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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

Added by xlperro on 01-29-2002

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2009.

Appearance : copper color with a white fleeting foam head and medium effervescence.
Smell : woody and spicy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : dry taste of hops and malt. Sulphide note due to salts in the water brewing (typical from Burton city).
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Pale ale.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark brown color with a small head. Smell is sweet, some malts and hops. Taste is good, hops, malts, maybe some fruit, a bit sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a quality beer worth trying.

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

A decent English Pale Ale that is easy to drink. Nothing outstanding but certainly nothing offensive. A good balanced ale.

Pedigree pours with a pillowy head to start and decent retention as it slowly leaves a ring of lacing. It has a nice clear colour of copper.

It has a malty base and I'm surprised to pick up some alpine-like herbal hops. Something slightly funky farther in the background too...

Smooth and watery with a touch of courseness in the finish. Good level of fine carbonation.

The malt taste is mild but has a good herbal hop balance. The back half has some mineral taste that finishes dry with medium bitterness. The aftertaste might be the most interesting with light citrus, then slight diactyl, fading to cotten candy...

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Photo of DerBayer
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It s a good amber colour with ok head in off whiteish - nothing to write home about

Smell is of some bitter hops, no malt no spice little fruity esters - not great

Taste is somewhat better with better malt profile but too little complexity

Mouthfeel is a bit flat - true to style

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Photo of PartyBear
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beautifully hand-pulled cask experience from the good people at Weatherspoons - I'm writing this using their free wi-fi too!

Appearance: Deep reddish amber colour, with a nice big creamy off-white head. No visible carbonation.

Aroma: Subtle creamy malty aromas, light sugars, hints of grain, and brown bread.

Taste: The malts are bready and grainy at the front, with the lightest touch of brown sugar. There is are fruity flavours in the middle, possible melon, and a light citrusy lemon. There is a bit of hoppiness in the finish, providing a mild bitterness on the back of the palete.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium, but I have had it with a heavier body before when it wasn't chilled. The texture is smooth and coating.

Drinkability: A well respected British bitter, which provides well rounded flavours with a dangerously drinkable quality.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden amber colour with generous off-white head that sinks slowly with a sizzle, a lot of carbonation, not much lace, looks alright, but not impressive.

Burton sulphur, alright. Yeah, that smells mega-gangbusters of Burton sulphur. Seriously though, what the fuck does Burton Sulphur smell like, bottle? Smells fairly resiny anyway, with vinegar notes and a lot of pine, bark and needle resin. Fairly herbacious, slight undertone of some peppery spice, malt left wanting. Decent, but not a wowser.

Taste is quite sweet for the most part, with a clarity on the front palate and slight resiny notes, descends into a mild mid-palate with some malty notes balanced with some English Fuggles or maybe Goldings, actually, characters, a bittersweet kind of flavour with a notable hit of a black tea acridness. Slight grassiness towards the back, but definitely that dull bitterness predominates.

Mouthfeel is fairly frothy; light body but thickish texture, leaves fairly dry with a lingering bitter hang.

Drinkable enough, this, but leans too heavily on the bland English hoppiness. Suitable for downing, but not for Downing street. If that makes sense.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear medium amber hue, with lots of creamy, puffy white head, which leaves a thick wall of lace around the glass. It smells of mild bready malt, and grassy hops. The taste is soft, dry bready malt, a little earthy honey, and decently bitter grassy, weedy hops. The carbonation is moderate , the body fairly full and smooth, and the finish is dry and floral.

A nicely drinkable brew, it has 'sessionable' plastered all over it.

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Photo of joecast
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

surprisingly light in color and incredibly clear. medium carbonation with a nice stable egg shell head. good lacing.

soft rounded aroma. hops have most likely faded somewhat, though it is still two month till the bb date. malt aroma is starting to grow on me though. it is just so easy to sit back and sniff this beer.

not the most complex or interesting beers, but simple and accessible and enough there to keep me going back for another sip. lightly sweet malt with a bit of hop flavor. bitterness is restrained but enough to balance the light character of the beer.

a bit thin on mouthfeel, but that probably helps drinkability. you would struggle to fill up on this beer, which is good because i could pass hours drinking this.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maple bronze with a soft ivory head that is small but retains well and has an even, smooth texture. Mild, slightly fruity nose of unripe bananas, oak, honey, and wheat bran, with a hint of white wine. Solid and well-developed flavor, fruity and light yet earthy and deep. Lighter notes of honey, lavender, lemon, lime, and champagne interplay with shadows of oak, pine, maple syrup, and sourdough and rye breads. The carbonation is just about spot-on, soft yet lively and buoyant. Not terrifically dry, but still fairly clean and refreshing. Very good - I'll have to give it ago on cask next time I see it.

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Photo of seand
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light clear bubbly amber, with a large puffy white head, with very good retention and pretty good lacing.

S: Mainly hops, fairly bitter.

