Pedigree | Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
England, United Kingdom
fullpint.co.uk

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pale / Fuggles, Golding

BEER STATS
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#38,641
Reviews:
232
Ratings:
355
pDev:
13.37%
 
 
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Reviews: 232 | Ratings: 355
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle conditioned, so a careful pour.
Pretty dark amber color, no head.
Caramel aroma, some sweet fruit, floral hops.
Taste follows the nose. Mostly caramel, faint cherry, late mild hop bitterness.
Light-bodied, easy drinking.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, deep golden amber coloration with a small, creamy head. Smells of sweet, grainy, caramel malt and lighter grassy, herbal hops. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by sweet, grainy, caramel malt and lighter grassy, herbal hops, with lighter notes of toffee, dark fruits and just a hint of coffee. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some grainy, herbal notes lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation. Quite a decent brew with a good balance and complexity, yet remains quite easy-drinking.

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Photo of jonb5
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber, slightly hazy, small tanned head faded quickly, not much lacing.

S: Earthy, barley.

T: Slightly sour cooking apples gave way to lingering, bitter finish.

M: Low carbonation, medium body.

O: A solid bitter, not particularly memorable.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Pours clear, copper in color with one third inch head. Taste is pale English malt, caramel, drak bread and earth. Medium light bodied, moderate carbonation, and sweet. Makes for a really good English bitter.

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Photo of monkist
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label says it's an amber ale, BA tells me it is an English Bitter... it is 4.5 and luckily enough this one is a bit less watery than its common counterparts, although this one is also watery in it's character - is this how English Bitters are supposed to be? Slightly bitter and more than medium carbonated, and though malty and biscuity, it is somehow a bit dry in the end. Not bad, but by now I know that English Bitters aren't my favorite type of beer...

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Can't tell how fresh the bottle was but there was not the slightest amount of hoppiness or bitterness in this beer. The aroma is of honey and the taste is much like water with honey and some bubbles. Not appetizing at all.

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Photo of JonnyGoldsbrough
2.96/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Marston's Pedigree Amber Ale | Bottle | 4.5%

Bottle conditioned. Brewers says to look for biscuity hops, spice & fruit.

L3.
Amber as described. Not much else to say.
S3.75
Very subtle. Sweet & malty, like a friendly bourbon.
T2.5
No huge flavours. Hops come through slightly. Rather bland.
F2.5
Watery somehow.
O3
Pretty drinkable but lacking character. Not getting the promised spice or fruit, but the hops do shine through.

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Photo of Douggie53
4.78/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If you're a bitter drinker, you'll like this. Not going to bore you with 'complex flavours', 'hints of this' and 'notes of that'. Not too hoppy, and full of flavour if served by a pub which looks after its pipes. Very smooooth! If you check my reviews all 'decent' beers aren't too hoppy and 'citrusy' I can do without.... just add lemon if you like that.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 500 mL bottle into a pint glass, copper colored with a large white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: heavy malt, Burton water, light hop

T: malt up front with nice bitter hops, slightly bready, traditional British hop flavor, slight oak

M: medium with lower carbonation

O: good quality pale ale

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Photo of brainwilson
3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This has a great color, but very little aroma to speak of. It has a good mouthfeel, but it is a bit heavy on the carbonation. The taste is nice enough, but nothing spectacular and a very faintly skunky undertone (probably just this particular bottle). Overall, I found this a decent ale--smooth and enjoyable, but nothing particularly exciting.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Glad that I could try this classic again.
For those who expect foam and lace, this is a disappointment. But, I am a fan of ambers and this is a pretty good Looker. Crystal clear. Smells are mostly malts offering a mild fruitiness. Tastes.... so now I remember how this Burton-on-Trent minerals work. Almost a delightful change, although I'd have to get used to it. I like how Pedigree sits subtly in my mouth... although I'll admit that heavy hops can be more stimulating. My bottle had the retro label from when Pedigree was introduced.
How far they have come.

This is my only beer from Marston's, so I went on their website. And well.... I had no idea they were such a big, diversified deal. Some 1542 pubs that produces some 80% of their revenue. And I thought they were just the 19th Century brewing innovator that other brewers stole ideas from. Turns out they own some eight brewers (most I've heard of) and are listed on the London Stock Exchange. Now that I know what a big deal they are, maybe I should stop by and have some real cask conditioned ale.

For a longer perspective on Marston's history, read about Pedigree as reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!" Pedigree also is on the list of "1001 Beers To Drink Before You Die" and deserves to be on the list for what has evolved from it.

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Photo of stevoj
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle review; First impression is that this is bland. Aroma is faint, but appearance is pretty good, amber color with decent foamy head. Taste is hops and light malt. Finish is dry and abrupt.
Cask: review Lovely, thick creamy pour, head took some time to settle, and still a thick coating of cream remained. Gentle malt aroma and taste, velvety smooth body. Excellent pub quaff

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Photo of Dentist666
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint.
Clear copper beer with 2-finger off-white head, good retention.
Smell - rubber, metallic, biscuity, fruity.
Taste - toasted malts, biscuity, fruity esters, herbal hops.
Smooth, soft carbonation, light body.
Overall - good, but with poor aroma.

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Photo of Spike
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml, bottle conditioned.
A beautiful amber ale in the traditional style with low carbonation and minimal head. Little nose to speak of but the flavour is soft caramel balanced by bitter, grassy hops. Mouthfeel is clean and smooth. Marston's Pedigree is a classic English bitter in the traditional style. Low ABV, lightly fruity, very smooth, dry, super refreshing.

