Scarecrow Ale | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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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:
496
Reviews:
252
Avg:
3.1
pDev:
19.03%
 
 
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8
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Ratings: 496 |  Reviews: 252
Photo of ralree
1.76/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Copper, slightly hazy, nice small-bubbled head with decent retention and good lacing.

S: Strange smell - vanilla, caramel, hops, some more spices.

T: Watered down and off-key. It's way too sour. The bitter taste doesn't seem to be from the hops, but from the fruit esters. This one is a pour-out based on the taste. Nasty old sock taste after swallowing. All flavors destroyed by overwatering.

M: Watered down, light body, non-astringent. Under-carbonated. Dry.

D: Undrinkable.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into .5l Swiss Boot.

A- Pours pale yellowish amber. Minimal head. Nothing special.

S- Nothing much, honestly. Faint sweetness. Not off-putting, put nothing much.

T- refreshing, smooth, subtle. Very crisp. Bitterness of hops, works well with the carbonation.

M- Very nice. Leaves you wanting more.

D- Moderately high. This beer isn't strong or flavorful, but it has a very nice subdued flavor that plays on it's carbonation and hops bitterness. Goes well with food. This beer isn't really my bag, but I 'get' what they're working in this beer. Still, wouldn't go out of my way to get one of these.

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

Pours a crystal clear orange gold color with a fluffy off white head that dies down rather quickly. There are earthy hop and malt aromas. The initial flavor is of malt and the is overcome by the earthy hop flavor and bitterness. The bitterness is pretty strong in the beer and doesn't stop for a while. I would rather have more hop flavor and less bitter bite. The mouthfeel is somewhat watery. The beer is ok, but I probably won't have another one of these.

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Photo of SpecialK088
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a sam adams summer glass

Hazey off yellow, very cloudy almost looks like a wheat no real head to speak of

Bready with some yeast undertones comes across very macro like but with notes of sweetness

Near exactly as it smells. Sweetness seems to be almost like honey with some lemon undertones in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good medium body with a good carbonation level

No thanks with all the beers I have access to this is not something I could see myself paying for again. If someone had it and handed to me i would more than likely drink it tho

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Photo of Spidey13
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Scarecrow comes in a cool-ass bottle. It pours a slight hazy yellow with a white head. The smell is a bit soapy with some lemon zest and underlying caramel notes.

The flavor is light, with breadyness and a bit of spicy hop flavors. More lemon shows up with a bit of a sour aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it complements the overall flavor of the beer.

Overall, an easy-drinking beer but nothing that's really going to impress anybody.

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Photo of Rayek
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy dark gold with minimal carbonation. Fizzy white head starts out well and has decent retention. Leaves only bits of lace.

S: Straw and earth mostly. Somewhat fruity too, with aromas of apples and pears.

T: This is a well balanced beer. A dry raw malt flavor starts things out. It's met halfway by a tea and pepper bitterness. A mild fruitiness lingers in the background. Finishes dry, with a lingering black tea flavor.

M: Light body is grainy and has too much fizz going on.

D: This was OK to me, but nothing more. There wasn't anything really special going on, but it was easy enough to quaff.

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Photo of Offa
4.05/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is light and a bit one-dimensional, but tasty, refreshing, easy to drink, and a good, solid beer.

Golden amber, it has a medium, large off-white head slowly shrinking to a foamy ring and top with a little lace.

The aroma is a lot of grain, fresh apples, hint of tea leaves and toffee.

The taste is very fresh, with bread, lemon, apple, a dryish, leafy finish. It has nice bitter-sweet balance. It's light, a little thin and one-dimensional, but solid and flaovurful as a lighter, refreshing beer.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.64/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought a bomber of Scarecrow Ale at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a deep gold color and is clear. Rish foamy white head and a lot of carbonation bubbles in the glass.

Smell is pungent and acerbic. Bit of a mild perfume or nail polish smell.

Taste is a peaty flavor, with an orange marmalade taste, but stale and skunky. I don't thing the beer had turned, I just think it is the Euro-style. It's remeniscent of a Euro-lager.

Mouthfeel is average. Clean, tangy and well carbonated.

Drinkable but the taste is a bit off for my American taste buds. I wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of ajmoody76
3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bought this at the local beer store. organic. 500ml bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. dark golden color. clear. thin white head which faded out quickly. no lace.

get some fruit on the nose. not much depth. no off odors.

sweet taste. mild hop bite. mellow hop bitterness. earthy.

other than the lack of carbonation it was on for style. may try again.

