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 Spikester
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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 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 chiapete
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold,amber to caramel color. Slight head that dissipates quickl y to small bubbles.Slight lacing

Sweet floral,toasty caramel, hoppy aroma. More aroma appeared after sitting .

Pleasant mouth feel,very smooth, easy to drink.Hop flavor seems to stick out. Slight after taste . with a smooth finish.

Not the best Ive had in this category but would have again

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Photo of Zorro
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Mildly chill hazed amber colored beer with a distinct orange tinge. OK white head.

Smell is sweetly malty instead of strongly hopped. Hops are present though herbal and woody mostly with a bit of a citrus edge. Grapefruit and a little lemon in the scent.

The taste starts out neutral in sweetness and quite woody and herbal. Slight lemon taste to this and a sour sensation that is mostly the absence of sweetness. Little caramel in this but mostly it is just a dry pale ale.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK beer I guess but I really have no reason to want to try another. Not as good as most pale ales in my opinion.

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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 JohnGalt1
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beginning my flight of American Pale ales tonight... 12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.40.. poured into a rinsed red wine glass.

Nice white head atop a slightly hazy orange/honey brew.... suprising lacing lasted the entire glass.

Smell is something different.... It reminds me of a brewery during a boil... a slightly cooled pale ale wort... I know it sounds weird, but seriously, it smells like a brewery... grainy... sorta heavy pale malts with a significant EKG grassy/earthy hop presence... but the hops are definitely restrained.

Tasting the brewery not so much in the flavor.... but is definitely there in the finish... pale malts (English?)... and a little sweetness is balanced by enough bitterness... but the tail end is short but lingering earthy/piney hops is very much appreciated. Palate is spot on for an APA... sorta creamy/minerally finish.

I've had this beer dozens and dozens of times, and this is the first time I really remember trying to "taste" it. I am glad I finally started reviewing beers.

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Photo of ohoove
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden orange in color with not much of a head but impressive lacing on the sides of the glass.
Light mouthfeel with a crisp peppery zing on the tongue and a definite carb. presence.
Not much other than slight pine and grapefruit but i did detect a bit of a metallic taste on the finish.
Not one of my favorites in the style but a very drinkable and non hophead friendly offering. A good starter.

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

A clear pale amber colored brew with a thin but full cover of off-white head and nice thick lace. The aroma to me was an odd blend of grapefruit hops and a bit of old fashioned urinal essence. The grapefruit part was good, sharp and pretty strong. The taste is very sharp thin grapefruit and orange with little or no malt presence. To me this is quite bitter and a little peppery. It has a nice, fine carbonation, pretty refreshing and drinkable enough. But to me it's more astringent than I normally would enjoy so I wouldn't call this highly drinkable. Pretty unique and tasted a little more palatable to me as it warmed, a little more of a malt hint came out to take the edge off the bitter hops. I just may not be so familiar with this style. I would drink it again but not too high on my list.

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

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is clear, coppery/amber with a nice near white head about 3/4 inch in height. Head slowly fades to a thin cover on the liquid. Leaves some good lacing.

Smell: Some floral and piney hop scents, with a bit of caramel malt.

Taste: Decent enough malt body, this one has a nice bitter hoppy ending, more hoppy than some APA's that I have had recently. This is a pretty good example of the American Pale Ale style IMO.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, just enough carbonation. Somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability: Part of a mixed 12 pack I purchased. I enjoyed the three that I had and would gladly trade the Summer Honey Ale for three more of these. A good APA that I would purchase again.

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Photo of sweethome
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color. White head, very nice lacing.

Nose of citrus hops and carmel malts.
First tastes are rather sweet malts, rather velvety feel. A crisp bittering arrives, a real bite. The bittering hangs in there right through. A bit of mineral flavor.

Easy drinking, not particularly distinctive.

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

Pours out of the bottle a tawny, copper color with a fluffy tan head. After settling, the head stays around for the duration of the beer leaving behind a fair amount of lacing. Not an overly fragrant APA, but there is a noticable hop presence followed by a yeasty, malty smell. The taste has a nice maltiness with a sweet swallow. It's moderately bitter on the back of the tongue which leaves a pleasant aftertaste. The ABV for this beer seems low compared to others in the style and doesn't leave the warmth in the throat that I've come to associate with pale ales. The mouthfeel is good, but certainly nothing you can chew on. Not the most aggressive APA, but very thirst-quenching and easy to drink.

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Again, from Boise/Y-stone vacation notes:

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Clear amber body, 1/2" off-white head, decent retention leaving some lacing.

S: Citrus & floral hop aroma, almost IPA like - but then as it warmed there was a bit of a stale malt macro-like aroma coming out. (note to self, drink this more quickly next time)

T: Taste seemed to be pretty standard for a good hoppy IPA. Decent balance. No complaints.

M: A bit light - almost watery. Medium carbonation.

D: Overall, this is pretty good stuff. Would make a nice session beer.

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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 mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a BIF or a trade, not really sure which, but anyway decided to open it tonight and I am very glad I did.

