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): 4.70%

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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Ratings: 435 |  Reviews: 238
Photo of dalehihn
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Stoshua
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of LoganMc
3.76/5  rDev +5%

Photo of MTNboy
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- A orange/yellow beer it is super foamy and formed lots of nice lace.

Smell- A great floral bouquet with a tea like scent filed the air quickly after the bottle was opened.

Taste- Very floral fruity sweet but balanced bitter flavor. I thought all ingredient complimented each other.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied.

Drinkability- It is a nice all around beer.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This PA is a copper/amber colored brew with a big bubbly head on top of it. Decent lacing. The smell of it is a nice floral hop smell. That goes for the taste too, a nice citrusy/floral taste, little malt impact. Not a bad drink, pretty standard for american PAs.

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Photo of Morris729
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber color with a creamy off-white head that fades into a sticky lace. Nose has a touch of malt but is dominated by floral hops and fresh citrus. Medium in body with a nice amount of carbonation that is spritzy and zesty in the mouth. Taste is a bit of sweet malts and grains up front quickly replaced by strong notes of bitter and acidic grapefruit and citrus rind leading to a dry and crisp finish. A quite enjoyable American pale ale. Purchased from Liquid Solutions.

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Photo of WaveRebel51
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To me, the quality that stood out for this beer was the floral, hoppy aroma. The scent may lead one to think that this beer has very little malt quality, but the taste was very balanced. The taste right out of the bottle was okay, but was much better as it warmed a tad. The first time I had this, I drank it right out of the bottle and was only marginally impressed. But my opinion changed when I poured it into the glass, which is necessary to get the full aroma and taste.

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Photo of Jason
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown long neck with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Appealing bubbly white lace on top of the brassy amber coloured brew. Clarity is fine even with the fine sediment that made its way into the glass.

Smell: Big floral citric hop with a soft spiciness in the back. Some fruitiness, nutty yeast and malt sweetness make it to the nose as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Level crisp moderate body that shows some smoothness, a bit dry in the mouth and that make the heavy hand of hops more pronounced. Waves of citrus rind and a soft floral-like oil show that a substantial amount of flavouring hops was used. Maltiness just stands there with a lightly toasted flavour, yeast jumps in at the same time with a nutty note. Clean finish with a drying graininess and lingering hop flavour.

Notes: This is your standard American brewed pale ale, light on the malt with an obvious citric hop. One thing going for this beer is that the brewers did a good job at keeping it balanced and making it quite drinkable.

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Photo of rugbyfan13
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce into my East Atlanta Beer Fest glass.

Appearance - yellow with strands of golden honey.

Aroma - light, very PA-ish. Hops, citrus, fruity. Half inch white head that disappears quickly. Light to medium lacing

Taste - Light, very PA-ish (wait, did I say that?). Despite the light flavor its a fantastic beer (and I detest IPAs normally). The hops are clean and refreshing, Can definitely tell there are Kent Goldings in the brew. That being said, this is no Sierra Nevada in that the flavor is not dominated by hops. A dinkum job was done by the brewers to make the hops the spotlight but not the only thing in the beer. Hints of citrus and pineapple with some other fruits. My first sip I was unimpressed and later fell in love with the beer.

Mouthfeel - it was good but I don't know what a bad mouthfeel would be for me.

Drinkability - wonderful. Wonderful wonderful wonderful. On this hot humid late summer Atlanta eve, I could drink five or more of these with ease. If only I had more than the one I just consumed.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a dark orange with a very light head. Smells lightly of malt and spice and slightly of citrus. Not a lot of aroma, but what there is is nice. Tastes of malt, spice, a wee bit of citrus and finishes with a surprisingly strong bitter aftertaste. The bitterness adds an intriguing note and makes this beer pretty darned drinkable.

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Photo of udubdawg
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

pours coppery orange, a sizeable creamy soft off-white head slowly forming and then fading to an uneven ring. Decent clarity with some small but rapidly-sinking yeasty particles I didn't notice until it was too late. Lacing better than decent.
Aroma is pleasant, but a letdown for the style. There's a light grainess but otherwise I don't get a lot of malt here under the hops. Speaking of which, I get a lot of vague, slightly citric hints in the hop profile that hint at the bitterness but otherwise do little for the omplexity. But again, judged on its own not bad at all.
Pretty tasty. Citric hops are everpresent, some floral qualities, with a light toasted malt presence. Again not a lot of depth, but pretty thirst-quenching. The primary detractor was a metallic aftertaste that I just couldn't get over. Too bad - this is otherwise a
body on the thin side of medium, plus the aforementioned aftertaste, plus lower than ideal carbonation - pretty average mouthfeel.
I'd have this again, and a few at a time, before the aftertaste got the better of me. Not bad at all.

