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Scarecrow Ale - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Scarecrow AleScarecrow Ale

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422 Ratings

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Ratings: 422
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 19.23%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | 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 Brad007
2/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a pale yellow color with a thin, one-finger head. Aroma is rich and smooth, malty like a typical version of this style. Taste is sort of buttery upfront with a smooth maltiness in the back and alcoholic harshness showing through. Not quite as good as the other offerings from Wychwood. Not enough pale ale goodness here.


What the UK breweries should do is focus on one GOOD version a style and stick to it. Making several different beers of the same style, just for the hell of it, just won't cut it. I can't think of many American breweries that make two versions of the same style at once, marketed at once (and if they do, they're usually distinctive and successful enough to do so).

/end rant

Brad007, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of MTNboy
2.68/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- A good brass amber body with a cream white head and lace.

Smell- Sweet but yet hoppy and somewhat floral.

Taste- Metallic and bitter sweet and the same time bland.

Mouthfeel. Watery.

Drinkability- I love the organic thing but there are better beers for the money.

MTNboy, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of flowerysong
3.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light caramel colour with a fluffy off-white head and a mild haze.

Smell: Herbal hops with a hint of citrus, mild malt character.

Taste: Sweet grainy malt with a bold hop presence overlaid on it. Some hints of biscuit, and slightly metallic in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, peppy carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent pale ale. Refreshing and crisp.

flowerysong, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a caramel color with off white head that leaves lacing on the glass

S - All malt for the smell

T - Malt up front finishes with a little hops

M - Medium bodied pretty smooth

D - I think this beer had a pretty good taste and is pretty smooth so I think that it could be a session beer worth a try

armock, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of Cleb
2.88/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

To note, not wychwood's best product, but a very drinkable ale.

Eye: Caramel to honey color with a thick dense head.

Nose: Faint smell of toffy and tea. An English product for sure.

Mouth: Malt overpowers the hops, would like it to be a little more hoppier, classic English aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Average, nothing stands out.

Drinkability: Gulpable

Cleb, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of PhageLab
3.3/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle. As always, Wychwood's presentation is impressive, let's see how the contents fare.

A - Deep hazy golden hue somewhat cloudy. Reminds me of a harvest, or perhaps just autumn in general. Thin head dissipates quickly.

S - Not much here, some herbal undertones, but nothing that stands out.

T - Little bit of malt, little bit of citrus, some hops, but not enough to my taste. This was my first organic brew, so I wasn't sure what to expect, it's not bad at all.

M - Medium bodied with a slightly grainy feel and dry finish.

D - I could have a few, but I would probably get bored after three or four. Overall nothing spectacular, but certainly a decent brew.

PhageLab, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of JamesS
2.83/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just like the Hobgoblin ale, I bought this on a whim to try something different and because I liked the label art. Unfortunately, it wasn't as good as it's brew-brother. I'll be the first to admit that I am not a fan of pale ales, although I'll try them in the hopes I'll find one I like, but even when compared to others, this one was not very good. Overall it was average, but it was much to bitter with a very odd after taste.

JamesS, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of templar316
4.58/5  rDev +46.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice body, and flavor more characteristic of an ESB then a pale. The head did fade fast. Gorgeous amber color that gets me excited about the flavor, and subtle hop nose. Nice stoney finish with pleasant aftertaste. Overall an easy beer to drink in large volumes.

templar316, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of Durge
2.68/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light amber color with a bubbly medium sized head that dies and reasonable lacing. The aroma is whimpy, of yeast, pumpkin/squash. The taste first strikes me as watery and has a grapefruit introduction that is a bit tart and bready but is generally pretty weak. It's easy enough to drink but there is little motivation. Disappointing compared to Wychwood's other work.

Durge, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of ohoove
2.38/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

a light golden color , active carbonation in a short lasting head with not much lacing to speak of . About half way through the smell hit me as that of low tide at the beach. really didn't care much for this selection, not much personality unless you can appreciate a german style pils with the typical skunkiness, just not for me.

ohoove, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.48/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle - thanks to Josh

Pours a slightly hazed pale amber with a small white head that fades. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is caramel malty with a nice herbal hop smell.

Taste is caramel malty upfront leading into a medium bitterness and nice herbal hop flavor. Finishes with a bland and slightly bitter aftertaste.

Medium-light body, mild carbonation.

Overall, a decent and drinkable English PA. I suspect that this one would be quite nice to enjoy on cask.

