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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Reviews: 193
Hads: 314
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 18.05%
Wants: 3
Gots: 21 | 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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Photo of DaveMan
3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To those who say it's not an IPA please understand, it's a ENGLISH IPA. You know like the ones that the Brits sent to INDIA. Engish IPA's are the originals and notably maltier. It's a decent example of a traditional English IPA(like Samuel Smith's India Ale). Buy it if you get a good price on it. (297 characters)

Photo of captaincoffee
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

5.5% ABV according to my bottle. Pours crystal clear and golden with a weak head and no lacing. Smell is grassy, hay, slightly medicinal, and some off note I can't quite place. Taste is like a below average bitter with some extra hops. Slightly watery mouthfeel. Slightly unpleasant aftertaste. (294 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No visible bottling info, bought last week at a go-to store where it was on sale, so possibly has some age on it. Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into a Lawson's stemmed tulip.

a: Clear dark gold with an inch thick white head which receded to thin surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Mild caramel malt.

t: Followed the nose, with a slightly sharp note or two at first and near the end of consumption. In between it was pretty much all nice malty goodness.

m; Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: A good British-style IPA which probably was not as fresh as it could be, thus little in the way of hop bite. The slight sharp tartness is assumed to be from age. (672 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Bottle poured into a Big Sky Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours a golden yellow with a frothy white head.

S: Noticeable skunkiness, some light fruity and citrus hops buried in there, with a touch of malt sweetness.

T: Skunkiness right off the bat, but there is some light floral and citrus hop action, noticeable lemon/lemongrass, followed by a seemingly odd roasted malt note, and a grapefruit and coffee like bitterness.

M: Medium body, light to medium carbonation.

O: I get the feeling this bottle's probably seen some shit, green bottle not helping things, but still, it's pretty rough overall. Neither the hops nor the malt give the impression that even in peak condition this would be much better. Not a fan of this one. (728 characters)

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

A: Light clear copper with an off-white head. Good lacing. Very thick around the rim.
S: English hops, kind of fruity. Vanilla as well. And ashtrays.
T: Lots of upfront honey with a plain malt backbone. Medium dry and plenty bitter with some sort of a Belgian headiness. Very rich for a beer of such ABV. Floral honey and bitterness in the aftertaste. Slight herbal spicyness and woodiness in the breath afterwards. A touch of orange and mango in the dregs.
M: Classy soft effervescence.
O: Drinks more like a double IPA, albeit without the American hops, and only 5.5%. Very nice. I'm yet to have a bad one from this brewery. It's like a lighter version of Yorkshire Stingo. I think some of the other reviewers have been drinking old bottles. (743 characters)

Photo of Cerberus
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

First, I'm more familiar with American style IPAs than any other, so I'm accustomed to a much stronger hop profile. St. Peter's IPA is probably much more similar to an authentic IPA style beer, but I'm missing those hops greatly. In fact, I can barely detect them in this beer at all. It could be that it was bottled too long ago, and the hop aroma and taste deteriorated significantly, but whatever the cause, I am not impressed. The dominant character I get from this stuff is grains, both its aroma and taste. Also, curiously, there is a prominent alcohol taste despite its low ABV.

It's a good beer; very drinkable, but not a good IPA for an American palate. (663 characters)

Photo of bishopdc0
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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 (512 characters)

Photo of WyethBednar
2.81/5  rDev -16.9%
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. (1,270 characters)

Photo of admiral
3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good old fashioned type beer that is solid enough but better IPA's out there

aroma: spicy-citrus-malt

taste: spicy-citrus-malt but gets a bigger malt flavour and a greater richness once it warms up. Also has some hints of dark fruit when it has warmed up

nice enough but have had better. I Like a good malty English IPA but this one lacked something in the aroma and flavour. (380 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy, and dark gold. Hoping the haziness is due to dry hopping and not something else. The white head is tightly beaded and smooth at first, but pops and melts into a faint film in less than 30 seconds.

Smell: Refreshing citrus and floral hops, with toasted malt not far behind. Honeyed bread comes forward as the beer warms, as does some diacetyl, which is acceptable for the style.

