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 microbrewlover
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a honey colored brown with a light 1/2 finger head which dissipates fairly quickly. A small amount of the original head remains on the top of the brew until the end. Light lacing.

The smell is a funky wet hay/yeasty smell. Apples and maybe pears are present. There is also an "earthy" smell.

The taste is sweet malts, some roasted malts, buttery, wheat with a gritty, grassy taste on the backend as well as light peppery hops on the backend.

The mouthfeel is tangy, due to the carbonation, dry, grassy and gritty.

This brew has potential but failed to "pop" for me. The smell and taste reminded me more a an Oktoberfest style than an English Pale Ale. This brew is too light on the bitterness in order to be a Pale Ale. Otherwise it is drinkable.

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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 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 IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep gold with egg-shell colored head; medium size, quickly dissipates; good lacing

Aroma: Grassy; light hops; light citrus; bready

Taste: Starts out very thin with up front hops; dry on start and into mid, but clean; finishes slightly nutty, but still thin

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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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 wordemupg
3.72/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into tulip 1/4/13

A slight haze in a pale golden body with bubbles of all sizes and lots of tiny particles moving around, finger of foam quickly falls to a thin film leaving some random lace well down the glass

S sweet bready malt, a little honey, faint citrus and a little musty basement and juicy fruit

T much like the nose but with some spicy and herbal hops coming out, slight improvement over the smell

M medium bodied and the bubbles fill it out well, rather refreshing with a spicy hop finish

O pretty decent example of the style, I'm enamored by EPA but I could have another if the Sun was shinning

I suppose I'd get board after a few but that could be said about most English brews I've had. Worth a try and I'm a little surprised it has a pretty average rating

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Photo of obywan59
3.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown bottle with a scarecrow standing over a patch of hops, an owl on it's arm. Labelled USDA/organic.

Slightly cloudy, and golden in color with a 3 finger white head that recedes very quickly. Leaving decent lacing. No carbonation bubbles.

The aroma seemed not much above that of a macrobrew until the floral/grassy hops punched through.Clean and fresh smelling.

Taste is more one dimnsional Mainly light malts with a faint bitterness of hops.

Moderate in body. Very drying.

Pleasant enough, just pretty low key. Outside of the aroma, nothing really stands out. Very easy drinking, however. Probably a good session brew.

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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 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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Photo of charlatan
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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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 Brenden
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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Photo of KickbacksSteve
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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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 KajII
2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a cloudy medium amber with an average (1-2 finger) white frothy head that reduced to a thick film with a medium collar and good streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt, floral hops and a mild sweet yeast with notes of caramel, citrus (orange) and a mild fruity ester.

The taste was light sweet and malty with a mild hint of caramel throughout and a light hoppy citrus bitterness towards the end. The flavor was short lived, with pretty much all flavor disappearing rather quickly.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a somewhat moderate carbonation.

Overall this brew does offer a good drinkability, but is kind of light in flavor...

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Photo of sommersb
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasted On: 09-11-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 500ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Single from World Market

Picked this bottle up mainly due to the interesting label...

A: Dark gold in color, and clear, featuring a nice white head that shows both good lacing and retention.

S: Aromas are clean and smell of grass, hay, wood, as well as having some fruity and spice notes.

T: The taste is pretty much a letdown and is not very flavorful, excect for a light bitterness and some unpleasant vegetable character.

M: Highly carbonated with a thin body, the aftertaste is lightly bitter and shows some development of more fruity elements as the beer warms up.

O: Not a very good ale. I should learn not to buy a product just based on the packaging!

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Photo of Danno48
3.31/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks slightly hazy and has an off white head with solid lacing. Overall color I would call a dark gold.

Smells like fermented sweet corn and your classic pale malt. I cant add too much to this due to my terrible sense of smell.

Starts off kinda sweet then starts to reveal very mild earthy notes. I really did not pick up hardly any after flavors...Very mild finish that tapers off into basically neutral.

On a carbonation scale from 1-5 I would give it a 2. Very smooth beer that I must say could be guzzled if so desired, but at 4 dollars U.S. here in the states I do not think I will give in to that temptation.

Overall this is pretty tasty and pretty drinkable but I couldn't pick up anything else special.

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Photo of RickS95
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy mahogany color, opaque, with a thin bright white head. The head has little retention and eventually leaves an attractive creamy white circle around the perimeter...nice lacing.

Has a flowery, citric smell. Malty.

Nothing jumps out at me. Malted barley, only the slightest touch of citrus. Flowery finish.

It's mostly bitter from beginning to end. It's never overpowering, but there's just not much else there. Initial pop of Earthiness from the barley quickly turns bitter and continues with the hops til the wet finish.

Overall, it's only slightly better than average and that's because the hoppiness never overpowers anything else. Pretty typical of an English pale ale.

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3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle –nice flying witch engravings on the collar. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Golden amber color headed by white, medium bubbled, slowly dissipated froth. Some spotty lacing on sides. Herbal aromas with hints of honey & ripe persimmon to the nose. Mildy malts too. Crispy upfront, spicy bitter touch with subtle strawberry notes. Maltiness is carried on by a satiating mineralized underlying river followed by clean bitterness in the middle. Ripe apple texture. Medium to high body, medium to high carbonation. It was a hazy & lazy sunny day afternoon & I´d really enjoyed it very much.

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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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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 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 Timadae
2.56/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden straw colour when pour with a head that quickly disappears. Not very aromatic, reminiscint of a larger particular those in a dutch style. tastes slightly malty and fresh again making me feel more like i'm drinking a larger. short larger like aftertaste. a bit disappointed because I had heard good things about this beer.

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Photo of Finn
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light copper color with minimal head retention. It's aroma is almost reminiscent of a euro lager, in a good way, with clean grain and a slight spicy hop aroma. The taste opens up with sweet malts on the forefront, followed by a hint of bittering hops to finish it. slightly sweet aftertaste but not too sweet. Overall this is a tasty beer, worth trying if you are in the mood for something mellow.

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Scarecrow Ale from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
3.1 out of 5 based on 493 ratings.
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