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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 JustinBathurst

Ontario (Canada)

1.73/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Had this one in Ashford, Kent County, UK.

The pint arrived looking like clear, coppery water. The head was of big bubbles, but alas, it vanished in a flash. A smidgen of lace did remain.

The aroma was sulphur and cut grass. Both were very weak.

The mouthfeel was watery, with very little carbonation.

The taste was off watered-down bagged tea, distant smacks of honey, and a copper penny. Overall, it was like iced tea mixed half and half with tepid creek water. Not at all good. Locals told me it can be hit and miss on tap. Not a good sign.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2007 01:48:39 | More by JustinBathurst
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

2.28/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

pours a nice amber colour with a bit of pure white head. head drops quickly and leaves no lace.

aroma is adjunct heavy dms. a little malt is noticeable behind that, but not much else.

taste is more of the same. even after warming to near room temperature it's not that great. the malt comes through a little more, bready. bit of bitterness. dominated by dms.

mouthfeel is good. decent body and nice carbonation level.

drinkability isn't that great. the aroma is kind of unpleasant, and the taste is fairly similar.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 01:23:12 | More by grub
Photo of ivanwatling

United Kingdom (England)

2.48/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear, light brown colour. Head disappers very quickly

Aroma: Stale and eggy.

Taste: One dimensional, little interest and quite hoppy

Mouthfeel: Bitter aftertaste, perhaps over carbonated

Drinkability: Uninspiring, quite a light drink

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 16:12:54 | More by ivanwatling
Photo of watermelonman


2.58/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This poured to a bright gold color with a great-looking head. The head lasted very well for a bottled-poured beer, too.

I don't know why, but this one seems to smell like a lager. Actually, it smells like a cheap and bad lager. The taste is pale but pungent. Again, I'm struck with cheap lager flavor, although that may just be coming in through my nose.

I had to push myself along a bit in order to finish the whole bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2004 16:26:33 | More by watermelonman
Photo of MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml bottle with a best before date of 22OCT09, a good seven months away. Yet this beer has a definite staleness about it.

This both looks and smells like copper pipe. Maybe a hint of a sweet malt. But it's faint.

First sip is a little astringent. From there it's a little floral, with a tannin taste like cold tea. Reminds me more of a lager than an ale. Huh. It has a slightly metallic taste to it with a pretty bland finish. A little bitter. But bland. I was expecting some kind of oak flavour from this but I'm just not getting any.

Moutfheel is medium..oh, it doesn't matter. This wasn't a horrible beer but it wasn't anything I would recommend or try again.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 00:18:35 | More by MeisterBurger
Photo of Mjoepp


2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep copper redish colour, one finger high white head after a violent pour.

S: Euro lagerish, malty and fresh.

T: Malty and some light hops. Some bitterness, probably because of the spicy food . Light carbonation.

O: Easy to drink, but boring after a while

Serving type: can

10-21-2010 21:36:06 | More by Mjoepp
Photo of crwills

Ontario (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

500mL bottle purchased at the Summerhill LCBO in Toronto.

Poured a slightly cloudy dull brownish-gold, with a small head, even at the right temperature. Used a standard pint glass, if I recall correctly.

Aroma is mildly fruity, with dried apricot dominating. Some spicy grain, and just a liiittle bit of skunk that makes me think this might not be the freshest bottle.

Taste is a letdown. Skunky and 'beery,' definite adjunct content, very slight roasted notes. Essences of roasted vegetables and sulphur (the latter of which I think is supposed to be there, but I'm still not a fan...).

Mouthfeel is half-decent, and the aftertaste is mildly bitter but has something unpleasant in it that reminds me of gasoline.

Not something I'd pick up again, basically ranks in with most macros for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2006 19:23:36 | More by crwills
Photo of seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint served in nonic at Figure of 8 bar in birmingham

Poured a slightly cloudy dull brownish-gold, with a small head, that reduces to a faint whispiness very quickly

Aroma is fruity, with hints of pineapple. Lots of roasted grains and yeastyness

Taste is poor. The pineapple still comes through with an overwhelming roasted flavour finishing in a very bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel is a good consistency with medium carbonation

A typical english pale ale, but seems to become stale very quickly, not one ill pick up again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2006 09:46:16 | More by seanyfo
Photo of elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper in colour with a thin off white head. Poor retention but a little bit of lacing.

Smells of bread, toffee and herbal hops. Even just a bit of mint to the aroma.