MaltyGoodness, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of jettjon
3.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 500 ml bottle with no freshness date, attractively decorated as are all of the Wychwood brews I’ve tried. Into a pint glass, an amber-golden clear, bright color with a few tiny bubbles. One-finger, very light tan head fades quickly to a scattered cap and ring with scattered lacing. Nose evinces light sweet malt and not much else. Taste characterized by mild malty sweetness balanced against moderately dry hops. Dry, lightly bitter finish. Mouth is good; it’s smooth, lightly carbonated, and easygoing. Drinkability is pretty decent; this beer is mild and unassuming and is presumably sessionable, though not flavorful enough for me to want to drink several at a sitting.

Overall: Another decent but wholly unremarkable English pale. Worth a try.

jettjon, May 01, 2007
Photo of BryanCarey
2.7/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Scarecrow Pale Ale is golden in color with a perfectly clear body and a good amount of foam that holds its own for a few minutes. This beer has an aroma that is slightly skunky at first, but the skunkiness fades in due time, leaving behind an aroma that is yeasty and earthy, but not very pronounced or enticing.

Tasting Scarecrow Golden Pale Ale, I noticed some light, bread- like malt, some yeast notes, and some herbal hops. There is some fruit taste in the middle, and it could be described as faint lemon with a touch of pear. The finish of the beer is a little bit watery and also a little bit metallic and a little mineral laced- like it has been brewed using hard water.

The herbal hop taste of Scarcrow Golden Pale Ale is probably its most appealing taste characteristic and this is the flavor I kept noticing as I took each sip. The herbal taste comes in the finish and it keeps you guessing. It isn't like the hop flavor present in most other pale ale, i.e, the strong citrus taste or the strongly earthy taste or something else common to this style. It is a little different. But other than the herbs, there really isn't anything else great to say about Scarecrow Golden Pale Ale. It's a very middle of the road pale ale that is a little too watery for my tastes and too skunky.

BryanCarey, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of Ricochet
3.23/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light orange to amber, head went fast, little lace, no carbonation.

S: Subdued malt, little else, smells like other average EPA's

M: Watery, little foam, bitterness is good and lingering aftertaste.

T: About like every basic, sturdy EPA I've had. Average all the way. Slight fruitiness from the hops, not really bitter but just enough to make this the anti-American lager swill. Odd charcoal note? Malt is full and chewy. I'll give it a better than average.

D: Another standard pint to have if I'm overseas. I'd probably reach for something with more body as this doesn't stand out from the crowd. Probably would be better on draft in a pub.

Ricochet, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.38/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - A hazy Golden brew with an amber tint. A large frothy head with decent retnetion and scattered meek lacing.

S - Smells predominantly of sweet light malts with a bit of grassy hops and very faint elderberries. Alright smell.

T - The foretaste is a dry, bland maltiness. Then it shifts into a lightly sweet malt with a touch of grassy hops. The finish is a faint bland grassy hop bitterness. Not great.

M - Thin, very harsh from carbonation, not very refreshing.

D - Not so good. It is harsh and drying, I am going to struggle to get through this pint. It is not something I would want to continually drink.

mrasskicktastic, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of kelticblood
3.23/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour revealed weak head with minimal lacing. The color is a straw yellow which is suited for a beer called Scarecrow. It's crystal clear with no sediment and bubbling carbination. Aroma is of a light malt that's not too complex and a little fruity. The taste has a little bit of hops and a slight bitter finish that lingers. It has a light body and a decent mouthfeel but a bit watery. It could use more carbination. It's below average in about every catagory. Weak ABV. It should not offend the lightest of beer drinkers. Overall, I probably would not try it again.

kelticblood, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of killergreenbulli
3.88/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think that few things can compete with the flavors of traditional English ale. The ale that I enjojed was, bright and alive, with the color of golden straw.
The aroma has a round hop profile. More of a dry malty ester.
This brew comes back in full with its abundance of mellow flavors that carmelize on the back of your tongue. Alot of earthey, buiscut flavors are evident. I found this ale to finish a little dry in the end but, I would have to say that it is an enjoyable brew that, I will have again.

killergreenbulli, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of theopholis
2.85/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy, golden/yellow/orange. Failry small, white, loose head with no staying power, and no lacing.

Aroma- Hint of malt sweetness with a sweet fruit citrus note and a nice, lingering caramel aroma. Very inviting.

Taste- Malty and grainy. Some bittering hops present, but they are thin. Finish isn't real great.

Mouthfeel- Body just a tad thin, and just a tady syrupy. Carbonation level is okay. You get just a bit of CO2 bite on the toungue.

Drinkability- It's worth trying, but not something I would really reccomend. Nothing seriously wrong with it, it just isn't outstanding in anyway.

theopholis, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden yellow with a thin, lasting head.

The smell is of sweet grainy malt with some underlying fruitiness.

The taste is of sweet breadiness with a hint of grassiness. Sweetness well-balanced by citrusy bitterness. Remains slightly more sweet than bitter. Not complex, but tasty, smooth, clean and refreshing.

