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

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83
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114 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | 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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Ratings: 114 | Reviews: 92 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Suds
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Suds, Feb 21, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

WVbeergeek, Dec 02, 2003
Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Gusler, Nov 16, 2003
Photo of clvand0
2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

clvand0, Nov 12, 2003
Photo of Brent
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Brent, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of Ianhockey91
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

Ianhockey91, Oct 16, 2003
Photo of dpend
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Pendle witches are a bit of family history, so I had to try this.Very drinkable and pours nicely. A distinctive fruit taste in the background, but couldn't pinpoint exactly what it was.I'm used to hopier pale ales but this was enjoyable and ties in well with the autumn season.Great little Halloween ale.

dpend, Oct 14, 2003
Photo of TripelJ
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now Quaffing: Moorhouse's Pendle Witche's Brew

Pours a clear golden with an agressive white head. Smells are sweet with a touch of floral hop aroma. The taste really does it for this beer. Very balanced, with a characteristic english flavor (what IS that flavor, the golding hops? a specific malt? the answer eludes me), and a nice finish that is lightly crisp. Not overly hoppy as to be expected, its a fine example of a true English pale ale. I'd make it a session ale if the availability was better.

TripelJ, Oct 12, 2003
Photo of jdhilt
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

jdhilt, Jul 09, 2003
Photo of marc77
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

marc77, May 10, 2003
Photo of zerk
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chill hazed copper with a very thin white head. Malty aroma with notes of toffee and caramel. Flavor begins sweet, almosy candy like... toffee, caramel, and a hint of chocolate... followed by a slightly bitter earthy finish. Mouthfeel is full and smooth, with an oily finish. A pretty good pale ale, although the first few sips can be a bit cloying. The beer becomes much easier to drink once it approaches room temperature.

zerk, Feb 07, 2003
Photo of Viking
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden-amber, with a smooth white head. Faint traces of CO2 in th body. Head doesn't last long, but a bit of lace always sits atop the brew. Rich smell of earthy/herbal hops, with backing bready caramel malt. Nice caramel malt flavor, with enough hops to give this a refreshingly bitter flavor. Hop flavor is earthy, with a nice oily hop finish. Smooth brew - creamy , and almost chewy, mouthfeel. A very good English Pale.

Viking, Nov 03, 2002
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark-ish gold color. The aroma is of malt, hops, and also has a earthy smell to it. On the palate there is a full malty flavor, and the finish is almost dry with a distinct hop after taste. Overall a very good ale! I agree with the other review's...you should let it warm a bit after pulling from the fridge...

WilliamPhilaPa, May 02, 2002
Photo of Jason
4.3/5  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.

Jason, Apr 01, 2002
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Pendle Witches Brew from Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd
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