Scarecrow Ale - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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Reviews by TheHammer:
2.93/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
03-28-2014 00:52:37 | More by TheHammer
More User Reviews:
3.25/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
07-06-2003 14:51:05 | More by oberon
1.95/5 rDev -37.3%
Appearance Murky orange in color with a decent head.
Smell How did I end up with skunk in an English Ale? I dont know, but this one smells horrible. Theres 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.
10-31-2003 02:42:34 | More by RoyalT
4.2/5 rDev +35%
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
01-06-2011 06:58:59 | More by JudgeRoughneck
2.38/5 rDev -23.5%
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.
11-24-2011 01:20:23 | More by steelerguy
1.3/5 rDev -58.2%
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...?
06-03-2004 03:04:57 | More by shapudding
2.25/5 rDev -27.7%
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.
09-08-2010 07:58:10 | More by Nature777
3.38/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
08-18-2002 13:00:37 | More by Jason
3.88/5 rDev +24.8%
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.
02-24-2007 05:51:15 | More by killergreenbulli
United Kingdom (England)
2.74/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
01-27-2013 23:00:05 | More by jazzyjeff13
2.53/5 rDev -18.6%
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.
11-21-2004 20:12:52 | More by ADR
Scarecrow Ale from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
72 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.