This easy-drinking organic brew is a thirst-quencher with a refreshing dryness in the finish. It makes for a fine "session" ale. This was from a 550 ml bottle - I'd like to find 6-packs of this one.

jwc215, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of Abita45
3.98/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a pint glass and could immediately pick up the aroma of the beer. A sweet, hoppy nose and a golden color, this beer had a decent head initially, but it quickly reduced down to some nice lacing.

It has a pleasant hoppy taste that favors floral and sweet, grassy notes, while also having a mildly malty, buttery consistency that balances the hops nicely. It is a well-balanced beer, though favoring the hops, but the creaminess and carbonation of the body make for an enjoyable drink.

I like this Ale, and of the two Wychwood beers I've sampled (Fiddler's Elbow being the other), I enjoy this one more.

Abita45, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Golden yellow mixed with pumpkin orange. Small head of white foam bubbles off quickly. No lacing. Lower levels of carbonation are present.

S: Fresh. Grassy hops and a sweet fruit citrus note fill the nose, and traces of malted barley are noted in the background. Nice.

T: Light maltiness is peppered with hollow hops and a vinegar like swell. Noticeable grain element, and grassy afterthoughts. Kind of rough toward the finish.

M: Mild, with a artificial syrupy feeling. Nearly no carbonation is noted on the palate, leaving this one feeling like a bland, flat cask conditioned beer that's past it's prime.

D: I've liked other offerings from Wychwood, but i'll pass on this one in the future, thank you very much.

Frozensoul327, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely beautiful packaging! Stunning. Mettalic green cap... gold foil label... beautiful and interesting artwork... the whole deal! But the beer looks hazy in the clear glass bottle, and nowhere on the package does it say if it's bottle-conditioned or not. It does list it as being organic, which is a big bonus. Oddly enough, in the UK brown glass is used. As soon as the cap was pried up I could smell that it'd been skunked. Of course I'd expected that. (It goes by the name of Circle Master as well).

It poured a hazy golden-orange body beneath a frothy head of off-white. The head retention was very good, and it left some nice lace as it slowly dropped to a thin, but almost complete, surface covering. A little further on, the creamy surface covering moved away from the side of the glass I was sipping from (I'd had some greasy fries earlier), but it stayed full on the other side and left lace througout the remainder of the pint.

Sweetish grainy malt comes through in the nose, and what's left of it's mildy citrusy and floral hops (kind of like orange marmalade).

The body is medium with a dextrinous edge, and it's lightly crisp in the mouth with a moderate carbonation of around 2.4 volumes. The bubbles are quite fine, and I wonder if it is indeed bottle-conditioned.

There's a wonderful balance to this ale. It starts sweetish and fruity with a mild citrusy edge. The maltiness becomes apparent as it warms, revealing itself to be just lightly caramelish and bready; perhaps even a touch nutty. More floral and grassy hop flavors appear across the middle; and its solid bitterness leads it into a dry finish that lingers on the palate with a soft pepperiness.

Quite nice. Refreshing and satiating, but not over-filling or abusive to the palate - just a great session ale! Well worth trying.

NeroFiddled, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
3.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden yellow, slightly hazy with very little head retention.

Aroma twists together caramel-sweet malts, bready, grainy and a good hit of citrus from the hops.

Flavor is your typical English pale ale, well-balanced caramel maltiness, rich nuttiness, smooth and well-defined hops. Nothing outrageously amazing, but solid.

Buttery mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Mild and on the thinner side.

Easily drinkable, mellow, mild, satisfying.

Metalmonk, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of hunteraw
3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Paler in color than I was expecting from something classified as an English Pale Ale on BA - looks almost like a Kolsch, very golden in color. Looks very boring.

Smell: Aroma is light, hints of English hops and a little ale fruitiness, but not much. Weak.

Taste: I found this department a bit surprising - more bitter than I expected (expectations were low, granted) and with some flavor. English hops, some diacetyl, and some pear flavors present. Bitterness might be a touch harsh - perhaps because only Target (a high alpha variety) was used.

Mouthfeel: Light, but not quite to the point of watery.

Drinkability: Not bad, but either mis-classified or not to-style, in my opinion.

hunteraw, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of SuperSpy
3.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Very pale with some coppery tones. Not cloudy but not clear either. A nice head initially that died way too fast, but left a 1/8 inch cap that stayed around for a little while but then melted away to nothing.

S - A malty aroma with hints of fruity hops. The aroma over all is very mild.

T - Some very light caramel, and fruit, with hop bitterness being pretty low. As I drink more of this I would have to say that the flavor really leans toward the malt, but with just enough hops to know they're there.

M - Fairly medium-light bodied and low carbonation.

SuperSpy, Nov 13, 2006
Scarecrow Ale from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
72 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.