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Pedigree - Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.


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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%

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Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 01-29-2002)
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Photo of Offa


4.9/5  rDev +36.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 18:48:42 | More by Offa
Photo of 4000qtrap


4.65/5  rDev +29.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 22:36:22 | More by 4000qtrap
Photo of prosper

Alberta (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice golden amber. Fairly low carbonation, so even a relatively vigorous pour results in a small wispy head. Spot on. Very very clear.

Smells of bready/biscuitty malt with a trace of roast, and a faint banana/apple/pear ester, and some malty or perhaps hoppy earthiness.

Taste is similar to the smell, but the malty character is much more pronounced. Hops are mainly limited to bittering.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, and the finish is crisp and bitter without being too resinous.

Drinkability is perfect. This is the ideal session beer IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 22:13:01 | More by prosper
Photo of Daredevil


4.55/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

being labelled 'exceptional premium ale' sounds a bit odd, however an expectional brew this definitely is ... a typical Burton ale, not very rich, not very fruity, not very sweet, not very dry ... however all nots in a perfect and very soft harmony ...if Bass is one of the best large quantity ales this one does even better ....

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 14:35:32 | More by Daredevil
Photo of jwc215


4.55/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Voonder for including this in a trade!

Best by 22 April 09:

Pours bright orange amber with a thick off-white head that has great retention and leaves trailing lace sticking to the glass.

The smell is nutty and caramelish with some subtle lemon, earthy tones and a red apple-like fruitiness.

The taste is nutty and caramel-ish with an earthy spicing adn a hint of red apple. Some woody/oaky dryness finishes it off. Very well-balanced with maltiness, leafy bitterness, an apple-like fruitiness and an oaky dryness.

It is velvety, creamy smooth with a touch of butter. Full-bodied for the style, abv, and intended "drinkability"/"sessionability". I think it hits on body/feel perfectly.

I really have to save up my money to go to England, to experience this "on-cask". Wonderful "sessionability" with subtle, yet complex aroma and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 21:38:56 | More by jwc215
Photo of Brad007


4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a mild amber color with a two-finger head into my glass. Good presentation.

Aroma is clean with fresh baked bread and just a pinch of hops on the nose. Certainly seems like it's to the style.

Taste? Sweet and grainy with just a tad bit of hops. Crisp, refreshing and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweet, grainy bread. Very pleasant.

Wow. This is certainly an excellent example of the english pale ale style. I like it more so than a few other examples I've had. I would highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 00:48:25 | More by Brad007
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A great, classic Burton Union beer.

Pours a hazy amber with a light head.

The nose is biscuity with some light floral hops.

The taste is classic- very smooth British style, with floral gentle hops up front, very dry and restrained and crisp. Slight wood notes on the finish.

Mouthfeel is very dry and a little bit creamy.

Extremely drinkable- a very well done session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 19:10:26 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of ToneControl

United Kingdom (England)

4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pleasingly, Pedigree Cask is much better than the bottled version. Unfortunately, it does not always travel well. I come from Staffordshire, and I pretty much gave up on this beer when I moved to Manchester.

I still don't drink the bottled version, but now I've moved nearer to Staffordshire, my new local sells good pedigree, and it is a great beer when kept well.

Serving type: cask

09-03-2003 23:44:08 | More by ToneControl
Photo of putnam


4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unfortunately the name of this beer is the same as that for a popular brand of dog food. This is my second Marston's product.

It is reddish orange with a milky butter-colored head. The aromas are casual and present an image of a classic British pint: nuts, roastedness and red apple fruit.
On the palate it is very light. Large draughts are required to coat the mouth, and, when that's accomplished, it delivers ample, tangy fruit, charred bitterness and, briefly, steel wool.
This is a refreshment for tastebuds that that are accustomed to a good cigar, gin, black coffee and claret. Highly extracted hops and dense layers of roasted grain flavors threaten to unbalance this beer, as it is light bodied to begin with. Still, I feel it manages to make terrific sense. If I were a lawyer I'd drink this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2003 00:39:05 | More by putnam
Photo of gory4d

New York

4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing as a Burton Ale.

Pours a ruddy orange with a loose two-finger head; nice cap, lots of lacing. The smell is buttery oak, clover, rising dough. The taste is a lot of biscuit up front, some buttery notes, a sharp wood sorrel zing, and a mellow oak undertone right through. It's moderately carbonated, medium in body, a little viscous on the palate. A very nice Burton ale, one that I will return to from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 01:16:18 | More by gory4d
Photo of diablo14


4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a truly wonderful english ale just made for quaffing! while slightly pricey here, sometimes im willing to lash out on a half dozen just coz its hard to get a beer you can drink so easily without compromising the flavors.

