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: 492
Photo of jhu1995
2.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a golden color with a touch of haze and fluffy white head. Did not have much of a scent, mostly a very faint, delicate hops aroma. Taste was very bland and did not have much complexity. Slightly dry on the tongue with not much else going on. Nothing in this beer that makes me want to come back for more, but it is harmless enough that it does not completely turn you off from drinking it.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazed dark gold. Soapy one finger head will fizzle out and leave little to no lace. Weak scent of ester and corn, but not much malt or hops. Sweet pale malt and wheat flavor upfront, with ester and butterscotch in the back. Aftertaste is a touch dry, with a decenlt balanced tea-like hops. Thin body and low carbonation are smooth, but the drinkability is tainted by the diacetyl that sets in the finish. A slick mouthfeel may be appropriate for the style, but its still a bit pricey for overall quality.

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Photo of nomad
2.89/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Perhaps they no longer use clear bottles? This came in brown, fun bottle shape, and pours a crystal clear golden yellow. Props up a light head that is well retained with some lace. A shining pint, in the least, its aroma is a bit weak, just light herbal hops with a zinging edge over soft cracker-like, grainy base malt.

Drinks a rather light profile, light lemon and herbal tinged hops dominate an understated pale malt core. Despite a hearty search and warmer temperature, could not find much defining character to this beer. Soapy finish with an almost tangy mineral dryness. Mouthfeel provides a sense of slick fullness despite being thin in body. Overall its like a "golden" ale, a style conceived and marketed as crossover for pale lager fans.

A thankful gift to me that I would consider a nice summer refresher for the light lager crowd. A little too simple for my taste, thats all.

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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 connecticutpoet
2.4/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This was a deep yellow beer with a thin head that dissipated quickly. Didn't appear that inspiring. No lacing.

Aroma was grainy, with a little bit of light hops. I dislike grainy aromas, especially from brews that I don't expect to get them from. Adjunct brews I can understand, but this one was just out of place.

The taste was lightly sweet and fruity, with light malts and a little bitter bite. Overall not too bad, but the alcohol was readily apparent. For a brew with such a relatively low ABV, this was not good.

Mouthfeel was thin and not well carbonated.

Drinkability... just not that good. I didn't really come away from the experience with much in the way of good memories, just a wish I had spent my money on something else.

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Photo of cheers2beers
3.31/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a medium sized wine glass. Descent gold color with 2-3 finger head that quickly became a thin white ring around glass. The aroma was or sour watermelon rind. Not alot of hops to speak of but I did find a yeast smell that I have only smelled in alot of ESB's. Taste is really average for me. Slighlty nutty,sour and a little biscuit malt in the finish. Pretty light and fizzy mouthfeel, not much to it. It really should not have got this good of a score from me but it did go down fairly easy and something about it being organic was pleasing to me. Good for a quick quaff as long as someone else is buying.


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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 dgallina
2.55/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz bottle without freshness date. Very pale translucent gold with slow carbonation and frothy, soapy white head which rapidly dissolves into small lace. Smells grainy, biscuit-like, faintly herbal. Very thin, almost completely still body. Tastes watery, almost no flavor except for the slightly bitter and flowery finish.

Another exceptionally poor showing from Wychwood.

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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 whynot44
3.16/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, slightly orange gold color with a moderate white head that fades to lace very quickly. This one came in a brown bottle with flying witches embossed. Maybe they finally heard enough complaints about "skunk".

The aroma is herbal hops, grassy, a little funky but not bad.

The taste is slightly sour up front. A mild malt base, a bit nutty with a definite grassy, herbal bite. Finishes dry, sour, with a citrus, somewhat astringent aftertaste, a little like a not quite ripe grapefruit.

Medium bodied, decently easy to drink if you like the sourness.

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Photo of beersarang
3.73/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden almost chestnut with a fluffy white head.

Nutty sweet aroma is pretty inviting, I think this was not skunked at all.

Very simple malt character. One dimensional malt profile leads into a nutty character with a very light floral hop bitterness. A touch of some fruity esters and maybe some toffee but overal very mild. Finishes dextrin sweet and is actually quite pleasant good.

Medium to light bodied with lower carbonation. Pretty run of the mill English ale, maybe slightly above average. I prefer others, but this is not bad at all. Perhaps would function well as a crossover beer.