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Photo of bmwats
3.47/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500 ml bottle into a nonic.

A: A light amber with an orange hue. Opaque quality. Medium heavy carbonation pours into a half finger, bubbly, white, head. Quickly settles leaving some spotty carbonation on the surface. A little beer ring lacing.

S: Light malt, grass and hay, a touch of lemon and Italian spice.

T: Very light malt flavor. A bit yeasty, grassy, a little hoppy.

M: Light bodied, but does have a certain robust quality for this style. A bit dry in the finish. A yeasty aftertaste lingers.

D: Pretty solid. Good flavor and feel.

Decent atmosphere. A little complexity in the nose and palette. Light, but full flavored. Overall, good quality quaff.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an English pint glass. Came in a brown bottle, not clear as in the picture.

A: Pale, golden color with a fizzy white head, which settled to a layer within a minute.

S: Some pale malt and some soft, spicy hop aromas. Nose is fairly weak. It's also fairly clean, like smelling a German lager.

T: A modest malty backbone supports a soft, but tasty hop flavor. Earthy, spicy and a bit woody as well. There is also a bit of the stereotypical English ale fruitiness and clean bite. Subtle, yet satisfying.

M: Lighter body than most with moderate carbonation. The finish is clean and slightly drying.

D: A decent session brew and/or pub ale.

The phrase "not bad" comes to mind. It seems like the basics are all present, and if they were just a but more pronounced/developed, this would be a higher-than-average beer. As it stands, it's still a pretty good session beer and is by no means terrible. I just wish it were slightly more robust. The feel of it reminded me of some good German lagers, which I found strangely appealing. Worth trying once.

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Photo of ghebel
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours cloudy amber / orange color with adequate 1 1/2 inch head that dissipates quickly to an 1/8 inch layer with some lacing.

S - Fruity, caramel malt. Earthy, citrusy hops in the background.

T - Starts sweet with caramel malt and ends with a moderate hoppy bitterness. Taste follows aroma.

M - Moderate body. Some lingering bitterness.

D - Drinkable, but average.

Overall - I am having a hard time findng anything to say about this beer. It is not bad, but does not stand out either.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 2/10/2009 (bottle):

Pours a somewhat clear amber colored body. Very small whitish creamy head, quickly diminishing. Sweet spiciness in the taste, sweet and malty. Very malty tasting, some nuttiness and dustiness. Some slight sweetness. Lightly carbonated.

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Photo of farrago
3.09/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very cloudy and translucent amber orange color, lightens to the color of yellow autumnal leaves around the rims, minimal head. No real nose. Full-bodied with lots of traction on the palate, inching forward very slowly, if seemingly at times, not at all. However, no lift really. Mildly bitter, emphasizing hops, with strong aftertaste. Does feel as if it is foaming up in the mouth more than you'd like. Momentarily suggests light citrus or crudité vegetables or raw corn, latter in a good way. Feels as if it's fighting you, making it hard to put back.

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Photo of patsliquor
2.51/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Certified usda organic. Huh! I crack this bottle open to clean out the cooler at my package store. Pours a light amber with minimal head. The smell does not impress at all, almost no hop aroma maybe some honey notes in there. Taste slightly bitter with afore mentioned honey, but watered down. Mouthfeel was very light and carbonated. Could drink plenty but why would I?

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Photo of praufs01
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Cloudy orange-yellow with a frothy white head.

Aroma -Slight floral hop with some orange notes in the background.

Mouthfeel - light small bubble carbonation.

Taste - Floral hop, almost tea like, with a bitter aftertaste.

Overall - The aftertaste of the brew was not good. It tastes as though the bottle may have been slightly skunked or on its way.

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Photo of cvfish
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a cloudy copper color that produced a white head that disappeared quickly and left no lacing around the glass

S - some malts, but nothing else

T - Some honey and orange taste with slight barley and hops, with a slight bitter taste

M - Watery thin bodied with slight carbonation

D - Average beer, not something I would actively seek

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Photo of Pencible
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazy copper with a bit of light tan head. It smelled like orange and sweet yeast and raw honey, with herbal tea notes. It tasted like honey malt, and lemon and orange hops, with a bit of earthy barley and creamy yeast. It was watery with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this had decent flavor, but was a little muddled. It had decent body too, and was easy enough to drink. But it wasn't very rewarding or unique.

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Photo of ncstateplaya
3.46/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy and golden in color. With a heavy pour, this hazy brew produced a nice creamy head. The only downside to the look of this beer is how quickly the head dies down. The haze is perfect for a beer aptly named "Scarecrow".

