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Pedigree - Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.

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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | 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:
Pale / Fuggles, Golding

(Beer added by: xlperro on 01-29-2002)
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Photo of grub
2.28/5  rDev -36.8%
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.

grub, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of allergictomacros
3.58/5  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.

allergictomacros, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of shamus
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

shamus, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of seanyfo
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

seanyfo, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of crwills
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

crwills, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of janubio
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

janubio, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of belias
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

belias, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

Georgiabeer, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

kimcgolf, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of GallowsOak
3/5  rDev -16.9%
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)

GallowsOak, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Billolick, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of claytri
3.25/5  rDev -10%
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.

claytri, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of surfadelic23
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
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!

surfadelic23, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of funkengruven
3.9/5  rDev +8%
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.

funkengruven, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of Drew966
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Drew966, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of trevorwideman
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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...

trevorwideman, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of Daredevil
4.55/5  rDev +26%
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 ....

Daredevil, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of Mandrake
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Mandrake, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of dgallina
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a brown imperial pint bottle without freshness date.

Pours a pale golden copper with a single finger of head that quickly subsides to a film. Smells of slightly musty and lightly toasted malts with leafy hops. Little initial flavor, develops leafy and woody hop bitterness before finishing slightly astringent and somewhat metallic. Light and highly carbonated body.

Quite average overall. Not exactly unpleasant, but nothing to particularly recommend it either.

dgallina, Oct 27, 2005
Photo of misterscooter
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

misterscooter, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of TerryW
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear copper colour with a short-lived head and minimal lace.

Gently hoppy, slightly metallic nose.

Medium malt character to taste with some hop bite in the background. Tasty but light beer. Pleasant lingering bitterness. Light bodied, gentle carbonation.

Best I can say is that it's nice. Competently done, but not remarkable.

TerryW, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of UnionMade
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pleased to see this on my last beer buying mission. One of the classic english ales I've always wanted to try. Best before date reads 3194 207C, whatever that means. Some wierd julian dating? I hope it's fresh.
The beer pours a hazy copper, topped off with a full white head. Good retention and lacing. Pleasant english nose, light on the hops, with only a soft floral tang behind estery caramel malt. Aside from a dash of honey-like oxidization, it smells fresh enough. What can you expect when you ship a beer 2000+ miles, then have it sit on a warm shelf with a premium price? The first sip opens with a lighter flavor than I'd been expecting. Toasty malt drizzled with honey and applesauce, no trace of any oak character, finishing with a meekish, familiar goldings and fuggles combo. Fruity and floral. Somewhat tinny and metallic in the aftertaste. A bit of oxidization, both honey and soggy construction paper, is present in the finish. Refined english carbonation. Fairly light bodied.
A nice enough brew that has the potential to be great when it's fresh. I wish I could decipher the dating system on the back label, and save my $3 for a non-elderly bottle. I'll have to bug a friend for a bottle or can next time someone hops across the pond.

UnionMade, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pleasing brownish copper colour. Soilid floral hoppy aroma, with a very assertive hoppy flavor, as one would expect. Not much else going on though, aside from a slight undercurrent of bread without much of an interesting flavor contribution from the malt or yeast. Solid, but I was expecting more.

fisherman34, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of dauss
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

dauss, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of WesWes
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

WesWes, Aug 03, 2005
Pedigree from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
82 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.