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 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 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?

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.

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.

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 !

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of jj21
4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown with white head. Head doesn't last too long, bu tit doesn't need to. Lemon and Grapefruit aromas right away with the flavor changing to malty, grassy, citrusy, Tart Grapefruit, Crisp Finish. Very clean. Great Beer. Easy to drink many.

Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, taken out of someone else's fridge

apperance: pours a light amber-coper, light foamy head with not a whole lot of retention...not a whole lot more to say, pretty standard

smell: a more malt dominated apa (which is not my bag), sweet toasted caramel malt, grain, grassy spicy hops

taste: big malt backbone, slightly toasty, lemon peel, spicy hops, grassy, slight citrus flavours overrun by a grainy nature. It is what it is, an easy drinking average apa

mouthfeel: medium body, finishes dry

drinkability: easily drinkable if not for the dry finish

Photo of rowew
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Glad to see Big Sky Brewing down in the Denver area. Bottle has a bad drawing of a mountain goat. Packaged date printed on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours clear golden with a hint of red, and a nice white head. Head has good retention, and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Smell: Clean grain aroma with a fair amount of citrusy hops mixed in.

Taste: Clean grain flavor too - not a thrilling malt base, but it holds up well. More hops than I expected.

Overall impression: Well balanced and highly drinkable. A nice APA.

Photo of mentor
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wicked-cool aluminum bottle with an image of a goat posing in a high-class traditional English golfing outfit. Obtained from Thompson Valley Liquor (Colorado)...thanks, Clint & Jeff! Pours a two-finger light yellow/tan head over a mildly cloudy rusty highligher colored liquid. Smells of oranges with mild grapefruit and honey. Not much in the nose actually and any malt sweet or fruity esters are too subtle for me to pick up. Not a promising start. Tastes of an interesting hoppy jumble, but again, the malt and esters are nearly absent. More hop flavored than hop bittered, which is appropriate for an APA. Hops are pithy grapefruit, oranges, and some tangerine. None are distinctly dominant, as they mix aroudn one appearing and then slipping beneath the other, before rising again. The g-pith is likely the most noticable. Caramel in the malt, which is actually a bit dry. A little bit of tang and sour...not green apple flavored, but catches your attention like a good sour apple. Some sweet esters do temper the caramel dry. A little bit of butter in the aftertaste pulls the beer downward. Md-light body and moderately carbonated. Some dextrinous quality about the mouthfeel that's pleasing and, IMO, really helps the simple flavors of this beer work positively. Nice lacing on the inside of the glass.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

What no dopplebock? This goat poured a light amber color with flares of yellow. A good froathy head and decent laciness which last for some time but both eventually fade. The beer is slightly cloudy but good carbonation.

The nose is limited overall but some sweeter generic malt notes and distinct hop aroma. To start the malt is limted but some minor crystal notes and a light bready aroma. The hops have a citrus and earthy hop notes. The yeast is mostly clean but a light diactyl note is there.

The taste is a bit different with the hops coming out a touch more. The malt is limited with some grainy and husky notes. A mild caramel flavor but lacking complexity. Flavoring hops come out with some minor bittering but mostly finishing hops. A mix of citrus and lemon but more of a grassy finish that leaves a light astringency issue. The yeast is mostly clean. No real diactyl but there in nose and texture.

The body is light and could use a bit more depth. Some slickness in the mouthfeel. Carbonation is light but ok. Overall a limited beer but easy drinking.

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

Poured a clear gold with a very good head that persisted.

The smell was at first, all hops but then I noticed some malt there as well

The taste is a nice balance of malt and hops with a grapefruity note. A lot of flavour for an APA and that's a good thing because I know I'll buy this one again.

Photo of karst
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper amber with a 3 fingered dense persistant head that puts up a solid veil of lace the sides of my Grindstone pint glass. Scape Goat Pale Ale is a very smooth English style Pale Ale. It is well balanced with pale, crystal malts, and Kent Goldings and Crystal Hops. Before you bring up the glass you are ambushed by aromas of zesty citrus, grapefruits, peaches and apricots. Flavors of these hops are very juicy and fresh. Body is light and mouthfeel is a little thin. Finish is wonderful as hop flavors recede to a mild bitterness of grapefruit. This is a hop lovers beer that has session written all over it.

Thanks Joe for bringing this beaut back to Missouri from your trip to the Bad Lands.

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 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 woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am a tad pissed off at seeing the below. Somewhere along the line, my original bottle review got deleted, making the remaining review worthless. It may not have been a very good review, since I did it early on, but in the interim, it now comes in a 12-Fl. Oz. CAN from Crown. The CANQuest (TM) rejoices! I picked this up at Binny's (South Loop) during my Thanksgiving visit.

From the CAN: "Chained Up On All 4"; "3-7-77".

There is nothing like the satisfying auditory nature of the Crack! and so I celebrated with my infamous inverted Glug. I produced two fingers of tawny head as the result, but it evinced only mild retention. Color was a slightly hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose had a solid citrusiness which made my mouth begin to water in anticipation. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste struck me as being only mildly bitter, not really rising to the aroma, with a bigger malt presence than I would have liked. I got some lacing in the glass as I drank. Finish was semi-dry, but overall, unsatisfying. I remember really liking it many years ago, but it seems as though my palate has changed in that time. I am not going to change my original scores, and I am glad that I found a CAN of this one, but I do not see myself giving it another run in bottle form.

This review is for Scape Goat in the Aluminum (bottle-shaped) Can.

I do not really have that much different to say from my initial review except that this serving style struck me as being hoppier, plus there was greater clarity. Hopefully, brevity is all in this case.

Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from NorthernTimber as part of The Easter BIF Bunny exchange. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" off-white head above the orangey copper brew. Head fades, but settles at a nice frothy 1/2", with prevalent foamy lacing. Aroma is lightly of fruity hops and pale malt, but lacking here for the style. Taste is again the fruity hops, with a tinge of lemon, and mellow pale malt sweetness to balance. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, but drinkability can hardly be faulted. Wouldn't be a bad session brew.

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 mac56
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this on the same day I tried Smithwick's Irish Ale. This was everything I wanted the Smithwick's to be, but wasn't. Another poster wrote that it's sort of reminiscent of SNPA. I think that's a very apt comparison.

I'll be buying more of this - a great session ale.

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