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

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 123
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 17.81%
Wants: 8
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: 95 | Hads: 123
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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Photo of BEERchitect
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed golden amber with more than a little orange. The ecru head is soft yet sturdy with a finely pitting, smooth surface. Unfortunately, the foam lacks any semblance of stickiness and leaves, not surprisingly, almost no lace. I like the nose. It smells of oranges, apricots and butterscotch with a gentle, musty, earthy spiciness that is enticing.

Witches Brew is more boldly flavored than expected. Hops dominate, yet it isn't an overly hoppy beer. As in the nose, bitter orange and dried apricot are the fruits that come to mind. Nominally sweet at the start, bitterness gains ground as the mouthful progresses so that the beer finishes tangy, bitter and somewhat dry. The same musty earthiness that was evident in the nose pervades the flavor profile and is equally as welcome. I'd like a bit less carbonation to go along with the light-medium body, but as the glass and bottle sit, the mouthfeel becomes more quiescent.

After having two of their beers (Black Cat Mild), I've become a fan of Moorhouse's Brewery. They don't come at you with bells and whistles and gimmicks galore, they just brew tasty beer. That's all that I ask.

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Photo of oberon
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.69/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of Jason
4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
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

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy gold with no head. Nose is cereals and little else. Decent, but definitely uneventful. Flavor is really standard. That is what I think when I drink it. It's just...standard. Mild grainy aspect with a real thin bitterness. Feel is uneventful. This is a pretty uneventful beer. Probably one of the first English imports I have had that I could have cared less to try on hindsight. There sure is a lot left in this bottle to drink. And the only thing I can think of at this very moment is...next!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear peachy appearance, gifted with a sizeable stack of soft, delicate white foam.
Aroma: citric, yeasty, slight spiciness, rather intriquing.
Before I taste, let me report on the label. It's called a "pale brown ale with a malty after taste brewed 364 days a year." So, when do they take time off, for Halloween?
so, okay, taste: zingy, citric hop flavor blasts on board and bites for a bit, like orange rind mixed with lemon juice, a hit of grapefruit, and a blast of peach with a sour and spicy kick, as well. Bright flavor, and substantial. body is medium, to light, and finish is dry and yes, revealing a malty character. A bit bready on the tongue, too. Pretty nice, and something of a surprise.
I'd drink this again, but only rarely, when the moon is full and bright, perhaps, and the witching hour is upon is...bubble, bubble, toil, and etcetera...

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Photo of GClarkage
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

03/22/05- Purchased at Plumpjack's WInes in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- Cool looking 16.9oz bottle with no freshness date. Poured into my 24 oz glass mug.

Appearance- Amber-brown coloring, nice inch thick creamy pock marked head and better than average lacing. Nice looking brew.

Smell- A tad fruity, maybe a whiff of malt. Can't really detect many hops from the smell.

Taste- Ok, I couldn't smell them, but I can certainly taste them. This is a really sweet based malt taste. A decent amount of bitter hops combine in the mix. Maybe a bit a caramel and some definite fruity flavors. Can't really pin which ones, but there is some fruit tastes in here.

Mouthfeel- Fairly low carbonation level made this one go down pretty easy.

Drinkability- This one was a bit sweeter than expected, but still was a good quaff. I probably won't buy it again (because of the price), but this is one of the better English Pale Ales I have had to date. Looking forward to trying more.

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Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed aruond Halloween, 2005. Picked up in Dearborn, MI.
I found this to be a very fine beer and one to keep in mind next time you dont wanna get whacked over the side the head by a big bold heavy hoped American IPA. Poured with good head, excellent carbonation. Faint hops and a stern dose of malt in the nose. Flavours aren't comprimised by the light makeup. It's really a quite modest beer, hoped lightly but enough to make a point. Very mild but tasteful. Good!

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Photo of jdhilt
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a good, white head that leaves hardly any lace, good carbonation, cloudy, amber color. Sweet malt nose, starts malty finishes malty but on the thin side?? What going on with the brewer's site (http://www.moorhouses.co.uk/) with "access forbidden"?? Anyway this is a good ale and worth looking for.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours an almost overflowing off-white, two-finger head after an aggressive pour. Lacing was minor. Color was a plae rust color. Levaes lots of foam on the glass.

Smell- Lots o' bar bread aromas. This beer makes me think of Ween's song "the blarney stone." I don't know why.

Taste- A little tart for an EPA. Nonethe less a very malty brew with a few hints of hops. But lets not forget the creamy finish for this English pub standard style ale.

Mouthfeel- A little dry, but mostly a creamy, malty palate with good resonance.

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Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy texture. Not very much head, but some good lacing.

S: A malty aroma with traces of floral hops.

T: This beer had a thick, malty quality, along with a breadiness. Also a bit of sweet hops. A decent taste, but not spectacular.

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

D: Overall, this is a decent beer. Not the most inspired, but still drinkable.

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Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
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.

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Photo of FLima
3.54/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Picked up during a recent visit to Hi-Times in Costa Mesa. 500ml brown glass bottle. Wide bodied with a thin, but tall, neck stem. The obverse gold label has the black silhouette of a flying broom riding witch set against a purple oval. No freshness date but it is listed as 5.1% Alc/Vol. No freshness date.

Appearance: Soft white head sits atop the clear orange amber body. Laces the glass nicely during the drink. Solid and persistent levels of conditioning in the brew reinstate the head with every swig from my Handled Mug.

Nose: Grainy nose, sweet malts, quite different to the cask version. The light fruitiness in the middle and the toffee in the back end of the drink are welcome. Restrained nose but inviting nonetheless.

Taste: Sharp start, sour breaded malts and a grainy spicy hop character. Yeasty too. Has a delicate toffee hint and some diacteyl twists in the back end. Nicely balanced all round, the malts and hops are in perfect harmony.

Mouthfeel: Has a chewy feel. Breaded malts really support the body. Light buttery feel in the finish which is not detracting. Toffee feel also.

Drinkability: The 500ml bottle really did not take long at all to drain. In my large handled mug this one looks great and it tastes just as good, it drinks like a Cask Ale with an easy going attractive simplicity which mixes with a well-balanced malt & hop profile.

Overall: I have had the fortune to tour Moorhouse’s Brewery, not just the once, but twice, when I lived in England, and like the bottled Black Cat I have drunk this marvelous beer on cask many, many times. A lovely Pale Ale, as with the Black Cat Mild, I was initially skeptical that I thought this may not transfer so well to the bottle, but it does!

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