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

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BA SCORE
83
good

111 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 16.16%
Wants: 5
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.

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rickyleepotts

Arizona

1/5  rDev -72.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I love this label. It’s creepy. I don’t like witches though. They scare me. They are like clowns. I haven’t met a clown I liked yet. Anyway, this is a tall bottle, serving up a pint for us to split. The front of the bottle says, “A light colored golden beer; soft, crisp, and bitter-sweet flavors.” It’s a pale though, which I can dig. I like an IPA over a pale, but when they used the word crisp I think of all the beers I have had in Europe. They are all crisp.

In the Glass: It’s cloudy, and looks like a Bud Light in the glass. The head is weak too, leaving behind little to no lace. It looks like a beer I would pound on a Saturday afternoon on the golf course or by the pool.

Nose: The nose is grassy, and has a certain orange zest sort of thing going on. It’s weird though, because at first I am picking up dirt and weeds but the sweetness takes me to the center of an orange.

Flavor: Coming off the Old Rasputin, I have a feeling this won’t even come close. And I was right. There isn’t much flavor here. It’s pretty boring, actually. It’s smooth, and would taste good in the hot summer sun. But how can a beer have this much history and have this little taste?

Mouthfeel: Not much mouthfeel here. Very little carbonation, and it goes down smooth. There is a hint of bitterness, that leads to some subtle dryness at the end. Then it’s gone. Meh. This beer is pretty bland.

Aftertaste: What aftertaste? It’s like drinking water… but with a little bit of color and some dryness toward the back of the palate. They say that beers like Bud and Bud Light taste like water. THIS beer tastes like water.

Not sure why a beer like this made the list. But it’s bad. Real bad. Stay away. You can thank me later.

Pendle Witches Brew - The bottle says: “Brewed by Moorhouse’s Brewery (Burnley) Limited using the finest Maris Otter and Crystal malts, invert sugars, torrified wheat and hopped with Fuggles, Lakeland Water and our own yeast producing a light gold beer with a citrus nose, soft, crisp, bitter-sweet with spicy aftertones.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 04:25:25 | More by rickyleepotts
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RoyalT

Ohio

2/5  rDev -45.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 02:01:33 | More by RoyalT
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Grass

Ohio

2.1/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured a 500ml bottle and observed a thin head and a golden brown appearence in the glass with a murky yeast on the bottom.

The smell was a slight hop and a twinge of yeast, not much else.

Upon tasting the ale it was flat, it could be old, with a slight lemony or sourness. The taste doesn't hang around long. Not bad balance.(?)

Based on this sampling, I could do without another. To be fair, this may have been an extreme dust collector.(No date of any kind could be found) I took a chance. A fresh bottle could have been a whole new ballgame.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 01:47:21 | More by Grass
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Minkybut

Virginia

2.3/5  rDev -37%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured beer from bottle to tumbler at 45 degrees. Beer was light amber color and a little cloudy. A very slight head briefly appeared but quickly diminished. Very little lacing. Beer smelled slightly sour and tasted that way also. Flat tasting lifeless with some flowery hint. Strong alcohole taste but not a high proof beer. Wil not purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 21:59:12 | More by Minkybut
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JonB1958

Illinois

2.42/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A friend got some of this for Christmas, and brought it over to watch a football game. I'm not normally a huge fan of pale ales, although I can stand them for a night or two, so this should be read with that in mind.

The overall impression I get of this is cloying sweetness: The aroma is overpoweringly right there, like a fruit punch, almost, and this carries through to the taste, which reminds me of pear juice mixed with strawberries. The issue is not the presence of those characteristics, but the lack of balance, as they seem to overpower any sense of the malt, and even the hoppy bitterness one might expect from a Pale Ale.

I'll pass on the next opportunity to drink this.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 17:39:33 | More by JonB1958
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2005 21:40:14 | More by santoslhalper
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DogFood11

California

2.55/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ML bottle poured with increasing power as I saw it would take some work to get any head (har har har) out of this brew. Thin covering, eventually down to edges. Freckled lacing. Orange to light orange hue. Uninspiring to say the least.

Toasted cereal, earthy, pretty damn nice smell. Has me back interested to see the final results.

Didn't translate too well in the most important taste category. Its more of a mouthfeel beer as the taste is very distant. It has some saison type farmhouse, earthiness about it. Sizzly towards the finish, combination of carbonation and lemon peel.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 05:22:36 | More by DogFood11
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clvand0

Kentucky

2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a light and cloudy amber color with a good head but leaves little lacing on the glass. Good carbonation. The aroma was a little skunky - has a grassy/floral part to the aroma with some sweetness as well. The flavor was not as smooth as I had hoped and contained some sort of fruit with tons of hops and the aftertaste of the floralness/grassyness. I wasn't very impressed with this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2003 19:07:55 | More by clvand0
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a near clear, amber-hued body with a smallish, sudsy, white head. If nothing else, it does look nice.

Smell: Lightly sweet-scented malts overtaken by a strong waft of grain husks. Some earthy, grassy hops to be found but they're having a tough time getting past all those grains.

