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Marston's EPA - Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.

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Marston's EPAMarston's EPA

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Reviews: 13
Hads: 39
Avg: 3.31
pDev: 16.01%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  3.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rarbring on 08-05-2011

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Reviews: 13 | Hads: 39
Photo of beerinabottle
4.75/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pleasantly surprised as previous experience of Marstons (and many English ales) has been disappointing. Light golden brown with good head and lacing. Nice balance of malt and hops. Sessionable on a hot summers day.

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Photo of jonb5
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Half litre bottle, poured into pint glass. Golden colour, clear, medium head, decent retention + lacing, looked quite lively. Aroma was hoppy citrus. Had a delicate balanced citrus taste with hints of cork and a wheaty finish, good character for the ABV. Crisp body, light texture. Very nice session beer, great to throw back on a hot afternoon.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.69/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from a mixed pack; best before July 31 2015. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a bright, clear golden-yellow colour, packed with many dazzling streams of bubbles zipping their way to the surface, which is where one finger of soapy, white froth is seated. It fades quickly over the next minute or two, leaving behind a bubbly film and collar with a bit of lace. The aroma is mild and balanced, comprised of hints of bready malt, honey, butterscotch, citrus peel and apple skin.

Pretty straightforward, but the flavour profile has a nice balance and intensity for such a light brew. The malts start off a bit grainy, with toffee sweetness and a nutty note following up mid-sip. The citrusy hops combine with a leafy, lightly earthy bitterness in the tail end that lingers only briefly on the palate before fading into a dry aftertaste. Light-bodied, with relatively assertive carbonation that provides this English ale with a crisp, lively, but smooth mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable.

Final Grade: 3.69, a B grade. Marston's EPA is a pleasant little session ale with a flavour profile that is considerably bigger than its abv would suggest. Nothing fancy about this one; just a clean malt profile and some nice, citrusy, leafy hops, with a crisp, clean mouthfeel. I don't think this one is worth seeking out, but it makes for a worthy addition to this sampler pack - if it's available and the price is reasonable, give this one a shot. Much better than Pedigree, IMHO.

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Photo of rarbring
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown and clear this brew is. Off-white head with little lacing it has.

Smelling weakly of nuts, honey and apples.

The taste has sweet brown bread in the start, then ripe pears, nuts and some fresh grass.

Little carbonation, a watery/refreshing feeling, a small body and a dry finish.

This is the best 3.6% beer I think I have tried - so far.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a Golden clear body with nice bold big bubbled white head.

Nice full on aromas of hops, golden syrup, apple peel and slight hints of petrol.

Big hop hits in the taste as well biting and bitter, citrus sharpness and honey tartness, very little in sweet tastes with an understated peppery finish.

Very light feeling and well executed with the carbonation.

Easy drinking, crisp bitter tasting sessionable ale, a little samey though considering how many Pale Ale's Marston's are churning out at the moment.

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Photo of biegaman
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Marston's EPA (English Pale Ale) is actually extremely pale by English standards - caramelly amber is typically and traditionally what passes for "pale" in those parts. This, however, is the colour of a lemon and, while hazy, has an anemically light tone indeed. As for head, it's thin and tight-fitting as stockings.

English and American pale ales are often so vastly different that it's hard to lump them together. For one thing, the emphasis on hops is different; U.S brewers intensify every last fruity, earthy, or piny drop out of the little cones whereas British brewers sometimes neglect to even hint at their inclusion.

Not just the quantity, but often the quality of hops also distinguishes the two styles. Generally speaking, Americans favour citrus and resins while Brits tend to lean more earthy and floral. Marston's EPA has aromatics that accord with this generalization except that it also contains a trace of lemon zest.

Unfortunately, though each sip starts on that bright, crisp citrusy note it ultimately ends with a bland, basically void flavour and a texture that makes one feel as though they were just chewing on cardboard. OK, that may be a little harsh, but there's truthfully not much else to describe it by.

