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St. Peter's Organic English Ale - St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd

St. Peter's Organic English AleSt. Peter's Organic English Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

91 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.33%


Brewed by:
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TangTKE402 on 03-07-2011)
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This review was originally submitted in summer 2012 under the 'St. Peter's English Ale' entry, a mistake on my part that has been deleted and moved here.

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; production code A1612 (guessing that means January 16th of this year, but I'm really not sure). Nice bottle, but does it really need to be green?

Pours a translucent pale amber-blonde colour, topped with roughly one finger of frothy, creamy off-white head. Retention isn't great, but there is some very nice lacing left behind. The aroma is skunky at first, but this problem is mostly solved with a few minutes of airing out. Doing so helps reveal the true aroma of biscuity malts, honey, and some fruity esters reminiscent of apples and pears, all of which is supported with a background of leafy English hop aromas.

This is a pretty tasty EPA, and its flavour covers most of the major traits I like in the style. The flavour is dominated by malts at first, reminding me of lightly-toasted buttered biscuits with a hint of honey and toffee. This is balanced nicely with some potent floral, earthy English hop bitterness, adding a slightly tea-leafy feel to the brew that lingers into the dry finish. Slick, buttery mouthfeel, with a body on the light side of medium. Relatively light carbonation that gently prickles the tongue as you sip, and very drinkable.

St. Peter's Organic English Ale could easily be improved by just switching to a brown bottle, but it's still a solid quaff even with the skunkiness. Fairly well-balanced, very smooth mouthfeel with lots of English-style hoppiness, which is 90% of what I want from an EPA.

I picked up another bottle on Dec. 19 2013, this time comparing it side-by-side with Spitfire, Fuller's London Pride and Pedigree. The toasted malts allow this one to stand out from the pack - this is a superbly well-balanced, sessionable English ale with no serious weaknesses. It's a little too pricy to be something I'd drink regularly, but that has nothing to do with the beer itself. All English ale fans should give this one a shot.

Final Grade: 3.93, an impressive B+.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 04:12:13 | More by thehyperduck
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint hints of apricot highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy off-white head that reduces to a large patch of thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of biscuit malts with some light aromas of fruity yeast (hints of white grape). There is a light aroma of floral and grassy hops as well.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of biscuit and bready malts with some light flavors of fruity yeast (white grape) - which contributes a very light amount of sweetness which builds as the beer warms. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish but it does not linger for long.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Clean and crisp with just a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: With the nice flavors/aromas and low ABV, this is a very nice sessionable brew and one I could easily see myself enjoying - reminds me of sitting in a pub in London.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 21:17:07 | More by dbrauneis
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the antique looking green 25 oz. bottle labeled Organic English Ale with the number 10035 on the back label. Sampled on June 30, 2013.

The pour is golden amber with a foamy off-white head and a slight cloudy appearance. I think it looks quite good.

The aroma is very malt forward with butter and cream, yeast, and a slight herbal quality. Hops are soft.

The body is light to medium but quite creamy.

The taste has a malty beginning but a slightly lingering hop finish that becomes rather dry. It reminds more of German malts than English but it is refreshing enough.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 16:04:40 | More by puboflyons
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Peter’s Organic English Ale has an extraordinarily thick, spongy, off-white head, with little brown specks sprinkled about and thick, heavy lacing left behind on the glass. The appearance is murky golden, with suspended brown flecks and lots of bubble streams. Aroma is sharp, with a moldy, cellared smell and some bready sweetness. Taste is of sweet, bready malt, sharp, grassy hops bitterness, nut shell, sugar, and cellar. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and St. Peter’s Organic English Ale finishes dry, decently refreshing, and nicely drinkable, yet not particularly quaff-able. Overall, this is an interesting and flavorful ale, and I suggest giving it a go.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 20:58:25 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer and left some lacing on the glass. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: caramel malts, fruity, and bready.

Taste: grassy hops, bready and pale malts, and some lingering bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, medium carbonation, and light to medium bodied.

Overall: Pretty nice EPA here folks. Not crazy about beer that comes in strange green shaped bottles, but this one was alright.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 00:47:51 | More by Flounder57
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Top_Jimmy

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

St. Peter's Organic English Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd pours well from a round green 500ml bottle leaving a small head with some initial lacing. It has a nice golden color with a bitter taste. It has a mild carbonation with a mild bitter hoppy taste. Mild fruit aroma with a hint of malt in the background. Average mouth feel, nothing great.

