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Pedigree - Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.

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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | 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 canucklehead
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark Gold with a big fluffy head this beer looks great. The nose is yeasty, hoppy and sulphurous all at once. The beer tastes of refined hops and a malty backbone. This is really a classic British Bitter with that sulphurlike finish and subtle fruity notes. Drink slowly to savour the small nuances or drink deep as a session beer that never tires.

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.

Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The inconvienient placement of a label band around the neck of the bottle made it almost impossible to avoid pouring in a few bits of yeast. There is nothing on the label about bottle conditioning either which makes it equally difficult to avoid flakes of yeast sediment. It poured an amber beer with a thin white head that subsided to a thin film. Aroma was of light fruity esters and a touch of hops. The flavor had a nice mineral dryness which transitioned into a crisp hop bitterness. The malt flavors were really present on the finish while the hops bitterness completly went away to leave with a clean finish.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presented in a 500 ml brown bottle, best before date printed onto the back label (31 May 05--which would make this pretty fresh). A crystal clear light copper colour for the body, medium foamy head that recedes to a very thing cap, and leaves small patches of lacing. There is faint caramel malt and dried fruit on the nose, some sweet booziness as well, orange citrus and flowery hops. Flavour is subdued, crisp grains become more apparent, some spicey orange in the middle, and floral hops to finish with some herbal spice on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full, a bit of carbonation bite on the finish, a texture that blends with the hops. Enough carbonation to make me belch after every 2-5 sips. A pretty average pale ale, the oak casks that the front label boasts that this was brewed in doesn't even make a dent in the mediocrity. I'll pass next time. Excuse me, I just burped again.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a rusty orange color with a big rocky head with incredible retention. Gobs of foam are left behind on the glass. The aroma is not very strong, but pleasant. Bitter hops, an astrigent tartness and sweetish fruity malts. The taste is bitter, with a tongue tingling tartness (alcohol esters?), grassy hops and rather subdued malts. The mouthfeel is very smooth and even. There is a somewhat astringent aftertaste which I find pleasant. The drinkability of this beer is very high. Would make a great session brew.

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

500ml bottle

Pours with a dark amber body. Head forms but soon disappears

Smell, very little coming off, malty aroma, not much else

Taste, slight bitterness and a thick malty body

Inoffensive but just a really dull ale, there seems to be alot of them about. Stick to fullers or landlord

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

Dark golden color, good head dropping from 1 1/2" to 1/4" then just a thin cover.
Smell of hops w/a hint of citrus.
Taste is hoppy, slightly citrusy. A light effervescence across the tongue. More like an IPA.
Light to medium-bodied, reasonably smooth. A decent beer, not great, good flavor, expected more though.

Photo of slitherySOB
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I gotta admit, I like this beer. Alot. A bit more than I suspected. Pedigree pours an auburn, honey colour with a tremendously fluffy head. I've finished the beer and lace is still clinging still to the glass. It hasn't moved. Initial smell of hops, followed by a smooth maltiness. First taste is a bit bready, then the hops kick it. Bittering and sour and delicious. Creamy head. The head actually has a taste and mouthfeel to it. Bonus. Smooth, lighter mouthfeel. The lighter spectrum of medium bodied ale. Good, drinkable beer that's great for sipping, not meant for pounding.

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

Appearance: Tawny honey color with a foamy off-white head.

Smell: Mostly hops, with a faint hint of malt. No discernable esters that I can detect.

Taste: Some initial malt sweetness when it first hits the tongue, which quickly gives way to a burst of spicy hop character. The malt never fully succumbs to the hops, however, and you can sense it fighting with the hops just below the surface of the brew. The finish is surprisingly short for an ale, bringing out some grassy notes and a mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but edging towards light bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I came in having high expectations because I'd heard about the Burton Union cask system. And while this beer is a perfectly cromulent beer, I can't say that I'm particularly enthused.

Photo of jdhilt
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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.

Photo of watermelonman
2.59/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This poured to a bright gold color with a great-looking head. The head lasted very well for a bottled-poured beer, too.

I don't know why, but this one seems to smell like a lager. Actually, it smells like a cheap and bad lager. The taste is pale but pungent. Again, I'm struck with cheap lager flavor, although that may just be coming in through my nose.

