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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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290 Ratings
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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 18.34%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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 Patrick999
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Patrick999, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of AltBock
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

AltBock, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
2.6/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

barleywinefiend, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of Brad007
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Brad007, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Monkeyknife, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of bruachan
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
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

bruachan, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of Dukeofearl
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Dukeofearl, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
2.63/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

GClarkage, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of TechMyst
2/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yellow with (I'm pretty sure here, and it's not the olive colored bottle giving this effect) green hue. No lacing, aroma, or head. Hazy like an IPA. Ok, so I'm an American; I'm used to big hop flavor so this was like an IPA LITE for me. Slick palate, slight diacetyl undertone. Ladies and geltlemen, I present to you the Budweiser of IPA's!

TechMyst, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of Cresant
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pourd this 16.9 oz. green bottle into a nonic. No date but a code 6217 (?). The body was a hazy golden, light honey color. Over two fingers of off white head left substanial lacing.

Smell was caramel malts. Flowery. Fresh and clean.

Taste was lightly bittersweet. Caramel with a grassy green finish. Solidly British.

mouthfeel was smooth with medium/low carbonation and a medium body. Enjoyable overall.

Cresant, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of wl0307
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The alc. content is 5.5%abv. for this bottle. BB 29/05/2008, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: amber colour with a faint trace of haze; the off-white beer head comes tightly frothy, slowly retreating and leaving tight sheets of lacing along the way; carbonation is moderate and constant.
S: assertively orangey, pineapple-ish, and coconut fruitiness comes along with an earthy but aromatic edge of Fuggles(?), on top of syrupy and lightly-caramely maltiness; constantly aside is a touch of blue-cheese's mould and cream that adds some excitement to the main fruity theme; intensely sweet overall, and rather pleasant~~
T: a mouthful of floral and slightly metallic, orange-zesty hoppyness is underlined by a background of aromatic biscuity malts, a tad sour-sweet but not imposing in its sweet impacts; the foretaste quickly succombs to a fast-intensifying wave of utterly dry, zesty and tangy Goldings' bitter hoppiness (dry-hopping here!) that runs almost tongue-pluckingly dry towards the end of tasting.
M&D: the texture is softly fizzy and not harsh, while the body is at most medium for a 5.5%abv. pale ale, which helps take off the weight a bit. Overall, this is an extremely easy-drinking, delicious, and more-ish type of EIPA, but not as complex as one might expect from this renowned micro-brewery. I hope to taste it on cask, if it's ever available!

wl0307, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of jvdineen
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Samuel Adams Glass. Amber color with a white head. Pour gives a flash of the hoppiness to come. Very drinkable, very East English toned down IPA. Antithetical to a Burton or an American IPA. Chunky lacing on the way down the glass. A definite re-buy. BTW this is one of the 'new' St. Peter's bottles which are round rather than their iconic oval bottles.

jvdineen, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of maddogruss
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was definitely not what I was expecting. Maybe it was supposed to be more of the "watered-down" hopped beers that were given to the troops, as described in the beer style description.

A: A dark amber body with no head present and minimal lacing.

S: No significant hop smell present in this brew, which caught me off-guard. There was a nice blend of malts present, however.

T: That earthy, hop taste was missing in this beer although there was a nice, bitter hoppy aftertaste. Once again, was not expecting this from an IPA.

M: Had the solid, full-bodied mouthfeel of an IPA.

D: This beer is pretty drinkable. Smooth, nice malts, and slightly hop bitterness. No high IBU content to ward off the drinker. Despite being an unorthodox IPA, I still think it is a good brew.

maddogruss, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of crookedhalo
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flask-shaped half-liter bottle. Pours up a translucent bronze with tinges of orange highlights. Soapy and pillowy cream colored head that lasts for a good while. Good stickage and lacing. Bready and biscuity malt aroma with a pleasant underlying noble hop presence to it. Light yeasty character to it as well. Certianly tastes hoppier than it smells, maybe I served it a bit too cool. Sharply bitter with some tea-like astringency upfront with some malt sweetness coming trough the middle and finishing crisp with a lingering bitterness. Quite hoppy for an English IPA, it gives some U.S.-brewed APAs a run for the money in terms of bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin which, in turn, makes the carbonation a bit more pronounced, but nothing is off. A very pleasant English IPA that I'd pick up again if it weren't so expensive.

IMHO, an IPA (or any hoppy beer) should never go into a green bottle, but I managed to grab this bottle fresh before it even hit the shelves which, I feel, made for a more enjoyable experience.

crookedhalo, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of tapman
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

#2 in my St. Peter's tour.

Soapy foam constitutes the head. Like their English Ale body looks to be a brassy gold, though this ale has a slighter hint of red.

A sweet malty characteristic surprises the patron since this is an IPA. A hint of alcohol and bitter fruit esters.

Salty maltiness hits the tongue first, unusual amounts of barley for an IPA. Hops are bitter, though less compared to other IPAs. Very wet, opposed to dry hoppiness. No lip smacking here.

While thicker than the English ale I much prefer the dogfish head IPA mouthfeel. It seems to fill the mouth better, you know? Still, I'm a stout guy so whadayagonna do, eh?

