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Scarecrow Ale - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Scarecrow AleScarecrow Ale

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415 Ratings

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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.

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4/5  rDev +28.6%

Myst, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -3.5%

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

TEAMHOLT, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +60.8%

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

Burt, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
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
Photo of meich75
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, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of shearer292
2.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - poured very clear golden colour and off white head.

Smell - very earthy smell, slightly floral with a unpleasant burned bread smell. weird but an over ripe fruit smell also.

Taste - hard to describe, its quite plain and bitter but not balanced, an unpleasant citrus peal bitterness, aftertaste is quite harsh.

Mouthfeel - quite smooth, maybe too much carbonation for my taste, doesnt really stimulate the mouth to make you want more.

overall - for me this is just below average, has nothing that really stands out, personally i would avoid this, there is just too little to it to make you want more.

shearer292, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of AlleywayRover
3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours clear and golden with just a slight head. Good head retention.

Aroma: I'm detecting some herbal, grassy aromas.

Taste: Very sight malt off the top. This quickly gives way to the hop bitterness. There is some pine and some herbal flavors of the hops that lingers for a long time.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with slight carbonation.

Overall: I'm not wild about the hop flavors in this one and they seem to dominate the beer. I wouldn't turn it down, but I don't think I will seek out a lot more.

AlleywayRover, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of brentk56
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color, verging on golden; the head is rocky and, as it fades, leaves some clumps of foam behind

Smell: Slightly grainy, but not much else

Taste: Opens with a bready, somewhat toasty flavor with a hint of earthy hop arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, the hop presence builds somewhat but the finish is grainy, with just a touch of butter diacetyl

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Truly forgettable; the best part of the beer is the label

brentk56, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

552nd Review on BA
Bottle to pint

Birthday present from a friend of mine. Still trying to get to all of them.

App- Dark yellow with a lot of orange highlights. Huge two and a half finger head. Good cling. Lots of bubbles on the surface as you drink.

Smell- Smells more like a hoppy lager with some grass and lemon peel.

Taste- Its a bit grainy with a lot of grass, wheat flavors behind it. A little bit of the lemon later. 1/2 tasty & 1/2 bland depending on flavors released.

Mouth- Medium bodied and fairly high in carbonation. A bit of a wetter beer.

Drink- For a birthday gift its the thought that counts. Ive always wondered about these beers so glad I got to try and not waste the cash.

FosterJM, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of JerseyKirk
2.28/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Hazy pale gold color with a 1 finger white head. Lacing was weak at best and did not coat the sides of the glass well at all. Very thin. Heavy carbonation bubbles were present but head retention was minimal.

S: Citrus, orange, clementine, subtle hoppyness.

T: Bitter as hell. Tastes more bitter than I expected. Also has a little bit of a bite to it from carbonation and yeast selection.

M: Thin and watery.

D: Too bitter without a good floral or citrus hop note. I would not get this beer ever again or recommend it to anyone.

JerseyKirk, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From fall brew tasting notes (2010): Pale golden pour. Thin, fast fading white head. The nose has a little bit of crackery pale malt character. There is a little bit of fruit and an oddly perceptible alcoholic nose. The flavor is fairly fruity however with a lingering estery character. The body is quite thin with mild carbonation. Not very happy with this one.

CuriousMonk, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of midwestbrewers
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle w/ no dates

A: Golden color with a nice off-white head. Medium lacing on the glass. Pours beautifully.

S: Smells sort of like an American pale ale. Sort of citrus and hoppy, but still not full blown like an IPA. Very mellow with hints of bread.

T: Lost me completely. Watery with a bready finish. Nothing stands out at all with the tastes. Also a very weird off-centered bitterness in the middle of the taste is unwelcome to me.

This beer is pretty good up until you drink it. Appearance and smell are average to good but the taste is lacking in all areas. I almost hated it at first, but decided that it's not bad just not for me at all. My little disclaimer though is that I live in the Midwest in the U.S. so with no dates on the bottle who knows how long it sat on the shelves before I purchased it. That being said I will try it again; making sure that I ask when the beer was stocked. Good beer Wychwood Brewery.

midwestbrewers, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First beer of another random tasting evening: brown 500ml bottle best before 30 Apr 2011, drank and reviewed 31 Jan 2011. Poured into an 'Abbot Ale' pint tankard. Chilled, as asked for on the rear label.

Looked fine, a good foaming white head sat on top of a bright golden/light amber body of clear beer.

Hop aroma, without being over the top, fruity and floral smells, not the citrusy, resiny hop smell produced by some aromatic hops.

Refreshing and sharp taste, good hop and malt mix, malts up front with a hop bitterness just under the surface waiting to be unleashed as the mouth dries.

Well balanced brew, nothing too strong, different, interesting or overpoweringly brilliant, but a good steady beer in my eyes.

BlackHaddock, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of Wattsox
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, consumed Jan 2011, BBE Jun 2011.

A - Clear golden copper colour, slightly lacklustre head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a moderate amount of lacing.

S - Malt aroma leads with a hoppy undercurrent, well balanced.

T - Not too complex.. biscuity, malty, not much in the way of hops but some lingering bitterness.

M - A little thin, light carbonation.

D - Decent enough, would work as its own or as a session, but there are other better examples around of the style.

Wattsox, Jan 29, 2011
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 GarthDanielson
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle, the beer is a golden color with a tinge of copper with minimal head that clung around the edges. The beer has a sour, malty smell to it. It has a strong sour taste for a pale, with typical matly flavors. The sourness trails through to the finish and the aftertaste, along with a bittersweet flavor at the tip of the tongue. This is one of my first English Pales, and there are some distinct differences between that and US Pales. I look forward to trying more to expand my palate, and then maybe coming back to review this again.

GarthDanielson, Dec 12, 2010
Scarecrow Ale from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
72 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.