A - Poured a nice clear amber with an ample white head about two inches tall. This faded and left behind a ton of lace. Good visible carbonation.

S - Very hoppy, lots of very sweet citrus flavors. A touch of sugar and some malted grains in the backend of it.

T - Very nice, and very hoppy. Had a very clean, cut taste. Not much of an aftertaste here, just straightforward hoppy pale ale. Nice grain fresh cut grass in the back.

M - Silky smooth, albeit a little thin, but very smooth. Again very clean and refreshing, light.

D - Very good. I could easily session this one all night ling. It was just a nice light IPA, or pale ale.

Overall this was really a good quality light session beer. Still tasted fresh and had a good feel. I will definatly have to try this again if I get the opportunity.

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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 wcudwight
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper, amber, brass in color. Huge rocky off-white head with good retention. Sheets of sticky lace line the glass. Carbonation bubbles rise to the top which makes the head more active than a tornado in a trailor park. Fine looking beer!
Smells like grapefruit with a bit of sweetness. I also think I detect a bit of spice lurking in the back ground.
The body of the flavor is a sweet earthy caramel flavor. From the middle to the end the hops jump out and startle ya. Citrus hops. There is another fruitiness there that I can't quite figure out. Maybe apricots or mangos. A slight acidic and metallic finish dropped the taste for this 1/2 a point. Overall a nice tasty adult beverage.
I'd call the mouthfeel medium bodied. I've certainly had lighter bodied pale ales. The carbonation makes it interesting with out going overboard.
The forementioned metallic finish hinders the drinkability more than the overall flavor. After awhile you kind of get tired of it. With that said this is still a delicious beer that is no problem to drink.
I'd recommend this one and hope that I come across it in the future.

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Photo of Maerzen
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All around good Pale Ale. Personally liked the muted hops - present but part of an overall picture. Poured an orange/copper color with medium foam. Minor lacing. The smell was of orange citrus. Nice balance of hops and caramel on the tongue. A little chewy in the mouth. Nice middle of the road Pale Ale - which is what I like.

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

Nice looking pale. A shade of fiery copper with a very thick, highly retentive head, off white slightly, leaving very thick bubbly lacing. Crisp and clear with some bubble activity in the glass.

Nose is very intriguing as well. Floral citrusy hops up front, with a bit of pine backing and a sweet caramel malt to even things out a bit. Candied pear, and apple come to mind.

Overall this is a solid pale ale. Very well balanced, with a thick chewy mouthfeel and easily quaffable. Not much in the way of complexity. Again a sweet caramel, toffee malt layers the mid palate with floral slightly bitter hop balancing the finish with bready cereal grain flavors. Citrus of the nose is gone, but the pear is still traceable.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. No freshness date noted.

Dark golden with a 2 finger beige head.

Good retention, lively carbonation and excelent lace.

Aroma is caramel and citrus, light earth.

Flavor is caramely sweet with a nice grapefruity bitterness.

Finish is medium length bitter/sweet.

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Photo of BadRockBeer
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type Sampled: 12fl. oz. brown crown top bottle. Nice Goat!

Appearance: Pours copper to amber in color, crystal clear. Fluffy 2 finger soft white head that faded into a loose lace.

Smell: Sweet malts, I smell caramel and toffee right of the bat. I smell some grassy hops as well.

Taste: Starts with a citrus bite up front. Smooth caramel malt. Nice balance. Some what of a nutty taste that lingers. I have found that this beer as well as the others from Big Sky carries a “House” taste. Maybe impart from their water source?

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body, carbonation is very mild goes great with this style.

Drinkability: Good. This is a pretty refreshing pale ale , pairs nicely with shrimp scampi!

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Photo of shadow1961
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big Sky Brewing's Scapegoat Pale Ale pours a fluffy head over
a cloudy light amber brew. The head collapses pretty quickly and
the carbonation is not too active. The nose is malt and herb. The
flavor is malt and a bit of grassy hop in the finish, with a bit of the
same hop in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Not
a mindblowing brew, just your basic properly made American Pale
Ale. I guess the key here is what kind of a hop profile are you looking
for. I have more of a preference for flowery/piney/citrusy/berry hops
over grassy hops. I wouldn't seek this one out again though I wouldn't
turn one of these down either.

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Photo of Bobikel
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
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 akorsak
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The ale has an amber orange glow with a thicker head that retains nicely within the glass.

S: The aroma a big citrusy one, strong on grapefruit, that is underscored by a clearly defined malty grain presence.

T: The APA has a strong starting flavor, kicking off with a noticeable grapefruit citrus element. The hops has a fairly long finish, keeping a strong flavor throughout. The hops are poorly matched by a thin grainy caramel malt body. The thin malt flavor detracts from the stronger hops.

M: Nice hops, not so nice malts. The flavors are big at first and soon thin out.

D: The ale's low abv is nice, but the thinness of the malts is not so hot.

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Photo of stephendr
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Scape Goat Pale Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 433 ratings.
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