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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-20-2002

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Photo of damndirtyape
2.96/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Amber glass import bottle (1pt 0.9oz US) poured into a tulip stout glass. Date/batch stamp (1 CEN 4:43) means nothing to me - so here's hoping it's fresh.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow with a persistent white, but very thin, foam across the top. Some persistent strands and islands of lacing here and there.

Smell: Faint - mildly sweet apple, grain, and malt. A bit stronger on pouring and cold, but as it warms up to proper English pale ale temp, not having much smell at all. With a swirl the hops come out a bit - a tiny bit skunky.

Taste: Mostly bitter hops, mild skunky flavor in here, but quite mild. The bitterness dominates the flavor from start to finish, part English bitter flavor, part lemon tartness, part earthy. Malt really takes a back-seat here, almost hidden behind the hops. There is a bit of hint of it when first poured and cold; mildly sweet, but it's gone as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: Surprising amount of carbonation for an English pale ale - not fizzy, just more carbonation than I was expecting. Definitely some hop oil clinging to the teeth with this one, otherwise nothing terribly remarkable about this one.

Overall / Drinkability: Well, the bitter hop focus of this beer isn't exactly to my liking, but it's not bad. Just not great either. Good appearance, and sadly that's about all I can really say for this beer. There are better golden and English Pale Ales out there.

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Photo of meich75
4/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of mrfrancis
2.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear gold with a puffy white head. Looks almost like a lager, which is not surprising since many English ales displaying this hue were designed as crossover beers for drinkers of mainstream lagers.

S: Faint aromas of biscuits, honey, and leafy, herbal hops are present on the nose. Nothing out of the ordinary and not all that memorable.

T: A crisp, grainy entry reveals notes of honey, biscuits, grass, herbs, minerals, apricot, and lemon. The finish is grassy and mild with lemon, honey, and biscuit notes. Doesn't leave much of an impression. Very clipped and restrained.

M: Dry and firm with a medium body. This beer is drinkable, I'll give it that.

O: A very mediocre effort, and the only beer from Wychwood that I have ever viewed as a disappointment. Unremarkable in almost every way.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.92/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden appearance: Slight hazy look. Attractive but not a lot of head. The aroma delivers light esters and garden quality hops and malts. It taste like a small batch of fresh ingredients. The hops are a blend of spice, citrus and tea. Nice and pale. Much hoppier than I expected. I also get a dose of greens and plant matter.

The malts are roasted caramel and biscuit There is a noticeable flavor of tart green apple peel and cinnamon. Very rich and satisfying.

The mouthfeel is light to medium with a nice hard water quality. It is bubbly and refreshing with a good dose of pale and a nice smattering of english malts.

A good fresh pale ale. I would by this again.

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Photo of chefelf
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a very palatable golden pale ale from Wychwood Brewery. There was a slight bitterness to the beer but nothing too remarkable other than that.

This beer gets much worse reviews than I'd imagine. I wonder how much of it has to do with the organic growing process. I have no idea how that would affect the final outcome of the beer but there really aren't that many organic beers on the market at the moment so I'd imagine, like organic wine making, the art of organic beer making probably has a way to go to develop.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.7/5  rDev +17.1%
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 shearer292
2.81/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - poured very clear golden colour and off white head.

Smell - very earthy smell, slightly floral with a unpleasant burned bread smell. weird but an over ripe fruit smell also.

Taste - hard to describe, its quite plain and bitter but not balanced, an unpleasant citrus peal bitterness, aftertaste is quite harsh.

Mouthfeel - quite smooth, maybe too much carbonation for my taste, doesnt really stimulate the mouth to make you want more.

overall - for me this is just below average, has nothing that really stands out, personally i would avoid this, there is just too little to it to make you want more.

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Photo of AlleywayRover
3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours clear and golden with just a slight head. Good head retention.

Aroma: I'm detecting some herbal, grassy aromas.

Taste: Very sight malt off the top. This quickly gives way to the hop bitterness. There is some pine and some herbal flavors of the hops that lingers for a long time.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with slight carbonation.

Overall: I'm not wild about the hop flavors in this one and they seem to dominate the beer. I wouldn't turn it down, but I don't think I will seek out a lot more.

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Photo of brentk56
2.69/5  rDev -14.9%
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 FosterJM
3.01/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

552nd Review on BA
Bottle to pint

Birthday present from a friend of mine. Still trying to get to all of them.

