I was given a bit of shit for my â€œAntelope or Gazelleâ€ review of Big Skyâ€™s IPA but this time I know its a goat. You know why? Cuz it says it! Thatâ€™s right, this week I am doing another Big Sky Beer. Scape Goat Pale Ale. I donâ€™t normally do a beer from the same brand, mainly because Iâ€™m trying to work with these breweries to get more information so I can write better articles. In turn, I appreciate them sending me beer for my hard works. The first of its kind will be coming soon, I promise! Anyway, someone mentioned on one of the forums I like to go to that Big Sky Brewery is a model brewery. They brew great beer, sponsor community events, support local homebrewers and continue to be a great example for a brewery nationally and locally. I feel a little bad that the packaging has prevented me from trying any of the beers. So, I decided this week, Iâ€™d do Scape Goat Pale Ale.Video Review of Big Sky Scape Goat Pale Ale
Iâ€™m not going to say much here other than what Iâ€™ve said about their packaging before. It looks a little dated and I just canâ€™t get over animals on the bottles. I just donâ€™t like it. I do like that it mentions Pale Ale so I have at least a clue as to what is inside the bottle.
Clear as day with a nice light copper hue. The head on it is nice and foamy, but doesnâ€™t stick around to long, however, it does lace nicely on the sides.
Hoppy! Duh right? For a pale ale the hop aroma is on the higher side, which I donâ€™t mind. I canâ€™t pick out the strain of hops used, still working on that skill! Regardless, it has a nice subtle fruity, flowery hop aroma with little malt character. I do get a little biscuit or bread smell mixed in with a little caramel. It isnâ€™t strong and I could just be looking to hard for something like that.
It doesnâ€™t have much on the front end of taste. This leads me to believe that the malts are hidden behind a big bitter after taste. Low and behold, that is the case. Initially it could be mistaken to be a bit watered down because there is no sweetness upfront and the carbonation is a little light. But the hop taste and bitterness blow through at the end and stick with you a bit, kind of like a light IPA.
Like I mentioned. Its a bit light on the carbonation which gives it a very smooth, silky like mouthfeel. The bitter acids zip on the tongue while this medium bodied beer splashes through my teeth.
I definitely think there is some drinkability there. I could probably make a night out of a beer like this. However, the bitter after taste does remind me of an IPA and Iâ€™ve yet to determine if that is something I want to make a night out of. If you like a bitter after taste, this is definitely a beer to try. Its smooth, bitter, dry and easy to drink.
A very good beer from what I understand to be a very good brewery. I love the local business supporting the community and I suppose is one reason why so many people always say, â€œDrink Localâ€ right? I heard a statistic that a dollar spent locally will go through the community an average of 7 times before making it out. That is pretty sweet and a great reason to support your local brewers. Anyway, Iâ€™d for sure give this brew a try. Its tasty with a very subtle malt character that is a bit dominated by hop flavor, aroma and bitterness. I like it because its smooth and dry.
How bout you?
Have you tried it? Whadâ€™ya think?