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

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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 18.4%
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 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 Macca
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have to start off with a gripe about the packaging on the bottle. The pink to purple spectrum they have used on the label makes the tint type impossible to read. Did anybody actually look at the labels when they came back from the printer?

Ok, got that out of my system, now for the beer,

It pours a clear copper colour with a generous beige head with reasonable retention.

As for aroma...I just had to check the label and yes even I can read the part where it says "India Pale Ale" so where are the hops? Not even a slight hint of them on the nose. All I am getting is a bit of skunkiness and sweetness. Adjunct lager anyone?

Right well the hops do show up a bit on the palate but not enough for my liking. Sweetness is still there. The hops are becoming more dominant as the beer warms. Perhaps that was the issue? Maybe there is an optimal serving temp on the back label but that will always be a mystery.

Mouthfeel is ok. Medium bodied.

Photo of drabmuh
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have seen St. Peter's beers around for a while but have never taken the plunge. The bottle is a unique shape and it is not brown. I typically steer rather clear of clear or green bottled beer to avoid getting a skunky light struck beer. Every place that I have seen St. Peters, the display is usually rather dusty, not a good sign. But, since I have been meaning to try them for a long time now, I thought what the hell, get the IPA and see what its all about. I poured the beer into a St. Bernadus goblet (my favorite glass). There was little carbonation, low head, mild aroma, not much like an American IPA. It was dark in color, not a brown but maybe a copper-ish brown. It was smooth and had a nice mouthfeel to it. The hop character did not show up until the aftertaste at first. My fears that the green bottle and age had caused the beer to be skunky were well founded unfortunately. Even though this beer may have been past its prime, I still recommend it to everyone out there. Years ago, I had the Bert Grant's IPA in the bar "The Cellar" in Mesa, Arizona. I was big into hops at the time and would try anything that I thought would have an overpowering hop character. The Grant's IPA was mellow and really mild. The representative from Grant's that was present said that their IPA was from the original recipes used for the British IPAs. I did not believe him and found the beer rather boring. This beer is more hopped than Grants, maybe this is what they were shooting for. Anybody that is making a study of IPAs (specifically British IPAs) needs to check this beer out. I'd try it again if I could get it on draught or knew that the bottle was relatively new.

Photo of Durge
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A fairly clear orange/chestnut color with a decent big bubbled off-white head and good lacing clumped throughout. The aroma is pretty pungent with honey and an odd mozzarella cheese, even some pepperoni! I mean it's odd but I can't really say I don't like it, just not too sure. Very edible but it's freaking me out. I have let this one sit unrefrigerated for nearly a year, so maybe that's a good thing? Well, the flavor somewhat follows suit. I now can identify some hops, again sort of an odd, but kind of an herbal thing I would say. There's a bit of soapiness but not too much. Malt and caramel blend in a mild sweetness behind the herbal glow. The body is midland and pleasant and depending on how you find the taste, it's drinkable, but generally a bit too odd to encourage any sessioning. Probably not the best one in their line. I probably won't revisit it but you might want to venture a try if you are an IPA guru. It may grow on you.

Photo of laituegonflable
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a burnished orange colour with pock-marked white head, good thickness and leaves good lacing around the glass. Clear and pleasant. But not great.

Nose is tinged with honey, but also has a distinct corn or rice adjunct aroma, very sticky, kind of like sake. Very little hop on that. In fact, if it weren't for the appearance I'd swear it was Asian in origin. Pretty plain and dull.

Taste is also quite adjuncty, with a sweet, chemical flavour on the front. Dirty bitterness at the back, tastes kind of like drinking regurgitated bleach. Adjuncty sweet but with a funky, dirty hop flavour predominant. Mouthfeel is reasonably good though, certainly appropriate, quite full and smooth. But this is just overpowered by hops, which are not complex or pleasant enough, just a high acidity.

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

Burnished amber-gold with excellent clarity. A good thick head of white foam, it disippates a little to a loose filmed head of English foam. Lacing is excellent, as you'd expect, and overall, it looks a pretty decent English Ale.

Pleasant organic crushed vegetation on the nose, a little skunky funk, but certainly a meaty yeast aroma. Even something weirdly fishy. Strong aromas no doubt, and the hops are evident. I'm just not convinced their entirely desirable.

Light sweet palate, with a crescendoing English hop bitterness, that ultimately gives way to a rather unpleasant meaty character - like what was promised on the back of the nose. There's certainly some of those gritty and raw British hop notes, but they are rather subdued, and the sweet, sweaty meat characters start to dominate just a little too muh. Mouthfeel is reasonable, but a bit thin.

I'm afraid it's just a little too similar to every other English Ale. While there's things to like about the generic English Ale, this is unfortunately not much more than the generic example. Drinkable enough, but not anything other than a solid and predictable English hopped ale.

