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Scape Goat Pale Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Scape Goat Pale AleScape Goat Pale Ale

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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 WaveRebel51
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To me, the quality that stood out for this beer was the floral, hoppy aroma. The scent may lead one to think that this beer has very little malt quality, but the taste was very balanced. The taste right out of the bottle was okay, but was much better as it warmed a tad. The first time I had this, I drank it right out of the bottle and was only marginally impressed. But my opinion changed when I poured it into the glass, which is necessary to get the full aroma and taste.

WaveRebel51, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of wcudwight
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper, amber, brass in color. Huge rocky off-white head with good retention. Sheets of sticky lace line the glass. Carbonation bubbles rise to the top which makes the head more active than a tornado in a trailor park. Fine looking beer!
Smells like grapefruit with a bit of sweetness. I also think I detect a bit of spice lurking in the back ground.
The body of the flavor is a sweet earthy caramel flavor. From the middle to the end the hops jump out and startle ya. Citrus hops. There is another fruitiness there that I can't quite figure out. Maybe apricots or mangos. A slight acidic and metallic finish dropped the taste for this 1/2 a point. Overall a nice tasty adult beverage.
I'd call the mouthfeel medium bodied. I've certainly had lighter bodied pale ales. The carbonation makes it interesting with out going overboard.
The forementioned metallic finish hinders the drinkability more than the overall flavor. After awhile you kind of get tired of it. With that said this is still a delicious beer that is no problem to drink.
I'd recommend this one and hope that I come across it in the future.

wcudwight, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of Maerzen
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All around good Pale Ale. Personally liked the muted hops - present but part of an overall picture. Poured an orange/copper color with medium foam. Minor lacing. The smell was of orange citrus. Nice balance of hops and caramel on the tongue. A little chewy in the mouth. Nice middle of the road Pale Ale - which is what I like.

Maerzen, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of mcallister
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking pale. A shade of fiery copper with a very thick, highly retentive head, off white slightly, leaving very thick bubbly lacing. Crisp and clear with some bubble activity in the glass.

Nose is very intriguing as well. Floral citrusy hops up front, with a bit of pine backing and a sweet caramel malt to even things out a bit. Candied pear, and apple come to mind.

Overall this is a solid pale ale. Very well balanced, with a thick chewy mouthfeel and easily quaffable. Not much in the way of complexity. Again a sweet caramel, toffee malt layers the mid palate with floral slightly bitter hop balancing the finish with bready cereal grain flavors. Citrus of the nose is gone, but the pear is still traceable.

mcallister, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of Padron4KM
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. No freshness date noted.

Dark golden with a 2 finger beige head.

Good retention, lively carbonation and excelent lace.

Aroma is caramel and citrus, light earth.

Flavor is caramely sweet with a nice grapefruity bitterness.

Finish is medium length bitter/sweet.

Padron4KM, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of BadRockBeer
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type Sampled: 12fl. oz. brown crown top bottle. Nice Goat!

Appearance: Pours copper to amber in color, crystal clear. Fluffy 2 finger soft white head that faded into a loose lace.

Smell: Sweet malts, I smell caramel and toffee right of the bat. I smell some grassy hops as well.

Taste: Starts with a citrus bite up front. Smooth caramel malt. Nice balance. Some what of a nutty taste that lingers. I have found that this beer as well as the others from Big Sky carries a “House” taste. Maybe impart from their water source?

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body, carbonation is very mild goes great with this style.

Drinkability: Good. This is a pretty refreshing pale ale , pairs nicely with shrimp scampi!

BadRockBeer, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big Sky Brewing's Scapegoat Pale Ale pours a fluffy head over
a cloudy light amber brew. The head collapses pretty quickly and
the carbonation is not too active. The nose is malt and herb. The
flavor is malt and a bit of grassy hop in the finish, with a bit of the
same hop in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Not
a mindblowing brew, just your basic properly made American Pale
Ale. I guess the key here is what kind of a hop profile are you looking
for. I have more of a preference for flowery/piney/citrusy/berry hops
over grassy hops. I wouldn't seek this one out again though I wouldn't
turn one of these down either.

shadow1961, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of Bobikel
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Pours a filtered light amber/golden color with a good sized chunky head that died down quite rapidly, leaving big globs of lace on the glass.

Smell - Some citrus hops and malt backbone. Remember this is not an IPA, I keep telling myself. It won't be hop wallop. So for a pale, this is about in line. A little pineapple as well.

Taste - Despite a less than stellar smell, this beer tastes very good. Well balanced hops and malts dancing nicely across the tongue. Neither overpowers the other. Just a little bit cloying after the swallow.