I was recommended this beer as the best beer around, I found that it was not much to write home about. While I wouldn't turn a free one away, I probably would not purchase it for myself anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 01:12:48 | More by Top_Jimmy
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Danno48

West Virginia

2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought this beer after it had been on the shelf for like a day but it is in a terrible green bottle so I was expecting some light abuse.
Looks great, nice bright pale ale colors and the head sticks to the glass like glue.
I couldn't smell much of anything with this beer, maybe because it isn't very bubbly but I couldn't smell much of anything.
I guess the taste is better than most of the cheap beers around town but it tasted a little stale and mildly hoppy. Also I found a hint of skunkyness due to the green bottle. I hate light abused beer.
Felt good in the mouth but nothing special...
It is a very ok beer that I didn't mind drinking but I couldn't say anything special about.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 03:53:41 | More by Danno48
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carlborch

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliantly clear, golden pour with modest carbonation and a beautiful cream-off-white 1-inch head. Modest head retention. Fresh, noticeable, malty nose with some grassy after-notes. Medium body. Excellent lacing. Restrained hop-bitterness; suggestions of fresh cracked pepper on the palate. Crisp and dry finish. Nice bite . Almost pilsnerish. Certainly moreish. I would definitely purchase this ale again. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 20:58:05 | More by carlborch
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TheCondor

Missouri

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My brother in law brought this over before my Oktoberfest party the first weekend in October. While this was an unusual offering since I had a keg of Weihenstephaner, I still drank it anyways. It's still beer. I had my reservations though, being a genuine English beer (which I find too subdued compared to American styles) and in a green bottle, which is a death knell for many beers to me. Anyways, poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a pale golden piss yellow color; very little head and retention, with no real lacing to speak of. And did I mention it was in green bottle?

Aroma - Grassy, with some toasty and cracker notes in there as well. A little bit of yeast, but pretty low-key.

Taste - Hoppiness is detectable, as well as the toast and cracker notes. Palate is much like the nose on this one, which isn't a bad thing.

Mouthfeel - Well-rounded, medium bodied and carbonated.

Overall - Nothing spectacular, nothing to write home about. It is a decent beer, but I wouldn't buy it again. In fact, I probably never would have bought it in the first place, given the Green Bottle Curse. But it was okay. Recommended to try once.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 01:20:01 | More by TheCondor
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint. Cool old-timey medicine bottle that is unfortunately green.

3.0 A: Lightly hazed light orange color. Not quite one finger of frothy white head. Retention is about average and a very short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Earthy and minerally with a dry crackery and grainy maltiness. Little bit of toastiness. Grassy and earthy hops. Mild yeastiness. Pretty standard for the style, which is good enough for me.

3.5 T: Taste is like the nose. Earth and mineral. Dry, light toastiness, cracker and grainy malts. Mild yeast, mild-moderate bitterness, grassy hoppiness.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Crisp and dry and smooth.

3.5 D: Decent beer that has no faults.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 02:46:59 | More by DavoleBomb
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

2.91/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

At a 4.5 ABV and a green bottle (I didn't want to keep this for too long):

Into a pint glass:

A: clear bright golden colored body and leaves barely any head, however some nice spiderweb lacing shows. The body is too hazy for any carbonation to be seen rising.

S: sweet malt up front with some corn coming in lightly.

T: same flavorings with some light apple coming in a bland sort of way.

M: light to medium sort of feel, sessionable, bland aftertaste.

O: this is an average English Pale ale to me, on par for the style, but not one I would get again.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 00:04:10 | More by BeerKangaroo
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$4.89 for the 16.9 oz bottle at a local store. New in town.

It has a nice clear bright gold colour with close to a 2 inch head of foam that shrinks quickly leaving almost no lacing behind.

The smell is of sweet malt and an ample, I'd say, lemony citrus that turns to an almost medicinal aroma, which I don't find attractive.

The taste is different from what I expected; the malt isn't all that sweet, more of an earthiness and dankness. Mild hop bitterness throughout though more apparent in the finish. A slight medicinal like flavour there but it isn't profound enough to turn me off.

Overall, a decent to good brew that's easy to drink but gets a bit boring when a few sips go down the hatch.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 22:28:54 | More by Bitterbill
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RickS95

Indiana

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks the part, I expected this to be a bitter and my first thought was, "Hmm, looks like a pale ale." The color is a pale amber. Caught in the middle between opaque and translucent. A very thin, watery pour. Head is almost non-existent.

Lots of smells. Flowery...pilsner malts...barley...some sort of dark ripe fruit.

The malted barley makes the biggest impression. It's up front and in your face. Eventually some floral tastes come through before a cracker-like, hop-forward finish.

I don't care much for the style. It's got a dirty, Earthy feel. Very thin like the appearance, but medium-bodied due to the Earthiness. Very bitter, dryish swallow.

I've never been to England, but this is what I'd expect to drink. It's not bad, just not my cup of tee, though I'm sure it would go very well with a variety of foods.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 02:52:28 | More by RickS95
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DavidST

Texas

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint sized bottle into a lint glass, coded freshness date. This pours a nice clear amber color with a nice foamy white head. The smell is fresh and crisp a little grassy earthy and nice toffee and caramel malts. The feel is medium. The taste is similar to the smell, quite nice, nice amount of bitterness and caramel, I'm impressed.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 04:28:40 | More by DavidST
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Pjilsner

California

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first "English Pale"

A: Clear; color of straw. White, sticky head which didn't last long.

S: Tart, somehow reminds me of a sour. Apple, lemon and grapefruit flavors. Really reminds me of a sour (though it definitely is not). Encouraged to see how it tastes!

T: Tastes like it smells. Yeasty, lots of grapefruit, sour apple with a balanced caramel-malt sweetness underneath to round it out well. Fairly bitter for the pales I'm accustomed to drinking.

