Pedigree | Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
England, United Kingdom
fullpint.co.uk

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
317
Reviews:
220
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
13.02%
 
 
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12
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Ratings: 317 |  Reviews: 220
Photo of kimcgolf
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, coper/red color, with suspended yeat. Minimal head and okay lacing. Aroma of hops and dark fruits. While initial flavor was okay, the finish seemed very metallic at first. However, as beer warmed, the flavor became more fruity and subtle, and finish smoother..actually left a warming sensation, which is uncommon for a beer with this low abv. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of GallowsOak
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oh dear oh dear! What have they done to my favourite beer. OK, I was only 20 then (30 years ago) and maybe, yes maybe, I'm looking at the past through the old rose tinteds but I'm sure that there used to be more to Pedigree than this. We used to seek out the pubs that served it.

This is a perfectly OK average English beer, average, that's what it is, and for me that's not good enough. I'm sure I remember it as memorable (if that makes sense)

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Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice to try this old world classic on tap @ Drop off Laundry in NYC, Pours dark orangy amber, semi cloudy, with a long lasting light tan head, and leaving pleanty of lacing. Mildly malty nose, this is a very smooth in the mouth, pleasant, tasty, and easy drinking Brit. all the way ale. Low alcohol, balanced, a fine sessioner. If you see it on tap its well worth a try.

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Photo of claytri
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured gold and a bit amber with an.off white head. The aroma was of malt and floral hops. The taste was malty with a light floral hop finish. The feel was light and dry. This beer was OK, I didn't find anything that would steer me away from it, but nothing that would steer me back.

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Photo of surfadelic23
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This on poured a light to dark goldish color with minimal to no head.
The malt smell is dominant but a whiff of hops sneaks through.
Has a ver light malt flavor that finishes bitterish but not overwhlemingly hoppy. Has a rather light mouthfeel considering the way it looks which could be a positive in the drinkability dept. It's very easy drinking and would be a nice session brew.
Man, I'd like to try this on cask!

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Photo of funkengruven
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a pale brown to an almost non-existent head. Smell is mildly malty, decent but a little bland.

This tastes exactly what an English Ale should taste like. Body is light and refreshing, with a slight malty bitterness and a clean finish. This is smooth on the palate, which contributes to it being a very drinkable beer.

Overall, Good Stuff.

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Photo of Drew966
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Marston's Pedigree pours a cloudy copper with a fluffy off white head from a 500ml brown bottle. The aroma is very mild and I really can't pick much out from it. Tastes like a fairly light but very well balanced English pale ale. The bottle indicates that it was brewed in oak casks. I may be picking up some flavor from the oak, but its not particularly strong. Overall, not bad. Worth a try, nothing to get to excited about though.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've only tried one beer by Marston's, the Oyster Stout. It was alright... Let's see how this one fares.

500ml bottle poured into a Pint Glass. This is a very nice looking ale, dark copper colour, cloudy and quite well carbonated. Smell is of sweet caramel malts, faint roasted coffee smell, and a light hoppiness. This one is all about the malts it seems though...

The first taste seems to confirm this. Roasted, nutty caramel malt character predominates, but there's enough hop bitterness to keep this one interesting. Soft on the tongue, dry in the throat. I thought this one might be a bit sweet for my taste, but it's not too bad. This is a very British Beer, and a fairly well executed one. The lower ABV keeps it pretty quaffable, I can see downing a few pints of these in a London pub next time I go...

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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 Mandrake
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden-copper with a small white head that dissipates quite quickly and leaves no lacing, but maintains a ring around the edge of the glass. Smells of caramel and sweet maltiness with fruits and a touch of hops. Tastes are dominated by butter and caramels, with a hoppy finish and some spices in the mix as well. Mouthfeel is watery, but well carbonated. Drinkability is good, but the beer is unimpressive overall.

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Photo of dgallina
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a brown imperial pint bottle without freshness date.

