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Scape Goat Pale Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

Scape Goat Pale AleScape Goat Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

372 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 372
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-02-2002)
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josiahschlender

Oregon

3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: can

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

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this beer at the local liquor store in the pick your sixer section.

A - Poured from undated brown 12oz bottle to a pint glass. The beer pours a bright clear amber color with a 1 finger white head with decent retention and some lacing.

S - The beer is strong in malt character with a sweet biscuit aroma. Not a lot of hope aroma. A bit metallic.

T - Unlike the nose the hop character is more noticeable on the tongue. A bit of lemony citrus character with some floral to boot. The malt presence again is dominant with a lot of caramel malt throughout.

M - The beer is a bit overcarbonated in my opinion which makes for a sharp mouthfeel.

O - A decent beer but just a little better than average.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-20-2011 19:58:51

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 22:43:26 | More by hopfacebrew
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schwaeh

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: can

01-19-2012 19:37:13 | More by schwaeh
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.6/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big Sky Scape Goat Pale Ale

Appearance: golden, medium head, and good lacing.

Smell: hops, fruit, and grain.

Taste: hops, malty grains, and a faint fruit.

Mouthfeel: medium.

Overall:
This is a really nice pale ale. It has a good amount of flavor that is well balanced and savory.

Serving type: can

01-08-2012 04:51:09 | More by megahurts4
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PintOHops

California

3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Glass - Pint

A - A nice golden colored brew with high clarity and moderate carbonation. It produced a 2-finger head that seemed to stick around well. I got a nice splash left on my glass.

S - Smells mostly hop forward. A semi bright rind, lemon and orange thing going on. Mild pine in there as well, with dry and floral notes. Subtle caramel, cracker and bread underneath the hops.

T - Hmm, well it tastes like a Pale Ale. Rind, pine and grapefruit bite the tongue upfront and throughout. Malts are soft and lend soft bread and caramel on the back of the tongue. Hops are definitely dominant and finish this brew with a lingering rind and floral flavor. It's a bit drying as well, and the bitterness is low-moderate.

M - It's pretty crisp, with a firm medium body.

O - This beer is kinda what I expected it to be. I think it's good, the hops are very refreshing along with the high carbonation. I would have liked a little more balancing to it though, a touch of toast, along those lines. The punch of citrus like hops could have been toned down as well. All in all I'd drink it again but I would prefer something else.

Serving type: can

12-17-2011 00:15:24 | More by PintOHops
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JosiahS

California

3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 00:05:35 | More by JosiahS
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another aluminum-clad offering supplied by shadesofgray as an extra in a recent trade. Poured into a shaker pint.

Glugs out of the can into the glass, and even aggressively poured, the head stays in check, reaching 1 cm above the surface of the coppery amber liquid below. It settles to little clumps of foam fueled by bubbles rising from below.

The aroma and smell are that of a solid pale ale. Light hop bitterness is accompanied by light floral and pine. In good fashion, caramel, toffee, and bready notes provide a strong backbone that balances the bitterness and then some.

Prickly and lively on the palate, this is a very well-carbonated pale ale, but not overdone. The palate is somewhat resinous with a smooth and easy finish.

Serving type: can

12-08-2011 02:35:19 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Montana mix pack 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Light copper bronze with an orange tinge. Small amounts of white foam stick. Malty smell. Light pine/grass, but unimpressive. Lightly hopped malty taste. Even keeled with smooth malty/bitter flavor. Nondescript pale, which isn't to say it isn't good. Easy drinker with enough pop to stay interested.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 15:29:34 | More by KTCamm
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Khazadum

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Very clean and clear looking body, a few constant streams of carbonation but mostly singular entitites. Low amount of lacing, good head development but minimal stickiness. Its an average looking beer to me.

S- Light sharp bitterness, faint citrus hoppy nature, lemon rind but faint. Faint specifics in terms of what the hops can be here. They are there, they are bright, but they are nondescript. Tad bit malty as well, biscuit faintness.

T- Papery and cardboard maltiness combined with a light sweetness. Light caramel syrup flavor. Not too much in bitterness, very minimal when its there. Perks up ever so slowly at the edges. Finishes off kind of nasty and unwanted. Needs to tone down the earthen cellulose nature.

M- Full bodied, nice crispness, low stickiness for the most part, has a finish I'm definitely not a big fan of.

Its... alright. Definitely wouldn't be purchasing this one anything soon. Great for a float trip though.

