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Scarecrow Ale - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Scarecrow AleScarecrow Ale

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408 Ratings

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Ratings: 408
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of farrago

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev +1.3%

Very cloudy and translucent amber orange color, lightens to the color of yellow autumnal leaves around the rims, minimal head. No real nose. Full-bodied with lots of traction on the palate, inching forward very slowly, if seemingly at times, not at all. However, no lift really. Mildly bitter, emphasizing hops, with strong aftertaste. Does feel as if it is foaming up in the mouth more than you'd like. Momentarily suggests light citrus or crudité vegetables or raw corn, latter in a good way. Feels as if it's fighting you, making it hard to put back.

01-18-2009 00:52:31 | More by farrago
Photo of patsliquor


2.53/5  rDev -18.6%

Certified usda organic. Huh! I crack this bottle open to clean out the cooler at my package store. Pours a light amber with minimal head. The smell does not impress at all, almost no hop aroma maybe some honey notes in there. Taste slightly bitter with afore mentioned honey, but watered down. Mouthfeel was very light and carbonated. Could drink plenty but why would I?

01-07-2009 01:20:37 | More by patsliquor
Photo of praufs01


3/5  rDev -3.5%

Appearance - Cloudy orange-yellow with a frothy white head.

Aroma -Slight floral hop with some orange notes in the background.

Mouthfeel - light small bubble carbonation.

Taste - Floral hop, almost tea like, with a bitter aftertaste.

Overall - The aftertaste of the brew was not good. It tastes as though the bottle may have been slightly skunked or on its way.

01-01-2009 00:30:25 | More by praufs01
Photo of cvfish


3.28/5  rDev +5.5%

A - Poured a cloudy copper color that produced a white head that disappeared quickly and left no lacing around the glass

S - some malts, but nothing else

T - Some honey and orange taste with slight barley and hops, with a slight bitter taste

M - Watery thin bodied with slight carbonation

D - Average beer, not something I would actively seek

12-09-2008 01:48:51 | More by cvfish
Photo of Pencible


3.23/5  rDev +3.9%

This poured a hazy copper with a bit of light tan head. It smelled like orange and sweet yeast and raw honey, with herbal tea notes. It tasted like honey malt, and lemon and orange hops, with a bit of earthy barley and creamy yeast. It was watery with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this had decent flavor, but was a little muddled. It had decent body too, and was easy enough to drink. But it wasn't very rewarding or unique.

11-30-2008 22:22:11 | More by Pencible
Photo of ncstateplaya

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Appearance: Cloudy and golden in color. With a heavy pour, this hazy brew produced a nice creamy head. The only downside to the look of this beer is how quickly the head dies down. The haze is perfect for a beer aptly named "Scarecrow".

Smell: Smells like fresh boiling hops. The hops were expected with a pale ale, but this just smells so fresh. Beyond the hops however, there was nothing spectacular.

Taste: Slight hoppy bitterness that makes my mouth water. Great all around flavor for an EPA, but nothing other than a yeasty after taste sticks out.

Mouthfeel: Just the right amount of carbonation, definitely grabs your attention on the front end. A sudden burst that mellows out and goes down extremely smooth.

Drinkability: If I would have had a sixer, they would've all been gone shortly after writing my review. Scarecrow was definitely a pleasant surprise. Nice!!!

11-26-2008 01:55:09 | More by ncstateplaya
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.68/5  rDev +18.3%

I have always avoided these as clear glass imports have a high skunk factor around here. Seeing these in brown glass, though, I thought it'd be worth a go.

Appearance - pours a cloudy, effervescent peach/orange. A fat finger of eggshell, creamy foam form up. Leaves a thick, sticky ring of lace all around.

Aroma - grain with light diacetyl.

Taste - good grain base, light diacetyl blending with some floral hoppiness. Turns pleasantly bitter on the swallow. Drying on the aftertaste and finish, a consistent flavor throughout.

Mouthfeel - medium to slightly thin body. Moderate carbonation levels and a nice level of smoothness.

Drinkability - very sessionable, Halloween weekend or any other for that matter.

11-02-2008 04:31:51 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.53/5  rDev +13.5%

Just in time for Halloween! Aroma is malty and fruity, not strong but quite noticeable. Color is a clear dark amber, and head is yellowish off-white and not too persistent. Flavor is malty with a crisp hint of lager flavor and just a whisper of fruit, either apple or pear. Texture is nice and smooth, and aftertaste has a nice crisp tang to it.

10-24-2008 23:35:32 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of Blakaeris


3.03/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours hazy golden-amber. Head is mild and quickly dissipates to a thin sheen with slight lacing.

Aroma is pale malt, and adjuncts. Sweet with slight grassy hops.

Taste is similar to the nose. Pale malt, with hints of caramel. Crisp and citrusy with light grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is light bodied.

A drinkable session brew. However, this is nothing exciting.

10-16-2008 21:42:39 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of bashiba


2.93/5  rDev -5.8%

Poured a slightly hazed orange color with a thin light white head.

