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Pedigree | Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.

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Brewed by:
Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pale / Fuggles, Golding

Added by xlperro on 01-29-2002

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Photo of Sammy
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat below the 1845 tried the day before. Malty and nicely hopped and bitter vegetable cabbage-like finish. White head on golden colour. Grainy, Mid-sip woody, and roasty. Apple carmel and lemon. Mild alcohol a plus. Nice creamy pale. Better at room temperature.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.88/5  rDev -20%
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.

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

Mild and flavorful, this Pale Ale is moderate and consistent throughout and nicely opidomizes the often misunderstood English Pale Ale style.

Pedigree opens with a deep copper color, briliant clarity, and carries a creamy, sticky white foam that both retains and laces very well. A very handsome look.

Soft aromas of kettle caramelization, lightly toasted barley, fruity esters, and grassy herbs combine for a balanced and subdued scent.

Barley flavors strike first with true malt taste, mild toffee (thinking peanut brittle without the peanuts), and confectioner's mild sugar sweetness. Fruity esters are light and showcase a non-descript fruity character that seems to reinforce the sweetness. Noble English hops give a spicy, earthy, lightly pungent taste of fresh cut grass or light spruce notes. Somewhat minerally or copper-like right as the hop flavors hit and create a bit of a bite that lingers into the finish along with a fading malt sweetness and increased hop bitterness.

Creamy and medium textured early, the beer holds on to its structure deep into the procession, until the very last opportunity for the malts to fall and the hop bitterness to usher the beer into crisp hop bitterness and clean malt after thoughts.

A very pleasant and easy drinking English Pale Ale that reminds me a lot of what Bass Ale used to taste like.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light brown beer with a quite decent head with standard retention. Aroma is comprised solely of malt. Taste is mostly comprised of malts with some well balance bitterness at the end. Decent session bitter but nothing extraordinary is going to happen here.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear medium amber hue, with lots of creamy, puffy white head, which leaves a thick wall of lace around the glass. It smells of mild bready malt, and grassy hops. The taste is soft, dry bready malt, a little earthy honey, and decently bitter grassy, weedy hops. The carbonation is moderate , the body fairly full and smooth, and the finish is dry and floral.

A nicely drinkable brew, it has 'sessionable' plastered all over it.

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Photo of emerge077
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oak barrel aged... sounds iffy if you ask me.

Pours a bright copper tone with good clarity. Sticky lacing all around, foam is white and clinging around the edges. Two finger dense cap on the 2nd pour. Surface is creamy and somewhat slow to fade.

Smells a bit like other skunky Euro Pils like Samson, Okocim, etc. Noble hops don't really come through clearly, it's more tea like and swilly.

A little bit buttery and toffee-ish. Hay, tobacco, tea. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste that suggests hops. Fairly watery and swilly, flaccid body, dextrinous sweetness. Low carbonation like cask ale, but without the inherent benefits of cask ale.

For a beer that touts itself as a "classic English pale ale", there's little here to hang such a high distinction on. Pretty middling and average effort if you ask me. Paired well with The Return of the Dead though.

Thanks to Sebastian for the bottle!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pleasure to finally try this Burton classic,pours a rich golden with a large two finger white head settling into a creamy mass leaving a ring of lace behind.Whoo this is brewed in oak casks and it shows in the aroma very woody with a touch of sulpher,flavors are very dry firm biscuity malt backbone followed by just a touch of herbal hop my guess fuggles?Now this is a sessionable ale dry enough to make the mouth want more not earth shattering but glad I gotta a chance to try it for sure.

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Photo of nickfl
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.55/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Voonder for including this in a trade!

Best by 22 April 09:

Pours bright orange amber with a thick off-white head that has great retention and leaves trailing lace sticking to the glass.

The smell is nutty and caramelish with some subtle lemon, earthy tones and a red apple-like fruitiness.

The taste is nutty and caramel-ish with an earthy spicing adn a hint of red apple. Some woody/oaky dryness finishes it off. Very well-balanced with maltiness, leafy bitterness, an apple-like fruitiness and an oaky dryness.

It is velvety, creamy smooth with a touch of butter. Full-bodied for the style, abv, and intended "drinkability"/"sessionability". I think it hits on body/feel perfectly.