with a subtle light amber color with a clean white head, its nothing spectacular in appearance. the nose doesnt jump right out at you, there are hints of malt, oak and citrus. its in the flavor that pedigree makes its mark. it starts of with a malty blast that blends delightfully into woody overtones with hints of dried forest berries, and finishes with a bitter yet smooth zesty element of orange and lemon peel. it surprised me considering i found the smell a little underwhelming. as with most english ales, the nose does improve as it warms, and even moreso the taste.

the poms really know how to brew a beer that you can drink a few of without getting too toasted, and marstons pedigree is heading the list. the bottle says better brewed in wood, and to me its no idle boast. its also great to see a brewery of their standing not just maintain but develop the traditions of brewing (the burton union style) with an absloute pearler of a brew here.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2003 14:20:00 | More by diablo14
Photo of Darkale


4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nutty, bready aroma, high and rich in the nose. Clear body is orange-bronze, with a thick bone-colored head that fades quickly but then clings to a quarter-inch and stays there until the beer is finished. Good lacing.

Delightful beer! Chewy and malty but with a hair of bitterness. Rich and creamy in the mouth, but with some raspy sourness at the end for character.

Absolutely yummy. I could have several of these, though my wallet would suffer.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2003 14:29:48 | More by Darkale
Photo of Halcyondays


4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle, good to see this back in the States, I don't think I've had this since 2006, into an Imperial Pint glass, glad to know it'll be real fresh,

A: Pours a clear burnt amber with a medium white head. Good retention, solid spotty lace.

S: Bread, minerality, sea air, light but very much to style.

T: Solid English malt flavour with some spicy grassy hop notes. Great secondary sulfur and green apple flavours, hard water, hallmark Burton.

M: Crisp, smooth, vibrant carbonation. Sparkling.

D: A classic of English brewing, I'm delighted to see it back. Good now, but begs to be on cask.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 03:35:36 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of BeerManDan


4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured, it was a hazy brownish reddish copper color with some white foam. The smell of mild roasted malts and some hops, were very evident. There is a taste of the roasted malts and hops with a hint of caramel. The bitter/sweetness in the after taste was pleasant along with taste and flavor of this ale. A pleasant surprise to this ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2004 23:15:34 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of malty


4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 500ml bottle with a best before code that I couldn't figure out.

Appearance is a slightly hazed carmel-orange with a bright white head that quickly dissolved to a thin layer of large and small clusters of bubbles.

A prickly, fruity nose. Earthy and apple notes.

The taste is a quite subtle and yet complex with a graceful balance of all the following elements; apples, pistachios, oak, tart cherries and iron. A light and lively body with a wonderful dry finish.

Very high on the drinkability chart thanks to it's fine craftsmanship and lower alcohol level.

Overall a fine English bitter that I'm sure tastes much better from cask or in the motherland. But this does me just fine.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2004 00:10:50 | More by malty
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark Gold with a big fluffy head this beer looks great. The nose is yeasty, hoppy and sulphurous all at once. The beer tastes of refined hops and a malty backbone. This is really a classic British Bitter with that sulphurlike finish and subtle fruity notes. Drink slowly to savour the small nuances or drink deep as a session beer that never tires.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2004 03:12:50 | More by canucklehead
Photo of obrendano


4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a little odd giving a 5 overall score for a beer with no other 5's, but I'll get to that

A - light golden orange body, foamy head that leaves some nice rings with each sip

S - pungent light malt smell, a bit of hoppy aroma is detected as well, but in the background

T - biscuity malt body with light butter and caramel tones over it. just enough hops to balance and give a moderate depth and a very slight bite

M - middle of the road in heaviness, just about right for the style.

O - this aspect I gave a 5 due to style concerns. this beer embodies in every way why I love getting down with a good, basic English ale every once in a while. they are often balanced perfectly, taste soft and subtle, and go with just about any food you might be eating at the time. it's a great style to have when you just want to drink a good, solid beer, and not shell out a ton of money for something that's hopped to high hell, aged in some over the top manner and $15 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 23:44:07 | More by obrendano
Photo of ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A- This is crystal clear, and is a bronzed amber color. The head is not super thick or dense, but rather a foamy concoction that settles to a super white layer over the brew. The bubbles do cling to my pint glass very well and here is where they show how dense and small they really are. The carbonation within the beer looks very fine and it rises quite slowly upwards.

S- The aromas are deep and warm....primarily of bready yeast and biscuits. Caramel like malt is also detectable, mixed in with astringent bittering unripe banana peel. The finish is slightly floral, and of hop cones. Typical of the style and exactly what I was hoping for.

T- The flavors are an extension of the aromas, being that of caramelized malts, some tropical fruit, floral earthiness, and leafy bitterness on the finish, which lingers nicely on my palate after the swallow. If there is a slight disappointment, it's that it's not quite as dominant a flavor overall as I was hoping for.

M- Good medium bodied beer that really allows the character of the traditional hops that are used to shine. The carbonation is zingy for a second and then really mellows out, providing a cleaner, crisper version of a bitter than I'm used to but it's not offensive, just a little zippier.

