Scarecrow Ale | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom
wychwood.co.uk

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
495
Reviews:
252
Avg:
3.1
pDev:
19.03%
 
 
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8
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Ratings: 495 |  Reviews: 252
Photo of kylehay2004
3.11/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: half finger head on a hazy golden body with excellent thick lacing.

S: pale and musty malts, orange peel, herbal hops and dirty socks.

T: pale malts, clean grains, herbal hops with provide mild bitterness.

M: light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Not sure how excited you can get over an English pale ale This one just doesnt seem to be memorable or make you appreciate the flavors and malt content you expect from english hopped beers plus this one seems to lack the hop flavors for the style.

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Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, fruit, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, citrus, and herbal flavors on the finish. I am also getting a slight metallic taste as the beer warms up. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but a bit boring in my opinion.

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Photo of spycow
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.29/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of metter98
3.21/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fruity yeast—apples stand out in particular—are present in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the apple juice flavors subside a little as the beer warms up and there are also flavors of pale malts and slight hints of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink; I found it tastes better after it warms up and the fruity and apple juice flavors subside a little.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent, but predictable beer. Typicall English in a very sweet, heavy malt kinda way. Held away from cloying by hop flavor (herbally). Hops show modestly in the aroma, but round out the flavor. Hops add very little bittering to the bigger malt base. Ripe fruits and a light vegetal flavor emerge near the finish. A little slick on the toung (buttery). It's worth drinking, but I'm getting bored with a lot of these English brews. Light, refreshing, but a little weak in the finish. Easy to drink, but tough to appreciate.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle, best before October 31, 2012 - how very appropriate!

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, rocky, and mildly bubbly chalky white head, which dissipates at a fair pace, leaving an undulating wave pattern of sudsy painted lace around the circumference of the glass.

It smells of crackery, somewhat grainy pale malt, sweetened lemon flesh, indistinct light orchard fruit, and some leafy, earthy, and faintly perfumed floral hops. The taste is more grainy cereal malt, aged citrus peel, a bit of buttered breakfast biscuits, and increasingly testy and frowsy leafy, weedy, and banal floral hops.

The carbonation is on the low side, but not exactly absent in its attempt at a timid frothiness, the body supporting a struggling medium weight, hinting at some unfortunate wateriness here and there, and appears a bit too tacky to be deemed all that smooth. It finishes a tad off-dry, with the musty, almost flinty hops more distracting than cooperative to the lingering grainy malt.

Not a particularly poorly-rendered EPA, but something just seems off - always hinting at some sort of an underlying astringency, without fully delving deep down into one. I got more than a little bored, a little too fast with this one, is all I'm sayin'.

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Photo of brentk56
2.69/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color, verging on golden; the head is rocky and, as it fades, leaves some clumps of foam behind

Smell: Slightly grainy, but not much else

Taste: Opens with a bready, somewhat toasty flavor with a hint of earthy hop arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, the hop presence builds somewhat but the finish is grainy, with just a touch of butter diacetyl

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Truly forgettable; the best part of the beer is the label

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +21%

Photo of zeff80
2.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a very clear, pale gold color with a small, white head of foam that did not linger long, nor leave much lacing to speak of.

S - It smelled grassy and a little skunky (surprising because it is a brown bottle, not the clear one pictured here).

T - It was earthy and a little spicy with some sweet caramel malt. Mellow like most English ales but not as good.

M - It's never good when mouthfeel is your best quality, but this is crisp, sharp and dry. A light bodied ale that is easy drinking.

D - This is only an okay ale. It just doesn't taste that good.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.12/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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 oberon
3.21/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Its to bad I had to give this a bad rating,I love to get the hard to find English ales.Anyways this poured a sort of gold color with a light head that did leave some lacing,the aroma was a little skunky (damn clear bottles!) and musty.The taste was a little skunky as well but I did pick up some slight maltiness to it.I would like to try this on tap or in its home country Iam sure it would be better.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +29%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served from a bottle at City Beverage in Winston-Salem, NC

A: Pours a crystal clear golden honey in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some faint orange highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of a slightly sweet fruit malt with light notes of citrus/orange hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet malts with notes of light fruit (apple & pear). The solid malt backbone is followed by light flavors of citrus/orange hops that impart only a light amount of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly slick, almost buttery.

O: Tastes like a very traditional English ale, easy to drink. Definitely sessionable.

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Photo of smcolw
2.94/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Half-liter bottle. Pours golden and clear. Nice head, good lace.

Grainy aroma--some band-aid smells mixed in. Mostly malt, very little hop.

Very thin body with high carbonation. Strong hop flavors. This is the full picture, from sip to swallow to aftertaste. The flavor is better than the appearance or aroma would lead you to believe.

Unusual aroma/taste, they seem to contradict each other. The weak body dooms this brew. Oh, well.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich amber with a hint of orange juice. The bone white head is frothy and bubbly initially, then compresses over time to something more creamy and thick. An impressive amount of lace finds its way to the glass and adds to the quality look.

Thank you Wychwood for using brown glass bottles. Finally! I'm happy to report that there's no trace of skunk in the nose, not one little paw print. The beer smells both lightly musky and lightly citrusy. It's simple and clean, slightly favoring hops.

The flavor is more bold than expected. A barely acceptable pale malt backbone struggles to support the hop load. Thankfully, I can still taste its sweet, biscuitiness in each sip. I'm not overly enamored with the choice of hops. The flavor they provide isn't strictly floral, earthy, citrusy or herbal, but is a muddled combination of all four.

I continue to be impressed with the amount of flavor Scarecrow delivers, if not its depth. I'm a sucker for bold, hoppy beer and this one just barely falls into that category. The finish brings nothing new to the table, just the continuation of a better than average EPA. The mouthfeel is firm enough with a vigorous carbonation.

I intentionally stayed away from all Wychwood products (after Hobgoblin) until they jettisoned the clear glass in favor of brown. When protected from UV light, these guys brew decent beer. Scarecrow Ale, the North American name for Circle Master, may not be stupendous, but it's a worthwhile English pale ale and is a beer that I just might pick up again.

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Photo of Jason
3.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Cool 500ml bowling pin style bottle, sadly it is clear glass. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pale yellow golden colour with a great clarity, the head lacks a bit and is only a thin ring of white lace.

Smell: Herbal earthy hop aroma with hints of musty diacetyl, light malt also.

Taste: Crisp without a doubt, moderate body. Laid back maltiness, very uncomplicated and one dimensional. Lots of grain the tongue that flows with the somewhat brash hop bitterness. Mild fruitiness as well as some sweetish hop oil. A bit biscuity with a light sweet finish that holds on to a lingering hop flavour.

Notes: An all around ok pale ale, easy to drink but does not impress at all. Its lack of head and dull malt flavours made me a bit withdrawn from the brew. Not bad just lackluster.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.7/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As the summer progresses and I find myself with idle time on my hands, more and more beers are coming up from the cellar. I really want to make a dent in the backlog of bottles so that I may return to The CANQuest (TM).

From the bottle: "This beer is brewed from organically grown malt & hops without the use of chemical sprays or artificial fertilizer."

It was another gentle pour on my part so as not to stir up too much sediment. No head, but only simple wisps as a result. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose was quite malty, somewhat buttery with a light underlying grassiness. Mouthfeel was medium and it had a pleasant intermingling of grassy hops and a light sweetness on the tongue. Finish was semi-dry and fairly unobtrusive.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

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Scarecrow Ale from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
3.1 out of 5 based on 495 ratings.
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