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Scarecrow Ale - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Scarecrow AleScarecrow Ale

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440 Ratings

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Ratings: 440
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 19.17%
Wants: 5
Gots: 23 | 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 rarbring
2.7/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

An amber clear brew, a white head that dissolves to nearly nothing, a little lacing.

Sweet malty tones, grains and molasses, somewhat earthy, bitter nettles-like aromas.

Mainly sweet bread, grains and molasses to start with. Some sourness, chalky bitterness that stays for a while.

Low carbonation, a bit flat, somewhat dry finish.

No, this beer was not for me. Some bitterness and earthiness I did not like.

rarbring, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of bump8628
3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazed orange-gold with a wisp big-bubbled froth.

Sweetish, albeit insipid, malt throughout. Hops throw out a flash of fruit and spice and yeast contributes its own hint of stone fruit.

Really, there's not much else to say. Obviously, it was meant to be light, but that doesn't necessarily mean bland in my mind, which this is. And I can't see this being much better from a cask.

bump8628, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of zeff80
2.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a very clear, pale gold color with a small, white head of foam that did not linger long, nor leave much lacing to speak of.

S - It smelled grassy and a little skunky (surprising because it is a brown bottle, not the clear one pictured here).

T - It was earthy and a little spicy with some sweet caramel malt. Mellow like most English ales but not as good.

M - It's never good when mouthfeel is your best quality, but this is crisp, sharp and dry. A light bodied ale that is easy drinking.

D - This is only an okay ale. It just doesn't taste that good.

zeff80, May 31, 2010
Photo of Overlord
1.25/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I'm well beyond the "Try everything" stage, so having a brew this awful is like a blast from the past.

Pours a grainy yellow. No head to speak of. Smells like earthy skunk and a bit of corn-y sweetness. Taste is abysmal. Awful seltzer mouthfeel, skunk, corn husk sweetness ... this is truly terrible.

Couldn't finish more than a third of the bottle. Down the drain.

Overlord, May 26, 2010
Photo of slyke
3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Scarecrow pours a golden orange color with a half-inch of white head. The smell is malty with a little sweetness and some breadlike notes. The taste is a bit sweet with the maltiness, no hoppy qualities are evident. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. The beer is drinkable enough, but I don't think I will seek it out in the future.

slyke, May 21, 2010
Photo of Thiestru
4.1/5  rDev +31%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1-pint-.9-ounce bottle into my Terrapin pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden with a one-finger white head. Good lacing. Not a bad appearance, but I prefer more haziness in this kind of beer.

Smell: This stood out to me; very appetizing floralness, which is exactly what I like in a pale ale.

Taste: Hoppy forefront with a biscuit-like maltiness balancing it out nicely. It's a typical but good pale ale; I will never dislike a beer that tastes like this.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and carbonated. Don't expect much body, but it's not that weird piss-water thinness you get from, *ahem*, some macrobrews.

Drinkability: Oh, definitely high drinkability. This goes down easily and tastily every swig I take.

This is an English ale through and through. I love English ales. This is no exception.

Thiestru, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of Celt44
3.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at Wegman's. First Wychwood ever....
Appearance - pours an orangy amber...nice foamy head...but dissappates quickly.

Aroma - The best quality. Very bready and malty for a pale ale. Hints of citrus and fruit.

Taste - Not particularly hoppy. Very malty. Bitter tinge towards the end...but not a hop bitternes...got me here..

Mouthfeel - carbonation bite turns watery...

Overall I'm not impressed. Not a bad beer but one I won't return to anytime soon.

Celt44, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of darklordlager
4.1/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got the craving for this English Pale Ale after enjoying a "American Rye ESB" from Red Eye in Wausau...

A: Pours a medium golden, with a 1.5" light tan head. Great lacing as it works its way down the glass.

S: Fruity English yeast, biscuity malt, and a clean pale malt scent.

T: Biscuity pale malt, aromatic malt, light hop backbone, and a pleasant fruitiness. Slight sourness is evident as well.

M: Low-medium carbonation and a medium body.

D: A very nice English Pale Ale--I'd like to see more of these Stateside.

darklordlager, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of Spineypanda
3.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Has a dark golden color with a head that resides fast and isn't very thick.
Smells of yeast and hops. Not bitter hops, but British hops that add flavor.
Tastes of the hops and yeast. Tastes pretty darn good.
Has that British taste that I usually don't like, but sure hits the spot when you are thirsty.
It has a lightly carbonated mouthfeel.

