Pendle Witches Brew - Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd
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4.85/5 rDev +32.9%
This is a wonderful, complex, very tasty, and slightly unique ale with a somewhat unusual take on the English-style pale ale.
Amber, it has a medium-large, light tan head, slowly shrinking to a thin, lasting foam top and some weak lace.
The aroma is a lot of fruit - a bit winey, mostly caramelised feremented fruit, perfume, caramel, toast, leaves/tea. I had originally given the aroma a lower score but that was from an older bottle and the aroma was more unusual and not very pleasant with character of candy, old, turned fruit and no leaf or toast (although the rest of the beer otherwise was still good).
The taste has some simlarity to the aroma but actually is very different and wonderful. It's a but unusual in a manner that is hard to pin down. It's very leafy with a lot of turned, fermented plums, apples, and grapes, a hint of toasty bread, especially in the finish. It has buttery caramel as well and is very complex, with a lot of interesting elements present in a manner that is harmonious and makes it hard to pinpoint them all. It has light sweet-sour quality with a light bitterness that dominates the finish and lingers in the aftertaste. It has a creamy feel and is highly drinkable, really growing on me as I drink it.
11-24-2008 19:48:35 | More by Offa
4.33/5 rDev +18.6%
Love a good English Pale Ale. This one pours a light amber color with a touch of haze and a thin eggshell head.
Grassy and bready on the nose, even a bit wheaty, with lightly floral hop aromas mixed in.
Light and fresh flavor, leafy with a nice honey/lemon sweetness. Good balance. Medium body, nice and smooth.
Very drinkable pale ale in the English tradition, a great summer quaffer to boot.
Sampled on 7/20/08.
11-23-2008 22:47:49 | More by tmitch75
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
11-15-2008 13:48:28 | More by avalon07
3.83/5 rDev +4.9%
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
03-23-2008 01:35:46 | More by russpowell
3.6/5 rDev -1.4%
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!
03-10-2008 02:53:26 | More by RblWthACoz
2.42/5 rDev -33.7%
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.
12-30-2007 17:39:33 | More by JonB1958
3.83/5 rDev +4.9%
Dark amber color (more gold than orange) with a barely detectable head. Crisp apple-like nose which was unexpected given the name. Excellent balance of hops and malt, bitter-sweet but smooth with a spicy aftertaste that was not unpleasant. Good high carbonation that lasted throughout and very thirst-quenching. I would probably appreciate this one more in the summer but overall very drinkable.
12-28-2007 06:31:18 | More by BlaiseDemon
3.78/5 rDev +3.6%
Amber-gold color with a thin head that sticks to the glass as it goes down. Yeasty nose with a little musty basement thrown in. A slight bitter yeasty flavor followed by toasted grain - a little biscuit, and some fruit I could not identify. The cask seemed mishandled - a little too warm/ didn't drop bright, but the beer seemed relatively fresh. If it was five degrees cooler I would have bought another one.
10-30-2007 04:57:13 | More by dedrinker
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
It the spirit of Halloween I submit Moorhouse's Pendle Witches Brew. Poured from a 1 pint .9 oz bottle. Blurb on back of bottle says its brewed with Maris Otter, Crystal malts, invert sugar, torrified wheat and hopped with Fuggles.
Appearance: Poured aggressively into my Sam Adams glass, Pendle Witches Brew is honey colored and crystal clear. Topped by a decent white head that fades to a thin, foamy topping. Streams of carbonation race to the surface. Lacing is minimal as it slides back into the beer.
Smell: Malty sweet with hints of honey. Has an herbal like quality which I contribute to the Fuggles making their presence known. Has a slight biscuit like quality as well.
Taste: Starts fairly malty with a nice lingering sweetness. More honey like than caramel or brown sugar. The middle transitions the beer to a nice earthy, herbal and spicy like bitterness in the finish. Nicely balances out the sweet maltiness of the beer. The Fuggle hop bitterness lingers after the swallow. Also, nice and dry in the finish. Makes you want to take another drink.
Mouthfeel: Again, dry in the finish but has plenty of body. Very smooth with a medium mouthfeel. Nicely carbonated.
Drinkability/Notes: Glad my local beer store is starting to carry more English beers. Pendle Witches Brew is a nice change of pace from drinking APA's. More malty with an earthy hop bitterness instead of a hoppy american pale ale. Super easy to drink and at 5.1% abv would make for a decent session beer. Definitely a beer I will try again. Seek and Enjoy.
