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

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Brewed by:
Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-01-2002

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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 96
Photo of pkalix
4.83/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

what a disparity between the bros and the BA score!
awesome peachy/gold pour with a nice little foam to the top. hazy and very well carbonated.
i didnt get much smell, but maybe my smeller is broken this evening. i had to rate the smell according to the rest of the delivery out of fairness, though. maybe i should spill some on the rug and see how it smells in the morning?
taste-wise, this brew is full of malt. i get the "bitter-sweet" description. its a tad bitter, and yet it comes with that little sweetness ya get with the doppelbocks.
feels full and heavy. perhaps the lighter taste is due to the lower abv but it's got a fantastic taste. overall, this is a great brew with a great flavor, even if it lacks in the abv department. and maybe that's my problem lately- is wanting to hammer those high abv brews. maybe i should change my lifestyle(?). oh wait, that's for that 'other' blog . . . . check out the brewery's website, too. thye've got a nice website, and from looking at their other brews, i'd be interested in trying some of those also. this really is/was a great beer.

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Photo of Offa
4.82/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of PEBKAC
4.61/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. :)

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Deeply hazed orange brown color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is about average, but it leaves behind glass covering lacing.

4.5 S: This is where it's at when I dream of an English pale ale. Rich maltiness, earthy mineral vibe, and just the right amount of yeast. Touches of caramel, bready maltiness, and earthy hops. Quite a treat for the nose.

4.5 T: Taste is as solid as the nose. Lately I've had some English beers that have been mineral bombs. This, on the other hand, flirts with the mineral side of things, but doesn't let it take over. Bready and biscuity malts. Light mineral with a solid grainy earthiness. Light caramel and toffee. Grassy and earthy hop flavor. Solid, easy drinking.

5.0 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Super smooth with a wonderful creaminess.

4.5 D: It's pretty damn hard for any sort of pale out to stand out, but this one does. It's wonderful through and through.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.46/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- hazy unfiltered orange amber look with nice thick creamy off white head. Lots of drippy lace as well.

S- toasty and grainy with some subtle fruit notes. Melon and berry and bits of cream with earthy grassy English hops.

T- malty and perfectly balanced, the bittersweet claim on the label isn't exactly true but it suits my tastes just fine. The grain is earthy and deep and nuanced with only the slightest touch of honey-like sweetness followed by a mild cocoa flavor. Finishes with a nice touch of vinous, peppery and tea like hops.

MF- full bodied, creamy will perfect 'real ale' type carbonation. Moderately dry, crisp and completely refreshing.

D- definitely glad I got a hold of this one and big thanks to Kelly for buying it for me. You know how I like it girl. If I knew where to find a constant supply this would be my go-to English pale.

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Photo of cokes
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky, darkened peach topped with whipped French Vanilla.
The nose displays buttered biscuits, rust, strawberry esters, and sandstone.
Enters the mouth with a dashing doughiness. Bagel hues are touched upon, then it settles to gently toasted English muffins with the requisite butter. Fruitiness is secondary, and as appealing as it is ephemeral. Red apples, and peaches, and strawberries, and green raisins all take their turns. It's not all sweet either; each fruit brings with it some tart tones. Toffee is in the background initially, but steps forward as it warms. Hopping is grassy and iron-spiked, with a tepid bitterness and more persuasive fruited tea notes.
The light body opens up more toward medium as it rests.
This is an English Pale that showcases a facsinating malt-house yeast interplay. Don't stop here if you've come for hops.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Knocked over!

Settled with a bottle of this to round off a gentle evenings supping .

Not a big fan of EPAs but boy, this won me round.

Glorious flowery notes, hoppy, perfect carbonation, amber body thick, thick white head that clings all the way down little cheeky kick on the arse hoppy after taste.

Beer doesn't get better than this.

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Photo of tmitch75
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of TripelJ
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of therica
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle bought & consumed at Crazyhorse Saloon, Hagerstown MD.

A= nice and foamy white head, orange-yellow fluid.

S= lots of nice malts, some yeast in the nose; grassy dryness, English hops florals.

T= a bit of a surprise, I didn't expect this English Pale Ale offering to have such a nice hops bitters bite. It falls nicely between being a pale ale and borders on lesser IPA's. Immediate evidence of grassy dryness, bitters, plentiful chewy malts, a very mature and finely-developed beer.

M= thick malts, hops bitters, grassy dryness.

O= I'll be looking for more of this-- a very pleasant discovery for me.

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Photo of Jason
4.29/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of mdagnew
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
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...

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Photo of Viking
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of donteatpoop
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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' should let it warm a bit after pulling from the fridge...

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of Foley67
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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!

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Photo of dpend
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of ivanwatling
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of AaronRed
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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