Scape Goat Pale Ale | Big Sky Brewing Company

Scape Goat Pale AleScape Goat Pale Ale
436 Ratings
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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Ratings: 436 |  Reviews: 239
Photo of Chucker17
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Popp24
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of a6ladd
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Lane_in_ID
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vancer
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured the ol' goat into my freebie Sammy Adams glass - she be a hazy amber with a purty good white head sticking around on top.

Very nice aroma of piney citrus, subtle as a pale ale should be. Quaff adds a woody resin among the grassy flowers. Well balanced, but of course leaning to the hoppy finish side. Good, solid beer.

Another fine brewery and beer now available in the mid-west (STL, MO) market.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear golden honey color with a white finger width head. The head is quick to dissipate, leaving behind a spotty lace.

Smell - Fruity esters and a mild pepper, with notes of earth and citrus underneath.

Taste - Slight caramel and earthy red apple, balanced out with grassy and subtle citric hops.

Mouthfeel - Light in body, while the carbonation lends itself to a decent bite.

Overall - This is an okay beer. Probably not one I'd buy again, and certainly not something I'd go out of my way to find, but I'd have no problems drinking it if offered.

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Photo of stephendr
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle- color of clear copper , with a frothy off white head - nose of dirty hopps , orange peel , delicate citrus hopps , and caramel – taste of bitter hopps , orange peel , hint of grapefruit , and malty - body is medium, acidic , and with medium carbonation – aftertaste of hopps , orange , and light cacao

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
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

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Photo of SamuelMiller
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a yellow and light amber appearance, filtered appearance with good clarity, 1/2" white head, average retention. Aroma hit some hops and lightly toasted caramel notes.

Kept the caramel coming, the hops in the background. Cascades. Grapefruity. Super sessionable but its not light per se, there is plenty of caramel heavier malt notes to it despite its low abv.

Not bad representation of the English style pale with a little bit of American flair.

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Photo of colts9016
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light copper color with little to no head. The aroma is hoppy floral and citrus. The taste is citrus, malt, kinda chalky hints of corn and floral. The finish is clean and very easy to drink. This beer is not as hoppy as some American Pale ales

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Photo of Spikester
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very nice APA.
Pours medium amber from the 12 ounce bottle with a medium head.
Aroma is mild, some earthy hops.
Flavor is very full for an APA nice cirtus hops, plenty of sweet malts.
Palate is smooth, slightly watery.
Nice session brew not too hoppy for frequent consumption. Recommended.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce (355ml) standard looking brown glass bottle. Dark blue crown cap with gold lettering. Main and neck label look different to those on the bottle pictured here on BA, maybe I have a more up-to-date version. No strength or freshness date on the bottle or label.

Appearance: Superb presentation, an immense off white head sits high and proud leaving some incredible Belgian style lacing and a supporting a head that stays at least 1” deep for Act #1 and never gets below ½” thick for the curtain down. Clear tawny body has some orange-amber hints.

Nose: Sweet caramel malts and some toffee. Light grain in the back end.

Taste: The toffee and caramel from the nose disappears in the initial flavor profile once tasted. Grapefruit and hops come through first - the middle has a thin bitterness whilst the ending has a caramel malt finish. Gentle acidity with a nutty feel which can dominate as the beer warms. As it drinks through, the toffee aspects start to remind me of a butterscotch silky tingle, hmmm, this aspect is not good but it picks up as the beer warms, thankfully the grapefruit hops balance this and keep it in check.

Mouthfeel: Sadly I think this is the worst part of this brew, maybe that is harsh, but it is the weak link, the Achilles heel if you will. Whilst the caramel and toffee add a chewy factor, it feels like one of those toffees that has been left in the sunshine and gone all runny. It definitely lacks in this department.

Drinkability: Well I picked up a Six-Pack of this from the BevMo in Irvine this afternoon, and whilst it does rock my boat, I can say honestly that I will have no problems managing the other five bottles.

Overall: Not bad, a nice Pale Ale from Montana but suffers from a little too much of a buttery feel, dare I say too much “d” even?

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

What no dopplebock? This goat poured a light amber color with flares of yellow. A good froathy head and decent laciness which last for some time but both eventually fade. The beer is slightly cloudy but good carbonation.

The nose is limited overall but some sweeter generic malt notes and distinct hop aroma. To start the malt is limted but some minor crystal notes and a light bready aroma. The hops have a citrus and earthy hop notes. The yeast is mostly clean but a light diactyl note is there.

The taste is a bit different with the hops coming out a touch more. The malt is limited with some grainy and husky notes. A mild caramel flavor but lacking complexity. Flavoring hops come out with some minor bittering but mostly finishing hops. A mix of citrus and lemon but more of a grassy finish that leaves a light astringency issue. The yeast is mostly clean. No real diactyl but there in nose and texture.

The body is light and could use a bit more depth. Some slickness in the mouthfeel. Carbonation is light but ok. Overall a limited beer but easy drinking.

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Photo of ikats
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber in color with nice off-white head that never fully disappears. Nose has some floral and citrus hops, but is also filled with sweetness. Taste seems off balance. Hops play by themselves while light malty sweetness is on the other side of the mouth. Light body. Goes down quick, so I find it very drinkable.

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Photo of nuebs
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bobikel
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Pours a filtered light amber/golden color with a good sized chunky head that died down quite rapidly, leaving big globs of lace on the glass.

Smell - Some citrus hops and malt backbone. Remember this is not an IPA, I keep telling myself. It won't be hop wallop. So for a pale, this is about in line. A little pineapple as well.

Taste - Despite a less than stellar smell, this beer tastes very good. Well balanced hops and malts dancing nicely across the tongue. Neither overpowers the other. Just a little bit cloying after the swallow.

Mouthfeel - Thin and a little watery. Descent Carbonation.

Drinklability - Quite drinkable, and even sessionable, but lacks the depth of character to really keep my interest. Just a couple more OG points, and/or a little less attenuation, would make all the difference in the world for this beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of TxTechBrewer
3.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured into pint glass as a nice light copper color with off white head that maintained itself well.
Aroma: Mild hop notes with subtle malt backing.
Flavor: Citrusy hop flavor with mild (not sharp) hop bitterness and malty sweetness behind...perhaps even a bit of biscuit. Finishes dry with lingering hop bitterness and a bit astringent.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation that lends a bit of a bite.
Overall: A mildly hoppy beer with decent malt backbone and lingering hop flavor on the tongue. A nice drinkable beer.

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Photo of harrymel
3.39/5  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.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Deep clear golden, one finger head.

S- Citrusy hops with a hint of sweetness.

T- Slight sweetness on the take fading off to a very approachable hop bitterness in the finish.

M- Kinda light, otherwise good.

D- Very quaffable.

Nothing special, but still a good brew.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at 50 degrees. Picked up in a trade from davideddie (thanks!).

A - Pours a cloudy golden color with an off-white head.

S - A little sweet with floral highlights and some grain compose the aroma.

T - Grainy flavor with a floral bite. Goes down smooth with some caramel in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body with a small amount of carbonation. It finishes crisp with a little sweetness on the tongue.

D - I enjoyed this beer, but more so for the fact that I can't really get Montana beer here in PA. Nothing over the top, but good for the style.

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Scape Goat Pale Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 436 ratings
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