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Scarecrow Ale | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-20-2002

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3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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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3.08/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. Comes in a 500 ml brown bottle. Pours out a slightly hazed golden hue, short loose creamy white head.

Bready, biscuity malt on the nose, mild leafy hops.

Mild biscuity malt up front in the flavour, balanced out with herbal and spicy hops. Pretty straight-forward at that.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, rather slick texture, moderate carbonation.

A palatable organic take on the style, inoffensive with a decent crisp character to it.

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2.83/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- A clear gold, barely any lacing around the glass, and no head at all.

S- A note of grass, with hint of biscuits on the tail end.

T- Same as the nose, lots of grassy notes, very simple for a pale ale.

M- Medium bodied, with a good amount of carbonation.

D- A drinkable brew, but nothing crazy for a pale ale, would not buy this one again.

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3.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wychwood Scarecrow technically shouldn't be lumped into one big English Pale Ale category, as this is a golden or summer ale. So this is a bit like having a lager with an ale flavor profile. Has a golden color with light brown overtones. A head that quickly fizzles out, though the overall taste of carbonation keeps it from feeling flat. Nice herbal aroma with some malt in the nose as well. What I like most about the flavor is it has a little bit of esthery apple. Light English hops. Crisp. The mouthfeel is not big and malty, so you might enjoy this in warm, fair weather. I do recommend it. It's organic; that counts for something. I've also had the Fiddler's Elbow, although that tasted as it it'd been sitting on the shelf way too long. Scarecrow is a common sight on Long Island - certainly AOK in my book. St. Peter's Golden Ale might be a more exciting example of the style, if you can find a fresh batch.

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1.43/5  rDev -54.7%
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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3.97/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon opening the top, no smoke comes out. I poured it into a wineglass. It pours with a one to two finger white head. It laces also. The body looks good with bubbles rising to the top. Its called a blonde pale ale and it does have this orange brownish color to it almost what I would call blonde. It looks appetizing.

It smells of grain and malt. It has a sweet but not too sweet smell but I can also smell hops so it seems to have a nice combination going on that makes it smell pretty appetizing.

It doesn't taste as sweet as it smells, which, for me IMO is a good thing. It has a great robust character of hops which makes a nice bitter delicious taste that to me is very very appetizing. I can taste grain and malt but the hops dominate the other two making it a nice flavorful brew. Upon reading other people's review of this beer, lots of others buying this beer bought a skunked bottle. The one I bought is not skunked at all. Its flavor is very nice.

The mouthfeel is nice. It has that nice feel that a good ale has thats not too carbonated but enough that it tastes great with the actual taste and how it feels.

Overall, I seem to like this a bit more than the rest of BA, and then again I only read like 7 reviews of it. The hoppiness is what I expect of an ale but its less than that of an APA or IPA which is good because its not either of those things. Its smell and flavor make it overall to be a great beer. When ur not in the mood for a strong stout or IPA or APA, and more for a pale ale this one is a good one to try. It was on the shelf among 2 other Halloween themed beers, so Im not sure if this beer is just for Halloween or not. Either way its delicious in December.

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2.42/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Golden color, 1 finger head that fades to a soapy covering, very low carbonation.

S - Light barly, a bit of bread, a touch of skunkiness (brown bottle...how did that happen?), and a metallic twang.

T - Like the aroma but not as good. Mostly base malt, a touch of bread but even less than the smell. There is a metallic flavor that just does not sit well with me and then end with a light but not entirely pleasant bitterness. Kind of like licking a penny.

M - Thin, nothing really happening, but also not offensive.

O - I wouldn't mind not ever having this again.

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Scarecrow Ale from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 3.16 out of 5 with 497 ratings
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