Scarecrow Ale | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Scarecrow AleScarecrow Ale

Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-20-2002

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5/5  rDev +61.3%

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5/5  rDev +61.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +53.2%

Photo of josanguapo
4.69/5  rDev +51.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From elcervecero. In Ikea's pint glass. After dinner. Fresh, refreshing, zesty, with a moreish dry finish and very pleasant herbal bitterness/spicyness notes. One of Wychwood best offerings and with difference the best brew with the label "organic" Ive had.

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Photo of gbarbee
4.65/5  rDev +50%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Amber
Smell: Malty
Taste: Slight hops and malt
Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean
Drinkability: Nice beer that I really enjoyed. I would purchase and drink this beer again and would offer it to friends.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Jason_the_Argonaut
4.64/5  rDev +49.7%

Photo of Thewargod
4.59/5  rDev +48.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of templar316
4.57/5  rDev +47.4%
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.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.55/5  rDev +46.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- brilliant hazy reddish orange persimmon with golden sparkles at the bottom of my imperial pint glass. head is beautiful while it lasts. dense and creamy and buff colored. shrinks down quickly, but to a thick disk and leaves big chunks of lace.

S- caramel, toffee, diacetyl, butterscotch, metallic mineral water, tomato, granola, cantaloupe, mango, and very fresh cereal grains. mild hints of berries and lilies linger somewhere in there with a slight citrus tartness. the super fresh grain aroma reminds me of duchy originals and that notion has been validated by wychwood's website. i loves me some organic.

T- fresh grains of all types, oats, barley, wheat, rye, with faint flavors of orange and lemon. hop flavor moves in about half way with an herbal bitterness, as do earthy yeast flavors of mushroom and soil, granite, dried leaves and aromatic wood. toasted, buttery, caramel, and toffee flavors linger into the finish with some light milk chocolate and pleasant hop flavor.

MF- crisp and becoming juicy, refreshing, under medium carbonation, and drying. dryness leaves a membrane film feeling that gives the impression of finely milled grain or flour.

D- i've been out in the hot ohio sun for the last 4 hours and this shit ROCKS. maybe i'm partial to english beers, but i don't know why the hell everyone is sleepin on scarecrow/circle master. maybe you all shoulda got the brown bottle! haha! at any rate i WILL bee seeking out a case of this stuff as soon as i locate the distributor who carries it...

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Photo of santomark
4.5/5  rDev +45.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- I loved the color this beer poured a great tainted orange-red. Head lasted nicely then slowly disappeared.

S- This beer smelled very balanced with malt and hops, as well as some fruit notes.

T- Taste was awesome just the right amount of bitterness, hops, malts, oats and fruits. The after taste was quite an experience it comes back up and leaves a refreshing taste on the tongue that just leaves me coming back for more.

M- Nice medium body with a refreshing, clean and crisp feeling. It also massages the tongue with just the right amount of carbonation.

D- I can't understand why people rate this so poorly, in my opinion its one of the best golden pale ale's I've had. I guess many people are just use to pesticides in their beers. I'll definatly be coming back for more of this stuff. Great beer. Give it a chance!

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4.5/5  rDev +45.2%

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4.4/5  rDev +41.9%

Photo of dsa7783
4.3/5  rDev +38.7%
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...

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Photo of igl
4.27/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +37.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +37.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +37.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +37.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +37.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +37.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +37.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +37.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +37.1%

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.21/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

APP- Brilliant gold beer with low white head and lace

AROMA- A very complex but delicate bouquet of fruit esters like white grape, apple, pear, with spicy hop contribution

Flavor- Lush fruity esters and acetlyaldehyde swimming in a round malt base of bread and buscuit, moderately low hop spicyness leads the way for a long dry finish with a soft hop bitterness that hangs out on the palate in a pleasantly teasing way, lemony character emerges as the palate adjusts

MF- medium-light bodied, soft, velvety,

OVERALL- about as close to a decent cask bitter as you're going to get at home, very drinkable, refreshing, I'm a fan

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +33.2%
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.

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Scarecrow Ale from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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