The smell is thin with just a touch of grassy hops, and a bit of sweet grain. Smells more like a common Eurolager than a good english pale ale.

It tastes a bit better than it smells with just a touch of grainy malts, a bit of minerals, and a touch of buttery diacytl. Has a lightly minty hop feel in the finish, with a touch of lemon and grassyness.

The mouthfeel is light and slick.

This is a very average beer. Not anywhere near worth the premium price they charge for it.

10-16-2008 21:35:08 | More by bashiba
Photo of danny013


3.63/5  rDev +16.7%

500 ml brown bottle poured into a 20 oz. Imperial pint glass. Bottle conditioned. Pours a golden body topped with a thick head that slowly settles down to a light covering that sticks around for most of the pint and leaves some lacing.

Aroma is of light malts, a bit of toast, and gentle hops. Some slight fruitiness hints around, can't really pick it out.

Taste is nice, light, and altogether clean. Straightforward malts up front, slightly sweet, a bit of nuttiness and slightly astringent. Hints of caramel in the background. Hops slide in, slightly leafy and provides a nice bitterness. Finish is clean, crisp, and leaves some light malts and a good, leafy hop bitterness to savor.

Mouthfeel is great, a low amount of carbonation helps to bring the beer out and create a smooth, easy drinker.

Overall, a decent pale ale. The malt profile is a bit one-dimensional but I don't think that should be held against it. It's an easy drinking, smooth pale ale that is nice and sessionable; something to sit back and relax with and not worry about.

10-11-2008 21:19:12 | More by danny013
Photo of utahskyliner34


3.03/5  rDev -2.6%

Found this beer at Total Wine in Kennesaw, I was initially skeptical because this is an organic beer and it seemed pretty simple as far as ingredients.

Very little head with minimal lacing on the pour. This beer does have a pleasant rich amber coloration but is somewhat disappointing beyond appearance.

Smell is very similar to that of your average macro lager with big grains and hints of sweet malt, also with faint hops.

Taste falls right in line with the smell although the hops are slightly more detectable and help to balance the very reserved flavor, nice grain and malt with subtle fruitiness, mild bitter finish.

I'm not great at describing mouthfeel but I would call it thicker and more fulfilling than standard American macro. Very little carbonation especially after pouring.

Drinkibility is high, this beer comes off as a specialized, more robust and complex alternative to your average light lager. A little pricey for me, but definitely a refreshing yet simple, high quality ale.

10-07-2008 23:18:02 | More by utahskyliner34
Photo of Herrbrokt


3.3/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured into a glass Mug

Rich golden honey with an off white head that fades quickly into a ring.

Smell is fairly sweet. Apple, sweet corn. Not much in the way of hop.

Flavors are very relaxed as well. Malt sweetness. Apple, corn bread, and again minimal hop if any.

Certainly not dry. Leaves a tangible sweet residue.

A beer for when you just want a beer. Very relaxed.
Mild complexity.

09-29-2008 22:14:51 | More by Herrbrokt
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -8.4%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellowish-red color and a slightly cloudy consistency. Not much head or lacing.

S: A little bit of malt, but the mainly the smell wasn't detectable.

T: Had a malty quality, along with some hops, but on the whole this was a tasteless beer. No real defined quality.

M: A surprisingly high amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a wholly average beer. Not really interesting in any way. Can't recommend it.

09-29-2008 12:46:39 | More by avalon07
Photo of mcsquint


2.73/5  rDev -12.2%

Poured from a 500ml bottle
A- Poured a semi-cloudy golden amber color with a 1 finger head which dissipated almost immediately.
S- Malty, slightly fruity smell
T- Sweet malty, somewhat fruity taste with sweet, hoppy finish
M- A bit thick on the palate for a pale ale
D- Leaves too much sweet aftertaste to drink more than a couple. Didn't really care for this one.

09-22-2008 23:03:43 | More by mcsquint
Photo of Hokies

Rhode Island

2.63/5  rDev -15.4%

Pours a hazy light golden color with a light frothy head with low retention and a light lace.

Weak scents of grain and a grassy aroma with a corn aroma. Their is a muddy earthy tone to this one.

Very light hop taste with sweet malt and corn. Not to much to this one as it finishes with a grainy taste.

A smooth beer with low carbonation that goes down easily.

09-19-2008 02:52:56 | More by Hokies
Photo of nrbw23


3/5  rDev -3.5%

A- Pours a hazy golden color, small head with decent retention and light lacing.

S- Pretty weak here, slight herbal/citrus. Again light on the malts and some hops.

T- Hop bitterness almost immediately and a tiny bit of malts. Finishes with some citrus and spices.

M- Medium body, good carbonation and overall pretty smooth.

D- Not terrible not super just plain average.

