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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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 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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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 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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Photo of Thiestru
4.11/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1-pint-.9-ounce bottle into my Terrapin pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden with a one-finger white head. Good lacing. Not a bad appearance, but I prefer more haziness in this kind of beer.

Smell: This stood out to me; very appetizing floralness, which is exactly what I like in a pale ale.

Taste: Hoppy forefront with a biscuit-like maltiness balancing it out nicely. It's a typical but good pale ale; I will never dislike a beer that tastes like this.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and carbonated. Don't expect much body, but it's not that weird piss-water thinness you get from, *ahem*, some macrobrews.

Drinkability: Oh, definitely high drinkability. This goes down easily and tastily every swig I take.

This is an English ale through and through. I love English ales. This is no exception.

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Photo of darklordlager
4.1/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got the craving for this English Pale Ale after enjoying a "American Rye ESB" from Red Eye in Wausau...

A: Pours a medium golden, with a 1.5" light tan head. Great lacing as it works its way down the glass.

S: Fruity English yeast, biscuity malt, and a clean pale malt scent.

T: Biscuity pale malt, aromatic malt, light hop backbone, and a pleasant fruitiness. Slight sourness is evident as well.

M: Low-medium carbonation and a medium body.

D: A very nice English Pale Ale--I'd like to see more of these Stateside.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.07/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy honey color; pours with a thin head w/ a little lacing

S- Smells of honey, clovers and orange marmalade

T- Clean a balanced. The fruit and honey notes are met with some nice low-alpha hops. A little grassyness somewhere in there.

M- Medium body. Almost feels slightly grainy and creamy at the same time.

D- In hot weather, I could drink this all day. It's kindof like a stronger (higher ABV) ESP. Sweet enough to feel like a restorative, dry enough to make me want to drink more, and light enough so that it doesn't feel like "too much".

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Photo of Offa
4.05/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is light and a bit one-dimensional, but tasty, refreshing, easy to drink, and a good, solid beer.

Golden amber, it has a medium, large off-white head slowly shrinking to a foamy ring and top with a little lace.

The aroma is a lot of grain, fresh apples, hint of tea leaves and toffee.

The taste is very fresh, with bread, lemon, apple, a dryish, leafy finish. It has nice bitter-sweet balance. It's light, a little thin and one-dimensional, but solid and flaovurful as a lighter, refreshing beer.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.04/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A light hazy orange with head.

S: Nose is quite faint, but there is some discernible orange/orange peel.

T: Citrus peel, fruity yeast esters, a decent malt backbone. Nice.

M: On the light side of medium bodied and smoothish.

O: Definitely recommended, as with all of their beers. It's nothing that's going to blow you away, but it's very tasty.

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Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev +30%
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.

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Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a new 4 pack this one beer I have not seen in BC before. Lighter in colour which works with the golden pale ale style this is a very drinkable beer that has a full mouthfeel and a lovely bitterness that matches the solid malt backbone. The target hops are a good choice to bring this beer home on the finish. Good stuff

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev +29%
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.

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Photo of kencarman
3.98/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I think folks miss the point here. While, yet, the hops are mostly absent, the body OK, the malt nothing to yak about, this brew is all about the yeast. It's bready in a marvelous way: like a freshly baked multi-grain loaf from a small, whole earth, bakery. I admit: clarity was low: yeast. Mouthfeel more yeast than malt. And the rest of the presentation not much to talk about. But savor the yeast, please. remember, if not for working wonders with yeast the Belgians might be considered 2nd rate brewers.

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Photo of phenomenologian
3.97/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon opening the top, no smoke comes out. I poured it into a wineglass. It pours with a one to two finger white head. It laces also. The body looks good with bubbles rising to the top. Its called a blonde pale ale and it does have this orange brownish color to it almost what I would call blonde. It looks appetizing.

It smells of grain and malt. It has a sweet but not too sweet smell but I can also smell hops so it seems to have a nice combination going on that makes it smell pretty appetizing.

It doesn't taste as sweet as it smells, which, for me IMO is a good thing. It has a great robust character of hops which makes a nice bitter delicious taste that to me is very very appetizing. I can taste grain and malt but the hops dominate the other two making it a nice flavorful brew. Upon reading other people's review of this beer, lots of others buying this beer bought a skunked bottle. The one I bought is not skunked at all. Its flavor is very nice.

The mouthfeel is nice. It has that nice feel that a good ale has thats not too carbonated but enough that it tastes great with the actual taste and how it feels.

Overall, I seem to like this a bit more than the rest of BA, and then again I only read like 7 reviews of it. The hoppiness is what I expect of an ale but its less than that of an APA or IPA which is good because its not either of those things. Its smell and flavor make it overall to be a great beer. When ur not in the mood for a strong stout or IPA or APA, and more for a pale ale this one is a good one to try. It was on the shelf among 2 other Halloween themed beers, so Im not sure if this beer is just for Halloween or not. Either way its delicious in December.

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Photo of Abita45
3.97/5  rDev +28.1%
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.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.92/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden appearance: Slight hazy look. Attractive but not a lot of head. The aroma delivers light esters and garden quality hops and malts. It taste like a small batch of fresh ingredients. The hops are a blend of spice, citrus and tea. Nice and pale. Much hoppier than I expected. I also get a dose of greens and plant matter.

The malts are roasted caramel and biscuit There is a noticeable flavor of tart green apple peel and cinnamon. Very rich and satisfying.

The mouthfeel is light to medium with a nice hard water quality. It is bubbly and refreshing with a good dose of pale and a nice smattering of english malts.

A good fresh pale ale. I would by this again.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.9/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

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Photo of scooter231
3.87/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

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Photo of killergreenbulli
3.86/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think that few things can compete with the flavors of traditional English ale. The ale that I enjojed was, bright and alive, with the color of golden straw.
The aroma has a round hop profile. More of a dry malty ester.
This brew comes back in full with its abundance of mellow flavors that carmelize on the back of your tongue. Alot of earthey, buiscut flavors are evident. I found this ale to finish a little dry in the end but, I would have to say that it is an enjoyable brew that, I will have again.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
3.85/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow color and has a nice white head. There is not much to speak of on the nose, but a faint floral hoppiness can be found. It's flavor is very subtle... the malt is a bit thin, but it has a nice hoppiness that is not overwhelming. In line with most BPAs... Not a Fuller or Youngs, but better than a Bass. Either way it is quite drinkable, but $2.50 a bottle is a bit of a deterrent for any pale ale.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First beer of another random tasting evening: brown 500ml bottle best before 30 Apr 2011, drank and reviewed 31 Jan 2011. Poured into an 'Abbot Ale' pint tankard. Chilled, as asked for on the rear label.

Looked fine, a good foaming white head sat on top of a bright golden/light amber body of clear beer.

Hop aroma, without being over the top, fruity and floral smells, not the citrusy, resiny hop smell produced by some aromatic hops.

Refreshing and sharp taste, good hop and malt mix, malts up front with a hop bitterness just under the surface waiting to be unleashed as the mouth dries.

Well balanced brew, nothing too strong, different, interesting or overpoweringly brilliant, but a good steady beer in my eyes.

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Scarecrow Ale from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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