I wouldn't pick this beer as the representative for all IPAs but its not bad. The extra malt differs this brew from others of its ilk. I like malt so that's good for me, but I bet a lot of IPA aficionados would not care for it so much.

tapman, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of botham
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured out of the distinct flask-shaped bottle into an imperial pint. the brew is a brilliant light amber with a small head that retains for a minute or so. decent lacings on the glass.

smell is sweet and hoppy. a touch of bready yeast is present, but no alcohol.

taste offers little for the front of the tounge. the hops are strong, but not overly so. rather mild as far as IPA's go, but a very tight brew nonetheless.

aftertaste is dry, with the hops residing, and a touch of sweetness lingering.

mouthfeel is rather thin for the style, but smooth and a bit creamy as well. goes down well with a slight bite of bitterness. tasty!

drinkability is good for drinkers who prefer this style. if one is not into hoppy brews, this one may not suit.

for an IPA, this brew is well crafted. the hops are strong, but do not overpower the subtle sweetness that gives it balance. a good example of a good IPA.

botham, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, golden-to-amber color, big, frothy white head, leaving lace...

...but once we smell it there's a problem. Let's go in close...

soap, wet cardboard, aspirin...I'm almost tempted to call it "skunked", it is in a clear green bottle, all the way from England, and had been sitting on a dry shelf, in a well-lit aisle.

Anyway, it doesn't smell like any IPA...

Taste: wet, juicy, lightly acidic, softly hoppy...there's an oily, buttery, off-putting finish, then nothing...lacks any of the snap or bite I prefer in a good IPA, but that's never the British way, is it?

Gets better as we go...but I'll never forget how unpromising the aroma was when I first cracked it. Drinks down nice and mild, lightly hoppy, not bad overall, but nothing I'd recommend.

feloniousmonk, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of largadeer
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear and pale amber, exactly what you'd expect from an IPA, but with a huge cloudy head and tons of lacing.

Smell: Surprisingly malt-heavy in the nose, notes of caramel and honey. Hops are present but subdued, and there's a slight funkiness to the aroma.

Taste: Very bready, caramelly malt with a pleasant but unexceptional floral/herbal hop finish. Pretty mellow, subdued hops, but this is an English IPA, so it's to be expected.

Mouthfeel: A bit too thin and watery, but the carbonation is just right - crisp but not harsh or overpowering.

Notes: A decent IPA, but at $4 a bottle this is nothing I'd care to revisit.

largadeer, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of shroompod
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Attractive oval bottle pours a clear golden color. Very little head or carbonation evident.

I can't smell much coming from this beer, may be my allergies.

Taste is crisp , bitter hops, balanced nicely with a light malt body. I may have enjoyed this more without the slight light struck taste.

Mouthfeel is thin, light , and maybe a little under carbonated.

Drinkability of this beer is pretty good, could be a good session beer with fresher samples.

shroompod, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of Derek
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bronze with an off-white head; very little retention, initial lacing.

S: Mild aroma of earthy orange & bread.

T: Earthy orange hop flavour, modest bitterness, quality pale malt flavour (biscuity bread), slight cotton-candy fruity ester. This is a stellar pale ale... just not really an IPA.

M: Light to moderate body is silky smooth; modest carbonation; slight acidity in the finish.

D: Very drinkable.

Derek, May 22, 2007
Photo of Duster72
1.45/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a nice golden with a big rocky head. Aroma is overpowering skunk with some hops in there somewhere. Taste is skunk with some mild floral hops. This beer comes in a really cool bottle. The bottle is the best thing it has going for it. Unfortunately, they need to change the color of the bottle. Painful drinking.

Duster72, May 17, 2007
Photo of Stimack
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brew poured to a golden color with a very good sized off white head that has excellent retention and left a great amount of lacing. The aroma has issues, this is where the wheels start to fall off in my book. Very strong skunk scent, guess that is what you get for a bottle that is more or less clear. I am able to pick up some malt scents as well but it is difficult through the skunky smell. With this being a English IPA I was expecting to pick up some hops but I can’t. It has a good bitterness taste to it what is welcome, but to be called an IPA seems to be a stretch to me. Some malt flavor comes out to play which seem to be more on the toasted side. Overall this brew is not too bad of a tasting brew, just does not seem to fit the style and I still have a hard time getting over the scent. Not worth the 3.99 I spent on it.

Stimack, May 10, 2007
Photo of mynie
2.5/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice pour, though maybe a tad overcarbonated. Giant head, white and rocky. Light amber rust colored, almost perfectly clear.

Smells liked skunk and medium strength Brittish hops. You bottle in nearly clear green, you're gonna get skunked.

Tastes like skunk, syrpupy malt, bitterspice Brittish hops, and then another combo of skunk and syrup at the end. Way underhopped and overmalted. Not good at all.

Why oh why would you go through crafting a beer and putting up with all the red tape of shipping it overseas only to ruin it by putting it into a crappy bottle? Avoid, unless you find it on tap or in a can.

mynie, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of CharlieMopps
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Managed a little over a finger of foaming head from a fairly brisk pour. Maintained a quite transparent ambery shade of orange. Decent retention.

S: A mildly sweet and floral scent with just a dash of citrus, very mellow hop smell with a hint of spice perhaps.

T: An intriguing first impression for this IPA. Has somewhat of a lunge of hops on the palate up front, but backs off into a smooth finish, with the watery crispness St. Peter's is known for. Slight bitterness resurges in the aftertaste, but there is a noticeable malt presence in the finish that does not go unnoticed.

M: Somewhat thin, but for an IPA it's not so bad. Perhaps could have been a little silkier or fuller, but nonetheless, average to just under- carbonation level.

D: Somewhat drinkable in its composition, with just enough bite to keep you coming back, and just enough of a crisp and thin flavor to preserve your palate.

CharlieMopps, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall, not a bad beer, but not very IPA-ish. Poured a caramel with moderate head. Malty with toffee overtones and not nearly enough hops to qualify as an IPA - would struggle to fit into a pale ale category, and might rank as an ESB. Overall quite mild and understated, without much depth of flavor. Still one of the coolest bottles on the market, though.

Brent, Mar 08, 2007
St. Peter's India Pale Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
77 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.