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Scape Goat Pale Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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396 Ratings
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Ratings: 396
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 11
Gots: 14 | 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 RedDiamond
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First, the container. They call it an AlumaBottle -- a bottle shaped vessel made of aluminum. The idea here is that the bottling facility can still accommodate the traditional bottle shape while using a lighter material that protects the product from light and resists breakage. Sounds like a good idea to me if A) it doesn’t affect the taste or material properties of the beer, and B) I can get over the deeply instilled social stigma of drinking beer from a can. So far my personal progress on embracing this new/old concept has been a renewed affirmation at keeping an open mind to new ideas, while at the same time I can’t quite get used to seeing a beer poured from a vessel that looks like it contains an oil additive.

Scape Goat is clear and brassy with an assertive hop nose. It has a dry hop flavor and a finish that tastes uncannily (pun intended) like cannabis (second pun unintentional). I’ve always enjoyed the flavor of cannabis and take some delight in the notion that the devil’s weed is a near relative of the heavenly hop.

This brew left no lace, offered only an implied head, and featured very light carbonation. Whether or not these properties are correlated to the aluminum container, I can’t say. But this is a very decent pale ale, nicely balanced on the middle palate though somewhat acerbic towards the finish. Still, much more than I expected from a can or… AlumaBottle.

RedDiamond, Apr 16, 2004
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12.5 oz Aluminum Bottle...

Thats right, an aluminum bottle! I could not pass up buying a few of these when i saw them. I will tell you one thing about this bottle style, it keeps beer very cold. The appearance was really nice but I could tell by the smell that it was not as hoppy as I was hopung for. It is a very enjoyable and smooth beer, but not a great Pale ale. I would buy these again just for the uniqeness of the bottle, but if you are looking for a great pale, move on to another choice.

ALESwhatCURESya, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of cokes
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pale ale by the numbers. As effortless as the following review.

Golden orange. Whitish cap.
Hoppy nose of equal parts herbs and citrus.
Vaguely malty. Sugar cookies and bread crusts. Leans towards biscuity as it warms. Touches of diacetyl arrise as well. Closes hoppy with mint leaves and lime rinds.
Light bodied and quaffable.
This is a decent pale ale and nothing more. You've tasted its ilk before.

cokes, Feb 19, 2004
Photo of bditty187
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bronze hue with coppery-gold highlights, there is plenty of animation to replenish the modest off-white head, it topped off at a half finger in height, which held well. Some lace was produced that was spotty and unorganized. The nose is just potent enough to whisper equal amounts of caramel-toffee and light piney hops. It is soothing and inviting, albeit simplistic. The palate is dry upfront, which is very pleasant, with kisses of hoppy bitterness, in the middle is a good amount of malty softness, sweet too, the finish is again dry with lingering piney notes from the hops. Undercurrents of nuts and yeasty fruitiness play well with the other flavors, occasionally citrus notes emerged too, more so in the aftertaste. This is a typical APA and there is nothing wrong with that, it is well brewed and quite yummy. Medium in body, the carbonation level is low but natural, it seems dead-on for this beer. As a whole this is a very good session brew and it would be something I’d quaff often if it were available locally, I purchase mine in Sioux Falls, SD. Worth trying but you need not seek it out. It is a solid beer.

bditty187, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of Thrasher
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good beer with enough flavor to be interesting while being incredibly easy to drink. Appearance is hazy orange-gold with decent head and minimal lacing. Aroma of biscuit malts and light fruitiness with very appealing musty yeast odor. The beer goes down effortlessly, with bright, sweet flavors followed by just a short sharp kick of hops which are neither especially bitter nor lasting. Mouthfeel really good; smooth and substantial without being thick. I was pleased with this beer and had no trouble finishing the glass. It may not rock your world but it provides satisfaction.

Thrasher, Jan 24, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a very impressive example of a Pale Ale. I drank it straight from the bottle, which had a very rugged label, featuring a picture of a goat (surprise, surprise). Balanced malt and hops and flavors. Not the best. I have never been bowled over by anything from the Big Sky Line.

