Pedigree | Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.

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Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pale / Fuggles, Golding

Added by xlperro on 01-29-2002

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Photo of Offa
4.89/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an outstanding, classic English pale ale.

Copper amber, it has a medium-big off-white head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and has some lace.

Aroma is very nice, full-bodied and complex - ripe apples, baked apples, caramelised bread crust, hitns of mineral, wood, earth, pine.

Taste is nice jammy-juicy-caramelly-toasted-bread sweetness, hint of apple, faintly spicy earthy wood bitterness to balanced. It has strong freshly baked bread with topasted crust, slightly caramelised, in the finish along with some jammy-earhty-woody spicy bitterness. It is wonderful, complex, full-bodied, yet easy to drink and light, a classic English ale.

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Photo of 12SteveS
4.7/5  rDev +30.2%
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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Photo of fx20736
4.64/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500 mL bottle bought from beers of the world on 12 514.
Poured into a nonic served chilled.

Appearance:dark honeycomb Amber murky and turbid with a off-white had that
leaves creamy lacing.

Smell: classic quality English pale ale aroma of Ridgemont fruitiness and earth
the hops spot on, awesome!

Taste: follows the smell exactly. This is a top-notch Ale; well crafted tasty
malt is definitely dominant like an ESB. Bitterness is subtle and restrained and
provides a Rudder to the boat.

Mouth feel quality soft

Overall the label says official Ale of England and it might as well be this is an
excellent example of the style and the brewery is from Burton upon Trent so the
water that goes into this Clearly is one of the stars here.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
4.6/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Source/Serving: bottle, fresh

S: Mossy, herbal and green apple. Iced tea and plastery (gypsum). Light toast and lilies.

T: A nice balanced brew. Floral, herbal hops up front riding over a solid backbone of bright heirloom malts, which are quite intense for a 4.5% brew. Crisp and dry with light toffee fruitiness. The middle is biscuit, pie crust, apple with tea-like maltiness which is surrounded by an intense plaster mineral quality. Moderate slick nuttiness. Body is fuller than expected for the low gravity and satisfying. High carbonation from the bottle, but its still soft and I like it. Hits on all notes, sweet, dry, mineral and bitter (herbal) and is nicely balanced. Light sulfur. Finish is earthy sulfur, plaster, wild herb, tea, with light orange.

Notes: An outstanding, complex English session ale.

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Photo of prosper
4.57/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.55/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Voonder for including this in a trade!

Best by 22 April 09:

Pours bright orange amber with a thick off-white head that has great retention and leaves trailing lace sticking to the glass.

The smell is nutty and caramelish with some subtle lemon, earthy tones and a red apple-like fruitiness.

The taste is nutty and caramel-ish with an earthy spicing adn a hint of red apple. Some woody/oaky dryness finishes it off. Very well-balanced with maltiness, leafy bitterness, an apple-like fruitiness and an oaky dryness.

It is velvety, creamy smooth with a touch of butter. Full-bodied for the style, abv, and intended "drinkability"/"sessionability". I think it hits on body/feel perfectly.

I really have to save up my money to go to England, to experience this "on-cask". Wonderful "sessionability" with subtle, yet complex aroma and flavors.

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Photo of Daredevil
4.55/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

being labelled 'exceptional premium ale' sounds a bit odd, however an expectional brew this definitely is ... a typical Burton ale, not very rich, not very fruity, not very sweet, not very dry ... however all nots in a perfect and very soft harmony ...if Bass is one of the best large quantity ales this one does even better ....

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Photo of jneiswender
4.53/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 1.9 ounce bottle into a pint glass
pores and Amber body with an off white head
well carbonated beer
smells like hard candy and a nice floral
Woodsy smell nice on the pallet fairly well balanced and well layered beer
I would drink this beer again

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Photo of josanguapo
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Brad007
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A great, classic Burton Union beer.

Pours a hazy amber with a light head.

The nose is biscuity with some light floral hops.

The taste is classic- very smooth British style, with floral gentle hops up front, very dry and restrained and crisp. Slight wood notes on the finish.