D- This is a highly drinkable brew, and as per usual with English Bitters, I could enjoy this all night, with or without food to accompany it. Clean, refreshing, yet still does retain some smooth richness. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 04:24:13 | More by ChrisCage
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a rusty orange color with a big rocky head with incredible retention. Gobs of foam are left behind on the glass. The aroma is not very strong, but pleasant. Bitter hops, an astrigent tartness and sweetish fruity malts. The taste is bitter, with a tongue tingling tartness (alcohol esters?), grassy hops and rather subdued malts. The mouthfeel is very smooth and even. There is a somewhat astringent aftertaste which I find pleasant. The drinkability of this beer is very high. Would make a great session brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2004 03:20:29 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of zerk


4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in London... what a good Pale Ale it is...

Pours a clear deep copper with a thin head... aroma is malty with a touch of herbal hoppiness. Flavor begins malty and sweet with notes of bread and caramel... has a nice oak flavor in the middle that is then finished with a very light herbal bitterness.

Slightly on the full side for the style, it's quite smooth and creamy. All in all, one of the best English Pales I've come across.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2003 22:22:58 | More by zerk
Photo of sponberg

New York

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle, best before sometime in 2007 if I read the hieroglyphics correctly. Nice amber hue, white head that hangs on pretty strong. Earthy (hop), tart apple-caramel (malt) and slightly minerally (that'd be the water, squire) aroma - well balanced on the nose.

I really enjoy beers such as this one. Starts out with a minerally (carbonate and sulfate if my training as a water engineer tells me anything) tint over a caramelly, sligtly honeylike malty sweetness balanced with a healthy earthy Golding/Fuggle hoppiness, then dries and bitters out towards the end. In the process it gently hits just about every tastebud your mouth has except for the ones turned on by capsaicin. Buttery, creamy mouthfeel (this brew must be hell on wheels on cask).

I could happily spend a rainy day with a good book next to a fire and pop pint after pint of this. Not a huge beer in any respect; just a very flavorful session brew. Me likey.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2004 04:43:41 | More by sponberg
Photo of CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber brown appearance with a small amount of bubbly head that disappears quickly but leaves decent retention. Has a brown sugar smell with a hint of malt and bread and nuts.

Taste is sweet is similar to the smell, brown sugar, barley and bread; picked up some bitter hops, caramel, roasted malt and grass as well. Light bodied with light carbonation. Has a bitter, caramel aftertaste.

Overall; very tasteful Pale Ale, but at the same time balanced and easy to drink. While there’s the problem that there’s no strong features to it, I think it’s almost a staple for English Ales. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 04:36:27 | More by CrazyMike
Photo of zonker17


4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: cask

03-16-2012 22:59:19 | More by zonker17
Photo of Hornet2003

British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle pour purchased at the local signature store.

I thought this beer would be a little darker, but it pours a little lighter than your average pale. A little cloudy, not sure why. The aroma has hints of whiskey and oak. For a low ABV beer(4.5%) this beer has a TONNE of flavour. Great stuff. I was surprised. It has a very oaky flavour as it "is still brewed in oak casks to preserve its unique character". Not as full flavoured as, say, Innis and Gunn Oak Aged ale, but then again, that is a 6.6% brew. The aftertaste is quite bitter with a definate whiskey taste. Mild carbonation. Becasue of the low ABV and strong flavour, this could definately be a good session beer.

Overall, I was very surprised with the fullness of this beer. I'll definitaley buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 21:18:35 | More by Hornet2003
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4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of two English cask ales I was very much looking forward to at the Yards Real Ale Invitational this past weekend. And it didn't disappoint. Actually, I think it was the only offering to which I went back for seconds.

It didn't pour with much of a head at all, if any. What do you expect from casks (sans engine)? But it had a lovely pale marigold color - vibrant and only lightly hazy. A moderately rich biscuity and decidedly butterscotch aroma left me to wonder if this was done maturing yet. Earthy hops floated softly atop the malts.

Even though it has but simple ingredients - Maris Otter barley, Fuggles and Goldings hops - it had a very distinct, quite defined (what I think of as) honey-kissed graham cracker flavor with only a tiny fleck of fruitiness and a wonderfully mellow hop bitterness in the immediate background. A fairly full flavor all-around, highlighted with some faint toasty and nutty notes, that I would have some difficulty comparing it to another ale perhaps due to inexperience and/or familiarity with a wide range of, in the US, lesser-known English pales. Haven't had an American pale ale quite the same as well.

Must have had this at a pivotal moment. A lot of things were clicking. Not only did the flavor wow me a good bit, it rolled through the palate velvety smooth, reminding me of the first time I had a cask ale - the carbonation had yet (or failed) to take hold, but it was alien and lovely. I see on their website that they distribute this to the US. Where? (Oh, State Line, of course)

Serving type: cask

03-24-2011 00:48:31 | More by Bouleboubier
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Pedigree from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
82 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.