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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Reviews: 252 | Ratings: 493
Photo of Overlord
1.28/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I'm well beyond the "Try everything" stage, so having a brew this awful is like a blast from the past.

Pours a grainy yellow. No head to speak of. Smells like earthy skunk and a bit of corn-y sweetness. Taste is abysmal. Awful seltzer mouthfeel, skunk, corn husk sweetness ... this is truly terrible.

Couldn't finish more than a third of the bottle. Down the drain.

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Photo of shapudding
1.32/5  rDev -57.4%
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...?

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Photo of Horsley54
1.39/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Had a slight hop smell to it, but nothing overwhelming
Did not have much taste to the beer at all
Tasted like water with a little beer flavor added to it
Only continued to drink because i paid over $5 for a single beer
Would not recommend very little taste
Def NOT a good Golden Pale Ale

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Photo of anakar
1.43/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This Organic pale ale is terrible. No flavor, no richness, no creamy head or smooth liquid. Nothing. Tastes like watered down beer with added alc so you'd think it's still beer.

App - Poured a faint golden color with plenty of bubles and a fluffy head which disappeared immedietly

Smell - High alcohol smell, no depth, no hops or bread or any of the good smell you expect from a beer, just this alcoholic bitter smell which seems to catagorize bad pilsners

Taste - Well, I said it before but I'll say is againg, it's WATERED-DOWN. Maybe because it's organic and organic products tend to be a bit anemic in comparison to their boosted up counterparts. No flavor, no depth, no hops or wheat or anything. Flat out water with a bit of beer to give the illusion of pale ale

Feel - Not worth mentioning, too much carb, too little aftertaste

Overall - Avoid it, there are many better organic beers out there

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Photo of windigo32
1.68/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours a slightly dark amber with very little head.

S: All I got off of this beer was a slight smell of hops. The faintest pale ale smell.

T: I expected a hoppy pale ale taste from the smell, but it wasn't delivered at all. This beer hardly has any taste except for a slight bitterness of hops.

M: Watery and carbonated are two words that quickly come to mind.

D: I didn't like this beer and it was honestly difficult to keep drinking it, except for the fact that I paid for it.

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1.7/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

500mL bottle to pint glass. Batch 1BCD. Sampled 11/1/11.

A: Pours with a 2 finger light brown head, airy and foamy and audibly deflating. The body is exceptionally clear and light golden orange in color. More than adequate lacing ensures a solid appearance.

S: Light bread and grain, barely recognizable. No distinguishable hop character. Neutral yeast.

T: "Traces of beer character." Metallic notes. Uninspired and flawed. The bitterness on the finish outlasts and overshadows all other flavors. No indication of ABV on the bottle but mid-4's seems right.

M: Light, thin, fizzy. Like sparkling water.

O: Uninteresting and unappealing. Traded the calories remaining in the glass for calories awaiting in the fridge. (READ: did not finish)

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
1.72/5  rDev -44.5%
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.

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Photo of ralree
1.76/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Copper, slightly hazy, nice small-bubbled head with decent retention and good lacing.

S: Strange smell - vanilla, caramel, hops, some more spices.

T: Watered down and off-key. It's way too sour. The bitter taste doesn't seem to be from the hops, but from the fruit esters. This one is a pour-out based on the taste. Nasty old sock taste after swallowing. All flavors destroyed by overwatering.

M: Watered down, light body, non-astringent. Under-carbonated. Dry.

D: Undrinkable.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
1.79/5  rDev -42.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerManDan
1.82/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Scarecrow was exactly how I felt when I took my first sip. In fact that's how I felt after the second and third sip. The bitter taste was so over powering that I couldn't make it go down the fourth time and threw it down the drain. On one of my worst list!

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Photo of AlexJ
1.82/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is my second encounter with Scarecrow and let's just say, well, I'm scared! Impossible bright yellow color with a thick 3 finger head of pure white that settles into a foamy ring, leaving zero signs of lace.

