Scape Goat Pale Ale | Big Sky Brewing Company

Scape Goat Pale AleScape Goat Pale Ale
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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-02-2002

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Ratings: 435 |  Reviews: 238
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of dfried
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

American PAs are one of my favorite styles so I get very picky when sampling them. Scapegoat is average across the board for me. What I like most about this beer is that it is pretty refreshing, and has a decent dry flavor. I feel like it lack pizzazz though, it could use some diversity in malt in hops.

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3.36/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.7/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of abrand
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from the Big Sky sampler poured into the pint glass. Label contains a mountain goat on the front.

The pale ale pours a golden orange and lot of bubbles rise from the bottom of the pint glass. A small but pretty white head disappears quickly. Nose is sweet and lots of citrus with a bitter appearance as well. Taste most consists of subtle sweet citrus similar to the nose. Nothing really special about the quaff in any way. Mouthfeel is very thin and drinkability is just okay. Not really that great of a tasting brew but I could probably handle several of them.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of trbergman
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Amber-orange with two fingers of pillowy off-white head.

S - Sweet bready and caramel malts, apricot, peach.

T - Caramel, toffee, dried apricots, peach, fruity/floral hops. Subtle bitterness enters in the middle and lasts through a balanced finish.

M - Light bodied, very soft carbonation, almost like it's on cask.

D - Pretty good. Nicely done example of the style and easy to drink.

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of wnh
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottled poured into a pint glass.

Pours a crisp, clear copper with a steady stream of bubbles rising to the surface. Moderately sized sticky, foamy white head that leaves some nice sticky lacing on the way down.

Nose is sweet biscuit-like malt up front with some relatively strong citrus notes hiding just underneath. Not an IPA level of hop aroma, but for a hophead, this is one great smelling pale ale.

First thing I notice at first sip is hop bitterness, with some earthy hop notes coming through. There's a strong malt backbone that holds up the hops and keeps them in check--and quite likely keeps this from being an IPA. Toward the last half of the glass I notice some sweet grapefruit hop flavor in the back end, which brightens things up and makes it interesting. Mildly bitter lingering finish.

Scape Goat is medium bodied with a slight stickiness that enhances the bitter finish without allowing the bitterness to be too much. Well balanced on the whole, and that lingering bitterness sucks me in for another sip. I'm pleasantly surprised, and I'd gladly session with this beer.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice golden color, nice clarity, moving towards copper, but not quite that deep. The head is thin, off-white, but leaves pretty decent lacing. I actually kind of like the look of it, but it's not impressive. The smell has a nice leafy, kind of grassy hop presence, with a deep, but fairly light american hop aroma. Which is good, an APA, especially a <5% ABV one does not need to smell like a hop bomb. The malt presence is caramelly and sweet, a little powdery, also a slight toasty smell, almsot like pretzels. The taste is just as enjoyable as the smell. Starts off lightly bready, a bit cakey, but nice and dry and crisp. A good toastiness is present, too, a feature I really like in an APA. The hop profile is upfront leafy and herbal. Not very citrusy, which can be good in a beer like this. But there's a nice bite of orange in the middle, maybe some light grapefruit, but not much bitterness or resinous feeling. Finishes a little grassy, but a nice malty sweetness comes in, too. Though you do notice that it's a bit thin in the finish. That's really my only complaint. There's so much interesting going on, but the body is actually a bit thinner than expected. The carbonation isn't sharp, but you feel it in unexpected places and ways. Still interesting. And at this ABV, this one is easy drinking, but you'd never expect it to be so low based on the flavor. Really a very good beer. If it was around, I could possibly make it a staple-type beer.

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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 RevCraig
4/5  rDev +12%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of tr4nc3d
2.34/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12fl oz bottle poured into my pint glass

Pours a light copper to orange-ish(is that even a word?, lol)color with vibrant two inch frothy white head. Good amount of carbonation can be noticed with bubbles rising to the top of the beer and popping in the head. Great head retention that subsides really slowly. Minimal lacing is left sticking to the sides of my glass.

Smell consisted of floral like hops with pine needle. Very earthy and herbal type smell. Bread like malts can be noticed when you take a whiff.

Slightly sweet upfront with very little hop presence except a little bit of some pine bitterness. Malts come and shine throughout the beer leaving a sweet and slightly bread like taste.

Mouthfeel is in between light and medium(on the watery side), with high amounts of carbonation. Very crisp.

Disappointed with this one and wish I did not buy a six pack. This beer needs more flavor.

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Photo of Idrankthat
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of PhxHorn
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Scape Goat Pale Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 40.7% out of 100 with 435 ratings
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