Pours a pale golden copper with a single finger of head that quickly subsides to a film. Smells of slightly musty and lightly toasted malts with leafy hops. Little initial flavor, develops leafy and woody hop bitterness before finishing slightly astringent and somewhat metallic. Light and highly carbonated body.

Quite average overall. Not exactly unpleasant, but nothing to particularly recommend it either.

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Photo of misterscooter
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draught at my local pub.

Small, white, creamy head sitting on top. Beautiful amber and copper color with a slightly copper smell. Some sweet caramel and wood (barrel?) also in the nose.

Creamy feel when it hits your mouth but not too much where it just fills you up and overwhelms the beer. The taste is still light, honey, floral and fruit swirling around. Enjoyable.

Very refreshing and great for sipping with sausage and chips.

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Photo of TerryW
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear copper colour with a short-lived head and minimal lace.

Gently hoppy, slightly metallic nose.

Medium malt character to taste with some hop bite in the background. Tasty but light beer. Pleasant lingering bitterness. Light bodied, gentle carbonation.

Best I can say is that it's nice. Competently done, but not remarkable.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pleased to see this on my last beer buying mission. One of the classic english ales I've always wanted to try. Best before date reads 3194 207C, whatever that means. Some wierd julian dating? I hope it's fresh.
The beer pours a hazy copper, topped off with a full white head. Good retention and lacing. Pleasant english nose, light on the hops, with only a soft floral tang behind estery caramel malt. Aside from a dash of honey-like oxidization, it smells fresh enough. What can you expect when you ship a beer 2000+ miles, then have it sit on a warm shelf with a premium price? The first sip opens with a lighter flavor than I'd been expecting. Toasty malt drizzled with honey and applesauce, no trace of any oak character, finishing with a meekish, familiar goldings and fuggles combo. Fruity and floral. Somewhat tinny and metallic in the aftertaste. A bit of oxidization, both honey and soggy construction paper, is present in the finish. Refined english carbonation. Fairly light bodied.
A nice enough brew that has the potential to be great when it's fresh. I wish I could decipher the dating system on the back label, and save my $3 for a non-elderly bottle. I'll have to bug a friend for a bottle or can next time someone hops across the pond.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pleasing brownish copper colour. Soilid floral hoppy aroma, with a very assertive hoppy flavor, as one would expect. Not much else going on though, aside from a slight undercurrent of bread without much of an interesting flavor contribution from the malt or yeast. Solid, but I was expecting more.

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Photo of dauss
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Cask

Appearance: Clear golden amber, with a small white head.

Smell: fruity and spicy, with a small malt backbone.
Taste: Slightly sweet malt, with a light to moderate hop flavor. The bitterness jumps out near the end, and dissappears the next moment. The body is a bit thin, dry finish, and a light astringency.

Notes: Not bad. Nothing really impressive here.

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Photo of WesWes
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy dark gold/amber color with a thick and creamy offwhite head. There are suspended yeast floaties present. The aroma is good. It has a sweet and fruity malt scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts along with bitter noble hop aroma. The taste is average. It has a weak and watery malt flavor that borders on an ice tea taste. It is light and bitter with a slight yeast fruitiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is average as well. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. There is no real substance to this beer. This is a big let down. I was expecting something much better with a little more malt flavor.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pleasure to finally try this Burton classic,pours a rich golden with a large two finger white head settling into a creamy mass leaving a ring of lace behind.Whoo this is brewed in oak casks and it shows in the aroma very woody with a touch of sulpher,flavors are very dry firm biscuity malt backbone followed by just a touch of herbal hop my guess fuggles?Now this is a sessionable ale dry enough to make the mouth want more not earth shattering but glad I gotta a chance to try it for sure.

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Photo of DrJay
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber, off-white head that reduced quickly to a thin lace. Malty aroma was a combination of graininess and light caramel. A bit of fruitiness was also present, and hops appeared as it warmed a bit. The flavour was very much like the aroma, nicely balanced, with a drying bitterness at the finish. Medium body and carbonation, mild buttery texture. This could definitely work as a session beer.

