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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82
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217 Ratings
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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 12
Gots: 14 | 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: 217 | Reviews: 149
Photo of putnam
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now with a piece of breaded, fried salmon on a plate in front of me and a dollop each of ketchup and mustard, the fragrance of the beer dances up to my nose with a message of pale fruits and fresh cheeses. Wonderfully pure, watery sweet fruit like melon, bartlett pears and white plums. It tastes like it smells. What luck to have a plate of this kind of food with this kind of beer. Neither are my usual, but they go together seemlessly. It's not that the fish is very good either...careless, powdery breading, plus I burned one side. But it loves the beer. It seems like a brilliant compromise between the many robust Pale Ales you get in bottle from Britain and the need for lighter alcohol, more refreshing beer. Faint gas pressure makes it just creamy, nearly like a Nitro package, but there are alive, unpasteurized flavors alight on my tongue too: a permanent delicate bitterness from boiled hops forms the base for moss, lychens, birch bark, driftwood, romaine hearts, whipped cream and lemon leaf.

Photo of Reverand
4.45/5  rDev +24%
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 ogonoku
4.41/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting bottle. Really nice aftertaste.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very tastey pale ale, one of the hoppiest examples Ive had.

Pours tarnished brass with a foamy, shortlived head. Plenty of lace webs cling to the glass. The aroma is malty and doughy with an edge of leafy english hops. The taste surprised me with a wonderful lemony, herbal Goldings hop flavor. Malt sweetness is there, but this beer is a showcase of English hops. The finish is puckering with a medicinal bitterness. The mouthfeel is light and softly carbonated, like its bottle conditioned.

I really enjoy this beer. Its definitely not in IPA or APA territory, but for an English ale, its very hop forward. This will be great for BBQs.

Ill be sure to get some more bottles. Another great beer from St Peter's.

Photo of Dmann
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
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 tmitch75
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another birthday gift from my brother, so Cheers Adam! Cool green bottle, but it's round and I do kind of miss the old oval ones.

Beer itself pours a clear golden color with 1-finger white head of small bubbles that leaves slight lacing on the glass.

Grassy malt smell, maybe a little corn in there, with lemons and a light floral hop aroma.

Sweet grainy malt flavor, green apples, with light lemon flavor and decent bitterness.

Medium body, smooth and fluffy.

Very drinkable, quite a tasty English Pale Ale. I'm a big fan.

Tasted on 6/17/08.

Photo of ralree
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden with a decent white head of 2-fingers that shrinks down to about 1 finger and laces perfectly.

S: Flowering hops and sweet malt. Slight butterscotch.

T: Dried apricots and wonderful English hops. Malt sweetens it up nicely. Nice bitterness on the tongue, and a slight bread flavor at the end. Alcohol in the aftertaste is a little strong.

M: Medium-light bodied, barely astringent. Perfect carbonation. Clean and crisp finish.

D: This drinks very nicely. I will be drinking it again.

Photo of allergictomacros
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear copper. Mixture of creamy and loose foam. Laces very well.

S - Light toast and a nutty, fruity aroma with a hint of coffee.

T/M - Very nice. Solid ale character with a touch of toasty malt. Some nuts, fruit and lemon. Fairly dry, with an assertive bitter finish. Body is neither light nor heavy and an effervescent carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, solid EPA. Nice balanced flavours.

Photo of callmemickey
4.29/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jerusalem Tavern in London ...

A: A thicker golden with a fast departing off white head

S: Floral hops and sweet malts with a hint of pear?

T: The floral hops are the first thing that hits as the malts balance out the beer towards the middle. delicious.

M: Medium body.. smooth.. refreshing

O: Enjoyable.. would have another.. especially with peanuts at the pub..

Photo of Jason
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
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 Wattsox
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, consumed Jan 2011, BBE Sept 2011

A - Orange-hued golden body with a decent white head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a light lacing.

