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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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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 12
Gots: 13 | 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: 214 | Reviews: 147
Photo of Fugazme
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
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 hoffman
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of benmiliron
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of packetknife
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of GreenCard
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of whynot44
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of fdrich29
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.


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 allengarvin
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
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 blitheringidiot
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Suds
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Tballz420
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Roderick
2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of coasterfreak75
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of abents
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of PorterLambic
2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of necoadam
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
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 maxpower
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ark57
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
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 merlin48
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Imbiber
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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'.

Photo of WesWes
2.97/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Globetrotter
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

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