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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 ommegangpbr
3.62/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was more pleasing than many of the reviews lead me to believe. It looks like a pale ale should, on the yellowy-orange side. Pours with a thick white that fades quickly; some sticky lacing is left on the glass whenst swirled.
The odor is rather pungent, an odor I happen to enjoy. It's a bit funky, but not spoiled funky. Just, you know, funky.
The taste is tangy and a bit sour. Some fruits and sour fruits in the flavor.
This tastes... english to me. The clear bottle is probably a bad idea for an organic beer, probably leading to lots of bad bottles floating around out there. This is definately a brew that demands freshness (no date could be found).
Not bad at all. Probably a good choice to go with lighter tasting foods.
Don't let the scarecrow scare you away.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy, golden yelow, with a thin head that is helped by the fact that a lot of foam remained in the bottle after pouring. Wait a tick, and pour that in too, and there's a decent head. But it still dies off quickly.

Aroma is a less than wonderful hop- grassy, weedy, organic. That sounds bad- it's really not. It's ok, but not really interesting.

Flavor is actually decent- nice malt profile, with the hops being little more subdued than the aroma. There is a bit of an off-hops aftertaste that detracts a bit.

Overall, the mouthfeel is pleasant,a nd this is one that goes down nice and easy. Not bad!

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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 kbub6f
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Two inches of cream-colored head sit on a clear, gold beer. Just a hint of amber. There's some nice, musky spoonk in the nose. Sugar and nuts and malt. The front is fruity and nutty. Middle is smooth, almost oily. A little milky. Finish is sharp, bitter, nutty, fresh. It's not bad. Fresh, nutty, bitter. Almost lagery.

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Photo of shippos
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a clear golden color with a light white head that faded to a skim. skunky grassy aroma with a bit of sweet malt in background. well carbonated with a light taste and mouthfeel. has a lingering skunky taste to it and a bit spicy. light malt character coming through in the taste with some caramel coming through in the finish.

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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 ADR
2.51/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden appearance, very white but very thin head is lost in 40 seconds. Laces in simple and almost complete rings. Catty aroma is pretty noticeable from a foot away, while the subject of green and clear glass is way overhyped, this does seem to be a light issue here. Body is shy of medium, the carbonation is actually pretty well done for the ABV. Hops and malt strike a decent if unremarkable balance, honeyish, but the skunkiness turns an initially average flavor into something that reminds me of milkweed. To try to reconstruct this brew in its original sense isn't a big deal, smooth and with a Bitter's balance, but probably really pedestrian.

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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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Photo of kmpitz2
2.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've had this beer at a tasting, fresh out of sealed boxes, never exposed to light and that was a different experience than what I have in front of me. The first thing to realize about this beer is that it comes in a clear bottle, so anything on the shelf for any amount of time is going to be tarnished with the exposure to light. After taking off the cap, the first scent I get is the typical skunky/Grolschy smell I associate with a beer gone bad. The beer is a pretty light golden yellow color without much of a head even after trying to make it happen. The nose, besides the skunk, has some sweet malts hiding along with a metallic smell. Not what I want in a beer of any type. The flavor is MUCH better than the smell, though there is a metallic tinge that detracts. There is a nice sweet start and hops that dance on my tonge after swallowing the beer. Not a bad offering. The beer is a little thin for my liking. The drinkability is not as high as I would expect from a nice light beer. I don't know if I can find this on tap or fresh out of a box again, but that is the only way I would want to re-sample.

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Photo of moulefrite
2.53/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This baby looks better than it tastes...but not by much! It pours a hazy golden/orange with just a trace of head and some lace, though marginal. Aromas hint of sticky sweet hop, and mild malt, with a kiss of skunk for good measure. In the mouth the beer provides the taster more sticky sweet hop flavors and an underlying flavor of fennel/licorice. The beer finishes in an uninspiring cloying fashion. I won't bother finishing this one, I'll save the belly space.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.79/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazey orange wheaty cloudy pour that looked like cider, except filtered, and topped off with a halo ring.

Scents of straw and peaches. This is an organic ale, afterall. Powerful skunky barnyard scents pervade the nose.

Tastes are total apple juice and lager. Ephemeral aftertaste with horse blanket. Average carbonation. This organic offering is a little too unique to be a regular offering.

Last swigs: Glad I tied this lager & apple juice.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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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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Scarecrow Ale from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
3.1 out of 5 based on 492 ratings.
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