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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Ratings: 439 |  Reviews: 241
Photo of jkrich
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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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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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.86/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of BJA
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into perfect pint glass from 12oz can.

A: poured from can – I got two fingers of creamy white head that stayed for several minutes and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Color is golden yellow/orange and clear (more on the golden side).

S: It has a light, fresh hop scent with a bit of citrus. There was a malt scent present in the background too.

T: There was a nice fresh hop taste backed up by malt taste.

M: medium mouthfeel. Medium finish. Left an aftertaste of fresh hops. Carbonation was perfect.

O: I am impressed with this beer. It has enough of a hop and malt taste to satisfy but it remains easy to drink and refreshing. It is well constructed and favors the hop taste slightly.

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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 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 WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scape likie!!!! This is a very good and sublte pale ale. Reminds me alot of New Belgium's Skinny Dip. The Appearance is a nice golden, slightly amber clear color. Modest carbonation gives way to a thin white head. The nose as sublte hops and citrus which feed beautifully into the taste. The mouthfeel is very good, for me, I like the sublte pale characteristics of the beer which doesn't hang on the pallete very long. Definitely worth a try!

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I got a single of Scape Goat Pale Ale at the Lager Mill for $1.49. I tried the Montana Trout Slayer and I liked it, so since this was on the singles shelf I decided to give this one a try and see what else Big Sky has to offer. No visible freshness date. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like the design of this can, the nice picture of a big mountain goat gives it a nice rugged look. This beer poured a nice amber color with a little bit of golden yellow thrown in there. It had three and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a pretty thick layer that left some nice looking lacing.

S- There is a strong malt aroma to this beer that gives off a lot of bread and biscuit like aromas. I can pick up a small amount of grassy hops at the end. The aroma is not too impressive.

T- This pale ale seems to be all about the malts. The malts are sweet and just as bready as they were in the aroma. There is a slight amount of grassy hops on the finish. Theres not much bitterness on the finish, just sweet malts. This beer could use more hops to help balance out all the sweet malts and give it some depth.

M- Crisp, light bodied, and perfect carbonation.

Overall this pale ale was average at best. In the end it was just too unbalanced for me to enjoy. There were tons of sweet pale malts in this brew and they needed some nice floral hops to balance everything out. Some Pale Ales tend to have too much hops, but this one didn't have enough and that hurt it. The appearance and mouthfeel were spot on, but the aroma and taste need some work. I wouldn't buy this beer again, there are too many other good pale ales out there.

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Photo of philbertk
2.06/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

2000 12 oz. Bottle. 4.70% ABV. (2.5 / 5.0) Very clear light amber golden color. Mild hop front. Light malty body with carbonated hop spiciness. Carbonation accentuates bitterness in finish. Mild light pale ale with balance problems. Sampled 4/21/2000.

2001 12 oz. Bottle. 4.70% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Clear rich bright golden color. Light white head but nice lace. Mild pale malt body with subdued malty caramel biscuit notes. Medium sweetness. Easy balanced citrus hop end. Tasty and drinkable but mild. Sampled 9/13/2001.

2002 12 oz. Bottle. 4.70% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear rich dark golden color. Medium lacy head. Mild citrus floral hop front. Mild toasted sweet caramel citrus mild doughy body. Thin Pale Ale. Mild citrus hop spice tangy end. Thin malt. Lots of citrus hop. Sampled 12/19/2002.

2003 12 oz. Bottle. 4.70% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Clear rich golden amber color. Foamy lacy head. Floral mild fruit hop front. Malty doughy biscuit caramel body. Tangy mild yeasty fruit notes. Clean earthy hop citrus end. Bottle conditioned aged? Tastiest version so far. Sampled 3/31/2004.

2005 12 oz. Bottle. 4.80% ABV? 30 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Foamy mild lace head. Clear bright golden color. Tangy floral hop front. Crisp dry sweet astringent mild caramel citrus minor biscuit body. Mildly tangy crisp medium hop citrus end. Golden Ale flavor. Sampled 1/20/2006.

Big Sky Brewing Company--Scape Goat Pale Ale--Always Drink Upstream From The Herd--We Make Water Fun--2010 12 oz. MicroCan. 5.00% ABV. 30 IBU's. (1.5 / 5.0) Big foamy mild lace head. Fizzy cloudy bright orange gold color. Fruity floral aromatic estery front. Sweet fruit ester yeasty mildly doughy smooth malty Pale Ale body. Mild sweet mild hop easy mild citrus fruit end. Fruity canning job bugs? Sampled 3/19/2011. Purchased for $1.54 at PCC--Fremont, Seattle on 7/1/2010.

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Photo of slyke
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scape Goat Pale Ale pours a nice golden-orange color with a finger of white head that laces a bit and sticks nicely.

The aroma is a bit grainy and has a note of hops, but not much.

The taste is fairly well balanced, no distinct notes. Nice, but subtle hop finish.

The weight on the tongue is about what you expect for the style - medium bodied, maybe a hint of coating of the mouth.

