St. Peter's Ruby Red Ale - St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mdagnew on 04-03-2006

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Reviews by doktorhops:
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4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here's another on the 'to do' list of beer reviews: St. Peter's Ruby Red Ale. Spying the unique bottle at an expensive but well appointed craft beer shoppe [sic], I made a mental note to one day quench my mighty thirst with this fine beverage, when I found it a cheaper price (of course!). Said day is upon us thanks to Daniel S. Murphy Esq. the bottle-shoppe [sic] that is well known to slash prices and aggressively undercut, to our collective benefits, in the quest to destroy the opposition... ahh Dan Murphy's you magnificent bastards.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: It's in the name but I'll say it anyway; deep ruby red body with a nice sticky tan head.

S: Fantastic aroma! A mixture of sloe berry, dark cherry, chicory, hint of vanilla with a heavy roast malt (almost rye-like) base. This is one brew that smells medieval in its earthiness (and I should know as I travelled back in time to the middle ages last week).

T: That chicory flavour is upfront, with a smattering of ripened fresh coffee beans, sloe berries and that chewy malt base that carries through to a mildly bitter base. Slight sourness that carries throughout and lets one know that a decent yeast was used.

M: Mid to light body, slightly chewy, with a light carbonation.

D: Impressed with this one. Doubtless to say it's a bit on the expensive side for what you get (Hook-Norton's Old Hooky is a half-decent cheaper replacement), but it pleases nonetheless, and if you want to try a dirty/earthy flavoured ale then this is a good pick. Treat it as a half-way between an English Bitter and a Stout and you get the idea of what sort of flavours to expect.

Food match: Roasted game meats like partridge, grouse, woodcock and venison. Also roasted wild pig on a spit would lend its medieval feel to the brew.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From my LCBO winter gift pack, along with the Golden Ale.

Poured into the branded St. Peter's glass. To truly get the "ruby red" as described in the name, one really has to hold this beer aloft in the sunlight, where the colour truly shows. Out of the light, the brew takes on a murky chestnut hue, with only a few streaks of red when the light hits it. The name is a bit inapt, I have to say. Left behind a thin layer of off-white foam, which receded into a thin ring. Some flecks of lacing near the top of the glass.

The nose is quite pleasant and full: malt, caramel, chocolate, earthy notes and cream. Not bad at all.

A bitter, almost astringent mineral taste pervades the beer, which is fine I suppose, but tends to hurt the soft, but tasty malt and hop profile lurking underneath. Still, this isn't a bad-tasting ale at any stretch, its just a bit tart, and not because of the hop content.

Thick, a bit bready, mild carbonation.

Not a bad beer, went down pretty well, but the tartness is becoming a bit over-powering. Tone that down a touch (perhaps on cask or fresher it would do better?) and this would be a great English bitter. As it stands, this is merely a good English bitter.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml green glass bottle with a BB of Feb 2012. The bottle has a characteristic oval shape.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass; initially quite vigorous upon opening. A deep ruby hue with strong carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for several minutes before collapsing. Aroma of sweet, biscuity malt with hints of grain and notes of leafy hop and citrus.

Flavour of robust sweet malt with a distinctive dry bitterness. Notes of grain, biscuits, stewed hops, pine and citrus. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and rather astringent. Aftertaste of sweet yet bitter malt. All in all, a nice blend.

Tasty - I was surprised by how much was going on with this ale. A strong malt flavour with more bitterness than expected, but nicely balanced by subtle aromatic hops. Good stuff - seek it out....

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A mild bitter freshly brought in from the UK. A light grapefruit colour with a bit of soapy head, all that remains from initial malt foaminess. A moderate malty aroma. Its like an amber, well balanced with a bit of toastiness and hop bitterness. Smooth drinking. Average mouthfeel.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.63/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark amber. Big thick creamy white head. Spider web lacings all the way down.

Sweet toffee on the nose but with some spice from the Goldings.

What a bitter is supposed to be. A solid biscuity backbone with a touch a toffee sweetness. Spicy Goldings offer up some nice character and a subtle, lasting bitterness.

Oh wow, the body on this is heavenly. This is incredibly creamy for the style. Carbonation is right on. A full body yet an incredible drinkability.

This is lovely. I wish I could get this in singles, this one was out of a gift pack.

Photo of Ruds
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500ml bottle into UK pint glass

Pours a rich dark amber colour, with reddish brown hues

Smells of chocolate and toffee, slightly malty, no real overbearing aroma's, a nice subtle mix

Tastes of caramel, toffee, malt, faint hints of chocolate, bitter but not too so

Mouthfeel, slightly dry finish but this makes you want more!

Photo of puboflyons
3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the antique looking green bottle stamped 12223. Sampled on July 2, 2013.

The pour is mahogany brown more than red with a short-lived head and slightly cloudy.