T: A fairly mild taste, with some body to it - the most notable thing is the slightly hoppy finish.

M: Medium carbonation, medium body.

D: Easy to drink, and low ABV.

Not bad, not great, overall.

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

Corny aroma with a hint of diacetyl, but caramel and malt dominate. There are light apple esters in both the aroma and flavor, but the flavor is dominated by lighter crystal malts. The body is very thin and the finish is watery. Served with a minimal head at cellar temperatures (this is in the UK, after all) and poured a lovely deep gold with crystal clarity.

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Photo of endovelico
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes. Enjoyed under medium low natural light. poured into wine glass. best before date: August of 2009.

Appearance: Forms a foamy head that dissipates quickly. Dull brownish orange honey color. Unperceived effervescence. No lacing. I really liked the color.

Aroma: Condition OK. Medium high intensity. Primary aromas include honey, caramel from the malts; and piney, resiny, citrucy and herbal aromas from the hops. Very pleasant.

Taste: Medium high to high strength. Resiny, piney and woody hop taste dominates with a strong malty, honey like backbone. Strong orange zest notes as well. No overly buttery taste which is nice.

Palate: Medium to medium high body. Medium carbonation. Medium high to high bitterness (within the style). I like the balance but it could benefit from a slightly lower bitterness.

Drinkability: Good price/quality ratio. Good representation of the style (i myself am not an enthusiast of EPA's but enjoyed this one very much). Little potential for aging. Easy to drink and complex enough to make you want to drink more.

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Photo of wl0307
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some changes were made to the bottled version not long ago: the strength has gone up by 0.5% to 5%abv., the name is changed to Pedigree - "Premium English Ale", and, in reflection of the new "subtitle", the beer label has been repainted to a dark red one - befittingly English. Although I don't have a bottle at the original strength to compare this with, I'll still record my notes vis-à-vis my general impression of the cask version that I drink not infrequently. BB 31/03/2010, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: the bright, reddish amber hue comes with quite lively carbonation full of large bubbles in action, topped with a pillowy white head settling fast to a thin sponge.
S: the malt-sweetness (with a touch of melted caramel) is inextricably mixed with Goldings hops and a mildly spicy touch, but here a rusty-metallic edge also stays closely behind, likely from the bottle/cap itself. Unlike other traditionally oak-matured pale ales such as Wadworth's 6X and Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Bitter, the fine aroma of oak barrels is very, very attenuated on the balance. My overall impression is quite the same as the 4.5%abv. bottled version as I remember it: malty and soft, pleasant but not complex at all. Also, the traditional "sulphurous" touch of Burton ales is conspicuous by its absence.
T: the taste is cheerfully malty upfront, showing notes of boiled root-veggies, malted brown sugar, with a fine sour touch, while quickly the chewy hoppiness and a dry-ish palate (due to the long fermentation process) both creep up at the same time, rendering a pleasantly chewy, lightly spicy bitterness to mingle with an equally lingering undertones of famous English pale malts, esp. the slightly "dirty-cloth" edge. In the moderate finish, my taste-buds do manage to pick up residual sweet woody notes, but only just.
M&D: in general, the overall profile is way less sulphurous, less smooth, and slightly more bitter than the cask version; as regards any woodiness endowed by the Union System consisting of lots of aligned oak barrels, it's very understated but quite rightly, supposedly so. I always have problems with the fizz level of Marston's bottled beers, but this slightly spritzy bottle doesn't show much trace of "bad pasteurisation" or skunkiness, hence a plus for the drinkability. While this new, 5% bottle version proves to be an easy-drinking one without any hint of alc. (at all!) to me, I'd still choose the cask version when I fancy a pint of traditional, oak-aged pale ale, AND WHEN my preferred Wadworth 6X is unavailable from my local pubs (served on gravity straight from the wooden cask!).

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Photo of plaid75
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at The Philharmonic English Tavern, Barcelona, Spain.

Poured a light copper hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light grain and light grassy hop.

The taste consisted was a bit metallic with a smooth graininess.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a decent ale, just not much in the flavor department.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
2.66/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml bottle with a best before date of 22OCT09, a good seven months away. Yet this beer has a definite staleness about it.

This both looks and smells like copper pipe. Maybe a hint of a sweet malt. But it's faint.

First sip is a little astringent. From there it's a little floral, with a tannin taste like cold tea. Reminds me more of a lager than an ale. Huh. It has a slightly metallic taste to it with a pretty bland finish. A little bitter. But bland. I was expecting some kind of oak flavour from this but I'm just not getting any.

Moutfheel is medium..oh, it doesn't matter. This wasn't a horrible beer but it wasn't anything I would recommend or try again.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tasted this 500ml bottle on 08.04.2009 (best by June 09). I used to drink cask Marston's Pedigree in the Angel in Birkinhead (long since demolished) way back in the seventies!

Poured it into a pint glass, a very nice dark amber brew with a touch of orange topped with a decent whitish head. Smell was not that pleasent; combination of different hops and a touch metallic.