09-03-2008 22:20:55 | More by nrbw23
Photo of froghop


2.68/5  rDev -13.8%

pours a semi-cloudy orange-brown with a small off-white head that goes away quickly, good lacing.

smell is grain, malt, touch of sweetness, some spice.

taste is watery yet crisp, funky, corn, sweet malt, some hops in the back, a little metallic, touch of citrus, grassy.

08-30-2008 18:44:35 | More by froghop
Photo of wschumac

New York

2.58/5  rDev -17%

Poured 500ml bottle into pint glass. Served a little cold since had the fridge turned up a little.

A - Cloudy orange coloring little to no head when poured. Maybe served too cold. Head was white in color and aerated.

S - Not much coming aroma coming from this pour.

T - a little watery and lacking any real flavor to impress.

M - very light in the mouth. missing something

D - good for a hot afternoon

Probably would not have again...

08-05-2008 22:09:40 | More by wschumac
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +16.7%

500 ml fatty poured into a pint nonic glass yields a golden amber body capped with two fingers of white foam that retains well and leaves drippy rings of lacing at the sip lines.

Smell is malty and spicy with a grassy, fine herbal hop note.

Taste is toasty dry malt, nice and crisp, with a lingering mineral character and grassy hops. The finish is pretty dry, with a lingering, faintly tannic, earthy note.

Superb drinkability and a medium-light body make this beer very refreshing.

07-09-2008 01:11:30 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of albern


3.23/5  rDev +3.9%

Not a bad beer, not great either. The beer pours a slightly cloudy golden amber with a white creamy head, some lacing with this beer, decent retention as well. The smell is musty grain, pretty traditional malts. The taste is a bit sweetish, some sweet buiscuity grains, there are some stale floral notes to the beer, a bit of a bitterish hop bite in the finish. The beer is crisp, light to medium bodied, some carbonation. There is a sharpness to the beer in the finish that I'm not fond of and some off sour notes in there as well. There is some husky grain flavors to the beer but it lacks the creaminess to be a really good English Pale Ale. The beer isn't terribly interesting, but it's not that bad either.

05-23-2008 19:54:29 | More by albern
Photo of mithrascruor


3.18/5  rDev +2.3%

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper-orange color. Minimal head with thin off-white lacing.

Smell: Aroma of apples and a bit of spices and yeast. Smells more like hard cider than it does an ale.

Taste: Somewhat strange aroma of apples and grains, and a not-too-pleasant bitterness towards the finish and in the aftertaste. Very little complexity.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and smooth with light/moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Alcohol-wise it's fine, but the taste is not very good for drinkability.

My least favorite Wychwood beer. Something seems really off with the taste. Will pass on this next time, in favor of better Wychwood ales.

05-12-2008 17:35:10 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +3.9%

I haven't had a beer from Wychwood that was really worth buying more of, not that I don't like them I just find them mediocre but drinkable. Scarecrow pours with a fluffy white head, pretty nice lacing and retention. Has a golden color.

Smells of pale malts, faint skunk, veggies and grass.

Tastes exactly like it smells (grass, pale malts). Another middle of the pack beer.

05-09-2008 05:55:22 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of everetends


2.55/5  rDev -18%

Got this in a 500ml bottle from Whole Foods, Buckhead, Atlanta. Poured into a mug.

A: Poured a gold, pilsner like appearance. I got little head off this one (hehe), didn't really last long at all. No lacing.

S: Not much at all here. Maybe a little bit of hops and light fruits.

T: Lame. Claims to be a pale ale, but barely any taste of hops. Very watery, no bitterness, a little bit of fruit on the after taste.

M: Very watery, with medium carbonation.

D: I guess I would take this over a bud light, but it had that macro taste to me. Nothing special. I would drink it, but I wouldn't pay for it.

05-02-2008 03:24:51 | More by everetends
Photo of AltBock


2.6/5  rDev -16.4%

500 ml brown bottle that has a label of a scarecrow with an owl on his shoulders. This scarecrow is standing in the middle of a hop and wheat field. I had no idead the both of them can be grown together. The back label has a small paragraph about the beer and how it's made organically.

I decided to pour this beer into a Heavy Seas Euro style pint glass. What came out of the bottle was a beer that was a lightly hazy golden orange with a thin white bubbly head of foam. This head of foam quickly dissipated into a handful of white rings along the edge. It didn't bother to leave any lace. The aroma was light with lightly toasted malts, tea leaves, a small splash of juicy fruits, and the slightest touch of sweet English toffee at the end. For some stuipd reason, the main taste is this beer was carbonation. Most of the time the taste was mostly carbonation with toasted organic barley, caramel, tea leaves, and a pinch of very mild not too hoppy fruity hops. The mouthfeel was too light with a tiny aftertaste of juicy fruits, a trace of yeast, and some lightly burnt barley. I guess that since all the ingredients in this beer are organic, that means it's better for you than your average beer. It's good that it's organic, but the bad thing is that there wasn't much of anything to this beer. I would pass on this one again.

04-21-2008 16:53:24 | More by AltBock
Scarecrow Ale from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
72 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.