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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: 282
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2006)
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Photo of Zorro


3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 03:08:25 | More by Zorro
Photo of PBBC

New York

3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 03:04:51 | More by PBBC
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

1.98/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

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

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 01:59:56 | More by brentk56
Photo of rebel1771


3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 00:36:52 | More by rebel1771
Photo of Traquairlover


3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 00:16:27 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of hckyfn9999


2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 03:30:08 | More by hckyfn9999
Photo of mithrascruor


2/5  rDev -41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 07:35:49 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of armock

New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 00:46:04 | More by armock
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 00:14:34 | More by ybnorml
Photo of sstackho

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 01:09:14 | More by sstackho
Photo of callmemickey


3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 17:20:59 | More by callmemickey
Photo of shabbtastic

New York

4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 17:25:22 | More by shabbtastic
Photo of DogFood11


4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 23:04:25 | More by DogFood11
Photo of russpowell


4.15/5  rDev +22.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 05:08:20 | More by russpowell
Photo of haz77


3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 15:06:10 | More by haz77
Photo of Reidrover


3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 19:39:49 | More by Reidrover
Photo of tempest


3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2008 23:49:27 | More by tempest
Photo of Patrick999


3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 01:54:26 | More by Patrick999
Photo of AltBock


3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 19:24:48 | More by AltBock
Photo of barleywinefiend


2.6/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 04:29:12 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of Brad007


3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice pale/cloudy color with a thin head. Aroma is mild and fruity with a tiny bit of skunk and malt showing through. Taste is quite bitter upfront with some malty/bready flavor and a lingering bitterness at the back of the tongue. The bitterness is almost too overpowering at first but other than that, not a bad beer.

I really don't think they should be putting their beer in green bottles but that's just me. A beer like an IPA deserves brown grass. It also adds to the bias of the review if a beer has been in clear or green glass.

Regardless, the bitterness is nice but the rest of the beer feels unbalanced.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 03:52:18 | More by Brad007
Photo of Monkeyknife


3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a cloudy amber-gold with an enormous fluffy beige head and lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma was a combination of caramel malts and a touch of citrusy hops.

Tastes of caramel malt with a slight hoppiness to the finish.

Light mouthfeel with a light carbonation to it.

This is a very sessionable IPA and a good example of the English style.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 22:15:05 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

$6 at the village market, gambier

the head on this guy is very nice. niiice. huge and rock solid. creamy and tight. when it finally does begin to descend, the glass bears witness to the head's stickiness. the beer below it is a hazy orange. a beautiful head compensates for the haze

the foam emits a gigantic lemon scent. slightly grassy, too. some breadiness shows through

although quite hoppy as well, the flavor tips the balance back towards the malts. dry and biscuity. bready. it must be said, however, that is is a hop-focused brew. the hops used are something i am used to smelling/tasting in a tripel, as well, so i am assuming they are a continental variety like tettnang or hallertau. there seems to be a suggestions of spice as well, most likely coming from the hop

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 02:18:17 | More by bruachan
Photo of Dukeofearl


2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml clear glass bottle from Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA., October 2007.

Pours a slightly chill hazed amber with a nice white head, although the bubbles in the head are pretty large. Aroma of sharp, almost sour hops. Not pleasant hoppiness.

Flavor is a nicely hopped ale, very different from American IPAs, but also very different from my favorite English IPAs. Decent malt base, but hops are very much like chewing on pine needles and juniper leaves (are they leaves or needles)? And not in a good way. Harsh off-bitter, almost slightly rancid aftertaste- I know my tongue will need a scraping after this one.

I could see how some might like this IPA, but it's not the hops choice I care for.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2007 01:45:10 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of GClarkage


2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

09/09/07- Purchased at Healthy Spirit's in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 16.9oz nice looking antique-like bottle. No freshness dating. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Golden amber in color pour. Full 3/4 inch frothy and creamy looking head...leaves slight traces of lace.

Smell- Is this Bud? Smells of grain and rice-corn mixture. Maybe a touch of caramel malt with no hops at all.

Taste- Damn, this is Bud! Tastes so much like Budweiser. Really light malty background with corn extract and a limited floral hop taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level and fairly crisp.

Drinkability- Actually was a bit refreshing on this 1st week of football. Crisp and clean, but also very Bud like. Lawnmower acceptable.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 23:33:51 | More by GClarkage
St. Peter's India Pale Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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