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Scarecrow Ale - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Scarecrow AleScarecrow Ale

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404 Ratings

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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | 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 blitheringidiot


3.78/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazey orange wheaty cloudy pour that looked like cider, except filtered, and topped off with a halo ring.

Scents of straw and peaches. This is an organic ale, afterall. Powerful skunky barnyard scents pervade the nose.

Tastes are total apple juice and lager. Ephemeral aftertaste with horse blanket. Average carbonation. This organic offering is a little too unique to be a regular offering.

Last swigs: Glad I tied this lager & apple juice.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2004 05:12:38 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of shapudding


1.3/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured out with no head, teensy bit of large bubbles on the side only. A little cloudy, the color of apple juice. Smells intensely like styrian hops to speak nicely, smells skunky to not speak nicely. Taste of very earthy tones. The styrian hop flavor is just too intense in this brew -I am just not a fan of them so maybe I just can't get over that...?

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2004 03:04:57 | More by shapudding
Photo of Zorro


2.23/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear pale yellow-Orange brew.

Smell is sweet with malt and a wine like fruit and flowers smell.

Taste is malt with an almost salty flavor to it. Mild bitterness and flower flavors. Blah I don't really like the flavor of this.

Mouthfeel is thin.

Drinkable but not really good to drink. I can't recommend that you buy this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2004 05:48:17 | More by Zorro
Photo of Suds


2.5/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A little brown glass would go a long way.
Pours a pale peach-to-orange color with a shallow white head. Aroma is slightly grainy with a slight hop background. There may be more there, but it’s hidden behind the catty flaw (I don’t know why they chose clear glass).
Soft, slightly malty, and generally clean. Ends with a pleasing English hop bitterness.
The beer is also light and watery, hollow and uninspiring.
On the whole, this was a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2004 01:52:51 | More by Suds
Photo of ark57


3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It is a yellow golden color with not much of a head. It is hust average to look at and it doesn ot get any better from there. The aroma is not strong, but it sort of reminds me of lemon iced tea. The maltiness is not extensive, which is good because it is no too hoppy. It is well balanced, but lacks depth and complexity. It is refreshing, but there are many better English Pale Ales available.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2004 14:04:40 | More by ark57
Photo of genaro


2.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Scarecrow Ale was a light gold color. The aroma was grainy and unremarkable. The taste was undistinguished, mostly grainy with some sweetness and a bit of citrus. Carbonation was good, but the overall mouth feel was not. The finish was slightly dry. To me this beer seemed to be more like a pilsner than a golden ale. Best points were the use of organically grown hops and malt and the label.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2004 21:27:40 | More by genaro
Photo of jlervine


2.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow with a thin white head and sinks back within a minute or so to form a lazy lace on the top of the beer. Smell is earth robust hops, bit of pale malts hiding back ther as well. Bitter astringency dominates the taste. The hops are predominant, but it just doesn't quite taste right. It gets more drinkable after every sip, though, and sweet honey flavors step through once your taste buds adjust. By the third sip, you think it isn't so bad, just a bit thin in the mouthfeel. Would not make a bad session beer, but would not make a good one, either.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2004 04:23:23 | More by jlervine
Photo of Ieatlambfries

New Jersey

1.75/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

All I can say is that the bottle and label are certainly the high points of this ale. The appearance wasn't bad, golden, thick head, big bubbles that disappeared rather quickly. Lacing was scant and also disappeared. The smell was hops and skunk, with the skunk being more prevalent. Not to my liking at all. The taste was a bit hoppy, grains and watery/alcolhol. But I still couldn't get over the skunk aroma enough to try to enjoy it. Mouthfeel was thin and watery also. Drinkability was hampered by the bad smell and so so taste. I don't know if the skunked aroma was inherent to the product or if I happened to get a bad bottle. If it was the latter than I would say this beer wasn't horrible, just nothing great, barely a step above domestic macros. If however it wasn't a bad bottle and that skunkiness is normal, then it's a whole different ball game.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2004 01:14:26 | More by Ieatlambfries
Photo of gueuzeonhigh


2.9/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear yellow-amber is the color. A definite “yellow-amber”, more to the amber than yellow.

As the beer cascaded into my glass a foamy head welled up. It made its appearance, took a bow, and receded to the depths of the unknown. Some slight graffiti lacing here and there upon the walls of my tasting glass. A few larger bubble atolls floating aimlessly upon the beer’s surface, but other than that, not a peep, nor an appearance.

