St. Peter's India Pale Ale - St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd

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St. Peter's India Pale AleSt. Peter's India Pale Ale

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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 18.1%
Wants: 3
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2006

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Reviews by amandebates:
Photo of amandebates
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the third beer I've tried from St. Peter's. I've been meaning to pick this up and try it for a few weeks now on my friend's recommendation. There are so many American IPA's out there that are super-hopped compared to their original English counterparts. My friend told me that this St. Peter's India Pale Ale is as close as I'd probably get to a true English IPA this side of the pond.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear, deep copper brown, light, large-bubbled foam on top that dissipated quickly to a thin line on top. Very, very slight lacing that stuck for a few minutes on the side as I drank down through the bottle. Before even trying, I could see that this was not light-struck and skunked. The smell and flavor confirmed this impression.

Smell: Primarily toffee, a slight hint of fruit- mostly apple and agave nectar. Grassy hops.

Taste: When it first hit my palate, there was a malt profile of creamy toffee and a hint of apple and agave. Then on to grassy hops and a finish of herbal hops that persisted a minute after swallowing.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, nice carbonation that tingles and bubbles on the tongue. Very clean.

Drinkability: I could drink this all night. The balance of malt to hops is much more even compared to American IPA counterparts. This is definitely a beer on my list of "I wish I could try this on nitro!" beers. I drank this while eating homemade curried lentils. It was a fantastic pairing!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I raise this pint glass to Glenn "BO" Schembechler,this poured a dull light light golden with a thin wispy head seems to be very lightly carbonated."Full bodied and generously hopped pale ale" per label,hmm wrong on both counts in my mind thin almost watery mouthfeel not much carbonation to give it any life the hop profile is light and more herbal than anything,a decent toasted malt base is there with a touch of sweetness.Eh pretty boring and not enjoyable,I expected more from a pretty good English brewer.

Photo of bishopdc0
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of my Up Rising at Novare Res.

Pour into a britis stine.

the beer is pale golded and hinter of amber. The head is frothy and sticky white.

the nose is sweet and earthy, classic EIPA. There are hints of orange marmalade genaric floral hops.

The Taste is great maly sweet to start but the orange and earth hops punch thorugh an make a wonderfull flavor. I'm not sur why this beer is rated a 70. After looking at the top EIPAs I dont see a 4 aside from Three Floyds( hyped no doubt).

Overall a great beer

Photo of Duster72
1.48/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a nice golden with a big rocky head. Aroma is overpowering skunk with some hops in there somewhere. Taste is skunk with some mild floral hops. This beer comes in a really cool bottle. The bottle is the best thing it has going for it. Unfortunately, they need to change the color of the bottle. Painful drinking.

Photo of magictrokini
3.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

very cool old-styl bottle. A mild English IPA. Orange pour with sediment and an average white head. Musty aroma with some flowers and grass. Watery taste of hops, earth, and light pine. Wanted so much more. Just another "organic" beer gone awry.

Photo of RiverCityBrews
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16.9 oz bottle

Appearance: Half finger light colored head. Quick retention Light golden amber with very faint off pink hues.

Smell: Not a strong smelling beer. Gives off an aromatic and slightly citric crisp smell.

Taste: Lightly malted with a well balanced and mellow hops profile. Almost crisp with a clean and fast finish. After taste doesn't last long.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and a little creamy for an IPA. goes down very easy.

Drinkability: I'd guess this one's probably not too high in abv. Easy to drink.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2011. ABV is stated as 5.5%. The olive green bottle has an antique design, but is round rather than oval. A beer to celebrate IPA day!

Poured into a Sam Smith's glass. A rich golden-amber colour with low carbonation and good clarity. Yields a large off-white head of creamy foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before subsiding. Aroma of stewed hops/leaves with a backbone of caramel malt and a hint of ethanol and diacetyl.

Tastes of slightly sweet malt with a dry bitter finish. Notes of stewed hops, caramel/toffee and some buttery diacetyl in the background. Also a hint of alcohol/solvent. Hops are pleasantly bitter, but not aromatic. Mouthfeel is smooth, slick and tingly. Quite astringent. Aftertaste of bitter stewed hops.

A pretty good IPA in keeping with the English style, and nicely balanced. I wish it had more aromatic hops to round out the bitterness. The diacetyl is palatable but a bit of a flaw. Worth trying, but I reckon there are better examples out there.

Photo of WyethBednar
2.81/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

As a huge fan of IPAs, I have to say I was pretty disappointed by this beer. Not a great hop presence, the dominant flavor was a sort of dry, smoky malt flavor that just felt very out of place in an IPA.

Appearance: Decent. A nice strong looking amber, very transparent. The head was definitely a little foamier than most other IPAs I've had, but the lacing was good.