Photo of OlRasputin989
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in nonic

A: big billowy head atop a transparent golden oarnge brew.leaves alot of lacing and keeps a good head on the way down.

S: buttered toast, bananas,and a subtle smell of hops. nothing too dominating

T: oarnges up front with a fade of banana nut bread, and roasted grains

M: medium body, oily with a drying fade

Overall, decent beer and a good representation of this style, but not impressed. it lacks flavor.

Photo of GarrisWH
3.1/5  rDev -8%
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 drpimento
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer. Got this bottle at Sam's in Chicago couple weeks ago. Upon opening immediately smelled skunk. That quickly faded. Poured with a nice frothy light tan head and good lace. After skunk faded picked up good fresh hop. Color is a clear coppery amber. Flavor is like aroma with more emphasis on malt and hop; nice bittersweet. Easy drinking. Good finish. Session beer.

Photo of aristeros
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a darker, orange-amber with a bit of white head, heavy lacing all the way down the glass. Smells slightly floral.

Sweet malts, biscuit, and tied together with hops all the way through. Very smooth, a little bit of carbonation. Sweet in the middle and a bit bitter on the back end. Very well-balanced.

Good brew; glad I tried it. High drinkability makes this an easy session beer, if you can afford a bunch of them!

Photo of lonestar1836
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a orangy amber with a medium foamy white head

S: lighly sweet malty aroma with hint of hoppy bitternss

T: smooth light sweetness with biscuty malts and gentle hopps flavors

M: smooth with very light cabonation

D: pretty good, not something i'd get on a regular basis, but not a bad drink

Photo of skrib09
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

light copper penny in color with a white looking head. at the end of the pour i noticed a lot of sediment in the bottom of the bottle and some almost made it into my glass.

smells of mild hops and maybe some green tea.

mild hop flavor balanced with bread and dough flavors from the malt. more pale ale in flavor than ipa. nothing too extraordinary.

mouthfeel is pretty smooth and creamy. maybe a session brew.

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 BeardedBoffin
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love the green bottles that St. Peter's uses. From it the beer pours a nice amber/copper color with bit of lacy head over it. The aroma is an admixture of toasted malt, bready with some caramel, and citrus hops.

Medium bodied on the palate, flows semi-slick--not bad. Caramel flavors from the malt leads into a something akin to a mineral twang through the center. A bitterness rises toward the end, with some citrus components, which leaves a long lasting dry bitterness on the palate.

Not a bad brew: balanced, flavorful, and enjoyable.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a VERY intersting bomber into a nonic. Bomber looks like a flask or whiskey glass.

Smell is of tannic acid, iced tea and slightly floral hops. Water used to brew comes huge into this aroma. Like a southern sweet tea.

Flavor is malt up front meddled with bittering hops. The malt is high here and overpowers the hops. There is a buttery, caramel swetness that seems not too close to style, although it does taste good. Mouth is creamy and smooth, not bad.

All I can think of when drink this is Samuel Smith's. It's gotta be the water. In fact after researching, it is. The middle UK water has a very distinct flavor. This is it.

Not bad, but far from a world eding IPA like I was expecting.

Photo of Offa
4.58/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a tasty English IPA.

Hazy light amber, it has a huge off-white head slowly shrinking to a permanent rocky head and leaving some nice creamy lace.

The aroma is nice yeasty bread, bread crust, more yeast, citrus (lemon, orange, grapefruit together), and marmalade/jam.

The taste is jam, especially orange marmalade, fruit, citrus (lemon and orange), yeastiness, sweetness with a bitterness that grows towards the finish, which is dryish, lightly bitter, with citrus, fruit, and toast.

Photo of charlatan
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: green bottle, decent head, orange coloured beer.

Smell: dried fruit, a little yeasty.

Feel: low carbonation, rather oily.

Taste: First sip seems malt dominated but then the hint of yeast and a herbal hoppy edge take over and after a while i'm having trouble locating any sweetness.

Not the halfhearted watery nonsense which sometimes passes for an English IPA but a little too yeasty for me to really enjoy.

Photo of HopEnthusiast
2.4/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My 500ml green bottle claims an ABV of 5.5%, same stuff and everyone else has reviewed?

Poured into a Albanian Stela vase shapped glass twice. Pale orange/amber, very little head, more of a wisp and collar, off white in colour. I like a beer to have a good foaming head if possible, this failed big time.

No big aroma, even as the beer warmed in the glass, some hops and malts but nothing much at all.

The taste is very hoppy (for a UK style IPA) and that flavour overides anything and everything else. Although not 'in your face' it does overpower whatever other hints the brewer has tried to blend in.

