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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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BA SCORE
82
good

204 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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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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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +5.6%

I love the fun flask-style bottles from this brewery.
This beer is a murky, almost muddy, earth colored brew. The head is wispy and very thin. English hop aroma with a yeasty undertone. Very earthy and rustic smell, with just a touch of sulfur. The taste is light and delicate, considering the appearance and aroma. It’s a touch grainy, with a very mild maltiness: caramel with a light doughy-ness. Yeast and hops mingle in the flavor, and the mouthfeel is soft, gentle, and creamy. Low carbonation. Drinkable and enjoyable, but not outstanding.

12-12-2004 19:18:36 | More by Suds
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

10-13-2004 14:07:37 | More by RoyalT
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Tballz420

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +5.6%

This brew is a deep golden color, with a small white bubbly head topping it off. The scent is sweet malt, buttery, flowery hops. Fairly buttery up front with a pepper hop bite. Sweet malt with a bit of honey and wood. Smooth, full mouth. Pretty good for such a light beer.

10-04-2004 04:29:52 | More by Tballz420
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Roderick

Kentucky

2.85/5  rDev -20.8%

St. Pete's makes a very visually attractive product but have yet to impress me with taste. This poured light gold with a tiny head ,
The taste was malty with a taste of honey but for some reason it just taste "messy" ....kind of like Goya starting a painting and then some 2nd grader finishing it up with crayons.
Its drinkable it chilled ICE COLD but even for the nice price of 2.99 I don't see me purchasing more.

08-21-2004 13:15:12 | More by Roderick
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coasterfreak75

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%

The pour was a medium golden yellow with a one finger head that quickly dissapated and left no lace or ring on the glass.

The smell was, to me, almost trappist like. Very fruity and full of citrus and an almost hidden malt.

The drink started with an acidic hit followed by a kick of citrus an mid-tongue. The finish was a great lingering hop bitter.

To me this is a very drinkable and refreshing beer

07-14-2004 01:48:39 | More by coasterfreak75
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abents

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours an amber color with skimpy head and no lacing. Smells of honey and sweet malts very nice nose here. Taste is very nice; malts, honey and a nice sweet smoothness to it. Feels very creamy smooth and is easy to drink. Nothing spectacular, but a nice drinkable brew.

07-02-2004 00:42:08 | More by abents
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PorterLambic

Florida

2.93/5  rDev -18.6%

Poured a nice golden color with a small head that breaks down to just a ring with some spotty lacing.
smell mostly of hops with a slight citrus note that I almost had to search for.
Carbonation on the front of the tongue, hoppy with a light citrus taste. Light aftertaste, no complexity. Tasted more like a wheat than an ale.
Felt smooth and light.
This came over as nothing more than a thirst-quencher. Nothing after the color to make you want it. Add it to your list of beers tried and move on.I was quite disappointed by this brew, not up to the standards set by the others I've enjoyed from St. Peters.

06-08-2004 05:22:00 | More by PorterLambic
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.03/5  rDev +11.9%

Presentation: I have seen these St. Peter’s bottles many times in Coolers, but they still exhibit a strong come “play with me” attraction. Comes in the usual St. Peter’s 1 Pint 0.9 fluid ounce high quality, dark green glass, oval bodied, flask shaped bottle. A rather simple looking generic style yellow colored small oval label with a metallic gold border which sits neatly below the raised glass words ‘St. Peter’s Brewery’. Excellent, rather unique and a very distinctive presentation.

Appearance: A very lightly hazed golden body that has a reasonably sized head that is off-white in color. Wow, this instantly lends a very ‘Cask dispensed’ look to the Golden Ale when poured from the bottle into my Pizza Port Real Ale Festival Pint Glass. The head is never overwhelming but there is always one present. Formed from minutely sized bubbles, the head relaxes slowly but never shirks its responsibilities and even gets to leave a light lacing, again, very Cask like. Perfect conditioning. Looks quaffable!

Nose: Toasted Vienna malts with a light sweet biscuit odor, some honey and a light hop odor that has some wooden notes. Medium strength nose but with a very attractive smell.

Tastes: Gorgeously simple yet with a delicate complexity. Malts, honey and light hops all mix together to add the classic traits to this Golden Ale. Yet oak, light pepper-hops, smoked yeast and some citric bite. Has a lovely fruity aftertaste with some mixed biscuit malt bitterness. Quite the drink for a 4.7% ABV offering, a very accomplished Golden Ale in my eyes.

Mouthfeel: PERFECT! This is the beers best aspect for me, lovely smooth conditioning in the body of the beer, perfectly carbonated; it drinks as smoothly as a freshly tapped Cask-Conditioned Real Ale dispensed through a Beer Engine.

Drinkability: Damn this was quaffable, the mouthfeel endeared me immediately but the tastes make for a seriously quaffable ale. If this was on the H-Pump, I could easily sup this one all night. Oh yeah!

Overall: Beautiful. Looks nice, decent nose, great tastes, drinks exceptionally well and is a great all round Golden Ale. About as close to a Golden “Real” Ale in a Bottle as you will ever get.