TastyTaste, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Beautiful and bright hazy orange in color with a sorry head.

Smell – This is interesting. There’s a light malt backbone to the floral hops, but this one is very musty. There’s a sharp sweetness in there that I can’t quite figure out. It’s almost like a subdued form of sweet onion. It’s very pungent yet sweet, but not lingering. Strange.

Taste – The grassy hops really come out at the taste. The malt shows up as well, but I thought it missed the mark with the hop profile. Between the lawn clippings and sweet onions it’s more like a garden then a beer.

Mouthfeel – This one had a terrific mouthfeel. It was dry enough to quench yet malty and sweet enough to go down well. It was a solid medium in the body.

Drinkability – The funny flavors that I found will probably keep me from buying again, but it’s not a bad ale and it went down really well.

RoyalT, Dec 19, 2003
Photo of ZAP
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent enough pale ale...I'd drink it if I saw it on tap in Montana..don't think I'd buy it over Summit or Sierra Nevada though..

Pours a nice copper color...off-white head...I didn'tcare for the nose that much at first...the first time I drank it it reminded me of sweet onions...now it's just more of a sweet ickiness....towards the bottom though a nice bready/biscuity nose emerges that is quite pleseant..

Medium light body....session beer style body...taste is sweet fruitiness....kind of a unique fruitiness...some decent bready notes...a slight dry finish...

Not a bad taste...just not real strong flavored....balanced and easy drinking if you want to be nice..."dumbed down" and "weak flavored" if you want to be honest...

Not a personal favorite...I won't buy it again...unless I'm in Montana and see it on tap alongside some macros..

ZAP, Dec 03, 2003
Photo of Tballz420
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This PA is a copper/amber colored brew with a big bubbly head on top of it. Decent lacing. The smell of it is a nice floral hop smell. That goes for the taste too, a nice citrusy/floral taste, little malt impact. Not a bad drink, pretty standard for american PAs.

Tballz420, Aug 14, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a darker yellow, somewhat amber with a fluffy off-white head about a finger high and leaves light lacing. Smell is faint but present of sweet malts with a estery background of fruits and flowers. Taste is more of the same but a bit more complex with a nice malt front of sweetness, lightly fruity with a good balance of floral hops and a note of grapefruit and honey. Not bad, could pack a bit more flavor, but whats there is fulfilling enough for a quick enjoyment. Light to medium body feel with a smooth crisp finish and a touch of oily hops linger lightly. This stuff goes down very easy, quite drinkable.

tavernjef, Aug 14, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange Gold color, with a medium head. Aroma is a nice floral hop nose . A medium bodied pale ale. Maltd are nutty and slightly sweet. Hops are spicy and slightly bitter. A nice hop balance. Full taste. Good flavor. Mouthfeel is full. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Nice beer

beerguy101, Jul 19, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

OK I bit the bullet and bought this beer..I had bought Moose Drool from the same company a while back and hated it so here's a chance for them to get back in my good books ( as though they cared)
Ok comes in the 12 oz long neck( brown)..with a rather imposing mountain goat on the label.
When poured into my mug this actually looked a pretty impressive brew..nice darkish honey colour topped by a good sized pure white head , that shrunk but stayed around for a while..good lacing.
Im rather stumped about the smell though..I can smell some nice slightly roasted maltiness..but there's something else that is not pleasant I cant put my finger ( or nose) on it, but it puts me off..sorta cheesy but sweet..not my style,.
Taste is pretty much hops with a quick finish..not too bad..for some reason reminds me of Redhooks IPA ( should be a bitter).
Pretty average on the palate quick dryish finish.
Pretty drinkable..I just didnt like that aroma I got.

Reidrover, May 22, 2003
Photo of Morris729
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber color with a creamy off-white head that fades into a sticky lace. Nose has a touch of malt but is dominated by floral hops and fresh citrus. Medium in body with a nice amount of carbonation that is spritzy and zesty in the mouth. Taste is a bit of sweet malts and grains up front quickly replaced by strong notes of bitter and acidic grapefruit and citrus rind leading to a dry and crisp finish. A quite enjoyable American pale ale. Purchased from Liquid Solutions.