M: Medium bodied, light carbonation, wet finish. I wouldn't consider this a good example of a "session beer". I don't find it very refreshing.

O:I enjoyed this beer as a refreshing change from the average, hoppy pales I get in California, but I wouldn't search it out specifically, however I recommend trying it.

Reviewed from notes

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 23:20:02 | More by Pjilsner
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Arborescence

Finland

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale, golden; pours a tiny head.

Aroma: Refreshing, citrus, hops, maybe grass even?

Taste: Light malt typical for English Ales, dominated by hops, which linger in the aftertaste as well. Fairly light and quite refreshing, but also robust with a good hop content and interesting floral flavours.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, round.

Overall: A nice beer for a warm day. Nothing spectacular, but a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 22:16:18 | More by Arborescence
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Samp01

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma of cereal, grains, light citrus and some yeast. Taste is biscuit malt, some citrus notes, yeast and bitter hops. Palate is a light body, crisp with mild carbonation. Finish is biscuit malt, yeast, some light citrus notes ending with some bitter hops for balance. Overall a pretty good drinkable ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 14:43:41 | More by Samp01
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karait95

Mexico

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: nice brilliant light amber color, medium carbonation is present and forms a not very big head

S: smell is pretty clear barley, hops all defined by the English ale style.

T: flavor is as should, this beer is according to the style, hops, something like honey or maybe some butter is inside but tastes very nice and natural.

M: sensation is nice, start somehow neutral and changes over time in mouth to a final bitter ending, body is a little bellow medium making this beer well balanced between refreshing and fully flavored.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 05:04:06 | More by karait95
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NStLincoln

Nebraska

3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dig the cool bottle, don't dig the green glass. Always a worry about skunkiness when imports us the green glass.

Pours a very light orange color with a one finger white head.

Smells like saltines with an astringent burst of hops. There is a bit of the skunk on there, but it dissipates after a few minutes.

Biscuity on the palate, hops are crisp and really balance well with the bread flavors on the front. A by the book English Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 03:45:41 | More by NStLincoln
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TyrainDreams

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a really nifty looking oval bottle. Golden amber color and did not produce much head might have been my pour though.

A - Smells a little skunky to be honest and definitely smells bitter. After letting it breath a little the smells went from skunky to malty and earthy.

F - Bitter, excellent pale ale. The mix of flavors is actually really subtle and nice. Slight metallic taste. After the 3rdish drink it starts to taste bready/yeasty with a nice citrus note in the middle finishes up with a grassy taste which just makes me think organic.

M - Not as thick as I thought it would be... Light carbonation levels... Not much to say it works for the style.

O - I really enjoyed this beer, it's savory and has a really good balance of taste... I think this is the first Organic beer I've had and I sort of thought it would be closer to homebrew but its crisp and clean and just got better as it breathed.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 01:46:32 | More by TyrainDreams
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fostachild

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a clear medium yellow/golden colour. good amount of foamy white head.

first thing i smelt was skunk, then a bit of earthy/malty aromas.

very crisp, mostly just taste the malt with a little bit of a burnt flavour in the aftertaste.

though i wouldn't buy this again - it was average and okay to try.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 03:23:51 | More by fostachild
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A good solid yellow gold and absolutely crystal clear body is presented off the pour. Up top sits a shocking white head of about two fingers. Tiny slow crawling bubbles rise. I am kind of surprised by how incredibly clear this is. Some good stickiness on the glass.

Smells like an adjunct lager at first then gives way to minor toasty like malts, but also some old doughy like bread. Not particularly bitter or hoppy either. Kind of small nose also.

Taste is, kind of hop lemon bitter sensation with good baking cracker like bread at the end. Texture hints at crispness with a solid medium body. Finish also has grapefruit oil like qualities and flavor.

Overall kind of reminds me of an English bitter in a way but definitely more crisp and full. One to enjoy no problem.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 03:50:59 | More by smakawhat
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metter98

New York

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that quickly died down, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of biscuit and bready malts in the nose along with notes of fruity yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, although the presence of grassy hops is a bit more noticeable, which contribute a slight amount of bitterness—this particularly stands out in the finish. Fruity flavors in the taste become a bit stronger as the beer begins to warm up.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and is clean and somewhat crisp with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and its low alcohol content makes it sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 22:52:40 | More by metter98
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Translucent amber body, poured a half finger of head that shrank to a ring rather quickly.

S. Pungent and earthy, very light malt character. Very simple aroma.

T. Grassy hops are good in this. Sweet and very bready in the middle. Slight hint of toffee at the end, with a nut flavor that comes out as the beer warms.

M. Medium body, dry finish.

O. Honestly not bad, but rather unremarkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 18:15:56 | More by CFHMagnet
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours out as a orange colored liquid with a very minimal head. The smell is a little grassy with some decent malt and hop aromas. The taste is a lot like a pilsner but I found it to be pretty good despite the grassy flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and not too carbonated. Overall It's a pretty good ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 23:53:21 | More by Knapp85
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St. Peter's Organic English Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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