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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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Photo of jhtipton


3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ML into a pint glass. Nice tawny golden colour with mild head and som lacing. Smell is mild hops and malts but not too much else. Taste is slightly bitter, malty, some peppery taste. Mouth feel is somewhat fizzy and light to medium bodied.
Drinakabilty is above average; I could have some more but possibly would levitate more to Marston's IPA. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 16:57:46 | More by jhtipton
Photo of Brad007


4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a mild amber color with a two-finger head into my glass. Good presentation.

Aroma is clean with fresh baked bread and just a pinch of hops on the nose. Certainly seems like it's to the style.

Taste? Sweet and grainy with just a tad bit of hops. Crisp, refreshing and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweet, grainy bread. Very pleasant.

Wow. This is certainly an excellent example of the english pale ale style. I like it more so than a few other examples I've had. I would highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 00:48:25 | More by Brad007
Photo of Mjoepp


2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep copper redish colour, one finger high white head after a violent pour.

S: Euro lagerish, malty and fresh.

T: Malty and some light hops. Some bitterness, probably because of the spicy food . Light carbonation.

O: Easy to drink, but boring after a while

Serving type: can

10-21-2010 21:36:06 | More by Mjoepp
Photo of Sunnanek


3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: can

10-21-2010 18:15:55 | More by Sunnanek
Photo of speter

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper color with a casky froth two-fingers thick that fades to a thin collar leaving small amounts of lace.

S: Biscuity malt and earthy English hops.

T: The front is biscuity with a touch of caramel. Just past the center, you get a blast of solid English hops along with ale yeast. The finish is nicely dry and bitter with overtones of apple.

M: Medium body and cask-like carbonation (which is to say, big-bubbled and slow).

D: A classic British session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 02:43:19 | More by speter
Photo of snogglethorpe


3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smallish but very fine and creamy head. Smell is subdued, but seems fine.

The initial impression is the very creamy and soft mouthfeel, followed by an up-front but delicate hop bitterness. It's very slightly sweet (though this is somewhat obscured the prominence of the hops), but not as obviously fruity as many English Pale Ales. There's a subtle mineral character as well. These tastes last for the entire glass -- it never gets watery, the whole way through it's "cream and hops."

Not complex or bold, but very very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2010 20:00:58 | More by snogglethorpe
Photo of rarbring


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

The beer is clear amber, with a white head that settles rather quickly, and leaves some lacing.

Sweet fruity smell, lemon and some hay. Rather weak.

Upfront tasting sweet, toffee, brown sugar, lemon and apples, a bitter finish.

Low carbonation, smooth and a dry finish.

Interestingly I found some differences between this Swedish can version and the English bottle version - to the English bottle's advantage.

Serving type: can

10-10-2010 08:05:56 | More by rarbring
Photo of ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A- This is crystal clear, and is a bronzed amber color. The head is not super thick or dense, but rather a foamy concoction that settles to a super white layer over the brew. The bubbles do cling to my pint glass very well and here is where they show how dense and small they really are. The carbonation within the beer looks very fine and it rises quite slowly upwards.

S- The aromas are deep and warm....primarily of bready yeast and biscuits. Caramel like malt is also detectable, mixed in with astringent bittering unripe banana peel. The finish is slightly floral, and of hop cones. Typical of the style and exactly what I was hoping for.

T- The flavors are an extension of the aromas, being that of caramelized malts, some tropical fruit, floral earthiness, and leafy bitterness on the finish, which lingers nicely on my palate after the swallow. If there is a slight disappointment, it's that it's not quite as dominant a flavor overall as I was hoping for.

M- Good medium bodied beer that really allows the character of the traditional hops that are used to shine. The carbonation is zingy for a second and then really mellows out, providing a cleaner, crisper version of a bitter than I'm used to but it's not offensive, just a little zippier.

D- This is a highly drinkable brew, and as per usual with English Bitters, I could enjoy this all night, with or without food to accompany it. Clean, refreshing, yet still does retain some smooth richness. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 04:24:13 | More by ChrisCage
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear copper colour with a very nice amount of head that leaves an attractive lace.

Aromas are the typical bready biscuity malts with a hint of earthy hops.

The taste has the typical bitter flavors, bready malts, earthly/woody hops; but overall the brew seems watered down to me. Like a diluted Fuller's ESB. I wonder if quality is an issue.

Fairly drinkable if you want an average bitter but overall nothing remarkable here, no need to search out or pay the inflated export price.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 15:38:28 | More by claspada
Photo of dqrull


4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear copper with a small white head that sticks lightly to the sides of the glass.

Smells of english herbal candy hops, light sweet butterscotch malt, smells quite full actually. At first I just got bready boring malt and cloying english hops, but the bread gave away for the most part, and the hops blends in quite well.

Taste starts off with hops, english herbal and earthy ones, backed up by a quite light maltiness that still provides sufficient body. Mid dark bread, and a slight soapy hint dominates, finishes off quite hoppy, but hardly any bitterness, pretty 'fast' ending of the experience though, a bit watery at the end.

Almost feels a bit undercarbonated to be honest, which makes it feel slightly watery, but it's not too bad.

