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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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

@ Greenland Cafe, Salem MA

When I think of Pedigree I think of dog food.

Clear amber with a hearty whipped cream head. The nitro carbonation made the top of my beer look like a honey stick for a few minutes. Nitro tap is cheating in the looks and mouthfeel department but it is what it is.

Aroma of English tea and nuts. Fruitcake-y.

Flavor is near perfect for an English pale: bread pudding, chestnuts and mild dried fruit. There's some English tea hop pop in back. More would have been appreciated.

Good stuff. I was told this was a nuttier, breadier Speckled Hen and I'll buy that. Not as fruity either.

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Photo of Zimbo
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
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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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 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 mdwalsh
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A little hazy, but a golden amber with a nice two finger off white cap to it.

S: A weak, earthy english hoppiness.

T: Mild, soft with a crisp finish, very appropriate for the style I would say.

M: Hmm, maybe could be a little bublier for a bottled version.

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Photo of zonker17
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful cask pour with an inch of thick head. Silky mouthfeel with balance of bitter and floral characteristics. This beer was made for cask. amber color with consistent lace as it goes down. I'm not a big English beer drinker but might try more on cask now.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dinner needs to be washed down properly. How about Pedigree doing the job? On to the beer:

Looking somewhat hazy and orange. The head on top is a thing to look at, nice, thick, creamy, retaining well, and leaving healthy lace around the glass. And then there's the nose....not much besides buttersctoch, but as the beer warms, the buttersctoch becomes more candy-like inside of being slate-like.

Straightforward taste....buttery butterscotch, a little bit a graininess, hard water bitterness. The mouthfeel is a kind'a harsh, light-medium bodied with bittering carbonation. If the bubbles were less intense, this could be a more memorable experience.

A solid beer to wash down dinner. Nothing more or less.

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Photo of snpub540
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lucky Baldwin's Trappist Pub.

A bit out of my norm to order a British Pale but I'm trying to expand my palate. It appeared with a super thick half finger head that never went away and left some very sticky lacing on the glass all the way down. Brew was a light caramel hue that was fairly clear with very little carbonation.

Smell was ready malts mixed with herbal and spicy hops.

Taste was bready malt with a hint of caramel finished by a peppery hop finish and a hint of diacytyl butteryness. Kind of a watered down flavor.

Nitro made for a creamy mouth feel that coated the palate. All in all a good session able beer but it lacked the flavor I was looking for.

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Photo of Yojimbo1941
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- hazy orange with one finger of slightly off white head

S - slightly sour, funky, bit of a barnyard smell but pleasant, some flowery hops

T- nice malt forward, little thin mid swallow, bitterness. some honeyed vanilla is present and justca hint of honey. nice but I've had better

M- pretty light actually, I was expecting a bit heavier beer.

D - this is easy to drink but I just find it a bit lacking in the flavor department

overall - this is not a bad beer. it's not a great beer either but it's nice. Given a choice of some other British pub style beers and this I would opt for something else.

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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 cooch69
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Pale Ale pours a beautiful, deep copper orange with only a tiny half finger head.

Nose is of green vegetation, bready malts and a nice grassy noble hoppiness.

Gotta love the English. This is extremely well balanced.

Taste on this one starts off with a snappy bitterness followed by a slick and creamy bready maltiness. A slight nuttiness in there as well. This one is upper low in body and extremely quaffable.

A nice ale that can suit any occasion.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

440 mL can, slightly smaller than a tallboy; best before May 2012.

Pours a clear, amber-orange colour. I thought I was pretty aggressive with the pour, but barely managed to produce a half-finger of short-lived, light beige head. Maybe served too cold? It leaves behind a creamy collar, but basically no lacing at all. Rather typical EPA aromas - biscuity, nutty malts, caramel and light, fruity esters. Apple and apricot notes, with some oak and butter as well.

Rather mild-flavoured. Bready, biscuity malts and nuts are the first thing I pick up, with some honey and caramel sweetness. Yeastier than usual for an EPA, with some floral, fruity esters and buttery notes. Some rather light, earthy bitterness can only really be detected in the finish, and it lingers only briefly for a fairly clean aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel that owes itself to the very low carbonation level. Very drinkable, and probably great as a session ale.

An enjoyable brew, no crippling flaws but certainly not outstanding in any way. Mild almost to the point of tedium - reminds me of Boddington's, another drinkable-but-mostly-just-uninteresting EPA. I'd drink it again, but there are plenty of other English pales I'd pick well ahead of this one.

[Updated Dec. 20 2013]

I picked up a 500 mL bottle this time, and compared it side-by-side with Fuller's London Pride, St. Peter's English Ale and Spitfire. This is a thoroughly average beer - it's pretty forgettable and definitely the weakest of the four brews in this EPA showdown. At least it's nicely balanced; a virtue in this style, but with both the malt and hop bills being rather limp, it'd be hard to imbalance them. A passable English ale, but far from a must-try.

Final Grade: 3.43, a B-.

