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Scarecrow Ale - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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BA SCORE
72
okay

409 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 409
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | 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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t1ger

New York

3/5  rDev -3.5%

08-23-2014 01:59:11 | More by t1ger
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Sampling right now on 8/16/14. Comes in a 500ml (16.09 ounce) bottle with a cool label that costs about $5.00. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a handled glass stein.

Pours a hazy golden in color with a very thin white head. Some light spotty lacing is seen that settles back down the sides of the glass when sipped. The aroma is nothing really special actually just of some musty herbal grains. The taste is pretty close to the aroma with lots of malts up from followed by a slight bitter hoppy dry crisp finish. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Overall, it was just OK and a once try brew for me. Not a big fan of the 'Pale Ale' types as they are all over the board with MOST in the very average range, like this one.

08-16-2014 22:09:22 | More by BeerWithMike
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cwalter

New York

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

08-09-2014 23:20:56 | More by cwalter
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CRObighit2

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

08-09-2014 12:45:42 | More by CRObighit2
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Socialiste

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

08-02-2014 07:56:29 | More by Socialiste
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MasterOfArgos39

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

07-29-2014 19:25:59 | More by MasterOfArgos39
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altmer

Russian Federation

4.75/5  rDev +52.7%

07-29-2014 14:44:32 | More by altmer
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Kitsune

Russian Federation

4/5  rDev +28.6%

07-24-2014 09:57:12 | More by Kitsune
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JoeMans

New York

3/5  rDev -3.5%

07-17-2014 01:11:40 | More by JoeMans
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HungarianCount

California

3/5  rDev -3.5%

07-16-2014 06:15:39 | More by HungarianCount
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Artjsantos

Ohio

2/5  rDev -35.7%

07-11-2014 14:16:03 | More by Artjsantos
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.04/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

07-04-2014 22:40:07 | More by Ozzylizard
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hippoballetdancer

Florida

5/5  rDev +60.8%

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

Russian Federation

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

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

Russian Federation

4/5  rDev +28.6%

05-26-2014 14:18:54 | More by Gottesverachter
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jcallover34

California

3/5  rDev -3.5%

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

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

05-24-2014 23:20:05 | More by Latarnik
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patre_tim

China

3.69/5  rDev +18.6%

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.

05-04-2014 00:38:56 | More by patre_tim
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mkel0365

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

04-28-2014 00:35:07 | More by mkel0365
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CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

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

Russian Federation

3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

04-24-2014 03:49:05 | More by Matvei
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Tivlavrie

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

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

Florida

2/5  rDev -35.7%

04-10-2014 23:47:14 | More by HOPHEADNATIONMATT
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Twpsyn

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

04-10-2014 23:39:05 | More by Twpsyn
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

04-10-2014 21:10:57 | More by biegaman
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Scarecrow Ale from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
72 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.