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Scape Goat Pale Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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393 Ratings
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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 11
Gots: 12 | 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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Photo of Wildman
3.08/5  rDev -14%

This beer poured a clear amber color and formed a snow white head that left layered lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops, and pine. The flavor was of malt, hops, and toffee. Medium light body and a fairly sweet finish for a pale ale. Tend to not like mine that sweet.

Wildman, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

Thorpe429, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of BierFan
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass.

Off-white head doesn't stick around for long. Clear light amber body. Little bit of citrus from the hops. Not a lot going on in the smell. Good bitterness. This is really an easy drinking pale ale. Mouthfeel is thinner than most pale ale's which helps with the drinkability.

BierFan, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of deereless
3.58/5  rDev 0%

A: Scape Goat pours with a thick head and good retention, color is medium gold with a faint amber, lots of spotty lacing down the sides of the glass - 4.00, S: Nose is quite biscuity with a solid citrus and herbal punch - more specifically I pick up grapefruit, mildly sweet - 3.75, T: The initial flavor shows a moderate hop bite with some grapefruit pith on the tail end of the beer, there is a faint woodiness as well as an herbal quality - 3.50, M: Mouth feel is quite slick and oily, medium bodied - 3.00, D: A nicely crafted APA, might have benefitted from a little boost in the American hops - 3.50

deereless, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%

A light pale ale, with mild hop flavor. Aroma is pleasant enough, floral cascade hops. Taste is average for the style, with low to moderate bitterness, leafy hop and little malt character. A bit thin, drink ability is decent since it goes down without much of a thought.

Stinkypuss, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%

A weaker amber appearance, good clarity, slight head and lace. Good aroma, hops, caramel.

More caramel, slight hop taste, restrained bitterness, hops are of the Cascade variety predominantly I would guess, imparts detectable grapefruit notes, very drinkable, low abv relatively makes this a keeper for the weekdays.

Some sweetness creeps in, everything is held in abeyance for the hops. As close to balanced as I like, can't wait to check it out in a can.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of klikger
2.65/5  rDev -26%

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.

klikger, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

biboergosum, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of jsprain1
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%

A- Pours a light amber with a one and a half finger head.
S- Smell is slightly fruity, with caramel malts being the centerpoint. Some hoppiness in the form of citrus zest aroma settles in.
T- The taste is pleasant, caramel and light hoppiness. There is a bit of biscuit and bread crust flavor as well, but generally the taste is exceedingly mild.
M- Full, creamy carbonation.
D- A pretty good pale ale. worth a try. certainly sessionable.

jsprain1, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of indiapaleale
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%

Pour - dark golden amber/copper color with a solid inch of white foam sitting on top and some nice lacing as well. Clean and clear. Sometimes the condensation on the outside of a glass of beer just makes your mouth water!

Aroma - slightly citrusy, orange peel, caramel, dark bread, biscuity and some hints of earthy hops. Very inviting!

Taste - tangy sweet and citrusy. This is definitely on par for an English-style pale ale with the malt leading the way and the hops a little more subdued. Plenty of caramel malt flavor and some of that citrusy orange-peel bitterness coming in at the end. Its got a rather dry finish that really leads you right into another sip. It goes down almost too easy which is always a great sign!

Overall - Absolutely delicious and the type of beer that I'd love to have a cooler of when hosting a barbecue or sitting around an early evening campfire. Something about this style of beer being canned just seems to work really well. I'd say Scape Goat made the transition from bottles to cans pretty much flawlessly and the flavor is probably even fresher from the can. Excellent brew from the good folks at Big Sky. If you are lucky enough to spot any of these left on the shelves be sure to snatch them up because if they aren't already gone they will be soon.

Would I buy more of it? - totally, this is a great brew to sit around a campfire with or bring with you tubing or kayaking. No complaints...at all.

indiapaleale, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of flexabull
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

Pours a bright and clear gold color with a good solid white head. Looks pretty nice.

Aromas are of light citrus hops, some orange, tangerine, hard candies, and hints of caramel malts.

Taste is pretty subtle. Some creamy caramel malts, lightly bready, with a crisp finish that has a hoppy taste that reminds me of lemon and orange zest.

Mouthfeel is solid. Full, well carbonated, and smooth.

Drinkability is good. This is a pretty well put together Pale Ale, nothing really stands out, but it is certainly refreshing, goes down easy, and is quite drinkable.

flexabull, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of WakeandBake
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

A clear copper color pour with a two finger foamy white head , geed retention , sone jagged lacing left , lively carbonation .Aroma of biscut like pale malt , toasty with some citrusy and light spice hop notes. Flavor is of earthy and citrus hops up front with a good pale malt background , a little bread crust , very balanced as promised , medium to liught body with a slightly oily mouthfeel . Very drinkable and quite sessionable , A solid PA

WakeandBake, May 09, 2010
Photo of stangski83
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Another tasty offering from Big Sky. A very drinkable APA with a manageable 4.7% alc to keep it from getting out of line. Like Trout Slayer, this is a very good session beer with a light, but lasting hop flavor that is sure to satisfy if you are in the mood for a lighter IPA/APA flavor that won't overwhelm the food on the grill/menu for that night. Light lacing and a mild hop note that are very friendly for the non-craft drinker (I feel like this is my favorite style lately - brews to recruit my family and friends to the world of craft!!!)

I really like this beer but I know that it is a rare find in Chicagoland. My local liquor store knows how to hook it up...thank god! Definitely a solid beginner beer in the APA style. Not the worst, not the best, but an excellent representation of everything that I want from an APA - and the hop character is not overwhelmed with a pine flavor - so it definitely will be a good "recruit" beer. Enjoy if you can find it.

stangski83, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of semibaked
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.

semibaked, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of david131
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%

A- A golden/ copper colored liquid with a thin, white head that leaves nice lacing.

