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Scarecrow Ale - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

Scarecrow AleScarecrow Ale

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BA SCORE
72
okay

389 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 389
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 19.09%


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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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -2.9%
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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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -5.2%
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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BierJager89

California

4.06/5  rDev +31.4%
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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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 3 or 4 bucks

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Bread, corn, apples, grains, grass

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, corn and apples. There is also some bread and a some wet grass.

Overall - Not great by any means, but pretty refreshing and decent for the style. For the price I have no reason to pick this one up again, but it was worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 01:19:43 | More by spinrsx
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mess2014

Russian Federation

3.56/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500 mL bottle picked up at the Perekrestok; best before July 31 2014. Bought only because of Wychwood
Served chilled not well. Smell is usual

Final Grade: 3.25, overall it is not something special as all English Pale Ales

Serving type: bottle (which is good!)

500 mL bottle picked up at the Perekrestok; best before July 31 2014. Bought only because of Wychwood
Served chilled not well.

Final Grade: 3.25, overall it is not something special as all English Pale Ales

Serving type: bottle (which is good!)

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 14:45:51 | More by mess2014
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before Sept. 29 2014. I'm always a little wary of organically-labelled anything - mostly because I'm cheap, but organic beers in particular don't usually arouse my enthusiasm. Still, I enjoyed Wychcraft so let's see how this one goes? Served well-chilled.

Pours a crystal-clear golden amber colour, topped with under a finger of loose, soapy white head that vanishes relatively quickly. A filmy cap and collar remain, with minimal lace - looks alright to me. The aroma is light and relatively uninteresting, with notes of bready malts, apples, pears and floral hops. Appropriate for the style, at least.

I am similarly underwhelmed by the flavour, agreeable though it may be. Bready pale malts and honey construct the backbone, with green appleskin and lemon zest the next features to make an appearance. The finish is quite bitter, with the leafy, floral hops making themselves known quite effectively. While I appreciate the dry, fairly clean finish, the bitterness is a bit much in the context of such an otherwise light, mild-flavoured ale. Fairly light-bodied, with moderate carbonation levels; a passable English-style session ale.

Final Grade: 3.5, a B grade. I just can't find many things to say about Scarecrow Ale - good or bad. It's a relatively dull, clean-tasting blonde ale that I could see myself tossing back if there weren't already a bunch of cheaper alternatives. EPA is just a tough category to really stand out in; pale ales are inherently mundane. Fans of English-style hops and blonde ales will probably enjoy this one, but it's not going to be knocking a lot of socks off.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 17:10:02 | More by thehyperduck
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO.

Appearance - Clear golden color, with very few bubbles present. beer leaves a 1/2 finger of head, that lingers for a bit but doesn't have substantial retention time. Soapy wisps remain on top.

Smell - Grapes, vinous aromas some slight maltiness to the aromas. Maybe a touch of sour apple or pear.

Taste - Grapes, sour apples and a bit earthy and sharp. Some considerable bitterness here, but seems a bit out of place.

Mouthfeel - Dry finish, smooth and refreshing but with low carbonation.

Overall - Ok beer, but not anything i would purchase again. I find the grape flavors and sourness combining with the earthiness not to my liking and the mouthfeel isn't good enough to make up for that. Probably my least favorite Wychwood offering thus far.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 14:48:19 | More by DenisKolkin
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.31/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of bready malts, grains, grassy/earthy hops and some floral notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet bready malts, some grains, a grassy/earthy bitterness, some floral notes and a faint apples.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 20:28:43 | More by SebD
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nukem5

Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a great straw color with a slight haze, nice tight foamy cap which leaves a nice lacing behind.

S: Light hops are first thing you notice and a sweet malt in the back of that. A light fruity aroma from the hops are of mainly apples and then some light citrus.

T: On the first sip you get a crisp fruity taste of biting into a fresh apple.

M: Nice med bodied to full almost a chewy feel but not quite.

