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Scarecrow Ale - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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BA SCORE
72
okay

416 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +44.7%

ggourde, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of IronDjinn
3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. Comes in a 500 ml brown bottle. Pours out a slightly hazed golden hue, short loose creamy white head.

Bready, biscuity malt on the nose, mild leafy hops.

Mild biscuity malt up front in the flavour, balanced out with herbal and spicy hops. Pretty straight-forward at that.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, rather slick texture, moderate carbonation.

A palatable organic take on the style, inoffensive with a decent crisp character to it.

IronDjinn, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of thedoubler55
2.85/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- A clear gold, barely any lacing around the glass, and no head at all.

S- A note of grass, with hint of biscuits on the tail end.

T- Same as the nose, lots of grassy notes, very simple for a pale ale.

M- Medium bodied, with a good amount of carbonation.

D- A drinkable brew, but nothing crazy for a pale ale, would not buy this one again.

thedoubler55, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of angusdegraosta
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wychwood Scarecrow technically shouldn't be lumped into one big English Pale Ale category, as this is a golden or summer ale. So this is a bit like having a lager with an ale flavor profile. Has a golden color with light brown overtones. A head that quickly fizzles out, though the overall taste of carbonation keeps it from feeling flat. Nice herbal aroma with some malt in the nose as well. What I like most about the flavor is it has a little bit of esthery apple. Light English hops. Crisp. The mouthfeel is not big and malty, so you might enjoy this in warm, fair weather. I do recommend it. It's organic; that counts for something. I've also had the Fiddler's Elbow, although that tasted as it it'd been sitting on the shelf way too long. Scarecrow is a common sight on Long Island - certainly AOK in my book. St. Peter's Golden Ale might be a more exciting example of the style, if you can find a fresh batch.

angusdegraosta, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of MaltRoomAssoc
3/5  rDev -3.5%

MaltRoomAssoc, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of anakar
1.4/5  rDev -55%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This Organic pale ale is terrible. No flavor, no richness, no creamy head or smooth liquid. Nothing. Tastes like watered down beer with added alc so you'd think it's still beer.

App - Poured a faint golden color with plenty of bubles and a fluffy head which disappeared immedietly

Smell - High alcohol smell, no depth, no hops or bread or any of the good smell you expect from a beer, just this alcoholic bitter smell which seems to catagorize bad pilsners

Taste - Well, I said it before but I'll say is againg, it's WATERED-DOWN. Maybe because it's organic and organic products tend to be a bit anemic in comparison to their boosted up counterparts. No flavor, no depth, no hops or wheat or anything. Flat out water with a bit of beer to give the illusion of pale ale

Feel - Not worth mentioning, too much carb, too little aftertaste

Overall - Avoid it, there are many better organic beers out there

anakar, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +28.6%

WuAnquo1, Jan 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

AlaskanYoung, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of animal69
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

animal69, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -3.5%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of phenomenologian
3.98/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon opening the top, no smoke comes out. I poured it into a wineglass. It pours with a one to two finger white head. It laces also. The body looks good with bubbles rising to the top. Its called a blonde pale ale and it does have this orange brownish color to it almost what I would call blonde. It looks appetizing.

It smells of grain and malt. It has a sweet but not too sweet smell but I can also smell hops so it seems to have a nice combination going on that makes it smell pretty appetizing.

It doesn't taste as sweet as it smells, which, for me IMO is a good thing. It has a great robust character of hops which makes a nice bitter delicious taste that to me is very very appetizing. I can taste grain and malt but the hops dominate the other two making it a nice flavorful brew. Upon reading other people's review of this beer, lots of others buying this beer bought a skunked bottle. The one I bought is not skunked at all. Its flavor is very nice.

The mouthfeel is nice. It has that nice feel that a good ale has thats not too carbonated but enough that it tastes great with the actual taste and how it feels.