Mouthfeel - Thin and a little watery. Descent Carbonation.

Drinklability - Quite drinkable, and even sessionable, but lacks the depth of character to really keep my interest. Just a couple more OG points, and/or a little less attenuation, would make all the difference in the world for this beer.

Bobikel, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The ale has an amber orange glow with a thicker head that retains nicely within the glass.

S: The aroma a big citrusy one, strong on grapefruit, that is underscored by a clearly defined malty grain presence.

T: The APA has a strong starting flavor, kicking off with a noticeable grapefruit citrus element. The hops has a fairly long finish, keeping a strong flavor throughout. The hops are poorly matched by a thin grainy caramel malt body. The thin malt flavor detracts from the stronger hops.

M: Nice hops, not so nice malts. The flavors are big at first and soon thin out.

D: The ale's low abv is nice, but the thinness of the malts is not so hot.

akorsak, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of stephendr
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle- color of clear copper , with a frothy off white head - nose of dirty hopps , orange peel , delicate citrus hopps , and caramel – taste of bitter hopps , orange peel , hint of grapefruit , and malty - body is medium, acidic , and with medium carbonation – aftertaste of hopps , orange , and light cacao

stephendr, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I've had this beer before in an aluminum bottle, but this bottle was glass.

This beer poured a nice sparkling amber with abundant white head, which is packed loosely and is sticky, leaving some lacing.

Aroma is a light sweet hoppiness. The aroma is very mild.

Taste is pretty malty with a light hoppy aftertaste. OK, but not bad.

Mouthfeel is middle-of-the-road, not too sticky and pretty drinkable. However, it is a little thin.

Based on taste and a thin mouthfeel, I think this beer is really only marginal.

BeerBelcher, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed on September 17, 2005. Poured from a bottle at the Big Lake Brewfest. Orange yellow pour, white head. Beaming hop aroma. Crystalline hops and diacetyls dominate the flavor. Somehow, the finish is somewhat sweet and oily. The Big Sky yeast and thin body never really excites me.

CharlesDarwin, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at 50 degrees. Picked up in a trade from davideddie (thanks!).

A - Pours a cloudy golden color with an off-white head.

S - A little sweet with floral highlights and some grain compose the aroma.

T - Grainy flavor with a floral bite. Goes down smooth with some caramel in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body with a small amount of carbonation. It finishes crisp with a little sweetness on the tongue.

D - I enjoyed this beer, but more so for the fact that I can't really get Montana beer here in PA. Nothing over the top, but good for the style.

JohnnyM2002, Nov 23, 2006
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.

ikats, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce (355ml) standard looking brown glass bottle. Dark blue crown cap with gold lettering. Main and neck label look different to those on the bottle pictured here on BA, maybe I have a more up-to-date version. No strength or freshness date on the bottle or label.

Appearance: Superb presentation, an immense off white head sits high and proud leaving some incredible Belgian style lacing and a supporting a head that stays at least 1” deep for Act #1 and never gets below ½” thick for the curtain down. Clear tawny body has some orange-amber hints.

Nose: Sweet caramel malts and some toffee. Light grain in the back end.

Taste: The toffee and caramel from the nose disappears in the initial flavor profile once tasted. Grapefruit and hops come through first - the middle has a thin bitterness whilst the ending has a caramel malt finish. Gentle acidity with a nutty feel which can dominate as the beer warms. As it drinks through, the toffee aspects start to remind me of a butterscotch silky tingle, hmmm, this aspect is not good but it picks up as the beer warms, thankfully the grapefruit hops balance this and keep it in check.

Mouthfeel: Sadly I think this is the worst part of this brew, maybe that is harsh, but it is the weak link, the Achilles heel if you will. Whilst the caramel and toffee add a chewy factor, it feels like one of those toffees that has been left in the sunshine and gone all runny. It definitely lacks in this department.

Drinkability: Well I picked up a Six-Pack of this from the BevMo in Irvine this afternoon, and whilst it does rock my boat, I can say honestly that I will have no problems managing the other five bottles.

Overall: Not bad, a nice Pale Ale from Montana but suffers from a little too much of a buttery feel, dare I say too much “d” even?

TheLongBeachBum, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pils glass. Appearance is typical for the style although the body may be a bit lighter than most and its a tad cloudy. Lacing is admirable and overall its inviting.

Citrus is up front, malts are mellow and make a cameo appearance. Mostly its slightly citrus hops and not a whole lot of body to this. Rather thin in the end. Hops seem to "Spike" rather than last, its a quick zip and gone.

