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Scarecrow Ale - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-20-2002

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Photo of beerking1
3.75/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brilliantly clear, dark gold with a medium white head that lingers well. Aroma is butterscotch backed by esters and earthy UK hops. Some hints of fusel. Esters and butterscotch follow through in the flavor, which is backed by a pretty decent malt and crystal character. Tail is a bit dry, along with more butterscotch and some nice crystal malt. Definitely much better since they went to brown bottles!

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.2/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Kind of the same thing as the Dark English Ale (I tried them back to back). It drops off your palate pretty fast and you are left with virtually nothing after a very short flow of taste. Even the fact that it is a USDA Organic brew doesn't help at all with it.

Photo of dsa7783
4.3/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I continue to be pleased by offerings from the Wychwood company... My third beer that I've sampled from this establishment, and I was very impressed by this one... From a 16.9 oz bottle, poured a golden amber color that resembles a hefe-weizen... A nice looking brew with a sharp, tangy, and citrusy aroma to match... taste was great, similar to a hefe or a witbier, with its distinct floral and fruity notes, without the yeast... Bottle says this is an organic ale, and the exceptional flavor can clearly live up to that claim... A great beer that is easily drinkable and goes down very smooth... not at all bitter... one I would enjoy any time... too bad its not available in six-packs... certainly recommended...

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.65/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a big fan of Wychwood's brews, and after searching for a long time I finally ran into a place that carries most of their stuff. I picked up one of their 1 pint brown bottles on a whim. I could frankly care less about it being organic, I didn't notice any difference.

Color is a nice, milky smooth gold. Head was fairly thin, less than an inch, but it lasted for the most part.

Smell was interesting, fairly earthy, bit of malt, maybe a hint of something sweet.

Taste was alright, fairly sweet and hoppy, I like the initial taste the most, however the after taste was a bit hard, and I tasted nothing but malt and alcohol.

The mouthfeel was decent, it was less carbonated that I prefer and not as bubbly as, say, something from Unibroue. It was a tad bit grainy but nothing that made me want to stop drinking it.

Overall drinkablity for me is low. I have another bottle of this that I'll drink, but I don't think I'll buy one again. I felt slightly sick after drinking it and although it could have been from something else, I can't shake the feeling that the Scarecrow here was responsible. Try it, you might like it, but probably not.

Photo of Brad007
2/5  rDev -36.3%
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

Photo of MTNboy
2.71/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of flowerysong
3.05/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
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

Photo of Cleb
2.86/5  rDev -8.9%
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

Photo of PhageLab
3.28/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of JamesS
2.85/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of templar316
4.57/5  rDev +45.5%
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.

Photo of Durge
2.68/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of ohoove
2.36/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.47/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of jettjon
3.15/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of BryanCarey
2.67/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of Ricochet
3.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.39/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Photo of kelticblood
3.22/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of killergreenbulli
3.86/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

Photo of theopholis
2.91/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev +28.3%
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.

Photo of Abita45
3.97/5  rDev +26.4%
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.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.09/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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