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

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Pendle Witches BrewPendle Witches Brew
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
Ratings:
127
Reviews:
96
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
15.38%
 
 
Wants:
9
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3
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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 96
Photo of genaro
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
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!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.02/5  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.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Brian700
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of Guinness4me
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of homersimpson
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.15/5  rDev +14%
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 cokes
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
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 feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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...

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

This beer really disappointed me. It poured amber in color with a light head and smelled a little bit like an American wheat, which surprised me. The smell did give away hints of a roasted nut taste; however, the taste was very plain and hollow, seemingly tasting like a nearly empty American amber or American wheat. Not recommended at the price; however, I suppose this is a tasty beer to be so hollow, thin and lacking in supplemental tones.

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Photo of ADR
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clearish medium amber appearance with a speckly head that levels flat but doesn't stick around long. Simple partial string lace, but ample. Nice deep malty aroma, floral honey and distinct ripening nectarine quality. Very fruity flavor, mature and fleshy with some cherry tone to add to the mix. Smooth mouthfeel, carbonation is minimal. Bittering is restrained, crocus-like flowery, slight mustiness at the close. Finish is a little sweet but this is a pleasant beer, a nice contrast to American Pales. The fruitiness stands out as the most singular characteristic.

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Photo of Suds
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange with a miniscule, white head. A biscuit and toasted aroma greets your nose: mildly malty with very faint hops. Caramel and bready taste…slight butterscotch. Hops are subdued and the mouthfeel is slightly light. Soft and quiet finish. This beer didn’t really do much for me. It’s underdone, somewhat hollow, and unimpressive. I had higher hopes, and have to call this one something of a disappointment.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite the rare find I picked up down in Maryland on a little jaunt down to the Deep Creek Brewing a few weeks back. Appearance on this one pours a really appeasing copper amber hue with a nice caramel of white creamy head leaving behind a full collared lacing. Aromatics contain biscuit malts a pleasant herbal flow a bit of a spiciness something about it is just nice and a tad of a butterscotch tone running through it, overall mild and reserved but the beautiful thing about this beer is the balance. Taste mildy hopped but the silky butterscotch tone blended with a malt sweetness just ties it all together pure session ale very nice authentic British pale ale. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied mild even carbonation, a silky smooth texture adds to the overall enjoyment level of sipping on this brew. Drinkability: Session brew not amazing but very solid would like to try this one on cask.

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Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour a slightly hazy orange-amber color, the head monumental in size, the color a winsome light tan, and semi-creamy in texture, a fine sealing sheet of lace to seal of the glass. Sweet malt is the dominate aroma, very crisp and fresh to the senses, start is sweet with lots of malt, top is fair to middling in feel. Finish has a slight tartness, crisp in its acidity with the hops delicate in their spiciness, very dry aftertaste, and a drinkable brew.

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Photo of clvand0
2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a light and cloudy amber color with a good head but leaves little lacing on the glass. Good carbonation. The aroma was a little skunky - has a grassy/floral part to the aroma with some sweetness as well. The flavor was not as smooth as I had hoped and contained some sort of fruit with tons of hops and the aftertaste of the floralness/grassyness. I wasn't very impressed with this one.

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Photo of Brent
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My local store stocks up on some Halloween theme beers every year, primarily the Wytchwood line. Lately they picked up the Bayhawk/Reaper beers, and now this. I hesitated to buy it - a bit pricey and you never know if you are getting a gimmick beer or the real deal. Here, this is a worthy beer.

Poured a hazy apple cider amber orange. Fizzy head that quickly settled. Not much aroma, which is the primary ding against it. Flavor is very bright, a touch of apple mixed in the malt. A bit acidic, with a mildly tart and clean finish. A soft bitterness hangs at the back of the tongue. Good drinkability - a quaffer.

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Photo of Ianhockey91
2.89/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Interesting is the best way to describe it. A nice pale gold yellow with a touch of orange. Cramy white head which fades fast and leads to no lace at all. Smells slightly bready, and maybe a little bit fuity, no hops whatsoever in there. Tastes much better a little warm, fruity, nice malt character, has some marzen esque qualities i feel, no hop kick sadly but still good all around.

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Photo of dpend
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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 TripelJ
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
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 jdhilt
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a good, white head that leaves hardly any lace, good carbonation, cloudy, amber color. Sweet malt nose, starts malty finishes malty but on the thin side?? What going on with the brewer's site (http://www.moorhouses.co.uk/) with "access forbidden"?? Anyway this is a good ale and worth looking for.

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Photo of marc77
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Lightly hazy auburn copper hue, topped by a one fingered vanilla white, persistent head that leaves frothy, muddled lace. Pungent waft of honeyish malt and resiny floral hops with a twang of earthiness. Assertive, bright, white grape like esters and trace diacetyl surface as the beer breathes and the volatiles dissapate. Quirky, yet enjoyable aromawise. Clean, toffeeish sweetness initially in flavor is followed by a combination of slightly tart grape and softly baked biscuit. Hint of grain tannin astringency emerges mid palate, but is quickly offset by ripe berryish fruit akin to red currants along with an earthy date like undertone. Subdued, agreeable butterscotch presence. Low hop bitterness allows light lovibond caramel to provide unhindered, but well integrated malt sweetness. Moderate in body, with a smooth mouthfeel from both the low carbonation and residual dextrins. Finishes with a touch of acidity yielding to clean bready sweetness. An odd, flavorful brew a notch shy of balanced. Don't expect a typical English bitter, cause this is far from it. Pendle's Witches Brew is unique and relatively tasty, but it does become heavy on the palate. Certainly worth a sampling.

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Photo of zerk
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chill hazed copper with a very thin white head. Malty aroma with notes of toffee and caramel. Flavor begins sweet, almosy candy like... toffee, caramel, and a hint of chocolate... followed by a slightly bitter earthy finish. Mouthfeel is full and smooth, with an oily finish. A pretty good pale ale, although the first few sips can be a bit cloying. The beer becomes much easier to drink once it approaches room temperature.

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Photo of Viking
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
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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Pendle Witches Brew from Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd
3.64 out of 5 based on 127 ratings.
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