Aroma is sweet, corny malts, some light hops, and skunk. This is exactly how it smelled last time around. How long can this stay fresh is a clear glass? Two weeks is my guess, less if stored under lights.

Flavor shows hints of pilsner malts, coarse grains, bitter hops, and freshly squeezed skunk juice. Mmm. I would ditch this review, but it sounds like every review is basically the same here so I know it's not just this bottle.

Body barely above light with a coarse, grainy mouthfeel and a thin, watery texture. A definate drainpour. Deja vu!

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Photo of spdyfire83
1.91/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

204th Review
500mL bottle poured into Fuller's half pint glass
Best before: 28 Feb 13

A: Light apple juice. Barely 0.25 (soft white) fingernail head on vigorous pour.

S: Blah - just loads of bitterness here with a touch of white bread. Sad.

T: Follows smell, but a bit worse. Dry cracker with a touch of butter. Not much else. Bummer!

M: Light body with soft carbonation.

O: Not enjoyable and unimpressed. Such goes life...time to move on. It happens!

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Photo of RoyalT
1.99/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance – Murky orange in color with a decent head.

Smell – How did I end up with skunk in an English Ale? I don’t know, but this one smells horrible. There’s a dull malt aroma with a slight hop balance, but mostly skunk to this one.

Taste – This tastes worse than it smells. The skunk is in high profile, drowning out the smallish malt flavor.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated, medium in the body, and a tad refreshing.

Sinkability – This British skunkorama is dedicated to the porcelain Gods.

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Photo of Brad007
2/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a pale yellow color with a thin, one-finger head. Aroma is rich and smooth, malty like a typical version of this style. Taste is sort of buttery upfront with a smooth maltiness in the back and alcoholic harshness showing through. Not quite as good as the other offerings from Wychwood. Not enough pale ale goodness here.


What the UK breweries should do is focus on one GOOD version a style and stick to it. Making several different beers of the same style, just for the hell of it, just won't cut it. I can't think of many American breweries that make two versions of the same style at once, marketed at once (and if they do, they're usually distinctive and successful enough to do so).

/end rant

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Photo of TexIndy
2.03/5  rDev -34.5%
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)

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Photo of DogFood11
2.04/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

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Photo of tigerpaws
2.14/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Great name because after opening this beer and tasting it I was scared off. Terrible skunky aroma or shall I say smell. The taste was very bland and no characteristics, also left a bad taste in my mouth. Don't drink this beer.............CHEERS

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.14/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another clear bottle import ruined by skunky smell. Another $3.50 down the drain. Another cool bottle concept wasted. This beer probably would not be bad otherwise, as it did have some hops flavor. I don't know when some of these importers will realize they are shooting themselves in the foot with these clear bottles.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
2.18/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

a: minimal white head that quickly fades on a straw colored body; macro-lager look all the way

s: not too much of anything maybe a little bit of hops

t: some lighter malts and w/ just a tiny hint of ephemeral hop taste w/ overtones of anise

m: actually pretty creamy with light carb

d: not very different from a macro lager and a lot more expensive so i wouldn't go out of my way or drink it again

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Photo of wangbruins
2.19/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- Deep gold, which means it's not just a clever name, with almost no head

S- Grapefruit and oranges with some banana

T- Bitter mix of honey, grapefruit, and burnt oranges

M- A bit tangy and very bitter throughout right up to and including the aftertaste

D- I had one and that's all I think I could do. Not that I couldn't take it down but it certainly didn't leave me wanting more

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.2/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Kind of the same thing as the Dark English Ale (I tried them back to back). It drops off your palate pretty fast and you are left with virtually nothing after a very short flow of taste. Even the fact that it is a USDA Organic brew doesn't help at all with it.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.25/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

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Photo of beergeek279
2.26/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

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Photo of oracle
2.28/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.28/5  rDev -26.5%
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

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