Marston's Plc.

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English Pale Ale
Ranked #160
Ranked #43,542
3.58 | pDev: 13.69%
Marston's Plc.
England, United Kingdom
Notes: Pale / Fuggles, Golding
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Reviews by Bierschenker:
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3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I've been picking these up from the bargain bin for three weeks now at my local Lidl. Seems my majority muslim neighbours don't like their English ales. Opening one or two after work. No expectations, thought it was a Lidl contract brew.

Develops a nice caramel coloured head for a Brit, but looks a bit like liquid soap foam.
Very faint odours, need to inhail deep to get any sensation. I get some malty caramel, clearly sweet and herby.
Colour is a copper red seethrough.
Taste is weak. sweet caramel tries to mask a metallic sensation. Upcoming aftertaste saves this beer. Becomes drier, more bitter and hints of yeast. Resembles the sensation in the mouth after eating hazelnuts.
Aftertaste is dry and bitter hops, bit of yeast, with malty caramel playing as wel. Not unpleasent at all.

Perfect for an afterwork drinker in front of the tv.

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More User Reviews:
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

cdwil from Texas, Dec 29, 2011
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3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Having a vivid memory of this in its prime when Pedigree was brewed by an independent Martons, I've long avoided reviewing this easy to find beer. But as Rod Stewart once said, tonight's the night.

Initially quite encouraging as it gives an effortless big glossy white head on top of an attractive clear copper crown. The overly domination of maltiness is there from begininng to end with some fleeting moments of faint apple fruit but the trademark nuttiness and cox's apple is really no where to be seen. Just lots of crystaline malt and thickness which ends on a bit of a cutting note at the end and down the throat.

Lacks identity, development and the all important doting care from the brewery. Very much a case now of stack'em high, sell'em cheap and keep the cookie cutter rolling.

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Zimbo from United Kingdom (Scotland), Apr 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

mrfrancis from Kentucky, Jul 09, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

carborundum from New York, Jun 10, 2015
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3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes during a trip to Glasgow in January 2011. Served from a cask into a pint glass in the Bon Accord pub.

A: Bubble show is rare in a pale ale, but this one has one. The show resolves to a cloudy hazy lingering white-tan in the middle, with a clear gold copper colour in the bottom. The head is thick and has cream. Appealing.

Sm: Fresh barley, malt. Light scent. Hard to detect individual notes with my broken nose.

T: Holy cream, batman! The cream on the finish is absolutely wonderful, almost comparable to the cream of Belhaven. The body, however, is lacking: it's a standard mashup of the usual suspects - which is a bit bland. Let me reiterate that the finish is postively lovely-like.

Mf: So light, so delightfuckingly smooth. Rolls down the tongue; you bask in its creamy goodness.

Dr: A wonderful example of cream done right, kind of a kilkenny meets belhaven, but sadly lacking in the body. I'd recommend it to fellow brewers just to see how creamy it is, but I wouldn't order it again at Glasgow prices. Lacks the usual bitterness of pale ales, which is actually quite nice in this case.

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kojevergas from Colorado, Mar 08, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank this in front of the fire while reading the paper.

The color is amber, on the light side.

Aroma is pleasant, but not very noteworthy, smells mildly of hops and malts.

Taste is easy, mostly malt with a shade of hops.

Very easy to drink, so high on the drinkability scale. Feels fine in the mouth, not thick but you know it's there.

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3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Transparent amber with one finger, foamy white head.

S: similar to other English ales. Bitter hops.

T: Very simple flavor going on. Bitter like Grolsch or Heineken.

M: Light body and medium carbonation.

O: Nothing special. Run of the mill English Ale.

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camil1mj from Michigan, Jun 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

mungus from Australia, Nov 21, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

blange3 from New Jersey, Apr 29, 2014
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3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2011 and an ABV of 5%.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass - a nice deep amber colour with good carbonation. Thick creamy head that remains for several minutes before subsiding. Malty aroma and something like alcohol (diacetyl?); not much by way of hops. Notes of caramel and toffee.

