Friday, June 18th 2010
Scape Goat Pale Ale
(Big Sky Brewing Company)
Big Sky released their Scape Goat Pale Ale in cans for the first time about a month ago. These guys have now released four of their beers in cans and I'd imagine that since Scape Goat was a limited release that all of those cans are now spoken for. Hopefully for those of you in Big Sky country you'll see more canned Scape Goat soon! Cheers!
From the Big Sky site:
"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."
Here we go...
Pour - dark golden amber/copper color with a solid inch of white foam sitting on top and some nice lacing as well. Clean and clear. Sometimes the condensation on the outside of a glass of beer just makes your mouth water!
Aroma - slightly citrusy, orange peel, caramel, dark bread, biscuity and some hints of earthy hops. Very inviting!
Taste - tangy sweet and citrusy. This is definitely on par for an English-style pale ale with the malt leading the way and the hops a little more subdued. Plenty of caramel malt flavor and some of that citrusy orange-peel bitterness coming in at the end. Its got a rather dry finish that really leads you right into another sip. It goes down almost too easy which is always a great sign!
Overall - Absolutely delicious and the type of beer that I'd love to have a cooler of when hosting a barbecue or sitting around an early evening campfire. Something about this style of beer being canned just seems to work really well. I'd say Scape Goat made the transition from bottles to cans pretty much flawlessly and the flavor is probably even fresher from the can.
Excellent brew from the good folks at Big Sky. If you are lucky enough to spot any of these left on the shelves be sure to snatch them up because if they aren't already gone they will be soon.
Would I buy more of it? - totally, this is a great brew to sit around a campfire with or bring with you tubing or kayaking. No complaints...at all.
Note - Scape Goat cans were limited to just a few markets as well as sold directly from the brewery. I'd be interested to know how the canned version tasted compared to the bottled version and just how quickly all the cans were bought up!
Posted by Russ
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