Overall it is a decent brew. Nothing that rocks my world, but nothing offensive. Give it a try if you see it.

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Photo of russpowell
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in canned form, had to try it again... Date on bottom the can 1-28-2011, here's hoping that is the date it was canned!

Pours honey/amber with 3 fingers of rocky tan head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness & grassy hops, nose is a bit lacking

T: Follows the nose, some orange peel as well up front,plus a touch of biscuitty malt. Earthy hops assert themselves as this warms along lemons & more orange peel, plus leafy hops. Finishes dry with a slight bready sweetness & more leafy hops

MF: Light bodied, firm carbonation with pretty good balance

Drinks really easy, a nice quencher that works for the style. But I'd rather have their Big Sky IPA or Modus, or OK's own Coop Native amber for the same price. I wish they'd canned the IPA instead, still a nice warm weather option!

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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 climax
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank it from the bottle years ago, recently found in a can only. Intriguing.

It pours a bright amber, clarity is good. The head is decent size and quite creamy. It fades very slowly with some uneven craters.

The nose is malt heavy, not too much intensity on either end of the spectrum however. The malt is sweet biscuits and the hops perhaps a bit sour. It's a tad tinny to boot.

The taste rebounds a bit, from a rocky aroma. The hop presence is admirable in the mouth, much obliged. The profile is floral with a dash of lemon all atop a caramel backbone.

The feel is razor sharp initially from the carbonation. The body itself does have quite a bit of viscosity to it. The finish is a bit slimy with a little dryness. Not a bad beer, didn't care for the odor though. Perhaps a bottle next time, but not my favorite Big Sky brew.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Scape Goat pours a nice clear golden color with 1.5 fingers of head. Retention is very nice, as is the lacing. Pretty nice-looking.

Smell: Right off I get a lot of hoppy character (for an APA) with very little malt balance. I do get a bit of sweet breadiness, but nothing that really offsets the hops.

Taste: I taste sweet bready malts right off the bat, with quite a few piney hops on the back end. Not the most complex beer, but still not bad.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is exceptionally light for an APA. It has a lot of carbonation as well. Not a part of this beer that I enjoy. Overall, this is an APA that could use more malt flavor to balance it out and a bit heavier mouthfeel. I usually bitch about APA's that don't have enough hops, but I'd say the opposite for this beer. It has a nice amount of hoppy character but nothing else to add. I wish Big Sky would put a bit more work into this beer, as it has the potential to be an elite APA with the hops factor. As it is now, it doesn't come close.

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Photo of ribby
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, very light brown, with a tall, but fragile, head.

The aroma is of moderately strong hops. The hops also dominate the taste, with small amount of nutty malt flavor accenting the hops.

The carbonation gives a bit of tingle to the mouthfeel, but it doesn't linger.

If you like your pale ale on the hoppy side, this is very drinkable.

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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 soju6
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark copper color with a head that fades to nominal lacing.

S: Has a subtle citric & grain aroma.

T: Starts with a mild malt then citrus & spice flavor and has a nice touch of bitterness for the finish.

F: Fairly medium body, quite crisp and refreshing. Well balanced.

D: Smooth and goes down easy. Could drink a number of these with no problem. Good Pale Ale. Well worth a try.

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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 TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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 Vdubb86
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

This baby pours a nice clear golden orange with a quick fading fluffy head. The aroma is of nice citrus-y hops (mostly like imitation orange that you'd get from a Glade Plug-in) which is the predominant aroma. With a bit of nostril detective work some caramel might be able to be pulled from the woodwork of this beer. The flavor consists mainly of a citrus explosion up front that degrades quicker than a snowman in a heatwave. The flavor quickly turns from sweetness into bitterness as is moves it's way back on the tongue then fades into obscurity on the back end. Aside from the bitterness the mouthfeel is spot on, and it would serve as an enjoyable beer for the price. It's a good beer that is by no means an outstanding example of the style, but it has it's place in the world.

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Photo of Wildman
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear amber color and formed a snow white head that left layered lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops, and pine. The flavor was of malt, hops, and toffee. Medium light body and a fairly sweet finish for a pale ale. Tend to not like mine that sweet.

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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 BierFan
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass.

Off-white head doesn't stick around for long. Clear light amber body. Little bit of citrus from the hops. Not a lot going on in the smell. Good bitterness. This is really an easy drinking pale ale. Mouthfeel is thinner than most pale ale's which helps with the drinkability.

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

A: Scape Goat pours with a thick head and good retention, color is medium gold with a faint amber, lots of spotty lacing down the sides of the glass - 4.00, S: Nose is quite biscuity with a solid citrus and herbal punch - more specifically I pick up grapefruit, mildly sweet - 3.75, T: The initial flavor shows a moderate hop bite with some grapefruit pith on the tail end of the beer, there is a faint woodiness as well as an herbal quality - 3.50, M: Mouth feel is quite slick and oily, medium bodied - 3.00, D: A nicely crafted APA, might have benefitted from a little boost in the American hops - 3.50

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