Serving type: can

11-21-2011 23:46:49 | More by Khazadum
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful Light whisps of club cracker malts and some lemon and spice come to form the nose. A good malty backbone bathes the tongue and lets hints of lemon, and mint hop flavors shine. A really pleasant flavor. Creamy medium body, a little ability to stay for an aftertaste. This really surprised me as a pleasantly palatable ale. Thanx BSBC

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 00:10:15 | More by JoeAmerican77
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to caSSino for just giving me a can of this for nothing more than to tick it. Thanks buddy! Served from can into a Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a half a finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, citrus, citrus hop, and a floral note. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, tobacco, citrus, citrus hop, earth, and subtle floral notes. It had a very light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The flavors on this one were quite interesting to say the least. The tobacco aspect was really quite surprising on this one. Somehow it managed to blend in with the rest decently. The citrus was the saving grace for this one in my opinion. Worth your time to try if you get the chance.

Serving type: can

10-26-2011 14:46:59 | More by thagr81us
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lawlerj

Nebraska

4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

10-15-2011 00:45:25 | More by lawlerj
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drpimento

Wisconsin

2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured with a small to medium sized, cream colored head that quickly subsided and no lace. Color is a clear medium amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is more caramel malt than hop, along with some toffee, and raisins. Flavor is like nose, but hops take a very slight edge over caramel and some carbonic tang with hints of dark ripe fruit. Body is decent and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of medium to long in duration. Ok beer, nothing special.The can in this case is shaped like a bottle.

Serving type: can

09-24-2011 23:03:16 | More by drpimento
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber-tan and slightly hazy. Can nearly exploded with great lasting head and lots of good lacing.

Malty smelling with just a touch of bite. Bready and biscuit malt aromas too.

Taste is quite malty, pungent and earthy with biscuit malts, fruity flavors and some bitterness from the hops. It's pretty well balanced and damn tasty stuff.

Creamy and sweet in the mouth, carbonation isn't too high despite the original opening bombing from the can.

Overall it's a damn fine beer and has the added bonus of coming in a can. I would happily fish all day long drinking this stuff.

Serving type: can

09-09-2011 22:59:28 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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flagmantho

Washington

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a crystal-clear body and two fingers of frothy ivory foam. A looker!

Smell: floral hop aroma atop a biscuity, bready malt. Usually those aren't my favorite malt characteristics but with the big floral notes it works quite well.

Taste: dry, lightly biscuity malt with a little bit of those floral hops in the mix. Sadly, they are drawn back a bit; I would like to have seen more of them. Bitterness comes up slow toward the end and is relatively balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a pretty decent carbonation. Not creamy, really, but the mouthfeel is effervescent and refreshing.

Overall: I rather like this beer. I think it could be a go-to brew for tailgating and barbecuing. It's not perfect, but it is refreshing and tasty for what it is.

Serving type: can

09-01-2011 17:18:02 | More by flagmantho
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BobCS

New York

3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A clear light amber, generous white head..

S: clear citrus hop, but mellow and not at all overpowering, hint of fruit in there, but mostly the hops shine through

T: mellow hop flavor, generally clean though a hint of fruit, clean bitterness and dry finish

M: medium body and lively carbonation

O: solid and basic pale ale - nice in a can for packing and very drinkable

thanks harrymel!

Serving type: can

08-22-2011 23:15:22 | More by BobCS
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jkrich

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12 oz. can: poured a clear,deep golden to light copper with a quickly receding white-head.
The refreshing aroma was softly, mellow fruits.
The flavor has a rather restrained tropical and marmalade fruit taste with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Some bready and yeasty flavors are also evident.
This ale has a good creamy, sweet mouthfeel with low carbonation. The body is light to medium.
This is a lightly hopped version of an American Style pale ale or the ale has become malt heavy from age, as other reviews discussed the grapefruty bitterness. All in all, quite pleasing and a change of pace for an American pale.

Serving type: can

07-30-2011 23:02:47 | More by jkrich
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mdcrouser

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant cloudy orange, with a quickly fading head that leaves only jagged lace around edges.

Heavy grapefruit, some lemony citrus and little else. Has my sniffer gone bad or is it just that lacking.

Crisply hopped, with lots of grapefruit and some greenery to close. More malt than I would have imagined adds a strong sweetness, while also holding the hops in check.

Just a bit of spiky carbonation, highlighting the bitterness of the hops.

