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Pedigree - Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.


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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 Yojimbo1941


3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- hazy orange with one finger of slightly off white head

S - slightly sour, funky, bit of a barnyard smell but pleasant, some flowery hops

T- nice malt forward, little thin mid swallow, bitterness. some honeyed vanilla is present and justca hint of honey. nice but I've had better

M- pretty light actually, I was expecting a bit heavier beer.

D - this is easy to drink but I just find it a bit lacking in the flavor department

overall - this is not a bad beer. it's not a great beer either but it's nice. Given a choice of some other British pub style beers and this I would opt for something else.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2011 18:47:09 | More by Yojimbo1941
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 SmokinSmyth


3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank this in front of the fire while reading the paper.

The color is amber, on the light side.

Aroma is pleasant, but not very noteworthy, smells mildly of hops and malts.

Taste is easy, mostly malt with a shade of hops.

Very easy to drink, so high on the drinkability scale. Feels fine in the mouth, not thick but you know it's there.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 19:15:24 | More by SmokinSmyth
Photo of snogglethorpe


3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smallish but very fine and creamy head. Smell is subdued, but seems fine.

The initial impression is the very creamy and soft mouthfeel, followed by an up-front but delicate hop bitterness. It's very slightly sweet (though this is somewhat obscured the prominence of the hops), but not as obviously fruity as many English Pale Ales. There's a subtle mineral character as well. These tastes last for the entire glass -- it never gets watery, the whole way through it's "cream and hops."

Not complex or bold, but very very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2010 20:00:58 | More by snogglethorpe
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown.

A: Clear appearance with an average sized head that leaves some lacing behind.

S: Simple aromas, mostly English malt.

T: Very tasty beer, and seems really fresh. While it's simple, I can't deny the fact that it's done well and rather enjoyable. There is a light sweetness to the beer that I find to be very nice. In general, I'm pretty turned off by sweet malts, but this is subtle enough that it doesn't become cloying.

M & D: Decent feel, simple and straightforward low alcohol beer. A nice choice for a rainy summer day. I'd drink this again, especially on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2010 18:59:58 | More by Huhzubendah
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 plaid75

New York

3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at The Philharmonic English Tavern, Barcelona, Spain.

Poured a light copper hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light grain and light grassy hop.

The taste consisted was a bit metallic with a smooth graininess.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a decent ale, just not much in the flavor department.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2009 15:28:04 | More by plaid75
Photo of froghop


3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

first beer of the day in day two of Hong Kong.

pours a clear orangish with a thick white head, excellent lacing.

smell is sweet, and a few hops in the back.

taste is creamy, sweet, malt and hops balance, end is slightly on the bitter side.

overall very pleasent, good start.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2009 06:19:02 | More by froghop
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Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was described to me as "An English Flat Bitter" by my local barkeep, who knows that I likes my bitters.
I had a sample of it and liked it enough to go for the full pint.

Flat is a good descriptor, in my opinion. Although it is carbonated, it certainly isn't fizzy or anywhere near the carbonation of a N. American brew.

It has the distinct aroma and taste of most British ales, kind of a gypsum/ chalky taste with an odd, almost sulphur-like, aroma. But in a good way, if that's possible...

It was nicely bitter but there was a sweetness to follow on the aftertaste.

After offering a sip to the three others with me at the table, they all ordered their own and we agreed that this would be a very easy-to-drink brew (i.e. one that you could pound down 3 or 4 before you even knew it).

Definitely worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2009 22:29:34 | More by MAB
Photo of Nickls

District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(From notes)

A - Lighter gold, slightly orange color, decent white head. Dissipated a little quickly and lacing wasn't happening.

S - Really muted maltiness, but some fruitiness associated with a lot of other examples of the style

T - Still pretty light on the malt, but comes through with a bit of breadiness and apple-like flavors

M - Just over average in the MF, slightly slick and a bit thin

D - Pretty drinkable, but not very interesting in flavors.

Overall, I just might not be the best qualified to review English Bitters, but this doesn't really compete with some of the other examples that I've had. Still, not too bad.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2008 01:31:01 | More by Nickls
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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 callmemickey


3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper with a beige head that is small in its short lifespan

S: Sweet roasted malts with floral hops

T: Balanced hops and malts like the aroma, not as complex as one would like but in proportion and enjoyable

M: Crisp medium bodied pale ale with a healthy amount of carbonation

D: Smooth enough to consume a few before calling it quits

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2008 19:15:19 | More by callmemickey
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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
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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 Billolick

New York

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice to try this old world classic on tap @ Drop off Laundry in NYC, Pours dark orangy amber, semi cloudy, with a long lasting light tan head, and leaving pleanty of lacing. Mildly malty nose, this is a very smooth in the mouth, pleasant, tasty, and easy drinking Brit. all the way ale. Low alcohol, balanced, a fine sessioner. If you see it on tap its well worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2006 21:08:33 | More by Billolick
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
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-23-2012 01:37:12 | More by donkeyrunner
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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
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Pedigree from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
82 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.