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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

371 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 371
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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philbertk

Washington

2.05/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

2000 12 oz. Bottle. 4.70% ABV. (2.5 / 5.0) Very clear light amber golden color. Mild hop front. Light malty body with carbonated hop spiciness. Carbonation accentuates bitterness in finish. Mild light pale ale with balance problems. Sampled 4/21/2000.

2001 12 oz. Bottle. 4.70% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Clear rich bright golden color. Light white head but nice lace. Mild pale malt body with subdued malty caramel biscuit notes. Medium sweetness. Easy balanced citrus hop end. Tasty and drinkable but mild. Sampled 9/13/2001.

2002 12 oz. Bottle. 4.70% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear rich dark golden color. Medium lacy head. Mild citrus floral hop front. Mild toasted sweet caramel citrus mild doughy body. Thin Pale Ale. Mild citrus hop spice tangy end. Thin malt. Lots of citrus hop. Sampled 12/19/2002.

2003 12 oz. Bottle. 4.70% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Clear rich golden amber color. Foamy lacy head. Floral mild fruit hop front. Malty doughy biscuit caramel body. Tangy mild yeasty fruit notes. Clean earthy hop citrus end. Bottle conditioned aged? Tastiest version so far. Sampled 3/31/2004.

2005 12 oz. Bottle. 4.80% ABV? 30 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Foamy mild lace head. Clear bright golden color. Tangy floral hop front. Crisp dry sweet astringent mild caramel citrus minor biscuit body. Mildly tangy crisp medium hop citrus end. Golden Ale flavor. Sampled 1/20/2006.

Big Sky Brewing Company--Scape Goat Pale Ale--Always Drink Upstream From The Herd--We Make Water Fun--2010 12 oz. MicroCan. 5.00% ABV. 30 IBU's. (1.5 / 5.0) Big foamy mild lace head. Fizzy cloudy bright orange gold color. Fruity floral aromatic estery front. Sweet fruit ester yeasty mildly doughy smooth malty Pale Ale body. Mild sweet mild hop easy mild citrus fruit end. Fruity canning job bugs? Sampled 3/19/2011. Purchased for $1.54 at PCC--Fremont, Seattle on 7/1/2010.

Serving type: can

03-29-2011 03:24:15 | More by philbertk
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slyke

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scape Goat Pale Ale pours a nice golden-orange color with a finger of white head that laces a bit and sticks nicely.

The aroma is a bit grainy and has a note of hops, but not much.

The taste is fairly well balanced, no distinct notes. Nice, but subtle hop finish.

The weight on the tongue is about what you expect for the style - medium bodied, maybe a hint of coating of the mouth.

Overall it is a decent brew. Nothing that rocks my world, but nothing offensive. Give it a try if you see it.

Serving type: can

03-21-2011 23:16:26 | More by slyke
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in canned form, had to try it again... Date on bottom the can 1-28-2011, here's hoping that is the date it was canned!

Pours honey/amber with 3 fingers of rocky tan head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness & grassy hops, nose is a bit lacking

T: Follows the nose, some orange peel as well up front,plus a touch of biscuitty malt. Earthy hops assert themselves as this warms along lemons & more orange peel, plus leafy hops. Finishes dry with a slight bready sweetness & more leafy hops

MF: Light bodied, firm carbonation with pretty good balance

Drinks really easy, a nice quencher that works for the style. But I'd rather have their Big Sky IPA or Modus, or OK's own Coop Native amber for the same price. I wish they'd canned the IPA instead, still a nice warm weather option!

Serving type: can

03-19-2011 21:48:50 | More by russpowell
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EricCioe

Montana

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

This pours a pale amber or so with a nice, frothy one finger head with great retention and good lacing. On the nose there is wet straw, biscuit, maybe a little bit of piney hop aroma. In the mouth the biscuit is up front, maybe some floral notes, and a little bitterness, but mostly the biscuity malts and some yeast. It's a medium bodied beer but it doesn't have too much staying power as far as finish is concerned. I drank three of these tonight and it hit the spot pretty good, but it doesn't really stand out from other APAs I've had.

Serving type: can

03-13-2011 06:07:43 | More by EricCioe
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climax

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank it from the bottle years ago, recently found in a can only. Intriguing.

It pours a bright amber, clarity is good. The head is decent size and quite creamy. It fades very slowly with some uneven craters.

The nose is malt heavy, not too much intensity on either end of the spectrum however. The malt is sweet biscuits and the hops perhaps a bit sour. It's a tad tinny to boot.

The taste rebounds a bit, from a rocky aroma. The hop presence is admirable in the mouth, much obliged. The profile is floral with a dash of lemon all atop a caramel backbone.

The feel is razor sharp initially from the carbonation. The body itself does have quite a bit of viscosity to it. The finish is a bit slimy with a little dryness. Not a bad beer, didn't care for the odor though. Perhaps a bottle next time, but not my favorite Big Sky brew.

Serving type: can

02-23-2011 03:03:07 | More by climax
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zhanson88

California

3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Scape Goat pours a nice clear golden color with 1.5 fingers of head. Retention is very nice, as is the lacing. Pretty nice-looking.

