St. Peter's India Pale Ale - St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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3.98/5 rDev +17.4%
According to the label, the bottled version is 5.5% ABV.
The colour is amber, the liquid clear; the beige head is two finger high and firm like whipped cream. Some lacing.
The smell is very hoppy and bitter. Strong notes of dried fruits. Chemical flavours of paint and detergents.
The taste is loaded with hops, too: The strong bitterness is fresh and delicious. Dried fruits, tart lemon. Some sweet notes from the discreet malt. The aftertaste is bitter in a fine way with lightly roasted flavours of wax and white loaf.
The carbonation is medium; the bubbles small and fresh. The liquid smooth.
An good English IPA with generous amounts of hops.
06-07-2008 20:26:20 | More by bark
2.78/5 rDev -18%
Purchased from Schnuck's Market in Germantown, TN.
Presented in an unusually squat and stubby bottle complete with oval label featuring the St. Peter's Crow - a bird that, apparently, has had the fortune/misfortune of ingesting a golden key.
Pours a light and dusty amber with a one-finger, bone-colored head that dissipates immediately.
Hoppy, floral aroma with hints of toasted malts, spruce and grass.
Lightly hopped with an herbal, tea-like background and notes of biscuit. Well-balanced? Yes, though its profile stradles hops and malts without any distinct character emerging. Mild-mannered to a fault. Not robust or full-bodied enough to carry the style.
Note: Taste improves significantly as it warms.
Extremely thin mouthfeel.
Drinkable, but not recommended.
06-06-2008 02:52:04 | More by CaptainIPA
4.08/5 rDev +20.4%
Really cool lookig old fashioned medicine bottle.
Good, almost translucent rusty colred amber. Very few and sluggish bubbling. Only a ring of foam and some slight foamy film forms in the shape of small islands. Very sparse lacing after each sip. The aroma is medium citrus hops with some faint biscuits. The taste starts with light orange jam on a hard English biscuit. The hops come out halfway through the taste in agreat mildness. that gently blend with bready malts in the finish. Great blendig of English malt and hops. The great first IPA to baby step new craft beer fans. Very easy to drink.
06-03-2008 04:12:14 | More by scruffwhor
2.3/5 rDev -32.2%
Good rocky head but little lace. Nice light amber color with a small amount of chill haze.
Sorry, this one is stinky--lots of skunk. (I refrain from my diatribe about glass bottles). Frankly, I can't detect any positive aromas. Damn, I was excited about this one.
Much thinner than expected. Good malt start but where's the "I" of this IPA. Mild hop, low alcohol. It would be safer to simply call this a PA. Good news is that this is not nearly as skunky as the smell might indicate. I do detect hop in the swallow and aftertaste.
I wonder what this would be fresh. However, in the US, this bottle was a clear miss.
05-30-2008 23:19:29 | More by smcolw
3.83/5 rDev +13%
Picked up this bottle of IPA because, frankly, it's rather weird looking. I've enjoyed St. Pete's brews in the past, though in the recent years of extreme beers, I'd not visited their offerings. Since IPAs are a now more well-versed topic for me, I'm excited to try one by an old favourite brewery.
Bottle is the pictured odd-stubby flask sort with a simple cap that had the tiniest bit of rusting. No freshness date. Poped with a fairly hard hiss. Poured into my goblet a very clear light-orange with a very white head that fell fast to a ring of lace and some paisley islands.
Smelll is caramelized pears and unexpectedly malty for an IPA. Minerals under vaguely citrusy hopping; much less of the latter than this Northwesterner expected.
Taste is salty and bitter, like hops without any of the floral notes to which I've become accustomed. Maybe like pilsner hops were used to brew an ale? White pepper and darkly toasted white bread. Strongly reminicient of vanilla cream soda. Very light.
Mouthfeel is a bit oiley and viscous without being too sticky. Quite drinkable but oddly filling. Head and lace get beautifully chaotic by the end of the glass.
All in all, an odd beast. Very tame and totally offset from my expectations for an IPA, but good nonetheless. Very true to the brewery's style, from what I can tell. Worth a try.
05-20-2008 03:44:20 | More by ojiikun
3.5/5 rDev +3.2%
Mildly chill hazed orange amber colored beer with a thin off-white head.
Smell is a little sweet with a trace of butter toffee and a sedate herbal hop scent. Not very strong but nice.
Taste starts out malty and grainy with an agreeably complex herbal flavor and a grassy after taste. Bitterness develops as you drink it, but it never gets that strong. Lots of English style hop flavor, but it really isn't IPA strength but this is a quite good pale ale.
Mouthfeel is good.
Exceptional drinkability but I really can't say that this is an IPA. Good pale ale though.
05-14-2008 03:08:25 | More by Zorro
3.23/5 rDev -4.7%
Excited for this one...
Poured out of a very cool looking green pint-bottle.
Hazy orange-yellow, thin head, but bubbles were fun to watch.