Taste was quite bitter with nice combination of hops and maltiness. It was interesting that I had tasted Mac's Gold All Malt lager beforehand, but there was much more maltiness to this brew. Overall a solid bitter from the bottle.

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Photo of froghop
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

first beer of the day in day two of Hong Kong.

pours a clear orangish with a thick white head, excellent lacing.

smell is sweet, and a few hops in the back.

taste is creamy, sweet, malt and hops balance, end is slightly on the bitter side.

overall very pleasent, good start.

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Photo of MAB
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was described to me as "An English Flat Bitter" by my local barkeep, who knows that I likes my bitters.
I had a sample of it and liked it enough to go for the full pint.

Flat is a good descriptor, in my opinion. Although it is carbonated, it certainly isn't fizzy or anywhere near the carbonation of a N. American brew.

It has the distinct aroma and taste of most British ales, kind of a gypsum/ chalky taste with an odd, almost sulphur-like, aroma. But in a good way, if that's possible...

It was nicely bitter but there was a sweetness to follow on the aftertaste.

After offering a sip to the three others with me at the table, they all ordered their own and we agreed that this would be a very easy-to-drink brew (i.e. one that you could pound down 3 or 4 before you even knew it).

Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of Viggo
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, from the LCBO and poured into the pint glass it came with.

Pours a clear dark amber, dull orange colour, big fluffy white head forms, drops to a patchy layer and ring around the glass, some lacing on the glass, big bubbles, looks okay. Smell is nice and malty, sweet and biscuity, some caramel, toast, light floral hopping, some fruit, apricots, well balanced and malty, nice fruity sweetness to it. Taste is similar, malty up front, some caramel and toast, light fruits, very dry wheaty middle, slightly grainy, touch of iron, apricots and floral in the finish, nice herbal bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, very smooth and drinkable. Pretty average pale ale, decent but nothing special about it.

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Photo of nighthawk
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500mL bottle with best before on back label poured into pint glass.

Appearance is a clear copper with two fingers of white, frothy head with good retention and leaves lots of lacing as I drink. Plenty of carbonation visible.

Earthy and floral hops on the nose, with honey sweetness and a grainy backbone.

Malts dominate the taste with honey and caramel softening to apple and fruity sweetness. Hops are barely tasted, a mild (very mild) earthy spice here and there. Mouthfeel is quite light, feeling thin at times with no carbonation. Lingering sweet finish.

This is a light and refreshing beer, pretty drinkable. If the sweetness was toned down just a tad I'd be more enthused to drink more.

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Photo of MrAleman
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was quite an enjoyable beer with a clean taste overall. Not overwhelmingly bitter and quite easy to drink. I would say this is a good beer.

Definitely one of Marston's better beers. Quite a malty taste but quite flavoursome. Recommended to any ale fans out there.

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Photo of Psilo707
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A: Nicely colored tan shade with a quickly dissipating head foam that leaves very little lacing behind.

S: Very Oak/Piney smell that leaves a hint of fruit scent behind. Feels easy on the nose.

T: A very fruity beer, hint of apple and maybe a bit of pear. Definitely tastes very solid and doesn't leave too much flavor left behind.

M: Letting this brew sit in your mouth for a few seconds before downing it is really a treat. It flows over your taste buds with heaps of fruity texture and generally leaves you feeling refreshed.

D: Decent, above-average maybe. Can drink the brew constantly if needed be, but don't desire to since the taste repeatedly strikes the mouth in a good way.

Overall: Very good stuff, Much better than I initially expected. Don't know why I came into it with low expectations but it totally showed me up in every aspect. Would buy again!

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Photo of Nickls
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(From notes)

A - Lighter gold, slightly orange color, decent white head. Dissipated a little quickly and lacing wasn't happening.

S - Really muted maltiness, but some fruitiness associated with a lot of other examples of the style

T - Still pretty light on the malt, but comes through with a bit of breadiness and apple-like flavors

M - Just over average in the MF, slightly slick and a bit thin

D - Pretty drinkable, but not very interesting in flavors.

Overall, I just might not be the best qualified to review English Bitters, but this doesn't really compete with some of the other examples that I've had. Still, not too bad.

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Photo of jwc215
4.55/5  rDev +26.7%
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 Ralphus
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pedigree from Marston's is labelled as an "Exceptional Premium Ale" but I wonder by whose standards? Certainly not ours. Today's sample was served in a 500ml bottle with a best before date some 10 months away.

It pours a brown coppery colour with golden hues. Little head and even less after a few minutes. Smellwise there's some grassy and floral notes mixed with earth. The taste as mentioned earlier is a little on the dull side. It's not that there isn't any taste.. some caramel, toffee and hops are here but it feels watered down and a little flat. Did someone turn down the volume?

You could do worse than Marston's pedigree for sure.. but if you are looking for something remarkable - keep clicking.

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Pedigree from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 321 ratings
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