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

BA SCORE
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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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Photo of sneaks2210
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 innominat
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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 vinicole
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of brandonkr
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of endless1408
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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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Photo of OldTime
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a chilled pint in a tall Buca di Beppo's glass

A: pale orange; decent head; lots of carbonation; great lacing
S: spritzy, sweet, honey; promises a sweet flavor
T: very light, bright flavor profile; pear, white grape overtones; a bit tinny; not very hoppy

I don't expect an English pale ale to do much for me; this one didn't disappoint, but I wasn't blown away either; not bad for this style, though

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

Pours a foggy gold with no head. Nose is cereals and little else. Decent, but definitely uneventful. Flavor is really standard. That is what I think when I drink it. It's just...standard. Mild grainy aspect with a real thin bitterness. Feel is uneventful. This is a pretty uneventful beer. Probably one of the first English imports I have had that I could have cared less to try on hindsight. There sure is a lot left in this bottle to drink. And the only thing I can think of at this very moment is...next!

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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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