Medium body for a UK beer, watery/thin for a 5.5% IPA and lacks a bit of texture or complexability.

Nothing wrong with it, just not as exciting as I'd hoped for. I prefered the old bottle style too.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a hazy yellow-orange with a 2 finger head of foam. Again, a lot of tiny bubbles there as in their English Pale Ale. The bottle has some info on the back of the label but the print is way too small for me to read. :^(

The smell is grassy and fruity wsith the fruit being more of an orange nose than grapefruit. It doesn't smell balanced for an English IPA to me.

The taste is more balanced than the nose. Good malt presence, noting some earthiness and some bread, with an equally good amount of hops, must be the Goldings yet again, and I'm pleased with the overall flavour. It's not an "in your face" IPA. Subtlety rules here and it works for me. Heck, that's the main reason I bought this beer. I needed a break from the big hoppys and this fits that criteria to a tee.

Good medium mouthfeel and lightish carbonation make this go down easy. As does the low abv.

Drinkability? An easy drinking brew and tasty enough to my liking. And..head retention and lacing are very good. I'm glad I revisited this IPA after many a year. Like many breweries I've tried, it has a "family" flavour, or what ever you call it, that sticks out so that you almost know what to expect and can easily identify the brewery. Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not. With St Peter's, it works for me.

Photo of jsp2
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cool looking stubby, slightly green bottle that holds just over a pint. Pours mostly transparent copper gold with a foamy snow white head that subsides somewhat quickly. Smells of roasted malts with a caramel sweetness and spicy hops in the background. The taste is smooth and spicy followed by a moderate sweetness balanced with a strong bitterness from the hops. Well balanced and tasty. Pretty low carbonation and low alcohol would make this a good session beer.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper body with a large, frothy, white head. Gobs of sticky lace on the way down.

Smell: Toasty, lightly caramelly aroma with some herbal, floral, faintly spicy hop scents. Very minor background skunk note.

Taste: Mildly sweet biscuity maltiness with a hint of washed out caramel. Faint fruitiness. Spicy, floral English hops with a light, balancing bitterness. Finishes dry with a very light, lingering bitterness and final taste of dry caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Politely excusing the touch of skunk in the nose, it's a decent English-born brew; simple and pleasant.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.6/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 2/10/2009 (bottle):

Pours a pale yellow colored body with a creamy white head, diminishing. Has a somewhat skunky English hoppiness in the aroma. A lot of maltiness. Watery taste, malty. Not much flavor. Somewhat dusty. Not much flavor, weak.

Photo of grub
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. sampled feb 4/09.

pours crystal clear orangey amber with a few white bubbles on top. they quickly retreat to a ring around the glass and leave only a few spots of lace.

aroma is ok. bit of burnt toast. slightly earthy. bit of musty feety character. smells more like a brown ale than an ipa, even english style.

taste isn't much more exciting. toasted wheat bread. bit of sugary sweetness. just under medium bitterness level, but with no real noticeable hop presence. bit of earthy/musty character here too, though not as much as in the aroma. touch of alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium body. medium-light carbonation.

drinkability is ok. not all that exciting, and the taste/aroma don't seem all that befitting the style, but it was decent enough. i seem to have a love/hate relationship with this brewery...

Photo of steeler
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the two St.Peter's Ale's i tried last night. Anyway, this IPA pours out a nice orangrey, color, not dark, but light, with little to no head, and no lacing, but vigorous carbonation. The smell of this beer was just amazing, smelled of fresh fruits, kind of spicy and hoppy. Smelled very fresh, was fantastic. The taste was great too, im new to IPA's so i found this one a hop blast from usual czech pils. Goes down smooth, then finishes with a spicy and fruity, grapefruity taste, then a lingering hop bitterness, and then it just finishes after all of that bone dry. Mouthfeel was full and carbonated, no complaints. Drinkability, i deducted .5 from it, because honestly after one of these I didnt want another, not that it tasted bad, i just didn't feel like another pint...and thats rare. I enjoyed this, but i still need to get used to the blast of fruity citrusy hops, definatly hoppier than a pils, overall i enjoyed it.

Photo of Absumaster
4.4/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An orange, copper beer with a settling English head. Little visible carbination.

Smell is just delicious, a raw hoppy smell that is backed up or almost overruled by a wort-like maltiness. Kind of sweet and bready like pale malt.

Taste is sweet and full of malt. The bready and light husky taste combines really well with the English hoppiness. This is just an amazing beer, with everything British in it. The malt is fitting the hops so well and I can't wrap my head around this beer being only 5,5%. It tastes so much stronger and has so much taste. OK, mouthfeel is just a little sweet, but this adds to the maltiness. Great UK beer!

St. Peter's India Pale Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
77 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.