The aroma is of pale malts with the unique fruitiness of a red but there is also a chocolate thing going on that I have not encountered in a red. Maybe a slight nuttiness.

The body is about medium.

The taste is of malts but the odd chocolate note I got on the nose is not as noticeable in the taste. A kind of herbal quality too. The ending is slightly bitter and lingers to a dry a finish.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear light ruby color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of dry English hops with some very light caramel malt. Taste is also dominated by some subtle dry English-style hops with a subtle malt presence. I was expecting a bit more and I thought the body was too thin.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Normal St Peter's green bottle, best before 12 Aug 09, drank 22 Jan 09. Poured into a 'Forbidden Fruit' chalice (twice).

Surprise, surprise the colour is ruby red, well almost and the weak almost non-existant head was an off white scummy covering which fell away very swiftly.

Aroma of yeast and hops with very little else until it warmed, then some sweeter notes arrived (toffee and caramel?).

The taste is bitter and fairly hoppy, there is a tangy, spritzy feel to the brew, so it is obviously well carbonated although there were no visable bubbles rising up the beer.

I liked it, but I couldn't stay on it all night.

Photo of Globetrotter
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found in a Moscow grocery store, the green oval bottle features an oval red and silver label with the image of a key inside a strutting crow above the name. The hops are Styrian Goldings. Russian import label lists only purity law ingredients. Best before 3/1/07, I opened it on 5/20/06.

Pours a clear deep red under a pinkish head that couldn't muster more than 1/2 finger despite a very hard pour. The head fades fast back to film and thin collar, but still manages to leave some very nice lace lines. The strong floral hop and raspberry nose is very enticing. The mouth is mildly carbonated and fiarly light. Strong and distinctive taste of bready malt with a touch of peppermint and a good dose of espresso-like dry bitter hops. The hops last longest, providing an intense bitter for the back of the throat. Must drink more...

Photo of THEMGG
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Unibroue Tulip, i love the St Peters 'Granpa's ole medicine bottle' presentation.

A - Poured a reasonable head of about 1 finger, lace is quite thin and fast. Colour of copper to red, but against the light it has an orange hue shining through.

S - Malt's coming through at first, toasted, biscuit, maybe some amber, hint's of fruit in the backround, hops giving a subtle spicy, herby aroma.

T - Same as the aroma, the malt's I can taste are toasted, biscuit, amber, carared. The malts last for a second then the bitter comes through with a spicy, herb like taste, slight medicine taste's at the last stage of the bitter, but I might be talking myself into it due to the shape of the bottle. I like the water St Peter's uses, it seems to accentuate the hops in a way that seems different to a lot of other English Breweries. Mild fruit tastes come through, tart, berrylike flavours, very subtle.

M - Smooth, a little oily, doesn't hang around for ever in the mouth.

D - I could definitely have a few of these in a row, the finish of the hop bitterness might get a bit much after a while, but right now I wish i had about 2 more bottles to go with my dinner! This beer is quite well balanced and is certainly on my list of beers to drink more of.

Photo of SebD
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice dark amber color to it. It has a nice dark tan head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of sweet malts, dark fruit, chocolate, piney hops and some caramel.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet malty and fruity character with some hints of chocolate, hops bringing a bitterness and some light caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and flavor.

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

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a dimpled handled pint pot
producing a dark chestnut red body with a lazy off white head that dissipated to a scattered cloud froth.

The aroma is wondrous mix of dark fruits,malt,hops and even red wine.

The taste is no less complex a real sense of dark bonfire toffee and molasses whilst not becoming overly sweet with a hop kicking aftertaste.

Put together with ideal carbonation and a real warming mouth feel that is not at all heavy it produces a splendid dark bitter for the darker days

Photo of Sigmund
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 4.3%. Deep copper to chestnut colour, moderate off-white head. Pleasant aroma of malts with moderate notes of caramel, earthy and fruity hops (Styrian Goldings) also come up front. The flavour is malty and woody but not sweet, and there are plenty of hops throughout, with a fairly bitter aftertaste. Good beer!

Photo of Macca
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a, yes you guessed it, ruby red colour with a centimetre of beige head which drops away to leave some patchy covering. Clear.

A very pleasant maltiness dominates the aroma. A little hoppiness as well.

A great hoppy bitterness gives you a whack in the mouth. The maltiness takes a back seat.

Medium bodied with a lean drying sensation.

Photo of mdagnew
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast....

Poured a dark murky red / brown colour... Slightly off white head poured quite small and faded to almost nothing - left very patchy lacing...

Aroma - Sweet fruits (apple), dusty, oaky notes, strong chocolate malts, coffee hints, light hop bitterness...

Taste - Quite watered down fruits, definite chocolate notes, quite strong bitter hops, floral, woody notes, musty...