O: Overall a very good beer with much to offer to the palate. Great beer for the fall sitting around the fire...mmm.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 23:12:32 | More by nukem5
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microbrewlover

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a honey colored brown with a light 1/2 finger head which dissipates fairly quickly. A small amount of the original head remains on the top of the brew until the end. Light lacing.

The smell is a funky wet hay/yeasty smell. Apples and maybe pears are present. There is also an "earthy" smell.

The taste is sweet malts, some roasted malts, buttery, wheat with a gritty, grassy taste on the backend as well as light peppery hops on the backend.

The mouthfeel is tangy, due to the carbonation, dry, grassy and gritty.

This brew has potential but failed to "pop" for me. The smell and taste reminded me more a an Oktoberfest style than an English Pale Ale. This brew is too light on the bitterness in order to be a Pale Ale. Otherwise it is drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 19:23:35 | More by microbrewlover
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metter98

New York

3.21/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fruity yeast—apples stand out in particular—are present in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the apple juice flavors subside a little as the beer warms up and there are also flavors of pale malts and slight hints of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink; I found it tastes better after it warms up and the fruity and apple juice flavors subside a little.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 00:58:45 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served from a bottle at City Beverage in Winston-Salem, NC

A: Pours a crystal clear golden honey in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some faint orange highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of a slightly sweet fruit malt with light notes of citrus/orange hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet malts with notes of light fruit (apple & pear). The solid malt backbone is followed by light flavors of citrus/orange hops that impart only a light amount of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly slick, almost buttery.

O: Tastes like a very traditional English ale, easy to drink. Definitely sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 14:09:27 | More by dbrauneis
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep gold with egg-shell colored head; medium size, quickly dissipates; good lacing

Aroma: Grassy; light hops; light citrus; bready

Taste: Starts out very thin with up front hops; dry on start and into mid, but clean; finishes slightly nutty, but still thin

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 22:26:13 | More by IchLiebeBier
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, fruit, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, citrus, and herbal flavors on the finish. I am also getting a slight metallic taste as the beer warms up. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but a bit boring in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 04:24:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into tulip 1/4/13

A slight haze in a pale golden body with bubbles of all sizes and lots of tiny particles moving around, finger of foam quickly falls to a thin film leaving some random lace well down the glass

S sweet bready malt, a little honey, faint citrus and a little musty basement and juicy fruit

T much like the nose but with some spicy and herbal hops coming out, slight improvement over the smell

M medium bodied and the bubbles fill it out well, rather refreshing with a spicy hop finish

O pretty decent example of the style, I'm enamored by EPA but I could have another if the Sun was shinning

I suppose I'd get board after a few but that could be said about most English brews I've had. Worth a try and I'm a little surprised it has a pretty average rating

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 05:20:45 | More by wordemupg
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obywan59

Virginia

3.33/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown bottle with a scarecrow standing over a patch of hops, an owl on it's arm. Labelled USDA/organic.

Slightly cloudy, and golden in color with a 3 finger white head that recedes very quickly. Leaving decent lacing. No carbonation bubbles.

The aroma seemed not much above that of a macrobrew until the floral/grassy hops punched through.Clean and fresh smelling.

Taste is more one dimnsional Mainly light malts with a faint bitterness of hops.

Moderate in body. Very drying.

Pleasant enough, just pretty low key. Outside of the aroma, nothing really stands out. Very easy drinking, however. Probably a good session brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 04:41:17 | More by obywan59
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kencarman

Tennessee

4.05/5  rDev +31.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 00:31:27 | More by kencarman
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

2.74/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 23:00:05 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Fatehunter

Oregon

2.63/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A thin head with no retention on a hazy, dirty straw colored body.
The aroma is malty with apricot.
The taste is watery overall, mild bitterness and lemon.
The texture is smooth, moderate carbonation and medium body.
A disappointment, particularly in the taste department.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 02:50:04 | More by Fatehunter
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charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber coloured beer with a big white head which leaves some lacing on my pint glass. It has a slightly creamy nose with some dried fruit. Has a rich and fairly sweet fruity start with herbal hops emerging and creating a good bitter aftertaste. Nothing outlandish here but it is well balanced. Good but could be bolder.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 22:21:42 | More by charlatan
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Brenden

