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Pedigree - Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.

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258 Ratings
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2004 02:46:00 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 04:47:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2004 20:21:18 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 02:47:56 | More by BEERchitect
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2005 21:00:23 | More by oberon
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 22:03:18 | More by biboergosum
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emerge077

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 05:42:36 | More by emerge077
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WesWes

New York

3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2005 21:51:45 | More by WesWes
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 21:38:56 | More by jwc215
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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
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smcolw

Massachusetts

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
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Halcyondays

California

4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 03:35:36 | More by Halcyondays
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kojevergas

Texas

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
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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
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

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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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two-fingered white head that goes slowly and leaves a good lace. Cloudy, light amber color. Moderate carbonation. Starts with a good mix of malt and hops, finishes clean but very slightly hoppy. Light - medium bodied. $3.20 for a 500ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2004 22:34:01 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2004 01:31:47 | More by Zorro
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DoubleJ

California

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
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

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

Some changes were made to the bottled version not long ago: the strength has gone up by 0.5% to 5%abv., the name is changed to Pedigree - "Premium English Ale", and, in reflection of the new "subtitle", the beer label has been repainted to a dark red one - befittingly English. Although I don't have a bottle at the original strength to compare this with, I'll still record my notes vis-à-vis my general impression of the cask version that I drink not infrequently. BB 31/03/2010, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: the bright, reddish amber hue comes with quite lively carbonation full of large bubbles in action, topped with a pillowy white head settling fast to a thin sponge.
S: the malt-sweetness (with a touch of melted caramel) is inextricably mixed with Goldings hops and a mildly spicy touch, but here a rusty-metallic edge also stays closely behind, likely from the bottle/cap itself. Unlike other traditionally oak-matured pale ales such as Wadworth's 6X and Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Bitter, the fine aroma of oak barrels is very, very attenuated on the balance. My overall impression is quite the same as the 4.5%abv. bottled version as I remember it: malty and soft, pleasant but not complex at all. Also, the traditional "sulphurous" touch of Burton ales is conspicuous by its absence.
T: the taste is cheerfully malty upfront, showing notes of boiled root-veggies, malted brown sugar, with a fine sour touch, while quickly the chewy hoppiness and a dry-ish palate (due to the long fermentation process) both creep up at the same time, rendering a pleasantly chewy, lightly spicy bitterness to mingle with an equally lingering undertones of famous English pale malts, esp. the slightly "dirty-cloth" edge. In the moderate finish, my taste-buds do manage to pick up residual sweet woody notes, but only just.
M&D: in general, the overall profile is way less sulphurous, less smooth, and slightly more bitter than the cask version; as regards any woodiness endowed by the Union System consisting of lots of aligned oak barrels, it's very understated but quite rightly, supposedly so. I always have problems with the fizz level of Marston's bottled beers, but this slightly spritzy bottle doesn't show much trace of "bad pasteurisation" or skunkiness, hence a plus for the drinkability. While this new, 5% bottle version proves to be an easy-drinking one without any hint of alc. (at all!) to me, I'd still choose the cask version when I fancy a pint of traditional, oak-aged pale ale, AND WHEN my preferred Wadworth 6X is unavailable from my local pubs (served on gravity straight from the wooden cask!).

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 20:52:19 | More by wl0307
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 02:30:22 | More by biegaman
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

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
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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
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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

500 ml bottle, from the LCBO and poured into the pint glass it came with.

Pours a clear dark amber, dull orange colour, big fluffy white head forms, drops to a patchy layer and ring around the glass, some lacing on the glass, big bubbles, looks okay. Smell is nice and malty, sweet and biscuity, some caramel, toast, light floral hopping, some fruit, apricots, well balanced and malty, nice fruity sweetness to it. Taste is similar, malty up front, some caramel and toast, light fruits, very dry wheaty middle, slightly grainy, touch of iron, apricots and floral in the finish, nice herbal bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, very smooth and drinkable. Pretty average pale ale, decent but nothing special about it.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 01:38:45 | More by Viggo
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber, off-white head that reduced quickly to a thin lace. Malty aroma was a combination of graininess and light caramel. A bit of fruitiness was also present, and hops appeared as it warmed a bit. The flavour was very much like the aroma, nicely balanced, with a drying bitterness at the finish. Medium body and carbonation, mild buttery texture. This could definitely work as a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2005 13:37:12 | More by DrJay
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