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

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BA SCORE
83
good

111 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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...

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2004 03:08:51 | More by feloniousmonk
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Brian700

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2004 21:59:03 | More by Brian700
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Franz4

Ohio

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

A- Golden color, just slightly cloudy.

S- Malt with caramel undertones, could be a bit old, no freshness info.

T- Slight grain taste with a balancing lemon presence that is appealing.

M- Feel's smooth and crisp, a nice refreshing pale ale.

O- I liked this one, I have a feeling I would enjoy it a lot more on cask as it had that type of appeal to it.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 02:41:12 | More by Franz4
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AaronRed

New York

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 02:07:18 | More by AaronRed
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rohrbachsfan

New York

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2007 00:18:28 | More by rohrbachsfan
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2005 00:22:26 | More by Frozensoul327
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2005 04:07:47 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 07:26:59 | More by BDTyre
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16.9oz brown slimline pop-top bottle with cool label...no freshness date...poured into a Samuel Smith tulip

Appearance: Slightly hazy light burnt orange beer with a medium white cap of large bubbles which fades fairly quickly to a thick film with decent stick

Smell: Definitely malt-forward...this shows lots of lightly toasted malts with just a slight touch of buttery character as well...nice and mild, but the malts are fairly rich/intense...not a lot in the way of hops, and just a bit of mild generic fruitiness/earthy character from the English yeast

Taste: Very nicely balanced English Pale Ale...there's much more fruitiness here than observable in the aromas, perhaps a bit of tart apple, and not a lot in the way of hop flavor, though bitterness comes through in a surprising, punchy way on the finish. Malt is actually fairly understated, light and dry, and ends slightly husky.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied

Drinkability: Medium-high

Conclusion: Nice true-to-style English Pale Ale...the diacetyl doesn't get out of hand, the fruitiness is nice, and there's a surprising (for a typical English-style pale) hop bitterness...a little bit different, but pretty tasty...paired this with some Gorgonzola and baguette slices.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 03:02:31 | More by BedetheVenerable
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +9.6%

07-12-2013 01:48:14 | More by mrfrancis
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-07-2012 20:46:12 | More by t0rin0
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-27-2011 15:32:28 | More by Rochefort10nh
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BamaScholar

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2005 03:03:24 | More by BamaScholar
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oberon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2004 00:05:35 | More by oberon
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2004 16:24:34 | More by BuckeyeNation
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Slightly hazy, light amber colored. A little more than a finger of off white head with moderate retention, falling to a thin film. Moderate lacing.

S - Sturdy, toasted malt backbone. Overtone of earthy and spicy hops. Simple but appealing.

T - Some sweetness appears early on with soft, mild malty flavors and a hint of toastiness. Mid palate the sweetness fades and the hops kick in. Very earthy flavors with hints of dirt and chives. Finishes with a mild bittersweet quality.

M - Medium body with low to moderate carbonation. Extremely smooth.

D - Another fine and drinkable English brew. Pendle Witches Brew goes down without a fight, and without any overbearing or offensive flavors. Not the most complex beer out there, but a great example of subtlety and balance.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 05:37:40 | More by PatrickJR
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dpend

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2003 18:50:17 | More by dpend
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ivanwatling

United Kingdom (England)

4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App: Clear golden colour, autumnal leaf colour. Very little head.

Smell: delicate, or maybe just absent

Taste: more hop than malt, well balanced, smooth, leaves a slightly bitter taste at the back of the pallets and a smoother taste on the pallets roof.

Mouthfeel: Dry, bitter

Drinkability: Very drinkable, I want another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 12:46:15 | More by ivanwatling
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2004 02:43:07 | More by BeerResearcher
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 15:44:46 | More by mdagnew
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 13:56:59 | More by BlackHaddock
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donteatpoop

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light foggy amber color with a thin cap of white bubbly head.

Smells great, very inviting. Nice vaguely floral notes, grain, light citrus hop, and spices.

Wonderful bready taste to it upon initial tasting, a lingering dry yeast taste and a sharp almost cheese-like bite in the end.

This is a very good EPA, definately worth drinking more of.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 00:54:51 | More by donteatpoop
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WilliamPhilaPa

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2002 17:38:02 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

05-24-2013 00:19:31 | More by Slatetank
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Viking

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2002 05:31:57 | More by Viking
Pendle Witches Brew from Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd
83 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.