Feel - Quite smooth with light carbonation. Medium body....

Overall - An average beer.... worth a try once... not one of St. Peter's best....

Photo of grub
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. sampled feb 4/09.

pours crystal clear ruby red with a small tan head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is nice. grapefruit. orange peel. bit of tangerine. touch of earthy character. white bread. touch of biscuit. hint of alcohol. bit of bright floral character too, but not at all perfumey.

taste is good. biscuit and whole wheat bread. medium-low bitterness level. grapefruit. bit of orange peel too. there's some alcohol too, especially fresh from the fridge, but as it warms the malt definitely takes over and balances this out.

mouthfeel is great. medium-light body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced, tasty, and extremely sessionable. i bet this would be pretty excellent on cask...

Photo of Tonygleeson
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drunk on the couch while watching 'Mad Max 2'

Serving; Pint Glass

A/ A rich ruby red, true to it's name, oddly white head that quickly dissipates however it leaves just one last layer for quite some time.

S/ Large golding hop aroma with a subtle malt undertone, pine with a burnt timber backing.

T/ Mild bitterness with a sweet back palate. Some subtle chocolate biscuits with that pine needle taste coming back.

M/ Moderately carbonated however the bitterness holds for quite some time.

D/ Drinks well for a single (500mL) serving. Food wise; Cheese platter, I recommend fetta, with subtle dried fruits, figs, quince paste.

Overall this beer does well I almost falls into the hopped amber category.

Photo of soju6
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Neat Bottle. Pours a dark ruby read color with a very small head and no lacing.

S: Aroma of malt, dark fruit and bit of caramel.

T: Taste of some malt, caramel sweetness, dark fruit and just a bit of spice.

F: Moderate body, quite smooth and flavor enhances as it warms.

O: Nice beer for the style.

Photo of NATOuk
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A transparent deep ruby red colour. Forms a thin head which leaves a white ring around the glass

Rich chocolate malt smell.

Sweet malts, slight chocolate taste, slight bitterness at the back of the mouth on the finish

Low carbonation, medium-heavy body. Very smooth.

Very smooth, easy to drink. Perhaps not a session beer as its very rich but ideally savoured in low quantity.

Photo of bryehn
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a St. Peter's Brewery glass. Bright ruby with a cola-like brownness to it. Not much head. What is there is soapy, tan coloured and sticks around as a collar. Not a traditional ruby colour, but I like the way it looks.

There is a lot going on in the aroma and taste. The aroma is bright and hoppy, with sweet malt undertones, as well as hints of spice, dark fruit like dates and a Winter-Ale-like pine.

The taste has a thickness and flavour almost like chocolate syrup, with the dark fruit and a taste of what I can best describe as damp wood coming through, along with a nicely-balanced bitterness. There is a slight trace of green tea in the aftertaste, like other beers from this brewery.

I find the Ruby Red Ale feels thick on the tongue, almost bready. I'm surprised at the richness of this beer despite its ABV percentage.

This is a rather nice Fall / Winter beer, but I wouldn't have more than two in a sitting.

Photo of Suds
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep reddish-copper color (I wouldn't exactly call it Ruby). Nice off-white head, though. The aroma is a nice mix of toasted malts and herbal hops. It has an English hop aroma, with some spice and resiny characteristics. Not bad, but it's not the kid of aroma that jumps at you. The taste is semi-dry. Some fruit, but mostly toasted malt and hops. The beer has a firm and satisfying mouthfeel. Full body, more than the taste and aroma lets on. This one is quite drinkable.

Photo of matt7215
4.77/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle from an LCBO gift pack

Im completely blown away by this one

pours sexy red with a lingering tan head and sexy lacings

aromas are malt forward with great hops in the background

the flavour is rich and full. very subtly complex. malt forward but great useage of hops.

great full bodies session beer

the best bitter ive ever had by far

Photo of SuperMario
2.96/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Tasteless, has no oomph. Looks cloudy and amazing. Doesn't deliver on anything other than that.

Photo of flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, dark amber hue with a very little haze and a light effervescence. Head is a thin finger of frothy tan foam which leaves a nice lace on the glass as it dissipates.

Smell: lightly sweet and caramelly with a little bit of earthy hops. A bit biscuity, and reminiscent of an amber ale, but nice nonetheless.

Taste: drier than the aroma would suggest, but with plenty of caramel and biscuity character. Hops are earthy and forward, with a pleasingly balanced bitterness. I'm not a huge amber-biscuit guy, but in this application it works (it's the English talent for restraint, I think).

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a surprisingly good carbonation and a very nice creaminess. I can dig it!

Overall: a drinkable and tasty bitter. Perhaps I should go to Britain and attempt to quaff a few of these down the local pub.

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St. Peter's Ruby Red Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
83 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.