Smell: Not a whole lot of hops in the smell which was my first indication that the St. Peter's wasn't what I was looking for. Sort of a subdued fruity smell.

Taste: In my personal opinion, not very good at all. Super malty, especially for an IPA. Very little hoppiness, and didn't have the spicy kick you usually get with beers of this style. Sort of old-fashioned tasting, which some people might appreciate, but I found it very off-putting. Tasted a lot more like a Scotch ale.

Mouthfeel: Not great. Very dry, not a lot of body to it. Emphasized the smoky elements of the malt flavor.

My opinion of this beer may have been tainted by the fact that I was looking for a more modern, American IPA and this wasn't it, but you should definitely be warned that this is pretty far from what most people think of when they think of an IPA. Not an awful beer necessarily, but perhaps a little misleading.

Photo of RichardMNixon
3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange-copper body, thin white head, not much retention.

S: The smell of a loaf of fresh-baked bread filled the room as soon as I poured it. As it warms up I get biscuit, orange, and must.

T: Fairly malty. Definitely less bitter than an AIPA, but still a lot of citrus, more than I was expecting. Bitterness only really shows up at the end.

M: Not super carbonated but still very smooth. Dry on the back end.

It was a good beer, but not one I'm in a hurry to get again.

Photo of Sammy
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A normal yellow body with a foaming, disapearing white head. Smells like cheese, uh oh but could still be a decent bitterness. And it is. Medium mouthfeel.Understated carbonation.A little sugary sweetness. Drinkable English IPA, but nothing exceptional.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A dull straw. Nice thick pillowy head. Good retention. Sticky lacings.

Sort of strange aroma. A light hoppiness, kind of citrussy. Somewhat unpleasant sweetness behind.

Buttery malt up front but only lasts for a second. Astringent bitterness takes over pretty quickly. Bitter with with a lemon tinge to it. Fairly strong hoppy aftertaste.

Very strange take on an EIPA. Balance makes the English IPA one of my fave styles but this is out of wack, very difficult to nail down the malt.

Photo of secondtooth
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent copper, with very little carbonation.

Aroma is mild, without much hoppy character. Disappointing.

Hmm. The bottle is green, with no detectable freshness date. I think this one was past it's days, as the shop I got it from couldn't verify the age, either. Anyway, on with the review...

Some bitterness in the tasting, otherwise kind of maple-like, acidic. Likely past it's prime, and barely even drinkable in this state. Beware of aged & light-struck bottles.

Photo of mick_cooper
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet, tasty rich IPA. Flavour able.

Photo of tempest
3.64/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It took me a minute, but now I see this as a legitimate IPA. The hops are mellow and will slowly grow on you as you drink this one.

The appearance is a clear golden amber with thick lacing and head retention. It's smells of sweet, creamy English yeast character. The malt is a very subtle caramel and then grassy and herbal hops kick with with a touch of citrus and then the candy-like yeast flavors. Very smooth drinking and a fine session beer. My only knocks are that there's no hops in the aroma and that the flavor is a little mild.

Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat effervescent & hazed amber with 3+ fingers of rocky cream colored head, gushed a bit. Very good head retention & good lacing

S: Herbal & leafy hops up front. I get breadyness once warm

T: Leafy hops, some caramel, breadyness & lemony & grapefruit hops up front. Slight jammy fruittyness with more citric & leafy hops as this warms. Finishes dry, a bit fruitty, somewhat bready & lemony

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation with very good balance

Drinks very easy, not the best put together EIPA there is, but pretty damn good. A little more malt presence finesse with the hopping is what the doctor ordered. If this were an AIPA, I'd knock those down a few .5s to 1 points, people need to drink some EIPAs at the source to understand the English don't usually subscribe to the more is better philosophy, think restraint & finesse

Photo of dgallina
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml light-brown gin flask. Dated 6 / 213 (presumably bottled on the 213th day of 2006).

Pours faintly cloudy pale copper. Thin wisps of foam quickly devolve into a white film and scattered thin lace. Aroma is composed of light-toasted biscuit malts and moderately strong leafy hops on metallic water. Flavor is rather poor. Sparse malt is rapidly overtaken by metallic hard water and completely unbalanced by sour leafy hops. Also full of bitter dirty copper notes. Average body is lightly carbonated and tends towards creaminess. Not very good. Expected better from other St. Peter's brews.

Photo of rebel1771
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden hue with a thick foamy head that sticks around a good long while.

Aroma of oily hops dominate the nose with floral hints noted as well.

Flavor was a little underwhelming. Doesn't seem to have quite the hop presence I was expecting. That being said nice malt flavor with a bit hop bite along with it.

Good brew, not great, good session beer.

Photo of JoshuaJ
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a light copper with a great head and great lacing that lasted all the way down.

Smells of citrusy hops, mostly grapefruit and pine, some sweet malts.

