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Scarecrow Ale - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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BA SCORE
72
okay

415 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | 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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5/5  rDev +60.8%

hippoballetdancer, Jun 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +60.8%

OzmanBey, Dec 02, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +52.7%

altmer, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of templar316
4.58/5  rDev +47.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice body, and flavor more characteristic of an ESB then a pale. The head did fade fast. Gorgeous amber color that gets me excited about the flavor, and subtle hop nose. Nice stoney finish with pleasant aftertaste. Overall an easy beer to drink in large volumes.

templar316, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of hustlesworth
4.55/5  rDev +46.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- brilliant hazy reddish orange persimmon with golden sparkles at the bottom of my imperial pint glass. head is beautiful while it lasts. dense and creamy and buff colored. shrinks down quickly, but to a thick disk and leaves big chunks of lace.

S- caramel, toffee, diacetyl, butterscotch, metallic mineral water, tomato, granola, cantaloupe, mango, and very fresh cereal grains. mild hints of berries and lilies linger somewhere in there with a slight citrus tartness. the super fresh grain aroma reminds me of duchy originals and that notion has been validated by wychwood's website. i loves me some organic.

T- fresh grains of all types, oats, barley, wheat, rye, with faint flavors of orange and lemon. hop flavor moves in about half way with an herbal bitterness, as do earthy yeast flavors of mushroom and soil, granite, dried leaves and aromatic wood. toasted, buttery, caramel, and toffee flavors linger into the finish with some light milk chocolate and pleasant hop flavor.

MF- crisp and becoming juicy, refreshing, under medium carbonation, and drying. dryness leaves a membrane film feeling that gives the impression of finely milled grain or flour.

D- i've been out in the hot ohio sun for the last 4 hours and this shit ROCKS. maybe i'm partial to english beers, but i don't know why the hell everyone is sleepin on scarecrow/circle master. maybe you all shoulda got the brown bottle! haha! at any rate i WILL bee seeking out a case of this stuff as soon as i locate the distributor who carries it...

hustlesworth, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of santomark
4.5/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- I loved the color this beer poured a great tainted orange-red. Head lasted nicely then slowly disappeared.

S- This beer smelled very balanced with malt and hops, as well as some fruit notes.

T- Taste was awesome just the right amount of bitterness, hops, malts, oats and fruits. The after taste was quite an experience it comes back up and leaves a refreshing taste on the tongue that just leaves me coming back for more.

M- Nice medium body with a refreshing, clean and crisp feeling. It also massages the tongue with just the right amount of carbonation.

D- I can't understand why people rate this so poorly, in my opinion its one of the best golden pale ale's I've had. I guess many people are just use to pesticides in their beers. I'll definatly be coming back for more of this stuff. Great beer. Give it a chance!

santomark, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of ggourde
4.5/5  rDev +44.7%

ggourde, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of dsa7783
4.28/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I continue to be pleased by offerings from the Wychwood company... My third beer that I've sampled from this establishment, and I was very impressed by this one... From a 16.9 oz bottle, poured a golden amber color that resembles a hefe-weizen... A nice looking brew with a sharp, tangy, and citrusy aroma to match... taste was great, similar to a hefe or a witbier, with its distinct floral and fruity notes, without the yeast... Bottle says this is an organic ale, and the exceptional flavor can clearly live up to that claim... A great beer that is easily drinkable and goes down very smooth... not at all bitter... one I would enjoy any time... too bad its not available in six-packs... certainly recommended...

dsa7783, Dec 04, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +36.7%

Moosebaby, Oct 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +36.7%

tanyalouise, Mar 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +36.7%

Lovely85, Nov 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +36.7%

sirtommygunnah, Sep 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +36.7%

Cidius, Sep 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +36.7%

Vyronian, Dec 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +36.7%

Skryber, Apr 08, 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 NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +34.4%
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.

NeroFiddled, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of Thiestru
4.1/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1-pint-.9-ounce bottle into my Terrapin pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden with a one-finger white head. Good lacing. Not a bad appearance, but I prefer more haziness in this kind of beer.

Smell: This stood out to me; very appetizing floralness, which is exactly what I like in a pale ale.

Taste: Hoppy forefront with a biscuit-like maltiness balancing it out nicely. It's a typical but good pale ale; I will never dislike a beer that tastes like this.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and carbonated. Don't expect much body, but it's not that weird piss-water thinness you get from, *ahem*, some macrobrews.

Drinkability: Oh, definitely high drinkability. This goes down easily and tastily every swig I take.

This is an English ale through and through. I love English ales. This is no exception.

Thiestru, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of darklordlager
4.1/5  rDev +31.8%
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.

darklordlager, Jan 31, 2010
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4.08/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy honey color; pours with a thin head w/ a little lacing

S- Smells of honey, clovers and orange marmalade

T- Clean a balanced. The fruit and honey notes are met with some nice low-alpha hops. A little grassyness somewhere in there.

M- Medium body. Almost feels slightly grainy and creamy at the same time.

D- In hot weather, I could drink this all day. It's kindof like a stronger (higher ABV) ESP. Sweet enough to feel like a restorative, dry enough to make me want to drink more, and light enough so that it doesn't feel like "too much".

jgasparine, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of BierJager89
4.06/5  rDev +30.5%
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.

BierJager89, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden yellow with a thin, lasting head.

The smell is of sweet grainy malt with some underlying fruitiness.

The taste is of sweet breadiness with a hint of grassiness. Sweetness well-balanced by citrusy bitterness. Remains slightly more sweet than bitter. Not complex, but tasty, smooth, clean and refreshing.

This easy-drinking organic brew is a thirst-quencher with a refreshing dryness in the finish. It makes for a fine "session" ale. This was from a 550 ml bottle - I'd like to find 6-packs of this one.

jwc215, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of kencarman
4.05/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I think folks miss the point here. While, yet, the hops are mostly absent, the body OK, the malt nothing to yak about, this brew is all about the yeast. It's bready in a marvelous way: like a freshly baked multi-grain loaf from a small, whole earth, bakery. I admit: clarity was low: yeast. Mouthfeel more yeast than malt. And the rest of the presentation not much to talk about. But savor the yeast, please. remember, if not for working wonders with yeast the Belgians might be considered 2nd rate brewers.

kencarman, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of Offa
4.05/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is light and a bit one-dimensional, but tasty, refreshing, easy to drink, and a good, solid beer.

Golden amber, it has a medium, large off-white head slowly shrinking to a foamy ring and top with a little lace.

The aroma is a lot of grain, fresh apples, hint of tea leaves and toffee.

The taste is very fresh, with bread, lemon, apple, a dryish, leafy finish. It has nice bitter-sweet balance. It's light, a little thin and one-dimensional, but solid and flaovurful as a lighter, refreshing beer.

Offa, Apr 09, 2009
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4/5  rDev +28.6%

WuAnquo1, Jan 07, 2012
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Scarecrow Ale from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
72 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.