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Scarecrow Ale - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Scarecrow AleScarecrow Ale

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417 Ratings

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Ratings: 417
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 19.23%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | 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 beersarang
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden almost chestnut with a fluffy white head.

Nutty sweet aroma is pretty inviting, I think this was not skunked at all.

Very simple malt character. One dimensional malt profile leads into a nutty character with a very light floral hop bitterness. A touch of some fruity esters and maybe some toffee but overal very mild. Finishes dextrin sweet and is actually quite pleasant good.

Medium to light bodied with lower carbonation. Pretty run of the mill English ale, maybe slightly above average. I prefer others, but this is not bad at all. Perhaps would function well as a crossover beer.

beersarang, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of scooter231
3.88/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow color, about a half inch of head. Lovely. Bubbly, a good amount of lacing around the glass. Smell is very pungent, sour, lemony, strong- some sweet fruit, but mostly tangy, very refreshing.

The taste was citrusy and pungent, but more subtle. Very light. I imagine this would be lovely with a light cheese or other light foods. Mouthfeel is bubbly and light, refreshing and smooth. Drinkability is pretty good except I can see the sourness getting to you after a while- but I enjoyed this beer way more than I thought I would considering the previous reviews. Maybe they had bad bottles? Oh well, I enjoyed it.

scooter231, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.6/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was more pleasing than many of the reviews lead me to believe. It looks like a pale ale should, on the yellowy-orange side. Pours with a thick white that fades quickly; some sticky lacing is left on the glass whenst swirled.
The odor is rather pungent, an odor I happen to enjoy. It's a bit funky, but not spoiled funky. Just, you know, funky.
The taste is tangy and a bit sour. Some fruits and sour fruits in the flavor.
This tastes... english to me. The clear bottle is probably a bad idea for an organic beer, probably leading to lots of bad bottles floating around out there. This is definately a brew that demands freshness (no date could be found).
Not bad at all. Probably a good choice to go with lighter tasting foods.
Don't let the scarecrow scare you away.

ommegangpbr, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy, golden yelow, with a thin head that is helped by the fact that a lot of foam remained in the bottle after pouring. Wait a tick, and pour that in too, and there's a decent head. But it still dies off quickly.

Aroma is a less than wonderful hop- grassy, weedy, organic. That sounds bad- it's really not. It's ok, but not really interesting.

Flavor is actually decent- nice malt profile, with the hops being little more subdued than the aroma. There is a bit of an off-hops aftertaste that detracts a bit.

Overall, the mouthfeel is pleasant,a nd this is one that goes down nice and easy. Not bad!

Dukeofearl, May 10, 2005
Photo of HardTarget
2.3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice custom bottle with a witch riding a broom on a nice tapered clear glass bottle. Label lists abv at 4.7% and a comment about organic product.
Aroma: How does one say skunked in a professional manner? OMG this was skunked. First smell from 5 ft away said skunked, last smell before I finished the beer said skunked. Pepe LePhew level skunked. What is the British fascination with clear bottles? Please stop, they get to the US as a completely destroyed product.
Appearance: Clear yellow glass with a rocky head of white which laced in a respectable form.
Flavor: Biscuit and bread flavors in classic EPA form with a slight astringent hop flavor on a very earthy and grainy flavor base.
Mouthfeel: Light medium head with good carbonation.
Overall Impression: Be afraid, be very afraid! The transit from England hasn’t been pretty. I found this beer to be a fairly good EPA that had been slowly destroyed by light leaving it to be a skunked heap. Note to the British brewers, we have developed brown bottles, they protect beer, please use them.

HardTarget, Mar 12, 2005
Photo of kbub6f
3.23/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Two inches of cream-colored head sit on a clear, gold beer. Just a hint of amber. There's some nice, musky spoonk in the nose. Sugar and nuts and malt. The front is fruity and nutty. Middle is smooth, almost oily. A little milky. Finish is sharp, bitter, nutty, fresh. It's not bad. Fresh, nutty, bitter. Almost lagery.

kbub6f, Feb 02, 2005
Photo of shippos
3.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a clear golden color with a light white head that faded to a skim. skunky grassy aroma with a bit of sweet malt in background. well carbonated with a light taste and mouthfeel. has a lingering skunky taste to it and a bit spicy. light malt character coming through in the taste with some caramel coming through in the finish.

shippos, Jan 17, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
3.93/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this before out-of-state, but it just became available in Dallas, and I picked some up the day it came out of the case; thus I'm assured it's fresh.

Appearance: Pale golden-straw color, small head that quickly becomes a fine layer of foam.

