St. Peter's Golden Ale - St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd

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St. Peter's Golden AleSt. Peter's Golden Ale

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BA SCORE
81
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215 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 13
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 02-18-2002

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Ratings: 215 | Reviews: 148
Reviews by micmillon18:
Photo of micmillon18
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a pint bottle. I don't see any born on date.

A - Pours a clear gold with a small bubbly head that fizzles away quickly. Looks like your standard English pale.

S - Scents of sweet malts, like that of toffee,, with a small spicy hop aroma at the end. Nice and clean on the nose.

T - Starts sweet with green apple flavors mixed together with a slight, somewhat smoky maltiness. Lemon flavors, probably from the hops, show up in the middle. Finishes with some grassy flavors.

M - clean and smooth with good carbonation though and a semi dry finish. Typical to the style.

O - A pretty solid brew overall though I'm not sure I'd buy it again. I prefer much maltier English ales but that being, it still has some unique qualities that certainly make it worth a try.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This was really close to gold in color and kind of hazy with a smallish head.

Smell – There is some nice caramel and light biscuit in this nose. The malt here is very pleasing. I can also pick up some type of hop balance, but it’s faint.

Taste – Yes, the caramel malts are doing well here and that nice biscuity smell made it to the taste. There is a surprising lot of sharp hoppy bitterness here as well.

Mouthfeel – This one is between light and medium-bodied. It is fairly flat with some good drying on the back of the tongue. It’s almost kind of chewy.

Drinkability – This was delightfully bigger than I expected but would still make for a wonderful daytime sipper.

Photo of Dmann
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is another of the St Peter's beers out of my sampler pack and I must say I have been impressed by all of them. The Golden Ale poured a light amber color with a small head that left a good lace throughout the whole glass. The smell was very sweet and inviting. The taste was more roasty and burnt than I expected but very good indeed, and had just a touch of bitterness at the end. I noticed however that the sweet tastes came out more as the beer warmed a bit. Out of the 3 beers I've tried in my pack, which are the cream stout, old style porter and the golden ale, I've noticed that they all have a slightly roasted or burnt flavor to them, which I think is very tasty. Another great brew from England.

Photo of Jason
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Green 12 oz. old fashioned medicine style bottle with a quick blurb about the beer on the back label as well as a “best before” date.

Appearance: Slight chill haze with some loose yeast sediment floating around in the orange hued golden colour, the head at first pouring looks of frothy soap and then subsides to a thin lace.

Smell: Sweet malt, woody herbal hop, nutty yeast, faint buttery diacetyl and light alcoholic esters make up the aroma.

Taste: Smooth and creamy with a light carbonation, fruity and smoky on the palate. Flavours of ripe pears and apples with a peat smoked malt taste on the sides and tip of the tongue. Hop stroll in lightly with a lemony and woody flavour donning a modest bitterness. Maltiness is fluffy and sweet and holds on to some residuals in the finish.

Notes: A very tasty little golden ale, such a complex brew for a smaller built ale. It also feigns as a cask ale with the lighter carbonation, this real “real ale”.

Photo of merlin48
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint 0.9 oz bottle is quite unique in appearance, with its antique, oval shape. Pours a slightly hazy, gold color with a small ivory head that quickly fades away, with minimal, patchy lace. Aroma is restrained, with caramel maltiness and English herbal hoppiness. Mouthfeel is light bodied, to the point of feeling watery, and carbonation is low. Taste is biscuity, slight caramel, and funky, bitter English hops. This seems watered down, and lacks any substantial character. Finish is bitter and metallic. For such an expensive looking bottle, the contents are a disappointment.

Photo of fdrich29
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

St. Peter's Golden Ale, green 1 Pint 0.9 FL. OZ. bottle purchased at Downtown Wine and Spirits, Davis Square, Somerville.

Distinctive bottle withich is a "faithful copy of one made c. 1770 for Thomas Gerrard of Gibbstown, just across the Delaware river from Philadelphia".

