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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 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 Bouleboubier


4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of two English cask ales I was very much looking forward to at the Yards Real Ale Invitational this past weekend. And it didn't disappoint. Actually, I think it was the only offering to which I went back for seconds.

It didn't pour with much of a head at all, if any. What do you expect from casks (sans engine)? But it had a lovely pale marigold color - vibrant and only lightly hazy. A moderately rich biscuity and decidedly butterscotch aroma left me to wonder if this was done maturing yet. Earthy hops floated softly atop the malts.

Even though it has but simple ingredients - Maris Otter barley, Fuggles and Goldings hops - it had a very distinct, quite defined (what I think of as) honey-kissed graham cracker flavor with only a tiny fleck of fruitiness and a wonderfully mellow hop bitterness in the immediate background. A fairly full flavor all-around, highlighted with some faint toasty and nutty notes, that I would have some difficulty comparing it to another ale perhaps due to inexperience and/or familiarity with a wide range of, in the US, lesser-known English pales. Haven't had an American pale ale quite the same as well.

Must have had this at a pivotal moment. A lot of things were clicking. Not only did the flavor wow me a good bit, it rolled through the palate velvety smooth, reminding me of the first time I had a cask ale - the carbonation had yet (or failed) to take hold, but it was alien and lovely. I see on their website that they distribute this to the US. Where? (Oh, State Line, of course)

Serving type: cask

03-24-2011 00:48:31 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of kojevergas


3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes during a trip to Glasgow in January 2011. Served from a cask into a pint glass in the Bon Accord pub.

A: Bubble show is rare in a pale ale, but this one has one. The show resolves to a cloudy hazy lingering white-tan in the middle, with a clear gold copper colour in the bottom. The head is thick and has cream. Appealing.

Sm: Fresh barley, malt. Light scent. Hard to detect individual notes with my broken nose.

T: Holy cream, batman! The cream on the finish is absolutely wonderful, almost comparable to the cream of Belhaven. The body, however, is lacking: it's a standard mashup of the usual suspects - which is a bit bland. Let me reiterate that the finish is postively lovely-like.

Mf: So light, so delightfuckingly smooth. Rolls down the tongue; you bask in its creamy goodness.

Dr: A wonderful example of cream done right, kind of a kilkenny meets belhaven, but sadly lacking in the body. I'd recommend it to fellow brewers just to see how creamy it is, but I wouldn't order it again at Glasgow prices. Lacks the usual bitterness of pale ales, which is actually quite nice in this case.

Serving type: cask

03-08-2011 00:36:51 | More by kojevergas
Photo of ktrillionaire


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

@ Mr. Dunderbak's

A - It pours a honey-golden hue, capped with a short-lived white head, and giving no lace.

S - The nose is very subdued, and all honey for what it is, nothing else. Seriously. It smells somewhere between tupelo and orange blossom honey. I guess there is a bit of vague grain, but it is way low-key.

T - The taste is explosively flavorful, in comparison to the nose. I get some earthy hop, a lot of honey sweetness, a lot of minerality, and also a few off-flavors of metal and sweat-cabbage, in that order. The good outweighs the notsogood.

M - Big creaminess in the body, perhaps the best characteristic of this brew.

D - Its okay, not any better than any other widely available EPA (Boddington's, Abbot, etc.)

Serving type: cask

02-25-2011 07:03:51 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of nickfl


3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear, golden body with a cascading, white head. The foam settles slowly and leaves thick curtains of lace.

S - Light, sweet malt aromas with some toast and hint of sulphur.

T - Some dry, toasty malt up front as well as musty hops. The malt character is maintained in the middle with a hint of caramel. Finishes with dry toast and fairly strong hop bitterness.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very dry and toasty with little malt sweetness and fairly weak yeast character. The hops are strong in terms of both flavor and bitterness with a chalky mineral twang. Not bad, but I would prefer a little yeast fruit to cut the harshness of the hops.

