Pendle Witches Brew - Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd

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118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 7
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-01-2002

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Reviews by EmperorBevis:
Photo of EmperorBevis
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow!
Knocked over!

Settled with a bottle of this to round off a gentle evenings supping .

Not a big fan of EPAs but boy, this won me round.

Glorious flowery notes, hoppy, perfect carbonation, amber body thick, thick white head that clings all the way down little cheeky kick on the arse hoppy after taste.

Beer doesn't get better than this.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant deep golden with an amber hue,a leafy aroma up front and some nice fruitiness a good mix of hop and malt quite well balanced but a little subdued.Taste is quite hoppy and herbal malt comes thru more as I drink more with some dried fruit and biscuit.A real solid easy drinking well rounded beer I could sit in a pub and drink this all night.A fitting ale for the late October night.

Photo of RoyalT
2/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - This poured a putrid-looking orange in color with a disappointing head that showed no retention.

Smell - There's a light yeast and bitter orange hop aroma in here but also a stale kind of smell that reminds me of some chicken soup I accidentally left out on the counter over the weekend.

Taste - The hops are very herbal and don't show the citrus that I got from the nose. The malt could actually be quite nice in a finer ale but here it is lost in that stale yeasty flavor.

Mouthfeel - This is light-bodied with little carbonation, a nice bitter bite, and a horrid aftertaste that leaves your mouth puckered.

Sinkability - I'll have to call the plumber to snake the pipes after pouring this one out.

Photo of Jason
4.29/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500 ml brown bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance: Light amber with a hint of haze, lace is creamy and stay in formation for a while

Smell: Quite aromatic of fermented grain, herbal hop, light diacetyl and some fruit mixed in for good measure.

Taste: Chewy malt, bready/grainy, a touch of yeast mingle with a semi-herbal hop bitterness that rides the back of the crisp carbonation. More malt sweetness comes through in the middle with some mild fruit, faded buttery diacetyl and grain. The even hop bitterness and flavour helps while it lingers into the finish with some drying grain.

Notes: Very tasty, malt flavours pull through ... great hop finish. This is great example of a "real" Pale Ale.

Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce bottle, Pours light almond, orangy amber, soft murkyness, with an almost white head and leaving delicate, lite lacing. Nose is reasonably hoppy with a noticable orange peel note. This is a pleasant Brit style P.A. quite hoppy for the usually understated English. Light bodied, easily quafable and quite enjoyable in general, Notes of vanilla, honey, with gritty and citrusy hops. Worth a try.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2013. Picked up a while back from a supermarket. The label describes it as a light golden beer.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A hazy amber hue with faint sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with hints of grain, fruity ale yeast, grass/hay, stewed hops and mild cardboard. OK but uninspired.

Tastes of caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of faint grain, fruity ale yeast, grass/hay, stewed hops, cardboard and earthiness. Well-attenuated and slightly harsh, followed by a restrained, leafy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and lightly tingly, with pleasant carbonation and decent body. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of harsh stewed leaves and fruity yeast esters.

A fairly average ale - drinkable but nowt special. Looks pretty good, but the aroma and flavour are quite bland and uninteresting. Body is alright. Given the reviews from others who rate it highly, I might try and re-review again sometime. Goes down easily enough, however there's no need to seek it out.

Photo of ivanwatling
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App: Clear golden colour, autumnal leaf colour. Very little head.

Smell: delicate, or maybe just absent

Taste: more hop than malt, well balanced, smooth, leaves a slightly bitter taste at the back of the pallets and a smoother taste on the pallets roof.

Mouthfeel: Dry, bitter

Drinkability: Very drinkable, I want another bottle.

Photo of ADR
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clearish medium amber appearance with a speckly head that levels flat but doesn't stick around long. Simple partial string lace, but ample. Nice deep malty aroma, floral honey and distinct ripening nectarine quality. Very fruity flavor, mature and fleshy with some cherry tone to add to the mix. Smooth mouthfeel, carbonation is minimal. Bittering is restrained, crocus-like flowery, slight mustiness at the close. Finish is a little sweet but this is a pleasant beer, a nice contrast to American Pales. The fruitiness stands out as the most singular characteristic.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite the rare find I picked up down in Maryland on a little jaunt down to the Deep Creek Brewing a few weeks back. Appearance on this one pours a really appeasing copper amber hue with a nice caramel of white creamy head leaving behind a full collared lacing. Aromatics contain biscuit malts a pleasant herbal flow a bit of a spiciness something about it is just nice and a tad of a butterscotch tone running through it, overall mild and reserved but the beautiful thing about this beer is the balance. Taste mildy hopped but the silky butterscotch tone blended with a malt sweetness just ties it all together pure session ale very nice authentic British pale ale. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied mild even carbonation, a silky smooth texture adds to the overall enjoyment level of sipping on this brew. Drinkability: Session brew not amazing but very solid would like to try this one on cask.

Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy medium-dark golden color, this brew exhibits a constant bubbling activity after a nice cascade, which helps to form a solid off-white head about a finger in height. The head displays good retention and remains in patches well down the glass.
The aroma offers up a good mix of malts and hops, bready and bit fruity with a bit of sweetness in the malts contrasted by earthy, herbal/leafy and floral hops character. The nose is a 4.0 but for a strong graininess and a sort of fading off a bit in.
The flavor is good, following suit, but a grainy character that's evident at first gets stronger and eventually detracts. Otherwise, aside from the balance of breads and fruits with leaf and earth, this is quite lemony.
The body is on the light side of medium, and the balance in the flavor is also in the semi-dry mouthfeel. It's not extremely crisp or smooth, but it's got both elements.

Photo of cokes
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky, darkened peach topped with whipped French Vanilla.
The nose displays buttered biscuits, rust, strawberry esters, and sandstone.
Enters the mouth with a dashing doughiness. Bagel hues are touched upon, then it settles to gently toasted English muffins with the requisite butter. Fruitiness is secondary, and as appealing as it is ephemeral. Red apples, and peaches, and strawberries, and green raisins all take their turns. It's not all sweet either; each fruit brings with it some tart tones. Toffee is in the background initially, but steps forward as it warms. Hopping is grassy and iron-spiked, with a tepid bitterness and more persuasive fruited tea notes.
The light body opens up more toward medium as it rests.
This is an English Pale that showcases a facsinating malt-house yeast interplay. Don't stop here if you've come for hops.

Photo of ElGordo
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes in a very long-necked 500ml bottle, though the label has changed from the image posted here. Now it's a gold and purple label with a silhouette of a witch on a broom.
Pours a slightly amberish golden color with a small white head that has very little retention. Almost no carbonation. Pleasant aroma of light floral hops, honey, and clean ale yeast. Interesting palate holds notes of floral hops, biscuit, light honey, and apple, held together by a fairly sturdy light sweet malt. The hops become a bit more evident towards the back of the mouth. Mouthfeel is slightly foamy. A good beer for celebrating Guy Fawkes Day.

Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent honey/amber with 1 finger of beige head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Floral & leafy hops & that's it

T: Floral, lemon & grassy hops & honey malt up front.

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & excellent balance

Drinks very easy, I could easily drink 3 or 4 these. This was way better on cask back in the day

Photo of AaronRed
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice and mellow brew- hints of dark sugar and molasses. Had a nice aroma, reminded me of when I drank one of my first ales. Very warming and inviting without being too heavy or trying to make more of itself than it is. Just a good beer, typical of English syle and quality.

Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came in a 500ml bottle with a story of the area where the brew is brewed...the witches lore and such. Says the beer is noted for it's "traditional strength and full flavour."

Great looking beer -- a golden brown/amber with hints of orange. A long lasting creamy white head with lots of lace; but the head just lasted forever.

Aroma was buscuit malt, caramel, and a noticable degree of diacetyl (butter/butterscotch)

Flavor is malt dominant, but with good hop balance. I detect some slight vegetal flavors that detract somewhat from the taste.

Overall a decent beer. I would really like to try this on tap somewhere in Lancashire, England!

Photo of PEBKAC
4.61/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Half liter bottle for $4 & change, accompanied by a very proper, crinkly brown paper bag.

Pours swampy, with a tea & honey color. A little off-white, nearly cream-colored head periscopes in, but quickly submerges.

A heavy fig smell, mixed in with some lemon pepper, toffee & stadium peanuts of all things. :)

A lot of toffee & peanut skins & shells in the taste. Extra butter & caramel creep up & make things a little slippery going down. A quiet, leafy edge of hops hides around every corner. The alcohol is even
quieter.

The almost hearty body was unexpected, but very satisfying to bite through. A constant rim of foam was always present, even at my last sip.

Considering the mildness of it all, it was amazing to taste so many things pop out at once. I came in expecting a stale, Atlantic-logged brew, but things turned out much different. Thought the price doesn't agree with me, my taste buds certainly do. :)

Photo of santoslhalper
2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a nice amber with a creamy, rich head that clung forever. The smell was oddly malt focused with only a tiny bit of hops. The flavor was incredibly yeasty, way too much so. I couldn't taste much other than an overpowering yeast and bready flavor that I didn't really enjoy. I'll skip this one next time.

Photo of Brent
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My local store stocks up on some Halloween theme beers every year, primarily the Wytchwood line. Lately they picked up the Bayhawk/Reaper beers, and now this. I hesitated to buy it - a bit pricey and you never know if you are getting a gimmick beer or the real deal. Here, this is a worthy beer.

Poured a hazy apple cider amber orange. Fizzy head that quickly settled. Not much aroma, which is the primary ding against it. Flavor is very bright, a touch of apple mixed in the malt. A bit acidic, with a mildly tart and clean finish. A soft bitterness hangs at the back of the tongue. Good drinkability - a quaffer.

Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour a slightly hazy orange-amber color, the head monumental in size, the color a winsome light tan, and semi-creamy in texture, a fine sealing sheet of lace to seal of the glass. Sweet malt is the dominate aroma, very crisp and fresh to the senses, start is sweet with lots of malt, top is fair to middling in feel. Finish has a slight tartness, crisp in its acidity with the hops delicate in their spiciness, very dry aftertaste, and a drinkable brew.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sunday 17th Oct 2010, bright and sunny, managed to mow the lawns for the last time before winter: this beer is my reward.