S- A bit of orange rind and meat along with some caramel. Slightly aromatic and slightly unique.

T- Slightly sweet malt with a hint of citrus. Overall, this is fairly boring, but it isn't bad.

M- Creamy smooth with a bit of a carbonation presence.

D- A decent pale ale. Drinks alright. Made it to Michigan just in time for summer.

david131, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of scoobybrew
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

A - super clear golden color with a thick head that settles a bit into a fairly well retained thin collar, leaves a nice lacing as it drains

S - piney American hop aroma, slight malt in background

T - assertive hop flavor up front with some malt character, moderate hop finish compared to flavor

M - medium/light body with high carbonation

D - This is a decent enough APA. I'd order another at a bar perhaps although I don't know if I'd want a whole 6er in the fridge. It could use a bit more bitterness on the finish and perhaps a little stronger backing malt.

scoobybrew, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint. 4.7% ABV, no date.

A - Golden yellow but slightly hazy and seemingly non-carbonated. The white head fluffed up right away then dropped to a loose pile. Low retention and patchy lace.

S - Lemon citrus and a pinch of floral spice entices upon first inhale. Hoppy but well-balanced with strong malt support. Light but with some good caramelization notes.

T - Lots of caramelized malts bearing the inherent sweetness. The floral hops balance nicely if not a little low but finish the flavor out with a slow-burn bitterness.

M - Medium-bodied and slick on the tongue but soft from lack of heavy carbonation. A tad dry to the finish and bitter to boot.

D - Decent all around pale ale from Big Sky. Hop flavor could be brought up a bit more but it's nicely drinkable the way it is. Pretty well-balanced.

BeerFMAndy, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of kegger22
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%

Big Sky Scape Goat Pale Ale was a gold color with a tiny off-white head that promptly dissipated to a collar. The aroma was missing in action other than a faint barley water scent. The taste was a bland, small citrus flavor that didn't offend but didn't impress either. The mouth feel was light bodied and lightly carbonated. Drinkability was not good. While the ABV cooperated, the taste just didn't do anything. I'm not trying to be funny, or anything, this was just very weak in all respects. The freshness date on the bottle appeared to be 06-03-10, so I don't think that was the problem. I still have a couple of bottle, so I'll try another later and edit if I was just having a bad day, or something.

kegger22, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of tr4nc3d
2.3/5  rDev -35.8%

12fl oz bottle poured into my pint glass

Pours a light copper to orange-ish(is that even a word?, lol)color with vibrant two inch frothy white head. Good amount of carbonation can be noticed with bubbles rising to the top of the beer and popping in the head. Great head retention that subsides really slowly. Minimal lacing is left sticking to the sides of my glass.

Smell consisted of floral like hops with pine needle. Very earthy and herbal type smell. Bread like malts can be noticed when you take a whiff.

Slightly sweet upfront with very little hop presence except a little bit of some pine bitterness. Malts come and shine throughout the beer leaving a sweet and slightly bread like taste.

Mouthfeel is in between light and medium(on the watery side), with high amounts of carbonation. Very crisp.

Disappointed with this one and wish I did not buy a six pack. This beer needs more flavor.

tr4nc3d, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of tapman
3.58/5  rDev 0%

Light amber orange color with an over abundant head, too much for my taste for the style. It does dissipate quickly thankfully.

Base bread with some lightly toasted malt (vienna?) and perhaps some crystal 60 give or take at 3-5%. Hops are mellow and earthy. Willamette with some cascade? Gotta be something around there.

Clean bitterness with sweet toast in the finish. Backward, I know, but this brew seems to be like an American style bitter, i.e. not a hop bomb. Balanced, just in the opposite way that I am used to. Honey sweetness.

Hops are resinous and a little sticky. Body is ight up front, cloying in back. Typical for the style and for the abv%.

A fine APA, after having brews like Gumball head from 3F and two hearted from Bells this brew falls short. However if I'm in a bar with nothing but this or macros then I would be far from disappointed.

tapman, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

Mora2000, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of BigBigPickle
4.4/5  rDev +22.9%

Note: I am not a pale ale drinker, normally. However, I appreciate the style, want to learn more, and want to have a beer around that my wife will drink. This is it!

A: Clear, golden copper. Good head with poor retention. Very good lacing.

S: Yeasty with a bit of malt. Some slight fruit esters with a touch of hoppiness.

T: Nice rounded malt flavor with the perfect hop complement for the style. A nice, bitter, well-rounded pale ale.

M: The above mentioned balance creates a tremendous mouthfeel. Feels great on the cheeks and tongue.

D: Great session beer at 4.7%. Something I will keep in my fridge for sure.

BigBigPickle, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

mothman, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of beer348
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

well I wasn't really sure about Big Sky until this. I couldn't really ask for more from this beer. It's good quality no doubt about it. The taste is superior, as with the other Big Sky brews. It's very distinctive. This is a great beer. I'll drink it again.

beer348, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue III:

Standard two fingers of head with some retention as the lacing drops a couple of rings on the inside of the glass. Perfect clarity with a bright pale amber color. Mildly fruitiness with a peppery herbal hop nose, hint of biscuity malt in the aroma as well. Enough crispness to carry the moderate body along. Solid ping of hop bitterness is a flash on the palate, this lets both the oily hop flavor and bready malt overtones mingle to come through with suggestions of wildflowers and tree bark, biscuity grain and mild animal feed respectively. Slightly fruity but pretty clean throughout. Leans a little to the sweet side in the finish with lingering bread and oily hop.

A standup English Pale Ale as it hits its target, a quaffer (session beer) as well.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 24, 2009
Scape Goat Pale Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.