Tasty - a well-balanced IPA for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 21:10:23 | More by mdcrouser
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BucannonXC5

California

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

Original rating on 07-17-11: 4.0, 3.0, 3.0, 2.0, 2.5 (2.85)
Edited rating on 09-15-12: 4.0, 4.0, 3.5, 3.5, 3.5 (3.63)

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Dark golden look. Head was about an inch and a half that left a quarter-inch (or more) film. Lots of flavors in the smell and seemed heavy. Mild to heavy on the carbonation. Flavor was a dark red. Left plenty of film on the glass. Each sip could feel the film sitting in my mouth. Haven't experienced that since I started rating (only a week and about 13 beers). Reminded me of that candy that fizzes in your mouth. Taste never got better as it went on.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 08:24:00 | More by BucannonXC5
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BeerAmbassador

Arizona

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow with a nice white head that sticks around for a bit and leaves some lacing. Bready malt on the nose with a lemony, peppery hop nose. Buiscuty malt on the palate, with a bit of fruit and nice backbone of bittering hops. Really nicely integrated tight carbonation gives it a creamy mouthfeel. This is a beer that I might start buying for an easy drinking, quaffable pale ale.

Serving type: can

07-06-2011 02:11:45 | More by BeerAmbassador
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BJA

California

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

Poured into perfect pint glass from 12oz can.

A: poured from can – I got two fingers of creamy white head that stayed for several minutes and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Color is golden yellow/orange and clear (more on the golden side).

S: It has a light, fresh hop scent with a bit of citrus. There was a malt scent present in the background too.

T: There was a nice fresh hop taste backed up by malt taste.

M: medium mouthfeel. Medium finish. Left an aftertaste of fresh hops. Carbonation was perfect.

O: I am impressed with this beer. It has enough of a hop and malt taste to satisfy but it remains easy to drink and refreshing. It is well constructed and favors the hop taste slightly.

Serving type: can

07-02-2011 20:40:45 | More by BJA
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color of the APA is a nice clear amber. It produced a nice white head and left behind a good amount of lacing. Good head retention. The aroma of the APA was very nice it was full of malt, hops and citrus notes. This APA was a medium bodied ale. It has a nice malt base that was complimented with citrus and hops. Very well balanced APA- Not outstanding but a very good representative of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 01:53:57 | More by GossageBrewery
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear light amber with a nice fluffy white head. Leaves lots of nice lacing.

S: Not much, there is some detectable grass if I really try but that's about it.

T: Not much, very light hop and malt flavor. Beer isn't bland - just very light in all ways.

M: Very clean, crisp and light. Great lawnmower beer.

O: Nothing offensive, just not much there. Pretty average.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 03:40:08 | More by Dope
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WoodBrew

Illinois

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

Scape Goat...me likie!!!! This is a very good and sublte pale ale. Reminds me alot of New Belgium's Skinny Dip. The Appearance is a nice golden, slightly amber clear color. Modest carbonation gives way to a thin white head. The nose as sublte hops and citrus which feed beautifully into the taste. The mouthfeel is very good, for me, I like the sublte pale characteristics of the beer which doesn't hang on the pallete very long. Definitely worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 01:41:33 | More by WoodBrew
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StoutHunter

Michigan

2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I got a single of Scape Goat Pale Ale at the Lager Mill for $1.49. I tried the Montana Trout Slayer and I liked it, so since this was on the singles shelf I decided to give this one a try and see what else Big Sky has to offer. No visible freshness date. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like the design of this can, the nice picture of a big mountain goat gives it a nice rugged look. This beer poured a nice amber color with a little bit of golden yellow thrown in there. It had three and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a pretty thick layer that left some nice looking lacing.

S- There is a strong malt aroma to this beer that gives off a lot of bread and biscuit like aromas. I can pick up a small amount of grassy hops at the end. The aroma is not too impressive.

T- This pale ale seems to be all about the malts. The malts are sweet and just as bready as they were in the aroma. There is a slight amount of grassy hops on the finish. Theres not much bitterness on the finish, just sweet malts. This beer could use more hops to help balance out all the sweet malts and give it some depth.

M- Crisp, light bodied, and perfect carbonation.

Overall this pale ale was average at best. In the end it was just too unbalanced for me to enjoy. There were tons of sweet pale malts in this brew and they needed some nice floral hops to balance everything out. Some Pale Ales tend to have too much hops, but this one didn't have enough and that hurt it. The appearance and mouthfeel were spot on, but the aroma and taste need some work. I wouldn't buy this beer again, there are too many other good pale ales out there.

Serving type: can

04-05-2011 02:21:39 | More by StoutHunter
Scape Goat Pale Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.