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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 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
Photo of snpub540


3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lucky Baldwin's Trappist Pub.

A bit out of my norm to order a British Pale but I'm trying to expand my palate. It appeared with a super thick half finger head that never went away and left some very sticky lacing on the glass all the way down. Brew was a light caramel hue that was fairly clear with very little carbonation.

Smell was ready malts mixed with herbal and spicy hops.

Taste was bready malt with a hint of caramel finished by a peppery hop finish and a hint of diacytyl butteryness. Kind of a watered down flavor.

Nitro made for a creamy mouth feel that coated the palate. All in all a good session able beer but it lacked the flavor I was looking for.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-07-2012 20:46:01 | More by snpub540
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received a medium orange pint with a decent off-white head. No lacing.

Light toasted malt scents. Hard to get much else.

Transitional beer. Firm toasted malt forward, running to clean dark bread crust bitterness, to something tea like, finishing fruity -- tons of pear in this one. Simple but good.

Medium body and carbonation.

Overall, decent. The fruit was a nice surprise, and it was easy to drink. There are much better out there, but this isn't bad.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-29-2010 12:51:55 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of smcolw


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

Nice nitro head; leaves good, creamy lace. The color is light amber. Cloudy liquid.

Mostly malty aroma with a light, earthy hop.

Very traditional "Trent" styled bitter. Creamy malt--almost milky. This gives it a good body. Nice hop bite in the swallow without being overly bitter. The aftertaste is short lived.

In the end, this is a very easy to drink beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-18-2010 01:49:49 | More by smcolw
Photo of bridgeporter


3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just found this on nitro tap at the Moon and Sixpence in Portland last night. This beer looks so beautiful on nitro with a creamy long lasting head and glass coating appeal. Really little smell at all which is a bit dissappointing. Slightly sweet taste with very light hop accent.
Kind of dry and sweet at the same time(is that possible?) Still for it's shortcomings I could quaff a few on short notice. A huge step up from Boddingtons pub ale and a little better than Tetley's, there's nothing really wrong with a few pint's of Pedigree.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-22-2003 07:12:57 | More by bridgeporter
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
Photo of DenisKolkin

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 Zimbo

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
Photo of fx20736

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 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 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 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 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
Photo of thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

440 mL can, slightly smaller than a tallboy; best before May 2012.

Pours a clear, amber-orange colour. I thought I was pretty aggressive with the pour, but barely managed to produce a half-finger of short-lived, light beige head. Maybe served too cold? It leaves behind a creamy collar, but basically no lacing at all. Rather typical EPA aromas - biscuity, nutty malts, caramel and light, fruity esters. Apple and apricot notes, with some oak and butter as well.

Rather mild-flavoured. Bready, biscuity malts and nuts are the first thing I pick up, with some honey and caramel sweetness. Yeastier than usual for an EPA, with some floral, fruity esters and buttery notes. Some rather light, earthy bitterness can only really be detected in the finish, and it lingers only briefly for a fairly clean aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel that owes itself to the very low carbonation level. Very drinkable, and probably great as a session ale.

An enjoyable brew, no crippling flaws but certainly not outstanding in any way. Mild almost to the point of tedium - reminds me of Boddington's, another drinkable-but-mostly-just-uninteresting EPA. I'd drink it again, but there are plenty of other English pales I'd pick well ahead of this one.

[Updated Dec. 20 2013]

I picked up a 500 mL bottle this time, and compared it side-by-side with Fuller's London Pride, St. Peter's English Ale and Spitfire. This is a thoroughly average beer - it's pretty forgettable and definitely the weakest of the four brews in this EPA showdown. At least it's nicely balanced; a virtue in this style, but with both the malt and hop bills being rather limp, it'd be hard to imbalance them. A passable English ale, but far from a must-try.

Final Grade: 3.43, a B-.

Serving type: can

10-28-2011 03:33:25 | More by thehyperduck
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 Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - half finger head with little retention and lacing - nice amber/ruby color - crystal sparkle semi-opaque

S - bready malt and floral hops

T - follows the nose with some figs and caramel - a slightly bitter medicinal quality

M - light to medium body - very smooth almost silky feel - a bitterness that only shows a few seconds after swigging - little carbonation

O - my only other offering from this brewery was disappointing and I walked by this one for some time before finally decided to give it a try. Glad I did, I relatively enjoyed this brew although I would likely not seek it out again given the plethora of good brews available for the style

Serving type: can

09-13-2011 16:55:28 | More by Stocean1
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Pedigree from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
82 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.