10-26-2007 21:28:31 | More by SwillBilly
4/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
07-31-2007 00:18:28 | More by rohrbachsfan
4.6/5 rDev +26%
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
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. :)
07-12-2007 01:38:40 | More by PEBKAC
2.1/5 rDev -42.5%
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.
07-06-2007 01:47:21 | More by Grass
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass. Color is a slightly hazy amber color with a finger and a half of white head that disappears fairly quickly but leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is of sweet bread-like malt, butterscotch, grain, floral hops, and a touch of fruit.
The beer enters the palate with the a flavor similar to sourdough bread along with some fruitiness detected in the aroma. The beer finishes with a touch of diacetyl and a bit of toffee. Definitely a chewy malt pressence in the mouth. Nice session type beer and an accurate EPA.
05-19-2007 03:06:31 | More by hckyfn9999
3.03/5 rDev -17%
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)
03-14-2007 22:32:18 | More by Braudog
3.03/5 rDev -17%
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 isnt offensive but its also unremarkable. Worth a try.
03-05-2007 04:12:05 | More by jettjon
2.3/5 rDev -37%
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.
02-19-2007 21:59:12 | More by Minkybut
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.2/5 rDev +15.1%
500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...
Poured a nice coppery orange colour. Creamy head with orange tinges poured quite thick then faded quickly to light layer... barely any carbonation... very light lacing..
Aroma - Nice juicy fruits (oranges, pineapples, apples), toasted biscuity malts, some breadiness, light toffee / honey sweetness, grassy, some piney notes, salty, spicy hops, some herbiness, some alcohol esters coming through...
Taste Nice spicy fruits (oranges, apples, some figs and pears), caramel malts, peppery / grassy hop bitterness, some bread / yeast notes, light toastiness, some anise hints, floral honey...
Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy... medium bodied... Sooo drinkable - i could happily quaff this all night long...
Overall - An excellent pale ale - one of my favourites... recommended...
02-01-2007 15:44:46 | More by mdagnew
British Columbia (Canada)
4/5 rDev +9.6%
Well done English pale ale...a good example of a well done brew that sticks to the standards of its style. Amber with a good two finger head. Slightly off-balanced smell in that the malts are a bit more dominant than they should be. Good, well blended taste. Nothing distinct jumps out, but there also nothing to complain about.
Good, solid above average brew. Not outstanding, but nothing to complain about. Would make a good session ale.
12-21-2006 07:26:59 | More by BDTyre
4/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
11-30-2006 02:07:18 | More by AaronRed
3.63/5 rDev -0.5%
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!
11-17-2006 16:56:08 | More by biegaman
3.63/5 rDev -0.5%
My bottle is sporting a new label a goldish background with a oval purple logo and a witch in flight emblazoned in solid black. The label also tells you right up front what to expect A pale brown ale with a malty after taste.
The color seemed a little more amber than brown to me, but it was pleasant nonetheless. The malty after taste is highly evident in the aroma, which I feared would translate into a sweet and syrupy concoction, but I was wrong.
A smooth and effervescent mouthfeel gives way to a well-balanced brew - malty yes, but not sickeningly so, with a nice hint of hops as well.
All in all a nice composition and a pleasant, drinkable ale.
10-29-2006 22:36:45 | More by TheLiterati
3.83/5 rDev +4.9%
Appearance: Nice presentation - witch on the bottle reminds me of a homebrew label I made. Pours lighter than expected in the glass, amber with a medium head that leaves good lacing.
Smell: Aroma really draws you in to figure it out. Good amount of hop presence, with some caramel/butterscotch as well.
Taste: Good! Hoppier than I was expecting. Bready, with some caramel as well. Goldings in the finish?
Mouthfeel: A bit of diacetyl slickness, which is to be expected for the style. Good carbonation. Medium body.
Drinkability: I'd buy this - good beer, good drinkability. Diacetyl is present, but not distracting. Well-hopped, no complaints.
10-24-2006 23:51:56 | More by hunteraw
3.6/5 rDev -1.4%
Yeast clouds and haze in a strong tea colored liquid. Begins with a fluffy off-white head that faded to a cap. Lace was minimal, but sticky.
Big sweet caramel malts, a touch of molasses, prunes, buttery, and herbal hops in the nose.
Taste is sweet chewy malts, lightly astringent, and flavorful spicy hops. Dry finish.
Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.
Could find this being quite sessionable. Not exceptional, but respectable.
07-03-2006 17:17:44 | More by EvilKeith
3.38/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
05-16-2006 04:16:48 | More by scruffwhor
3.18/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
02-12-2006 18:32:28 | More by BEERchitect
Pendle Witches Brew from Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd
83 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.