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Pedigree - Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.

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Ratings: 282
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 01-29-2002

Pale / Fuggles, Golding
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Photo of JustinBathurst
1.75/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Had this one in Ashford, Kent County, UK.

The pint arrived looking like clear, coppery water. The head was of big bubbles, but alas, it vanished in a flash. A smidgen of lace did remain.

The aroma was sulphur and cut grass. Both were very weak.

The mouthfeel was watery, with very little carbonation.

The taste was off watered-down bagged tea, distant smacks of honey, and a copper penny. Overall, it was like iced tea mixed half and half with tepid creek water. Not at all good. Locals told me it can be hit and miss on tap. Not a good sign.

Photo of JayTheFinn
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first had a Marston's Pedigree when I was over in England a few years back. I remember it being sharp to the tongue. This bottled version is much smoother and sweeter than I recall it being. There's a rich maltiness within the brown body that overrides any hoppy flavor. Good head on the pour. Very drinkable if you don't mind the sweetness.

Photo of vancurly
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

a: Orange/amber. White head, sinks to a slick. No haze.
s: Spicy hop & toasty marmalade. Crystal malts, some skunky sulfur.
t: Non-descript...maybe some mineral/chalky notes, plus a standard malt profile that yields nothing notable.
m: Light, lacking body.
d: Not too flashy..

Photo of BrewSomerville
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Interesting malty aroma. Sorry, cant be too descriptive because the aromas were kinda weak.

Looked alright. light amber/brown in colour. Little head, little lace.

Tasted good. Had a nutty flavour. Not very much hops to speak of at first, but finished with a little bit of bitterness. This might sound wierd but I tasted flavours butternut squash. Oak flavour is subtle.

Mouthfeel was ok. Body was on the lighter side.

Overall, it's ok. I could drink this again.

Photo of scottoale
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a voluptuously shaped, 500ml. brown bottle pours a coppery amber liquid with some sediment and an off-white head of 1/2 inch. Although well carbonated, the head fizzles quickly and the lace slips back into the ale.

The smell is mild and sweet, some oak and a booze like aroma to it. No hops standing out too speak of.

A nice mild and sweet malty intro with notes of oak and vanilla that eventually fade to a nice bitter finish. Nicely balanced medium body with good flavor...this ale goes down effortlessly. Give it a go!

Photo of Hornet2003
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle pour purchased at the local signature store.

I thought this beer would be a little darker, but it pours a little lighter than your average pale. A little cloudy, not sure why. The aroma has hints of whiskey and oak. For a low ABV beer(4.5%) this beer has a TONNE of flavour. Great stuff. I was surprised. It has a very oaky flavour as it "is still brewed in oak casks to preserve its unique character". Not as full flavoured as, say, Innis and Gunn Oak Aged ale, but then again, that is a 6.6% brew. The aftertaste is quite bitter with a definate whiskey taste. Mild carbonation. Becasue of the low ABV and strong flavour, this could definately be a good session beer.

Overall, I was very surprised with the fullness of this beer. I'll definitaley buy again.

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.

Photo of grub
2.29/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

pours a nice amber colour with a bit of pure white head. head drops quickly and leaves no lace.

aroma is adjunct heavy dms. a little malt is noticeable behind that, but not much else.

taste is more of the same. even after warming to near room temperature it's not that great. the malt comes through a little more, bready. bit of bitterness. dominated by dms.

mouthfeel is good. decent body and nice carbonation level.

drinkability isn't that great. the aroma is kind of unpleasant, and the taste is fairly similar.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper with a smallish head.

S - Lemony, mineral aromas and raisiny floral notes.

T - Some toasted grain shows up early, followed by the lemon/citrus hops. Not an especially bitter brew, this one has a short-lived aftertaste. Both malt and hop flavour are very straightforward.

M - Medium bodied, a little dry with an astringent kick.

D - Decent, sessionable EPA.

Photo of shamus
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear copper colour with a very nice amount of head that leaves an attractive lace. The smell was a bit on the tinny side which reminded me of a macro brew more than anything.

It does have a bitter flavour and is very watery like many bitters I've had. it leaves a butterscotch aftertaste I find.

Fairly drinkable if you like bitterness but overall nothing remarkable here.

Photo of seanyfo
2.92/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint served in nonic at Figure of 8 bar in birmingham

Poured a slightly cloudy dull brownish-gold, with a small head, that reduces to a faint whispiness very quickly

Aroma is fruity, with hints of pineapple. Lots of roasted grains and yeastyness

Taste is poor. The pineapple still comes through with an overwhelming roasted flavour finishing in a very bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel is a good consistency with medium carbonation

A typical english pale ale, but seems to become stale very quickly, not one ill pick up again.