Aroma: Light hop aroma.

Flavor: Clean malt profile with slightly higher-than-moderate bitterness. Little bit of a citrus hop bite. Finish is bitter, powdery-dry.

Body: Medium-low body, lower than the strength suggests, medium-low carbonation.

A fairly typical English ale, quite drinkable.

allengarvin, Nov 23, 2004
Photo of ADR
2.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden appearance, very white but very thin head is lost in 40 seconds. Laces in simple and almost complete rings. Catty aroma is pretty noticeable from a foot away, while the subject of green and clear glass is way overhyped, this does seem to be a light issue here. Body is shy of medium, the carbonation is actually pretty well done for the ABV. Hops and malt strike a decent if unremarkable balance, honeyish, but the skunkiness turns an initially average flavor into something that reminds me of milkweed. To try to reconstruct this brew in its original sense isn't a big deal, smooth and with a Bitter's balance, but probably really pedestrian.

ADR, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of oracle
2.35/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought this simply because I like the graphics on the bottle. Knew I was getting into trouble with clear glass, but bought it anyway. Silly me.

Beer poured light yellow, almost the color of a hefe-wiezen. thin head that left some lacing until it died away.

Smell hit like a ton of bricks the minute the top was off. Skunked. Bad.

I took a few sips just to have an idea of what it tasted like. simple, slightly malty. Not much to get exited about. Might have been much more drinkable in a brown bottle.

oracle, Oct 07, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
2.28/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Okay. I like the shape of the bottle, very classy, but it's clear glass, not a great sign, and the beer's color doesn't appeal much, either. Well, let's crack it open anyway...
Appearance: clear and golden, nice enough, bubbly white head. Eh.
Aroma: doesn't hold promise, even from a foot away, but, here goes, bringing it to the nose...very odd. Vegetal, cooked cabbage, bit skunky. Not my cuppa.
Taste? Must I ...? Nothing on the palate, completely lackluster, just slides past the lips and down the throat without any pleasure left behing. A total dud! Nothing better than moist paper, lemon rind, cereal husks...English pale ale, eh? Certainly a paragon of pale, if it can attest to no other accomplishment.
$3.33 down the drain...skip this one

feloniousmonk, Sep 19, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
2.93/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've had this beer at a tasting, fresh out of sealed boxes, never exposed to light and that was a different experience than what I have in front of me. The first thing to realize about this beer is that it comes in a clear bottle, so anything on the shelf for any amount of time is going to be tarnished with the exposure to light. After taking off the cap, the first scent I get is the typical skunky/Grolschy smell I associate with a beer gone bad. The beer is a pretty light golden yellow color without much of a head even after trying to make it happen. The nose, besides the skunk, has some sweet malts hiding along with a metallic smell. Not what I want in a beer of any type. The flavor is MUCH better than the smell, though there is a metallic tinge that detracts. There is a nice sweet start and hops that dance on my tonge after swallowing the beer. Not a bad offering. The beer is a little thin for my liking. The drinkability is not as high as I would expect from a nice light beer. I don't know if I can find this on tap or fresh out of a box again, but that is the only way I would want to re-sample.

kmpitz2, Aug 18, 2004
Photo of moulefrite
2.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This baby looks better than it tastes...but not by much! It pours a hazy golden/orange with just a trace of head and some lace, though marginal. Aromas hint of sticky sweet hop, and mild malt, with a kiss of skunk for good measure. In the mouth the beer provides the taster more sticky sweet hop flavors and an underlying flavor of fennel/licorice. The beer finishes in an uninspiring cloying fashion. I won't bother finishing this one, I'll save the belly space.

moulefrite, Aug 03, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.78/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

blitheringidiot, Jun 11, 2004
Photo of shapudding
1.3/5  rDev -58.3%
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...?

shapudding, Jun 03, 2004
Photo of Zorro
2.23/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

Zorro, Apr 11, 2004
Photo of Suds
2.5/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Suds, Mar 20, 2004
Photo of ark57
3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

ark57, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of genaro
2.63/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

genaro, Feb 03, 2004
Photo of jlervine
2.88/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

jlervine, Jan 17, 2004
Photo of Ieatlambfries
1.75/5  rDev -43.9%
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.

Ieatlambfries, Jan 05, 2004
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
2.9/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

gueuzeonhigh, Dec 28, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
2.25/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

beergeek279, Nov 29, 2003
Photo of PatandDavid
2.53/5  rDev -18.9%
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

PatandDavid, Nov 21, 2003
Photo of clvand0
2.4/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

clvand0, Nov 17, 2003
Scarecrow Ale from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
72 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.