Smell: Right off I get a lot of hoppy character (for an APA) with very little malt balance. I do get a bit of sweet breadiness, but nothing that really offsets the hops.

Taste: I taste sweet bready malts right off the bat, with quite a few piney hops on the back end. Not the most complex beer, but still not bad.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is exceptionally light for an APA. It has a lot of carbonation as well. Not a part of this beer that I enjoy. Overall, this is an APA that could use more malt flavor to balance it out and a bit heavier mouthfeel. I usually bitch about APA's that don't have enough hops, but I'd say the opposite for this beer. It has a nice amount of hoppy character but nothing else to add. I wish Big Sky would put a bit more work into this beer, as it has the potential to be an elite APA with the hops factor. As it is now, it doesn't come close.

Serving type: can

01-29-2011 05:16:20 | More by zhanson88
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ribby

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, very light brown, with a tall, but fragile, head.

The aroma is of moderately strong hops. The hops also dominate the taste, with small amount of nutty malt flavor accenting the hops.

The carbonation gives a bit of tingle to the mouthfeel, but it doesn't linger.

If you like your pale ale on the hoppy side, this is very drinkable.

Serving type: can

01-25-2011 00:32:23 | More by ribby
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harrymel

Washington

3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 06/05/10
Poured from bottle to standard pint glass

A: Golden, deep amber. Good clarity. No ribbons, no head. Flat sheet of foam.

S: Nice cascade nose.

T: Strong amber backbone. High malting for pale, nice hopping. A bit sweet, however for a pale.

M: Medium body with moderate burning carbonation.

D: Decent pale ale, good price @ $1.50 for 12oz.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 13:48:51 | More by harrymel
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soju6

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark copper color with a head that fades to nominal lacing.

S: Has a subtle citric & grain aroma.

T: Starts with a mild malt then citrus & spice flavor and has a nice touch of bitterness for the finish.

F: Fairly medium body, quite crisp and refreshing. Well balanced.

D: Smooth and goes down easy. Could drink a number of these with no problem. Good Pale Ale. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 01:39:38 | More by soju6
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

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

Scape goat is a amber, almost orange, beer with wisp of head. A piny, citrus aroma overlays doughy malt contribution to to the nose. Medium bodied, typical for the style. The flavor is similar to the nose with the malt and hops mixing in a biscuity, citrus concoction. The melding of the two isn't perfect, leaving the beer a few rough edges. Overall a drinkable beer. Can't complain.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 01:02:58 | More by BeardedBoffin
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a GameWorks shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing his Montana Mixer!

"Do my dirty work..." Clearly Metallica had Big Sky on the brain. This particular brew therefrom pours a clear pale golden straw topped by a half-finger of white foam. The nose comprises light grapefruit, flowers, and some mild caramel. The taste runs along a similar road, though the grapefruit is replaced by some mandarin oranges, sans the syrup. Honestly, this seems to help matters a decent deal. The body is a heavy-ish light, with a light carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice APA, nothing really special, but the lean toward orange instead of grapefruit makes things all the better to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 22:57:00 | More by TMoney2591
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Vdubb86

Illinois

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

Served in a pint glass

This baby pours a nice clear golden orange with a quick fading fluffy head. The aroma is of nice citrus-y hops (mostly like imitation orange that you'd get from a Glade Plug-in) which is the predominant aroma. With a bit of nostril detective work some caramel might be able to be pulled from the woodwork of this beer. The flavor consists mainly of a citrus explosion up front that degrades quicker than a snowman in a heatwave. The flavor quickly turns from sweetness into bitterness as is moves it's way back on the tongue then fades into obscurity on the back end. Aside from the bitterness the mouthfeel is spot on, and it would serve as an enjoyable beer for the price. It's a good beer that is by no means an outstanding example of the style, but it has it's place in the world.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 06:57:16 | More by Vdubb86
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Wildman

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 02:54:10 | More by Wildman
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2010 00:09:47 | More by Thorpe429
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BierFan

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

10-04-2010 01:59:38 | More by BierFan
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deereless

Colorado

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

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

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 01:02:19 | More by deereless
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 13:13:54 | More by Stinkypuss
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 22:11:51 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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klikger

Wisconsin

2.65/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 21:55:27 | More by klikger
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 pale golden copper hue, with many fingers of foamy off-white head, which leave some nice consistent webbed lace around the glass as it drops away. It smells of biscuit malt, a bit of lemon citrus, and floral, leafy hops. The taste is bready biscuit malt, a bit of mild caramel sweetness, and earthy, slightly musty hops. The carbonation is fairly sedate, the body crisp, but a bit on the thin side, and it finishes dry and cracker-like.

Virtually all roads lead to England in this one. A decent pale ale, just not the hoppier Yankee version I was expecting.

Serving type: can

08-11-2010 02:40:36 | More by biboergosum
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jsprain1

Minnesota

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 06:06:03 | More by jsprain1
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

06-22-2010 01:13:05 | More by indiapaleale
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flexabull

California

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 20:02:49 | More by flexabull
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WakeandBake

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 15:50:53 | More by WakeandBake
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stangski83

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 22:09:43 | More by stangski83
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