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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
okay

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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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3.04/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle marked 3 DEL 15:02 at 45 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma initially of skunk, replaced by odor of malt
Head small (2 cm), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring with center island
Lacing average – small to medium irregular islands of small bubbles
Body golden, chill haze which disappears as the ale warms
Flavor begins bitter with malty overtones; no alcohol, no diacetyl. The bitterness could be from the hops, but can’t be sure. Ends with bitterness with a long hang time.
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation.

Meets criteria for Brit pale ale. I prefer Yorkshire dark ales. I have noticed some skunkiness in other Wychwood light ales on draft in the UK.

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5/5  rDev +59.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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4/5  rDev +27.4%

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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3.68/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep golden copper, clear filtered with little carbonation, 4 fingers of off white yellow tinged head.

S: Honey, sun bleached hay or grass, light fruitiness of a sort of citrus lemon quality. Almost a vanilla quality.

T: Light, dry dried hay, hard water, little lemon peel quality, a little caramel quality but really dry not sweet. Very little light bitterness on the end.

M: Medium light body with little carbonation, dry finish.

O: Well rounded British ale. Good, not awesome, light and balanced, lightly hopped.

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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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2/5  rDev -36.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

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

Scarecrow is a lusterless golden colour with a fall foliage kind of tone. Although perfectly transparent it lacks that truly sunny disposition of a summer quencher and looks better suited to autumn temperatures. Its head is certainly no bale of hay but does leave behind straws of lacing.

You'd expect a brand marketed on the basis of being organic to smell cleaner and more wholesome than this; an aroma of stale corn kernels doesn't conjure pristine images of golden grain fields the way that scents of lightly sweet and soft, fresh-baked bread can. The total lack of hoppiness also robs the bouquet the possibility of any kind of 'green' qualities either.

When attempting to brew a clean, approachable pale ale the answer is not to tone down the flavour - it's to up the quality of the ingredients. This is the mistake so many producers make. People like the softly sweet, subtly biscuity flavours of barley malt - what they don't enjoy is a bitter and bloating form of mineral water. What's the point of drinking that?

Scarecrow, unfortunately, has more of the latter than the former. There's very little malt flavour except for the most raw, rudimentary taste of cereal grain. Hops are entirely absent though a light but crude bitterness concludes each sip. And the hard water minerals make the ale feel especially dense but don't add any redeeming flavour qualities.

Like a real-life scarecrow, this may take the shape and appearance of a beer but it's all hollow inside. If the people at Wychwood had a brain they'd ditch this offering and put their reasonably talented brewer to better use - then again this is the same company that brought us Ginger Beard and Forest Fruits so I wouldn't bank on it.

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2.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: A hazy orange body with very slow carbonation with minimal head that did not lace and took mere minutes to dissolve.

Smell: There a slight mineral note with some bready malt and touches of hops. Warming helped bring out a bit more potency. Nothing offensive, but nothing stands out.

Taste: Bitter through the entire beer, as mineral and hops permeate the entire beer. The doughy malt starts the beer, and it amps up the hops and mineral as the beer end. It's alright, but it seems a bit out of place.

Mouthfeel: The mineral note dominates the aftertaste, which doesn't seem quite right. The carbonation seems a bit weak as well. However it does make a presence throughout the entire beer.

Drinkability: The carbonation seems to make itself known after it his your stomach as it's quite gassy. That still being said, it's an easy enough drinker I suppose.

Final Thoughts: Go catch the mill, because it's running here. This is pretty much an average pale ale. No bells and whistles, nothing special. It makes me mourn for the passing of Fiddler's Elbow in Ontario.

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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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