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Photo of zeff80
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a cloudy, orange/amber color with a slightly lighter hue at the bottom of the glass. It had a white, soapy head that left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled very grassy and of (Cascade?) hops. There was also a roasted malt aroma.

T - Very hoppy for an APA. Good roasted malt taste and a burnt toast taste.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice APA. Hoppier than I expected.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can from my Arizona adventure. Beer served in a shaker pint. Beer is brown and mostly clear with a thin tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate retention.

Aroma is malty and sweet.

Beer is mildly bitter, nice finish, no aftertaste, interesting malt make up, Marris Otter maybe, hard to discern. A decent beer but probably not a repeat.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from can into a Nonic shaped pint glass

A - Beer pours with a thin white colored head; very well carbonated; body is clear and has a light amber colored body; light-to-moderate amount of lacing formed around the glass

S - Fruity; sweet caramel nose; light floral rose scent; toffee; tapioca pudding; pine

T - Leaves a sour grapefruit lingering taste on the back side of your tongue; tip is sweet and has a nice caramel and pine taste; grassy

M - Bitter aftertaste; effervescent; body is thin and watery; tart

D - Overall, its a very good English Pale Ale; easy to drink and enjoyable; nice floral and pine notes; grapefruit tart feel and sour taste is fantastic

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Photo of Talisker
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased from SF's City Beer Store in May 2007, poured October 2007.

Wow - am I in England? From the get-go the Scape Goat screams British Pale Ale (and I mean that in a very good way). Pours an inoffensive clear orangish tan, one finger head. Fresh British malt small, bitter hops (no citrus) - this is not your Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, that's for sure.

Taste is that of a very fresh British Pale Ale. Probably some crystal malt in there, certainly not over-hopped - I think this is the classic EKG hop profile. Just pleasant, easy-drinking. Texture might be a little thin to Northwest American palates, but this would fit right in at a London pub.

If you like the style, you could drink this one all night. Quite a winner from Big Sky.

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Photo of Exeter
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RJLarse
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack of Scape Goat Pale Ale at a grocery store for the 4th of July holiday. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a rich amber color and is clear. A thick foamy head forms and is fairly resilient. The head produces moderate lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is sweet and malty. There is a bit of floral and fruity scent along with an aroma of grain.

The taste is a cereal or biscuit flavor up front, a little chewy, followed by a mildly bitter hop taste. The flavors are reasonably well balanced.

The mouth feel is crisp and smooth. The beer is well carbonated, and refreshing to drink.

This is a drinkable beer. It’s probably typical of a craft APA, but very drinkable and pleasing, especially on a hot July afternoon. I’ll have Scape Goat again, especially if it’s on sale.

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Photo of ajmoody76
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

came in a mix twelve pack of their four main beers. pours clear golden yellow with a one finger off white head. some lacing.

fruity and floral hops on the nose. some malt presence. no off odors.

crisp hop taste. fruity. some malt sweetness. not a great deal of depth. dry citrus fruit aftertaste. balanced for style.

mid body. good carbonation. decent apa. i would buy this mixed up twelve pack again.

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Photo of pasdachuri
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6-pack of cans with this one.

Pours a clear light amber, generous white head.

Heavy scents of grapefruit and citrus hops, pretty good invitation.

Sweeter taste upfront then I was expecting with a smooth finish with some hoppy bitterness in the background

Light body ale that goes down easy and was a good choice for an easy-drinking summer afternoon. Will turn to this one again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is typical for an American pale ale: a clear dark amber color, a thick, creamy white head. When approaching the nose, the aromas lift out and delight the senses: fresh and fruity, zesty ctrus, grapefruit, peach and apricot notes, and maybe just a touch of spice. Great use of hops, but still light and uplifting.
The initial blitz of carries through the very tasty finish. Malt is mightily subdued, though, creating a bit of an off-balanced atmosphere. Hops continue their wild ride, unassisted by malt, leaving the body a bit thin. Know that I am a card-carrying hophead, but I have to note these slight imperfections.
Finish resolves crisply and dryly, leaving a coppery tang in the mouth.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Full big off white head leaves a nice lacing above a clear rusty golden colored beer.

A big aroma of citrus hops with lemon in the forefront.

A nice citrus hops taste, the lemon is a little more toned down from the aroma.

A dry aftertaste with some bittering on this medium bodied beer.

A pretty good goat.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.83/5  rDev +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.

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Scape Goat Pale Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 435 ratings.
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