Thin flavoured up front, a bit of bready malt, but somewhat empty feeling. A fair amount of bitterness from the hops, but the finish is somewhat medicinal. Its a little lacking to my taste.

Light, but not quite watery with a fair amount of carbonation. Doesn't add much to the beer, but doesn't take away.

This one didn't impress too much. Flavour profile just didn't work for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 03:43:48 | More by elricorico
Photo of

2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - clear amber with a thin white head.

Smell - earthy English hops with a hint of lemon, ripe fruit, and faint caramel.

Taste - not much going on here at all. A bit of wood, faint and subdued citrus, and a mineral finish. Not much malt character to speak of. Very dry and quite refreshing.

Serving type: can

06-11-2011 02:16:16 | More by
Photo of Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pedigree from Marston's is labelled as an "Exceptional Premium Ale" but I wonder by whose standards? Certainly not ours. Today's sample was served in a 500ml bottle with a best before date some 10 months away.

It pours a brown coppery colour with golden hues. Little head and even less after a few minutes. Smellwise there's some grassy and floral notes mixed with earth. The taste as mentioned earlier is a little on the dull side. It's not that there isn't any taste.. some caramel, toffee and hops are here but it feels watered down and a little flat. Did someone turn down the volume?

You could do worse than Marston's pedigree for sure.. but if you are looking for something remarkable - keep clicking.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 20:31:08 | More by Ralphus
Photo of Knapp85


2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer isn't too bad but it's still just a standard English Bitter. It's a good beer to wet your whistle with. It's light in flavor and mouthfeel. Not overly watered down but not thick either. The average drinker would probably enjoy this quite a bit. It's an easy beer to drink a lot of. I would get bored drinking too many of these though. The color is a minimal hazy yellow with not much head. Would have liked to try this one on tap because it sounds much better than way.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2011 23:36:01 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer club selection for Sept...Marston's have been miss free so far.

Good looking ale, all that is missing in some good nitro cascading. Head was very thisk, very rich, color was clear cooper, and the lacing phenomenial.

Faint malt and some floral, herbal hop aromas. Pretty average stuff.

Thin and flavorless initially. Some roasted caramel taste with a hint of butterscotch, but this is quickly over taken by a strong hop bitterness.

Kinda thin to be honest. Very herbal/tea-like in it's dryness.

There are lot's of EPA's out there that can run laps around this one. Glad I tried one, but given the price of beer these days my money will be spent elsewhere

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 00:55:03 | More by Shadman
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light brown beer with a quite decent head with standard retention. Aroma is comprised solely of malt. Taste is mostly comprised of malts with some well balance bitterness at the end. Decent session bitter but nothing extraordinary is going to happen here.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2004 20:21:18 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of dgallina


3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a brown imperial pint bottle without freshness date.

Pours a pale golden copper with a single finger of head that quickly subsides to a film. Smells of slightly musty and lightly toasted malts with leafy hops. Little initial flavor, develops leafy and woody hop bitterness before finishing slightly astringent and somewhat metallic. Light and highly carbonated body.

Quite average overall. Not exactly unpleasant, but nothing to particularly recommend it either.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2005 00:27:54 | More by dgallina
Photo of GallowsOak

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oh dear oh dear! What have they done to my favourite beer. OK, I was only 20 then (30 years ago) and maybe, yes maybe, I'm looking at the past through the old rose tinteds but I'm sure that there used to be more to Pedigree than this. We used to seek out the pubs that served it.

This is a perfectly OK average English beer, average, that's what it is, and for me that's not good enough. I'm sure I remember it as memorable (if that makes sense)

Serving type: cask

07-14-2006 22:22:08 | More by GallowsOak
Photo of vancurly


3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

a: Orange/amber. White head, sinks to a slick. No haze.
s: Spicy hop & toasty marmalade. Crystal malts, some skunky sulfur.
t: Non-descript...maybe some mineral/chalky notes, plus a standard malt profile that yields nothing notable.
m: Light, lacking body.
d: Not too flashy..

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2007 09:44:45 | More by vancurly
Photo of camil1mj


3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Transparent amber with one finger, foamy white head.

S: similar to other English ales. Bitter hops.

T: Very simple flavor going on. Bitter like Grolsch or Heineken.

M: Light body and medium carbonation.

