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Scarecrow Ale - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Scarecrow AleScarecrow Ale

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BA SCORE
73
okay

459 Ratings
THE BROS
76
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Ratings: 459
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 18.79%
Wants: 7
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-20-2002

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Ratings: 459 | Reviews: 247
Photo of rolingm
3.29/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A decent ale, but nothing special here.

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I guess this is no longer organic, some taste in there, corn & bitterness, had worse, especially from Wychwood

Photo of SmashPants
3.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Format: the 500mL embossed brown Wychwood Brewery bottle, with a cool scarecrow on the label. They always do offer a good package.

Appearance: pours out a clear amber colour with minimal visible carbonation. A slim but creamy head slowly drops to a thick cap with decent lacing.

Aroma: hardly anything on the nose - just a touch of orchard fruits and some herbal / floral hop aromas. A bit bland.

Taste: pretty much follows the nose - light orchard fruits, light herbal and florals, with a touch of some bread malts behind.

Aftertaste: the flavours drop away fairly quickly, with just a hint of bitterness and a hint of those malts.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a lighter to moderate carbonation. Reasonable.

Overall: yet another 'quite nice but not really great' beer from Wychwood that commands AU$72 for a case of 12. The only really decent Wychwood beers I have had are King Goblin and Paddy's Tout, yet all of their range are massively expensive. I wouldn't compare them to Monteith's, since Wychwood don't have any particularly nasty beers, but I would certainly not suggest them to anyone looking for value-for-money in a brewery. I'll continue to have a single of each of their beers, but a case? Not a chance.

Photo of gbarbee
4.65/5  rDev +48.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Amber
Smell: Malty
Taste: Slight hops and malt
Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean
Drinkability: Nice beer that I really enjoyed. I would purchase and drink this beer again and would offer it to friends.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Malt_Man
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Served cool from 500ml bottle into pint mug.

A) Deepish amber colour, slight haze with a few bubbles. Tight white head.

S) Slightly metallic biscuity light malt. Let's be kind and say there is a hint of toffee in there.

T) Watery first, caramelish malt comes in second, then metallic hints. Weak English hops at the back.

M) Thin and watery. The aftertaste is not good, but doesn't linger too long.

O) Don't bother with this one, there are 30 better beers on the supermarket shelf.

Photo of Daefido
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Not impressive scent. but smooth and nice colour. Because it has only 4.7% alcohol by volume, I can drink it in a smooth way. Even though it is a kind of pale ale, it is more like larger taste to me.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

Bottle poured into an English pub glass. On the light side of orange-amber, with quick breaking white head that dissolves into a halo of bubbles that ring the inside of the glass. Has a low key mellow aroma of lightly toasted malts (like shredded wheat cereal), dry herbal English hops, very subtle citrus peel (lemon and orange) ... I am inclined to compare this to the similar Fuller's Organic Honeydew and I think this compares favorably. The malt flavors are richer, the hops are quite floral and recall faint citrus and fragrant grass, and the finish is crisp, herbal, and slightly orchard fruity. The herbal flavors become more pronounced over time, almost a little sage or something, and the overall effect shifts from quite dry to sweet. There is a minor but noticeable metallic tang. I find these English blonde or summer ales to be a tad bland, and in my view these should not be lumped with other English pales. Aw well. This one probably ain't worth the price tag.

Photo of PivaTzar
2/5  rDev -36.3%

Im just going to assume they call it scarecrow because it will scare you away from ever buying it again.

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Sampling right now on 8/16/14. Comes in a 500ml (16.09 ounce) bottle with a cool label that costs about $5.00. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a handled glass stein.

Pours a hazy golden in color with a very thin white head. Some light spotty lacing is seen that settles back down the sides of the glass when sipped. The aroma is nothing really special actually just of some musty herbal grains. The taste is pretty close to the aroma with lots of malts up from followed by a slight bitter hoppy dry crisp finish. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Overall, it was just OK and a once try brew for me. Not a big fan of the 'Pale Ale' types as they are all over the board with MOST in the very average range, like this one.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.04/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle marked 3 DEL 15:02 at 45 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma initially of skunk, replaced by odor of malt
Head small (2 cm), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring with center island
Lacing average – small to medium irregular islands of small bubbles
Body golden, chill haze which disappears as the ale warms
Flavor begins bitter with malty overtones; no alcohol, no diacetyl. The bitterness could be from the hops, but can’t be sure. Ends with bitterness with a long hang time.
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation.

