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

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Photo of Kartoffeln
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, deep copper with a foamy tan head which settles to a frothy cap and leaves generous lacing.

S: Slightly bready malts, toffee, grassy hops, and a pronounced mineral scent. Faint hints of roasted malts.

T: Toffee and particularly biscuity malts, with just a hint of honey and overall sweetness. The Fuggles hops are much more pronounced in the taste - grassy, fruity, and slightly spicy - and work with some roasted malt undertones to provide balancing bitterness.

M: The mouthfeel is nothing short of silken: smooth carbonation, light body, and a clean finish.

D: A solid, downright archetypal example of the English Pale Ale, but only really distinguished by its exceptional mouthfeel. It may be the most sessionable EPA I've had yet.

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

500ml can poured into a pint glass by freshness date.

Attractive showcase with clear mahogany/copper hue with massive creamy and silky head, it slightly dissipates then everlastingly stands to the last sip. Good lacing stick, low carbonation.

The smell contains barley malt with hint of somewhat roasted, slight caramel, mild fruity, tea and hop.

Kick off by malt and caramel, bitterness from hop gradually reveals with a moderate kick from the middle until finish, roasted trait which is slight astringent also lay subdued.

The body is light with light carbonated mouthfeel and dry finish.

Very easy to go beer, a good start for getting in this style as well as no offensive to revisit.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden brown color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A somewhat grainy, hoppy aroma. very much in keeping with the style.

T: Tasted of hops, a certain grassy/grainy quality, malt, and a breadiness. A solid, but not overly ambitious flavor. Clean and straightforward.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a very dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A generally well made and drinkable English Pale Ale.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer isn't too bad but it's still just a standard English Bitter. It's a good beer to wet your whistle with. It's light in flavor and mouthfeel. Not overly watered down but not thick either. The average drinker would probably enjoy this quite a bit. It's an easy beer to drink a lot of. I would get bored drinking too many of these though. The color is a minimal hazy yellow with not much head. Would have liked to try this one on tap because it sounds much better than way.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of two English cask ales I was very much looking forward to at the Yards Real Ale Invitational this past weekend. And it didn't disappoint. Actually, I think it was the only offering to which I went back for seconds.

It didn't pour with much of a head at all, if any. What do you expect from casks (sans engine)? But it had a lovely pale marigold color - vibrant and only lightly hazy. A moderately rich biscuity and decidedly butterscotch aroma left me to wonder if this was done maturing yet. Earthy hops floated softly atop the malts.

Even though it has but simple ingredients - Maris Otter barley, Fuggles and Goldings hops - it had a very distinct, quite defined (what I think of as) honey-kissed graham cracker flavor with only a tiny fleck of fruitiness and a wonderfully mellow hop bitterness in the immediate background. A fairly full flavor all-around, highlighted with some faint toasty and nutty notes, that I would have some difficulty comparing it to another ale perhaps due to inexperience and/or familiarity with a wide range of, in the US, lesser-known English pales. Haven't had an American pale ale quite the same as well.

Must have had this at a pivotal moment. A lot of things were clicking. Not only did the flavor wow me a good bit, it rolled through the palate velvety smooth, reminding me of the first time I had a cask ale - the carbonation had yet (or failed) to take hold, but it was alien and lovely. I see on their website that they distribute this to the US. Where? (Oh, State Line, of course)

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear copper colour with a bubbly white head that dies quick.

S - A few malts and barley

T - Usual malts and flavours, quite nice on the finish

M - Very smooth and lovely carbonation.

O - A very sessionable drop that is quite balanced

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Photo of kojevergas
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes during a trip to Glasgow in January 2011. Served from a cask into a pint glass in the Bon Accord pub.

A: Bubble show is rare in a pale ale, but this one has one. The show resolves to a cloudy hazy lingering white-tan in the middle, with a clear gold copper colour in the bottom. The head is thick and has cream. Appealing.

Sm: Fresh barley, malt. Light scent. Hard to detect individual notes with my broken nose.

T: Holy cream, batman! The cream on the finish is absolutely wonderful, almost comparable to the cream of Belhaven. The body, however, is lacking: it's a standard mashup of the usual suspects - which is a bit bland. Let me reiterate that the finish is postively lovely-like.

Mf: So light, so delightfuckingly smooth. Rolls down the tongue; you bask in its creamy goodness.

Dr: A wonderful example of cream done right, kind of a kilkenny meets belhaven, but sadly lacking in the body. I'd recommend it to fellow brewers just to see how creamy it is, but I wouldn't order it again at Glasgow prices. Lacks the usual bitterness of pale ales, which is actually quite nice in this case.

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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 Patrick999
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a style I drink all that often, but I'm up for it. I might even have to consult the BJCP Style Guidelines to make sure I'm rating according to style correctly here.

Shows a very clear off-orange when poured into my imperial pint. Head retention "good" with one solid ring of lacing showing up. Check.

In the aroma, mostly just a hint of caramel, minor earthy English hops. Ever so slightly sulfurous.

Little more crisp in both taste and feel than I probably expected. Crisp feel, nippy hop and clean caramel malt bill. I could mistake for an American Amber. No diacetyl noted.

Almost seems to drink bigger than 4.5%. I need to knock this category a couple points, as the beer seems filling and burpy. I have no doubt this would be easier-drinking off a cask, and would appreciate the opportunity to do so.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

@ Mr. Dunderbak's

A - It pours a honey-golden hue, capped with a short-lived white head, and giving no lace.

S - The nose is very subdued, and all honey for what it is, nothing else. Seriously. It smells somewhere between tupelo and orange blossom honey. I guess there is a bit of vague grain, but it is way low-key.

T - The taste is explosively flavorful, in comparison to the nose. I get some earthy hop, a lot of honey sweetness, a lot of minerality, and also a few off-flavors of metal and sweat-cabbage, in that order. The good outweighs the notsogood.