Notes: It was just ok, I don't mind a pale that is balanced and mellow but it has to be flavorful and interesting and this falls short. I was amazed at how watered and light the body is. This brew has potential but for now its barely OK.

DogFood11, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of watermelonman
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a dark and clear gold with a small head that lasted well. Lace is minimal.

The smell is full of hops that are soft in character. The taste starts with a strong base of pale malt, which is overtaken by lasting hop flavor. The balance and drinkability are both very good. The mouthfeel is medium and pleasing.

watermelonman, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer is a fizzy golden coloration. The head was a short lived biege coloration. The beer left streaks on my glass.

Smell: The beer has a good floral and citrus hoppy smell. The hops combine well with the sweet caramelly maltyness.

Taste: The beer has a very good well melded taste of floral and citrus hops and nice caramel maltyness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a light body. The beer is well carbonated. The beer is very easy to drink. The beer would make a fantastic sessionable beer. This might even be good for your BMC swilling friends.

Thanks loren01 for the beer !

nlmartin, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
2.48/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to a golden orange color with off-white head. I enjoyed the initial aroma of this, a hoppy smell of grass and floral scents. Flavor continued the floral and grass, along with pine. Unfortunately, the finish was extremely unpleasant, completely dominated by these flavors. By the end of the glass, I felt as though I had been chewing on grass and sucking on flowers. The very dry, floral/grass palate completely ruined this beer that started out promising.

kimcgolf, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of TxTechBrewer
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured into pint glass as a nice light copper color with off white head that maintained itself well.
Aroma: Mild hop notes with subtle malt backing.
Flavor: Citrusy hop flavor with mild (not sharp) hop bitterness and malty sweetness behind...perhaps even a bit of biscuit. Finishes dry with lingering hop bitterness and a bit astringent.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation that lends a bit of a bite.
Overall: A mildly hoppy beer with decent malt backbone and lingering hop flavor on the tongue. A nice drinkable beer.

TxTechBrewer, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of RJLarse
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack of Scape Goat Pale Ale at a grocery store for the 4th of July holiday. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a rich amber color and is clear. A thick foamy head forms and is fairly resilient. The head produces moderate lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is sweet and malty. There is a bit of floral and fruity scent along with an aroma of grain.

The taste is a cereal or biscuit flavor up front, a little chewy, followed by a mildly bitter hop taste. The flavors are reasonably well balanced.

The mouth feel is crisp and smooth. The beer is well carbonated, and refreshing to drink.

This is a drinkable beer. It’s probably typical of a craft APA, but very drinkable and pleasing, especially on a hot July afternoon. I’ll have Scape Goat again, especially if it’s on sale.

RJLarse, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of loren01
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured light golden color with slight whitish head that dissipates quickly.
S: Smell is sweet, malty. Grapefruit scents in there as well.
T: Pretty well balanced, though not over the top flavorfull. Sweet at first with a good tasting hop aftertaste.
M: Good carbonation, goes down well.
D: Pretty good pale ale, good thirst quencher on a hot summer day. One of my favorites from Big Sky.

loren01, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a mug)

A- This beer has a warm crystal clear dark orange body with a creamy off-white head that last and last. There is a carbonation of tiny bubbles that is pretty slow moving.

S- The smell of dry pale malt and a note of pot caramel gives way to a spicy hop finish that is pretty light.

T- The light toasted malt has a faint caramel malt note that becomes more dominate after the sip is finished. There is a light green hop finish that has a spice hint to it in the finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a slight creamy finish due to the fizz texture.

D- This beer has some light caramel malt notes that are a bit off and the hops are mostly bittering hops with not much depth.

rhoadsrage, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of dfried
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

American PAs are one of my favorite styles so I get very picky when sampling them. Scapegoat is average across the board for me. What I like most about this beer is that it is pretty refreshing, and has a decent dry flavor. I feel like it lack pizzazz though, it could use some diversity in malt in hops.

dfried, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of Crosling
2.38/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Shining bronze color with a fully developed white foam. Vibrant aroma of malt (caramel and biscuit) and hops (earth, lemon, flowers), with the hops being the most accented of the two. I generally don’t enjoy English Pales Ales unless it’s a spectacular recipe and this is no different. I dislike how the hops give off such an herbal, sometimes medicinal flavor. The hops here taste like antibiotics to me, totally unpleasant, maybe it’s the Crystal, I don’t know, yet. Not much malt and hop balance to begin with and the hop flavor makes this a drainpour for me.

Crosling, Mar 30, 2006
Scape Goat Pale Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.