S - Hoppy aroma leads, with a sweet malt and citrus compliment.

T - Slightly sweet, malty and fruity with a nice balanced hop bitterness, which leaves a pleasantly bitter aftertaste. More bitter than I expected actually, but by no means unwelcome.

M - Smooth feel with mild carbonation, very light.

D - A very drinkable beer, would definitely work as a session drink.

Photo of JayTheFinn
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The overall smoothness of this beer is what really grabbed me. Nice looking pale gold body with a creamy little head. Light wheat and citrus combo in the scent and on the tongue. Just very tasty. No a huge mouthfeel, but consistent. Absolutely an easy drinking ale. It goes down effortlessly.

Photo of allengarvin
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale amber, some haze, no head at all (but carbonation is low).

Aroma: Fresh spicy, earthy hop aroma, light grainy malt.

Flavor: Lively hop flavor (earthy, root-like) with moderate-high bitterness, medium-low fruitiness lightly suggestive of fresh apples, and a finish that provides some nice interplay between a buttered-toast malt flavor and some light drying hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation (which is perfect for English beers), nice creamy texture.

Photo of Nipitato
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Light copper. Good clarity but not brilliant. Tops with a 1/4 inch white head that dissipates slowly.

S: As appropriate a mild aroma with notes of caramel and fruity hops. Grain noticeable and well done. A good aroma.

T: A touch of hop bitterness throughout though it is stronger on the back end. Grainy malt flavor on finish as well. No fruity esters. Well balanced malt/hop profile. Quite good.

MF: Medium light body. Moderate carbonation. Not dry.

D,notes: This is a very good beer and highly sessionable. Well balanced with good grain flavor.

Photo of theopholis
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Clear, light amber that pours with a smooth, creamy head that with a fair amount of staying power. Leaves some lacing that is very thick immediately above the head, but falls fairly quickly.

Aroma- Fairly nice sweet malt with caramel nose. Some apricot in there somewhere, and as it warms, you get some hops notes. Much better than I expected.

Taste- Nice melange of rich, toasted malts with a strong buttery-caramel middle. Normally, I don't like any butter notes in my beer. It works really well in this one however. Ends with some unripe fruit and floral hop overtones. Has a noticeable mineral-like taste and mouthfeel through-out, but again, it works.

Mouthfeel- Very nice. A failry soft and smooth feel with a medium body. Velvety. Carbonation level is spot on.

Drinkability-A nice drinkable, British Ale.

Photo of ark57
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a dark golden color with a thin head. It has a woody, fruity, and nutty aroma. The body is malty with some fruit and nut character as well as a tinge of anise. It has a hoppy and grainy finish. A very nice ale. It is easy drinking and tasty.

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This strikes me as the raw material for what becomes an English India pale ale. Just add some more hops and you'll have an EIPA. Looks, smells and tastes the part. Herbal, floral and slightly juicy hop character as opposed to a sharp, dry pine or citrus hop twang. Well balanced with a solid malt backbone. Delicate, almost. Quite classy.
I think I enjoy St. Peter's English ale more than this, but I appreciate this more.
If that makes sense.
Or even if it doesn't.

Photo of necoadam
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Time for the golden ale now. Like the appearance of this beer. Poured out a golden color, but it was more like a dark gold color with carbonation that was visible and lacing that was happening all the way until the end. Smell was a little left to be desired I thought. It was malty, hoppy, and slightly buttery, but It just seemed to be all over around. Luckily the taste made up for it. Malts mixed with honey hit the palate first then blend in with the hops that last through the aftertaste. Finishes on the peppery side but has that wet spot in the aftertaste. Tea like finish as well. Creamy and smooth, One of the better golden ales on the market. Excellent.