Overall, I seem to like this a bit more than the rest of BA, and then again I only read like 7 reviews of it. The hoppiness is what I expect of an ale but its less than that of an APA or IPA which is good because its not either of those things. Its smell and flavor make it overall to be a great beer. When ur not in the mood for a strong stout or IPA or APA, and more for a pale ale this one is a good one to try. It was on the shelf among 2 other Halloween themed beers, so Im not sure if this beer is just for Halloween or not. Either way its delicious in December.

phenomenologian, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +28.6%

Myst, Dec 13, 2011
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

ROGUE16, Dec 05, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

TEAMHOLT, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +60.8%

OzmanBey, Dec 02, 2011
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

Burt, Nov 29, 2011
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of steelerguy
2.38/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

steelerguy, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Exiled
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Exiled, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of damndirtyape
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Amber glass import bottle (1pt 0.9oz US) poured into a tulip stout glass. Date/batch stamp (1 CEN 4:43) means nothing to me - so here's hoping it's fresh.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow with a persistent white, but very thin, foam across the top. Some persistent strands and islands of lacing here and there.

Smell: Faint - mildly sweet apple, grain, and malt. A bit stronger on pouring and cold, but as it warms up to proper English pale ale temp, not having much smell at all. With a swirl the hops come out a bit - a tiny bit skunky.

Taste: Mostly bitter hops, mild skunky flavor in here, but quite mild. The bitterness dominates the flavor from start to finish, part English bitter flavor, part lemon tartness, part earthy. Malt really takes a back-seat here, almost hidden behind the hops. There is a bit of hint of it when first poured and cold; mildly sweet, but it's gone as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: Surprising amount of carbonation for an English pale ale - not fizzy, just more carbonation than I was expecting. Definitely some hop oil clinging to the teeth with this one, otherwise nothing terribly remarkable about this one.

Overall / Drinkability: Well, the bitter hop focus of this beer isn't exactly to my liking, but it's not bad. Just not great either. Good appearance, and sadly that's about all I can really say for this beer. There are better golden and English Pale Ales out there.

damndirtyape, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +28.6%

meich75, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of mrfrancis
2.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear gold with a puffy white head. Looks almost like a lager, which is not surprising since many English ales displaying this hue were designed as crossover beers for drinkers of mainstream lagers.

S: Faint aromas of biscuits, honey, and leafy, herbal hops are present on the nose. Nothing out of the ordinary and not all that memorable.

T: A crisp, grainy entry reveals notes of honey, biscuits, grass, herbs, minerals, apricot, and lemon. The finish is grassy and mild with lemon, honey, and biscuit notes. Doesn't leave much of an impression. Very clipped and restrained.

M: Dry and firm with a medium body. This beer is drinkable, I'll give it that.

O: A very mediocre effort, and the only beer from Wychwood that I have ever viewed as a disappointment. Unremarkable in almost every way.

mrfrancis, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.93/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden appearance: Slight hazy look. Attractive but not a lot of head. The aroma delivers light esters and garden quality hops and malts. It taste like a small batch of fresh ingredients. The hops are a blend of spice, citrus and tea. Nice and pale. Much hoppier than I expected. I also get a dose of greens and plant matter.

The malts are roasted caramel and biscuit There is a noticeable flavor of tart green apple peel and cinnamon. Very rich and satisfying.

The mouthfeel is light to medium with a nice hard water quality. It is bubbly and refreshing with a good dose of pale and a nice smattering of english malts.

A good fresh pale ale. I would by this again.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of chefelf
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a very palatable golden pale ale from Wychwood Brewery. There was a slight bitterness to the beer but nothing too remarkable other than that.

This beer gets much worse reviews than I'd imagine. I wonder how much of it has to do with the organic growing process. I have no idea how that would affect the final outcome of the beer but there really aren't that many organic beers on the market at the moment so I'd imagine, like organic wine making, the art of organic beer making probably has a way to go to develop.

chefelf, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As the summer progresses and I find myself with idle time on my hands, more and more beers are coming up from the cellar. I really want to make a dent in the backlog of bottles so that I may return to The CANQuest (TM).

From the bottle: "This beer is brewed from organically grown malt & hops without the use of chemical sprays or artificial fertilizer."

It was another gentle pour on my part so as not to stir up too much sediment. No head, but only simple wisps as a result. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose was quite malty, somewhat buttery with a light underlying grassiness. Mouthfeel was medium and it had a pleasant intermingling of grassy hops and a light sweetness on the tongue. Finish was semi-dry and fairly unobtrusive.

woodychandler, Jul 01, 2011
Scarecrow Ale from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
72 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.