Admittingly I picked up several offerings from St. Peter's brewery solely on the name, as I hail from Gloucester, Massachusetts and St. Peter is the patron saint of fisherman, and I have celebrated his life every year since I was a small boy.

The brewery writes "Traditional malts and English hops create a distinctive golden ale with a delicate, fresh, grainy after-taste".

That was all well and good, but I could hardly imagine any good coming out of this bottle after I took my first smell, which reminded me of skunked Heineken. The minimal head that appeared after the pour disappeared quicker than money on a prostitutes dresser.

Redemption.

My first sip almost erradicated the smell from my memory. It was light, floral and quite tasty. I found myself liking this brew more and more with each sip. The character of this brew has the confindence to know you will grow to respect it, even after any initial hesitations.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of two brews in my St. Peters gift pack, which includes a branded glass. Kept in the cellar for a couple of months before savoring. BBD: July 5/2011.

Poured into said glass. A wonderful colour for a pale ale, a tawny-golden hue worthy of the beer's name, with about a half-inch of foamy head. Receded nicely into a thick ring, and has left behind some lovely icicles of lacing up and down the glass. Looks great.

Nose is soft malts, butter, tea, caramel and a bit of fruit, perhaps apple or pear. Certainly opens up after warming.

A sturdy, slightly sweet, but damned drinkable English pale. Malty and bready, with a nice sweet, buttery palate. Notes of caramel and fruit. Finishes with a hopped bitterness and a touch of smoke. Very flavorful, easy to quaff. Smoky bitterness lingers long after the finish.

Carbonation is predictably low, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel and a medium body.

The English pale ale is a style of beer with which I'm sort of going through a bit of a rough spell. This little brew will certainly go far towards rekindling our once powerful romance. An easy-drinking pub ale, full of flavor and brilliant-looking in the accompanying glass. Great stuff.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml green glass bottle with a BB of March 2014, so it's just out of date. Acquired some time back from a supermarket. The label describes it as a golden ale brewed using traditional malt and hop varieties.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep golden-amber hue with faint haze and good carbonation. Yields a small head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of grainy malt with hints of biscuits, mild caramel, ale yeast, hay, subtle earthiness and faint stewed leaves. Slightly sweet. Balanced but unexciting.

Tastes of grainy malt with a dry finish. Notes of biscuits, mild caramel, grass/hay, ale yeast, stewed hops and faint earthiness. Well-attenuated, followed by a restrained, leafy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter stewed leaves and grainy malt.

Not bad - a well-judged ale that hits the right notes. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour showcase biscuity malt and delicate, grassy hops. Decent body. A good example of a traditional ale; goes down nicely. Worth sampling if you have the chance.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear body of aged copper with a bubbly white head that fades to a thin film and a raging carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The strong aroma of pale malt and grain even during the pour is followed by a green slightly pungent hops aroma. The finish has a hops and hair perm chemical quality with a stale cigarette ash note coming through as it warms up. The hops still cover a bit of that up.

T- The soft pale malt taste is dry with a soft woody hop finish with a hop pungent flavor lingering with some carbonic acid taste mixed in.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a dry finish that becomes really dry as it goes on and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The soft malt flavor is very dry with the hops becoming mostly bitey with the carbonic acid but they do hold a bit of their flavor. The hops were very nice in the nose but the off aromas were hard to get past.

Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not a bad session ale, pours a golden colour with a bit of white head. Grainy, grassy and easy mouthfeel. Medium body. Drying maltish, not a bad finish, a little hops, drinkable for sure. Not staple, but slightly above average brew.Understated carbonation is good.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker shade of gold, has a real copper hue to it. Bubbly head has good retention and leaves some nice chunky lacings to the finish.

Grainy aroma, a tad too sweet for my liking.

Despite the malty aroma, hops really dominate on the tongue. Perfumey, herbal, really complex profile for an English brew. Malt profile is biscuity with pronouncedear flavors.

Nice mouthfeel, restrained carbonation doesn't get in the way of the complex flavors.

Don't usually like this style, but this is really well developed. Nice beer.

