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Pedigree - Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.

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215 Reviews
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Reviews: 215
Hads: 299
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 15%
Wants: 11
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 01-29-2002

Pale / Fuggles, Golding
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Photo of Tone
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, hint of hop, slight caramel malt, and metallic. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, hint of hop, slight caramel malt, and metallic. Overall, good appearance, but metallic aroma and body dominates and hurts the beer.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colour with a small off white head. Light biscuity aromas with notes of fruity esters, well balanced. Soft smooth carbonation, lightly slick and light-medium bodied. Some sweetness and light fruity flavours. Finishes a bit mineral dry.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.04/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Last units in Hipercor. In Duvel glass. Playing Memoria. Nice beer. Very balanced but nothing amazing. Low alcohol makes it a good beer to drink in big quantities

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of head on a clear medium straw body.
The aroma is dry grain.
The taste is mild sweet, dark fruits with a touch of lemon.
The texture is smooth with low carbonation.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The Pedigree is a decent english style pale ale. It Pours a amberish clear with frothy white head that is lacing. The scent carries an interesting malt character. The taste is very smooth has a light bitterness to it that is masked by the malt. The Mouthfeel is ok...the absence of carbonation is always touchy. Nonetheless I am glad to have the opportunity to have tried it.

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Photo of DiUr
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass. Dark amber with a thin head that dissapears fast while leaving little to none lacing.

The smell is earthy biscuits, caramel and red apple. The aroma is soft at the begining so the beer has to warm to get it right. I also find this biscuitty character in other ales from Marstons.

Taste is slightly roasted malts and discreet hops (Fuggles and Golding), which keep working along the whole sip. Not fruity or sweet, just a hint. Even a bit salty.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth and slightly crisp. It finishes dry long, with hops going up in the end. The bottle brought some lively carbonation which dissipated fast.

I didn´t notice this could be interesting in previous tastings. Not near a London Pride but still coming on it´s own. tiA bit watery and bland, like other ales from Marston´s, but honest and surely true to the style. Those waters at Burton on Trent, English hops and malts, are very well balanced and i could have this again.

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Photo of rangerred
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a nonic.

Pours a hazy dark copperish-brown with a thick half finger white head. Very good head retention that stays in place for a long time after the pour.

Aroma is loaded with toffee and caramel with a heavy dose of grassy hops. While nothing spectacular it is exactly on par with what the style should be.

The flavor adheres to the style just as well as the aroma. Loads of toffee and caramel but it is not too sweet. I feel the hops stand out a bit more here lending a mild, light bitterness to balance out the maltiness. The toffee turns into a bit of dark rye bread towards the finish with a touch of roast. Slightly sticky mouthfeeel with bitterness lingering through the finish.

Overall, this is a very well done English Bitter. Better than many bitters that come to the USA and I would absolutely love to have this out of a cask one day.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $4.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours an ok head that is gone in 60sec

S- Ok at best

T- See above and a bit of hops. Fuggles

M- Dry and good

O- Ok at best. Not my cup of tea.

Food Pairing

With this weak beer a food pairing is tough... Try... Quiche


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3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. ½ pt glass. Earthy & caramel notes as cap is removed. Copper color, chill haze appearance. Off-white medium bubbled froth creates close crown showing fairly good retention & leaving rocky rings. Slight sulfur, wet stone, caramel, slight wood & piney aromas. Sweetish upfront yields to nutty bitterness, slightly grassy & mineralized notes. Medium body. Moderate to low carbonation. Oily to watery texture. Controlled bitterness by malty bed, slight caramel & earthy flavors linger into a dry bitter finish. Biscuit & mild toasted hues on the aftertaste. Nice Session beer.

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Photo of 12SteveS
4.7/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When Marston's Pedigree is done well, served in a crisp, fresh glass, poured by someone who knows what they are doing, and is kept well, it is one of the finest beers you can savor. Whenever I have a pint of this freshly served from an English pub and it is done right, I truly believe at that time it is the finest of ALL beers. A grand statement, so I better back it up.

