Pedigree from Marston’s Brewery in Burton Upon Trent, UK is a traditional English pale ale that pours a lovely, fiery, amber-copper tone with a rich and frothy white head that leaves some generous lacing. The beer has a remarkably fresh aroma for a months-old import. The aroma is deep and rich, well-balanced between malt and hops with wood, fresh river water and grain notes.
The taste of Pedigree is also rich and malty, punctuated by a very creamy mouthfeel. Oak aging gives the beer woody flavour and there is a hint of toffee. The bitterness may be a bit lopsided; it’s not overpowering, but appears more in the finish than throughout the taste. I find a sort of resin-like thickness in the aftertaste.
The North American version of Japan’s oldest beer brand is now brewed in Canada at the recently-acquired Sleeman Brewery in Guelph, Ontario. Sapporo Premium Beer is an import-quality beer at a domestic price that pours a clear golden colour and creates a soapy head that lingers as a collar and laces your glass.
The aroma of Sapporo Premium Beer is mild, fresh and grainy with a certain sweetness to it; not surprising as it is brewed using rice. The beer starts with a refreshing, crisp dryness and stays dry through to the finish. Sapporo leaves a grainy hint as an aftertaste and has a very bubbly mouthfeel thanks to a noticeable level of carbonation.