Photo of Reverand
4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off love the bottle, great idea to use a flask style bottle. I bought this yeasterday and had 2 right away. As I poured the first the color was just great and the aroma made my mouth water. I noticed that the beer had a thin head that vanished quickly. Very easy to drink, this is a beer you can have several of and not feel the effects of gravity. If you see this beer do yourself a favor and buy it.

Photo of mick_cooper
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A bit dull and bitter. .drinkable but not impressive

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I can't wuite think of another beer that actually looks like its name. The beer poured a very nice golden yellow color. Not too dark, not too light. The head was a little disappointing, but left a nice lace.

There is a nice, sweet, smell coming from my glass.

There are some sweet and slightly tart elements to this beer that balance quite nicely. Nice refreshing qualities. I can honestly say I'm pleasantly surprised. On the other side, the beer is a little unremarkable. It is a solid beer, don't get me wrong, I just don't think I could do more than a pint at a time.

Photo of surfadelic23
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this one up when I bought their english ale at world of beer/
It pours a deep golden color with creamy white head that fades quickly but manages to leave a thick film/lace.
There's a hint of hops in the nose but much more malt in there.
Tasty/toasty malt flavors abound and the hop backing doesn't really add much bitterness.
It's got a somewhat nice mouthfeel but again, kind of underwhelming.
I like sublteness in ales as much as hop bombs but this is so sublte as to be non-existant. Kind of a bummer as it was a bit expensive...

Photo of andjusticeforale
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a pint glass, and it overflowed a bit, being 1pint 9 ounces. It looked pretty good, not as golden as I expected. I just kept hearing the salesmans retort in my ear "they do it the old fashioned way, traditional ways of brewing."

The first taste is crisp and cool; there is, following that, imho, a not so pleasant hop bitterness that carries through to the finish spoiling an otherwise good mouthfeel and sturdiness. THe malt does not balance; itsw still complex enough to arouse interest, and by all means try this stuff; just make sure its accompanied by a nice big calzone stuffed with eggplant and sausage. Then I bet its tremendous.

Photo of kenito799
3.14/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pt 0.9 oz brownish-green bottle, poured into a pint glass. Bottle modeled after an 18th century New Jersey bottle, odd for an English brewery, no? Undated.

Hard pour raises little head, barely any lacing. Orangey amber brew. Yeast sediment in the bottle.

I was worried about skunk in this not-so-dark bottle, and there is indeed a twinge on the nose, but I won't hold it against the beer...just beware and try to get a fresh sample. Aroma softly malty and some fruity notes that recall beers made with Belgian yeasts...a bit dusty.

"Real ale", bottle conditioned, I presume, very mild carbonation here, yet a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. A bitter grapefruity, hoppy bite in this brew from the start to a lingering bitter finish. Much hoppier on the palate than in the nose--very different than the aromatic profile of hoppy American IPAs. But the bitterness is quite strong here, and lasts forever. It's not an astringent, drying bitterness, more of a mouth-watering bitterness that will make this beer go really well with fried bar snacks, burgers, buffalo wings, and the like. The whole experience of this beer would undoubtedly be improved in a cask sample.

Not a bad beer at all, but IPA lovers will find it lacking in aroma and complexity of flavor, despite the bitter attack.

Photo of russpowell
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber honey color with a fastly faliinh 1/2" white head. Minimal lacing & head retention

S: Slight corny & diathechytl smell. A a little honey as it warms

T: Nice hops bitterness (slight grapefruit)& caramel up front. Some biscuitty notes & a sligh honey sweetness follows. A hint of diathechtl follows, but not too offputting. Finishes dry with a citrus hop snap & a nice malty sweetness

MF: Medium bodied & slightly undercarbonated. pretty well balanced

Drank fairly easy. Not a bad bottled English PA at all, just lacked some astethics

Photo of benmiliron
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Paid $4.19 for a bottle. Damn, that's steep. I don't know about it really being golden in color, more of a pale ale appearance. There is a winey smell in the nose. Taste is good, nice malts, good alpha - maybe too much. Alcohol is noticeable. Bubble is sharp but small and not foamy. Good session beer.

