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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: 300
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 18.34%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2006)
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Photo of Durge
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Durge, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

laituegonflable, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of OlRasputin989
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

OlRasputin989, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of GarrisWH
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

GarrisWH, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of drpimento
3.55/5  rDev +5%
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.

drpimento, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of aristeros
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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!

aristeros, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of lonestar1836
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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

lonestar1836, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of skrib09
3.48/5  rDev +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.

skrib09, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of JoshuaJ
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

JoshuaJ, May 24, 2009
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

BeardedBoffin, May 19, 2009
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

wheatyweiss, May 16, 2009
Photo of Offa
4.58/5  rDev +35.5%
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.

Offa, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of charlatan
3/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

charlatan, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of HopEnthusiast
2.4/5  rDev -29%
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.

HopEnthusiast, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

BlackHaddock, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Bitterbill, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of jsp2
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

jsp2, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.6/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

jujubeast6000, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of grub
3/5  rDev -11.2%
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...

grub, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of steeler
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

steeler, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of Absumaster
4.4/5  rDev +30.2%
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!

Absumaster, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of bmwats
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint.

A: Light amber. Light carbonation pours into a 3 finger, frothy, craterous, white head leaving thick sticky lacing as is does. Looks a little like an ice cream float. Substantial dry sticky lacing sustains as you drink.

S: Sharp hoppy nose, malt, a little citrus and Italian spice.

T: Hops are prominent, a little malt, and again citrus.

M: Light and hoppy. Feels a little thin.

D: Good drinkability. Light with a certain refreshing quality.

Really good atmosphere, good flavor and feel. Hops not as sharp as many IPA's, which probably improves drinkability a bit, especially for those that may not be IPA fans. Good quaff.

bmwats, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of tittymcj
4.13/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one consumed with William Pang (Queens, NY).

St. Peters pours a deep gold, with a very strong, lasting head, and heavy lacing.
The smell is very citrusy throughout, but also carries undertones of honey, which are very subtle but also definitely present in the background.
The taste is very mellow. There is definitely some grapefruit and some other citrus present, and a bitterness, but not much else to report.
It is very thin in the mouth. It feels thick coming in, but never settles, and therefore glides down the throat quickly and cleanly.
A very good choice for drinking multiples of. Very easy going down, and not very heavy at all at any point.

tittymcj, Jan 29, 2009
St. Peter's India Pale Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
78 out of 100 based on 300 ratings.