I had to push myself along a bit in order to finish the whole bottle.

Photo of Crotor
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Despite the fermentation in oak casks, I detected little oak character in this beer aside from a lingering and bizarre bitterness at the very end. It might have manifested slightly in the aroma, which was otherwise comprised of slight and mellow apple esters, a subdued floral aroma, and the slightest astingency - ultimately an unimpressive bouquet.

The appearance was equally unimpressive: cloudy amber with an anaemic, white head that lasted all of 10 seconds before collapsing. There was no lacing whatsoever. My empty imperial pint glass looks sparklingly clear...

The taste was average and reserved for a British pale ale/bitter. The hop/malt balance was expert, but otherwise the taste profile was uninteresting, being characterized only by perhaps a slight, typically Brittish, diacetyly roundness.

I *did* like the low carbonation and med-low body of this beer - these qualities made for a good mouthfeel and drinkability. Because of this, Pedigree could've been a contender for a "session beer." However, there are oh so many other excellent "session beers" out there that, in addition to being delightfully easy to drink, are also thoroughly interesting. Pass me a Sam Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale...

Photo of granger10
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a brownish/amber hue with a smaller than expected white head. Not much lacing. Carbonation is lower than I expected. Smell was quite fruity and yeasty. Taste seemed to be very light at first but then the flavors opened up the more I drank it. Fruity flavors mainly apple is what I noticed. These fruity flavors didn't seem coming from the malts but rather from the yeast. Slight caramel and earthy flavors seem to be what's coming from the malts. Hops become more apparent the more I drank this beer but it never really becomes too bitter (maybe I'm too used to those American IPA's). The balance and drinkability in this beer is extroadinary. The body is light but I do notice a slight roasty, woodsy element to it. This is a beer I could drink all night long at an English pub.

Photo of Doiv
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have only tried this beer in bottles, and it tastes darker than it looks. It is quite a pale brown, slightly red, and actually looks worryingly gassy.
Despite lots of bubbles and a large head, this beer was nice and palatable. The smell is unlike that of an ale – it is not dissimilar, in fact, to a lager. The taste, however, is very much that of a reasonable session bitter. Warm, with a hint of caramel, and quite malty. The head is moderate in lifespan, and this ale is good in mouthfeel.

The drinkability is lowered slightly for its heaviness, but a very good beer nonetheless.

Photo of sponberg
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle, best before sometime in 2007 if I read the hieroglyphics correctly. Nice amber hue, white head that hangs on pretty strong. Earthy (hop), tart apple-caramel (malt) and slightly minerally (that'd be the water, squire) aroma - well balanced on the nose.

I really enjoy beers such as this one. Starts out with a minerally (carbonate and sulfate if my training as a water engineer tells me anything) tint over a caramelly, sligtly honeylike malty sweetness balanced with a healthy earthy Golding/Fuggle hoppiness, then dries and bitters out towards the end. In the process it gently hits just about every tastebud your mouth has except for the ones turned on by capsaicin. Buttery, creamy mouthfeel (this brew must be hell on wheels on cask).

I could happily spend a rainy day with a good book next to a fire and pop pint after pint of this. Not a huge beer in any respect; just a very flavorful session brew. Me likey.

Photo of Shiredave
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer all around. Golden amber color, steady carb, sparse white head. Earthy British hop aromas. Slighty roasty and woody as the label claims.
Fruity flavors with good balance of hop flavors and bittering. Good depth and body for a light ale. Finish is dry and makes one look for another.
This beer makes the claim of being " Brewed in Oak". I belive they mean fermented, which I suppose IS part of brewing. The bottle banner attempts to explain the uniquness of this beer in this way:
Pedigree is brewed in oak casks. This means it tastes better. Oak casks produce a unique variety of yeast which mellows the flavor , ( wtf???) giving Pedigree a light, fresh taste, a smooth strength and character apart from all other premium beers.
Does the yeast live in the casks? Premium beers? I guess that means something else in the UK. I was just a bit insulted by that label, so simplistic and silly sounding. Beers good tho!

