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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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200 Ratings

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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 9
Gots: 2 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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


3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl, 50cl), first tasted in 2001.
Appearance : amber-coloured ale, many tiny bubbles, white foam not persistant
Smel : The nose is hoppy
Taste and mouthfeel : Bitter In the mouth. The hop character is herbal. Finish is bitter and hoppy
Drinkability : A well-balanced beer in the style pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 19:01:09 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy gold with a decent off white head that leaves a lot of lace on the way down. Hoppy, grainy nose with an apparent earthy tone. Flavor is earthy with mild hops in there. Very earthen and a bit almost dirty it seems. Standard feel. Overall this is decent. I can't say it is the greatest or one I would ever go back to really.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 05:08:30 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of ralree


4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 03:19:07 | More by ralree
Photo of brendan13


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy orange golden colour poured into a pint glass with an inch of frothy white head that slowly falls away to a thin whisp. Nice rings of lacing is left behind.
S - Some very light floral hop notes on top of the buttery, nutty character that tends to be typical of St Peters lighter ales.
T - Taste is very much like the smell. Quite sweet.
M - Medium bodied with a fairly low carbonation level.
D - A nice beer but not my first choice for St Peters.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 11:08:40 | More by brendan13
Photo of Slatetank


3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer to celebrate repeal day 2007, an English ale - go figure.
Poured cool into a Boddington's pint from the flask shaped bottle.
A - A shade of golden similar to apple juice w/ a thin cream colored head of about 1/4 inch high and a nice band of lace forms.

S - An herbal and fruity aroma w/ crisp lemony citrus notes.

M - Light bodied w/ crisp dry yeast notes w/ low carbonation and gentle spice in the feel.

T - A nice golden ale taste w/ a nutty flavor that blends well w/ light mineral notes and gentle citrus flavors. The hops add a minimal spice and herbal nuance w/ fruity tinges.

D - A nice light bodied ale, would be perfect for a summer quaff as a lawnmower beer. It went well w/ my tilapia - very crisp w/ flavor that makes you want more.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 16:10:51 | More by Slatetank
Photo of czfreeman


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

Poured out of a pint bottle. Nice golden honey color, fair head retention. Smells of flowers, dandelions?, light woody aromas as well. Tastes of toffees, caramels, candys, slightly sweet, yet a great finish thats not too sweet, delicious!. Light, nice smooth pale ale moouthfeel. drinkability is quite easy, great English ale to quaff back anytime. First beer Ive tried from this brewery, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 07:21:21 | More by czfreeman
Photo of Opethsprite


3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer wows the drinker with an old-school bottle that is very attractive. Itpours a hearty orange-red with no head at all. It is subtle to smell--you kind of have to get right in there to smell anything at all. Once you get the nose, though, it's very damn good. It's a subtle buttery, burnt caramel nose, but with a hint of coconut liqueur. For such a mild scent, it's surprisingly bold, though expectedly rich and buttery. Pretty good! It's very heavy and syrupy in the mouth, and with a complete lack of carbonation, letting only the hops dictate any pep. It's a pretty tasty beer--very cozy, but a bit too dense and sweet for extended drinking.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2007 04:09:17 | More by Opethsprite
Photo of geexploitation


3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with very good clarity and a pretty, jewel like golden amber hue. No head. Aromas are predominantly grainy, with some honey-sweet malt smells and a touch of cooked/vegetal adjunctish smell. On the palate things are much more pleasant, with some sweetish, caramelized malts that are rounded into shape by a mild hop note at the mild palate. At the finish there's a nice, mellow biscuity note at the end. Mouthfeel is light and emphasizes drinkability. Overall, this is a nice, easy drinking beer that would be really sessionable at a lower ABV. Good.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 01:13:47 | More by geexploitation
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2007 02:12:26 | More by botham
Photo of tapman


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

#3 on my St. Peter's tour, hooray...well, maybe.

Like their English and IPA ales a brassy golden color (swear to God they look the same) and clearer. To tell the truth, it is more golden than the others, hence the name I suppose. Give this one a 3.5 because it looks like what its called, golden.

Its like their IPA with weaker hops. While the hops may be Golding with a little Fuggle (not 100% sure on the ratio of Golding to Fuggle) it definitely has an English character.

Buttery English hops with a coarse yet subtle graininess describe this beer. Kind of like a St.Peter's English Ale Light. This tastes more like a pub ale. Hops are quite light and take a backseat in this brew.

Thin mouthfeel almost suits the style, but could be a bit bigger with some more malts.

So far all the light colored St. Peter's (English and IPA plus this one) taste very similar, like variations on a theme of brew. While not bad in their own respect none of them, including this one, stand alone in their category, though all are quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 05:05:36 | More by tapman
Photo of CharlieMopps


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours about a finger and a half of white foamy head that sticks around for a bit before dissipating into about a half-inch, perched atop a deep golden/burnt orange hue. Some lacing.

S: A grainy smell comes to fore, while everything else seems quite subdued, almost lager-like.

T: Has many qualities of a pilsner, which is odd for an ale; a pale malt presence up front followed by the graininess and bittering hops fading into a rather drying finish. Aftertaste is a subtle lingering of hops that makes for a pleasant way to round out the sip.

M: The body of this beer separates it from a pilsner in the sense that it is more full, and the carbonation is just right to the point of near perfection.

D: This offering is very much in the St. Peters tradition, as it has that organic flair to it, but is still distinct from the other products in the line. Overall, a drinkable brew that has enough to keep the palate enticed without going overboard. Not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 19:33:44 | More by CharlieMopps
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'.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2007 22:49:53 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of jwc215


3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazed golden with a thin white head that soon becomes a lasting thin patch. Some broken rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of sweet grain, slightly grassy. Woody and nutty with a touch of butter.