Brown 500ml bottle, best before the end of Nov 2010. Poured into an 'Abbot Ale' tankard.

Light amber body with a good foaming head of off white bubbles sat on top.

I love Fuggles, but I couldn't find any in the nose, some hints of citrus fruits with a sweeter undertone of toffee/caramel and molasses.

The taste was fairly sweet, the toffee, caramel and molasses hitting the palate first. The Fuggles hops appear later as the mouth beings to dry, giving it a bitter finish.

Easy to drink and as I prefer sweeter beers than overly hopped brews this really hit the nail for me.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Imperial pint bottle (date stamp of L0106 - Greek to me) poured into a Tulip stout glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy but bright gold-orange colored beer. The beer forms a nice 1/4" thick off-white head, but this dies down to a very thin film across the top with a ring at the edges. Some strands of lacing here and there but they all tended to slide back down the glass. Despite the lack of foam and lacing the color is good to admire in the glass.

Smell: Honey-like and cider smells with some floral hops thrown in, although the skunk-like hops show up a bit more as it warms up but then go away once the beer is fully at room temperature. Some hints of caramel sweetness in there as well.

Taste: Honey-like sweetness up front that moves into a quick skunk-like hop taste, then roasted malt and then a classic English bitter finish. When the beer is first poured and coldest, the honey-like sweetness is more pronounced and the bitterness is quite mild - reminds me more of some ESB at times. But as it warms up to proper temperature it takes on a different taste like I describe. Definitely a beer of British character.

Mouthfeel: Quick and fleeting carbonation on the tongue, coats the mouth and goes down easy. Some lingering sensation on the teeth. Nothing special - pretty typical for an English beer but maybe a little heavier in the carbonation than normal - not that I'm complaining.

Drinkability: This is a beer that really needs to warm up to get its real character, and that character is good for one pint - but I don't think I could have more than one. I actually think it is a bit more drinkable when cold, but more full of character when warm. Still, I think it'd be good pulled from a cask and I wouldn't mind trying it again. Went well with a meal (Mahi Mahi burgers and mixed vegtables) as well.

Photo of rohrbachsfan
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium amber yellow, slightly cloudy. Not much of a head.

Smell: Sweet malt, grain, hints of toffee.

Taste: Rich malt with caramel, butter, and toffee overtones. Mild-medium hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Some crispness from the carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good tasting beer and well balanced. Good example of an English Pale Ale.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.55/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Deeply hazed orange brown color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is about average, but it leaves behind glass covering lacing.

4.5 S: This is where it's at when I dream of an English pale ale. Rich maltiness, earthy mineral vibe, and just the right amount of yeast. Touches of caramel, bready maltiness, and earthy hops. Quite a treat for the nose.

4.5 T: Taste is as solid as the nose. Lately I've had some English beers that have been mineral bombs. This, on the other hand, flirts with the mineral side of things, but doesn't let it take over. Bready and biscuity malts. Light mineral with a solid grainy earthiness. Light caramel and toffee. Grassy and earthy hop flavor. Solid, easy drinking.

5.0 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Super smooth with a wonderful creaminess.

4.5 D: It's pretty damn hard for any sort of pale out to stand out, but this one does. It's wonderful through and through.

Photo of marc77
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Lightly hazy auburn copper hue, topped by a one fingered vanilla white, persistent head that leaves frothy, muddled lace. Pungent waft of honeyish malt and resiny floral hops with a twang of earthiness. Assertive, bright, white grape like esters and trace diacetyl surface as the beer breathes and the volatiles dissapate. Quirky, yet enjoyable aromawise. Clean, toffeeish sweetness initially in flavor is followed by a combination of slightly tart grape and softly baked biscuit. Hint of grain tannin astringency emerges mid palate, but is quickly offset by ripe berryish fruit akin to red currants along with an earthy date like undertone. Subdued, agreeable butterscotch presence. Low hop bitterness allows light lovibond caramel to provide unhindered, but well integrated malt sweetness. Moderate in body, with a smooth mouthfeel from both the low carbonation and residual dextrins. Finishes with a touch of acidity yielding to clean bready sweetness. An odd, flavorful brew a notch shy of balanced. Don't expect a typical English bitter, cause this is far from it. Pendle's Witches Brew is unique and relatively tasty, but it does become heavy on the palate. Certainly worth a sampling.

Photo of coasterfreak75
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was a light copper red with a two finger head that quickly dissapated and left a slight white lace on the beer.

The smell was a sweet malt mixed with caramel and light floral overtones, hidden in the back of the nose was an ever so slight bit of hop spice.

The drink started with a fruity/sweet flavor. Strong in apricots and apples with an almost honey sweetness. The middle was more of the same only slightly weaker. The finish was more watery with a strange grainy attribute.

All and all a damn fine beer that is well worth a try.

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Pendle Witches Brew from Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd
83 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.