Taste: Medium bitterness lingers into the finish, but does not overpower the malt, which starts out roasty on the tongue due to the bitterness, then dies down to reveal a grainy, buttered bread character. The layered malt tastes are interesting, but the amount of diacetyl verges on being too much, even for this style. Still, I declare this beer to be tasty, for sure!

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Smooth, yet well carbonated. Dry finish, but not astringent. Excellent at first, but as the beer warms, the diacetyl makes itself known in the mouthfeel as well. A slick, butter-coated feel distracts and detracts.

Overall: A beer I'd have again. Tasty, toasty, and enjoyable. Still, the bitterness could be more pronounced for the style, and the diacetyl is this close to being a fault. It lends itself to the beer to a point, however, giving off a cozy, buttered toast impression. (1,285 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pretty amber. Quickly dissipating head. Very light lace remains.
Smell: Biscuits, honey, very light citrus.
Taste: Floral, malty, hint of citrus, and slightly bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Bittering carbonation.

This is certainly an unusual one. It's different than any English IPA I've ever had. In fact, it tastes more like a German lager to me. It's enjoyable, but I wouldn't give it to someone wanting an EIPA experience. However, there is no question that the most wonderful thing about this beer is the gorgeous, flask-shaped bottle that contains it. I probably won't get it again. (600 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a perfect pint.

4.0 A: Clear light orange color. One and a half fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is about average and tons of lacing is left behind.

3.5 S: This is a weird one. Instead of hops taking the stage, there's a strong mineral component with a secondary lemon. Under that you find earthy and herbal hops. A touch of caramel, toastiness, and grainy malts. Not bad.

3.25 T: The taste also makes me question whether this is really an IPA. It's only mildly bitter without much hoppiness otherwise. The focus is again mineral and light fruits. Toasty, grainy malts and caramel.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy.

3.25 D: Good enough and hits the spot if you are in the mood for something English. (756 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Peter’s India Pale Ale has a medium, soapy, slightly off-white head and a mostly clear (yet, with a descending cloud, when the bottom of the bottle is swished and poured in), orange-gold appearance. The aroma is faint, but one can pick up some light breadiness and a pit of hop zing. Taste is of sweet, mild, white bread and a nicely hopped bitterness, although not nearly as intense as an American IPA. Mouthfeel is medium and soft and slick, and St. Peter’s IPA finishes semi-dry, refreshing, sweet, and ultra-drinkable. Overall, this is a wonderful beer, and I rate it as being most excellent. Check it out!

RJt (623 characters)

Photo of vkv822
2.65/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml green bottle into tulip snifter.
from notes.

Pours a medium brown with faint gold tinges and a thin white head.

Taste and aroma is grassy, faintly floral hops, with some earthy, herbal notes. No bottle dating that I can find, though I suspect this one may be a bit old for the style. Biscuit, malty backing.

Medium body, with average prickly carbonation.

I see the potential in this to be a pleasant, solid English IPA, but unfortunately with no easy way for me to guarantee a fresh bottle it's really not worth the risk, and even fresh I don't know that it would be really anything great. (599 characters)

Photo of DavidST
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass, unknown bottled date. This pours a slightly hazy brownish color with a smaller med lived head which leaves a lacing. There is a little green bottle skunk, rubbery smell, lots of malt, little hops. The feel is medium. The taste is okay, you have the skunk funk, some weird bitterness, but not quality hop bitterness followed by some malts. (385 characters)

Photo of TheCondor
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was another brew my brother in law brought over before my Oktoberfest party. Although, like previously mentioned, it was an unusual offering for a German themed party, I still drank it while I was setting up. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Cloudy pour of orange-rust colored brew is topped with a minimal head that leaves little to no lacing and only sticks around for a second.

Smell - Funky, skunky British style hoppiness, with some biscuity malts and toastiness as well. Certainly a unique nose, especially if you are used to AIPA's. In line with the style, just different.

Taste - Some fruits with the breads and biscuity flavors. Hops are pretty subdued, even to someone who is not a hop head. Par for the course on a British style. Buttery with a skunky kick.