Morris729, Apr 09, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is typical for an American pale ale: a clear dark amber color, a thick, creamy white head. When approaching the nose, the aromas lift out and delight the senses: fresh and fruity, zesty ctrus, grapefruit, peach and apricot notes, and maybe just a touch of spice. Great use of hops, but still light and uplifting.
The initial blitz of carries through the very tasty finish. Malt is mightily subdued, though, creating a bit of an off-balanced atmosphere. Hops continue their wild ride, unassisted by malt, leaving the body a bit thin. Know that I am a card-carrying hophead, but I have to note these slight imperfections.
Finish resolves crisply and dryly, leaving a coppery tang in the mouth.

feloniousmonk, Mar 23, 2003
Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown long neck with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Appealing bubbly white lace on top of the brassy amber coloured brew. Clarity is fine even with the fine sediment that made its way into the glass.

Smell: Big floral citric hop with a soft spiciness in the back. Some fruitiness, nutty yeast and malt sweetness make it to the nose as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Level crisp moderate body that shows some smoothness, a bit dry in the mouth and that make the heavy hand of hops more pronounced. Waves of citrus rind and a soft floral-like oil show that a substantial amount of flavouring hops was used. Maltiness just stands there with a lightly toasted flavour, yeast jumps in at the same time with a nutty note. Clean finish with a drying graininess and lingering hop flavour.

Notes: This is your standard American brewed pale ale, light on the malt with an obvious citric hop. One thing going for this beer is that the brewers did a good job at keeping it balanced and making it quite drinkable.

Jason, Mar 09, 2003
Photo of budgood1
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

scape goat pours out a very clear bright copper color, a quarter inch head seems to want to stick around awhile. active carbonation apparent. a good deal of lace. aroma of piney hops with a detectable caramel malt undertone. this is a nice pale ale...sufficient malt base balances out the pine and resin hops quite nicely, although overall the hops seem to dominate on the taste buds. a medium but lively mouthfeel gives way to a semi-crisp finish. hoppy aftertaste lingers, and i quickly reach for more sips. semi-smooth, refreshingly hopped and pretty tasty. it would be quite easy to drink more than a few of these!

budgood1, Feb 15, 2003
Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a translucent copper color, the head impressive, the texture frothy, and the color a very light tan, after erosion, the lace left behind a fine coating sheet upon the glass. The light aroma of hops hits your first, and then the sweet malt tones seal off this fresh and crisp nose. Start is malt and sweet and the top middling in feel, the finish cutting in its acidity, the hops apropos to the style, quite dry and a decent drinking beer.

Gusler, Feb 10, 2003
Photo of Kwak
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice head fluffy white and rich.
Golden / amber body.
Lively hoppy ale with sweet caramel and nut flavor.
A little bitter in the end. But not to bad for this style!

I recomend this pale ale , can't waite to go back to Montana!!

Kwak, Nov 29, 2002
Photo of Bighuge
4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light copper. Decent bubbly white head that retains nicely. Nice citrus and floral tones on the nose. This beer is all about the hops. Citrus/grapefruit, piney, dry. There's a good enough malt backbone, but it is in the background. Refreshing and easy to drink. One of my favorite pale ales. Could throw some of these back.

Bighuge, Jun 01, 2002
Photo of beernut7
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad respresentation of a pale. Easily drinkable with a good amount of carbonation and a good head. Nice hoppiness to the level of an american pale.

beernut7, May 02, 2002
Photo of ADR
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty nice deep amber, head is persistent, lasts at 1/4-1/2 inch and sticks to the side of the pint glass. Aroma is pretty much of Pac Northwest-smelling hops, though English hops are also used. Medium-bodied mouthfeel, fairly good balance between a settled sweet malt and a fair hop zing. Leans toward the hop side. Flavor is relatively long lasting. Seems balanced and pretty drinkable, lacks major distinction though. This and "Moose Drool" are among the better of the Big Sky brews.

ADR, May 02, 2002
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Scape Goat Pale Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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