Pedigree | Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.

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Brewed by:
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

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Reviews: 221 | Ratings: 314
Photo of Crotor
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Despite the fermentation in oak casks, I detected little oak character in this beer aside from a lingering and bizarre bitterness at the very end. It might have manifested slightly in the aroma, which was otherwise comprised of slight and mellow apple esters, a subdued floral aroma, and the slightest astingency - ultimately an unimpressive bouquet.

The appearance was equally unimpressive: cloudy amber with an anaemic, white head that lasted all of 10 seconds before collapsing. There was no lacing whatsoever. My empty imperial pint glass looks sparklingly clear...

The taste was average and reserved for a British pale ale/bitter. The hop/malt balance was expert, but otherwise the taste profile was uninteresting, being characterized only by perhaps a slight, typically Brittish, diacetyly roundness.

I *did* like the low carbonation and med-low body of this beer - these qualities made for a good mouthfeel and drinkability. Because of this, Pedigree could've been a contender for a "session beer." However, there are oh so many other excellent "session beers" out there that, in addition to being delightfully easy to drink, are also thoroughly interesting. Pass me a Sam Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale...

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Photo of granger10
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a brownish/amber hue with a smaller than expected white head. Not much lacing. Carbonation is lower than I expected. Smell was quite fruity and yeasty. Taste seemed to be very light at first but then the flavors opened up the more I drank it. Fruity flavors mainly apple is what I noticed. These fruity flavors didn't seem coming from the malts but rather from the yeast. Slight caramel and earthy flavors seem to be what's coming from the malts. Hops become more apparent the more I drank this beer but it never really becomes too bitter (maybe I'm too used to those American IPA's). The balance and drinkability in this beer is extroadinary. The body is light but I do notice a slight roasty, woodsy element to it. This is a beer I could drink all night long at an English pub.

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Photo of Doiv
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have only tried this beer in bottles, and it tastes darker than it looks. It is quite a pale brown, slightly red, and actually looks worryingly gassy.
Despite lots of bubbles and a large head, this beer was nice and palatable. The smell is unlike that of an ale – it is not dissimilar, in fact, to a lager. The taste, however, is very much that of a reasonable session bitter. Warm, with a hint of caramel, and quite malty. The head is moderate in lifespan, and this ale is good in mouthfeel.

The drinkability is lowered slightly for its heaviness, but a very good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of sponberg
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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 Shiredave
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer all around. Golden amber color, steady carb, sparse white head. Earthy British hop aromas. Slighty roasty and woody as the label claims.
Fruity flavors with good balance of hop flavors and bittering. Good depth and body for a light ale. Finish is dry and makes one look for another.
This beer makes the claim of being " Brewed in Oak". I belive they mean fermented, which I suppose IS part of brewing. The bottle banner attempts to explain the uniquness of this beer in this way:
Pedigree is brewed in oak casks. This means it tastes better. Oak casks produce a unique variety of yeast which mellows the flavor , ( wtf???) giving Pedigree a light, fresh taste, a smooth strength and character apart from all other premium beers.
Does the yeast live in the casks? Premium beers? I guess that means something else in the UK. I was just a bit insulted by that label, so simplistic and silly sounding. Beers good tho!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured medium copper/amber with a very slight hazy. The head was white and fell quickly to the edges of the surface, but laced the glass.

The aroma was fruity and yeasty. Also present was a mineral component and slight caramel. The hops began to show in the aroma as the beer warmed.

The flavor was slightly sweet on first tasting, but then evolved into well bittered fullness of flavor.

The finish was dry, and just slightly bitter into the aftertaste. The body was medium.

16.9 ounce bottle.

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Photo of malty
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
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 BeerManDan
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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 putnam
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
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 GreenCard
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best-by date: June 30, 2004...

