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Scarecrow Ale - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Scarecrow AleScarecrow Ale

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BA SCORE
73
okay

455 Ratings
THE BROS
76
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Ratings: 455
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 18.79%
Wants: 6
Gots: 30 | 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 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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +31.5%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.77/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Photo of hunteraw
3.05/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of SuperSpy
3.04/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of mnesporov
2.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a 1 pint brown bottle (Thank god they changed up there Bottles) No freshness date to be seen. I really like the whole design of the bottle with the engraving and what not and the kick ass Scarecrow on it. Now to the actual brew.

Appearance: Translucent dark amber with hints of copper tone. It had a creamy white head that initially looked like it would last but ultimately faded to a thick lace that lasted till the end.

Smell: Very simple and clean smell to it with hints of Barley and a distinctive hop’s aroma.

Flavor: Distinctively bold hoppy beer. A little earthy with a hint of citrus but it seems to be lacking in overall flavor. This beer is just a little dole.

Mouth-Feel: A decent amount of carbonation vigorously abuses your tongue until it clamors of into a distinctively creaminess.

Drink-Ability: For nearly 3.50$ I don’t really recommend this beer. I’m not the biggest fan of English pale ale’s though so it’s ether a hit or miss hear for you. I do believe that it will get a little more recognition now that it is not in the clear bottle and in the brown.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a cloudy golden with a small head. It had a slightly fruity smell that had a hint of hop aroma. The taste was bitter and high in hops. The mouthfeel was a little thin, some carbonation made it interesting, but nothing outstanding. The drinkability was fair but a bit bitter for long sessions.

Photo of DogFood11
2.04/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Super clear pale yellow with what looks like forced carbonation as its friggin huge bubbles. White head is very loose and falls to a little island and minimal lace left behind.

Hops are subdued but there is an herbal quality that pulls through. It carries a yeasty smell that doesn't come out in the taste. Light sweet malts with a bit of tobasco on the backside. Grain and inklings of light fruits.

Notes: One and done. Another English Pale that is completely unimpressive and boring. The only thing of interest was the smell but it ends there as not much from the nose comes through when the rubber hits the road. Oh, and the bottles that I've seen around are now brown and they are advertising this brew as organic. Neato.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a pretty cloudy burnt orange color with a very small 1/8" head of off white bubbles. After 30 seconds or so there was a thin layer of foam that covered the beer that stuck around for a little while. There are really no bubbles rising to speak of.

Aroma: There is a noticeable citrusy aroma that seems more like American variety hops which is a bit unusual. There is also a noticeable toasty malt character along with some evident light crystal like sweetness in there. As the beer sits for a little while and warms some, the hop aroma turns out to be a bit more floral.

Taste: The flavor starts out with a bit of sweetness, but it doesn't take long for the hops to take care of that and send the malt to the back of the bus. The water has a bit of a bite to it with this beer, so the middle of the profile to the finish has a bit of minerally depth to it that makes the hops scrape across your palate...as much as they can. Really, the overall balance of this beer is pretty uneventful. It comes across as being pretty thin and watery. The reason why the hops stand out so much in the flavor is that there is little to give it any resistance.

Opinion: This is an OK beer. It drinks pretty well with the light body and mild flavor, but there isn't much to make you go "WOW!, I really want to have another one of those!" It is not bad, so don't get me wrong. There just isn't all that much going for this beer. I would recommend any number of EPA's over this one.

Photo of smcolw
2.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Half-liter bottle. Pours golden and clear. Nice head, good lace.

Grainy aroma--some band-aid smells mixed in. Mostly malt, very little hop.

Very thin body with high carbonation. Strong hop flavors. This is the full picture, from sip to swallow to aftertaste. The flavor is better than the appearance or aroma would lead you to believe.

Unusual aroma/taste, they seem to contradict each other. The weak body dooms this brew. Oh, well.

Photo of kimcgolf
2.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle to a golden orange color and thick white head that turned into good lacing. Unfortunately, the appearance was the high point. Aroma at first was floral and grassy hops. However, the mmore of the beer I had, the less aroma there was. Never did taste the maltiness they describe , and the flavor was really devoid of much taste. Finish was dry and metallic, and forutnately diminished very quickly. Cute name and label....not much to say about the beer.

Photo of TexIndy
2.03/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 500ml bottle (now dark brown - earlier reviews mention old clear bottle) with no freshness date. Had a golden color with decent head and tons of carbonation. Really didn't have much of a smell, little hoppy. The taste was very bland and mouthfeel was very watery. Unless I had a bad sample, this is not worth having again or recommending. (2, NA, ML, N)

Photo of jj21
2.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If you've seen the unedited version of "American Pie" where they show the cup of "Stifler's Pale Ale" that's what this looked like in the bottle. Hazy yellow with some sort of cloudy sediment floating in it. I think if it was a brown bottle where I couldn't see the beer, it wouldn't have turned me off to it right away.

I opened the bottle and immediately smelled skunk. Strike two. I read in quite a few reviews that there wasn't much head, so I poured rather vigorously into a 25 ounce mug to create what I could and it worked. I had a nice 2 inch thick head of white foam. Unfortunately, this only intensified the skunkiness. I hesitantly tasted the first sip. Yeasty, skunky mess up front. However, after a few sips, it seemed to become better, which meant it was still pretty average. Mildly hoppy, some citrus background, big yeast presence.

