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Scape Goat Pale Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

410 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 410
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 12
Gots: 16 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-02-2002

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 mikeczech
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of PintOHops
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Glass - Pint

A - A nice golden colored brew with high clarity and moderate carbonation. It produced a 2-finger head that seemed to stick around well. I got a nice splash left on my glass.

S - Smells mostly hop forward. A semi bright rind, lemon and orange thing going on. Mild pine in there as well, with dry and floral notes. Subtle caramel, cracker and bread underneath the hops.

T - Hmm, well it tastes like a Pale Ale. Rind, pine and grapefruit bite the tongue upfront and throughout. Malts are soft and lend soft bread and caramel on the back of the tongue. Hops are definitely dominant and finish this brew with a lingering rind and floral flavor. It's a bit drying as well, and the bitterness is low-moderate.

M - It's pretty crisp, with a firm medium body.

O - This beer is kinda what I expected it to be. I think it's good, the hops are very refreshing along with the high carbonation. I would have liked a little more balancing to it though, a touch of toast, along those lines. The punch of citrus like hops could have been toned down as well. All in all I'd drink it again but I would prefer something else.

Photo of JosiahS
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Glass: Pint

Golden/honey color, mostly clear with signs of bubbles drifting upwards at 9 mph. 1cm thick white head above with signs of patchy lacing.

/beer forecast

Sweet and juicy on the aroma, some tropical fruit and a nice malt undertone. The tastes eases away from the fruit but counters with a long hop bitterness throughout, lightly bitter though. A little fruit on the front, maltyness on the back.

Clean, simple, crisp, refreshing. An average pale ale that won't win any awards but will satisfy the beer enthusiast on a budget.

Photo of birchholz
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another aluminum-clad offering supplied by shadesofgray as an extra in a recent trade. Poured into a shaker pint.

Glugs out of the can into the glass, and even aggressively poured, the head stays in check, reaching 1 cm above the surface of the coppery amber liquid below. It settles to little clumps of foam fueled by bubbles rising from below.

The aroma and smell are that of a solid pale ale. Light hop bitterness is accompanied by light floral and pine. In good fashion, caramel, toffee, and bready notes provide a strong backbone that balances the bitterness and then some.

Prickly and lively on the palate, this is a very well-carbonated pale ale, but not overdone. The palate is somewhat resinous with a smooth and easy finish.

Photo of Unchi
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Another6Pack
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of KTCamm
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Montana mix pack 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Light copper bronze with an orange tinge. Small amounts of white foam stick. Malty smell. Light pine/grass, but unimpressive. Lightly hopped malty taste. Even keeled with smooth malty/bitter flavor. Nondescript pale, which isn't to say it isn't good. Easy drinker with enough pop to stay interested.

Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Khazadum
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Very clean and clear looking body, a few constant streams of carbonation but mostly singular entitites. Low amount of lacing, good head development but minimal stickiness. Its an average looking beer to me.

S- Light sharp bitterness, faint citrus hoppy nature, lemon rind but faint. Faint specifics in terms of what the hops can be here. They are there, they are bright, but they are nondescript. Tad bit malty as well, biscuit faintness.

T- Papery and cardboard maltiness combined with a light sweetness. Light caramel syrup flavor. Not too much in bitterness, very minimal when its there. Perks up ever so slowly at the edges. Finishes off kind of nasty and unwanted. Needs to tone down the earthen cellulose nature.

M- Full bodied, nice crispness, low stickiness for the most part, has a finish I'm definitely not a big fan of.

Its... alright. Definitely wouldn't be purchasing this one anything soon. Great for a float trip though.

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of TicoCali
5/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Photo of thagr81us
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of lawlerj
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of drpimento
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of BobCS
3.06/5  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!

Photo of jkrich
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of mdcrouser
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Scape Goat Pale Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.