06-05-2004 04:13:05 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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necoadam

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

05-27-2004 01:52:56 | More by necoadam
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maxpower

Missouri

3/5  rDev -16.7%

Clear golden-yellow in color, small white head that doesn't last long, light floral aromas. Light grainy flavors with some sweet honey flavors in the finish, light bodied, crisp and clean, not much going on with this one, may be a decent session beer.

05-04-2004 13:20:55 | More by maxpower
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ark57

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +16.7%

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.

03-25-2004 13:18:56 | More by ark57
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.13/5  rDev -13.1%

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.

03-03-2004 20:07:05 | More by merlin48
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Imbiber

New York

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%

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'.

12-19-2003 19:04:10 | More by Imbiber
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WesWes

New York

2.95/5  rDev -18.1%

The beer pours a cloudy dark golden color with a lacey white head. The aroma is yeasty with a breadlike smell. There is a carapils smell here sneaking through to accompany the darker than average color. The taste is bitter and breadlike. It's watery and lacking complexity. The mouthfeel sucks. This is a light bodied ale with no carbonation; the beer is flat. The beer is a horrible drinker. This beer sucks, but I've had worse.

12-07-2003 01:49:50 | More by WesWes
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Globetrotter

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours from tha trademark St.Peter's oval flask as clear gold under a one finger white head with bubbles that leave next to no lace. The nose is mild but flowery, with more malt coming out as it warms. The mouth is prickly and medium-bodied. The taste experience opens with a great hoppy bite reminiscent of the best pale ales. A good malty backbone provides excellent context for the hops. The finish is bitter and flowery, leaving a crisp aftertaste. This is a great drinkin' brew!

11-11-2003 15:02:20 | More by Globetrotter
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%

St. Peter's is a must for bottle collectors. Their olive green flask-style shape is one of a kind. This one pours a bright golden color with mostly medium to large sized bubbles and thin wisps of lace. The mild aroma is of sweet malt and hops. The malt body is more substantial than it appears providing a nice biscuity and lightly herbal quality. The hops are somewhat grapefruity, with a mild lemon and faint metallic after bite. Hints of fruity flavors linger in the background.

09-15-2003 01:23:31 | More by BeerResearcher
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UnionMade

New York

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Pours a reddish amber, with only a light misting of head.
Aroma is distinctly english, with that goldings smell. Bright maltiness, perhaps a touch skunky, but it's hard to tell with goldings, since they smell kind of skunky anyways.
Flavor is very golden ale-like. Semi lagery tasting, with perhaps a little bit of ale like esteriness. Maybe a hint of grape. Very smooth, mild carbonation. I'd like to say more about this beer, but it's just kind of dull. I really don't like goldings hops.

08-22-2003 09:02:00 | More by UnionMade
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clvand0

Kentucky

2.4/5  rDev -33.3%

This beer pours a light orange/yellow color with a small white head that dies off quickly. There is not really any lacing left on the glass. The aroma was a little skunky and yeasty. The flavor was not very smooth and had a "green" taste. I do not particularly like this flavor as it is a little too tart.

08-15-2003 18:45:49 | More by clvand0
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putnam

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +25%

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.

08-03-2003 01:44:15 | More by putnam
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Darkale

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

07-29-2003 15:51:21 | More by Darkale
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jeffboo

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -11.1%

A golden/orange color with normal cream colored foam and a slightly hoppy aroma mixed in with a light skunkyness. The flavor is fruity malt and green hops finishing with a light caramel malt and earthy hop dryness. The body is medium and has a slightly cookie/grainy flavor making for an average summery ale.

06-06-2003 10:45:07 | More by jeffboo
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Dmann

California

4.35/5  rDev +20.8%

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.

01-22-2003 02:37:36 | More by Dmann
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

2.58/5  rDev -28.3%

pours to a copper color with an almost non-existant head out of the odd-shaped imperial pint bottle. smells of nice sweet malts with some hops mixed in.

at first, this beer tasted like charcoal, and nothing else. it was very very strange. as i went through it, i got some nice sweet malts and hops that were balanced very well, but i could not shake that terrible charcoal taste. i don't know if something was wrong with this beer, but it was just not good at all. body was smooth with very light carbonation, which would have made it very drinkable if the taste was not so horrible.

01-11-2003 19:58:56 | More by ElGuapo
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +19.4%

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”.

09-06-2002 17:14:29 | More by Jason
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Murph

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%

Pours a deep golden color with adecent creamy white head that fades to a lasting, thick film. The smell is of earthy hops and some slight toasted malt. Smooth toasty malts are evident with some very subtle earthy hop tones in the background that don't really do much to add bitterness to the brew. The brew is smooth and not at all crisp as it should be for the style and this detracts from the drinkability of this brew. This is a nice brew but not a good golden ale. It lacks the hoppy bitterness and crispness that is typical for the style, if you know that going in though, it is a good tasting brew.

08-11-2002 08:25:11 | More by Murph
St. Peter's Golden Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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