Serving type: can

10-01-2010 19:41:44 | More by dqrull
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 02:47:56 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of prosper

Alberta (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice golden amber. Fairly low carbonation, so even a relatively vigorous pour results in a small wispy head. Spot on. Very very clear.

Smells of bready/biscuitty malt with a trace of roast, and a faint banana/apple/pear ester, and some malty or perhaps hoppy earthiness.

Taste is similar to the smell, but the malty character is much more pronounced. Hops are mainly limited to bittering.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, and the finish is crisp and bitter without being too resinous.

Drinkability is perfect. This is the ideal session beer IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 22:13:01 | More by prosper
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours an amber colour with a fair size foamy/fizzy off white head. There isn't much carbonation showing. There is also some decent lacing and the head lasted for a minute but then it was gone completely.

Smell - The beer smells of caramel, a grassiness, hops, apples, and a honey sweetness.

Taste & Mouth - the beer has a nice mouthfeel, smooth and creamy with a nice amount of carbonation. It isn't watery, but it also isn't full bodied. It has a pleasant non overpowering caramel and hops taste mixed with a honey
sweetness. It finishes with a mix of bitter hops and caramel aftertaste..

Drink - A nice moderately flavorful brew that would be decent for a session. It isn't overpowering, just a nice all around beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 00:15:10 | More by spinrsx
Photo of emerge077


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
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received a medium orange pint with a decent off-white head. No lacing.

Light toasted malt scents. Hard to get much else.

Transitional beer. Firm toasted malt forward, running to clean dark bread crust bitterness, to something tea like, finishing fruity -- tons of pear in this one. Simple but good.

Medium body and carbonation.

Overall, decent. The fruit was a nice surprise, and it was easy to drink. There are much better out there, but this isn't bad.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-29-2010 12:51:55 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of mike130

United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had some pretty bad memories of Pedigree, but the one I'm having now is enough for me to change my mind. Poured from a bottle into tall pint glass, it's a dark amber brown color and gets a nice big head. It dissipates quickly, but leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Smells like toffee and earthyness - not a big fan of the way most English ales smell, they always tend to remind me of eggs and don't have a very strong aroma.

The taste, however, is solid stuff - English biscuity malts and shortly thereafter a very earthy, grassy hit of hops. A bit low on the malt which is surprising for the style, but it is pretty well balanced nevertheless.

Feels quite creamy and smooth at first but the hops give it quite a dry character towards the end - very nice. Very good mouthfeel, carbonated just enough so it the end is dry, but not so much that it becomes a fizzy soda. Very drinkable, overall nothing amazing, but a solid English ale overall. Will have to try this on cask since I've previously been quite put off by Pedigree.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 16:10:51 | More by mike130
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2010 18:59:58 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of nickfl


3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: cask

07-22-2010 06:17:06 | More by nickfl
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 500 ml. bottle marked OAHK-04:54. Sampled on July 16, 2010. It pours a handsome looking amber-copper with about three-quarters of an inch of beige, silky head that lasts for quite some time. The aroma has a pleasing balance of creamy, caramel malts and English hops. The hops are steeped in bread and biscuit for afters. The mouthfeel falls in the medium territory but is has a smooth creaminess to it. Definitly an English style bitter in the classic sense with a sharp, but easy to drink finish. Ah yes, a nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 23:45:57 | More by puboflyons
Photo of 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
Photo of decimator

Ontario (Canada)

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

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear copper colour with a long lasting 3cm head and very good lacing is left behind.

S - Nice aroma of sweet malts, herbs, and sour fruits.

T - Mild caramel, hint of sour, some toast and nice hop bitter finish.

M - Creamy and smooth.

D - Quite enjoyable and easy to drink. A very Good Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 00:32:47 | More by decimator
Photo of johnmichaelsen


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
Photo of lacqueredmouse


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
Photo of crossovert


3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Pours a nice amber hue, quintessential crustal clear pale ale color. The head is big, fluffy, and white and it leaves some nice lacing as it recedes.

The smell is better than most english mild ales, it doesn't have too much of a vomit presence. The hops are still a bit farty but they have some nice acidity and spiciness to them.

The flavor is light, with a big mouthful of toasty grains followed by a pinch of bitterness. There is a definite mineral water quality to this, it isn't powerfully flavorful but the flavor is good for the style.

It is like drinking water, goes down smooth and easy, but the flavor is kind of weak. It has more character than most form this category but it still could have more.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 22:18:40 | More by crossovert
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Old gold to light copper in color, no haze. I'm not sure if Pedigree is filtered or not.

S: Fresh cut grass with a bit of carmelly/toffish malt coming through.

T: Dispite the lightish body it's surprisingly toffish and chewy with the hop dryness kicking in at the back end and stays pleasently herbally dry during the finish.

M: Light to light-medium in body. Typical in what i expect from a British Bitter/Pale Ale

D: Extreme drinkable. Can have lots of summer BBQ applications and can be quite a sociable beer.

Well the official beer of the English cricket team lives up to the hype i've been hearing about for years. It's nice to know that a beer that is still made traditionally can be not only a well loved beer but can be a marketing success.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 06:32:46 | More by Clutch28
Pedigree from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
82 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.