This turned out not to be as bad as anticipated, but that's not saying much. Would I ever try it again? Probably not.

Photo of Drew966
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the label: "Organic imported golden pale ale." Scarecrow Ale pours a light golden color with a minimal white head from a clear bottle which oddly enough did not appear to have an easily discernible size marked on it. Light for the style, nothing particularly exciting, just kind of average. Worth a try.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent, but predictable beer. Typicall English in a very sweet, heavy malt kinda way. Held away from cloying by hop flavor (herbally). Hops show modestly in the aroma, but round out the flavor. Hops add very little bittering to the bigger malt base. Ripe fruits and a light vegetal flavor emerge near the finish. A little slick on the toung (buttery). It's worth drinking, but I'm getting bored with a lot of these English brews. Light, refreshing, but a little weak in the finish. Easy to drink, but tough to appreciate.

Photo of Lagaffe74
2.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I tried this one from a bottle. Pours a light yellow with a head that is quick to disappear. I noted a little honey, with maybe some grapefruit in the nose. The feeling on the palate was okay, with a slight bitter finish. Yet, this is balanced and refreshing. There is nothing extraordinary about this one, but nothing awful. Just average.

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

This is okay, I suppose. Everything about this one seemed about average. It poured a slightly pale orange colour with about a 10mm white head that seemed to vanish in approximately 20 seconds or so. A steady stream of bubbles slowly but steadily continues to rise through the beer. It doesn't look terrible, but it doesn't look spectacular, either. Smell is a little sweet with a tiny amount of caramel hiding in there. I think it and the hop (deliberatly no "s") found a little nook to hide in with one another. So again, not awful, but certainly not impressive. Taste is very mildly bitter with a tiny bit of a biscuit like flavour / dryness toward the finish. Mouthfeel was a bit thin and empty. All in all, this was decent at best. As my scoring indicates: average.

-SS

Photo of seebus
2.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served in a 500ml bottle, with a nice looking label with good artwork of a scarecrow and a bright gold border. no freshness date.

the smell is light and sweet, almost like crushed up 'smarties'. the taste is immediately sweet, then watery and bitter, a bit thin of a mouthfeel that recovers a little when you swallow. sometimes going back to the glass, the smell becomes the sweetness of garbage. really, if you get that in your head, when you go back and breath in, you'll smell it. best to put it out of your head and think about beer.

this was alright. it is usda certified organic, which is good if you're into that.

Photo of Bitterbill
2.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 500ml bottle(room temp) medium gold with a fairly large head of foam that dissipated slowly, leaving a fine layer.

The smell when I opened the bottle had an initial air of skunkiness but that settled down quickly leaving a kind of malty nose with some nutty notes.

The taste has some malt up front but then, a rather citrusy hoppy bitter flavour moves in and it's a bit harsh on the tongue. The finish also has that harsh bitterness to it..hmm...maybe I'm not a fan of Target hops(as per label).

Bottom line: I like a lot of UK brews and appreciate the fact that they can make a flavourful beer with rather low abv %s but..this is one that I won't make a habit of buying. I'll blame the hops. :^(

Photo of doubleipa
3.12/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at a beer and cheese tasting. It was paired with Lord of the Hundreds - Sussex - Raw Ewe's milk cheese. Decent enough beer with a nice floral hop aroma. Not a whole lot of malt in the aroma or the taste. Nothing really makes this stand out as an ESB. My gold standard for this style is Fuller's ESB on cask - in London.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
1.79/5  rDev -43%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce (355ml) brown glass bottle, cool rather unique shape which is embossed on the shoulders and base. No freshness, best before date or strength – nothing except a picture of a Scarecrow, the words ‘Golden Pale Ale’ and a USDA Organic sign.

Appearance: Golden orange with a little amber in there for depth. Off-white head forms easily and produces good lacing and a decent ½’ collar. Fine carbonation.

Nose: Dull and dank. Sweaty malts and some sulphur with a faded Shandy smell to it. Not very inviting I have to say.

Taste: Well I thought the nose was bad enough, but the tastes are worse. Mineral laden pastel metallic feel had me confused. The dumpy-frumpy tone is set deep. Damp and musky with a “skunky” feel, though this is definitely not “skunked”, it seems to exhibit many characteristics that are equally as off-putting. Painful to evaluate at times.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with a reasonable feel, but the cardboard dank feel just sinks this one. Ashtray like finish. Not good.

Drinkability: Unconvincing offering that fades quickly after only a couple of mouthfuls and the horrible dawn of reality that this is not going to get better. I decided not to finish the bottle.

Overall: What possessed me to event think this would be worth a try? Well I guess I was fooled by the brown bottle. It just goes to show that not all crap “skunky” beer comes in clear glass bottles!!! A big miss.

Photo of Pegasus
3.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy orange-brown in color, with a small off-white head, which retains superbly, fine-grained glass-coating lace, and a profusion of fine, slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Bready yeast aroma, with earthy notes, and herbal hops, some skunkiness due to the clear glass bottle.

Taste: Slightly tart malt presence with a heavy-handed herbal hop presence, some light fruit notes in the middle, finishes with a lingering bitter hop note.

Mouth feel: Somewhat light, but overall, pleasant, mildly zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A bit one-dimensional, not bad, but less character than I would have expected.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom clear glass half-liter bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Scarecrow Ale from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
73 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.