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer looks good, a brightly shining dark yellow-gold with bubbling activity and a nicely developed head, pillowy and rocky, sitting over a finger tall. It maintains a dense foam that leaves a ring and some consistently rocky lacing in good volume.
I don't know what the deal is with this beer; perhaps Wychwood is one of those "all over the place" breweries as far as the quality, or perhaps this is a one-off. I was prepared to scoff at the low ratings, liking the stuff I've had until now and knowing certain styles are underrated. This beer, however, doesn't give me much in the aroma aside from a mustiness and a bit of a sulfuric note, though it is under a solid biscuity malts foundation. The earthy English hops aren't conducive to the overall profile only because of the mustiness and a lightly vegetal note detectable underneath. It gets less offensive as it sits, the harsher edge of the off-notes dropping out some.
The floral, herbal and earthy notes are turned sour somehow. The biscuity malts come through again and sit side by side with a grainy element. Let this beer sit; it may not become particularly good, but the marring flavors fade off. Still, there's not enough substance to push it beyond average, though it at least becomes that with the moderate balance and just enough each of hops and malts. I wouldn't seek this one out, though.
It's crisp, and as much as a light ale of its kind should be. The body is what I expect. It is a little on the spritzy side with too little smoothness to carry it past that and give it much depth.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 17:37:18 | More by Brenden
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a new 4 pack this one beer I have not seen in BC before. Lighter in colour which works with the golden pale ale style this is a very drinkable beer that has a full mouthfeel and a lovely bitterness that matches the solid malt backbone. The target hops are a good choice to bring this beer home on the finish. Good stuff

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 23:14:10 | More by canucklehead
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KajII

North Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a cloudy medium amber with an average (1-2 finger) white frothy head that reduced to a thick film with a medium collar and good streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt, floral hops and a mild sweet yeast with notes of caramel, citrus (orange) and a mild fruity ester.

The taste was light sweet and malty with a mild hint of caramel throughout and a light hoppy citrus bitterness towards the end. The flavor was short lived, with pretty much all flavor disappearing rather quickly.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a somewhat moderate carbonation.

Overall this brew does offer a good drinkability, but is kind of light in flavor...

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Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 20:56:58 | More by KajII
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sommersb

Tennessee

2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasted On: 09-11-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 500ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Single from World Market

Picked this bottle up mainly due to the interesting label...

A: Dark gold in color, and clear, featuring a nice white head that shows both good lacing and retention.

S: Aromas are clean and smell of grass, hay, wood, as well as having some fruity and spice notes.

T: The taste is pretty much a letdown and is not very flavorful, excect for a light bitterness and some unpleasant vegetable character.

M: Highly carbonated with a thin body, the aftertaste is lightly bitter and shows some development of more fruity elements as the beer warms up.

O: Not a very good ale. I should learn not to buy a product just based on the packaging!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 01:21:44 | More by sommersb
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Danno48

West Virginia

3.33/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks slightly hazy and has an off white head with solid lacing. Overall color I would call a dark gold.

Smells like fermented sweet corn and your classic pale malt. I cant add too much to this due to my terrible sense of smell.

Starts off kinda sweet then starts to reveal very mild earthy notes. I really did not pick up hardly any after flavors...Very mild finish that tapers off into basically neutral.

On a carbonation scale from 1-5 I would give it a 2. Very smooth beer that I must say could be guzzled if so desired, but at 4 dollars U.S. here in the states I do not think I will give in to that temptation.

Overall this is pretty tasty and pretty drinkable but I couldn't pick up anything else special.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 02:36:59 | More by Danno48
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Scarecrow Ale from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
72 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.