Scarecrow Ale | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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73
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495 Ratings
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Scarecrow AleScarecrow Ale
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-20-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
495
Reviews:
252
Avg:
3.1
pDev:
19.03%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
60
For Trade:
0
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4.25/5  rDev +37.1%

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.76/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2012, so it's a little out of date. Purchased from a supermarket as part of a mixed pack and stored in my garage. Described on the label as an organic golden ale that uses Target hops.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A hazy golden-amber colour with light carbonation. Forms a large head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Some lacing. Aroma of grainy malt with hints of stewed hops, grass, fruity ale yeast and cardboard. Dry and slightly harsh.

Tastes of light malt with a dry finish. Notes of grass/hay, stewed hops, faint fruity yeast and wet cardboard. A surprisingly acrid character in the background, followed by a mild, dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, light and tingly, with decent carbonation but a fairly insubstantial body. Pretty astringent, with an aftertaste of harsh stewed leaves and earthy yeast notes.

Meh - no great shakes. Just a typical bland pale ale from one of the larger UK breweries. Aroma and flavour are dull and have unpleasant qualities. Little in the way of aromatic hops to add interest or depth. Could be too old; I may re-review if I have the chance. Mediocre fare - no need to seek this one out.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.64/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A thin head with no retention on a hazy, dirty straw colored body.
The aroma is malty with apricot.
The taste is watery overall, mild bitterness and lemon.
The texture is smooth, moderate carbonation and medium body.
A disappointment, particularly in the taste department.

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3.75/5  rDev +21%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber coloured beer with a big white head which leaves some lacing on my pint glass. It has a slightly creamy nose with some dried fruit. Has a rich and fairly sweet fruity start with herbal hops emerging and creating a good bitter aftertaste. Nothing outlandish here but it is well balanced. Good but could be bolder.

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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

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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3.75/5  rDev +21%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

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3.11/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer looks good, a brightly shining dark yellow-gold with bubbling activity and a nicely developed head, pillowy and rocky, sitting over a finger tall. It maintains a dense foam that leaves a ring and some consistently rocky lacing in good volume.
I don't know what the deal is with this beer; perhaps Wychwood is one of those "all over the place" breweries as far as the quality, or perhaps this is a one-off. I was prepared to scoff at the low ratings, liking the stuff I've had until now and knowing certain styles are underrated. This beer, however, doesn't give me much in the aroma aside from a mustiness and a bit of a sulfuric note, though it is under a solid biscuity malts foundation. The earthy English hops aren't conducive to the overall profile only because of the mustiness and a lightly vegetal note detectable underneath. It gets less offensive as it sits, the harsher edge of the off-notes dropping out some.
The floral, herbal and earthy notes are turned sour somehow. The biscuity malts come through again and sit side by side with a grainy element. Let this beer sit; it may not become particularly good, but the marring flavors fade off. Still, there's not enough substance to push it beyond average, though it at least becomes that with the moderate balance and just enough each of hops and malts. I wouldn't seek this one out, though.
It's crisp, and as much as a light ale of its kind should be. The body is what I expect. It is a little on the spritzy side with too little smoothness to carry it past that and give it much depth.

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3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. White head, low retention, on a light golden/straw body. Almost clear, slick lacing. Aroma is lightly fruity, slightly biscuity, mild malt sweetness. Taste is a light balance between sweet and bitter, neither flavor standing out too much. Not too exciting on the flavor meter, but a solid English beer easy to approach and drink and not in the least off-putting.

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