Photo of botham
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pint bottle poured into a St. Peter's stange. pours a brilliant golden brown with a slight haze in the liquid. substantial white head that sticks around for a while. beautiful lacings on this one!

smells malty, with a little bit of hops thrown in. there is a floral base to the aroma that creates a very pleasant mix. all in all, a rather simple aroma, but very well balanced and true to a good pale ale.

taste is moderately malty up front, with mild hops coming through after a bit of swishing. the floral aroma is also present, giving balance and a bit of extra depth to the flavor.

aftertaste is light hops and a bit of floral yeasty flavor.

mouthfeel is light bodied, with a smooth texture that goes down well and doesn't bite from carbonation or alcohol.

drinkability is good. this brew is light bodied and goes down smooth. a solid brew that would suffice for any beer lover. this is an honest beer that doesn't have any extra flavors present to get in the way of the core flavors of malts and hops (and a touch of yeasty goodness). cheers!

Photo of BretSikkink
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice, classic english pale appearance, not too thin. A little bubbly. Woody aroma, prominent yeast and lightly hopped. Some alcohol noticeable, but not too much.

Taste is surprisingly complex for such an easy drinker; I had Sam Adams seasonal Pale Ale last night and there's a lot of similarities between them. Quite creamy presence, the carbonation is not too high. Sweet malts are the backbone, light in flavor. There's some light fruitiness that keeps things refreshing and a hint of wood-fire. The hops don't figure right away but blast through towards the tail end, there's a woody thickness to the citric rind flavor. Aftertaste may be a little much on the hop bitterness, but no complaints here.

Surprisingly bouncy little brew, I enjoyed the Golden Ale. St. Peter's brews some good ales and this here is another flavorful english pale - nothing too outstanding, but definitely a 'real ale'.

Photo of Kartoffeln
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright, clear, light golden amber with some visible carbonation and a sizeable white head of creamy foam with solid retention. It gradually dissipates to a ring and thin cap of bubbly foam, leaving spotty lacing.

S: Sweet caramel and loads of biscuit malts with notes of treacle, butterscotch, nuts, and fresh and toasted grains. Grassy and woody hop aromas with resiny, herbal, and spice notes lurk beneath the malt with hints of yeast, citrus, ethanol beneath the malt.

T: Robust and slightly sweet caramel and biscuit malts with a mildly earthy, peaty undertone give way to bready and grainy malt tastes mingling with floral, woody, and slightly citric (lemon zest) hops. Roasty, nutty, faintly smoky malt notes in the finish alongside earthy and citric hop bitterness.

M: Light-bodied with low, creamy smooth carbonation. Quite dry, with the lingering roasty malt and hop bitterness of the finish balancing the rich flavour profile and prodding you to take another sip. Quite refreshing altogether.

D: A clean and refreshing English pale ale that would be nothing short of sensual art on a July afternoon. Besides the drinkability, it's flavourful and has complexity to make it worth sipping as well as sessioning. Well worth a try.

Photo of Darkale
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light bronze color, with a thin and hesitant white head. Light lacing.

Slightly yeasty aroma. Too faint for my tastes.

Fruity slice in the flavor, just a hair of sour bitterness, round and slightly chewy mouthfeel. Very nice malty deepness, which feels thick in the mouth. A very drinkable ale -- very drinkable.

Lingering aftertaste is just a bit bitter, but is a great way to end the beer.

Photo of Fugazme
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Minimal head... but some excellent lacing left on this one. Nice bit of bubbles over the top. Cloudy/muddy brown in color. Looks a touch thin, sort of iced-tea like.

Aroma was skunky on first whiff with a touch of floral undertones. Skunk completely gone upon whiff number two. It was replaced by some great floral notes of lavendar. Grassy and earthy. Third whiff was floral and a touch citrusy with some cinnamon and malt. Caramel enters in too. Light chocolate. Nice.

Mouthfeel is a touch watery. Bitter upfront and a linger of the same. Dry. Spicy citrus at the end. A touch of skunk leftover in the flavor. Tea flavors.

Not bad... I'd try again.

Photo of fdrich29
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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 Reinheitsgebot71
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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