Photo of Imbiber
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looked great before you open the distinctive oval green medicine-style bottle (I didn't inspect it that closely), but in the glass it was a hazy, dirty amber with a fast-collapsing head and no carbonation to the eye (not necessarily bad, though). I was almost expecting it to be infected, judging by the appearance, but was then pleasantly surprised by a gentle flowery aroma enticing my nose.

A bad start, but all was not lost. Quite fresh-tasting, gentle, moderately hoppy to about the right level. Slightly 'chewy' too, as if there was caramel present. Moderate bitter aftertaste which lingers; in general, a nice beer - very easy to 'quaff', especially dueto the very low carbonation level (well, I said that was not necessarily bad).

A classic case of 'don't judge a book by its cover'.

Photo of KTCamm
2.4/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured light reddish/orange with small foam that dissipated very quickly. Minimal lacing.

Aroma was bready/fruity. Very pleasant.

Maybe I got a bad bootle, but this was the bitter-est beer I have ever tasted. It opened with a fruity hop taste blended with malt, but the hop bitter stayed and never went away. The finish was very displeasing. I couldn't shake the aftertaste.

Considered dumping this one down the drain about halfway through, but managed to go the distance. Would definitely not have another one.

I've had a few others from St. Peters and really enjoyed them - not quite sure what happened here.

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first half of this season's St. Peter's gift pack, didn't bother using the glass, the beer being of far more interest to me anyways.

The beer pours a deep golden amber colour with a thin white head that soon dissipates to near oblivion. An almost perfectly clear with a low showing of carbonation it does indeed live up to its name.

After my first whiff scents of caramel predominate, resinous hop aromas followed by citrus mingle with the sweet honey malt notes. The nose is very well balanced and generally very pleasant.

From the first sip sweet malty goodness flits along the tongue, honey, toffee, and caramel all mingle well providing a nice malt palette. A fine hop bite cuts like a knife through the malt sweetness providing balancing bitter resinous flavours. Notes of golden raisins also manifest beside that of dark toast. The hops linger well into the aftertaste providing a slightly puckering finish, accompanied by some lingering malt sweetness.
This drinks very well with a smooth faintly viscous body help along by the subdued carbonation.

A very nice beer and a good mark of the style, I only wish we could get it here all year round.

Photo of GimmeAles
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazy amber develops smooth, creamy 1 finger head that subsides to a nice 1cm sheet sealing the glass. Some light lace.

Initial apricot and caramel nose released some pungent hops notes upon closer inspection. Cereal grains are present in the background.

Rich, toasted malts shows a strong buttery-caramel character which gives way to fresh stone fruits then a soft hop-bitterness. A mineral-like thread weaves into the finish pinpricked with sparse, fine carbonation.

Very soft and smooth in the mouth – quite cask-like character and very quaffable. A nice drinkable, and very British Ale.

Photo of puboflyons
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on August 23, 2012. It pours golden amber with a small head that lingers and reforms after each sip.

The aroma is strong with pale malts, English yeast, and vaguely hopped along with biscuit and dough.

The body is light to medium with a creamy character on the palate.

The taste is full of English yeast, toffee, malts, and a decent semi-lingering hop bite on the tail end.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a pale, slightly hazy tangerine-orange with a beautiful 3+ finger creamy dull paper white head that displayed great retention lapsing and leaving a sticky wave like lacing on the way down. Visible carbonation was hard to detect but appeared rather light in nature.

S: light sour tangerines, dry wheat and light flour notes with a soft floral hopping.

T: dried grains and flour, soft tangerines peels with some fresh bagel dough. A light tart lemon-orange citrus hopping comes through on the finish with a light muskiness. Overall the subtle muskiness and tartness gives this some extra credibility here and was decent per style.

M: light, but felt watery at times. Very smooth in texture and soft on the tongue with a light sour orange bitterness on the swallow.

D: Slightly above average drinkability with the tartness and sour citrus flowering hopping giving this a slight edge.

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St. Peter's Golden Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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