Scarecrow Ale - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Scarecrow AleScarecrow Ale

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462 Ratings

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Ratings: 462
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 18.79%
Wants: 8
Gots: 37 | 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: 462 | Reviews: 248
Reviews by IchLiebeBier:
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

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Its to bad I had to give this a bad rating,I love to get the hard to find English ales.Anyways this poured a sort of gold color with a light head that did leave some lacing,the aroma was a little skunky (damn clear bottles!) and musty.The taste was a little skunky as well but I did pick up some slight maltiness to it.I would like to try this on tap or in its home country Iam sure it would be better.

Photo of RoyalT
1.99/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance – Murky orange in color with a decent head.

Smell – How did I end up with skunk in an English Ale? I don’t know, but this one smells horrible. There’s a dull malt aroma with a slight hop balance, but mostly skunk to this one.

Taste – This tastes worse than it smells. The skunk is in high profile, drowning out the smallish malt flavor.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated, medium in the body, and a tad refreshing.

Sinkability – This British skunkorama is dedicated to the porcelain Gods.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.21/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

APP- Brilliant gold beer with low white head and lace

AROMA- A very complex but delicate bouquet of fruit esters like white grape, apple, pear, with spicy hop contribution

Flavor- Lush fruity esters and acetlyaldehyde swimming in a round malt base of bread and buscuit, moderately low hop spicyness leads the way for a long dry finish with a soft hop bitterness that hangs out on the palate in a pleasantly teasing way, lemony character emerges as the palate adjusts

MF- medium-light bodied, soft, velvety,

OVERALL- about as close to a decent cask bitter as you're going to get at home, very drinkable, refreshing, I'm a fan

Photo of steelerguy
2.42/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Golden color, 1 finger head that fades to a soapy covering, very low carbonation.

S - Light barly, a bit of bread, a touch of skunkiness (brown did that happen?), and a metallic twang.

T - Like the aroma but not as good. Mostly base malt, a touch of bread but even less than the smell. There is a metallic flavor that just does not sit well with me and then end with a light but not entirely pleasant bitterness. Kind of like licking a penny.

M - Thin, nothing really happening, but also not offensive.

O - I wouldn't mind not ever having this again.

Photo of shapudding
1.32/5  rDev -58%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured out with no head, teensy bit of large bubbles on the side only. A little cloudy, the color of apple juice. Smells intensely like styrian hops to speak nicely, smells skunky to not speak nicely. Taste of very earthy tones. The styrian hop flavor is just too intense in this brew -I am just not a fan of them so maybe I just can't get over that...?

Photo of Nature777
2.3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

So the label had this crazy looking demon scarecrow on it, so I went against my predisposition to avoid non-American beers and purchased this organic British brew. Basically, it tasted like Coors with a hint of bitter. I was unimpressed and will not buy this again. The beer's best attribute was the marketing behind it. Awesome label art, awesome name, subpar flavor.

Photo of Jason
3.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Cool 500ml bowling pin style bottle, sadly it is clear glass. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pale yellow golden colour with a great clarity, the head lacks a bit and is only a thin ring of white lace.

Smell: Herbal earthy hop aroma with hints of musty diacetyl, light malt also.

Taste: Crisp without a doubt, moderate body. Laid back maltiness, very uncomplicated and one dimensional. Lots of grain the tongue that flows with the somewhat brash hop bitterness. Mild fruitiness as well as some sweetish hop oil. A bit biscuity with a light sweet finish that holds on to a lingering hop flavour.

Notes: An all around ok pale ale, easy to drink but does not impress at all. Its lack of head and dull malt flavours made me a bit withdrawn from the brew. Not bad just lackluster.

Photo of killergreenbulli
3.86/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think that few things can compete with the flavors of traditional English ale. The ale that I enjojed was, bright and alive, with the color of golden straw.
The aroma has a round hop profile. More of a dry malty ester.
This brew comes back in full with its abundance of mellow flavors that carmelize on the back of your tongue. Alot of earthey, buiscut flavors are evident. I found this ale to finish a little dry in the end but, I would have to say that it is an enjoyable brew that, I will have again.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2012, so it's a little out of date. Purchased from a supermarket as part of a mixed pack and stored in my garage. Described on the label as an organic golden ale that uses Target hops.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A hazy golden-amber colour with light carbonation. Forms a large head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Some lacing. Aroma of grainy malt with hints of stewed hops, grass, fruity ale yeast and cardboard. Dry and slightly harsh.

Tastes of light malt with a dry finish. Notes of grass/hay, stewed hops, faint fruity yeast and wet cardboard. A surprisingly acrid character in the background, followed by a mild, dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, light and tingly, with decent carbonation but a fairly insubstantial body. Pretty astringent, with an aftertaste of harsh stewed leaves and earthy yeast notes.