As it is plonked down on the bar there is the delight of wonderful cascades flowing down the glass. By the time I get to my seat it has settled into a warm, golden colored ale with a good half inch head. The first sip, usually a big sip, doesn't usually reveal too many of the beers bitter, or more fruity notes. But about half way down, wow. Suddenly the beer comes alive and reasserts itself at the top of the drinkability board. It has a really smooth finish that makes for easy drinking. And fast drinking if your not careful. Or you are careful! I usually find 3 or 4 pints of this ale starts the night off splendidly. As I say, if this beer is done right and looked after and poured well, it is the best. But a bad Pedigree, that hasn't been stored right, or is poured badly, or even chilled(!) ruins the flavors of this excellent English ale. There is no real smell as I find; slight, and only very slight fruity notes, but mostly a light hoppy style of aroma. This is a truly remarkable beer. I find this beer is at it's best when served from an old fashioned pump in an English pub. The canned variety doesn't quite work for me. Although I wouldn't refuse a 4 pack.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.53/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 1.9 ounce bottle into a pint glass
pores and Amber body with an off white head
well carbonated beer
smells like hard candy and a nice floral
Woodsy smell nice on the pallet fairly well balanced and well layered beer
I would drink this beer again

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Photo of BucBasil
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the 500mL bottle into a pint glass in front of Jing An temple in Shanghai China.

A: The beer is a brownish orange/amber color. Head is a very light tan color, foamy, and stays around a while.

S: Aroma is a classic British ale. Some light fruits with a very bready malt character.

T: Tastes lightly bitter with some bread in there. Nice and bright. Very sessionable.

O: An average beer. Very drinkable. Tasty but nothing out of the ordinary. Solid but not exceptional.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle from LCBO for $3.45CDN into a pint glass.

Appearance - Very orange in color with 1 finger of head decent retention and lacing.

Smell - Mostly roasted malts, a little bit of earthiness.

Taste - Quite similar to the smell, malty. More bitterness than expected on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Mild, creamy low carbonation. Actually works pretty well and is enjoyable.

Overall - Pretty good overall beer, reminds me a lot of an English Bitter crossed With and English Pale Ale.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bronze; clear body; medium, long-lasting head

Aroma: Malty; hoppy; slight spice

Taste: Juicy malty; slight hop bitterness; slightly salty; crisp; refreshing

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

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Photo of soju6
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a nice clear amber color with a small creamy head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, some fruit and nut in the background.

T: Taste of roasted malt, some nut and a bit of fruit. Mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Medium body smooth and creamy. has a nice character even though it is not very robust.

O: Easy drinker for the style. Hard to beat a classic pale ale.

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Photo of jucifer1818
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: cloudy, straw color, with a bubbley head

s: pungent earthy hoppy aroma, with some sweet malty backdrop

t: a bit grainy and prickley from some sourness

B: odd, with a sour and pungent body

O: a odd beer, with some sour notes and punget aromas. if thats your thing, have at it, tho I give this beer a pass
but its not offensive

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Photo of FLima
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a good head with good retention.
Aroma of malt and earthy hops with notes of green apples.
Balanced flavor of sweet English slightly toasted malts with earthy hops. Spicy feeling and hints of caramels, tea and minerals. Long lasting dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with low carbonation.
Classic English Pale Ale with a nice bitterness.

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3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-amber...hazy. 1/4" off white head falls to a cap quickly. Powdery lace coats the glass.

Herbal with caramelly malts and a sour whiff (?). Alittle understated especially with the flavor that follows.

The herbal almost tea-leaf like flavor dominates at first with some nice, sweet malts balancing and a little spiciness midway to the end. Tangy. Excellent dry finish and lingering flavor.

Lower carbonation with a creamy, full mouthfeel.

