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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Ratings: 497 |  Reviews: 252
Photo of Nature777
2.3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

So the label had this crazy looking demon scarecrow on it, so I went against my predisposition to avoid non-American beers and purchased this organic British brew. Basically, it tasted like Coors with a hint of bitter. I was unimpressed and will not buy this again. The beer's best attribute was the marketing behind it. Awesome label art, awesome name, subpar flavor.

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Photo of wangbruins
2.19/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- Deep gold, which means it's not just a clever name, with almost no head

S- Grapefruit and oranges with some banana

T- Bitter mix of honey, grapefruit, and burnt oranges

M- A bit tangy and very bitter throughout right up to and including the aftertaste

D- I had one and that's all I think I could do. Not that I couldn't take it down but it certainly didn't leave me wanting more

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

A: Strangely shaped 500 ML bottle claims the beer is called a "golden pale ale"... well mine poured bronze... pitiful head, no lacing...

S: Sweet and caramel grains are dominant. There is some goofy smell as well, like some type of fresh or spring scented laundry detergent...

T: Mostly the same malts as in the smell, there is a bit of bitterness at the end. There is something a bit earthy/grainy about the taste; and maybe something metallic as well. Overall, I was expecting more... especially hop wise...

M: Textbook average...

D: There is some nasty aftertaste in this beer, especially 30 seconds to a minute after taking a sip, it gets worse as time goes on-- supposedly the beer is organic; but the taste is reminiscent of chemicals or something gross...

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Photo of darkmartin
3.26/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours to a clear, golden-brown with a fluffy white head. Slight, sticky lacing.

Smell: Very grainy, faint citrus hops.

Taste: All grains up front, with caramel and citrus notes on the finish. Moderately bitter.

Mouthfeel: Creamier than an average pale ale, yet still fairly crisp. Goes down well.

Drinkability: The taste is a little unusual, however they go down pretty well. Had no trouble finishing the 500mL bottle, but I dont really want another one.

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

A: Pours amber with a rather small white head. Leaves very small lacings.

S: Loaded with butter in an artificial way. Sweet caramell malt, slightly roasted.

T: Sweet malt, but with an off-taste (artificial). Butter and bitter hops.

M: Aftertaste is ok, and holds bitterness. Body is medium and carbonation is mild.

D: I still haven't had an organic beer that was any good... The weakest part of this beer is the taste.

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Photo of DrRosenscrotum
3.17/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into wiezen glass

Appearance - darkish yellowish hue, virtually no head to speak of

Smell - earthy

Taste - slightly citrus with hints of the hops and corriander

Mouthfeel - Left a slightly bitter aftertaste

Drinkability - it's not horrible but worth a try

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : golden color, with white foamy head.
Smell : grassy and hops aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : hoppy, caramel flavours with medium bitterness.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style English Pale Ale.

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Photo of rarbring
2.74/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

An amber clear brew, a white head that dissolves to nearly nothing, a little lacing.

Sweet malty tones, grains and molasses, somewhat earthy, bitter nettles-like aromas.

Mainly sweet bread, grains and molasses to start with. Some sourness, chalky bitterness that stays for a while.

Low carbonation, a bit flat, somewhat dry finish.

No, this beer was not for me. Some bitterness and earthiness I did not like.

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Photo of bump8628
3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazed orange-gold with a wisp big-bubbled froth.

Sweetish, albeit insipid, malt throughout. Hops throw out a flash of fruit and spice and yeast contributes its own hint of stone fruit.

Really, there's not much else to say. Obviously, it was meant to be light, but that doesn't necessarily mean bland in my mind, which this is. And I can't see this being much better from a cask.

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Photo of zeff80
2.63/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a very clear, pale gold color with a small, white head of foam that did not linger long, nor leave much lacing to speak of.

S - It smelled grassy and a little skunky (surprising because it is a brown bottle, not the clear one pictured here).

T - It was earthy and a little spicy with some sweet caramel malt. Mellow like most English ales but not as good.

M - It's never good when mouthfeel is your best quality, but this is crisp, sharp and dry. A light bodied ale that is easy drinking.

D - This is only an okay ale. It just doesn't taste that good.

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Photo of Overlord
1.28/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I'm well beyond the "Try everything" stage, so having a brew this awful is like a blast from the past.

Pours a grainy yellow. No head to speak of. Smells like earthy skunk and a bit of corn-y sweetness. Taste is abysmal. Awful seltzer mouthfeel, skunk, corn husk sweetness ... this is truly terrible.

Couldn't finish more than a third of the bottle. Down the drain.

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Photo of slyke
3.12/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Scarecrow pours a golden orange color with a half-inch of white head. The smell is malty with a little sweetness and some breadlike notes. The taste is a bit sweet with the maltiness, no hoppy qualities are evident. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. The beer is drinkable enough, but I don't think I will seek it out in the future.

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Photo of Thiestru
4.11/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1-pint-.9-ounce bottle into my Terrapin pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden with a one-finger white head. Good lacing. Not a bad appearance, but I prefer more haziness in this kind of beer.

Smell: This stood out to me; very appetizing floralness, which is exactly what I like in a pale ale.

Taste: Hoppy forefront with a biscuit-like maltiness balancing it out nicely. It's a typical but good pale ale; I will never dislike a beer that tastes like this.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and carbonated. Don't expect much body, but it's not that weird piss-water thinness you get from, *ahem*, some macrobrews.

Drinkability: Oh, definitely high drinkability. This goes down easily and tastily every swig I take.

