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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-20-2002

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Photo of avalon07
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellowish-red color and a slightly cloudy consistency. Not much head or lacing.

S: A little bit of malt, but the mainly the smell wasn't detectable.

T: Had a malty quality, along with some hops, but on the whole this was a tasteless beer. No real defined quality.

M: A surprisingly high amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a wholly average beer. Not really interesting in any way. Can't recommend it.

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Photo of mcsquint
2.73/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 500ml bottle
A- Poured a semi-cloudy golden amber color with a 1 finger head which dissipated almost immediately.
S- Malty, slightly fruity smell
T- Sweet malty, somewhat fruity taste with sweet, hoppy finish
M- A bit thick on the palate for a pale ale
D- Leaves too much sweet aftertaste to drink more than a couple. Didn't really care for this one.

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Photo of Hokies
2.64/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light golden color with a light frothy head with low retention and a light lace.

Weak scents of grain and a grassy aroma with a corn aroma. Their is a muddy earthy tone to this one.

Very light hop taste with sweet malt and corn. Not to much to this one as it finishes with a grainy taste.

A smooth beer with low carbonation that goes down easily.

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Photo of nrbw23
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy golden color, small head with decent retention and light lacing.

S- Pretty weak here, slight herbal/citrus. Again light on the malts and some hops.

T- Hop bitterness almost immediately and a tiny bit of malts. Finishes with some citrus and spices.

M- Medium body, good carbonation and overall pretty smooth.

D- Not terrible not super just plain average.

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Photo of froghop
2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a semi-cloudy orange-brown with a small off-white head that goes away quickly, good lacing.

smell is grain, malt, touch of sweetness, some spice.

taste is watery yet crisp, funky, corn, sweet malt, some hops in the back, a little metallic, touch of citrus, grassy.

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Photo of wschumac
2.56/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 500ml bottle into pint glass. Served a little cold since had the fridge turned up a little.

A - Cloudy orange coloring little to no head when poured. Maybe served too cold. Head was white in color and aerated.

S - Not much coming aroma coming from this pour.

T - a little watery and lacking any real flavor to impress.

M - very light in the mouth. missing something

D - good for a hot afternoon

Probably would not have again...

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml fatty poured into a pint nonic glass yields a golden amber body capped with two fingers of white foam that retains well and leaves drippy rings of lacing at the sip lines.

Smell is malty and spicy with a grassy, fine herbal hop note.

Taste is toasty dry malt, nice and crisp, with a lingering mineral character and grassy hops. The finish is pretty dry, with a lingering, faintly tannic, earthy note.

Superb drinkability and a medium-light body make this beer very refreshing.

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

Not a bad beer, not great either. The beer pours a slightly cloudy golden amber with a white creamy head, some lacing with this beer, decent retention as well. The smell is musty grain, pretty traditional malts. The taste is a bit sweetish, some sweet buiscuity grains, there are some stale floral notes to the beer, a bit of a bitterish hop bite in the finish. The beer is crisp, light to medium bodied, some carbonation. There is a sharpness to the beer in the finish that I'm not fond of and some off sour notes in there as well. There is some husky grain flavors to the beer but it lacks the creaminess to be a really good English Pale Ale. The beer isn't terribly interesting, but it's not that bad either.

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

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper-orange color. Minimal head with thin off-white lacing.

Smell: Aroma of apples and a bit of spices and yeast. Smells more like hard cider than it does an ale.

Taste: Somewhat strange aroma of apples and grains, and a not-too-pleasant bitterness towards the finish and in the aftertaste. Very little complexity.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and smooth with light/moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Alcohol-wise it's fine, but the taste is not very good for drinkability.

My least favorite Wychwood beer. Something seems really off with the taste. Will pass on this next time, in favor of better Wychwood ales.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I haven't had a beer from Wychwood that was really worth buying more of, not that I don't like them I just find them mediocre but drinkable. Scarecrow pours with a fluffy white head, pretty nice lacing and retention. Has a golden color.

Smells of pale malts, faint skunk, veggies and grass.

Tastes exactly like it smells (grass, pale malts). Another middle of the pack beer.