The aroma from my glass was scant, that of mild clean hops, maybe a tad of yeast. A sprinkle of malt but it’s very very faint. The entire nose is very faint, or perhaps it made a feint right by my nose.

The flavor makes an initial stand, then upon striking the rigors of my palate, quickly decides, as it’s foamy forebear head cousin, to recede to the dark annals of the flavor stage.

There’s an ale like signature, and I can’t think of another beer style the initial flavor might fit. There’s a fizzy hops bitterness that lingers for a while then dissipates.

The mouthfeel is thin, almost like one of the big American Lagers leaving me yearning for something more substantial.

The beer finishes with a watery profile- although it leaves behind the stripes of an ale, but small, light stripes they are.

Drinkability is a mere “OK”. It seems like I could quaff a few pints of this libation, but I can’t help but think “why bother”—there are many others that better this beer in the flavor thrills, and it’s not that heavy on the alcohol anyway...

Ho-Hum. Yawn.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2003 03:01:22 | More by gueuzeonhigh
Photo of beergeek279


2.25/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in the 500 mL bottle. The color is golden, with clumping head. The smell is horrible cardboard. The taste is terribly oxidized, with very little maltiness coming through in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, it'll be plenty challenge enough to have this one!

I'm quite disappointed with this one, since I'd loved RobBeer's Hobgoblin shirt ("What's the matter, lagerboy? Afraid you might taste something?"), and that's why I purchased this one, but I just can't recommend it. Not good, and one I won't have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2003 01:56:21 | More by beergeek279
Photo of PatandDavid


2.53/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had high hopes for this one. Right out of the fridge, it was not too bad. As it warmed, however, things started to go down hill. I have half a pint glass left, and I'm not sure I can finish drinking it,

Here goes: Slightly dark golden color, no head, no lace. Smell is muddied grain, and maybe eud de soap? Taste...it wasn't too bad out of the fridge, but now it's a bit brassy (literally), and not that great. Mouthfeel is thin.

Sorry, but looks are deceiving. You'll buy the beer because it looks cool, but after you start drinking it, you'll realise it's not that good. pat

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2003 01:30:03 | More by PatandDavid
Photo of clvand0


2.4/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a yellow color and has a decent sized white head and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is not too exciting - just malts and some yeast. The flavor was slightly skunky - possibly due to the clear bottle. Mostly the flavor was comprised of pale malts and a tiny bit of hops, but not much else. I didn't care much for this one, but I might try it again if I can find it on tap somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2003 13:41:24 | More by clvand0
Photo of Winter


3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The 500 ml clear glass bottle. Black and gold Wychwood Brewery logo on a green band along the neck. Nice looking auturm bottle label illustration depicts a scarecrow in the field with his arms outstretched. He has an owl on one arm and a fox in the golden field behind him. The words 'Scarecrow' are on a black banner on the top of the oval label, while 'Ale' sits on a black banner on the bottom in front of a bunch of hops. The Soil Association Organic Standard approval is stamped on both the neck and front label. Cool looking overall, but the clear glass bottle is a bad idea.

Immediately upon opening the bottle, I detected a strong 'skunked' aroma. This organic ale pours a clear golden with a white head. A pungent hoppy and a feint caramel aroma are noticed behind the obvious skunky scent. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. The flavor has some sweetness from the malt. Hop bitterness emerges midway through and lingers into the finish. Tastes pretty average, nothing special.

The fact that this is an organic ale (and definitely light-stuck) does nothing for me. It's worth a try I suppose, but something I would not purchase regularly.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2003 19:02:23 | More by Winter
Photo of RoyalT


1.95/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance – Murky orange in color with a decent head.

Smell – How did I end up with skunk in an English Ale? I don’t know, but this one smells horrible. There’s a dull malt aroma with a slight hop balance, but mostly skunk to this one.

Taste – This tastes worse than it smells. The skunk is in high profile, drowning out the smallish malt flavor.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated, medium in the body, and a tad refreshing.

