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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 JoeAmerican77
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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

JoeAmerican77, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

thagr81us, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of lawlerj
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

lawlerj, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of drpimento
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

drpimento, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

AlCaponeJunior, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

flagmantho, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of BobCS
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
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!

BobCS, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of jkrich
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

jkrich, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of mdcrouser
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

mdcrouser, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

BucannonXC5, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

BeerAmbassador, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of BJA
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

BJA, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of GossageBrewery
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

GossageBrewery, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of Dope
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

Dope, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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!

WoodBrew, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of StoutHunter
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

StoutHunter, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of philbertk
2.05/5  rDev -42.7%
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.

philbertk, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of slyke
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

slyke, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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!

russpowell, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of EricCioe
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

EricCioe, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of climax
3.33/5  rDev -7%
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.

climax, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of zhanson88
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

zhanson88, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of ribby
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

ribby, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of harrymel
3.4/5  rDev -5%
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.

harrymel, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

soju6, Nov 13, 2010
Scape Goat Pale Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.