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Photo of everetends
2.58/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a 500ml bottle from Whole Foods, Buckhead, Atlanta. Poured into a mug.

A: Poured a gold, pilsner like appearance. I got little head off this one (hehe), didn't really last long at all. No lacing.

S: Not much at all here. Maybe a little bit of hops and light fruits.

T: Lame. Claims to be a pale ale, but barely any taste of hops. Very watery, no bitterness, a little bit of fruit on the after taste.

M: Very watery, with medium carbonation.

D: I guess I would take this over a bud light, but it had that macro taste to me. Nothing special. I would drink it, but I wouldn't pay for it.

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Photo of AltBock
2.62/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500 ml brown bottle that has a label of a scarecrow with an owl on his shoulders. This scarecrow is standing in the middle of a hop and wheat field. I had no idead the both of them can be grown together. The back label has a small paragraph about the beer and how it's made organically.

I decided to pour this beer into a Heavy Seas Euro style pint glass. What came out of the bottle was a beer that was a lightly hazy golden orange with a thin white bubbly head of foam. This head of foam quickly dissipated into a handful of white rings along the edge. It didn't bother to leave any lace. The aroma was light with lightly toasted malts, tea leaves, a small splash of juicy fruits, and the slightest touch of sweet English toffee at the end. For some stuipd reason, the main taste is this beer was carbonation. Most of the time the taste was mostly carbonation with toasted organic barley, caramel, tea leaves, and a pinch of very mild not too hoppy fruity hops. The mouthfeel was too light with a tiny aftertaste of juicy fruits, a trace of yeast, and some lightly burnt barley. I guess that since all the ingredients in this beer are organic, that means it's better for you than your average beer. It's good that it's organic, but the bad thing is that there wasn't much of anything to this beer. I would pass on this one again.

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Photo of trackstar1043
3.62/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours golden wheat, with half in of off-white head, with onl decent retention.

S - Smells clean and crisp, with citrus, wheat, hops, a sweet floral aroma. Very pleasant.

T - Bright and lively, a bit of the sweet side for the style. Minimal bitterness with the wheat and floral being the difinitive flavors.

M - Good carbonation gives if a crisp feel, quite light but has a very clean finish.

D - Easy to drink but there are better EPA out there.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
2.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer poured a golden copper color with bubbly white head and really nice lacing. The aroma was of wet dog. Weird. The last beer I had smelled similar. The taste was the same as the aroma and was wet dog. Not good. The mouthfeel was a medium body with medium carbonation. Overall I did not like this beer. I will need to give it a try again in the fall when I can get a fresh bottle.

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Photo of Horsley54
1.39/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Had a slight hop smell to it, but nothing overwhelming
Did not have much taste to the beer at all
Tasted like water with a little beer flavor added to it
Only continued to drink because i paid over $5 for a single beer
Would not recommend very little taste
Def NOT a good Golden Pale Ale

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Photo of windigo32
1.68/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours a slightly dark amber with very little head.

S: All I got off of this beer was a slight smell of hops. The faintest pale ale smell.

T: I expected a hoppy pale ale taste from the smell, but it wasn't delivered at all. This beer hardly has any taste except for a slight bitterness of hops.

M: Watery and carbonated are two words that quickly come to mind.

D: I didn't like this beer and it was honestly difficult to keep drinking it, except for the fact that I paid for it.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
2.18/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

a: minimal white head that quickly fades on a straw colored body; macro-lager look all the way

s: not too much of anything maybe a little bit of hops

t: some lighter malts and w/ just a tiny hint of ephemeral hop taste w/ overtones of anise

m: actually pretty creamy with light carb

d: not very different from a macro lager and a lot more expensive so i wouldn't go out of my way or drink it again

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Photo of slvrmon82
2.3/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I bought this one becaus it was organic and a golden pale ale. I am a big fan of english pale ales and american pale ales and this was neither.

A - Looked like it came out of a can. Nothing special at all.

S - Could smell the english hops on the front and the malts on the back.

T - This was what changed my mind, it was hoppy but lost the taste almost immediately and the after taste was very commercial.

M - Nothing amazing.

D - Not a lot. I for one can't afford or want to drink this beer. It was $3.99 for a twelve ounce bottle. Nothing special.