The hops get you up front, then it fades to sweet then the hops come back with a quick kick. Very citrusy and refreshing. You can taste some grains, but for the most part, it's very well balanced. This was also a bit flatter, carbonation-wise, than I've had before, but I couldn't find a freshness date.

Drinkibility is high. Were it not for the price, this would be a fantastic session brew, what with the superb quality and low ABV.

Goes especially well with fusilli in fresh pesto and tempeh.

Photo of GarrisWH
3.11/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Slightly hazy orangish-golden color with about two fingers of frothy white head. Solid retention and lacing.

S - Slight citrus hoppiness with some sweet malt backbone. Has a distinct, slightly skunky aroma in the background that kind of reminds me of Heineken.

T - Pretty sweet flavor overall with ample bready malts and a pretty heavy yeast presence. Some very slight hoppiness in the background with some citrus and floral qualities.

M - Medium to light bodied with a slightly watery feel. Pretty minimal carbonation.

D - Not really a bad beer, just sort of lacks the hoppiness of a lot of IPAs, even other English IPAs I've tried. I had trouble getting beyond the slight "Heineken-like" funkiness and there was a bit too much yeast for my liking as well.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a pale golden color with a firm, cushy, dull white head that was moderately lasting and sticky around the rim.

S: The hopping was smooth with some dry floral, lemons and pale british grains.

T: The initial flavor was lightly hopped with some floral notes, dry grains, biscuit and caramel. A light dried citrus and fine hopping finishes things out.

M: slightly grainy with a nice medium carbonation.

D: A decent british ipa, light in body and hopping warranting a decent session ipa.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with an off-white lasting head.
Nose shows some caramel malt but seems somewhat dirty. Nice earthy and resinous hops though.
Same problem with the malt as a flavour. The hops are once again quite noticeable, but the bitterness they provide is dull. Some nutty notes.
Good moderately high carbonation.

Photo of TLove
2.61/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Awkwardly clean and with an almost kolsch-like crispness, this beer is is an interesting example of the English IPA long before innovative American brewers got their hands on the style.

A light amber, gold color with a nice creamy 1 1/2 finger head with a light carbonation and a strong presence in the lacing. The smell is of corn and malt acids. A bit grainy and pervasively thin. Almost punishingly so. Almost all carbonation sits at the head. This beer is crisp and clean, but the hop structure is (by American standards) remarkably weak, and by English standards, on the light end. The pungent hop oils are there, but the body is again too light to allow the malt structure to really grab and render flavors beyond the corn and grains that I taste. A bit calcic and the finish is kind of awkward. A bit more sweetness would really round this beer out better.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with an average foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of floral hops with some dry caramel malt. Taste is also a mix between some dry floral English hops and some light dry caramel malt. Average body with some good carbonation. English hops are dominant though not as extreme as an US style IPA.

Photo of danny013
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml. bottle poured into a 20 oz. imperial pint glass. Body pours a deep hazy orange body topped with a pale tan 2 finger fluffy head. Head falls out to a nice clumpy covering and leaves some thick lace. Bottle conditioned.

Aroma is light, but quite put together. Plenty of hop aromas coming out on the forefront with some fresh toasted grains and a faint malt sweetness/diacetyl aroma. Hops are mostly earthy with some healthy citrusy notes jumping out.

Taste is initially of some big bread notes, balanced nicely with a good toasted maltiness. Hops charge in with a thick earthy bitterness and sit firmly with some faint caramel and a rich butterscotch flavor wading around in the back. Hops grow in intensity as the beer is swallowed, leaving a thick, earthy bitterness that sits on the tongue forever and puckers the mouth along with a dry finish. Faint citrusy flavors come out eventually, but are overall shadowed by the thick earthiness.

Mouthfeel is great, a medium bodied brew with a slight carbonation to smooth the beer out and make it easily quaffable.

Overall, I think this is a very well put together English IPA - and that is the important distinction: it is not an American IPA. Smooth, faintly carbonated with a rich hop character layered on top of a fine pale ale. Easily drinkable but fairly complex at the same time; something that can be had in a session or a quiet reflection. Serve warm for it's true character to shine. This is definitely something to check out, but don't go in expecting your standard American IPA.

Photo of HopEnthusiast
2.46/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a redish orange with a huge frothy two finger tan head that sticks around for a long time before leaving a nice jagged lacing behind. A waft of skunk is the first thing I notice, then some malts and grain maybe. Why the heck do breweries insist on putting beers in green bottles? Skunk is so easily avoided, and there's no excuse. Anyway, I expected this to definitely be different than what I'm used to in the IPA department, but there's really not much going on here except a slight bit of citrus and some bitterness, which is not at all pleasing. Has a hoppy floavor but it just seems to be missing a lot.

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St. Peter's India Pale Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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