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Photo of horndecker
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pleasing look to this bottle and label. The beer is pale orange to polished copper, and clear, with a fine creamy off-white head. The head has a bit of staying power with nice sticky suds.

The smell is caramel, grassy hops, a bit of fruit (apples?) and the merest hint of nuttiness.

At first sip one gets a wash of mild bitter hops followed by round, buttery toasted malt flavors. Actually, the hops seem to accompany the malt all the way through to the finish, which again is crisp and mildly hoppy. Very drinkable, quite smooth and beautifully balanced. "Sturdy" is one word that comes to mind, but not to say ordinary.

This pale ale could become one of my regulars.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, mostly (but not completely) clear golden sunset wheat color with a nice meium sized head that doesn't seem in a hurry to go away.

Aroma is pretty interesting- malty, slight hop notes (somewhat musty) and a bit of sweetbread (honey?). The organic of the hops detracts somewhat from the overall aroma, but decent.

Flavor is....hmmm.... interesting too. Overall maltiness, but not as strong as some pale ales. The hop profile is more obvious than expected for the style. Overall ok flavor, but nothing that just grabs me.

Mourhfeel moderate- a nice pint to sit around with.

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Photo of downes51
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent reliable beer this. A slightly nutty flavour, the hops are there but only on the background. It's a darkish colour. The amount of foam you get is variable, but it doesn't really last though it will lace down the side of the glass. At 4.5% it really ought to be a little strong for a session beer, but it is surprisingly drinkable. Reccommended.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good amber colour with a decent, thin head. Smell is a little sour and woody, but thankfully the taste does not reflect this. Smooth taste, good balance of malts and hops with a hinting of oak.

Seems a bit thick for a bitter, but ultimately easy to drink. A decent session beer.

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Photo of rousee
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The brown 22oz bottle pours a murky amber color. Small head-good retention -no lace. Some carbonated action on-top
of remaining foam. Balanced earthy and woody smell some sourness also but nothing unpleasant. Taste is smooth and very british pale ale type taste. A smooth, soft, slightly malty taste with just enough bitterness to keep it real. This thing is versatile with food but it makes me want cheese and bread/mustard and Branstons pickle-- maybe some apples thrown in too. Quite smooth and quaffable. I bet this one is a lot better on-tap or cask.

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Photo of Cwrw
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice "Still Brewed In Wood" cap for my collection. Pedigree is caramel coloured, or rusty brown, topped with a large-bubble head that goes down rather rapidly, but never disappears entirely. On the second pour, the head is much more creamy, small bubbled and more consistent. The lacing leaves moderate amounts on the glass, but when the beer is moving the lace is actually quite good. Tapioca-coloured foam. Very clear, and it probably takes on some colours from the oak wood. Aroma is at first all caramel, sweet malt and butter, sourdough. In close, definite wood notes, though it does not smell like oak to me--more like balsam. The wood gives it a dryer aroma, which mitigates the rich malt I smelt at first. I like it: it adds rather an unexpected nuance. Grassy, dusty hops are behind the wood and malt. Raisins and cream, some honey, prunes, lightly toasted bread. The wood is even stronger once in the mouth, felt up front and in the finish. While at first I thought it masked some good potential malt, the oakiness becomes very pleasant after a few sips. The malt gives butterscotch and lactose. A low-to-medium dryness in the finish, woody, dusty, but actually there is almost no aftertaste to this beer. Taste is definitely not as good as the aroma. The feel is a little watery, not very substantial in the mouth, but it makes the beer quite potable. This beer reminds me of some of Granville Island's beers from BC: woody, cardboard-like. I like the wood in this beer's character, but there is not much else happening in the flavour profile; it is too light tasting, too unoffensive.

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Pedigree from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
3.61 out of 5 based on 317 ratings.
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