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

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BA SCORE
83
good

116 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.89%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-01-2002)
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Photo of bjd88
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of FLima
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy darker amber orange color with a thin thick head with medium retention with very small floating particles.
Aroma of English earthy hops, light oranges and lemon, a hint of nuts and some mint.
Flavor of subdue oranges, English hops, mild caramel, minerals and bread malt. Dry aftertaste with an elegant bitterness.
Light body with mild carbonation.
That is a pleasant and easy to drink English Pale-Golden Ale. Nice balance between bitter and sweet, relatively malty, but hops elegantly counter it. High drinkability and it gets better as it warms up.

Photo of Drummermean
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of zenithberwyn
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of allengarvin
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours out a nice (slightly hazy) walnut color, with a head that doesn't top a half inch but is reasonably persistent.
S: Bready, bread-crust malt, with a touch of toast.
T: Emphasis is on the malt. The bitterness is moderate, but there's little hop taste to be found. The malt is crusty, sort of biscuity. Yeast character is pretty neutral.
M: A tad watery, with low carbonation.

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of endless1408
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy golden brown color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains honey, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of honey, caramel and citrus. Then some mild breadiness comes in from a thin malt character. The hops presence is mild and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are better choices within the style.

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of charlatan
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

From a 500ml bottle with freshness date three months away. It has a dark amber colour and a fairly thick very slightly off white head which seems set to stick around for the long haul. The nose is rather chalky with a hint of sweetness. It actually reminds me of breastfed baby vomit which isn't as disgusting as it sounds, although certainly less than ideal. It begins insipidly but the first sip eventually reveals some biscuity malt character but little in the way of hops. However, subsequent sips certainly reveal a rather metallic hoppiness allied to a hint of honey. All in all, there's a fair bit going on here but it probably could (and possibly should) do all of the above considerably more boldly. Instead, this one requires a fair bit of contemplation to get the most out of it.

Photo of JohnQVD
3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From: The Andersons, Columbus, OH
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Moorhouse's Pendle Witches Brew is a fairly satisfying and easily drinkable English ale that emphasizes the biscuit-like qualities of English malt along with slight caramel flavorings and substantial hop bitterness. Generally of good flavor and easy-to-drink, my only question is whether this really needs to be $5 a bottle for the fairly straightforward recipe and style. Based upon this price, I would probably brew my own before seeking this out again.

Pours a 1cm tall head, made up of clean, white bubbles that are medium to large in size. Dissipation occurs quickly, the head lasting only about a minute before fading to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is primarily a modestly dense matrix of dots and blotches clinging to the inner sides of the glass. Body is a hazy (60-70% opaque) dark orange-brown color, with light bringing out pale yellow and orange hues in the beer. Carbonation is visible rising up along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is of modest biscuit-like malt, very light caramel malt, lighty floral and vegetative hops, slight pumpkin puree, and somewhat mineral-like characters (mostly iron). Not unpleasant, but not particularly assertive: there's significant room for improvement here.

Front of palate is of fairly light pale and caramel malt sweetness with a touch of mineral character and herbal hop contributions. Mid-palate of very pleasant biscuit-like pale malt with some light caramel, fairly bitter hops, and modest spiciness. Back of palate finds mild herbal hop bitterness with light caramel and biscuit-like malt flavors. Aftertaste is of biscuit-like pale malts with a touch of caramel malt and substantial lingering hop bitterness and herbal characters.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation levels of fairly low intensity, resulting in a smooth, easy-drinking mouthfeel that flows well and never feels fizzy or overly stagnant. Closes quite dry, with moderate stickiness clinging to the palate.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around the glass after the pour. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, and honey aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and honey flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of citrus zest bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is fairly mild but quite drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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