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Scarecrow Ale - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Scarecrow AleScarecrow Ale

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451 Ratings

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Ratings: 451
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 19.11%
Wants: 5
Gots: 27 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-20-2002

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.52/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.03/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of bashiba
2.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of danny013
3.62/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of utahskyliner34
3.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Herrbrokt
3.28/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of avalon07
2.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of mcsquint
2.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

Photo of Hokies
2.64/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of nrbw23
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of froghop
2.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of wschumac
2.56/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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...

Photo of cvstrickland
3.63/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of albern
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of irishkyle21
3.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of everetends
2.58/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of AltBock
2.62/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of trackstar1043
3.62/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours golden wheat, with half in of off-white head, with onl decent retention.

S - Smells clean and crisp, with citrus, wheat, hops, a sweet floral aroma. Very pleasant.

T - Bright and lively, a bit of the sweet side for the style. Minimal bitterness with the wheat and floral being the difinitive flavors.

M - Good carbonation gives if a crisp feel, quite light but has a very clean finish.

D - Easy to drink but there are better EPA out there.

Photo of Beerbuddha
2.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer poured a golden copper color with bubbly white head and really nice lacing. The aroma was of wet dog. Weird. The last beer I had smelled similar. The taste was the same as the aroma and was wet dog. Not good. The mouthfeel was a medium body with medium carbonation. Overall I did not like this beer. I will need to give it a try again in the fall when I can get a fresh bottle.

Photo of Horsley54
1.39/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Had a slight hop smell to it, but nothing overwhelming
Did not have much taste to the beer at all
Tasted like water with a little beer flavor added to it
Only continued to drink because i paid over $5 for a single beer
Would not recommend very little taste
Def NOT a good Golden Pale Ale

Photo of windigo32
1.68/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours a slightly dark amber with very little head.

S: All I got off of this beer was a slight smell of hops. The faintest pale ale smell.

T: I expected a hoppy pale ale taste from the smell, but it wasn't delivered at all. This beer hardly has any taste except for a slight bitterness of hops.

M: Watery and carbonated are two words that quickly come to mind.

D: I didn't like this beer and it was honestly difficult to keep drinking it, except for the fact that I paid for it.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
2.18/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

a: minimal white head that quickly fades on a straw colored body; macro-lager look all the way

s: not too much of anything maybe a little bit of hops

t: some lighter malts and w/ just a tiny hint of ephemeral hop taste w/ overtones of anise

m: actually pretty creamy with light carb

d: not very different from a macro lager and a lot more expensive so i wouldn't go out of my way or drink it again

Photo of slvrmon82
2.3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I bought this one becaus it was organic and a golden pale ale. I am a big fan of english pale ales and american pale ales and this was neither.

A - Looked like it came out of a can. Nothing special at all.

S - Could smell the english hops on the front and the malts on the back.

T - This was what changed my mind, it was hoppy but lost the taste almost immediately and the after taste was very commercial.

M - Nothing amazing.

D - Not a lot. I for one can't afford or want to drink this beer. It was $3.99 for a twelve ounce bottle. Nothing special.

Photo of steelscarab
3.51/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at a BevMo! in the half liter brown bottle and drank it from a weissbier-style glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice amber hue with a cloudy-nature to it, not unlike a Hefe. It retains about a half inch of head for a short while and has prominent lacing after it dissipates.

Smell: Mostly sweet smell with subtle scents of something earthy. The earthy part smells like a mix of a little hop and toffee. I would say the smell (or mostly lack thereof) is the only real disappointment of this ale.

Taste: The malt pretty much covers up any other immediate taste, which is then followed with the aftertaste of some hops and that little bit of earthiness. Could have used a bit more hops but still very pleasant on the taste buds!

Mouth: Pretty good all in all. Nice carbonation and very smooth. I found it to be quite refreshing compared to some other Pale Ales.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable Ale. Light enough on the stomach to be a good session choice and is good nearly all around, and the organic bit helps a little too. Now if they only had this in a six pack...

Scarecrow Ale from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
73 out of 100 based on 451 ratings.