This is an English ale through and through. I love English ales. This is no exception.

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Photo of Celt44
3.49/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at Wegman's. First Wychwood ever....
Appearance - pours an orangy amber...nice foamy head...but dissappates quickly.

Aroma - The best quality. Very bready and malty for a pale ale. Hints of citrus and fruit.

Taste - Not particularly hoppy. Very malty. Bitter tinge towards the end...but not a hop me here..

Mouthfeel - carbonation bite turns watery...

Overall I'm not impressed. Not a bad beer but one I won't return to anytime soon.

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Photo of darklordlager
4.1/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got the craving for this English Pale Ale after enjoying a "American Rye ESB" from Red Eye in Wausau...

A: Pours a medium golden, with a 1.5" light tan head. Great lacing as it works its way down the glass.

S: Fruity English yeast, biscuity malt, and a clean pale malt scent.

T: Biscuity pale malt, aromatic malt, light hop backbone, and a pleasant fruitiness. Slight sourness is evident as well.

M: Low-medium carbonation and a medium body.

D: A very nice English Pale Ale--I'd like to see more of these Stateside.

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Photo of Spineypanda
3.56/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Has a dark golden color with a head that resides fast and isn't very thick.
Smells of yeast and hops. Not bitter hops, but British hops that add flavor.
Tastes of the hops and yeast. Tastes pretty darn good.
Has that British taste that I usually don't like, but sure hits the spot when you are thirsty.
It has a lightly carbonated mouthfeel.

I enjoy this beer but would not search for it in a sea of beers.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy golden color with a two inger of white head that fades quickly and leaves only a slight bit of lacing.

smells... hmm.... can get some hops, cant really tell what type, fairly faint aroma. the back of the aroma is actually maltier than i expected. deinitely some sweet malts.

tastes of hoppy citrus up front, with a airly decent malt backbone. not a bad lavor, although definitely lacking complexity and strength.

not a bad beer, but definitely not worth the price as i can get a ton of better pale ales for cheaper.

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Photo of Mavajo
2.5/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Extremely boring beer. Golden in color, with a quick-fading head. Taste is extremely watery and malty. Not a beer I would recommend to any but the most conservative beer drinkers. It doesn't taste bad; it's simply not good either. In a word - boring.

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

this beer pours a hazy golden color with a small white head that fades to a layer of lace. the smell is a bit off, but still recognizabley malty. the taste is unremarkable, light malt. light mouthfeel, adequate carbonation... not one that I'm going to look for again... disapointing after the fiddlers elbow.

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.65/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank a bottle of this last night. Pours a golden, amber color with little head or lacing. Hints of corn in the nose. Well-balanced taste, corn and malty ... pretty refreshing. Good drinkability - easy to drink more than one. I thought this beer was refreshing and enjoyable. Glad I tried it out.

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Photo of hike20
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with very little head. Faint sweet aroma. Flavor is a bit bland and a touch soapy. Not a lot of flavor at all. Mouth feel is medium to thin, with nearly non-existent carbonation. Overall, not terrible, but nothing here to make we want more of it.

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Photo of trentley87
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange with thin rapidly dissipating white head. Very mild orange citrus and hops aroma. Mouthfeel and taste are very thin and watery. Throughly underwhelmed. There are some hops flavors trying to break through but nothing exception. Reminds me of the BMC versions of microbrews. Fairly drinkable due to its inoffensive (albeit) tame nature.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.07/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy honey color; pours with a thin head w/ a little lacing

S- Smells of honey, clovers and orange marmalade

T- Clean a balanced. The fruit and honey notes are met with some nice low-alpha hops. A little grassyness somewhere in there.

M- Medium body. Almost feels slightly grainy and creamy at the same time.

D- In hot weather, I could drink this all day. It's kindof like a stronger (higher ABV) ESP. Sweet enough to feel like a restorative, dry enough to make me want to drink more, and light enough so that it doesn't feel like "too much".

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Photo of Santosizer
4.5/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- I loved the color this beer poured a great tainted orange-red. Head lasted nicely then slowly disappeared.

S- This beer smelled very balanced with malt and hops, as well as some fruit notes.

T- Taste was awesome just the right amount of bitterness, hops, malts, oats and fruits. The after taste was quite an experience it comes back up and leaves a refreshing taste on the tongue that just leaves me coming back for more.

M- Nice medium body with a refreshing, clean and crisp feeling. It also massages the tongue with just the right amount of carbonation.

D- I can't understand why people rate this so poorly, in my opinion its one of the best golden pale ale's I've had. I guess many people are just use to pesticides in their beers. I'll definatly be coming back for more of this stuff. Great beer. Give it a chance!

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Photo of nomomentwasted
2.97/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this in a sessioning session with several other beers for the evening, second sampling of many beers on the night. Had from a bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Fairly golden and light, with hints of orange. Poured with a nice head and laced decently.

Smell: Molasses was the first thing that came to mind. Malts and very, very light hops. Underwhelming and sticky-sweet.

Taste: Molasses, malts, and overall slightly watery. Earthy and one-dimensional, with hardly any complexity. The flavor isn't bad necessarily, it just drinks like a one-plain beer. Wheaty and earthy balance on the finish left me unimpressed.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light, and unremarkable other than its carbonation being light and not too distracting.

Drinkability: Alright, but not spectacular. If my review seems slightly unenthusiastic it's because that's what the beer left me feeling. Definitely are better examples of EPAs, and this one left me wanting more. Good thing there were better things coming on the night.

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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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