Marston's EPA | Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.

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Marston's EPAMarston's EPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rarbring on 08-05-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
45
Reviews:
15
Avg:
3.34
pDev:
16.77%
 
 
Wants:
1
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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of pcbnumber1
2.96/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Foley67
2.86/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Martine
3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of josanguapo
3.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bbf 31 Dec 2016. In Ikea's pint glass. Playing Blackwell Epiphany. Very refreshing and sessionable, with pleasant lemony notes and a good feeling for such a low ABV.

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Photo of bryantookey
4.73/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favourite ale. Light, with a great balanced taste. Not too hoppy, too zesty, too anything really. Just a great satisfying taste. And at 3.6% you can squeeze an extra pint in compared to most drinks.

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Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beerinabottle
4.75/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pleasantly surprised as previous experience of Marstons (and many English ales) has been disappointing. Light golden brown with good head and lacing. Nice balance of malt and hops. Sessionable on a hot summers day.

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Photo of bmaggot
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of risenz
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chinchill
3.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle consumed in Largoward, Fife nearly 1 year before the BB date of 31 March 2016.
Looks, smell and tastes light but has medium-high carbonation. Flavor is about equally hoppy and malty but the aroma is a bit more malty.

O: a light bitter disguised as a lager.

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Photo of Parsj3
3.42/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biegaman
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Marston's EPA (English Pale Ale) is actually extremely pale by English standards - caramelly amber is typically and traditionally what passes for "pale" in those parts. This, however, is the colour of a lemon and, while hazy, has an anemically light tone indeed. As for head, it's thin and tight-fitting as stockings.

English and American pale ales are often so vastly different that it's hard to lump them together. For one thing, the emphasis on hops is different; U.S brewers intensify every last fruity, earthy, or piny drop out of the little cones whereas British brewers sometimes neglect to even hint at their inclusion.

Not just the quantity, but often the quality of hops also distinguishes the two styles. Generally speaking, Americans favour citrus and resins while Brits tend to lean more earthy and floral. Marston's EPA has aromatics that accord with this generalization except that it also contains a trace of lemon zest.

Unfortunately, though each sip starts on that bright, crisp citrusy note it ultimately ends with a bland, basically void flavour and a texture that makes one feel as though they were just chewing on cardboard. OK, that may be a little harsh, but there's truthfully not much else to describe it by.

I've tried so many stale, bastardized exported English pale ales that I've developed an instinctive dislike of them. Given Marston's disappointing track record I'm unsurprised to find this one was no different. A fresh cask on the other side of the pond probably tells a different story - and if so I'll write a separate review for that - but this version left something to be desired.

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Photo of Sammy
3.42/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kelvarnsen
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Molson2000
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of headstash
3.76/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of interzen
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of spinrsx
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.69/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from a mixed pack; best before July 31 2015. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a bright, clear golden-yellow colour, packed with many dazzling streams of bubbles zipping their way to the surface, which is where one finger of soapy, white froth is seated. It fades quickly over the next minute or two, leaving behind a bubbly film and collar with a bit of lace. The aroma is mild and balanced, comprised of hints of bready malt, honey, butterscotch, citrus peel and apple skin.

Pretty straightforward, but the flavour profile has a nice balance and intensity for such a light brew. The malts start off a bit grainy, with toffee sweetness and a nutty note following up mid-sip. The citrusy hops combine with a leafy, lightly earthy bitterness in the tail end that lingers only briefly on the palate before fading into a dry aftertaste. Light-bodied, with relatively assertive carbonation that provides this English ale with a crisp, lively, but smooth mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable.

Final Grade: 3.69, a B grade. Marston's EPA is a pleasant little session ale with a flavour profile that is considerably bigger than its abv would suggest. Nothing fancy about this one; just a clean malt profile and some nice, citrusy, leafy hops, with a crisp, clean mouthfeel. I don't think this one is worth seeking out, but it makes for a worthy addition to this sampler pack - if it's available and the price is reasonable, give this one a shot. Much better than Pedigree, IMHO.

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2.6/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of Bob6518
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of cam477
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3/5  rDev -10.2%

A – Golden in the glass with a good effervescent fizz and a decent head but only minimal lacing.
S – There is a definite hint of peach from this lovely little Pale Ale along with some caramel and bitter hop aroma.
T – The taste is very smooth but that is not to say it has no character. There is the slightest hint of citrus from this one and there is a sharp after taste as a result but this is a nice surprise as the initial hit was so smooth.
MF – Medium body and mild carbonation along with a bitter and dry finish
O – A decent little Ale which goes very well with Chinese foods or any spicy dish.

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Photo of Tipper27
3/5  rDev -10.2%

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