I really have to save up my money to go to England, to experience this "on-cask". Wonderful "sessionability" with subtle, yet complex aroma and flavors.

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Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The Pedigree is a decent english style pale ale. It Pours a amberish clear with frothy white head that is lacing. The scent carries an interesting malt character. The taste is very smooth has a light bitterness to it that is masked by the malt. The Mouthfeel is ok...the absence of carbonation is always touchy. Nonetheless I am glad to have the opportunity to have tried it.

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Photo of WesWes
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy dark gold/amber color with a thick and creamy offwhite head. There are suspended yeast floaties present. The aroma is good. It has a sweet and fruity malt scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts along with bitter noble hop aroma. The taste is average. It has a weak and watery malt flavor that borders on an ice tea taste. It is light and bitter with a slight yeast fruitiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is average as well. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. There is no real substance to this beer. This is a big let down. I was expecting something much better with a little more malt flavor.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, hint of hop, slight caramel malt, and metallic. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, hint of hop, slight caramel malt, and metallic. Overall, good appearance, but metallic aroma and body dominates and hurts the beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle, good to see this back in the States, I don't think I've had this since 2006, into an Imperial Pint glass, glad to know it'll be real fresh,

A: Pours a clear burnt amber with a medium white head. Good retention, solid spotty lace.

S: Bread, minerality, sea air, light but very much to style.

T: Solid English malt flavour with some spicy grassy hop notes. Great secondary sulfur and green apple flavours, hard water, hallmark Burton.

M: Crisp, smooth, vibrant carbonation. Sparkling.

D: A classic of English brewing, I'm delighted to see it back. Good now, but begs to be on cask.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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

Pours a hazy orange brew.

Smell is sweet and fruity, almost like apple cider.

Taste is mildly sweet with a spicy apple flavor. Not a strongly flavored beer but a tasty mild ale. The hops in this seem to be limited to a mild grassy flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

A tasty easy to drink brew, seems to be under flavored though.

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Photo of biegaman
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Marston's Pedigree has a very cheek, toasty auburn body that, if only for a little bit of head over top it, would be an impeccably handsome beer. Its tiny bubbles graciously drift about and its shimmering complexion bedazzles the eyes. But still, with hardly a collar of lace present even after aggressive swirling, it won't earn the next highest mark.

The complaint I have with this beer is one I have - as do most British drinkers - with many English beers that are pasteurized and then bottled and shipped across the Atlantic: it's been seemingly stripped of all its character. The aroma is virtually imperceptible (until significant aeration); it boasts little more than a smidgen of nutty malt a trickle of spicy hop.

The flavour is a little too cardboard-y, for lack of a better term. While it carries through on the promise of an earthy, faintly spicy hop it seems to have skipped out on the malty end of the bargain. Normally these English bitters are appreciated for their nutty, biscuity or caramely flavour but this example, sorry to say, offers very little.

And perhaps it's pasteurization that's to blame or perhaps the conditions in which it was shipped - whatever the case, the brewery's okay-ed it all. Fortunately, that lightly resiny, bitterly floral taste of the hops has not faded like the malts have; its spry, vigorous character is more than bewitching (and adds a much needed level of depth).

Come to think of it, all this is missing is the maltiness. The classic, stiff carbonate Burton-on-Trent water is rugged and perky on the palate, the yeast throws in the odd fruity nuance, the Fuggles and Goldings hops are earthy and spicy and the oak casks and Burton Unions technique seem to have imparted much maturity and distinction.

According to its bottle cap, Marston's claims to be the "official ale of England". While I think the country may be selling itself a bit short on that, I do appreciate that this bitter is still brewed according to traditional methods, with locally grown ingredients and that it embodies the virtues of balance and sessionability that define the English brewing tradition.

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Photo of plaid75
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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

A great, classic Burton Union beer.

Pours a hazy amber with a light head.

The nose is biscuity with some light floral hops.

The taste is classic- very smooth British style, with floral gentle hops up front, very dry and restrained and crisp. Slight wood notes on the finish.

Mouthfeel is very dry and a little bit creamy.

Extremely drinkable- a very well done session beer.

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Pedigree from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
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