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

Pendle Witches BrewPendle Witches Brew
BA SCORE
52%
Liked This Beer
3.64 w/ 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
Ranking:
#32,791
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
127
Liked:
66
Avg:
3.64/5
pDev:
15.38%
Alströms:
4.29
 
 
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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 96
Photo of Grass
2.11/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured a 500ml bottle and observed a thin head and a golden brown appearence in the glass with a murky yeast on the bottom.

The smell was a slight hop and a twinge of yeast, not much else.

Upon tasting the ale it was flat, it could be old, with a slight lemony or sourness. The taste doesn't hang around long. Not bad balance.(?)

Based on this sampling, I could do without another. To be fair, this may have been an extreme dust collector.(No date of any kind could be found) I took a chance. A fresh bottle could have been a whole new ballgame.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass. Color is a slightly hazy amber color with a finger and a half of white head that disappears fairly quickly but leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is of sweet bread-like malt, butterscotch, grain, floral hops, and a touch of fruit.

The beer enters the palate with the a flavor similar to sourdough bread along with some fruitiness detected in the aroma. The beer finishes with a touch of diacetyl and a bit of toffee. Definitely a chewy malt pressence in the mouth. Nice session type beer and an accurate EPA.

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Photo of Braudog
3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 1/2L bottle into my pint with a lazy carbonation, rising into a thin but stoic cratered head. Shiny and orange, this draws me in. The aroma is fruity and malty at the same time, evoking that fresh brewery smell that you get during a bottling. The swallow is tart and nearly puckering, with a gristy grainy undertow. It gets dirtier as you go, that woodsy bitter grain aspect taking over. (#2745, 3/14/2007)

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

Presented in a 500 ml bottle with no freshness date, poured into a large wine goblet. Pours a transparent red-orange with no carbonation beneath a smallish cap of light tan bubbles. Relatively quick fade leaves a spotty cap and minor lacing. Not much on the nose, just some middle-sweet malt. Taste is of middle-sweet malt, a bit of peppery spice, and not a whole lot else; rather mild overall. Mouth is semi-viscous, wet, and smooth, with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is just OK; this beer isn’t offensive but it’s also unremarkable. Worth a try.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.32/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured beer from bottle to tumbler at 45 degrees. Beer was light amber color and a little cloudy. A very slight head briefly appeared but quickly diminished. Very little lacing. Beer smelled slightly sour and tasted that way also. Flat tasting lifeless with some flowery hint. Strong alcohole taste but not a high proof beer. Wil not purchase again.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
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 BDTyre
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of AaronRed
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Photo of biegaman
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed aruond Halloween, 2005. Picked up in Dearborn, MI.
I found this to be a very fine beer and one to keep in mind next time you dont wanna get whacked over the side the head by a big bold heavy hoped American IPA. Poured with good head, excellent carbonation. Faint hops and a stern dose of malt in the nose. Flavours aren't comprimised by the light makeup. It's really a quite modest beer, hoped lightly but enough to make a point. Very mild but tasteful. Good!

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Photo of TheLiterati
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle is sporting a new label – a goldish background with a oval purple logo and a witch in flight emblazoned in solid black. The label also tells you right up front what to expect – “A pale brown ale with a malty after taste.”

The color seemed a little more amber than brown to me, but it was pleasant nonetheless. The malty after taste is highly evident in the aroma, which I feared would translate into a sweet and syrupy concoction, but I was wrong.

A smooth and effervescent mouthfeel gives way to a well-balanced brew - malty yes, but not sickeningly so, with a nice hint of hops as well.

All in all a nice composition and a pleasant, drinkable ale.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice presentation - witch on the bottle reminds me of a homebrew label I made. Pours lighter than expected in the glass, amber with a medium head that leaves good lacing.

Smell: Aroma really draws you in to figure it out. Good amount of hop presence, with some caramel/butterscotch as well.

Taste: Good! Hoppier than I was expecting. Bready, with some caramel as well. Goldings in the finish?

Mouthfeel: A bit of diacetyl slickness, which is to be expected for the style. Good carbonation. Medium body.

Drinkability: I'd buy this - good beer, good drinkability. Diacetyl is present, but not distracting. Well-hopped, no complaints.

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

Yeast clouds and haze in a strong tea colored liquid. Begins with a fluffy off-white head that faded to a cap. Lace was minimal, but sticky.
Big sweet caramel malts, a touch of molasses, prunes, buttery, and herbal hops in the nose.
Taste is sweet chewy malts, lightly astringent, and flavorful spicy hops. Dry finish.
Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.
Could find this being quite sessionable. Not exceptional, but respectable.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours an almost overflowing off-white, two-finger head after an aggressive pour. Lacing was minor. Color was a plae rust color. Levaes lots of foam on the glass.