Taste: Sweetish pale maltiness positively littered with discarded grain husks. Meager hint of dried fruits. Touch of muted citrus along with some leafy, earthy hops and a light bitterness. Continued graininess. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: No thanks, guys. So far, I'm finding these Moorhouse's brews to be tremendously grainy and husky.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 04:10:41 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Ianhockey91

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Interesting is the best way to describe it. A nice pale gold yellow with a touch of orange. Cramy white head which fades fast and leads to no lace at all. Smells slightly bready, and maybe a little bit fuity, no hops whatsoever in there. Tastes much better a little warm, fruity, nice malt character, has some marzen esque qualities i feel, no hop kick sadly but still good all around.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2003 04:17:53 | More by Ianhockey91
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leinie13

Ohio

3/5  rDev -17.8%

12-04-2011 22:55:26 | More by leinie13
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JohnQVD

New York

3/5  rDev -17.8%

08-21-2013 23:02:35 | More by JohnQVD
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pin

Australia

3/5  rDev -17.8%

05-20-2013 17:15:27 | More by pin
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chugamugofsud

Oregon

3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer really disappointed me. It poured amber in color with a light head and smelled a little bit like an American wheat, which surprised me. The smell did give away hints of a roasted nut taste; however, the taste was very plain and hollow, seemingly tasting like a nearly empty American amber or American wheat. Not recommended at the price; however, I suppose this is a tasty beer to be so hollow, thin and lacking in supplemental tones.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2004 14:57:20 | More by chugamugofsud
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a light copper hue with a subdued, pitch white head which dissipates very quickly.

S: Aroma is surprisingly sweet, molasses and honey bring up the front perforated by biscuity malts and followed by some faint fruity watermelon, peach and banana.

T/M: Has a low amount of carbonation and is rampant with that honey sweetness, akin to a solid amber. Clean bittering hops support the almost overly sweet malt backbone and there’s even a slight hint of alcohol lingering in there, strange coming from a 5.1% ABV.

This doesn’t really follow suit with most pale ales and the only other similar beer I can recall is something like Baltika #9. I can’t really imagine a time where I’d be in the mood for this specifically, perhaps next Halloween. Perhaps not. Perhaps Boxing Day. Yeah. Anything’s possible on Boxing Day.

TheBeerAlmanac.com

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 00:43:19 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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Braudog

Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 1/2L bottle into my pint with a lazy carbonation, rising into a thin but stoic cratered head. Shiny and orange, this draws me in. The aroma is fruity and malty at the same time, evoking that fresh brewery smell that you get during a bottling. The swallow is tart and nearly puckering, with a gristy grainy undertow. It gets dirtier as you go, that woodsy bitter grain aspect taking over. (#2745, 3/14/2007)

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2007 22:32:18 | More by Braudog
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jettjon

Florida

3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presented in a 500 ml bottle with no freshness date, poured into a large wine goblet. Pours a transparent red-orange with no carbonation beneath a smallish cap of light tan bubbles. Relatively quick fade leaves a spotty cap and minor lacing. Not much on the nose, just some middle-sweet malt. Taste is of middle-sweet malt, a bit of peppery spice, and not a whole lot else; rather mild overall. Mouth is semi-viscous, wet, and smooth, with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is just OK; this beer isn’t offensive but it’s also unremarkable. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 04:12:05 | More by jettjon
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charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 22:44:14 | More by charlatan
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little heavy for an English Pale Ale; more like a lighter Wee Heavy. Typical of bigger English Ales, Witches Brew casts a viscous rust color with a paper-white withstanding head. Smells quite malty sweet and aged fruits. A thin paper and sherry quality exists in the nose and rides on into the taste. Sweeter and heavier than expected with emphasis on figs and dates. Sweet and full on the palate. Hopping rates remain low for a pale ale, allowing the seet malts to dominate. Lightly syrupy and sweet right into the aftertaste. A good beer, but not what's expected from a EPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 18:32:28 | More by BEERchitect
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange with a miniscule, white head. A biscuit and toasted aroma greets your nose: mildly malty with very faint hops. Caramel and bready taste…slight butterscotch. Hops are subdued and the mouthfeel is slightly light. Soft and quiet finish. This beer didn’t really do much for me. It’s underdone, somewhat hollow, and unimpressive. I had higher hopes, and have to call this one something of a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2004 02:11:29 | More by Suds
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homersimpson

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy light amber with a delicate white head.
Sweet, almost appley nose.
Quite light body.
Starts out sweet, reminiscent of a cider then slowly clears to a sour malt that clings to your tongue and and hangs out for awhile.
Very interesting is my initial response. It grows on you a bit, but it's still not something you'd want to sit and gulp down.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2004 23:12:03 | More by homersimpson
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sneaks2210

New York

3.25/5  rDev -11%

11-17-2012 16:43:54 | More by sneaks2210
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange dark gold. Thin head that is decent in the lace department.

Slight skunking which detracts from the aroma. Largely malt smells. I also detect a slight citrus (orange) smell.

Smooth mouthfeel. Again, largely malty in the flavor department. It's dry with little hop bitterness.

Love the name for Halloween. The flavor is standard for an English mild. Not much interest in this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2005 22:19:39 | More by smcolw
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 22:40:48 | More by jazzyjeff13
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nrrd

California

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass, this beer poured appeared brownish gold and somewhat translucent. Good head.

Very mild smell was somewhat malty. Pendle tasted a little sharp at first, somewhat yeasty with a slightly spicy bite, but had a very nice malty, caramel finish. Bottle contained 1 pint .9 oz, but beer was pretty drinkable. Nothing amazing, but the finish is quite pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2005 05:20:27 | More by nrrd
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Pendle Witches Brew from Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd
83 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.