The taste is grainy, again slightly grassy. Sweet grainy and honeyish malt with a background of crisp hops. Buttery diacetyl. Woody, nutty, slightly fruity. Quite a bit going on for the style. Fiishes with a woody dryness.

Buttery smooth, yet crisp. My first impression was that it was slightly watery thin, but letting it warm up more reveals a nice lower end of medium body with a grainy texture. Creamy enough to let flavors hang around in the mouth.

A fine "session" ale from England. Rather complex for the stlye.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 00:56:38 | More by jwc215
Photo of theopholis


4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 04:27:53 | More by theopholis
Photo of Ricochet


3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The smell. Pure skunk. Well, wait a minute, that has left a bit, there's more here, an earthy , grainy smell, with a little sweetness. Ballantine made with good stuff? Appears light orange, like a "burp beer" made with better ingredients. No fizz, no lace. Washed like water, had a little American lager aftertaste, slight bitterness. Not much to like for mouth.

Well, this is a light tasting pint, with a mild hop/malt combination. I'm kind of looking for something about this to describe, but there isn't much. It's very watery, but ...nope. Malt/hop , not bad, nothing to write home about.

Out of the 5 that I've tried, this is the least to my liking. Good for what it is, simple pale ale, but I thought the presentation of thier IPA was a better rounded quaffer.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 08:22:56 | More by Ricochet
Photo of kenito799

New York

3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2007 03:53:22 | More by kenito799
Photo of LarryV


3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Even with a hard pour I didn't get much of a head, just a thin veil of foam around the edges. Pours a light golden color with a tinge of orange. Aroma has hints of coffee, butterscotch, a tiny amount of skunkiness that dissipates after a few moments. Flavor is buttery malt with a perceivable hops presence that is more leafy in character than citrusy. Mouthfeel is pretty nice, a bit on the creamy side. Decent brew, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 00:58:52 | More by LarryV
Photo of BeerSox


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1pt .9oz medicine bottle into pint glass.

Slightly hazy golden color with a white frothy head that holds decently, then settles to a thin cap. Stacked sticky lacing.

Bready malts and a popcorn butter like smell. Light leafy hops are in the background.

Mostly malts are tasted, with some leafy hop flavor in the end that doesn't necessarily make it bitter. Some diacetyl flavors are mixed in. Thin bodied.

Average pale ale, still nice to drink. Don't expect any big flavors out of this one though.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2006 01:21:39 | More by BeerSox
Photo of stcules


2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is not so golden. It's more something like a deep orange. Half finger of foam, quickly disappearing.
English ale smell, not so golden.
In the taste, too. Quite hoppy, and quite bitter. Pleasant, after all. Not so golden, even here, but, anyway, quite good.
A good bitterness in the aftertaste, quite long.
Good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 19:35:37 | More by stcules
Photo of MillRat


3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a warm golden color with just a hint of orange and a clean white head that dissipates fast, but leaves a bit of lace. The first whiff from the bottle is all hops, mostly EKG(?), but with just a little citrus. The flavor maintains the hops presence and adds light malt and biscuity notes. The mouthfeel is just a notch heavier than a macro lager. This is a very drinkable beer, and would probably be far more impressive on cask. The only thing that gets in the way of this becoming a house beer for me (other than that I'm a homebrewer) is the nearly $3 a bottle price. This is a nicely executed English Ale. It's just not a $3 a bottle ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 03:38:47 | More by MillRat
Photo of JWFokker

New York

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

St. Peter's Golden Ale definitely has the appearance and presentation of a good pale ale. It pours a very nice orange gold color and displays decent lacing, though minimal head retention. It's got a great nose too. Notes of citrus and coffee are predominant with some hops showing through. The flavor however, is underwhelming. It's mostly coffee and musty yeast with a bit of weak citrus. Not nearly as good as the nose. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin as well. There was also a lot of yeast sediment in the bottom as well which may have contributed to the musty flavor. All in all, it's not a bad ale, just disappointing. Everything leading up to the flavor was quite good only to be finished with mediocrity. However, the bottle is pretty cool, so it's worth having at least once.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 06:24:46 | More by JWFokker
Photo of GimmeAles


3.95/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 21:36:16 | More by GimmeAles
Photo of ruleof72


2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- medium golden color with head that starts out medium and falls to small
S- Hoppy with stronger hints of clover and straw, not bad
T- Dissapointing compared to taste, kind of weak with overripe floral and musty
M- Medium with OK carbonation
D- Just OK, the taste affects this alot

Overall I was not thrilled with this. Sure, it was better than typical large brewery beer but the bottle looked like it would be better than it was. Definite "Pale Ale" components but the taste was off for me. I'll finish the bottle but probably won't be buying more, especially at the price.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 00:29:57 | More by ruleof72
Photo of jettjon


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-golden clear color with no bubbles evident. Head is small, quickly fading to a thin sheet with decent lacing marking the sides. Nose is interesting: powerful citrus and a scent of undeniable coffee. Honestly, this smells like sniffing a lemon-scented cup of Joe. Taste does indeed have a coffee flavor, though it’s balanced against the citrus and very quickly fades to a caramel flavor. Mouth is quite watery/wet, not very substantial. Drinkability is OK… this is a very odd duck and as such is not drinkable in the normal sense.

Overall: An odd offering that’s worth a try, but not much more.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2006 02:37:35 | More by jettjon
Photo of russpowell


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 03:04:07 | More by russpowell
St. Peter's Golden Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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