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

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

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195 Ratings

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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 02-18-2002)
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Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.45/5  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A 500ml green glass bottle with a BB of March 2014, so it's just out of date.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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 22:59:00 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of BeerWithMike


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling right now on 3/14/14. Comes in a pretty heavy green 'flask' bottle that is '1 pint .09 Fl.ounces'. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a english pint glass.

Pours a orange/amber in color with a thin white head. Some spotty lacing is seen but settles back down the glass. The aroma is at first a mild' skunky' (as is COMMON for some reason with brews in green bottles) and is of malts with a hint of floral hops. The taste is MUCH better than the aroma with some buttery malts coming through. Lower carbonation which fit this one to a tee. Actually easy to drink as I wasn't sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 22:35:57 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of BierJager89


3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Translucent golden with a white head.

S: If you can get past the skunkiness, which is possible, you get sweet malt in the nose.

T: Nice solid maltiness, with light hoppiness fairly typical of the english style golden ale. Not bad, but not amazing.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: The skunkiness could be dealt with better, by putting it in darker bottles, and it could be a more interesting beer, but it's tasty, and worth a try. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 01:31:41 | More by BierJager89
Photo of RyanRiddell


3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm working my way through the St. Peters bottles available at my local watering hole.

I enjoyed this one. Slightly cloudy and lightly carbonated.

The smell isn't exactly my forte. Strong, malt, floral. Considering this is a characteristic of this type of brew, I was expecting as much and land in the middle as far as scent is concerned.

The taste was biting, bitter, and crisp. Grain, hop, skunk. Not very complex, in my mind its a straight forward concoction.

I think the mouthfeel is my savior for me. Goes down easily, while still having a unique viscosity and texture.

Not amazing, not terrible. I would like to try a fresher bottle or on-tap, then speak my opinion again.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 22:24:32 | More by RyanRiddell
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

St. Peter’s Golden Ale has a thin, white head, some vertical lacing, and a very hazy, orange-golden appearance with lots of streaming bubbles (etched glass) and numerous, mid-sized brown chunks suspended throughout. The aroma is of an old, moldy cellar, sweet, overripe fruit, such as apple or pear, and some dank barley. Taste is of all that, with some white bread crust and only the slightest background bitterness. There is also an overriding sugar sweetness here. Mouthfeel is medium, with the well water being felt in the mouth as well. St. Peters Golden Ale finishes semi-dry, oddly sweet, and decently drinkable. Even though I’m betting this is a very old bottle, I will still rate it as very fine. It’s interesting, for sure, but I would like to have it fresh, one day.


Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 13:49:49 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.25 A: Clear medium yellow color. One finger o frothy off-white head. Retention is a touch below average and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Mineral is the foremost aroma in this. Grainy maltiness follows, then herbal and earthy hops, then a touch of butter, and finally, some breadiness.

3.0 T: Moderate bitterness sticks out immediately. Mineral and grainy malts next. Herbal and earthy hops. Minor amounts of butter and breadiness. There's also a bit of corn in there, which throws off the taste a bit. Not quite clean flavor, but good enough.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy with a heavier chewiness.

3.25 D: It's decent, but I vastly prefer the English Ale over this.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 01:10:23 | More by DavoleBomb
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1pt, 0.9oz bottle (green glass) poured into a tulip stout glass. Date/batch stamp 12148

Appearance: Bright light copper, thin white head, some islands and few strands of lacing. About halfway through the glass all the lacing gone except for a little bit at the edges.

Smell: Faint buttery malt and some floral hops.

Taste: Quick malt sweetness with some definite buttery flavor, then moves into some very solid hop bitterness - maybe a touch of skunk in there towards the end. Much more bitter than expected for an English pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, a little sticky on the teeth from the hop oils.

Overall / Drinkability: Not bad, but not a great English pale ale either. A bit unbalanced but okay. I guess it's a rather hoppy English pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 23:40:14 | More by damndirtyape
Photo of Jetulio


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from a 500 ml. bottle into a Pint glass.

A: clour is a light golden amber with visible bubbles, white normal head not long lasting

S: biscuit malts with toasted grains, hop aromas with grass notes

T: cereal with woody notes and citric hop bitterness at the end that is lasting for a while.

M: medium bodied with low carbonation. roasty malt and hop bitterness of the end are well balanced Quite refreshing

D: A clean and refreshing English pale

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 18:22:18 | More by Jetulio
Photo of flagmantho


3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a moderate haze and moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. Quite nice.

Smell: a whiff of slight skunkiness was apparent right when I opened the bottle, but this dissipated pretty quickly. There's a light malt aroma with a light graininess here; reminds me more of a pale lager than a pale ale. That said, there is a light whiff of hops which helps redeem the scent.

Taste: sweetish malt which is quite reminiscent of a Euro strong lager, strangely enough. A bit dank, and not in a good way. Hop character and bitterness are minimal. I'm not a big fan.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation and an engaging texture that, while not exactly creamy, is at least stimulating.

Overall: this beer is probably not objectively bad, but its flavor profile jibes neither with what I know of this style, nor my palate in general.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 02:50:24 | More by flagmantho
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 22:37:40 | More by puboflyons
Photo of janubio


3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml. dicinal" bottle. Orange to gold colour, with normal head that dissappears sooon. Smell is earthy, grains, hops. Palate is maybe too light, fizzy, but smooth. Taste is rough in the beginning, earthy, caramel, citrus notes. Yes, is similar in character to Czech lager, and it's good.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 15:21:33 | More by janubio
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Quebec (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Ruds for this one.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle, best before 13 Apr 12.

