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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Photo of ibbjamin
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single 12 oz bottle in my adventures back to Manitowok, WI for the past holiday. This beer is somewhere around the $6-7 per 6-pack range i believe. Poured into a pint glass.

One inch white semi-frothy head after a normal pour. Transparent dark gold color. Some very light head retention. Good lacing.

Smells very light, clean and fresh. Quality ingredients used in moderate quantities.

Has a brew pub like taste to it. Again, like the nose, just quality ingredients in this one make it very refreshing, easy to drink lighter bodied beer. Good carbonation. Watery taste and finish, adding to its drinkability.

I'd like to get this beer to share with those not necessarily into the crafts, especially for a long day's drinking. Recommended it you are looking for something a bit lighter on the palate.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe I misunderstood, and this is a completely different beer; I thought they called it Super Scape Goat, but it didn't taste radically different from what their regular pale ale would be like from the cask.

Had this on cask at Papago Brewing Company.

Served leaning towards golden over orange, with a fluffy, bubbly white cap about an inch in height. Lacing is, as expected from the cask, superb.

The aroma and flavor feature pungent citric aromas with a modicum of pale, slightly sweet malt to back up. The nose is nice and strong, with a hint of a soapy overtone. The flavor is sharp and bitter which is fine initially, but when it gets toward the bottom of the glass it's a bit much.

Great cask mouthfeel, smooth and full with a little hop oil slickness. This is great. A little hard to finish the end of the glass and I didn't care for another, but a tasty little treat all around.

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Photo of Slynger
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scape Goat pours in a pale lightly brownish golden color with a hint of orange to it. The cap is lightly creamy and dirty cream colored.

The nose doesn't deliver much, but the flavor has an excellent balance of light caramel sweetness molding with citrusy grapefruit, fresh pine, and a pleasant floral spiciness. The body is medium light, with a light melted buttery slickly smoothness, and a nice amount of lightly sharp and zesty carbonation.

Scape Goat is a good beer, while not overly complex, it could make a great sessioner. I, for one, will definitely purchase this again.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear yet strong copper color uderneath quick, spongey head, and a few small spots of bubbling. Upfront braed with some funky hops and a faint smell of ginger ale. Heavily toasted malts mix with some minty grapefruit hops for the bitter finish. The palate has quick hop and even quicker malt flavors. Leaving th palate feeling pretty moist though, but withno lingering flavors. Good session beer. Need to try on tap.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to CamuMahubah for this brew.

Pours a nice clear dark golden color. Hard pour produces two fingers of tan head. The head held up pretty well and provided some lacing.

Smell is hops, pine and citrus. The scent is not terribly strong, I'd call it almost mild.

Nice malt backbone to this brew with a nice pine and citrus hops finish. Nice balance to this drink.

Medium body, medium carbonation.

Very nice APA, I'd like to drink more of these.

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Photo of bort11
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another one from the Wasatch sample. Thanks dude!

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint. Thin white head, not much for lacing. Color is a slightly hazy peach/orange. Some bubble activity.

Smell has a toasty malt character that finishes with a green grass hops aroma. The hops flavor is more of the grass, which isn't my favorite hops variety. The malt does a fairly good job of keeping the bitter in check.

Mouthfeel is medium body with a crisp carbonation. This is an OK pale ale, but I'm glad to have tried it.

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Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear dark orange color with a one finger head that lasted a while. Mild lacing developed during the session.

Smell: mild citrus, hints of caramel, and bits of fruit sweetness are very light.

Taste: nice caramel profile with some mild orange citrus and sweet green grapes. Bitterness provides a nice balancing here.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Medium bodied. Very short-lived aftertaste as the flavor leave the tongue almost immediately.

Drinkability: easy drinking beer here. Worth giving this one a try if you are in the mood for a good, but not over the top, pale ale.

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Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper with a tight white head that had good retention. Leaves rings of lacing on the glass after each drink.

I smell a lot of hops in this ale. Pine, grapefruit, and a musty malt base. A bit earthy overall.

Hops upfront in the flavor. Very bitter even for an APA. Seems to be going into the realm of ESB. The malt supplies a nice platform for the pine and citrus hops. Leaves a citrus aftertaste.

Light body with vibrant carbonation. Not too harsh but unremarkable in the end.

I had to check to see if I poured Big Sky IPA in the glass instead of the APA. But it is the APA and a bitter one at that. Very refreshing and a lighter body and low ABV makes these go down fast and easy.

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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 pweis909
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big Sky calls this an English-style pale alke on their website and claims to use Goldings hops. It's listed as an APA here, and I probably would have classified it that way too.

A=Deep yellow, pushing amber, not much head
S=Hops seem balanced with citrus and floral components. A bit of honey from the malt.
T=Sweetness comes through at the front, with a light bitter finish.
Well balanced, drinkable APA.