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

The beer poured medium copper/amber with a very slight hazy. The head was white and fell quickly to the edges of the surface, but laced the glass.

The aroma was fruity and yeasty. Also present was a mineral component and slight caramel. The hops began to show in the aroma as the beer warmed.

The flavor was slightly sweet on first tasting, but then evolved into well bittered fullness of flavor.

The finish was dry, and just slightly bitter into the aftertaste. The body was medium.

16.9 ounce bottle.

Photo of malty
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 500ml bottle with a best before code that I couldn't figure out.

Appearance is a slightly hazed carmel-orange with a bright white head that quickly dissolved to a thin layer of large and small clusters of bubbles.

A prickly, fruity nose. Earthy and apple notes.

The taste is a quite subtle and yet complex with a graceful balance of all the following elements; apples, pistachios, oak, tart cherries and iron. A light and lively body with a wonderful dry finish.

Very high on the drinkability chart thanks to it's fine craftsmanship and lower alcohol level.

Overall a fine English bitter that I'm sure tastes much better from cask or in the motherland. But this does me just fine.

Photo of BeerManDan
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured, it was a hazy brownish reddish copper color with some white foam. The smell of mild roasted malts and some hops, were very evident. There is a taste of the roasted malts and hops with a hint of caramel. The bitter/sweetness in the after taste was pleasant along with taste and flavor of this ale. A pleasant surprise to this ale.

Photo of putnam
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unfortunately the name of this beer is the same as that for a popular brand of dog food. This is my second Marston's product.

It is reddish orange with a milky butter-colored head. The aromas are casual and present an image of a classic British pint: nuts, roastedness and red apple fruit.
On the palate it is very light. Large draughts are required to coat the mouth, and, when that's accomplished, it delivers ample, tangy fruit, charred bitterness and, briefly, steel wool.
This is a refreshment for tastebuds that that are accustomed to a good cigar, gin, black coffee and claret. Highly extracted hops and dense layers of roasted grain flavors threaten to unbalance this beer, as it is light bodied to begin with. Still, I feel it manages to make terrific sense. If I were a lawyer I'd drink this stuff.

Photo of GreenCard
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best-by date: June 30, 2004...

Appearance: brown color, good clarity, a thin layer of off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin crown

Aroma: light caramel and slight roastiness, a touch of malt and a slight woodiness, some hops, burnt biscuits, bubblegum fruitiness

Flavor: somewhat malty with a tannic bitterness, dryish flavor and a bitter aftertaste, some fruitiness in the finish, oaky, a touch of acidity

Mouthfeel: medium body, terse carbonation, a bit astringent

Overall Impression: Though it is not highly complex, it is quite a nice beer. The bitterness from the hops and the oak is quite assertive, so it really perks up the tastebuds.

Photo of francisweizen
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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

500ml bottle.

This is one easy drinker.

It pours a very nice burnt orange color. A slight hazy appearance. A nice frothy white head that disappears too quickly. It does leave behind some nice lace. The nose is dry and nutty. A sweet almond butter. There is a fruity hop scent at the end that provides a good balance.

The lable states that this ale is aged in oak casks. At first taste that is not evident. It is sweet and buttery. Almond butter as in the nose. Some other mixed nut flavors are present. Good spices. Then a hop fruit bite entices the taste buds. A dash of pepper and a strong sour flavor right before the finish. At the very end is where the oak and wood flavors reveal themselves ever so slightly. They are there in the background blending at the end to smooth out the sour flavor. A very well balanced ale from top to bottom.

Medium bodied this ale is very smooth. It is easy to drink. It has a sticky quality to it but then goes down very easy. A slight crispness at the end. One could drink a few of these in a session.

This is just one well made ale.

Photo of Darkale
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nutty, bready aroma, high and rich in the nose. Clear body is orange-bronze, with a thick bone-colored head that fades quickly but then clings to a quarter-inch and stays there until the beer is finished. Good lacing.

Delightful beer! Chewy and malty but with a hair of bitterness. Rich and creamy in the mouth, but with some raspy sourness at the end for character.

Absolutely yummy. I could have several of these, though my wallet would suffer.

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Pedigree from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
82 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.