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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:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 01-29-2002)
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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
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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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3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and clean pour from the can but head dissipated quickly. Aromas were golden syrup, malt and bread which was very nice. My wife has just been drinking this on tap in the UK and says its not as robust as in the pub. Still, flavours are nice and malty sweet with some late bitterness which should prevent cloying but found it a bit out of balance and weakened the drinkability score for me. Carbonation was almost non-existent and it is a little watery. I prefer John Smiths which is very similar but more drinkable. Not a bad beer but not exciting.

Serving type: can

07-24-2011 08:16:44 | More by rjimlad
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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
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, deep copper with a foamy tan head which settles to a frothy cap and leaves generous lacing.

S: Slightly bready malts, toffee, grassy hops, and a pronounced mineral scent. Faint hints of roasted malts.

T: Toffee and particularly biscuity malts, with just a hint of honey and overall sweetness. The Fuggles hops are much more pronounced in the taste - grassy, fruity, and slightly spicy - and work with some roasted malt undertones to provide balancing bitterness.

M: The mouthfeel is nothing short of silken: smooth carbonation, light body, and a clean finish.

D: A solid, downright archetypal example of the English Pale Ale, but only really distinguished by its exceptional mouthfeel. It may be the most sessionable EPA I've had yet.

Serving type: can

05-19-2011 02:25:29 | More by Kartoffeln
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3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml can poured into a pint glass by freshness date.

Attractive showcase with clear mahogany/copper hue with massive creamy and silky head, it slightly dissipates then everlastingly stands to the last sip. Good lacing stick, low carbonation.

The smell contains barley malt with hint of somewhat roasted, slight caramel, mild fruity, tea and hop.

Kick off by malt and caramel, bitterness from hop gradually reveals with a moderate kick from the middle until finish, roasted trait which is slight astringent also lay subdued.

The body is light with light carbonated mouthfeel and dry finish.

Very easy to go beer, a good start for getting in this style as well as no offensive to revisit.

Serving type: can

04-15-2011 14:18:57 | More by Everydayoff
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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
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3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours amber, with a medium large kind of thick head that dissipates into decent lacings.

S: Some sweet caramell malt and some fruityness, mainly citric. Some butter.

T: Sweet carmell malt together with English floral hops as well as bitter ones. Fruity.

M: Aftertaste is long and surprisingly bitter - nice. Body is medium and carbonation is mild.

D: Overall a decent EPA, not bad at all.

Serving type: can

10-21-2010 18:15:55 | More by Sunnanek
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3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is clear amber, with a white head that settles rather quickly, and leaves some lacing.

Sweet fruity smell, lemon and some hay. Rather weak.

Upfront tasting sweet, toffee, brown sugar, lemon and apples, a bitter finish.

Low carbonation, smooth and a dry finish.

Interestingly I found some differences between this Swedish can version and the English bottle version - to the English bottle's advantage.

Serving type: can

10-10-2010 08:05:56 | More by rarbring
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4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear copper with a small white head that sticks lightly to the sides of the glass.

Smells of english herbal candy hops, light sweet butterscotch malt, smells quite full actually. At first I just got bready boring malt and cloying english hops, but the bread gave away for the most part, and the hops blends in quite well.

Taste starts off with hops, english herbal and earthy ones, backed up by a quite light maltiness that still provides sufficient body. Mid dark bread, and a slight soapy hint dominates, finishes off quite hoppy, but hardly any bitterness, pretty 'fast' ending of the experience though, a bit watery at the end.

Almost feels a bit undercarbonated to be honest, which makes it feel slightly watery, but it's not too bad.

Serving type: can

10-01-2010 19:41:44 | More by dqrull
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3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served out of a tall can - the sort I associate with nitrogenation, but without the widget. It ends up being a coppery amber hue, with a firm, but not nitro-creamy head of white bubbling. Lacing is good - the body looks pretty still. Much like a generic English Pale, truth be told.

Quite coppery on the nose - not a huge amount of anything else. A little sweetness perhaps to back it up, and a vague hint of nutmeg. It makes it seem reasonably fresh, but with a bit of body. Not bad.

Taste is smooth, lightly sweet, and with a lingering, slightly bitter metallic afterpalate. Again, it's clean, reasonably fresh and overall a little bland. But still, it's an easy drinking brew, with just enough character to stave off boredom.

It's not a phenomenal beer, but it's solid enough. There's nothing off or offensive about it, but nor is there anything unique or exciting about it.

Serving type: can

06-10-2010 09:11:22 | More by lacqueredmouse
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United Kingdom (England)

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

500 mL can poured into a pint glass.

I'd had this from a bottle before, and wasn't all that impressed. It was fine, but not amazing. It's surprising how much more I enjoyed the canned version over the bottle. Was it because I got a skunked bottle or actual differences in the brew? I guess I'll have to try the bottled version again to find out.

A: copper/amber beer with nice creamy, beige head

S: malty, sour, spicy

T: nice mild citrusy note contrasted by rich malts and a generous helping of bitterness

M: very refreshing, nice carbonation and slightly mouthfeel

D: highly drinkable!

Serving type: can

02-11-2010 23:13:15 | More by fullsweep
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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: dark red/brown with .5 inch off-white tightly bubbled head and minimal lace

s: caramel malts w/ light alcohol; pretty subtle

t: caramel malts with some nutiness; a little medicine flavor; a light hint of butter hops

m: smooth and creamy

d: ok but not something i would go out of my way to have again

Serving type: can

05-30-2008 06:13:40 | More by hoegaardenhero
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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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
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Pedigree from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
82 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.