Meh - no great shakes. Just a typical bland pale ale from one of the larger UK breweries. Aroma and flavour are dull and have unpleasant qualities. Little in the way of aromatic hops to add interest or depth. Could be too old; I may re-review if I have the chance. Mediocre fare - no need to seek this one out.

Photo of ADR
2.51/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden appearance, very white but very thin head is lost in 40 seconds. Laces in simple and almost complete rings. Catty aroma is pretty noticeable from a foot away, while the subject of green and clear glass is way overhyped, this does seem to be a light issue here. Body is shy of medium, the carbonation is actually pretty well done for the ABV. Hops and malt strike a decent if unremarkable balance, honeyish, but the skunkiness turns an initially average flavor into something that reminds me of milkweed. To try to reconstruct this brew in its original sense isn't a big deal, smooth and with a Bitter's balance, but probably really pedestrian.

Photo of Brenden
3.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer looks good, a brightly shining dark yellow-gold with bubbling activity and a nicely developed head, pillowy and rocky, sitting over a finger tall. It maintains a dense foam that leaves a ring and some consistently rocky lacing in good volume.
I don't know what the deal is with this beer; perhaps Wychwood is one of those "all over the place" breweries as far as the quality, or perhaps this is a one-off. I was prepared to scoff at the low ratings, liking the stuff I've had until now and knowing certain styles are underrated. This beer, however, doesn't give me much in the aroma aside from a mustiness and a bit of a sulfuric note, though it is under a solid biscuity malts foundation. The earthy English hops aren't conducive to the overall profile only because of the mustiness and a lightly vegetal note detectable underneath. It gets less offensive as it sits, the harsher edge of the off-notes dropping out some.
The floral, herbal and earthy notes are turned sour somehow. The biscuity malts come through again and sit side by side with a grainy element. Let this beer sit; it may not become particularly good, but the marring flavors fade off. Still, there's not enough substance to push it beyond average, though it at least becomes that with the moderate balance and just enough each of hops and malts. I wouldn't seek this one out, though.
It's crisp, and as much as a light ale of its kind should be. The body is what I expect. It is a little on the spritzy side with too little smoothness to carry it past that and give it much depth.

Photo of biboergosum
3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle, BB October 31, 2012 - how appropriate...

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber colour, with one fat finger of pocked foamy white head, which dissipates at a fair pace, leaving an undulating wave of painted lace around the circumference of the glass.

It smells of crackery, somewhat crisp pale grain, sweetened lemon, and leafy, perfumed floral hops. The taste is more grainy cereal malt, aged citrus peel, and increasingly acrid, frowsy leafy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is on the low side, timid, but not absent, the body supporting a struggling medium weight, hinting at wateriness here and there, and a bit too tacky to be deemed all that smooth. It finishes a tad off-dry, with the musty, almost flinty hops more distracting than equalizing.

Not a poorly-rendered EPA, but something just seems off - always hinting at an astringency, without fully delving into one. I got a little bored, a little too fast, is all I'm sayin'.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.77/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden yellow, slightly hazy with very little head retention.

Aroma twists together caramel-sweet malts, bready, grainy and a good hit of citrus from the hops.

Flavor is your typical English pale ale, well-balanced caramel maltiness, rich nuttiness, smooth and well-defined hops. Nothing outrageously amazing, but solid.

Buttery mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Mild and on the thinner side.

Easily drinkable, mellow, mild, satisfying.

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

After reading some of the other reviews I was quite hesitant to try this beer. But since it is from Wychwood I had to give it a whirl.
Scarecrow poured to a rather nice pale yellow but no head to be seen or any belgian lace. Nice clarity though. I must have gotton a good batch because I did not detect a hint of skunkiness. Overall a rather average ale with a cool label. Worth a try if you find.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely beautiful packaging! Stunning. Mettalic green cap... gold foil label... beautiful and interesting artwork... the whole deal! But the beer looks hazy in the clear glass bottle, and nowhere on the package does it say if it's bottle-conditioned or not. It does list it as being organic, which is a big bonus. Oddly enough, in the UK brown glass is used. As soon as the cap was pried up I could smell that it'd been skunked. Of course I'd expected that. (It goes by the name of Circle Master as well).

It poured a hazy golden-orange body beneath a frothy head of off-white. The head retention was very good, and it left some nice lace as it slowly dropped to a thin, but almost complete, surface covering. A little further on, the creamy surface covering moved away from the side of the glass I was sipping from (I'd had some greasy fries earlier), but it stayed full on the other side and left lace througout the remainder of the pint.

Sweetish grainy malt comes through in the nose, and what's left of it's mildy citrusy and floral hops (kind of like orange marmalade).

The body is medium with a dextrinous edge, and it's lightly crisp in the mouth with a moderate carbonation of around 2.4 volumes. The bubbles are quite fine, and I wonder if it is indeed bottle-conditioned.