Meets criteria for Brit pale ale. I prefer Yorkshire dark ales. I have noticed some skunkiness in other Wychwood light ales on draft in the UK.

Photo of patre_tim
3.68/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep golden copper, clear filtered with little carbonation, 4 fingers of off white yellow tinged head.

S: Honey, sun bleached hay or grass, light fruitiness of a sort of citrus lemon quality. Almost a vanilla quality.

T: Light, dry dried hay, hard water, little lemon peel quality, a little caramel quality but really dry not sweet. Very little light bitterness on the end.

M: Medium light body with little carbonation, dry finish.

O: Well rounded British ale. Good, not awesome, light and balanced, lightly hopped.

Photo of biegaman
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Scarecrow is a lusterless golden colour with a fall foliage kind of tone. Although perfectly transparent it lacks that truly sunny disposition of a summer quencher and looks better suited to autumn temperatures. Its head is certainly no bale of hay but does leave behind straws of lacing.

You'd expect a brand marketed on the basis of being organic to smell cleaner and more wholesome than this; an aroma of stale corn kernels doesn't conjure pristine images of golden grain fields the way that scents of lightly sweet and soft, fresh-baked bread can. The total lack of hoppiness also robs the bouquet the possibility of any kind of 'green' qualities either.

When attempting to brew a clean, approachable pale ale the answer is not to tone down the flavour - it's to up the quality of the ingredients. This is the mistake so many producers make. People like the softly sweet, subtly biscuity flavours of barley malt - what they don't enjoy is a bitter and bloating form of mineral water. What's the point of drinking that?

Scarecrow, unfortunately, has more of the latter than the former. There's very little malt flavour except for the most raw, rudimentary taste of cereal grain. Hops are entirely absent though a light but crude bitterness concludes each sip. And the hard water minerals make the ale feel especially dense but don't add any redeeming flavour qualities.

Like a real-life scarecrow, this may take the shape and appearance of a beer but it's all hollow inside. If the people at Wychwood had a brain they'd ditch this offering and put their reasonably talented brewer to better use - then again this is the same company that brought us Ginger Beard and Forest Fruits so I wouldn't bank on it.

Photo of TheHammer
2.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: A hazy orange body with very slow carbonation with minimal head that did not lace and took mere minutes to dissolve.

Smell: There a slight mineral note with some bready malt and touches of hops. Warming helped bring out a bit more potency. Nothing offensive, but nothing stands out.

Taste: Bitter through the entire beer, as mineral and hops permeate the entire beer. The doughy malt starts the beer, and it amps up the hops and mineral as the beer end. It's alright, but it seems a bit out of place.

Mouthfeel: The mineral note dominates the aftertaste, which doesn't seem quite right. The carbonation seems a bit weak as well. However it does make a presence throughout the entire beer.

Drinkability: The carbonation seems to make itself known after it his your stomach as it's quite gassy. That still being said, it's an easy enough drinker I suppose.

Final Thoughts: Go catch the mill, because it's running here. This is pretty much an average pale ale. No bells and whistles, nothing special. It makes me mourn for the passing of Fiddler's Elbow in Ontario.

Photo of BierJager89
4.04/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A light hazy orange with head.

S: Nose is quite faint, but there is some discernible orange/orange peel.

T: Citrus peel, fruity yeast esters, a decent malt backbone. Nice.

M: On the light side of medium bodied and smoothish.

O: Definitely recommended, as with all of their beers. It's nothing that's going to blow you away, but it's very tasty.

Photo of spinrsx
3.29/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 3 or 4 bucks

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Bread, corn, apples, grains, grass

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, corn and apples. There is also some bread and a some wet grass.

Overall - Not great by any means, but pretty refreshing and decent for the style. For the price I have no reason to pick this one up again, but it was worth a try.

Photo of mess2014
3.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500 mL bottle picked up at the Perekrestok; best before July 31 2014. Bought only because of Wychwood
Served chilled not well. Smell is usual

Final Grade: 3.25, overall it is not something special as all English Pale Ales

Serving type: bottle (which is good!)

500 mL bottle picked up at the Perekrestok; best before July 31 2014. Bought only because of Wychwood
Served chilled not well.

Final Grade: 3.25, overall it is not something special as all English Pale Ales

Serving type: bottle (which is good!)

Photo of thehyperduck
3.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before Sept. 29 2014. I'm always a little wary of organically-labelled anything - mostly because I'm cheap, but organic beers in particular don't usually arouse my enthusiasm. Still, I enjoyed Wychcraft so let's see how this one goes? Served well-chilled.