Smell: Smells like fresh boiling hops. The hops were expected with a pale ale, but this just smells so fresh. Beyond the hops however, there was nothing spectacular.

Taste: Slight hoppy bitterness that makes my mouth water. Great all around flavor for an EPA, but nothing other than a yeasty after taste sticks out.

Mouthfeel: Just the right amount of carbonation, definitely grabs your attention on the front end. A sudden burst that mellows out and goes down extremely smooth.

Drinkability: If I would have had a sixer, they would've all been gone shortly after writing my review. Scarecrow was definitely a pleasant surprise. Nice!!!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have always avoided these as clear glass imports have a high skunk factor around here. Seeing these in brown glass, though, I thought it'd be worth a go.

Appearance - pours a cloudy, effervescent peach/orange. A fat finger of eggshell, creamy foam form up. Leaves a thick, sticky ring of lace all around.

Aroma - grain with light diacetyl.

Taste - good grain base, light diacetyl blending with some floral hoppiness. Turns pleasantly bitter on the swallow. Drying on the aftertaste and finish, a consistent flavor throughout.

Mouthfeel - medium to slightly thin body. Moderate carbonation levels and a nice level of smoothness.

Drinkability - very sessionable, Halloween weekend or any other for that matter.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.52/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just in time for Halloween! Aroma is malty and fruity, not strong but quite noticeable. Color is a clear dark amber, and head is yellowish off-white and not too persistent. Flavor is malty with a crisp hint of lager flavor and just a whisper of fruit, either apple or pear. Texture is nice and smooth, and aftertaste has a nice crisp tang to it.

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

Pours hazy golden-amber. Head is mild and quickly dissipates to a thin sheen with slight lacing.

Aroma is pale malt, and adjuncts. Sweet with slight grassy hops.

Taste is similar to the nose. Pale malt, with hints of caramel. Crisp and citrusy with light grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is light bodied.

A drinkable session brew. However, this is nothing exciting.

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Photo of bashiba
2.91/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly hazed orange color with a thin light white head.

The smell is thin with just a touch of grassy hops, and a bit of sweet grain. Smells more like a common Eurolager than a good english pale ale.

It tastes a bit better than it smells with just a touch of grainy malts, a bit of minerals, and a touch of buttery diacytl. Has a lightly minty hop feel in the finish, with a touch of lemon and grassyness.

The mouthfeel is light and slick.

This is a very average beer. Not anywhere near worth the premium price they charge for it.

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Photo of danny013
3.62/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml brown bottle poured into a 20 oz. Imperial pint glass. Bottle conditioned. Pours a golden body topped with a thick head that slowly settles down to a light covering that sticks around for most of the pint and leaves some lacing.

Aroma is of light malts, a bit of toast, and gentle hops. Some slight fruitiness hints around, can't really pick it out.

Taste is nice, light, and altogether clean. Straightforward malts up front, slightly sweet, a bit of nuttiness and slightly astringent. Hints of caramel in the background. Hops slide in, slightly leafy and provides a nice bitterness. Finish is clean, crisp, and leaves some light malts and a good, leafy hop bitterness to savor.

Mouthfeel is great, a low amount of carbonation helps to bring the beer out and create a smooth, easy drinker.

Overall, a decent pale ale. The malt profile is a bit one-dimensional but I don't think that should be held against it. It's an easy drinking, smooth pale ale that is nice and sessionable; something to sit back and relax with and not worry about.

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Photo of utahskyliner34
3.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found this beer at Total Wine in Kennesaw, I was initially skeptical because this is an organic beer and it seemed pretty simple as far as ingredients.

Very little head with minimal lacing on the pour. This beer does have a pleasant rich amber coloration but is somewhat disappointing beyond appearance.

Smell is very similar to that of your average macro lager with big grains and hints of sweet malt, also with faint hops.

Taste falls right in line with the smell although the hops are slightly more detectable and help to balance the very reserved flavor, nice grain and malt with subtle fruitiness, mild bitter finish.

I'm not great at describing mouthfeel but I would call it thicker and more fulfilling than standard American macro. Very little carbonation especially after pouring.

Drinkibility is high, this beer comes off as a specialized, more robust and complex alternative to your average light lager. A little pricey for me, but definitely a refreshing yet simple, high quality ale.

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Scarecrow Ale from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
3.1 out of 5 based on 496 ratings.
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