O: Nothing special. Run of the mill English Ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 23:25:35 | More by camil1mj
Photo of Cresant


3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served this 1 pint .09 oz. brown bottle in a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date but coded: OAHK 04.21. The body was a rich honey color with a light haze. The large creamy head was light tan. A solid cap remained but left only specks of lace on the glass.

The smell was of cooked apples and a light breadiness.

The taste was of tart apples and a caramel sweetness. There was a gentle bitterness to balance the beer. Very drinkable. A solid English Pale Ale.

The mouthfeel seemed typical for the style, a bit undercarbonated. Medium to light bodied.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 12:00:39 | More by Cresant
Photo of PorterLambic


3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark golden color, good head dropping from 1 1/2" to 1/4" then just a thin cover.
Smell of hops w/a hint of citrus.
Taste is hoppy, slightly citrusy. A light effervescence across the tongue. More like an IPA.
Light to medium-bodied, reasonably smooth. A decent beer, not great, good flavor, expected more though.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2004 06:50:45 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Village Idiot. Arrived at the table with a copper colour and a small off-white creamy head. Sweet malty aroma, with floral hops. In the taste the malt seems to come through as lightly fruity flavours with notes of honey and lightly floral hops. There's hardly any bitterness and the finish is a touch bland. Very smooth body with minimal carbonation. The whole thing is subdued enough to be suitable for sessioning, but I'd really be looking for something a bit better.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2008 18:50:59 | More by bobsy
Photo of johnmichaelsen


3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at ChurchKey the other day.

The beer pours a light honey gold color with minimal head retention and virtually no lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just sort of a tea and cola aroma suggesting a moderately sweet ale. On the palate, this beer was incredibly lightly flavored, to the point I would describe it as bland. I understand that this is a low alcohol session beer, but is it necessary to sacrifice this amount of flavor to make the beer sessionable. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and while the low alohol would normally make this beer fairly drinkable, its complete lack of flavor kills that notion.

Very unimpressed with this one, and am glad I only ordered a small glass at Churchkey.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2010 15:49:11 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of emerge077


3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oak barrel aged... sounds iffy if you ask me.

Pours a bright copper tone with good clarity. Sticky lacing all around, foam is white and clinging around the edges. Two finger dense cap on the 2nd pour. Surface is creamy and somewhat slow to fade.

Smells a bit like other skunky Euro Pils like Samson, Okocim, etc. Noble hops don't really come through clearly, it's more tea like and swilly.

A little bit buttery and toffee-ish. Hay, tobacco, tea. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste that suggests hops. Fairly watery and swilly, flaccid body, dextrinous sweetness. Low carbonation like cask ale, but without the inherent benefits of cask ale.

For a beer that touts itself as a "classic English pale ale", there's little here to hang such a high distinction on. Pretty middling and average effort if you ask me. Paired well with The Return of the Dead though.

Thanks to Sebastian for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 05:42:36 | More by emerge077
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2011 and an ABV of 5%.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass - a nice deep amber colour with good carbonation. Thick creamy head that remains for several minutes before subsiding. Malty aroma and something like alcohol (diacetyl?); not much by way of hops. Notes of caramel and toffee.

Taste is somewhat malty with mild bitterness. No real hop flavours to be noted. Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit oily - feels like the tongue is coated with something slippery. Vaguely unpleasant aftertaste.

An OK ale, but rather bland. I won't be drinking this on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 22:18:02 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of laituegonflable


3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden amber colour with generous off-white head that sinks slowly with a sizzle, a lot of carbonation, not much lace, looks alright, but not impressive.

Burton sulphur, alright. Yeah, that smells mega-gangbusters of Burton sulphur. Seriously though, what the fuck does Burton Sulphur smell like, bottle? Smells fairly resiny anyway, with vinegar notes and a lot of pine, bark and needle resin. Fairly herbacious, slight undertone of some peppery spice, malt left wanting. Decent, but not a wowser.

Taste is quite sweet for the most part, with a clarity on the front palate and slight resiny notes, descends into a mild mid-palate with some malty notes balanced with some English Fuggles or maybe Goldings, actually, characters, a bittersweet kind of flavour with a notable hit of a black tea acridness. Slight grassiness towards the back, but definitely that dull bitterness predominates.

Mouthfeel is fairly frothy; light body but thickish texture, leaves fairly dry with a lingering bitter hang.

Drinkable enough, this, but leans too heavily on the bland English hoppiness. Suitable for downing, but not for Downing street. If that makes sense.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 04:05:27 | More by laituegonflable
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Pedigree from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
82 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.