Mouthfeel is very dry and a little bit creamy.

Extremely drinkable- a very well done session beer.

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Photo of ToneControl
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pleasingly, Pedigree Cask is much better than the bottled version. Unfortunately, it does not always travel well. I come from Staffordshire, and I pretty much gave up on this beer when I moved to Manchester.

I still don't drink the bottled version, but now I've moved nearer to Staffordshire, my new local sells good pedigree, and it is a great beer when kept well.

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Photo of putnam
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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Photo of gory4d
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing as a Burton Ale.

Pours a ruddy orange with a loose two-finger head; nice cap, lots of lacing. The smell is buttery oak, clover, rising dough. The taste is a lot of biscuit up front, some buttery notes, a sharp wood sorrel zing, and a mellow oak undertone right through. It's moderately carbonated, medium in body, a little viscous on the palate. A very nice Burton ale, one that I will return to from time to time.

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Photo of Darkale
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
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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Photo of canucklehead
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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Photo of diablo14
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a truly wonderful english ale just made for quaffing! while slightly pricey here, sometimes im willing to lash out on a half dozen just coz its hard to get a beer you can drink so easily without compromising the flavors.

with a subtle light amber color with a clean white head, its nothing spectacular in appearance. the nose doesnt jump right out at you, there are hints of malt, oak and citrus. its in the flavor that pedigree makes its mark. it starts of with a malty blast that blends delightfully into woody overtones with hints of dried forest berries, and finishes with a bitter yet smooth zesty element of orange and lemon peel. it surprised me considering i found the smell a little underwhelming. as with most english ales, the nose does improve as it warms, and even moreso the taste.

the poms really know how to brew a beer that you can drink a few of without getting too toasted, and marstons pedigree is heading the list. the bottle says better brewed in wood, and to me its no idle boast. its also great to see a brewery of their standing not just maintain but develop the traditions of brewing (the burton union style) with an absloute pearler of a brew here.

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Photo of obrendano
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a little odd giving a 5 overall score for a beer with no other 5's, but I'll get to that

A - light golden orange body, foamy head that leaves some nice rings with each sip

S - pungent light malt smell, a bit of hoppy aroma is detected as well, but in the background

T - biscuity malt body with light butter and caramel tones over it. just enough hops to balance and give a moderate depth and a very slight bite

M - middle of the road in heaviness, just about right for the style.

O - this aspect I gave a 5 due to style concerns. this beer embodies in every way why I love getting down with a good, basic English ale every once in a while. they are often balanced perfectly, taste soft and subtle, and go with just about any food you might be eating at the time. it's a great style to have when you just want to drink a good, solid beer, and not shell out a ton of money for something that's hopped to high hell, aged in some over the top manner and $15 a bottle.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle, good to see this back in the States, I don't think I've had this since 2006, into an Imperial Pint glass, glad to know it'll be real fresh,

A: Pours a clear burnt amber with a medium white head. Good retention, solid spotty lace.

S: Bread, minerality, sea air, light but very much to style.

T: Solid English malt flavour with some spicy grassy hop notes. Great secondary sulfur and green apple flavours, hard water, hallmark Burton.

M: Crisp, smooth, vibrant carbonation. Sparkling.

D: A classic of English brewing, I'm delighted to see it back. Good now, but begs to be on cask.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.19/5  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!

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Photo of malty
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.16/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of sponberg
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of CrazyMike
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber brown appearance with a small amount of bubbly head that disappears quickly but leaves decent retention. Has a brown sugar smell with a hint of malt and bread and nuts.

Taste is sweet is similar to the smell, brown sugar, barley and bread; picked up some bitter hops, caramel, roasted malt and grass as well. Light bodied with light carbonation. Has a bitter, caramel aftertaste.

Overall; very tasteful Pale Ale, but at the same time balanced and easy to drink. While there’s the problem that there’s no strong features to it, I think it’s almost a staple for English Ales. Definitely worth a try.

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