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Photo of steelscarab
3.51/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at a BevMo! in the half liter brown bottle and drank it from a weissbier-style glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice amber hue with a cloudy-nature to it, not unlike a Hefe. It retains about a half inch of head for a short while and has prominent lacing after it dissipates.

Smell: Mostly sweet smell with subtle scents of something earthy. The earthy part smells like a mix of a little hop and toffee. I would say the smell (or mostly lack thereof) is the only real disappointment of this ale.

Taste: The malt pretty much covers up any other immediate taste, which is then followed with the aftertaste of some hops and that little bit of earthiness. Could have used a bit more hops but still very pleasant on the taste buds!

Mouth: Pretty good all in all. Nice carbonation and very smooth. I found it to be quite refreshing compared to some other Pale Ales.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable Ale. Light enough on the stomach to be a good session choice and is good nearly all around, and the organic bit helps a little too. Now if they only had this in a six pack...

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Photo of beerking1
3.75/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brilliantly clear, dark gold with a medium white head that lingers well. Aroma is butterscotch backed by esters and earthy UK hops. Some hints of fusel. Esters and butterscotch follow through in the flavor, which is backed by a pretty decent malt and crystal character. Tail is a bit dry, along with more butterscotch and some nice crystal malt. Definitely much better since they went to brown bottles!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.2/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Kind of the same thing as the Dark English Ale (I tried them back to back). It drops off your palate pretty fast and you are left with virtually nothing after a very short flow of taste. Even the fact that it is a USDA Organic brew doesn't help at all with it.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.3/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I continue to be pleased by offerings from the Wychwood company... My third beer that I've sampled from this establishment, and I was very impressed by this one... From a 16.9 oz bottle, poured a golden amber color that resembles a hefe-weizen... A nice looking brew with a sharp, tangy, and citrusy aroma to match... taste was great, similar to a hefe or a witbier, with its distinct floral and fruity notes, without the yeast... Bottle says this is an organic ale, and the exceptional flavor can clearly live up to that claim... A great beer that is easily drinkable and goes down very smooth... not at all bitter... one I would enjoy any time... too bad its not available in six-packs... certainly recommended...

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a big fan of Wychwood's brews, and after searching for a long time I finally ran into a place that carries most of their stuff. I picked up one of their 1 pint brown bottles on a whim. I could frankly care less about it being organic, I didn't notice any difference.

Color is a nice, milky smooth gold. Head was fairly thin, less than an inch, but it lasted for the most part.

Smell was interesting, fairly earthy, bit of malt, maybe a hint of something sweet.

Taste was alright, fairly sweet and hoppy, I like the initial taste the most, however the after taste was a bit hard, and I tasted nothing but malt and alcohol.

The mouthfeel was decent, it was less carbonated that I prefer and not as bubbly as, say, something from Unibroue. It was a tad bit grainy but nothing that made me want to stop drinking it.

Overall drinkablity for me is low. I have another bottle of this that I'll drink, but I don't think I'll buy one again. I felt slightly sick after drinking it and although it could have been from something else, I can't shake the feeling that the Scarecrow here was responsible. Try it, you might like it, but probably not.

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Photo of Brad007
2/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a pale yellow color with a thin, one-finger head. Aroma is rich and smooth, malty like a typical version of this style. Taste is sort of buttery upfront with a smooth maltiness in the back and alcoholic harshness showing through. Not quite as good as the other offerings from Wychwood. Not enough pale ale goodness here.


What the UK breweries should do is focus on one GOOD version a style and stick to it. Making several different beers of the same style, just for the hell of it, just won't cut it. I can't think of many American breweries that make two versions of the same style at once, marketed at once (and if they do, they're usually distinctive and successful enough to do so).

/end rant

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Photo of MTNboy
2.71/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- A good brass amber body with a cream white head and lace.

Smell- Sweet but yet hoppy and somewhat floral.

Taste- Metallic and bitter sweet and the same time bland.

Mouthfeel. Watery.

Drinkability- I love the organic thing but there are better beers for the money.

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Scarecrow Ale from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
3.1 out of 5 based on 495 ratings.
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