonau
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Deep caramel color w/ an off white head. Aroma of toasted bread and roasted malt. Nice bitterness and toasted malt flavor. Good body, malt flavors and bitterness. The hop flavors are subtle and in the background, this could be a result of a well traveled bottle. Well balanced, like an English pale ale rather than a hoppy west coast American pale ale.

09-09-2004 19:13:46 | More by redmosquito
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4.13/5  rDev +15.4%

dark, golden color, with good clarity. tan head up top, looks a bit sticky from some hops.

smells floral and spicy with a touch of pine and lemon. some malt tones (bread maybe) mixed in.

taste is well balanced with a malt backbone and a touch of floral hop. hints of fresh bread mixed in with a touch of resin and pine notes.

good mouthfeel. full-bodied yet well balanced. drinkable.

10-22-2009 23:35:34 | More by skrib09
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3.1/5  rDev -13.4%

I was really looking forward to this one, as how the liquor store owner pointed it out to me as a great beer. I was thoughouly dissapointed with this one, I think I had my hopes up to high for this one. Not bad in general, but one I will try to avoid in the future.

05-18-2008 05:37:36 | More by skeetermoses
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3.78/5  rDev +5.6%

came in a mix twelve pack of their four main beers. pours clear golden yellow with a one finger off white head. some lacing.

fruity and floral hops on the nose. some malt presence. no off odors.

crisp hop taste. fruity. some malt sweetness. not a great deal of depth. dry citrus fruit aftertaste. balanced for style.

mid body. good carbonation. decent apa. i would buy this mixed up twelve pack again.

02-05-2009 04:34:20 | More by ajmoody76
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

07-03-2013 00:39:12 | More by MLFrank
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

01-11-2014 04:53:07 | More by 45nDown
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

08-15-2012 00:15:01 | More by Perducci
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

12-21-2013 19:07:22 | More by cfitterer
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

09-01-2012 03:17:36 | More by Kips
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4.05/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

10-15-2011 00:45:25 | More by lawlerj
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3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a crystal clear apricot with lots and lots of carbonation and a thin white head on top.

S - Nice malty citrus smell with a light peach or apricot smell also.

T - Has some good malt flavor up from with decent amount of hop bitterness.

M - Pretty thin, typical pale ale mouthfeel, but really crisp and clean with loads of carbonation.

D - This is damn good, pretty surprised, not my usual style. Definitely recommend this. Will be buying again.

04-11-2010 00:30:48 | More by semibaked
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

03-27-2012 03:12:31 | More by matthageman
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

06-12-2013 01:51:44 | More by Boverhof3
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

08-14-2014 19:32:56 | More by Mark-Leggett
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3.83/5  rDev +7%

12oz bottle purchased from SF's City Beer Store in May 2007, poured October 2007.

Wow - am I in England? From the get-go the Scape Goat screams British Pale Ale (and I mean that in a very good way). Pours an inoffensive clear orangish tan, one finger head. Fresh British malt small, bitter hops (no citrus) - this is not your Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, that's for sure.

Taste is that of a very fresh British Pale Ale. Probably some crystal malt in there, certainly not over-hopped - I think this is the classic EKG hop profile. Just pleasant, easy-drinking. Texture might be a little thin to Northwest American palates, but this would fit right in at a London pub.

If you like the style, you could drink this one all night. Quite a winner from Big Sky.

10-27-2007 06:36:12 | More by Talisker
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3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

Got this bottle at Joe's Place up in Norman. Poured 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Pours a Clear, Still Yellow with a big bubbly rocky head, poor head retention though. Smells bready and citrus hop scent. Taste was good, I really liked the taste of this pale. Not overly hoppy. Had a nice hoppy taste up front and a nice malt backbone. Mouthfeel was fairly thin. This is a great session beer.

03-13-2009 16:51:14 | More by mugglesandhops
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

07-20-2013 01:17:57 | More by beergil
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New Mexico

3/5  rDev -16.2%

05-04-2013 03:03:29 | More by m0unds
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3.88/5  rDev +8.4%

A nice APA from a Rocky Mountain brewery. Good one for a warm summer day!

Appearance: Setting sun orange; nice white head that was properly carbo'd for this beer; left some lacework, too.
Smell: Floral, but nicely understated, hop aroma. Some grassy notes.
Taste: Mmmm...low-key citrus-y grapefruit bitterness throughout with some slightly biscuity malt components. Pine notes, too. Guessing good, clean and soft water from the Rockies made this enjoyable, too. Finishes pleasantly dry.
Mouthfeel: Nicely balanced beer. The lingering bittering hop is impressive in this beer. Love it.
Drinkability: By American standards this is clearly a sessionable beer (4.7%abv), and one that I enjoyed immensely in the context of winding down after a hot and humid summer day. I realize a "basic" pale ale doesn't get much dazzling press in the circles of beer geekdom (which I'm a proud member of) these days, but if you're searching for a reasonably priced, well-made sessionable APA, this is your beer. Nice job, Big Sky folks!

06-09-2009 02:24:12 | More by RedBaron
Scape Goat Pale Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.