Taste is somewhat malty with mild bitterness. No real hop flavours to be noted. Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit oily - feels like the tongue is coated with something slippery. Vaguely unpleasant aftertaste.

An OK ale, but rather bland. I won't be drinking this on a regular basis.

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jazzyjeff13 from United Kingdom (England), Jan 18, 2011
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3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My bottle listed 5% abv & not the 4.5% listed here.

Reddish amber with a very small, bubbly white head & lots of bubbles through the pint.

Malts & caramel on the nose with a fruity kind of smell blended in as well. Rather pleasant, especially the fruit like aroma.

Has a sort of sweet taste with a spicy hop flavour mixed in. Hints of the fruit as well.

Medium bodied and smooth with mild carbonation & a dry aftertaste.

Quite a pleasant ale although nothing to write home about, just a solid pale ale with no real negative aspects.

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flyingpig from United Kingdom (Scotland), Jan 13, 2011
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3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First time trying this one, freshly poured bottle, 5.0% ABV, BB date of September 2011.

Pours a nice, fiery, amber-copper tone with a rich and frothy white head that leaves some generous lacing.

Remarkably fresh aroma for a months-old import. Nothing surprising here given the use of Fuggles and Golding hops, but the aroma is deep and rich, well-balanced between malt and hops with wood, fresh river water and grains. Very nice.

The taste is also rich and malty, punctuated by a very creamy mouthfeel. The bitterness may be a bit lopsided, not overpowering, but appearing more in the finish than throughout the taste.

I get a resin-syrup type aftertaste, meaning I'd probably never have more than one or two in a session. It does feel a bit heavy overall, but I'll definitely try it again.

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bryehn from Ontario (Canada), Jan 14, 2011
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3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, consumed Jan 2011, BBE 31 Dec 2011.

A - Amber coloured beer with a decent head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a moderate amount of lacing.

S - Gentle pleasant smell of malts with a little hops.

T - A sweet taste with some gentle hop bitterness.

M - Mild carbonation, smooth feel with a dry finish.

D - Very smooth and drinkable, definitely a session beer.

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Wattsox from United Kingdom (Northern Ireland), Jan 08, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

dipso123 from Oregon, Sep 06, 2013
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3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml can poured into a pint glass by freshness date.

Attractive showcase with clear mahogany/copper hue with massive creamy and silky head, it slightly dissipates then everlastingly stands to the last sip. Good lacing stick, low carbonation.

The smell contains barley malt with hint of somewhat roasted, slight caramel, mild fruity, tea and hop.

Kick off by malt and caramel, bitterness from hop gradually reveals with a moderate kick from the middle until finish, roasted trait which is slight astringent also lay subdued.

The body is light with light carbonated mouthfeel and dry finish.

Very easy to go beer, a good start for getting in this style as well as no offensive to revisit.

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Everydayoff from Thailand, Apr 15, 2011
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3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

TheBeeraholic from Ontario (Canada), Jun 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

JohnQVD from New York, Aug 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

CwrwAmByth from United Kingdom (England), Mar 21, 2014
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2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

desint from Belgium, Aug 18, 2019
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3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, deep copper with a foamy tan head which settles to a frothy cap and leaves generous lacing.

S: Slightly bready malts, toffee, grassy hops, and a pronounced mineral scent. Faint hints of roasted malts.

T: Toffee and particularly biscuity malts, with just a hint of honey and overall sweetness. The Fuggles hops are much more pronounced in the taste - grassy, fruity, and slightly spicy - and work with some roasted malt undertones to provide balancing bitterness.

M: The mouthfeel is nothing short of silken: smooth carbonation, light body, and a clean finish.

D: A solid, downright archetypal example of the English Pale Ale, but only really distinguished by its exceptional mouthfeel. It may be the most sessionable EPA I've had yet.

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Kartoffeln from Ontario (Canada), May 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

oldp0rt from Quebec (Canada), Mar 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
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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Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 363 ratings