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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 Stocean1
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - half finger head with little retention and lacing - nice amber/ruby color - crystal sparkle semi-opaque

S - bready malt and floral hops

T - follows the nose with some figs and caramel - a slightly bitter medicinal quality

M - light to medium body - very smooth almost silky feel - a bitterness that only shows a few seconds after swigging - little carbonation

O - my only other offering from this brewery was disappointing and I walked by this one for some time before finally decided to give it a try. Glad I did, I relatively enjoyed this brew although I would likely not seek it out again given the plethora of good brews available for the style

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper with a mils soapy white head.

Aroma is bready caramel malt, and spicy fruit - notably apricot and date.

Taste is more of the spicy, fruity quality from the nose. Quite dry and acidic. Then an aromatic woody quality makes an appearance. Finishes with a mildly tart, peppery hop bitterness and lingering apple notes.

Mouthfeel is light-medium. Prickly on the tongue.

Overall a pleasant English Pale. Plenty of subtle flavor. Worth a try.

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Photo of bashiba
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy orange amber color with a thin wwhite head, light lacing and good retention.

The smell is very english, nice light fruity malt notes with a light spicy english yeast.

The flavor is very classic english, nice buttery english malts with a light spicy and peppery mix of earthy hops and yeast, the flavors all meld together in a very clean and seemless sort of way.

The mouthfeel is light with a very dry and heavily carbonated finish.

A very nice english pale, has ver fresh clean flavor, very sessionable.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light orange with a 2 inch orange-white head that settles to a dome floating on the top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, and light citrus and grape aromas. Taste is of malt, honey, citrus, and grape juice. There are also some nutty flavors I am picking up. Medium bitterness on the palate after each sip. A low carbonation level with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good English pale ale that claims to be the "official ale of England". However, this is not as good as other English beers in my opinion.

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Photo of karait95
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A:The color is nice, a dark orange not brown color is as expected in the style, the liquid looks pure with medium to high carbonation. The head is medium formed with small compact bubbles that dissipates slowly leaving behind some traces on the glass and a permanent layer that keeps on top of the beer.

S: Some hops are present combined with barley malts, maybe caramel malts can be sensed due to a very faint sweet aroma.

T: Barley malts and hops, a little more hops as maybe suspected due the English tradition.

M: The sensation is balanced but again turns a little more into the bitterness, sweetness is present at the beginning turning fast into bittersweetness and then into bitterness for a bitter long ending on the back of the mouth.

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Photo of drpimento
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not bad beer. Let the bottle warm a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a nice, off-white, textured, foamy, frothy, fluffy head that slowly settled down and a little lace. Color is a clear honey amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is subdued and is of malt, yeast, hops, caramel and fresh bread. Flavor is similar to nose and has good balance between bitter, sweet, and tang. Body is great and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and tapers from sweet to bitter. Session beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich tan hue; surprisingly dark for a pale ale. Head is a finger of pillowy ivory foam. Attractive.

Smell: rich malt aroma with a light sweetness and caramel and nutty tones that I rather like.

Taste: flavor to match the aroma, really. Rich malt flavor reminds me more of a Scottish ale than an English pale ale. Bitterness is low but relatively balanced. Good, although not at all what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation. Creamy, smooth texture fills the bill.

Overall: in my mind, this beer is not particularly to-style compared to other English pales I've had, but on its own it is quite a tasty beer. I'd definitely have this again.

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Photo of rjimlad
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and clean pour from the can but head dissipated quickly. Aromas were golden syrup, malt and bread which was very nice. My wife has just been drinking this on tap in the UK and says its not as robust as in the pub. Still, flavours are nice and malty sweet with some late bitterness which should prevent cloying but found it a bit out of balance and weakened the drinkability score for me. Carbonation was almost non-existent and it is a little watery. I prefer John Smiths which is very similar but more drinkable. Not a bad beer but not exciting.

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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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Photo of camil1mj
3/5  rDev -16.9%
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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Photo of
2.92/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - clear amber with a thin white head.

Smell - earthy English hops with a hint of lemon, ripe fruit, and faint caramel.

Taste - not much going on here at all. A bit of wood, faint and subdued citrus, and a mineral finish. Not much malt character to speak of. Very dry and quite refreshing.

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Photo of bearish
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was something I wanted to add to my conquest, so tried it at a pub near my school - Mr Punch.

Beer poured a dark amber, reminded me of the colour of a Palm. Quite a nice head forming which went down nice and slow. Plenty of lacing on the sides of my glass. Another good sign.

Smells of flowers, I expect this to be fairly hoppy. A little touch of honey, a little malty. Smells were not too much on my bottle. Possibly because the beer is only a month away from expiry. Must have been a little dead on its long journey to Singapore.

Carbonation was a tad too little when I had the first mouthful. Maybe it was the way I poured, I'm not too sure. Sweet malts and a tinge of honey on the first bit, which the hops came to balance it out nicely. Mouthfeel was quite creamy.

Well done for an ale so far! Aftertaste and dry hoppy finish lingered on the back of my throat for a while.

Overall, this was a good drink, easy and refreshing. One more to my plus list.

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Pedigree from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
3.61 out of 5 based on 314 ratings.
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