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

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127 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd
England, United Kingdom
moorhouses.co.uk

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-01-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,953
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
127
pDev:
15.38%
Bros Score:
4.29
 
 
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Photo of Hanglow
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear dark copper, small head

Yeasty, toasty, bready on the nose. Slight metallic and sulphury notes

Caramelly bready malt, with a fairly decent middle bitterness and sweetness to balance. Metallic hops, fully body. Semi dry finish

It's ok, so unlike what you get from modern craft breweries . Would suit cask better

Bottle with 18 month bbe, this one was 3 weeks old.

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Photo of warpedrevolution
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beginner2
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
Listed in the "1001 Beers", my review to come after a retasting.

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Photo of rderedin
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Foley67
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of captaincoffee
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a typical EPA, maybe slightly darker than most. Reasonable white head that dissipates to nothing. Nose is classic with a bit of toasted bread and caramel. I'm not sure of the hop composition, but this seems to avoid the sometimes off-putting wet cardboard of many other EPAs. Flavor is solid. Light, but a good malt backbone and just enough bitterness to round it out. A bit herbal and mineral, a bit honey-sweet and creamy.
Overall, not particularly unique or special, but certainly a solid EPA. Would love to try this on cask instead of the bottle.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottling code of L2177. Searched the web, but couldn't find a decipher for it.

Appearance - Pours hazy and a muddled golden orange with a half-finger of khaki colored head that fizzes away to a near barren surface. Virtually no lacing, aside from the odd spot here or there.

Smell - Light notes of toffee and floral hop character. Hints of bread and honey.

Taste - A lot of honey on the tongue, with light breadiness. Hops are subdued, coming through with a touch of floral character and a faint citrus undertone. Mild toffee, apple-ish esters and a bit of buttery diacetyl come through toward the finish, helping to bring a bit of balance to the sweetness, but not enough to keep from becoming a bit cloying.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with low carbonation. Smooth in the least, but ultimately falls flat.

Overall - Hard to determine how old this is given the cryptic bottling code, but I am not enjoying it as is, and until breweries start marking their beers with simple coding, I will treat beers as 'good to drink'. It's 2015, and there's no reason not to bottle date your beers in a fashion that consumers can easily read unless you have something to hide. Sorry Moorhouse's but your EPA, as I tried it, is not impressive.

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Photo of mak83
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of EdmundBlackadder
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tdenham
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bjd88
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of FLima
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
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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3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of zenithberwyn
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of allengarvin
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours out a nice (slightly hazy) walnut color, with a head that doesn't top a half inch but is reasonably persistent.
S: Bready, bread-crust malt, with a touch of toast.
T: Emphasis is on the malt. The bitterness is moderate, but there's little hop taste to be found. The malt is crusty, sort of biscuity. Yeast character is pretty neutral.
M: A tad watery, with low carbonation.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of endless1408
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
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 scottbrew4u
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of vinicole
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of charlatan
3.04/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

From a 500ml bottle with freshness date three months away. It has a dark amber colour and a fairly thick very slightly off white head which seems set to stick around for the long haul. The nose is rather chalky with a hint of sweetness. It actually reminds me of breastfed baby vomit which isn't as disgusting as it sounds, although certainly less than ideal. It begins insipidly but the first sip eventually reveals some biscuity malt character but little in the way of hops. However, subsequent sips certainly reveal a rather metallic hoppiness allied to a hint of honey. All in all, there's a fair bit going on here but it probably could (and possibly should) do all of the above considerably more boldly. Instead, this one requires a fair bit of contemplation to get the most out of it.

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Photo of JohnQVD
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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Pendle Witches Brew from Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 127 ratings
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