App- Dark yellow with a lot of orange highlights. Huge two and a half finger head. Good cling. Lots of bubbles on the surface as you drink.

Smell- Smells more like a hoppy lager with some grass and lemon peel.

Taste- Its a bit grainy with a lot of grass, wheat flavors behind it. A little bit of the lemon later. 1/2 tasty & 1/2 bland depending on flavors released.

Mouth- Medium bodied and fairly high in carbonation. A bit of a wetter beer.

Drink- For a birthday gift its the thought that counts. Ive always wondered about these beers so glad I got to try and not waste the cash.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
2.3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Hazy pale gold color with a 1 finger white head. Lacing was weak at best and did not coat the sides of the glass well at all. Very thin. Heavy carbonation bubbles were present but head retention was minimal.

S: Citrus, orange, clementine, subtle hoppyness.

T: Bitter as hell. Tastes more bitter than I expected. Also has a little bit of a bite to it from carbonation and yeast selection.

M: Thin and watery.

D: Too bitter without a good floral or citrus hop note. I would not get this beer ever again or recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
2.7/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From fall brew tasting notes (2010): Pale golden pour. Thin, fast fading white head. The nose has a little bit of crackery pale malt character. There is a little bit of fruit and an oddly perceptible alcoholic nose. The flavor is fairly fruity however with a lingering estery character. The body is quite thin with mild carbonation. Not very happy with this one.

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Photo of midwestbrewers
2.57/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle w/ no dates

A: Golden color with a nice off-white head. Medium lacing on the glass. Pours beautifully.

S: Smells sort of like an American pale ale. Sort of citrus and hoppy, but still not full blown like an IPA. Very mellow with hints of bread.

T: Lost me completely. Watery with a bready finish. Nothing stands out at all with the tastes. Also a very weird off-centered bitterness in the middle of the taste is unwelcome to me.

This beer is pretty good up until you drink it. Appearance and smell are average to good but the taste is lacking in all areas. I almost hated it at first, but decided that it's not bad just not for me at all. My little disclaimer though is that I live in the Midwest in the U.S. so with no dates on the bottle who knows how long it sat on the shelves before I purchased it. That being said I will try it again; making sure that I ask when the beer was stocked. Good beer Wychwood Brewery.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.83/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First beer of another random tasting evening: brown 500ml bottle best before 30 Apr 2011, drank and reviewed 31 Jan 2011. Poured into an 'Abbot Ale' pint tankard. Chilled, as asked for on the rear label.

Looked fine, a good foaming white head sat on top of a bright golden/light amber body of clear beer.

Hop aroma, without being over the top, fruity and floral smells, not the citrusy, resiny hop smell produced by some aromatic hops.

Refreshing and sharp taste, good hop and malt mix, malts up front with a hop bitterness just under the surface waiting to be unleashed as the mouth dries.

Well balanced brew, nothing too strong, different, interesting or overpoweringly brilliant, but a good steady beer in my eyes.

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Photo of Wattsox
3.27/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, consumed Jan 2011, BBE Jun 2011.

A - Clear golden copper colour, slightly lacklustre head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a moderate amount of lacing.

S - Malt aroma leads with a hoppy undercurrent, well balanced.

T - Not too complex.. biscuity, malty, not much in the way of hops but some lingering bitterness.

M - A little thin, light carbonation.

D - Decent enough, would work as its own or as a session, but there are other better examples around of the style.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.21/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

APP- Brilliant gold beer with low white head and lace

AROMA- A very complex but delicate bouquet of fruit esters like white grape, apple, pear, with spicy hop contribution

Flavor- Lush fruity esters and acetlyaldehyde swimming in a round malt base of bread and buscuit, moderately low hop spicyness leads the way for a long dry finish with a soft hop bitterness that hangs out on the palate in a pleasantly teasing way, lemony character emerges as the palate adjusts

MF- medium-light bodied, soft, velvety,

OVERALL- about as close to a decent cask bitter as you're going to get at home, very drinkable, refreshing, I'm a fan

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle, the beer is a golden color with a tinge of copper with minimal head that clung around the edges. The beer has a sour, malty smell to it. It has a strong sour taste for a pale, with typical matly flavors. The sourness trails through to the finish and the aftertaste, along with a bittersweet flavor at the tip of the tongue. This is one of my first English Pales, and there are some distinct differences between that and US Pales. I look forward to trying more to expand my palate, and then maybe coming back to review this again.