Smell: I fear this beer suffered from a long journey by sea... the nose comes off with a strong scent of eggs at first, mellowed by a nice smooth English hops (fuggles? goldings?), a little bit of fruiti, then finishing with the nice St. Peter's tart yeast-smell... but the skunky-smell tinges the nostrils... the beer suffers here.
The taste is tart and slightly bitter, not a very strong hop presence, but noticeable... not in floral aspects though. The beer feels slightly thin overall, disapointing after the rest of my St. Peter's experiences.
Overall, Drinkable, but I wouldn't seek it out.
05-07-2008 03:04:51 | More by PBBC
1.98/5 rDev -41.6%
Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a rocky head; not particularly impressive in retention or lacing
Smell: Is that a bit of the skunk I smell? (Darn green bottles.) Smells like a Beck's.
Taste: Opens with a bready flavor that shows off the malts but by mid-palate, a medicinal bitter flavor overtakes and, after the swallow, the skunk is let loose
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Another Euro brewer that refuses to learn its lesson about green bottles - drain pour
05-01-2008 01:59:56 | More by brentk56
3.85/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
04-02-2008 00:36:52 | More by rebel1771
3.35/5 rDev -1.2%
1 pint 0.9 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A = Clear amber, one finger off white head with good retention, made up of various sized bubbles and foam, heavy lacing left on glass.
S = Good balance of hops and malt. Hops give mostly floral and citrus notes. Malt is of fresh grain and fresh baked muffins.
T = There is a good malt backbone, but there is also a soapy, almost antisceptic taste both at the front of the tongue and again in the finish. The soap tastes diminished as the beer warmed but did not disappear entirely.
M = Light-medium body, foamy full mouthfeel, good coating.
D = I liked this beers appearance, smell and mouthfeel but the taste could not be overcome. Only average drinkability for me.
04-02-2008 00:16:27 | More by Traquairlover
2.85/5 rDev -15.9%
Pours a nice orangish amber. Nice sticky white head, leaves some nice lacing around the glass, great retention. Aroma is slightly skunky, a bit of toasted malt, apple, and maybe a touch of citrus. Not much hops here, not what you would hope for from an IPA. Taste isnt much better than the aroma. A little fruit with a lingering, somewhat unpleasant bitterness. Not a good IPA.
03-24-2008 03:30:08 | More by hckyfn9999
2/5 rDev -41%
16.9 oz. bottle poured into a mug.
Appearance: Pours a dull hazy copper color with light, slighty off-white head which leaves a bit of lacing.
Smell: Very minimal aroma; a bit grassy with a bit of lemon or other citrus.
Taste: Hops, grasses, malts, and skunk! The skunk is especially present in the aftertaste. Without that it could be decent, but doesn't really seem like an IPA.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth with medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Not horrible, but that skunk really takes it down a few notches.
I don't know if this was a bad bottle or what... but it really wasn't very enjoyable. I have -never- had a skunked pilsner-type flavor in an IPA before, though, so this has me a bit worried.
03-20-2008 07:35:49 | More by mithrascruor
3.5/5 rDev +3.2%
A - Poured a copper color with a light tan head that leaves lacing
S - Is fairly balanced between hops and roasted malt
T - Is well balanced with a malt backbone that finishes with some bitter hops
M - A medium bodied beer with medium carbonation
D - I think that this is a good example of an English IPA good taste with a malt start and finishes bitter this one is worth trying sometime
03-11-2008 00:46:04 | More by armock
3.7/5 rDev +9.1%
A golden yellow beer with a slight haze. Has a foamy off white head and some nice sticky lace. The aroma starts with a light sweet malt note and quickly gives way to a nice hoppy profile, with tea like and piney characters. The taste starts with the piney hops running all over your tongue. Followed by a light caramel malt character and a finish of the tea like hops and piney hops coating the back of your throat. An English style IPA all the way.
02-29-2008 00:14:34 | More by ybnorml
3.65/5 rDev +7.7%
500mL bottle purchased from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a nice cloudy dark gold. It has a light English hop aroma along with some maltiness. The flavour has decent bitterness and well-balanced maltiness. Nice aftertaste. A typical, good English bitter. Not so much different than St. Peter's Best Bitter though.
02-25-2008 01:09:14 | More by sstackho
3.75/5 rDev +10.6%
Jerusalem Tavern in London...
A: Rich golden with a lovely thick off white head.. lasting
S: Floral hops, roasted malts.. rather balanced in my book
T: The hops and the malts blend well like in the aroma profile... nothing too bold or note worthy... just a good british IPA
M - Medium bodied... smooth...
O - Good for a few...
02-20-2008 17:20:59 | More by callmemickey
4/5 rDev +18%
Presented in a green medicine bottle (which I found awesome)
A - Poured a Dark gold color, semi cloudy with a huge two finger head. Lacing was excellent, as well as head retention.
S - I couldn't tell if it was grassy herbs or the fact that the green bottle let in a little too much light and produced a faint skunk aroma. Never the less it was some what appetizing. Not you typical Pale Ale by American standards but very nice indeed.