Serving type: cask

07-22-2010 06:17:06 | More by nickfl
Photo of mrandolph


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

Corny aroma with a hint of diacetyl, but caramel and malt dominate. There are light apple esters in both the aroma and flavor, but the flavor is dominated by lighter crystal malts. The body is very thin and the finish is watery. Served with a minimal head at cellar temperatures (this is in the UK, after all) and poured a lovely deep gold with crystal clarity.

Serving type: cask

07-05-2009 09:32:25 | More by mrandolph
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have visited the brewery this is produced at 4 times, the Burton Union Set (of fermenting barrels), used to make Pedigree is a joy to behold.

I have always (well for over 35 years) drank cask Pedigree, not religously, but on a regular basis. It is a classic English Pale Ale, listed in Roger Protz, 300 Beers to try before you Die, book.

The bottled version does not hold a candle to the cask product, so it is a pity most of you on this site will only ever see the bottle.

Amber in colour, no greta aroma, hops, fruits and malt combind to give off a English Ale smell. Bitter and satisfying with a lingering aftertaste of hops, but not overly strong, just pleasant.

The beer I reviewed was purchased in a Weatherspoon's pub in Birmingham, England on 13th Jan 2007.

Serving type: cask

01-14-2007 16:51:06 | More by BlackHaddock
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 misterscooter


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

Served on draught at my local pub.

Small, white, creamy head sitting on top. Beautiful amber and copper color with a slightly copper smell. Some sweet caramel and wood (barrel?) also in the nose.

Creamy feel when it hits your mouth but not too much where it just fills you up and overwhelms the beer. The taste is still light, honey, floral and fruit swirling around. Enjoyable.

Very refreshing and great for sipping with sausage and chips.

Serving type: cask

10-23-2005 20:44:57 | More by misterscooter
Photo of dauss


3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Cask

Appearance: Clear golden amber, with a small white head.

Smell: fruity and spicy, with a small malt backbone.
Taste: Slightly sweet malt, with a light to moderate hop flavor. The bitterness jumps out near the end, and dissappears the next moment. The body is a bit thin, dry finish, and a light astringency.

Notes: Not bad. Nothing really impressive here.

Serving type: cask

08-24-2005 02:49:59 | More by dauss
Photo of downes51


3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent reliable beer this. A slightly nutty flavour, the hops are there but only on the background. It's a darkish colour. The amount of foam you get is variable, but it doesn't really last though it will lace down the side of the glass. At 4.5% it really ought to be a little strong for a session beer, but it is surprisingly drinkable. Reccommended.

Serving type: cask

04-07-2005 19:38:04 | More by downes51
Photo of Mark


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

I thought I'd try the cask version since I remember being a bit let down by the bottled product. Poured a nice amber gold topped by a thin white head. Aroma was strong on the malt side with a hint of sulphur? could be the Burton water. Refreshing session bitter with nice hop tones, lightinsh mouhfeel, refreshing and drinkable. Another example of the superiority of cask ale. Not my favorite ale but another drinkable one at that.

Serving type: cask

12-24-2004 17:03:05 | More by Mark
Photo of foamer


3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper colour with a creamy head and lots of foam all the way down the glass. Not much nose to it. The taste was a moderate hop presence equally balanced with some sweet malts. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel (cask ales are great aren't they?).

All in all, not a half bad pint. You can probably do a little more exciting, but if you're in the mood for just a nice pint (or two or three) than this is a good beer.

Serving type: cask

12-19-2004 10:48:57 | More by foamer
Photo of francisweizen


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

I had a pint of this at the halfway house in North Camden Town in London. This ale was a light creamy colour with a nice white head. The taste was a nice light blend of honeyed hops and malts. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and the drinkability is nice.

Serving type: cask

11-05-2003 19:20:16 | More by francisweizen
Photo of ToneControl

United Kingdom (England)

4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pleasingly, Pedigree Cask is much better than the bottled version. Unfortunately, it does not always travel well. I come from Staffordshire, and I pretty much gave up on this beer when I moved to Manchester.

I still don't drink the bottled version, but now I've moved nearer to Staffordshire, my new local sells good pedigree, and it is a great beer when kept well.

Serving type: cask

09-03-2003 23:44:08 | More by ToneControl
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 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 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
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Pedigree from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
82 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.