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Scarecrow Ale - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Scarecrow AleScarecrow Ale

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398 Ratings

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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 19.03%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | 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 darklordlager:
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4.1/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got the craving for this English Pale Ale after enjoying a "American Rye ESB" from Red Eye in Wausau...

A: Pours a medium golden, with a 1.5" light tan head. Great lacing as it works its way down the glass.

S: Fruity English yeast, biscuity malt, and a clean pale malt scent.

T: Biscuity pale malt, aromatic malt, light hop backbone, and a pleasant fruitiness. Slight sourness is evident as well.

M: Low-medium carbonation and a medium body.

D: A very nice English Pale Ale--I'd like to see more of these Stateside.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 07:04:37 | More by darklordlager
More User Reviews:
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3.04/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2014 22:40:07 | More by Ozzylizard
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5/5  rDev +61.3%

06-16-2014 21:17:34 | More by hippoballetdancer
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Russian Federation

3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

06-15-2014 08:02:23 | More by Iaido
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Russian Federation

4/5  rDev +29%

05-26-2014 14:18:54 | More by Gottesverachter
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3/5  rDev -3.2%

05-26-2014 03:44:28 | More by jcallover34
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

05-24-2014 23:20:05 | More by Latarnik
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3.69/5  rDev +19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2014 00:38:56 | More by patre_tim
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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

04-28-2014 00:35:07 | More by mkel0365
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

04-25-2014 16:58:14 | More by CurtisD
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Russian Federation

3.75/5  rDev +21%

04-24-2014 03:49:05 | More by Matvei
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Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

04-19-2014 03:43:13 | More by Tivlavrie


2/5  rDev -35.5%

04-10-2014 23:47:14 | More by HOPHEADNATIONMATT
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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

04-10-2014 23:39:05 | More by Twpsyn
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 21:10:57 | More by biegaman
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -3.2%

04-05-2014 03:18:56 | More by KrisDLSmith
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Russian Federation

3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

04-04-2014 09:02:09 | More by stoutscout
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Ontario (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 00:52:37 | More by TheHammer
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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

03-13-2014 00:41:11 | More by Zetcha7x
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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

03-02-2014 12:54:54 | More by psoriasaurus
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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

03-01-2014 01:48:51 | More by gamma
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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

02-15-2014 20:44:33 | More by EdmundBlackadder
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Russian Federation

3/5  rDev -3.2%

02-13-2014 17:43:30 | More by Chemister
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4.06/5  rDev +31%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 05:21:07 | More by BierJager89
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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

02-05-2014 19:46:28 | More by Saksis
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Scarecrow Ale from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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