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Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper amber with a creamy white head. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of caramel, slight mustiness, some resin and citrus.

The taste is of caramel and biscuit. Mild balancing resiny, earthy slight citric bitterness balances the mild malty sweetness.

It's a bit thin, but gets close enough to medium-bodied to work well enough. It has a nice carbonation level.

A nice enough, standard APA. Very drinkable and well-balanced. A good, mild, balanced pale ale.

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Photo of diabecktic
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color resembles rust; it's kind of a dark orange with a tint of yellow. Minimal head formation with moderate carbonation. The head fades quickly but the little bit that's left sticks around for a bit. For a pale ale, it ain't that pale!

Aroma is a bit fruity, but mainly dominated by the hops. I suppose that "earthy" is the best way to describe the smell. Overall, it's a bit bland, but it's not bad overall.

Ever-so-slightly bitter, but quite refreshing. Since the fruity smell is not the dominant aroma, the taste isn't too fruity either. However, some spices can be tasted even though they're not really present in the scent. The taste isn't anything awe-inspiring, but it's actually quite good.

Great - it's not at all watery and it doesn't linger too much. Sits just right in the mouth and makes you want just a little bit more after swallowing.

Goes down VERY smoothly - it seems like a great beer to have around on a summer day. I would definately have a few more of these.

This is my first beer from both the Big Sky Brewing Co. and the state of Montana. I'm quite pleased with what this beer has to offer. I didn't know what to "expect" from a Montana-brewed beer, but I suppose that the "earthy" label that I used for the smell would adequately describe what to expect in the future. Once the Scape Goat warms up just a bit, it's easier to experience and appreciate the flavors that this beer has to offer.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a trade with Wasatch, Thanks John!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - almost clear, pale yellow color with a white head that left some lacing.

S - slightly earthy and piney aroma.

T - balance of malty sweetness with some light bitterness thrown in.

F - light/medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - easy drinking brew.

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Photo of Rayek
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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 barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light copper with a small white head Nose was average, notes of light citrus, hops and some malts and taste was a below average from the pales I am used to drinking here in California. I did not like the malts and found it rather weak on the hops. The bottle was not that good in my opinion but I would attempt the tap version.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

These just arrived in Utah.

Pours a nice clean/clean dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little white foamy head, nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, with some slight hop's, some citrus thrown in, and some caramel notes. The taste is pretty nice, sweet, malty, with some hoppiness, citrus, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice brew, would buy again, recommended.

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Photo of skeetermoses
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was really looking forward to this one, as how the liquor store owner pointed it out to me as a great beer. I was thoughouly dissapointed with this one, I think I had my hopes up to high for this one. Not bad in general, but one I will try to avoid in the future.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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 Halcyondays
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark burnt orange, with a thick, creamy white head, good retention, with big, thick lacing.

S: Great nose of tropical fruits - a lot of pineapple, papaya, orange in there as well.

T: Big pineapple notes, light citrus fruit, passion fruit, malt provides a good backbone, caramel and dark bread. Great hop profile in this one.

M: Solid, medium-bodied, brisk carbonation character, refreshing.

D: A very good pale ale out of Big Sky, definitely the winner in the mixed 12er, definitely pick this up if you live out West.

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Photo of jayrod20
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is hazy orange-gold with decent head and minimal lacing. Aroma of biscuit malts and light fruitiness with very appealing musty yeast odor. The beer goes down effortlessly, with bright, sweet flavors followed by just a short sharp kick of hops which are neither especially bitter nor lasting. Mouthfeel really good; smooth and substantial without being thick.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A nice hazy light orange with a half inch of foamy white head.

S - Soft hops with a spicy nature to them. This is an inviting aroma.

T - The hops are a little bitter and lack a real flavor. However, the flavor is a bit watered down which evens the bitterness out.

M - The taste is felt on the outside back of my tongue. The texture is not coarse at all but I think that hinders the brew a bit.

~ I'd recommend this one to friends. The beer will make a decent session brew just based on the texture and flavor being relatively mild for a pale ale.

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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 WJVII
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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 SargeC
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep golden colored brew with a golden white head.

Smell: Malt with buttery notes. Nice hop presence.

Taste: Good citrus hop bite with clean malt undertones. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light body, slightly acidic

Drinkablity: Great, refreshing brew. A bit light for a pale ale, but very drinkable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, copper body with a medium, though short-lived white head.

Smell: Aroma of pale malts, a drop of toffee, and floral, spicy hops.

Taste: Pale malts quickly followed by floral, spicy hop flavors. Only a thin measure of crystal malt sweetness. Lightly bitter. Crisp, clean finishes with a faint lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied (just barely, though!). Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's okay! A fine, refreshing English-minded pale ale.

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Scape Goat Pale Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 433 ratings.
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