Smell- Lots o' bar bread aromas. This beer makes me think of Ween's song "the blarney stone." I don't know why.

Taste- A little tart for an EPA. Nonethe less a very malty brew with a few hints of hops. But lets not forget the creamy finish for this English pub standard style ale.

Mouthfeel- A little dry, but mostly a creamy, malty palate with good resonance.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little heavy for an English Pale Ale; more like a lighter Wee Heavy. Typical of bigger English Ales, Witches Brew casts a viscous rust color with a paper-white withstanding head. Smells quite malty sweet and aged fruits. A thin paper and sherry quality exists in the nose and rides on into the taste. Sweeter and heavier than expected with emphasis on figs and dates. Sweet and full on the palate. Hopping rates remain low for a pale ale, allowing the seet malts to dominate. Lightly syrupy and sweet right into the aftertaste. A good beer, but not what's expected from a EPA.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.56/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ML bottle poured with increasing power as I saw it would take some work to get any head (har har har) out of this brew. Thin covering, eventually down to edges. Freckled lacing. Orange to light orange hue. Uninspiring to say the least.

Toasted cereal, earthy, pretty damn nice smell. Has me back interested to see the final results.

Didn't translate too well in the most important taste category. Its more of a mouthfeel beer as the taste is very distant. It has some saison type farmhouse, earthiness about it. Sizzly towards the finish, combination of carbonation and lemon peel.

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Photo of BamaScholar
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce bottle, Pours light almond, orangy amber, soft murkyness, with an almost white head and leaving delicate, lite lacing. Nose is reasonably hoppy with a noticable orange peel note. This is a pleasant Brit style P.A. quite hoppy for the usually understated English. Light bodied, easily quafable and quite enjoyable in general, Notes of vanilla, honey, with gritty and citrusy hops. Worth a try.

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Photo of smcolw
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange dark gold. Thin head that is decent in the lace department.

Slight skunking which detracts from the aroma. Largely malt smells. I also detect a slight citrus (orange) smell.

Smooth mouthfeel. Again, largely malty in the flavor department. It's dry with little hop bitterness.

Love the name for Halloween. The flavor is standard for an English mild. Not much interest in this one.

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Photo of whynot44
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium bodied, slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head that disappears fairly quickly.

The aroma is bready, vaguely fruity, with just a bit of spicy hops in the background.

The taste is mild malt, fresh biscuits, fruit - caramel apple, raisin - with a slightly dry citrus hops finish.

Smooth. easy to drink. Actually pretty mild for "Witches Brew". A good example of English Pale Ale.

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Photo of nrrd
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass, this beer poured appeared brownish gold and somewhat translucent. Good head.

Very mild smell was somewhat malty. Pendle tasted a little sharp at first, somewhat yeasty with a slightly spicy bite, but had a very nice malty, caramel finish. Bottle contained 1 pint .9 oz, but beer was pretty drinkable. Nothing amazing, but the finish is quite pleasant.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

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Photo of coasterfreak75
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was a light copper red with a two finger head that quickly dissapated and left a slight white lace on the beer.

The smell was a sweet malt mixed with caramel and light floral overtones, hidden in the back of the nose was an ever so slight bit of hop spice.

The drink started with a fruity/sweet flavor. Strong in apricots and apples with an almost honey sweetness. The middle was more of the same only slightly weaker. The finish was more watery with a strange grainy attribute.

All and all a damn fine beer that is well worth a try.

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Photo of santoslhalper
2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a nice amber with a creamy, rich head that clung forever. The smell was oddly malt focused with only a tiny bit of hops. The flavor was incredibly yeasty, way too much so. I couldn't taste much other than an overpowering yeast and bready flavor that I didn't really enjoy. I'll skip this one next time.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

03/22/05- Purchased at Plumpjack's WInes in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- Cool looking 16.9oz bottle with no freshness date. Poured into my 24 oz glass mug.

Appearance- Amber-brown coloring, nice inch thick creamy pock marked head and better than average lacing. Nice looking brew.

Smell- A tad fruity, maybe a whiff of malt. Can't really detect many hops from the smell.

Taste- Ok, I couldn't smell them, but I can certainly taste them. This is a really sweet based malt taste. A decent amount of bitter hops combine in the mix. Maybe a bit a caramel and some definite fruity flavors. Can't really pin which ones, but there is some fruit tastes in here.

Mouthfeel- Fairly low carbonation level made this one go down pretty easy.

Drinkability- This one was a bit sweeter than expected, but still was a good quaff. I probably won't buy it again (because of the price), but this is one of the better English Pale Ales I have had to date. Looking forward to trying more.

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Pendle Witches Brew from Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd
Beer rating: 52% out of 100 with 127 ratings
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