T - Again, you must realize this is not an American IPA; the hop presence is there but balanced off with toasted malt and notes of grassy herbs.
M - Medium / full bodied. Dry finishes with a balanced feel all the way around.
D - I would definitely recommend this. Very drinkable and besides, the bottle is way cool.
02-19-2008 17:25:22 | More by shabbtastic
4.1/5 rDev +20.9%
Shiney copper body is bright and has fine carbonation. Khaki head leaves behind ring lace and some webbing. A good looking brew.
Pretty well hopped for an English version of an IPA. Nice drying touch to the snappy hops keeps this beer very drinkable. There is a vinous edge to it throughout and plenty of lighter fruit varieties including pineapple and applejuice.
Notes: This one tasted very fresh and that made all the difference. The first one I tried tasted dumbed down. This version was hoppy and alive.
02-17-2008 23:04:25 | More by DogFood11
4.15/5 rDev +22.4%
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
01-30-2008 05:08:20 | More by russpowell
3.58/5 rDev +5.6%
A - A hard pour yields a slightly cloudy amber body with a few small bubbles and a finger of loose foamy. This quickly disappears.
S - Assam tea, peach, bark, mushroom, lychee, a little pine.
T - First flavour are of citrus, but these subside and caramel appears in the middle. Some mild piney/grapefruit bitterness towards the end which lasts into the aftertaste. Clean/lightly bitter taste lingers for some time.
M - Light body and soft carbonation complement the flavour well. Fairly clean and crisp.
D - A fairly good beer overall. Would be very easy to drink several.
01-27-2008 15:06:10 | More by haz77
3.65/5 rDev +7.7%
Bought in Wisonville ,OR. pint and a bit bottle Slightly hazy orangy/amber colored ale with a very nice rocky/frothy off white head. Typical English malt aromas, very pleasant,sweet with a good sniff of grassy hop in the back. Semi-sweet malts dominate, almost honeylike in some areas, but there is very nice mellow hoppy bitterness throughout and eventually takes over on the back of the mouthful. Nice on the palate, Very drinkable example
01-21-2008 19:39:49 | More by Reidrover
3.65/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
01-20-2008 23:49:27 | More by tempest
3.9/5 rDev +15%
Poured a typical IPA color into a pint glass. Head was pretty good, one nice ring of lace around the top but not much after that.
Smell - I am enjoying the aroma here. Nice crisp biscuity malt, and a sweetly fragrant hop.
Taste - Hoppy, but not your typical hop character. I wonder what hops are used in this one...they don't taste like your standard English IPA Fuggles. Nicely bittered, with a slight lip-smacking cookie sweetness.
Feel - Pretty smooth, with a little oily hop helping it slide down.
Drinkability - 4.9% seems a little weak with the alcohol for an IPA, but all the better for session drinking. I like it. It isn't Meantime's IPA, but still a good easy-drinking beer I'd session any day of the week.
01-16-2008 01:54:26 | More by Patrick999
3.08/5 rDev -9.1%
1 pint 0.9 fl oz. green bottle with a small and simple label that has the name of the beer and their symbol of a crow that swallowed a gold key. The back label has the barcode, US Government warning, refund values, address of the brewery, a small picture of the actual brewery, brief summary about the IPA style and history of the brewery. It also says on the back that I should look for a date code on the neck. The code is there, but it's something the average consumer wouldn't understand. The code reads L7044 00:17. It's one of those codes that only the brewery can read.
Appearance: Since this was an English brew, it seemed fitting to pur it into my Brooklyn Brewery Euro style pint glass. What came out was a fizzy golden amber colored beer with a decent 1 inch head of white foam. It didn't take long for the head of foam to fizzle away into a white film, white foamy rings, and quite a few streaks of white lace.
Smell: It was mostly a fruity based aroma with a pinch of dried hops and just the slightest touch of toasted malts. I found the aroma to be nothing more than your average not over the top Ale aroma. There wasn't much to it. It could have been worse, but it could have been better.
Taste: I was expecting this beer to be a standard English Ale that was hopped up. That wasn't the case with this beer. It really wasn't that hopped up at all. It was basically a lighly hopped English Pale Ale that was filled with fruits, toasted malts, and lightly toasted bitter hops. That's all the taste had to offer.
Mouthfeel: It was alight to medium bodied beer with a faint aftertaste of toasted malts. Since there was no heavy aftertaste to it or anything else to get in the way, it made for a drinakable beer.
Drinkability: Not the hoppiest IPA out there, but it did make for a somewhat refreshing lighly hopped IPA. One bottle is good enogh for me.
01-13-2008 19:24:48 | More by AltBock
2.6/5 rDev -23.3%
St. Peter's India Pale Ale pours an golden color, body with a nice creamy head of medium thickness which turns lacy after a few minutes. A faint scent of citrus is detected in the nose and the hops is well...missing. Honestly, it tasted more like a malt liquor than an IPA. Terribly disasatisfied in this beer.
01-09-2008 04:29:12 | More by barleywinefiend
St. Peter's India Pale Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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