Very good overall....definite session beer with some huntsman cheese.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
4.6/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Source/Serving: bottle, fresh

S: Mossy, herbal and green apple. Iced tea and plastery (gypsum). Light toast and lilies.

T: A nice balanced brew. Floral, herbal hops up front riding over a solid backbone of bright heirloom malts, which are quite intense for a 4.5% brew. Crisp and dry with light toffee fruitiness. The middle is biscuit, pie crust, apple with tea-like maltiness which is surrounded by an intense plaster mineral quality. Moderate slick nuttiness. Body is fuller than expected for the low gravity and satisfying. High carbonation from the bottle, but its still soft and I like it. Hits on all notes, sweet, dry, mineral and bitter (herbal) and is nicely balanced. Light sulfur. Finish is earthy sulfur, plaster, wild herb, tea, with light orange.

Notes: An outstanding, complex English session ale.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

@ Greenland Cafe, Salem MA

When I think of Pedigree I think of dog food.

Clear amber with a hearty whipped cream head. The nitro carbonation made the top of my beer look like a honey stick for a few minutes. Nitro tap is cheating in the looks and mouthfeel department but it is what it is.

Aroma of English tea and nuts. Fruitcake-y.

Flavor is near perfect for an English pale: bread pudding, chestnuts and mild dried fruit. There's some English tea hop pop in back. More would have been appreciated.

Good stuff. I was told this was a nuttier, breadier Speckled Hen and I'll buy that. Not as fruity either.

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Photo of Zimbo
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Having a vivid memory of this in its prime when Pedigree was brewed by an independent Martons, I've long avoided reviewing this easy to find beer. But as Rod Stewart once said, tonight's the night.

Initially quite encouraging as it gives an effortless big glossy white head on top of an attractive clear copper crown. The overly domination of maltiness is there from begininng to end with some fleeting moments of faint apple fruit but the trademark nuttiness and cox's apple is really no where to be seen. Just lots of crystaline malt and thickness which ends on a bit of a cutting note at the end and down the throat.

Lacks identity, development and the all important doting care from the brewery. Very much a case now of stack'em high, sell'em cheap and keep the cookie cutter rolling.

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Photo of Offa
4.89/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an outstanding, classic English pale ale.

Copper amber, it has a medium-big off-white head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and has some lace.

Aroma is very nice, full-bodied and complex - ripe apples, baked apples, caramelised bread crust, hitns of mineral, wood, earth, pine.

Taste is nice jammy-juicy-caramelly-toasted-bread sweetness, hint of apple, faintly spicy earthy wood bitterness to balanced. It has strong freshly baked bread with topasted crust, slightly caramelised, in the finish along with some jammy-earhty-woody spicy bitterness. It is wonderful, complex, full-bodied, yet easy to drink and light, a classic English ale.

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Photo of fx20736
4.64/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500 mL bottle bought from beers of the world on 12 514.
Poured into a nonic served chilled.

Appearance:dark honeycomb Amber murky and turbid with a off-white had that
leaves creamy lacing.

Smell: classic quality English pale ale aroma of Ridgemont fruitiness and earth
the hops spot on, awesome!

Taste: follows the smell exactly. This is a top-notch Ale; well crafted tasty
malt is definitely dominant like an ESB. Bitterness is subtle and restrained and
provides a Rudder to the boat.

Mouth feel quality soft

Overall the label says official Ale of England and it might as well be this is an
excellent example of the style and the brewery is from Burton upon Trent so the
water that goes into this Clearly is one of the stars here.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A little hazy, but a golden amber with a nice two finger off white cap to it.

S: A weak, earthy english hoppiness.

T: Mild, soft with a crisp finish, very appropriate for the style I would say.

M: Hmm, maybe could be a little bublier for a bottled version.

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Photo of zonker17
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful cask pour with an inch of thick head. Silky mouthfeel with balance of bitter and floral characteristics. This beer was made for cask. amber color with consistent lace as it goes down. I'm not a big English beer drinker but might try more on cask now.

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Pedigree from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
82 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.