I've tried so many stale, bastardized exported English pale ales that I've developed an instinctive dislike of them. Given Marston's disappointing track record I'm unsurprised to find this one was no different. A fresh cask on the other side of the pond probably tells a different story - and if so I'll write a separate review for that - but this version left something to be desired.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12th May 2012 saw me on a pub crawl of Shrewsbury: third pub was ‘The Old Post Office’ and a hand pulled pint of this.

Golden look to it, with a small white crown on top.

Nose was fairly sweet: caramel and toffee being the maltiness I picked up (just like the bottled version).

Bitter more than smooth in the taste and mouth feel, fruit malty biscuits giving some sweetness.

Good depth of flavours and body strength for a 3.6% offering. Better all round than the bottled version.

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Photo of BigBry
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While visiting friends in England, of course we had to try some real ales from hand pump.

Ordered this lower alcohol offering with our meal, proper pint glass, cellar temperature.
Golden yellow color, with a small white cap on top.
Fairly sweet aroma of caramel and or toffee malt. Taste started more on the fruity, sweet side but the hoppiness did come out in the end to balance. Easy drinking blend of biscuit malt and bittering hops. Smooth mouthfeel, good level of carbonation keep it from being to filling.
Lots of flavor and with a low, 3.6% I see how this could easily be consumed regularily and often. Another good English Pale Ale.

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Photo of chinchill
3.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle consumed in Largoward, Fife nearly 1 year before the BB date of 31 March 2016.
Looks, smell and tastes light but has medium-high carbonation. Flavor is about equally hoppy and malty but the aroma is a bit more malty.

O: a light bitter disguised as a lager.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3/5  rDev -9.4%

A – Golden in the glass with a good effervescent fizz and a decent head but only minimal lacing.
S – There is a definite hint of peach from this lovely little Pale Ale along with some caramel and bitter hop aroma.
T – The taste is very smooth but that is not to say it has no character. There is the slightest hint of citrus from this one and there is a sharp after taste as a result but this is a nice surprise as the initial hit was so smooth.
MF – Medium body and mild carbonation along with a bitter and dry finish
O – A decent little Ale which goes very well with Chinese foods or any spicy dish.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.76/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

500ml bottle from Home Bargains (£1.09):
Light golden amber colour with a clear body and a thin, foamy looking, white lacing on top.

Earthy hops and lighter, caramel malts plus some mild fruit and a touch of bitterness towards the end. Quite light and basic on the nose. There was also some light citrus.

Strong malty taste dominating along with some earthy malts from the nose. There are light touches of both caramel and bitterness with a background, light fruity taste.

Smooth with a medium body and mild carbonation along with a bitter and dry finish that is complimented by the faintest of citrus tangs.

Pretty basic and run-of-the-mill pale ale that is a not bad alternative as a weaker, relatively low strength ale but that's about it really. It came across as pretty ordinary with nothing more than some basic malts and earthy hops.

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Photo of dwren89
2.61/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: yellow with slight orange-hue, white fizzy head, good clarity

Aroma: citrus and pine hit the nostrils first, but then give way to more biscuity pale malt character

Taste: Piney and citrus with biscuity malt character, mine had a slight funk to it though. Possibly a little skunked because it came in a clear glass bottle. Sharp citrus finish that is also a little soapy

Mouthfeel: Light -medium body, fizzy, fairly carbonated

Overall impression: Not great overall. Citrus and pine hop character with biscuity pale malt, but mine was a little skunked and a little soapy tasting. I probably would not buy this again.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.46/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2012. Picked up cheap from a B&M store in Leeds.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear golden colour with low carbonation and some floating particles. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before subsiding. Aroma of harsh stewed hops and overcooked veg, accomanied by a faint hint of malt and a significant dose of buttery diacetyl. A sulphurous whiff in the background. Not very impressive.

Tastes of light malt with a harsh bitter finish. Notes of stewed hops, overcooked veg and background diacetyl. Very dry, with considerable bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly. Rather astringent. A harsh bitter aftertaste - the hops are overdone.

Not particularly good. The harsh bitterness is unpleasant, and the light malt doesn't stand up to it. The fairly intense diacetyl is also a glaring flaw. No aromatic hop aromas to round out the character. All in all, not a great ale - give it a miss.

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Marston's EPA from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
79 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.