Scape Goat Pale Ale | Big Sky Brewing Company

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Scape Goat Pale AleScape Goat Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-02-2002

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Photo of tapman
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light amber orange color with an over abundant head, too much for my taste for the style. It does dissipate quickly thankfully.

Base bread with some lightly toasted malt (vienna?) and perhaps some crystal 60 give or take at 3-5%. Hops are mellow and earthy. Willamette with some cascade? Gotta be something around there.

Clean bitterness with sweet toast in the finish. Backward, I know, but this brew seems to be like an American style bitter, i.e. not a hop bomb. Balanced, just in the opposite way that I am used to. Honey sweetness.

Hops are resinous and a little sticky. Body is ight up front, cloying in back. Typical for the style and for the abv%.

A fine APA, after having brews like Gumball head from 3F and two hearted from Bells this brew falls short. However if I'm in a bar with nothing but this or macros then I would be far from disappointed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 8/9/12.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a 2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and some slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is of citrus zest and herbal hops up front with a malty finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy to drink and pretty refreshing.

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Photo of Dope
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of WJVII
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew has a bright orange color with a 1/2 in head that left decent lacing. The smell of this beer was distinctively of wonderful hops. A minimal spice note was also noticed. My first taste noticed that there was a multitude of hops with some more bitter and some a little milder. The balance was very good with this beer, this was a lighter body brew with light carbonation, but the after taste was just right for a pale ale. This was better than the other Big Sky brew I tried.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz pop top brown bottle with nice label

Appearance: Medium gold/orange amber beer with thin soapy white head with medium retention

Smell: Medium fruity (nondescript) hop aromas with an odd, estery/fruity malt background

Taste: Decent (if somewhat average/typical) malt and hop balance, with medium herbal hop finish

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Drinkability: Decent

Conclusion: A bit above average (better than your typical Pale like say, Bass) but nothing special

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Photo of HardTarget
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Chill haze in a gold amber glass that holds a solid white cover of foam which leaves some lacing.

Aroma: Some toffee sweetness, a citric edge, and a mild under attenuated malt note.

Taste: Fairly clean, hops are citric and pine, the malt stays in the background until a little sweetness in the finish. Mild white bread taste as well.

Mouthfeel: Light medium body, firm carbonation makes it a little fizzy. Clean finish.

Overall: Not bad! Not a style I often care for, but this is a solid lawn mower or session beer. Clean, well made, just a lighter style than I care for.

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Photo of Rayek
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy amber color with active carbonation. Has a small-white head that doesn't retain for long.

S: Pine, citrus and grass were the most prevalent aromas.

T: Highly citrus. Lemon and grapefruit flavors dominate. Malt has a biscuit quality. Flavors of oak and pine tag along for the ride. Finishes with a lingering grapefruit bitterness.

M: Medium light body is slick and oily. Carbonation level is just right.

D: Good session brew. Nothing particularly special here, but a nice beer overall.

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Photo of bnes09
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Transparent amber color ale with thin white head and nice lacing. Aroma of pine and grapefruit, arguably the best characteristic. The brew administers a moderate hop flavor to the palate with citrus and pine qualities while bitterness fades and dries quickly. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with ample carbonation and a somewhat seltzer like feel. Pretty average example of an APA. I would prefer more hops and a more substantial body.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of cokes
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of tronester
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden/copper, with a medium off-white head. Nice lacing is left as the level of beer goes down. Smell has a hint of floral hoppiness. Taste is well balanced, with biscuity malts, and earthy, floral hops. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, high carbonation. Not so hot. Drinkability is quite good, low(er) ABV is nice. As far as an American Pale Ale goes, this seems to be half APA, half English Pale Ale. It is a good beer, but I have had better examples of either style.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a goldish yellow with a large sticky white head on top. Excellent retention and beautiful lacing all over the glass. Smells like an IPA. Huge citrus and piney nose. Nice.

Mouthfeel is firm and crisp. Flavor is muted and tame. Does not follow the nose. No citrus or piney hop presence, rather there is a dry, husky, grainy flavor. It's pleasant, but nothing special. Not too bad.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - super clear golden color with a thick head that settles a bit into a fairly well retained thin collar, leaves a nice lacing as it drains

S - piney American hop aroma, slight malt in background

T - assertive hop flavor up front with some malt character, moderate hop finish compared to flavor

M - medium/light body with high carbonation

D - This is a decent enough APA. I'd order another at a bar perhaps although I don't know if I'd want a whole 6er in the fridge. It could use a bit more bitterness on the finish and perhaps a little stronger backing malt.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of rowew
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of alexanf
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a mild amber.

S: Grapefruit galore. Hops, earth, and citrus notes are also prevalent.

T: Medium hops and citrus notes. Quickly transitions to a mildly dry, bitter end.

M: Fast transitioning, clean/smooth-- but slightly dry finish.

O: Overall, the beer is just "meh".

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of woodencardboard
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of RDW
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of rossracing
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of flayedandskinned
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a finger of white foam.

Biscuits, toasted malt, some light floral notes.

Biscuity toasted malt sweetness, light herbal/floral hop bitterness.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall, nothing really to discuss here.

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Scape Goat Pale Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 439 ratings