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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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302 Ratings
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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 18.4%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | 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 hckyfn9999
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of mithrascruor
2/5  rDev -40.7%
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.

Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Photo of ybnorml
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of sstackho
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of callmemickey
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
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...

Photo of shabbtastic
4/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Photo of DogFood11
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
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

Photo of haz77
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of Reidrover
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
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

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of Patrick999
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of AltBock
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.6/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Photo of Brad007
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of bruachan
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
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

Photo of Dukeofearl
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
2.63/5  rDev -22%
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.

Photo of TechMyst
2/5  rDev -40.7%
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!

Photo of Cresant
3.1/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of wl0307
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

Photo of jvdineen
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of maddogruss
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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