Mouthfeel - Light, watery, thin...little aftertaste, a little skunkiness

Overall - There just isn't much to say about this brew. It's not bad, per se, but it certainly isn't good. Not recommended to even try, if you have to pay for it. I think if you try it once, you'll decide that is enough. Just not interesting at all. (1,123 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a Pint glass.

A: Pours a reddish copper color forming a medium creamy and charming yellow head. Good retention and tons of foamy lacings formed end left in the glass

S: Skunky British style hops and caramel malts, mainly. Sweet toffee. Ale yeasts

T: Follows the nose, sweet toffee upfront. Caramel malts, citrus fruits, skunky and flowery hops. Moderate stingy hops bitterness lasts in the end

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Citrus and skunky hops bitterness aftertaste

O: Easy drinking British style session Ale. Could be better but still an honest one (588 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 500mL green bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: murky, seductive orange hue. Good look, but head is a minimal layer of ivory foam.

Smell: malty with a light fruitiness, a light breadiness and a light yeastiness. The fruity character may be attributable to the hops, but it's hard to say. Not too bad for the style.

Taste: malt is fruity up front, but then exhibits some toasty character and drier maltiness. Bittermess is moderate, but hop flavor is minimal. Not terrible, but I don't love it.

Mouthfeel: light body with a very low carbonation. Nothing interesting here.

Overall: kind of a plain beer, with not much to recommend it. It's not bad, but it's just kind of boring and uninspired. (711 characters)

Photo of gabedivision
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Bottle to a pint glass

A- hazy burnt orange, big 1-2finger fluffy white head that sticks around for quite some time, very sexy

S- classic euro skunk on the nose, spicy hops, orange and lemon peel, and a nice biscuity malts.

T- buttery and sugary malts, some citrus hops

M- light, clean, watery, nice low bitter on the finish

O- nice EIPA, nothing too amazing but a decent session beer. (403 characters)

Photo of RichardMNixon
3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle states 5.5% alcohol.

Pours a lovely amber body with copper tones and wispy white head.

Aromas of fresh cut flowers, hops and golden syrup.

Real big peppery flavours, real bitterness. Deeply hoppy without the slightest taste of grapefruit, not much in the way of citrus either yet zesty, very yeasty in some ways.

Easy going though a lightly more lively with the fizz than expected.

Big flavours and enjoyment, give it a whirl. (438 characters)

Photo of Swim424
2.41/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into pint glass

A-pours an amberish orange nice head

S-smells like way to much caramel with maybe a hint of honey. no hops.

T-sort of a grassy hop flavor, and bitterness with a ton of malt, cant really describe.

MF-a bit creamy, medium body.

O-not that good. Don't like the hop, or malt flavor to this one. (321 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
1.43/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Green bottle from a local shop in Ann Arbor. Pours light golden with big fluffy white head. Aroma of skunk and hay, no hops to be found. Flavor follows with pure skunk flavor, dry finish, and a bit of hay. Mouthfeel is light. This is honestly one of the worst beers I have ever had. (282 characters)

Photo of IPA35
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber colour with a small white head.

Smells of sweet hops, a hint of darker malts and some skunk.

Sweetish up front, some raisin, breadcrusty malts and a bitterness from British hops. Interesting. A more hoppy bitter.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. (261 characters)

Photo of kennylopez
2.4/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Tennent's pint

Appearance: a golden yellow color with a large white head that faded rather fast and left little lacing.

Smells: has a subtle hop aroma that has hints of flowers.

Tastes: this ale is kind of strange tasting. I don't know if I am not accustomed to it but it has a pungent bitter hop note character that is sort of medicine like.

Mouthfeel: the aftertaste of this brew lingered and it wasn't the best. It has little carbonation that leads me to believe that it was expired or past best by date.

Overall: I bought this one because I have never tried it before and the bottle was quite intriguing, but I will pass up on their IPA again. I will try the other ones I saw like the cream stout from St. Peter's brewery in hopes that I like them more. (797 characters)

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St. Peter's India Pale Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
78 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.