Pours a crystal-clear golden amber colour, topped with under a finger of loose, soapy white head that vanishes relatively quickly. A filmy cap and collar remain, with minimal lace - looks alright to me. The aroma is light and relatively uninteresting, with notes of bready malts, apples, pears and floral hops. Appropriate for the style, at least.

I am similarly underwhelmed by the flavour, agreeable though it may be. Bready pale malts and honey construct the backbone, with green appleskin and lemon zest the next features to make an appearance. The finish is quite bitter, with the leafy, floral hops making themselves known quite effectively. While I appreciate the dry, fairly clean finish, the bitterness is a bit much in the context of such an otherwise light, mild-flavoured ale. Fairly light-bodied, with moderate carbonation levels; a passable English-style session ale.

Final Grade: 3.49, a B-. I just can't find many things to say about Scarecrow Ale - good or bad. It's a relatively dull, clean-tasting blonde ale that I could see myself tossing back if there weren't already a bunch of cheaper alternatives. EPA is just a tough category to really stand out in; pale ales are inherently mundane. Fans of English-style hops and blonde ales will probably enjoy this one, but it's not going to be knocking a lot of socks off.

Photo of DenisKolkin
2.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO.

Appearance - Clear golden color, with very few bubbles present. beer leaves a 1/2 finger of head, that lingers for a bit but doesn't have substantial retention time. Soapy wisps remain on top.

Smell - Grapes, vinous aromas some slight maltiness to the aromas. Maybe a touch of sour apple or pear.

Taste - Grapes, sour apples and a bit earthy and sharp. Some considerable bitterness here, but seems a bit out of place.

Mouthfeel - Dry finish, smooth and refreshing but with low carbonation.

Overall - Ok beer, but not anything i would purchase again. I find the grape flavors and sourness combining with the earthiness not to my liking and the mouthfeel isn't good enough to make up for that. Probably my least favorite Wychwood offering thus far.

Photo of SebD
3.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of bready malts, grains, grassy/earthy hops and some floral notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet bready malts, some grains, a grassy/earthy bitterness, some floral notes and a faint apples.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

Photo of nukem5
3.62/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a great straw color with a slight haze, nice tight foamy cap which leaves a nice lacing behind.

S: Light hops are first thing you notice and a sweet malt in the back of that. A light fruity aroma from the hops are of mainly apples and then some light citrus.

T: On the first sip you get a crisp fruity taste of biting into a fresh apple.

M: Nice med bodied to full almost a chewy feel but not quite.

O: Overall a very good beer with much to offer to the palate. Great beer for the fall sitting around the fire...mmm.

Photo of microbrewlover
3.03/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a honey colored brown with a light 1/2 finger head which dissipates fairly quickly. A small amount of the original head remains on the top of the brew until the end. Light lacing.

The smell is a funky wet hay/yeasty smell. Apples and maybe pears are present. There is also an "earthy" smell.

The taste is sweet malts, some roasted malts, buttery, wheat with a gritty, grassy taste on the backend as well as light peppery hops on the backend.

The mouthfeel is tangy, due to the carbonation, dry, grassy and gritty.

This brew has potential but failed to "pop" for me. The smell and taste reminded me more a an Oktoberfest style than an English Pale Ale. This brew is too light on the bitterness in order to be a Pale Ale. Otherwise it is drinkable.

Photo of metter98
3.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fruity yeast—apples stand out in particular—are present in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the apple juice flavors subside a little as the beer warms up and there are also flavors of pale malts and slight hints of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink; I found it tastes better after it warms up and the fruity and apple juice flavors subside a little.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served from a bottle at City Beverage in Winston-Salem, NC

A: Pours a crystal clear golden honey in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some faint orange highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of a slightly sweet fruit malt with light notes of citrus/orange hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet malts with notes of light fruit (apple & pear). The solid malt backbone is followed by light flavors of citrus/orange hops that impart only a light amount of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly slick, almost buttery.

O: Tastes like a very traditional English ale, easy to drink. Definitely sessionable.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep gold with egg-shell colored head; medium size, quickly dissipates; good lacing

Aroma: Grassy; light hops; light citrus; bready

Taste: Starts out very thin with up front hops; dry on start and into mid, but clean; finishes slightly nutty, but still thin

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, fruit, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, citrus, and herbal flavors on the finish. I am also getting a slight metallic taste as the beer warms up. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but a bit boring in my opinion.

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Scarecrow Ale from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
73 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.