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Scarecrow Ale - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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BA SCORE
71
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245 Reviews
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Reviews: 245
Hads: 467
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 20%
Wants: 8
Gots: 40 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-20-2002

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Photo of kencarman
3.98/5  rDev +30.5%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.76/5  rDev -9.5%
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A 500ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2012, so it's a little out of date.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. (1,214 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
2.64/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (273 characters)

Photo of charlatan
3.38/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: half finger head on a hazy golden body with excellent thick lacing.

S: pale and musty malts, orange peel, herbal hops and dirty socks.

T: pale malts, clean grains, herbal hops with provide mild bitterness.

M: light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Not sure how excited you can get over an English pale ale This one just doesnt seem to be memorable or make you appreciate the flavors and malt content you expect from english hopped beers plus this one seems to lack the hop flavors for the style. (519 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.11/5  rDev +2%
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. (1,560 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. White head, low retention, on a light golden/straw body. Almost clear, slick lacing. Aroma is lightly fruity, slightly biscuity, mild malt sweetness. Taste is a light balance between sweet and bitter, neither flavor standing out too much. Not too exciting on the flavor meter, but a solid English beer easy to approach and drink and not in the least off-putting. (413 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +31.1%
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 (327 characters)

Photo of KajII
2.7/5  rDev -11.5%
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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Photo of sommersb
3.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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! (783 characters)

Photo of Danno48
3.31/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (716 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy mahogany color, opaque, with a thin bright white head. The head has little retention and eventually leaves an attractive creamy white circle around the perimeter...nice lacing.

Has a flowery, citric smell. Malty.

Nothing jumps out at me. Malted barley, only the slightest touch of citrus. Flowery finish.

It's mostly bitter from beginning to end. It's never overpowering, but there's just not much else there. Initial pop of Earthiness from the barley quickly turns bitter and continues with the hops til the wet finish.

Overall, it's only slightly better than average and that's because the hoppiness never overpowers anything else. Pretty typical of an English pale ale. (690 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.4/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle –nice flying witch engravings on the collar. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Golden amber color headed by white, medium bubbled, slowly dissipated froth. Some spotty lacing on sides. Herbal aromas with hints of honey & ripe persimmon to the nose. Mildy malts too. Crispy upfront, spicy bitter touch with subtle strawberry notes. Maltiness is carried on by a satiating mineralized underlying river followed by clean bitterness in the middle. Ripe apple texture. Medium to high body, medium to high carbonation. It was a hazy & lazy sunny day afternoon & I´d really enjoyed it very much. (604 characters)

Photo of spdyfire83
1.91/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

204th Review
500mL bottle poured into Fuller's half pint glass
Best before: 28 Feb 13

A: Light apple juice. Barely 0.25 (soft white) fingernail head on vigorous pour.

S: Blah - just loads of bitterness here with a touch of white bread. Sad.

T: Follows smell, but a bit worse. Dry cracker with a touch of butter. Not much else. Bummer!

M: Light body with soft carbonation.

O: Not enjoyable and unimpressed. Such goes life...time to move on. It happens! (456 characters)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
1.7/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

500mL bottle to pint glass. Batch 1BCD. Sampled 11/1/11.

A: Pours with a 2 finger light brown head, airy and foamy and audibly deflating. The body is exceptionally clear and light golden orange in color. More than adequate lacing ensures a solid appearance.

S: Light bread and grain, barely recognizable. No distinguishable hop character. Neutral yeast.

T: "Traces of beer character." Metallic notes. Uninspired and flawed. The bitterness on the finish outlasts and overshadows all other flavors. No indication of ABV on the bottle but mid-4's seems right.

M: Light, thin, fizzy. Like sparkling water.

O: Uninteresting and unappealing. Traded the calories remaining in the glass for calories awaiting in the fridge. (READ: did not finish) (743 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.18/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle, BB October 31, 2012 - how appropriate...

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber colour, with one fat finger of pocked foamy white head, which dissipates at a fair pace, leaving an undulating wave of painted lace around the circumference of the glass.

It smells of crackery, somewhat crisp pale grain, sweetened lemon, and leafy, perfumed floral hops. The taste is more grainy cereal malt, aged citrus peel, and increasingly acrid, frowsy leafy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is on the low side, timid, but not absent, the body supporting a struggling medium weight, hinting at wateriness here and there, and a bit too tacky to be deemed all that smooth. It finishes a tad off-dry, with the musty, almost flinty hops more distracting than equalizing.

Not a poorly-rendered EPA, but something just seems off - always hinting at an astringency, without fully delving into one. I got a little bored, a little too fast, is all I'm sayin'. (963 characters)

Photo of Timadae
2.56/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden straw colour when pour with a head that quickly disappears. Not very aromatic, reminiscint of a larger particular those in a dutch style. tastes slightly malty and fresh again making me feel more like i'm drinking a larger. short larger like aftertaste. a bit disappointed because I had heard good things about this beer. (328 characters)

Photo of Finn
3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light copper color with minimal head retention. It's aroma is almost reminiscent of a euro lager, in a good way, with clean grain and a slight spicy hop aroma. The taste opens up with sweet malts on the forefront, followed by a hint of bittering hops to finish it. slightly sweet aftertaste but not too sweet. Overall this is a tasty beer, worth trying if you are in the mood for something mellow. (410 characters)

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. (479 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
2.83/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of angusdegraosta
3.32/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (916 characters)

Photo of anakar
1.43/5  rDev -53.1%
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 (905 characters)

Photo of phenomenologian
3.97/5  rDev +30.2%
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. (1,695 characters)

Photo of steelerguy
2.42/5  rDev -20.7%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
2.96/5  rDev -3%
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. (1,418 characters)

Scarecrow Ale from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
71 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.