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Scarecrow Ale - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Scarecrow AleScarecrow Ale

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BA SCORE
72
okay

416 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-20-2002)
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Reviews by SuperSpy:
Photo of SuperSpy
3.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Very pale with some coppery tones. Not cloudy but not clear either. A nice head initially that died way too fast, but left a 1/8 inch cap that stayed around for a little while but then melted away to nothing.

S - A malty aroma with hints of fruity hops. The aroma over all is very mild.

T - Some very light caramel, and fruit, with hop bitterness being pretty low. As I drink more of this I would have to say that the flavor really leans toward the malt, but with just enough hops to know they're there.

M - Fairly medium-light bodied and low carbonation.

SuperSpy, Nov 13, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

oberon, Jul 06, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
1.95/5  rDev -37.3%
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.

RoyalT, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of cam477
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

cam477, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.2/5  rDev +35%
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

JudgeRoughneck, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of steelerguy
2.38/5  rDev -23.5%
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 bottle...how 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.

steelerguy, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of DwedPirateWobert
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

DwedPirateWobert, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of FadetoBock
3/5  rDev -3.5%

FadetoBock, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of WuAnquo1
4/5  rDev +28.6%

WuAnquo1, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of shapudding
1.3/5  rDev -58.2%
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...?

shapudding, Jun 03, 2004
Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

generallee, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Nature777
2.25/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

Nature777, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of Jason
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Jason, Aug 18, 2002
Photo of killergreenbulli
3.88/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

killergreenbulli, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of GuidedByVoices
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

GuidedByVoices, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of innominat
3/5  rDev -3.5%

innominat, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of fionn13
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

fionn13, Aug 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +36.7%

Moosebaby, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.74/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Jan 27, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

elBecko, Feb 27, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

williamjbauer, May 19, 2013
Photo of ADR
2.53/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

ADR, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of TheBrk
1.75/5  rDev -43.7%

TheBrk, Sep 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

djcreepshow, Nov 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

LXIXME, Jan 16, 2014
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Scarecrow Ale from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
72 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.