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Photo of Tone
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, hint of hop, slight caramel malt, and metallic. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, hint of hop, slight caramel malt, and metallic. Overall, good appearance, but metallic aroma and body dominates and hurts the beer.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colour with a small off white head. Light biscuity aromas with notes of fruity esters, well balanced. Soft smooth carbonation, lightly slick and light-medium bodied. Some sweetness and light fruity flavours. Finishes a bit mineral dry.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Last units in Hipercor. In Duvel glass. Playing Memoria. Nice beer. Very balanced but nothing amazing. Low alcohol makes it a good beer to drink in big quantities. Avg 3.1

25 Feb 2017: From Costco. In Ikea's pint glass. At lunch, with dorada + rice with meat. After futsal match. Very pleasant caramelish, with soft notes from the oak that combine really well and makes provides an original and distinguished touch. Avg 4.5

28 Jun 2018. From Lidl. In Ikea's pint glass. At lunch, with breaded chicken steaks. More flat than i remembered. Didnt detect any wood, just light caramel notes, some minerality and well adjusted bitterness

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of head on a clear medium straw body.
The aroma is dry grain.
The taste is mild sweet, dark fruits with a touch of lemon.
The texture is smooth with low carbonation.
Nice.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The Pedigree is a decent english style pale ale. It Pours a amberish clear with frothy white head that is lacing. The scent carries an interesting malt character. The taste is very smooth has a light bitterness to it that is masked by the malt. The Mouthfeel is ok...the absence of carbonation is always touchy. Nonetheless I am glad to have the opportunity to have tried it.

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Photo of Matteos
5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I grew up near Burton. The greatest area of brewing known to the world (look up the Burton method). The greatest beer known to the world was the now defunct burton ale. This is the runner up. It doesn't travel well. Drink it at the source in burton. It is one of the greatest beers in the world.

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Photo of DiUr
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass. Dark amber with a thin head that dissapears fast while leaving little to none lacing.

The smell is earthy biscuits, caramel and red apple. The aroma is soft at the begining so the beer has to warm to get it right. I also find this biscuitty character in other ales from Marstons.

Taste is slightly roasted malts and discreet hops (Fuggles and Golding), which keep working along the whole sip. Not fruity or sweet, just a hint. Even a bit salty.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth and slightly crisp. It finishes dry long, with hops going up in the end. The bottle brought some lively carbonation which dissipated fast.

I didn´t notice this could be interesting in previous tastings. Not near a London Pride but still coming on it´s own. tiA bit watery and bland, like other ales from Marston´s, but honest and surely true to the style. Those waters at Burton on Trent, English hops and malts, are very well balanced and i could have this again.

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Photo of rangerred
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a nonic.

Pours a hazy dark copperish-brown with a thick half finger white head. Very good head retention that stays in place for a long time after the pour.

Aroma is loaded with toffee and caramel with a heavy dose of grassy hops. While nothing spectacular it is exactly on par with what the style should be.

The flavor adheres to the style just as well as the aroma. Loads of toffee and caramel but it is not too sweet. I feel the hops stand out a bit more here lending a mild, light bitterness to balance out the maltiness. The toffee turns into a bit of dark rye bread towards the finish with a touch of roast. Slightly sticky mouthfeeel with bitterness lingering through the finish.

Overall, this is a very well done English Bitter. Better than many bitters that come to the USA and I would absolutely love to have this out of a cask one day.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $4.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours an ok head that is gone in 60sec

S- Ok at best

T- See above and a bit of hops. Fuggles

M- Dry and good

O- Ok at best. Not my cup of tea.

Food Pairing

With this weak beer a food pairing is tough... Try... Quiche

Enjoy

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. ½ pt glass. Earthy & caramel notes as cap is removed. Copper color, chill haze appearance. Off-white medium bubbled froth creates close crown showing fairly good retention & leaving rocky rings. Slight sulfur, wet stone, caramel, slight wood & piney aromas. Sweetish upfront yields to nutty bitterness, slightly grassy & mineralized notes. Medium body. Moderate to low carbonation. Oily to watery texture. Controlled bitterness by malty bed, slight caramel & earthy flavors linger into a dry bitter finish. Biscuit & mild toasted hues on the aftertaste. Nice Session beer.

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Photo of 12SteveS
4.7/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When Marston's Pedigree is done well, served in a crisp, fresh glass, poured by someone who knows what they are doing, and is kept well, it is one of the finest beers you can savor. Whenever I have a pint of this freshly served from an English pub and it is done right, I truly believe at that time it is the finest of ALL beers. A grand statement, so I better back it up.

As it is plonked down on the bar there is the delight of wonderful cascades flowing down the glass. By the time I get to my seat it has settled into a warm, golden colored ale with a good half inch head. The first sip, usually a big sip, doesn't usually reveal too many of the beers bitter, or more fruity notes. But about half way down, wow. Suddenly the beer comes alive and reasserts itself at the top of the drinkability board. It has a really smooth finish that makes for easy drinking. And fast drinking if your not careful. Or you are careful! I usually find 3 or 4 pints of this ale starts the night off splendidly. As I say, if this beer is done right and looked after and poured well, it is the best. But a bad Pedigree, that hasn't been stored right, or is poured badly, or even chilled(!) ruins the flavors of this excellent English ale. There is no real smell as I find; slight, and only very slight fruity notes, but mostly a light hoppy style of aroma. This is a truly remarkable beer. I find this beer is at it's best when served from an old fashioned pump in an English pub. The canned variety doesn't quite work for me. Although I wouldn't refuse a 4 pack.

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Pedigree from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 355 ratings