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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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204 Ratings

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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15%
Wants: 9
Gots: 5 | 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 GimmeAles


3.95/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

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


2.95/5  rDev -18.1%

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.

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


3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

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


3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

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

09-07-2006 03:04:07 | More by russpowell
Photo of HarleyQuilter


2.63/5  rDev -26.9%

On a roll here in B-town. Machell picked up this bottle purely by the attraction of the bottle, but she was VERY dissapointed in the flavor. Poured smoothly but with almost NO head. Nice color, kinda lighter than expected because the bottle is NOT clear as we first thought.

Very hoppy at first sip, a nice full bodied ale flavor midway, then more hopps. Machell gave her glass up after her first drink. The rest thought it was a good ale, but not all had a clean palet, so there weren't equal reviews. This beer would be good on an ale night, but don't mix without cleaning your palet.

We've had better ales, but please, don't [you] think this is a generic, run of the mill ale.

09-04-2006 04:02:16 | More by HarleyQuilter
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -5.6%

My friend Stephen meant to grab St. Peter's porter, but missed (?) and picked up their Golden Ale instead. First time trying it, since I'm usually buying St. Peter's darker offerings. Golden Ale certainly lives up to the name; it's a clear, golden beer with a half-inch head that leaves a ring around the rim of my glass.

Smells real "sharp", mostly bitter hops, but also sweet caramel and honey, also roasty, nearly stout-like twang. Herbal notes, too. I like the smell. Reminds me of a more complex English bitter.

Taste is pretty good, bitterness and dry malts are the order of the day here. A subtle floral / herbal quality. Mild sour-sweet finish. Despite the bitterness is rather smooth. Dry aftertaste.

A respectable ale, but at $3 a bottle I don't know if it's worth picking up on a regular basis. Why St. Peter's doesn't sell this cheaper I'm not sure.

09-01-2006 04:53:34 | More by kkipple
Photo of JayTheFinn


4.28/5  rDev +18.9%

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.

09-01-2006 02:53:34 | More by JayTheFinn
Photo of andjusticeforale


3.58/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

08-28-2006 22:13:44 | More by andjusticeforale
Photo of DogFood11


2.8/5  rDev -22.2%

Poured into a pilsner glass I had to up the ante and pour this one very aggressive to get much of a head. Chill hazed, leaning towards amber in color although fairly pale.

Roasty and toasty for such a light colored brew. Hops are drying and spicy. Burnt Oak is the dominant theme here and there is some butter likeness as well. Up front there is a light fruitiness, maybe apples but it is something of the sweet variety. Quickly smashed by the toasty, burnt wood middle. A light but well placed hop drying and then finishes back to the burnt wood. Not really refreshing at all.

Notes: Overall it was below average in my book and nothing to keep on hand as a staple beer. I will definately try their other offerings though as this is a pretty complex beer for the style it just didn't come together well.

08-02-2006 01:19:31 | More by DogFood11
Photo of Zorro


3.38/5  rDev -6.1%

Pours a nice clear golden to amber colored ale with very low carbonation and no head formation.

Smell is toasted grains and malt with a good herbal hop aroma that is something like German hops in aroma. Some aromas of strong tea and faint sweetness this isn't as fruity as most English Pale Ales. Fairly strong scent of grain husks here.

Taste is malty and very dry with a strong toasted grain husk flavor and a fairly astringent after taste at the start. Fairly bitter for the style. DRY and medicine bitter ale here that is different from the usual beers of the style.

Mouthfeel is OK.

OK drinkability here but I can think of many ales of this style that I like better. An interesting beer that you should try but I can only recommend as a novelty brew.

06-10-2006 01:06:58 | More by Zorro
Photo of clickpush


3.93/5  rDev +9.2%

pour: flask shaped bottle to 16oz pint glass. Came up w/ a small, creamy, active white head and a light orange-amber color

nose: A little plain, in my opinion. Strongest hints were of lemon/citrus and apricot. Also had a faint tinge of poured off pasta water.

mouth: Sour upon entering the mouth with a delicious, lasting, extremely bitter swallow that heats up the back of the mouth and throat on the way down. This beer has just the right amount of carbonation and is very drinkable. It is extremely refreshing but manages to pack high quality AND quantity flavor. Hints of pitted fruits (peaches/apricots) which linger from the scent and a tinge of gooseberry.

04-25-2006 22:59:45 | More by clickpush
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

04-24-2006 07:49:08 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of surfadelic23


2.93/5  rDev -18.6%

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...

04-06-2006 17:45:47 | More by surfadelic23
Photo of Drew966


4/5  rDev +11.1%

This beer pours a light copper color with a small head from a 16.9 ounce green bottle. Aroma is hoppy with a bit of grain. Taste has good, solid malt backbone with hops noticeable toward the finish. This is a pretty good pale ale. I'm really impressed with this brewery, I haven't had a bad beer from them yet. Recommended.

03-22-2006 00:20:37 | More by Drew966
Photo of evh883


3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Nice appearance in the glass. It had a golden color as the name suggests but it had a strange cloudiness which I did not expect and is very unusual for this style. Small head, that dissapated quickly. The beer had a nice aroma filled with hoppiness and some citrus. Tha flavor followed with more hoppiness and citrus with a slight bitterness on the back end. This was nice beer to drink and would recommend it to British beer lovers.

