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
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 danny013
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml. bottle poured into a 20 oz. imperial pint glass. Body pours a deep hazy orange body topped with a pale tan 2 finger fluffy head. Head falls out to a nice clumpy covering and leaves some thick lace. Bottle conditioned.

Aroma is light, but quite put together. Plenty of hop aromas coming out on the forefront with some fresh toasted grains and a faint malt sweetness/diacetyl aroma. Hops are mostly earthy with some healthy citrusy notes jumping out.

Taste is initially of some big bread notes, balanced nicely with a good toasted maltiness. Hops charge in with a thick earthy bitterness and sit firmly with some faint caramel and a rich butterscotch flavor wading around in the back. Hops grow in intensity as the beer is swallowed, leaving a thick, earthy bitterness that sits on the tongue forever and puckers the mouth along with a dry finish. Faint citrusy flavors come out eventually, but are overall shadowed by the thick earthiness.

Mouthfeel is great, a medium bodied brew with a slight carbonation to smooth the beer out and make it easily quaffable.

Overall, I think this is a very well put together English IPA - and that is the important distinction: it is not an American IPA. Smooth, faintly carbonated with a rich hop character layered on top of a fine pale ale. Easily drinkable but fairly complex at the same time; something that can be had in a session or a quiet reflection. Serve warm for it's true character to shine. This is definitely something to check out, but don't go in expecting your standard American IPA.

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

Pours a clear orange color with minimal head, aroma is of funky, herbal hops and a tinge of malt.
Taste is subdued - the hops are there but not abundant. There's an herbal/medicinal quality to the ale that is difficult to place. Mouthfeel is light and carbonated. A mediocre ale through and through. I won't get this one again.

Photo of allengarvin
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonik glass, this beer is a rather hazy amber-tan color with a small head. I hardly get any aromas from the nose except a slight scent of wet grain. The bitterness is moderately high but there's not a trace of hop flavor, just a caramelly maltiness. Dry but mostly uninteresting. Slightly astringent mouthfeel.

Basically: A good example of how not to make an IPA.

Photo of elniko
1.95/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from fat English bottle into pint glass

A: Light than I would expect from IPA, nice fluffy head. No carbonation apparent. Average looking brew.

S: I've never smelt a skunked IPA, so I guess that there is a first time for everything. Thoroughly unpleasant nose.

T & M: I'm not sure if this was a bad bottle but this just did not taste right. Balance was off, simply tasted off. What taste there was simply awful, extremely bitter finish. Ughh and blech.

D: Poured this one out, I will be having and reviewing again as I'm pretty certain I got a bad bottle.

Photo of ralree
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Fairly cloudy, dark gold, nice head that recedes fast, but good lacing.

S: Smells like cheap beer - Coors. Some hops detectable, but the overbearing rice malt smell is annoying.

T: Tastes of lots of brown sugar and sweet malt, with some citrus (orange), apricot, and banana in the background. The hops are present, and are very flowery. Not much piney flavor in this one. No detectable grapefruit. If you like the dried apricot IPAs, this one isn't bad.

M: Non-astringent, good carbonation, nice medium-light body.

D: Drinks alright, but is not as refreshing as some other IPAs. It's really sugary. I may buy again, but I would opt for quite a few others before doing so.

Photo of ectomorph
4.38/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great old style green medicine bottle into a pint glass.

A - Hazy orange and gold in color with a sticky white head that caught me by surprise. Frothy.

S - Not what I was expecting. Spicy hop scent is followed by a sweetness. Not a mega hopped IPA.

T - Again, the spicy hop, not bitter but a sweet spice. A different malt backbone as well. An 'English' take on the India Pale Ale and I like it.

M - More head and body than most IPA's, this a plus.

D - Very high, I'm a big fan of this brew and St. Peter's in general.

Photo of zeff80
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a light orange color with a fizzy, small, white head. Not much lace.

S - It smelled of grasses and caramel malt.

T - Interesting blend of flavors. Slightly nutty or oaky and a sherry/bourbon flavor, too.

M - It was fairly crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - One of the most unusual IPAs that I've ever had, even for an English one. Not a beer I'll regulerly stock, but I might try another because it was so different.