Appearance: brown color, good clarity, a thin layer of off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin crown

Aroma: light caramel and slight roastiness, a touch of malt and a slight woodiness, some hops, burnt biscuits, bubblegum fruitiness

Flavor: somewhat malty with a tannic bitterness, dryish flavor and a bitter aftertaste, some fruitiness in the finish, oaky, a touch of acidity

Mouthfeel: medium body, terse carbonation, a bit astringent

Overall Impression: Though it is not highly complex, it is quite a nice beer. The bitterness from the hops and the oak is quite assertive, so it really perks up the tastebuds.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a pint of this at the halfway house in North Camden Town in London. This ale was a light creamy colour with a nice white head. The taste was a nice light blend of honeyed hops and malts. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and the drinkability is nice.

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle.

This is one easy drinker.

It pours a very nice burnt orange color. A slight hazy appearance. A nice frothy white head that disappears too quickly. It does leave behind some nice lace. The nose is dry and nutty. A sweet almond butter. There is a fruity hop scent at the end that provides a good balance.

The lable states that this ale is aged in oak casks. At first taste that is not evident. It is sweet and buttery. Almond butter as in the nose. Some other mixed nut flavors are present. Good spices. Then a hop fruit bite entices the taste buds. A dash of pepper and a strong sour flavor right before the finish. At the very end is where the oak and wood flavors reveal themselves ever so slightly. They are there in the background blending at the end to smooth out the sour flavor. A very well balanced ale from top to bottom.

Medium bodied this ale is very smooth. It is easy to drink. It has a sticky quality to it but then goes down very easy. A slight crispness at the end. One could drink a few of these in a session.

This is just one well made ale.

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Photo of Darkale
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
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 diablo14
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
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 RoyalT
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Clear, light-orange body with a big, foaming head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – Nice, easy floral and citrus hops. A bit of mixed fruit juice comes out as well.

Taste – Buttery and well-mixed best describes this pale ale. The malt balance comes on at the taste. The hops and orange from the nose show up as well, along with a refreshing, slightly lemon tang.

Mouthfeel – Rich and creamy, this ale is light to medium in the body and very smooth.

Drinkability – This one is well put together and would make a terrific session beer.

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Photo of ToneControl
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
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 beerguy101
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium gold color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and slightly hoppy. A medium bodied bitter. Nice mild malts and slightly bitter hops. Very smooth taste. Sweetish, apples, buttery taste. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is very smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of zerk
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in London... what a good Pale Ale it is...

Pours a clear deep copper with a thin head... aroma is malty with a touch of herbal hoppiness. Flavor begins malty and sweet with notes of bread and caramel... has a nice oak flavor in the middle that is then finished with a very light herbal bitterness.

Slightly on the full side for the style, it's quite smooth and creamy. All in all, one of the best English Pales I've come across.

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Photo of bridgeporter
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just found this on nitro tap at the Moon and Sixpence in Portland last night. This beer looks so beautiful on nitro with a creamy long lasting head and glass coating appeal. Really little smell at all which is a bit dissappointing. Slightly sweet taste with very light hop accent.
Kind of dry and sweet at the same time(is that possible?) Still for it's shortcomings I could quaff a few on short notice. A huge step up from Boddingtons pub ale and a little better than Tetley's, there's nothing really wrong with a few pint's of Pedigree.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is light orange, not quite amber, closer to yellow, nice off-white foamy head with very tight bubbles and left a skin-like lace. Smell is very faint and soft, not much, mostly light citrus, but very fresh and clean. Taste is good, very subtle flavors of nutty maltiness and easy citrus hoppiness thats dry and sweetly bitter. Its a very easy drinker, light bodied, clean, fresh, and a well balanced malty, nutty, bitter dryness throughout. Smooth and subtle pale thats made for drinkin'.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This product surprized me in that it was somewhat sweeter than anticipated and I really enjoyed this pale ale listed as bitter.
Pours a medium amber with limited head with a thick covering lace.
The body is full and the aroma is skunky. The taste is evenly distributed and certainly not a bitter.
Not my style, but very nice....Recomended.

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Pedigree from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
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