I enjoy this beer but would not search for it in a sea of beers.

Spineypanda, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy golden color with a two inger of white head that fades quickly and leaves only a slight bit of lacing.

smells... hmm.... can get some hops, cant really tell what type, fairly faint aroma. the back of the aroma is actually maltier than i expected. deinitely some sweet malts.

tastes of hoppy citrus up front, with a airly decent malt backbone. not a bad lavor, although definitely lacking complexity and strength.

not a bad beer, but definitely not worth the price as i can get a ton of better pale ales for cheaper.

HURTemHIZZY, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of Mavajo
2.45/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Extremely boring beer. Golden in color, with a quick-fading head. Taste is extremely watery and malty. Not a beer I would recommend to any but the most conservative beer drinkers. It doesn't taste bad; it's simply not good either. In a word - boring.

Mavajo, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of almychristopher
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beer pours a hazy golden color with a small white head that fades to a layer of lace. the smell is a bit off, but still recognizabley malty. the taste is unremarkable, light malt. light mouthfeel, adequate carbonation... not one that I'm going to look for again... disapointing after the fiddlers elbow.

almychristopher, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of jdubjacket
3.65/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank a bottle of this last night. Pours a golden, amber color with little head or lacing. Hints of corn in the nose. Well-balanced taste, corn and malty ... pretty refreshing. Good drinkability - easy to drink more than one. I thought this beer was refreshing and enjoyable. Glad I tried it out.

jdubjacket, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of hike20
3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with very little head. Faint sweet aroma. Flavor is a bit bland and a touch soapy. Not a lot of flavor at all. Mouth feel is medium to thin, with nearly non-existent carbonation. Overall, not terrible, but nothing here to make we want more of it.

hike20, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of trentley87
2.88/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange with thin rapidly dissipating white head. Very mild orange citrus and hops aroma. Mouthfeel and taste are very thin and watery. Throughly underwhelmed. There are some hops flavors trying to break through but nothing exception. Reminds me of the BMC versions of microbrews. Fairly drinkable due to its inoffensive (albeit) tame nature.

trentley87, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of jgasparine
4.08/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy honey color; pours with a thin head w/ a little lacing

S- Smells of honey, clovers and orange marmalade

T- Clean a balanced. The fruit and honey notes are met with some nice low-alpha hops. A little grassyness somewhere in there.

M- Medium body. Almost feels slightly grainy and creamy at the same time.

D- In hot weather, I could drink this all day. It's kindof like a stronger (higher ABV) ESP. Sweet enough to feel like a restorative, dry enough to make me want to drink more, and light enough so that it doesn't feel like "too much".

jgasparine, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of santomark
4.5/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- I loved the color this beer poured a great tainted orange-red. Head lasted nicely then slowly disappeared.

S- This beer smelled very balanced with malt and hops, as well as some fruit notes.

T- Taste was awesome just the right amount of bitterness, hops, malts, oats and fruits. The after taste was quite an experience it comes back up and leaves a refreshing taste on the tongue that just leaves me coming back for more.

M- Nice medium body with a refreshing, clean and crisp feeling. It also massages the tongue with just the right amount of carbonation.

D- I can't understand why people rate this so poorly, in my opinion its one of the best golden pale ale's I've had. I guess many people are just use to pesticides in their beers. I'll definatly be coming back for more of this stuff. Great beer. Give it a chance!

santomark, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of nomomentwasted
2.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this in a sessioning session with several other beers for the evening, second sampling of many beers on the night. Had from a bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Fairly golden and light, with hints of orange. Poured with a nice head and laced decently.

Smell: Molasses was the first thing that came to mind. Malts and very, very light hops. Underwhelming and sticky-sweet.

Taste: Molasses, malts, and overall slightly watery. Earthy and one-dimensional, with hardly any complexity. The flavor isn't bad necessarily, it just drinks like a one-plain beer. Wheaty and earthy balance on the finish left me unimpressed.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light, and unremarkable other than its carbonation being light and not too distracting.

Drinkability: Alright, but not spectacular. If my review seems slightly unenthusiastic it's because that's what the beer left me feeling. Definitely are better examples of EPAs, and this one left me wanting more. Good thing there were better things coming on the night.

nomomentwasted, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of hustlesworth
4.55/5  rDev +45.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- brilliant hazy reddish orange persimmon with golden sparkles at the bottom of my imperial pint glass. head is beautiful while it lasts. dense and creamy and buff colored. shrinks down quickly, but to a thick disk and leaves big chunks of lace.