M - Big creaminess in the body, perhaps the best characteristic of this brew.

D - Its okay, not any better than any other widely available EPA (Boddington's, Abbot, etc.)

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

A-Clear amber with 1 inch of foamy, pillowy head. Leaves sheets of intricate lacing.

S-Maris otter, fuggles, mildly bright citrus.

T/M-Light, with that unmistakable bready maris otter malt character, and dry, earthy English hops.

D- Compared to other similar beers, this one translates well in the bottle. Nothing amazing. Good for what it is.

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Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank this in front of the fire while reading the paper.

The color is amber, on the light side.

Aroma is pleasant, but not very noteworthy, smells mildly of hops and malts.

Taste is easy, mostly malt with a shade of hops.

Very easy to drink, so high on the drinkability scale. Feels fine in the mouth, not thick but you know it's there.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2011 and an ABV of 5%.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass - a nice deep amber colour with good carbonation. Thick creamy head that remains for several minutes before subsiding. Malty aroma and something like alcohol (diacetyl?); not much by way of hops. Notes of caramel and toffee.

Taste is somewhat malty with mild bitterness. No real hop flavours to be noted. Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit oily - feels like the tongue is coated with something slippery. Vaguely unpleasant aftertaste.

An OK ale, but rather bland. I won't be drinking this on a regular basis.

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Photo of bryehn
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First time trying this one, freshly poured bottle, 5.0% ABV, BB date of September 2011.

Pours a nice, fiery, amber-copper tone with a rich and frothy white head that leaves some generous lacing.

Remarkably fresh aroma for a months-old import. Nothing surprising here given the use of Fuggles and Golding hops, but the aroma is deep and rich, well-balanced between malt and hops with wood, fresh river water and grains. Very nice.

The taste is also rich and malty, punctuated by a very creamy mouthfeel. The bitterness may be a bit lopsided, not overpowering, but appearing more in the finish than throughout the taste.

I get a resin-syrup type aftertaste, meaning I'd probably never have more than one or two in a session. It does feel a bit heavy overall, but I'll definitely try it again.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My bottle listed 5% abv & not the 4.5% listed here.

Reddish amber with a very small, bubbly white head & lots of bubbles through the pint.

Malts & caramel on the nose with a fruity kind of smell blended in as well. Rather pleasant, especially the fruit like aroma.

Has a sort of sweet taste with a spicy hop flavour mixed in. Hints of the fruit as well.

Medium bodied and smooth with mild carbonation & a dry aftertaste.

Quite a pleasant ale although nothing to write home about, just a solid pale ale with no real negative aspects.

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Photo of Wattsox
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, consumed Jan 2011, BBE 31 Dec 2011.

A - Amber coloured beer with a decent head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a moderate amount of lacing.

S - Gentle pleasant smell of malts with a little hops.

T - A sweet taste with some gentle hop bitterness.

M - Mild carbonation, smooth feel with a dry finish.

D - Very smooth and drinkable, definitely a session beer.

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

Poured from a 500 ML into a pint glass. Nice tawny golden colour with mild head and som lacing. Smell is mild hops and malts but not too much else. Taste is slightly bitter, malty, some peppery taste. Mouth feel is somewhat fizzy and light to medium bodied.
Drinakabilty is above average; I could have some more but possibly would levitate more to Marston's IPA. Cheers.

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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 Mjoepp
2.76/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep copper redish colour, one finger high white head after a violent pour.

S: Euro lagerish, malty and fresh.

T: Malty and some light hops. Some bitterness, probably because of the spicy food . Light carbonation.

O: Easy to drink, but boring after a while

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours amber, with a medium large kind of thick head that dissipates into decent lacings.

S: Some sweet caramell malt and some fruityness, mainly citric. Some butter.

T: Sweet carmell malt together with English floral hops as well as bitter ones. Fruity.

M: Aftertaste is long and surprisingly bitter - nice. Body is medium and carbonation is mild.

D: Overall a decent EPA, not bad at all.

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

A: Pours a clear copper color with a casky froth two-fingers thick that fades to a thin collar leaving small amounts of lace.

S: Biscuity malt and earthy English hops.

T: The front is biscuity with a touch of caramel. Just past the center, you get a blast of solid English hops along with ale yeast. The finish is nicely dry and bitter with overtones of apple.

M: Medium body and cask-like carbonation (which is to say, big-bubbled and slow).

D: A classic British session beer.

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

Smallish but very fine and creamy head. Smell is subdued, but seems fine.

The initial impression is the very creamy and soft mouthfeel, followed by an up-front but delicate hop bitterness. It's very slightly sweet (though this is somewhat obscured the prominence of the hops), but not as obviously fruity as many English Pale Ales. There's a subtle mineral character as well. These tastes last for the entire glass -- it never gets watery, the whole way through it's "cream and hops."

Not complex or bold, but very very drinkable.

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

The beer is clear amber, with a white head that settles rather quickly, and leaves some lacing.

Sweet fruity smell, lemon and some hay. Rather weak.

Upfront tasting sweet, toffee, brown sugar, lemon and apples, a bitter finish.

Low carbonation, smooth and a dry finish.

Interestingly I found some differences between this Swedish can version and the English bottle version - to the English bottle's advantage.

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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 claspada
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear copper colour with a very nice amount of head that leaves an attractive lace.

Aromas are the typical bready biscuity malts with a hint of earthy hops.

The taste has the typical bitter flavors, bready malts, earthly/woody hops; but overall the brew seems watered down to me. Like a diluted Fuller's ESB. I wonder if quality is an issue.

Fairly drinkable if you want an average bitter but overall nothing remarkable here, no need to search out or pay the inflated export price.

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