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

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Reviews: 93
Hads: 119
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.94%
Wants: 7
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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-01-2002

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Photo of TheLiterati
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (674 characters)

Photo of hunteraw
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (656 characters)

Photo of EvilKeith
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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. (444 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
2.56/5  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. (590 characters)

Photo of BamaScholar
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500 ml bottle a dusty yellow corn tone. Vivacious bubbles, good head, sedimentary lacing down the sides of the pils glass.

Smell is grainy, bready, hearty, with some hops, fruit, and malt.

Taste is thorough balance, malt and hops, with biscuit and thick, sticky bitterness. Rich and buttery these dance towards a semi-dry finish.

It's thick but not overwhelmingly so. This is what beer's heritage is; a great jumping off point for ales generally. Have your non-BA friends who like lagers try this. (518 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good offering. I like the style, very drinkable. Poured out to a light orange / golden color with a head of about 1/2 inch that calmed to a thin layer of foam over the beer. Heavy lacing in the glass. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas of hops, spice and grain are most noted. Taste is smooth and mild; flavors of malts, hops, grain and spice dominate. I view this as a well made lager, as it could easily satisfy the most discerning lager lover. Mouthfeel was smooth and mild. Nice. Overall good drinkability. This is a well made English Pale Ale. Recommended. (564 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of whynot44
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium bodied, slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head that disappears fairly quickly.

The aroma is bready, vaguely fruity, with just a bit of spicy hops in the background.

The taste is mild malt, fresh biscuits, fruit - caramel apple, raisin - with a slightly dry citrus hops finish.

Smooth. easy to drink. Actually pretty mild for "Witches Brew". A good example of English Pale Ale. (410 characters)

Photo of nrrd
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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! (1,751 characters)

Photo of coasterfreak75
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was a light copper red with a two finger head that quickly dissapated and left a slight white lace on the beer.

The smell was a sweet malt mixed with caramel and light floral overtones, hidden in the back of the nose was an ever so slight bit of hop spice.

The drink started with a fruity/sweet flavor. Strong in apricots and apples with an almost honey sweetness. The middle was more of the same only slightly weaker. The finish was more watery with a strange grainy attribute.

All and all a damn fine beer that is well worth a try. (551 characters)

Photo of santoslhalper
2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
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. (309 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (987 characters)

Photo of genaro
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation- a dark, squat bottle with a long neck. Witches Brew was cloudy gold capped by a small, short-lived head. The aroma was a bit spicey with a nice hop bouquet. The taste was sharper than expected, but mellowed by the malt which added a touch of toffee and some sweetness. The finish was dry with malty touches. Overall I found this to be a mellow, well-balanced beer well-suited for sessions. (403 characters)

Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came in a 500ml bottle with a story of the area where the brew is brewed...the witches lore and such. Says the beer is noted for it's "traditional strength and full flavour."

Great looking beer -- a golden brown/amber with hints of orange. A long lasting creamy white head with lots of lace; but the head just lasted forever.

Aroma was buscuit malt, caramel, and a noticable degree of diacetyl (butter/butterscotch)

Flavor is malt dominant, but with good hop balance. I detect some slight vegetal flavors that detract somewhat from the taste.

Overall a decent beer. I would really like to try this on tap somewhere in Lancashire, England! (650 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (1,148 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes in a very long-necked 500ml bottle, though the label has changed from the image posted here. Now it's a gold and purple label with a silhouette of a witch on a broom.
Pours a slightly amberish golden color with a small white head that has very little retention. Almost no carbonation. Pleasant aroma of light floral hops, honey, and clean ale yeast. Interesting palate holds notes of floral hops, biscuit, light honey, and apple, held together by a fairly sturdy light sweet malt. The hops become a bit more evident towards the back of the mouth. Mouthfeel is slightly foamy. A good beer for celebrating Guy Fawkes Day. (627 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of Brian700
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a clear pale color with a white head that slowly disapeers. It has a mild floral smell. There is a hint of hop aroma but it is very light. It tastes sweet and a little fruity at first but as it hits the back of your palate there is a slight bitterness. The mouthfeel is nice. It has a perfect amount of carbonation for the beer that it is. As light as this brew looks it has about a medium body. I would recommend this beer. It is very drinkable. Good Flavor. (470 characters)

Photo of Guinness4me
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Quite a tasty beverage! It pours a clear, orange amber with a slight head that leaves very dainty lace behind. I guess I was expecting a more sinister-looking beer!

The aroma is almost peachy with a lovely flowery scent like some Belgians. A light, nutty maltness with a hint of butter is there as well.

The taste is clean, slightly hoppy and a bit metallic but fresh and crisp. It reminds me of a very mild cider with a higher carbonated mouthfeel.

I find this highly drinkable and very refreshing. Bravo for an impressive English Pale Ale. (550 characters)

Photo of homersimpson
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moorhouse Pendle Witches Brew Lancashire, Eng. 5.1%
16oz cool shaped brown bottle. No freshness date.
It pours a copper/amber color with a smallish off white head and some patchy lace.
A nice fruity and sweet malty aroma is released upon first pour. A light citrusy smell lingers in the background.
It has a true Pale Ale malty character of lightly buttered biscuits and unsalted crackers, with just the right touch of caramel sweetness.
The sharpness of the hops are subdued a bit by the overall maltiness of this brew, but they really do make a statement of their own with both a citrusy bitterness and a tea-like bite. The bitterness is noticed mainly in the back of the throat. Nice ale.
Thanks Genaro! (713 characters)

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