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

BA SCORE
83
good
127 Ratings
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
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From: The Andersons, Columbus, OH
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Moorhouse's Pendle Witches Brew is a fairly satisfying and easily drinkable English ale that emphasizes the biscuit-like qualities of English malt along with slight caramel flavorings and substantial hop bitterness. Generally of good flavor and easy-to-drink, my only question is whether this really needs to be $5 a bottle for the fairly straightforward recipe and style. Based upon this price, I would probably brew my own before seeking this out again.

Pours a 1cm tall head, made up of clean, white bubbles that are medium to large in size. Dissipation occurs quickly, the head lasting only about a minute before fading to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is primarily a modestly dense matrix of dots and blotches clinging to the inner sides of the glass. Body is a hazy (60-70% opaque) dark orange-brown color, with light bringing out pale yellow and orange hues in the beer. Carbonation is visible rising up along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is of modest biscuit-like malt, very light caramel malt, lighty floral and vegetative hops, slight pumpkin puree, and somewhat mineral-like characters (mostly iron). Not unpleasant, but not particularly assertive: there's significant room for improvement here.

Front of palate is of fairly light pale and caramel malt sweetness with a touch of mineral character and herbal hop contributions. Mid-palate of very pleasant biscuit-like pale malt with some light caramel, fairly bitter hops, and modest spiciness. Back of palate finds mild herbal hop bitterness with light caramel and biscuit-like malt flavors. Aftertaste is of biscuit-like pale malts with a touch of caramel malt and substantial lingering hop bitterness and herbal characters.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation levels of fairly low intensity, resulting in a smooth, easy-drinking mouthfeel that flows well and never feels fizzy or overly stagnant. Closes quite dry, with moderate stickiness clinging to the palate.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2013. Picked up a while back from a supermarket. The label describes it as a light golden beer.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A hazy amber hue with faint sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with hints of grain, fruity ale yeast, grass/hay, stewed hops and mild cardboard. OK but uninspired.

Tastes of caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of faint grain, fruity ale yeast, grass/hay, stewed hops, cardboard and earthiness. Well-attenuated and slightly harsh, followed by a restrained, leafy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and lightly tingly, with pleasant carbonation and decent body. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of harsh stewed leaves and fruity yeast esters.

A fairly average ale - drinkable but nowt special. Looks pretty good, but the aroma and flavour are quite bland and uninteresting. Body is alright. Given the reviews from others who rate it highly, I might try and re-review again sometime. Goes down easily enough, however there's no need to seek it out.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around the glass after the pour. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, and honey aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and honey flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of citrus zest bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is fairly mild but quite drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of flyingpig
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cooper amber, clear body & foamy white head on top that has some beige tinges throughout and stays quite well.

Light & sweet malts to begin with along with some earthy hops and a bit of bread. Light fruits & a bit of sugar too.

Earthy hops, some sweet malts, a little summer fruits taste, some sugar & some spice at the end.

Full bodied and quite creamy with a smooth and slightly sweet feel to it. Light carbonation & a great real ale feel to this one.

A nice real ale style beer in bottled format here, there is a subdued but rather nice smell and taste that has a few subtle fruity flavours coming through & the balance works quite well. The beer also has a great feel to it.

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Photo of pkalix
4.83/5  rDev +32.7%
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 hustlesworth
4.46/5  rDev +22.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of therica
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
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 DavoleBomb
4.55/5  rDev +25%
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 OldTime
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of rickyleepotts
1/5  rDev -72.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I love this label. It’s creepy. I don’t like witches though. They scare me. They are like clowns. I haven’t met a clown I liked yet. Anyway, this is a tall bottle, serving up a pint for us to split. The front of the bottle says, “A light colored golden beer; soft, crisp, and bitter-sweet flavors.” It’s a pale though, which I can dig. I like an IPA over a pale, but when they used the word crisp I think of all the beers I have had in Europe. They are all crisp.

In the Glass: It’s cloudy, and looks like a Bud Light in the glass. The head is weak too, leaving behind little to no lace. It looks like a beer I would pound on a Saturday afternoon on the golf course or by the pool.

Nose: The nose is grassy, and has a certain orange zest sort of thing going on. It’s weird though, because at first I am picking up dirt and weeds but the sweetness takes me to the center of an orange.

Flavor: Coming off the Old Rasputin, I have a feeling this won’t even come close. And I was right. There isn’t much flavor here. It’s pretty boring, actually. It’s smooth, and would taste good in the hot summer sun. But how can a beer have this much history and have this little taste?

Mouthfeel: Not much mouthfeel here. Very little carbonation, and it goes down smooth. There is a hint of bitterness, that leads to some subtle dryness at the end. Then it’s gone. Meh. This beer is pretty bland.

Aftertaste: What aftertaste? It’s like drinking water… but with a little bit of color and some dryness toward the back of the palate. They say that beers like Bud and Bud Light taste like water. THIS beer tastes like water.

Not sure why a beer like this made the list. But it’s bad. Real bad. Stay away. You can thank me later.

Pendle Witches Brew - The bottle says: “Brewed by Moorhouse’s Brewery (Burnley) Limited using the finest Maris Otter and Crystal malts, invert sugars, torrified wheat and hopped with Fuggles, Lakeland Water and our own yeast producing a light gold beer with a citrus nose, soft, crisp, bitter-sweet with spicy aftertones.

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Photo of leinie13
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy medium-dark golden color, this brew exhibits a constant bubbling activity after a nice cascade, which helps to form a solid off-white head about a finger in height. The head displays good retention and remains in patches well down the glass.
The aroma offers up a good mix of malts and hops, bready and bit fruity with a bit of sweetness in the malts contrasted by earthy, herbal/leafy and floral hops character. The nose is a 4.0 but for a strong graininess and a sort of fading off a bit in.
The flavor is good, following suit, but a grainy character that's evident at first gets stronger and eventually detracts. Otherwise, aside from the balance of breads and fruits with leaf and earth, this is quite lemony.
The body is on the light side of medium, and the balance in the flavor is also in the semi-dry mouthfeel. It's not extremely crisp or smooth, but it's got both elements.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a light copper hue with a subdued, pitch white head which dissipates very quickly.

S: Aroma is surprisingly sweet, molasses and honey bring up the front perforated by biscuity malts and followed by some faint fruity watermelon, peach and banana.

T/M: Has a low amount of carbonation and is rampant with that honey sweetness, akin to a solid amber. Clean bittering hops support the almost overly sweet malt backbone and there’s even a slight hint of alcohol lingering in there, strange coming from a 5.1% ABV.

This doesn’t really follow suit with most pale ales and the only other similar beer I can recall is something like Baltika #9. I can’t really imagine a time where I’d be in the mood for this specifically, perhaps next Halloween. Perhaps not. Perhaps Boxing Day. Yeah. Anything’s possible on Boxing Day.

TheBeerAlmanac.com

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow!
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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Pendle Witches Brew from Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd
3.64 out of 5 based on 127 ratings.
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