Name: Pendle Witches Brew
Brewery: Moorhouse’s Brewery
Country of Origin: United Kingdom (England)
City & State: Burnley, Lancashire
Style: English Pale Ale
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.1%
First Brewed: 1982
A robust but easy-drinking beer. On the nose, gentle citrus and a hint of ripe plums; the palate is full of soft malt flavors that are balanced with distance aromatic, citrusy hop flavors and a bittersweet character. This all helps to lead to a satisfying bitter, dry finish.
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.
Well, this is a complete change from the previous beers we have been doing. This beer is far from being a dark one. It actually looks very orange in the glass. It’s not opaque by any means, and judging by the little bubbles rising to the top, it seems to be carbonated. It has a thin white head and an orange-yellow color to it.
There’s really no smell to the beer at all. It just smells wet. I can’t get anything from smelling it. Let’s see if it at least has some taste, but so far I don’t really have high hopes for this beer.
I’m not really sure how to describe how it tastes. It’s kind of a dull ale. It tastes a little citrusy, a little carbonated, and maybe just slightly hoppy. But it sort of falls flat. The one redeeming factor is that I could see this beer hitting the spot on a hot day. But, since it’s winter for us right now, it just doesn’t do much for me.
I have a feeling I wouldn’t likely buy this beer again. Even though it might be good for a hot day, it’s just not really the kind of beer you buy on those hot days, and my guess is it would likely be expensive. Oh well. Pour me another one!
920 bottles of beer on the wall…