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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-01-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,829
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
127
Liked:
66
Avg:
3.64/5
pDev:
15.38%
Alströms:
4.29
 
 
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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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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 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 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 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 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 avalon07
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy texture. Not very much head, but some good lacing.

S: A malty aroma with traces of floral hops.

T: This beer had a thick, malty quality, along with a breadiness. Also a bit of sweet hops. A decent taste, but not spectacular.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a decent beer. Not the most inspired, but still drinkable.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
Listed in the "1001 Beers", my review to come after a retasting.

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Photo of jkrich
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle with no freshness date: poured a cloudy,somewhat murky, golden and amber hue with minimal head or lacing.

Like most english ales, this one has a spicy, earthy aroma with hints of sour apples much like a wine.

This has a very restrained malty, sour flavor that is refreshing if a little one-dimentional. Based on the strong aroma, I was expecting more complex, subtle flavors. There are some pleasant fruity aromas and a faint bitterness that keeps everything balanced. This could be an old bottle. I believe if this were fresh, it would be excellent.

Light bodied with subtle carbonation, the ale is a little thin on the palate. The fruity flavor coats the tongue and remains refreshing.

This is a very nice quaffer for the hot days of summer. I can not help thinking this does not taste like it was intended.

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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 stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of BeerZack
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of LJWalker
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of dedrinker
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber-gold color with a thin head that sticks to the glass as it goes down. Yeasty nose with a little musty basement thrown in. A slight bitter yeasty flavor followed by toasted grain - a little biscuit, and some fruit I could not identify. The cask seemed mishandled - a little too warm/ didn't drop bright, but the beer seemed relatively fresh. If it was five degrees cooler I would have bought another one.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Snagged a pint with aspiring hopes for a good epa

A- a light copper look with a small hazed look. The head of foam is nice with some webbing on the sides. A very refreshing look

S- fresh cut grass with lemony spices are up front. Very buttery tones are present as well with a strong surge of fruit too

T- sweet malt and very bitter tones make up the taste. Some butterscotch is prevelant too. The taste is a little syrupy and it lacks some carbonation to pull the flavor through. It's very dry and bitter though

M- creamy and medium bodied

D- not a bad epa. It lacked some excitement but it was still good

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Photo of zenithberwyn
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of captaincoffee
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a typical EPA, maybe slightly darker than most. Reasonable white head that dissipates to nothing. Nose is classic with a bit of toasted bread and caramel. I'm not sure of the hop composition, but this seems to avoid the sometimes off-putting wet cardboard of many other EPAs. Flavor is solid. Light, but a good malt backbone and just enough bitterness to round it out. A bit herbal and mineral, a bit honey-sweet and creamy.
Overall, not particularly unique or special, but certainly a solid EPA. Would love to try this on cask instead of the bottle.

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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 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 russpowell
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent honey/amber with 1 finger of beige head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Floral & leafy hops & that's it

T: Floral, lemon & grassy hops & honey malt up front.

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & excellent balance

Drinks very easy, I could easily drink 3 or 4 these. This was way better on cask back in the day

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

Imperial pint bottle (date stamp of L0106 - Greek to me) poured into a Tulip stout glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy but bright gold-orange colored beer. The beer forms a nice 1/4" thick off-white head, but this dies down to a very thin film across the top with a ring at the edges. Some strands of lacing here and there but they all tended to slide back down the glass. Despite the lack of foam and lacing the color is good to admire in the glass.

Smell: Honey-like and cider smells with some floral hops thrown in, although the skunk-like hops show up a bit more as it warms up but then go away once the beer is fully at room temperature. Some hints of caramel sweetness in there as well.

Taste: Honey-like sweetness up front that moves into a quick skunk-like hop taste, then roasted malt and then a classic English bitter finish. When the beer is first poured and coldest, the honey-like sweetness is more pronounced and the bitterness is quite mild - reminds me more of some ESB at times. But as it warms up to proper temperature it takes on a different taste like I describe. Definitely a beer of British character.

Mouthfeel: Quick and fleeting carbonation on the tongue, coats the mouth and goes down easy. Some lingering sensation on the teeth. Nothing special - pretty typical for an English beer but maybe a little heavier in the carbonation than normal - not that I'm complaining.

Drinkability: This is a beer that really needs to warm up to get its real character, and that character is good for one pint - but I don't think I could have more than one. I actually think it is a bit more drinkable when cold, but more full of character when warm. Still, I think it'd be good pulled from a cask and I wouldn't mind trying it again. Went well with a meal (Mahi Mahi burgers and mixed vegtables) as well.

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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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