Photo of Ben4881
2.55/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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

Appearance:
This IPA pours out a nice golden amber color on the lighter end of the amber spectrum. A billowing white head emerges and has great retention. The lacing left from the head is nice and heavy, but becomes more intermittent down the glass.

Smell:
Sour citrus hops hit the nose first. Then, there is a healthy grain malt aroma and a hint of yeast that follows. Smells a little "off" to me, not exactly what I have come to expect from IPA's.

Taste:
Yikes, this one is intrusive. A sharp, spiky bitterness hits the palette right away. Then, there is a brief reprieve from the bitterness, in the form of a smoother malt flavor, which is followed by a sour grapefruit hop flavor. A watery, wet, smooth finish ensues. However, the aftertaste brings a heavy onslaught of dry bitterness. It feels as if it penetrates the tongue and hangs around like an unwanted guest. Unfortunately, I am turned off at this point.

Mouthfeel:
St. Pete's has a light body with a noticeable amount of carbonation. Nothing special, it's a little lighter than I would have expected, but not horrible.

Drinkability:
The hard bitterness in the beginning and the end is not at all appealing. On the bright side, as one continues to drink, the malt flavor becomes a little more apparent and brings some balance to the flavor. However, the aftertaste is a real bummer. Hate to say it, but I couldn't bring myself to finish the entire pint.

Photo of froghop
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-cloudy orange-yellow with a small foamy egg-shell head, really good lacing.

smell of malt, earth, yeast, touch of citrus.

taste is grainy up front, malt, roasted nuts, some caramel, becomes more bitter as you drink, a slight dry finish.

Photo of stephens101
1.78/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours 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. With all the good IPA's around these days, there is absolutely no reason to try this one. I'll stop there, because if I said anything else it might get ugly.

Photo of Onslow
2.45/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First impression: what the hell went wrong ... pours a clooody haze dirty brown... smells of dirty water, soggy used hops, and dusty old bones fill of green dust ... low medium..lacing is actually very good ... a kind of dirty ugly beer ... has this strange bitterness.. to queer for me..

Photo of dhd1491
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly cloudy, light gold with foamy white head that dies down rather quickly. Aroma of toasted grain. Flavor is medium-full with bitter hops and yeasty maltiness supporting notes of flint and copper. Sour hops taste much like a Heineken. Overall, an interesting brew. Not what I expected in an IPA, certainly different than an American IPA...no fruity, citrusy hops here. Goes down easy enough.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy golden yellow, virtually no head.

S- Quite cidery with a noticeable but mellow hop aroma

T- Sweet malt on the take. This is balanced to near perfection through the finish. Not as strong of a hop finish as I expected.

M- Riddiculously smooth, low carbonation.

D- Too bad I haven't seen six packs of this yet.

Forget everything you know about american IPA's. This is a damn tasty beer.

Photo of tronester
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber brown with a medium tan head. Smells of sour beer, really skunky, not good at all. Taste is much better. Tastes of earthy hops, a nice malt flavor with just a touch of sourness. The hops leave a nice bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation levels are medium as well. Drinkability is pretty good, this is a decent English Ale, I suspect if I had it on cask, fresh, I would like it MUCH more. I think the green bottle combined with the long trip may have degraded the quality a bit, but even so, its still worth a try.

Photo of albern
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think this beer suffered a bit on the journey over. It seems to be quite musty in all phases. It pours a copper amber with a nice frothy and soapy head, good lacing, decent carbonation. The smell at first was very skunky, although it mellowed a bit and more biscuity grains came through. There are some hop aromas as well, but this isn't endearing me to the beer. The taste has a back bone of some nice biscuity and bready malts, but it is overshadowed by very acerbic, tea like hop bitterness, that just seems like its been sitting around too long. The biscuity flavors give me a hint of what this beer would be like if it were fresh. The hops are pronounced, not oily or estery, but more the traditional English Fuggles type. The beer is just a bit too musty for my tastes. The mouthfeel and consistency is a bit thin. The aftertaste is cloying hop that hangs on just too long.

Photo of bark
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of CaptainIPA
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of smcolw
2.3/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ojiikun
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of PBBC
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of brentk56
1.98/5  rDev -41.2%
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

Photo of rebel1771
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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