02-11-2006 20:37:23 | More by evh883
Photo of Fugazme


4/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

02-07-2006 22:03:26 | More by Fugazme
Photo of hoffman


3.45/5  rDev -4.2%

Pours from pint bottle into pint glass to a full golden honey color, very flat pour with a one half finger head that rises of large bubbles and fades to near nothing, no laceing except for tiny spots following the beer down the glass. The smell is a full boquet, very powerful grain malts say ale all the way with a nice mix of floral hop aroma, more sweet malt and some sour grain. Taste is full and more complex than I expected from the look and pour creamy sweet malt mixes well with a nice bitter hop kick at the end. The middle lacks a little, but the hop kick was and pleasant surprise. The mouthfeel is creamy but a bit watery and under carbonated. Overall a good brew but not one that I would choose on a regular basis. If your offered one drink and you will enjoy.

11-17-2005 03:59:42 | More by hoffman
Photo of benmiliron


3.9/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

08-22-2005 22:23:10 | More by benmiliron
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.2/5  rDev -11.1%

Bright orange peel orange with honey colored trim. The tight-bubbled head is the color of aged parchment and sports seemingly thousands of tiny bubbles on its upper surface. Thick bands of sticky lace are plastered all over the glass, giving the cap a much more interesting appearance than the beer beneath.

The nose isn't hoppy enough for this to be considered an English pale ale. Maybe Golden Ale is a more accurate moniker after all. Goldings are the only hop variety in use. Unfortunately, I can't even identify them when I know what to sniff for. The aroma is minimally malty with a gentle, herbal muskiness that is the very definition of lackluster.

St. Peter's Golden Ale is one of the most subtly flavored beers that I've had in a while. What flavor I can appreciate is decent, I just can't appreciate much. The mouthfeel would suggest that there's no shortage of malt and a fair amount of leafy bitterness (that increases as the beer approaches room temperature) would suggest that there's no shortage of hops. The mystery is, why can't I taste them?

I keep thinking that the next mouthful... well, maybe the next... when coupled with warming, will deliver something for my taste buds to work on, but it just ain't happening. This has to be the ultimate in unchallenging ales. Sweet early, bitter late, with nothing in between. The mouthfeel is medium in heft and is peppily carbonated.

I haven't been overly thrilled with the two other St. Peter's beers that I've tried. Golden Ale is a head scratcher more than anything else. It's far from unpalatable, but if flavor is high on your list of priorities, look elsewhere.

08-02-2005 20:42:46 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.63/5  rDev +0.8%

A very clear golden pour with a fluffy foamy head that faded slightly but laced throroughly. I smelled something not unlike raw wild honey and some tart citrus. Grassy, citrussy, a bit of bread.... like being a kid and soaking my bread in orange juice (don't ask). Not as sweet as OJ, somewhere inbetween Tangerine and Grapefruit. There was a residue that lingered unpleasantly but not horribly offensive. Served cold it was quite refreshing until the residue was the remaining quality.

06-13-2005 13:34:44 | More by packetknife
Photo of GreenCard


3.2/5  rDev -11.1%

Appearance: deep gold, great clarity, medium layer of frothy white foam that collapses to islands of bubbles, lace

Aroma: light caramel, wildflower honey, malt, angel food cake

Flavor: malty sweetness throughout, biscuity, toasty, touch of butterscotch, slight tanginess, grassy hop flavor, soap, finishes semi-sweet with a lingering grapefruit-rind bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, fine carbonation, slight astringency, somewhat soft

Other comments: A very long, slow flavor "evolution" on the first sip. Just when you're about to call it too sweet, a nice hop bitterness creeps in and hangs around long after you've finished drinking the beer.

05-23-2005 16:57:48 | More by GreenCard
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3.98/5  rDev +10.6%

Medium bodied, hazy amber color with a moderate ivory head.

The aroma is mild but very nice with sweet malts giving fresh buttered biscuit with honey touched with an oaky hops note.

The taste is along the same lines, liquid buttered biscuits, finishing with a bit of oak/citrus bite.

Extremely smooth and drinkable. Leaves you wanting another. Refreshing for either hot or cold weather. This one really is better as it warms up rather than ice cold.

Comes in a very classy flask shaped bottle. Very enjoyable.

04-15-2005 04:51:00 | More by whynot44
Photo of fdrich29


4.08/5  rDev +13.3%

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.


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.

03-20-2005 19:54:26 | More by fdrich29
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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.

01-21-2005 02:14:50 | More by allengarvin
Photo of blitheringidiot


2.7/5  rDev -25%

Label Lingo and bottle babble: 1 PINT 0.9 FL. OZ cool lookin’ flask bottle.

Golden orange hues with some tiny champagne bubbles topped off with some sudsy off white cap that leaves a good amount of lattice lace to save the day. Second pour contains more head cap.

Scents are neat English tea and bitter malty citrous notes.

First Swigs: Burnt leaves. Hops prevalence is English bitter. Smokey maybe whiskey malts which nears a Scottish Ale flavor. Buttery diacetyl feel and flavor. Smokey near bacon flavors. Lingering bar-b-que smoke. Wet cardboard all over the joint.

Last Swigs: ESB Smokey Bitter. Scottish Ale sort of. Don’t want another. A bit narrow flavored. Maybe this is more of an acquired taste.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

12-14-2004 02:57:35 | More by blitheringidiot
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