Sinkability – This British skunkorama is dedicated to the porcelain Gods.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2003 02:42:34 | More by RoyalT
Photo of Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly cloudy medium golden hue with a very light crown and limited glass ring and lace.
The carbonation is very light and the density is medium/full.
The nose is of the skunk initially but then quiets.
The taste has a hoppy start but quickly replaced by a grainy sweetness that still allows a slight bitterness to remain in the background.
Not impressive.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2003 01:38:32 | More by Shiloh
Photo of BeerResearcher


4/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This organic ale pours a shiny gold. A nice white head of various sized bubbles lasts a fairly long time and leaves a thin-rimmed coating and a good amount of lace. The aroma is mostly a doughy malt with a fair amount of hops. Being that this ale is bottled in clear glass, I expect it would have become skunky had I stored it a bit longer. A lightly sweet malt blends well with tea-like and citrusy hops. A faint taste of pears can be detected. I like this beer, but because there's no freshness date, I'll only buy it from reputable packies.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2003 02:30:56 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is simple; pale malts and yeast. The taste is much the same; very plain, no malt character, bitter, and quite dry. The mouthfeel sucks. It's a light bodied beer, but the carbonation is way too low. This was a hard drink. One and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2003 03:13:38 | More by WesWes
Photo of Darkale


3.8/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting. Upon taking a sniff, I had an immediate memory of drinking Miller as a teen ager. Not exactly a stellar recommendation, I don't think, for the beer's aroma! But, the taste and mouthfeel are much better.

Great, crisp mouthfeel. Round, slightly sour, slightly bitter, but it ends up clean tasting in the mouth. Slightly buttery taste in the mouth, just a bit slick.

I could have a dozen of these. Eminently drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2003 13:28:45 | More by Darkale
Photo of TripelJ


3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500ml Clear bottle with scarecrow on label

This beer is average all the way down the line, but on the whole, enjoyable. Poured a golden caramel with medium white head. Smells faintly sweet and hoppiness--no skunk here. Taste begins malty sweet and fades to a nice mellow hoppy bitterness. Not much else here just sweet to bitter, malty to hoppy, average scores reflect an overall lack of character and depth.

I'll also note, and I could be wrong, but I think they just changed the bottling of these beers to a smoother more rounded bottle, but its still clear--maybe they didn't get the memo. This beer would get higher ratings if people were able to sample fresher bottles.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2003 07:23:47 | More by TripelJ
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Its to bad I had to give this a bad rating,I love to get the hard to find English ales.Anyways this poured a sort of gold color with a light head that did leave some lacing,the aroma was a little skunky (damn clear bottles!) and musty.The taste was a little skunky as well but I did pick up some slight maltiness to it.I would like to try this on tap or in its home country Iam sure it would be better.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2003 14:51:05 | More by oberon
Photo of Reverand


3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After reading some of the other reviews I was quite hesitant to try this beer. But since it is from Wychwood I had to give it a whirl.
Scarecrow poured to a rather nice pale yellow but no head to be seen or any belgian lace. Nice clarity though. I must have gotton a good batch because I did not detect a hint of skunkiness. Overall a rather average ale with a cool label. Worth a try if you find.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2003 15:00:55 | More by Reverand
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a medium white head that leaves no lace. Despite reading other reviews that this was skunkiest brew on the planet, I got a good batch without a trace of skunkiness. Clear golden color with carbonation that gradually dies. Crisp clean finish after a hoppy/malt start. Light - medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2003 16:47:27 | More by jdhilt
Photo of marburg


2.65/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Someone aimed the remote control at this beer and pressed "mute."

Muted golden color with a head whose life is very short.

Muted aromas -- basic herbal, grassy, non-distinct aromas. Some malt in there, I suppose.

Muted taste ressembles a lighter lager almost more than an ale. Bland and uninspired. A malty, very light, very simple beer.

This is OK, and I'd rather drink it than something I know had tons of chemicals in it (this is apparently an organic brew). But this isn't something I'd choose to buy again.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2003 11:00:16 | More by marburg
Photo of AudioGilz


2.42/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very unimpressive ale. Cool bottle design, but that's about it. There was some definite skunkiness, damn clear bottles. It wasn't unbearable so maybe I bought it just in time before horribleness set in. Bitterness is noticeable in the aroma, taste, and aftertaste. It's nicely refreshing in a way. No excitement here. I'm staying away from clear bottles, unless it's Sam Smith's.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2003 17:35:43 | More by AudioGilz
Photo of Dogbrick


2.17/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another clear bottle import ruined by skunky smell. Another $3.50 down the drain. Another cool bottle concept wasted. This beer probably would not be bad otherwise, as it did have some hops flavor. I don't know when some of these importers will realize they are shooting themselves in the foot with these clear bottles.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2002 09:12:58 | More by Dogbrick
Scarecrow Ale from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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