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Pedigree - Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.


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

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 01-29-2002)
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Photo of BucBasil

South Carolina

3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 09:26:41 | More by BucBasil
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Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 22:32:15 | More by DenisKolkin
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

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 21:58:54 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of soju6


3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 04:12:08 | More by soju6
Photo of jucifer1818


3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 01:49:16 | More by jucifer1818
Photo of FLima


3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 15:06:57 | More by FLima


3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 23:25:49 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 07:32:00 | More by Zimbo
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
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New York

3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic, served cool.

Hazy tea like shade of apricot jam supporting an offwhite head. Nice lacing.

Aroma of spicy hops and malt, quite nice.

mouthfeel: soft.

taste: malts and English Hops. A tea like bitterness with a touch of orchard fruit sweetness.

notes: a delicate brew, elegantly built. Unique.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 23:13:49 | More by fx20736
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 21:17:51 | More by mdwalsh
Photo of DoubleJ


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dinner needs to be washed down properly. How about Pedigree doing the job? On to the beer:

Looking somewhat hazy and orange. The head on top is a thing to look at, nice, thick, creamy, retaining well, and leaving healthy lace around the glass. And then there's the nose....not much besides buttersctoch, but as the beer warms, the buttersctoch becomes more candy-like inside of being slate-like.

Straightforward taste....buttery butterscotch, a little bit a graininess, hard water bitterness. The mouthfeel is a kind'a harsh, light-medium bodied with bittering carbonation. If the bubbles were less intense, this could be a more memorable experience.

A solid beer to wash down dinner. Nothing more or less.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 04:56:16 | More by DoubleJ
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 cooch69


3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Pale Ale pours a beautiful, deep copper orange with only a tiny half finger head.

Nose is of green vegetation, bready malts and a nice grassy noble hoppiness.

Gotta love the English. This is extremely well balanced.

Taste on this one starts off with a snappy bitterness followed by a slick and creamy bready maltiness. A slight nuttiness in there as well. This one is upper low in body and extremely quaffable.

A nice ale that can suit any occasion.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 02:50:00 | More by cooch69
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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 Blakaeris


3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper with a mils soapy white head.

Aroma is bready caramel malt, and spicy fruit - notably apricot and date.

Taste is more of the spicy, fruity quality from the nose. Quite dry and acidic. Then an aromatic woody quality makes an appearance. Finishes with a mildly tart, peppery hop bitterness and lingering apple notes.

Mouthfeel is light-medium. Prickly on the tongue.

Overall a pleasant English Pale. Plenty of subtle flavor. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 21:19:28 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of bashiba


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

Poured a slightly hazy orange amber color with a thin wwhite head, light lacing and good retention.

The smell is very english, nice light fruity malt notes with a light spicy english yeast.

The flavor is very classic english, nice buttery english malts with a light spicy and peppery mix of earthy hops and yeast, the flavors all meld together in a very clean and seemless sort of way.

The mouthfeel is light with a very dry and heavily carbonated finish.

A very nice english pale, has ver fresh clean flavor, very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 21:18:03 | More by bashiba
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3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light orange with a 2 inch orange-white head that settles to a dome floating on the top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, and light citrus and grape aromas. Taste is of malt, honey, citrus, and grape juice. There are also some nutty flavors I am picking up. Medium bitterness on the palate after each sip. A low carbonation level with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good English pale ale that claims to be the "official ale of England". However, this is not as good as other English beers in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 04:47:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A:The color is nice, a dark orange not brown color is as expected in the style, the liquid looks pure with medium to high carbonation. The head is medium formed with small compact bubbles that dissipates slowly leaving behind some traces on the glass and a permanent layer that keeps on top of the beer.

S: Some hops are present combined with barley malts, maybe caramel malts can be sensed due to a very faint sweet aroma.

T: Barley malts and hops, a little more hops as maybe suspected due the English tradition.

M: The sensation is balanced but again turns a little more into the bitterness, sweetness is present at the beginning turning fast into bittersweetness and then into bitterness for a bitter long ending on the back of the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 23:20:37 | More by karait95
Photo of drpimento


3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not bad beer. Let the bottle warm a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a nice, off-white, textured, foamy, frothy, fluffy head that slowly settled down and a little lace. Color is a clear honey amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is subdued and is of malt, yeast, hops, caramel and fresh bread. Flavor is similar to nose and has good balance between bitter, sweet, and tang. Body is great and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and tapers from sweet to bitter. Session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 04:50:09 | More by drpimento
Photo of flagmantho


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

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich tan hue; surprisingly dark for a pale ale. Head is a finger of pillowy ivory foam. Attractive.

Smell: rich malt aroma with a light sweetness and caramel and nutty tones that I rather like.

Taste: flavor to match the aroma, really. Rich malt flavor reminds me more of a Scottish ale than an English pale ale. Bitterness is low but relatively balanced. Good, although not at all what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation. Creamy, smooth texture fills the bill.

Overall: in my mind, this beer is not particularly to-style compared to other English pales I've had, but on its own it is quite a tasty beer. I'd definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 18:55:28 | More by flagmantho
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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 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 bearish


3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was something I wanted to add to my conquest, so tried it at a pub near my school - Mr Punch.

Beer poured a dark amber, reminded me of the colour of a Palm. Quite a nice head forming which went down nice and slow. Plenty of lacing on the sides of my glass. Another good sign.

Smells of flowers, I expect this to be fairly hoppy. A little touch of honey, a little malty. Smells were not too much on my bottle. Possibly because the beer is only a month away from expiry. Must have been a little dead on its long journey to Singapore.

Carbonation was a tad too little when I had the first mouthful. Maybe it was the way I poured, I'm not too sure. Sweet malts and a tinge of honey on the first bit, which the hops came to balance it out nicely. Mouthfeel was quite creamy.

Well done for an ale so far! Aftertaste and dry hoppy finish lingered on the back of my throat for a while.

Overall, this was a good drink, easy and refreshing. One more to my plus list.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 14:24:00 | More by bearish
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Pedigree from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
82 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.