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Photo of HeadwatersFinest
3.56/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Updated their clear bottlem to a dark brown and switched the description from pale ale to golden pale ale.

A- poured almost no head with no retention or lacing.

S- almost Cidery off the bat, with straw and biscuity notes providing the dominant aroma.

T- biscuity, grassy, more biscuit. Not much else going on. No hop flavor imparted, but a lingering bitterness coats the tongue.

M- okay, kind of thin and disappointing. Carbonation tickles the tongue for a moment, but then the swallow is quickly forgotten.

D- very drinkable, sessionable, but would I choose to if I could reach for a Sierra Nevada, Summit, or other inexpensive pale ale? Nah.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.57/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Pumpkinhead Ale pint glass.

A: Golden copper with minimal head, but retains what little there is at least. Looks like autumn in a glass.

S: Funky green apples and hay, malt, a little hops, lemons and yeast.

T: Follows the smell pretty much. The front is very inviting with the yeast right there. Middle of the body is malt and the finish is wet with a trace of pear juice and a touch of hops.

D: Could use a little more oomph for me. I could have a few though on a fall day.

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Photo of stearns16
2.78/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from brown bottle into pint glass.

A: golden copper color with two-finger head that disappeared quickly.

S: A little funky. Definitely pick up the malt scent. Not much hops.

T: Light, clean, and a bit fruity. No real punch to it. A laidback beer is best way I could sum it up.

M: flat, not much in the carbs department

D: I'd take it over a Bud any day. Seems like a decent summer beer.

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Photo of AgentMunky
2.96/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden-copper. Thin, short-lived white head. Visible carbonation.

S: Flat, unpleasant hops, muted sour/metallic grain.

T: Washy, sourish grain with mild citrus hops, and mild carbonation. Aftertaste is decent, thin, and somewhat hoppy.

M: Not bad, carbonation is well-needed in this beer, and turns out pretty well.

D: Rather disappointing considering my other experiences with Wychwood. Not a *bad* beer, but not something I'll be drinking again.

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Photo of shand
3.11/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a golden colour with a tiny head with great retention. Lacing is good too.

Smell: Not too much of anything, actually. I smell some grains, and some malts.

Taste: Goes down grainy, malty and yeasty, then just a bit of hops come in to balance it out. There's a bit of a metallic aftertaste. Not anything special, but not really anything terrible either.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, it's barely carbonated at all.

Drinkability: This is pretty drinkable. I'm finding that if I sip it I'm not getting the metallic taste here.

Well, this is another completely average beer. There's really no reason to seek it out, but it's not really doing much wrong. It's one of the few organic beers I've seen, so if the organic label mattered to someone, I'd pick it up. Otherwise, not worth it.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 500 ml. bottle marked DNO-07:25. Sampled on October 26, 2010. It pours a hazy golden yellow with a thin but long lasting head. The aroma has a burst of yeast, malts, and relatively weak hops. The body is on the thin side. The taste is crisp and clean enough but not very memorable except for the light yeast elements. But the finish is dry.

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Photo of speter
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml brown bottle into nonic. Served at roughly 50 °F.

A: Clear gold with a hint of red. The head is a thin layer that leaves decent lace.

S: Biscuity English malt, English yeast and a slight hint of Goldings hops.

T: Overall rather bland. There is a very small transition from slight maltiness up front to bitterness in the finish, but it's a fairly straight bitter ale with little ester character.

M: Quite light with low carbonation.

D: Easily a session beer, but the blandness leads you not to drink more than one.

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Photo of DoktorZee
2.43/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a 3/4 pint glass. No clear best-before date.

A - golden color, moderate head with some lacing that stays around for a while. Mild carbonation.

S - sour malt on the nose without much other notable elements

T - surprisingly lacking in terms of oomph. Slight malt aftertaste, but really no obvious hops. Barely flavorful... Unfortunately.

M - unremarkable mouthfeel. Slight build-up of tart aftertaste once the entire bottle is complete. Moderate carbonation.

D - fairly drinkable, but almost like drinking a glass of water.

This one unfortunately is really lacking in the taste department. It's a bit shocking given its heritage, packaging and style. Seems like it should be a lot more than it is.

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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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