S- caramel, toffee, diacetyl, butterscotch, metallic mineral water, tomato, granola, cantaloupe, mango, and very fresh cereal grains. mild hints of berries and lilies linger somewhere in there with a slight citrus tartness. the super fresh grain aroma reminds me of duchy originals and that notion has been validated by wychwood's website. i loves me some organic.

T- fresh grains of all types, oats, barley, wheat, rye, with faint flavors of orange and lemon. hop flavor moves in about half way with an herbal bitterness, as do earthy yeast flavors of mushroom and soil, granite, dried leaves and aromatic wood. toasted, buttery, caramel, and toffee flavors linger into the finish with some light milk chocolate and pleasant hop flavor.

MF- crisp and becoming juicy, refreshing, under medium carbonation, and drying. dryness leaves a membrane film feeling that gives the impression of finely milled grain or flour.

D- i've been out in the hot ohio sun for the last 4 hours and this shit ROCKS. maybe i'm partial to english beers, but i don't know why the hell everyone is sleepin on scarecrow/circle master. maybe you all shoulda got the brown bottle! haha! at any rate i WILL bee seeking out a case of this stuff as soon as i locate the distributor who carries it...

hustlesworth, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of ralree
1.65/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Copper, slightly hazy, nice small-bubbled head with decent retention and good lacing.

S: Strange smell - vanilla, caramel, hops, some more spices.

T: Watered down and off-key. It's way too sour. The bitter taste doesn't seem to be from the hops, but from the fruit esters. This one is a pour-out based on the taste. Nasty old sock taste after swallowing. All flavors destroyed by overwatering.

M: Watered down, light body, non-astringent. Under-carbonated. Dry.

D: Undrinkable.

ralree, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of ShogoKawada
3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into .5l Swiss Boot.

A- Pours pale yellowish amber. Minimal head. Nothing special.

S- Nothing much, honestly. Faint sweetness. Not off-putting, put nothing much.

T- refreshing, smooth, subtle. Very crisp. Bitterness of hops, works well with the carbonation.

M- Very nice. Leaves you wanting more.

D- Moderately high. This beer isn't strong or flavorful, but it has a very nice subdued flavor that plays on it's carbonation and hops bitterness. Goes well with food. This beer isn't really my bag, but I 'get' what they're working in this beer. Still, wouldn't go out of my way to get one of these.

ShogoKawada, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of Kromes
3.03/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear orange gold color with a fluffy off white head that dies down rather quickly. There are earthy hop and malt aromas. The initial flavor is of malt and the is overcome by the earthy hop flavor and bitterness. The bitterness is pretty strong in the beer and doesn't stop for a while. I would rather have more hop flavor and less bitter bite. The mouthfeel is somewhat watery. The beer is ok, but I probably won't have another one of these.

Kromes, May 23, 2009
Photo of SpecialK088
2.85/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a sam adams summer glass

Hazey off yellow, very cloudy almost looks like a wheat no real head to speak of

Bready with some yeast undertones comes across very macro like but with notes of sweetness

Near exactly as it smells. Sweetness seems to be almost like honey with some lemon undertones in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good medium body with a good carbonation level

No thanks with all the beers I have access to this is not something I could see myself paying for again. If someone had it and handed to me i would more than likely drink it tho

SpecialK088, May 07, 2009
Photo of Spidey13
3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Scarecrow comes in a cool-ass bottle. It pours a slight hazy yellow with a white head. The smell is a bit soapy with some lemon zest and underlying caramel notes.

The flavor is light, with breadyness and a bit of spicy hop flavors. More lemon shows up with a bit of a sour aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it complements the overall flavor of the beer.

Overall, an easy-drinking beer but nothing that's really going to impress anybody.

Spidey13, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of Rayek
3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy dark gold with minimal carbonation. Fizzy white head starts out well and has decent retention. Leaves only bits of lace.

S: Straw and earth mostly. Somewhat fruity too, with aromas of apples and pears.

T: This is a well balanced beer. A dry raw malt flavor starts things out. It's met halfway by a tea and pepper bitterness. A mild fruitiness lingers in the background. Finishes dry, with a lingering black tea flavor.

M: Light body is grainy and has too much fizz going on.

D: This was OK to me, but nothing more. There wasn't anything really special going on, but it was easy enough to quaff.

Rayek, Apr 24, 2009
Scarecrow Ale from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
73 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.