There's a wonderful balance to this ale. It starts sweetish and fruity with a mild citrusy edge. The maltiness becomes apparent as it warms, revealing itself to be just lightly caramelish and bready; perhaps even a touch nutty. More floral and grassy hop flavors appear across the middle; and its solid bitterness leads it into a dry finish that lingers on the palate with a soft pepperiness.

Quite nice. Refreshing and satiating, but not over-filling or abusive to the palate - just a great session ale! Well worth trying.

Photo of RickS95
3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy mahogany color, opaque, with a thin bright white head. The head has little retention and eventually leaves an attractive creamy white circle around the perimeter...nice lacing.

Has a flowery, citric smell. Malty.

Nothing jumps out at me. Malted barley, only the slightest touch of citrus. Flowery finish.

It's mostly bitter from beginning to end. It's never overpowering, but there's just not much else there. Initial pop of Earthiness from the barley quickly turns bitter and continues with the hops til the wet finish.

Overall, it's only slightly better than average and that's because the hoppiness never overpowers anything else. Pretty typical of an English pale ale.

Photo of PirateUlf73
3.35/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an English pint glass. Came in a brown bottle, not clear as in the picture.

A: Pale, golden color with a fizzy white head, which settled to a layer within a minute.

S: Some pale malt and some soft, spicy hop aromas. Nose is fairly weak. It's also fairly clean, like smelling a German lager.

T: A modest malty backbone supports a soft, but tasty hop flavor. Earthy, spicy and a bit woody as well. There is also a bit of the stereotypical English ale fruitiness and clean bite. Subtle, yet satisfying.

M: Lighter body than most with moderate carbonation. The finish is clean and slightly drying.

D: A decent session brew and/or pub ale.

The phrase "not bad" comes to mind. It seems like the basics are all present, and if they were just a but more pronounced/developed, this would be a higher-than-average beer. As it stands, it's still a pretty good session beer and is by no means terrible. I just wish it were slightly more robust. The feel of it reminded me of some good German lagers, which I found strangely appealing. Worth trying once.

Photo of Mavajo
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Extremely boring beer. Golden in color, with a quick-fading head. Taste is extremely watery and malty. Not a beer I would recommend to any but the most conservative beer drinkers. It doesn't taste bad; it's simply not good either. In a word - boring.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.64/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A thin head with no retention on a hazy, dirty straw colored body.
The aroma is malty with apricot.
The taste is watery overall, mild bitterness and lemon.
The texture is smooth, moderate carbonation and medium body.
A disappointment, particularly in the taste department.

Photo of midwestbrewers
2.57/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle w/ no dates

A: Golden color with a nice off-white head. Medium lacing on the glass. Pours beautifully.

S: Smells sort of like an American pale ale. Sort of citrus and hoppy, but still not full blown like an IPA. Very mellow with hints of bread.

T: Lost me completely. Watery with a bready finish. Nothing stands out at all with the tastes. Also a very weird off-centered bitterness in the middle of the taste is unwelcome to me.

This beer is pretty good up until you drink it. Appearance and smell are average to good but the taste is lacking in all areas. I almost hated it at first, but decided that it's not bad just not for me at all. My little disclaimer though is that I live in the Midwest in the U.S. so with no dates on the bottle who knows how long it sat on the shelves before I purchased it. That being said I will try it again; making sure that I ask when the beer was stocked. Good beer Wychwood Brewery.

Photo of trackstar1043
3.62/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours golden wheat, with half in of off-white head, with onl decent retention.

S - Smells clean and crisp, with citrus, wheat, hops, a sweet floral aroma. Very pleasant.

T - Bright and lively, a bit of the sweet side for the style. Minimal bitterness with the wheat and floral being the difinitive flavors.

M - Good carbonation gives if a crisp feel, quite light but has a very clean finish.

D - Easy to drink but there are better EPA out there.

Photo of Backer2004
3.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the last beers I need to try before finishing a Beer Club at a local BeerFly place. I thought this may be more like an American Pale Ale but I was wrong. Light golden color, no head, almost like a macro lager with just a little bit more hopes to it. Cool bottle, but that's about all.

Photo of dgallina
2.55/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz bottle without freshness date. Very pale translucent gold with slow carbonation and frothy, soapy white head which rapidly dissolves into small lace. Smells grainy, biscuit-like, faintly herbal. Very thin, almost completely still body. Tastes watery, almost no flavor except for the slightly bitter and flowery finish.

Another exceptionally poor showing from Wychwood.

Photo of bashiba
2.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly hazed orange color with a thin light white head.

The smell is thin with just a touch of grassy hops, and a bit of sweet grain. Smells more like a common Eurolager than a good english pale ale.

It tastes a bit better than it smells with just a touch of grainy malts, a bit of minerals, and a touch of buttery diacytl. Has a lightly minty hop feel in the finish, with a touch of lemon and grassyness.

The mouthfeel is light and slick.

This is a very average beer. Not anywhere near worth the premium price they charge for it.

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Scarecrow Ale from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
73 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.