Photo of crwills
2.87/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

500mL bottle purchased at the Summerhill LCBO in Toronto.

Poured a slightly cloudy dull brownish-gold, with a small head, even at the right temperature. Used a standard pint glass, if I recall correctly.

Aroma is mildly fruity, with dried apricot dominating. Some spicy grain, and just a liiittle bit of skunk that makes me think this might not be the freshest bottle.

Taste is a letdown. Skunky and 'beery,' definite adjunct content, very slight roasted notes. Essences of roasted vegetables and sulphur (the latter of which I think is supposed to be there, but I'm still not a fan...).

Mouthfeel is half-decent, and the aftertaste is mildly bitter but has something unpleasant in it that reminds me of gasoline.

Not something I'd pick up again, basically ranks in with most macros for me.

Photo of janubio
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50 cl. bottle. It pours a little, almost inexistent head, with a copper - orange colour. Smell of limestone, floral hops and cookies or biscuit. Mouth of fruits, limestone, nuts and some butter. A bit of lemon too, dry and sulphury finish, with some dessert sweetness.

Photo of belias
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pour a golden copper, with some reddish undertones, slight head and lacing and some visible carbonation. The nose has some fruity notes, as well as a hop presence. The taste has almost spicy elements, with some bitter hops lingering around, and a slight woody finish. Mouthfeel was pretty decent, crisp and dry, with noticable carbonation, somewhat light bodied, but i think that actually works in the beer's favour. Overall, i like this ale quite a bit, its flavourful, but at the same time not too heavy, a good option when looking for something refreshing and tasty, and pretty easy to down a few.

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.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, coper/red color, with suspended yeat. Minimal head and okay lacing. Aroma of hops and dark fruits. While initial flavor was okay, the finish seemed very metallic at first. However, as beer warmed, the flavor became more fruity and subtle, and finish smoother..actually left a warming sensation, which is uncommon for a beer with this low abv. Not a bad beer.

Photo of GallowsOak
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)

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.

Photo of claytri
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured gold and a bit amber with an.off white head. The aroma was of malt and floral hops. The taste was malty with a light floral hop finish. The feel was light and dry. This beer was OK, I didn't find anything that would steer me away from it, but nothing that would steer me back.

Photo of surfadelic23
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This on poured a light to dark goldish color with minimal to no head.
The malt smell is dominant but a whiff of hops sneaks through.
Has a ver light malt flavor that finishes bitterish but not overwhlemingly hoppy. Has a rather light mouthfeel considering the way it looks which could be a positive in the drinkability dept. It's very easy drinking and would be a nice session brew.
Man, I'd like to try this on cask!

Photo of funkengruven
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a pale brown to an almost non-existent head. Smell is mildly malty, decent but a little bland.

This tastes exactly what an English Ale should taste like. Body is light and refreshing, with a slight malty bitterness and a clean finish. This is smooth on the palate, which contributes to it being a very drinkable beer.

Overall, Good Stuff.

Photo of Drew966
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Marston's Pedigree pours a cloudy copper with a fluffy off white head from a 500ml brown bottle. The aroma is very mild and I really can't pick much out from it. Tastes like a fairly light but very well balanced English pale ale. The bottle indicates that it was brewed in oak casks. I may be picking up some flavor from the oak, but its not particularly strong. Overall, not bad. Worth a try, nothing to get to excited about though.

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

I've only tried one beer by Marston's, the Oyster Stout. It was alright... Let's see how this one fares.

500ml bottle poured into a Pint Glass. This is a very nice looking ale, dark copper colour, cloudy and quite well carbonated. Smell is of sweet caramel malts, faint roasted coffee smell, and a light hoppiness. This one is all about the malts it seems though...

The first taste seems to confirm this. Roasted, nutty caramel malt character predominates, but there's enough hop bitterness to keep this one interesting. Soft on the tongue, dry in the throat. I thought this one might be a bit sweet for my taste, but it's not too bad. This is a very British Beer, and a fairly well executed one. The lower ABV keeps it pretty quaffable, I can see downing a few pints of these in a London pub next time I go...

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

being labelled 'exceptional premium ale' sounds a bit odd, however an expectional brew this definitely is ... a typical Burton ale, not very rich, not very fruity, not very sweet, not very dry ... however all nots in a perfect and very soft harmony ...if Bass is one of the best large quantity ales this one does even better ....

Photo of Mandrake
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden-copper with a small white head that dissipates quite quickly and leaves no lacing, but maintains a ring around the edge of the glass. Smells of caramel and sweet maltiness with fruits and a touch of hops. Tastes are dominated by butter and caramels, with a hoppy finish and some spices in the mix as well. Mouthfeel is watery, but well carbonated. Drinkability is good, but the beer is unimpressive overall.

Pedigree from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
82 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.