Appearance: A brown-orange body (not really golden) with a thin ring of foam that disappears fast. Disappointing.

Smell: Earthy minerals and some bitter fruit.

Taste: Fleshy orange, hint of smoke, very mineral verging on salty. That saltiness kind of lingers but gets better as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Starts strong but thins out a bit. Good carbonation.

Overall: Decent but not a highlight for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 12:13:58 | More by papat444
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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 01:38:25 | More by CanuckRover
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3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Got this guy from his new, round bottle. Gotta say, I almost prefer the more flask-like model... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear golden straw topped by over a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises wheat, light orange peel, and very light banana. The taste sticks to the smell's guns, altering pretty much nothing. Fair enough. The body is a hefty light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a nice little EPA, nothing amazing, but something easily taken down with moderate pleasure. And, yes, I could sound more like a humanizing robot...I just choose not to...

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 04:43:53 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy golden/copper colour to it. It has a nice white bubbly head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of alot of grainy and bready malts, some sweet toffee and caramel and some light hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very strong malt grainy and bready feel to it, caramel sweetness and some grassy/earthy/woody notes from the hops witch give it a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice balance and feel but not enough hop complexity.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 20:41:33 | More by SebD
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 23:40:26 | More by Kartoffeln
Photo of MONKandTUCK


3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a bright straw color. Foam cap quickly settles, some busy coronation continues to work its way up the glass as the here drinks.

A - Interesting array of malt, yeast and green hops. Nothing stunning, but more interesting than most beers out there. Certainly more lively than most beers of this size and outside of the hop-forward American category.

F - This isn't really an English rendition of a Lager, a la Sam Smith's Lager or Great Lakes' Dortmunder Export. Nor is it simply an English Bitter. Unfortunately it's a hybrid of both.

There's too much grain in the finish. There's some honey flavor, but otherwise the malt character is boring and thin. The hops are English and restrained. They don't do anything for the beer. Spicy noble hops would be far more fitting than these acidic fruit and forest flavors.
The yeast isn't clean enough for the style, either.

M - It's thin and dry, which a Summer beer ought to be. However, the graininess leaves it too thin. Even a Budweiser has more body.

O - This tastes more like an emaciated Bitter, than a British substitute for a Pilsner. I don't mind a good Pilsner, when fresh. But my experience with their other beers had me hoping I had found my go-to Warm Weather beer. Sadly it lacked comparable character and isn't worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 23:59:33 | More by MONKandTUCK
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3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 21:39:22 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky light honey orange with a 1/2 tan head that fades to nothing. Very small dots of lace randomly form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, grains, and some honey. Taste is of malt, grains, bread, and slight hop flavors. There is a slight bitterness that sticks around on the palate after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I wish the carbonation level was a bit higher.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 04:06:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of MoreThanWine


2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Other than the unusual bottle shape I found this beer underwhelming. Poured a 2" white head which quickly vanished. Clear straw yellow in color, not really even golden. Smell is moderately skunked. It tastes like standard BMCs except for a lasting bitter finish and a moderate zing. I don't see what's the big deal.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 08:48:13 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch and a half of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A lot of malt in the aroma, along with some hops and grain.

T: Tasted mainly of malt, with mild English hops, a grainy quality, and a slightly harsh herbal component. An interesting and generally likable flavor. Very focused.

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

O: On the whole, this is an easy to drink, well made English Pale Ale. It's not something that will wow you, but it is a good, solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 12:05:41 | More by avalon07
Photo of micmillon18


3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 02:25:08 | More by micmillon18
Photo of nickfl


3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pour with half a finger of white foam that sits on top of a clear, golden-brown body. The head settles pretty quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Bready malt and some spicy hop aromas. Some toffee and perhaps a hint of caramel in the background with notes of red apple.

T - Dry, bready malt up front with just a hint of toasted character. More complexity appears in the middle with notes of red apple and musty hops. Things finish up with more toast and toffee as well as moderate bitterness that lingers in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Not bad, there is nothing too complex going on here but it certainly has all of the requisite components of beer. The hops and yeast are appropriately disposed to misty and fruity notes, respectively. I wouldn't turn this down if offered a glass in the future, but I can't really see any reason to spend money on it.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 05:40:53 | More by nickfl
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3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served this 1 pint .09 oz. green bottle in a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date. The body was a foggy apricot color and the head was soapy/foamy and off white.

The smell was simply apples and light grain.

The taste was cider-like. Tart apples and delicate sweetness. Hints of buttered crackers.

The mouthfeel was soft and under-carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 13:53:51 | More by Cresant
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3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A clear, dark yellow/gold color. A bright white somewhat soapy head with fine bubbles. Nice size. Only average retetnion. Left some good lacing however.

Smell - The nose was a fresh grainy/grassy bouquet. Some cracker and butter notes. Nicely balanced.

Taste - The taste provided the grain again. Not an astringent grain as some can be. A butter flavor with a light splash of lemon. Again some dry cracker type tastes. Well balanced in flavor. Some touches of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Crisp and snappy. Refreshing and dry. Doesn't over do it with flavor on the palate, but does leave a nice bit of flavor.

Drinkability - I didn't know what to expect of this brew when I opened it, however I was pleasantly surprised. A very nice well rounded beer. A great brew for Spring and Summer. Worth a try. Very sessionable and easy to drink. A great beer to sit back and relax with. It was rather filling for a low ABV beer also.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 16:49:28 | More by Shrews629
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St. Peter's Golden Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
81 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.