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

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

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 124
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 28.09%
Wants: 2
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TangTKE402 on 03-07-2011

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, tea, fruit, and slight skunk aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, fruit, tea, and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid flavors, but the smell has some skunk aroma that dissipate somewhat as the beer warms up.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with half a finger of white foam that settles out quite quickly and leaves moderate lace. The body is a dark golden color with perfect clarity.

S - Musty hops with a bit of burnt toast aroma. Just a little bit of red apple yeast character in the background.

T - Slightly sweet, toasted malt up front with a little bit of caramel. Some musty, earthy hops in the middle with a hint of red apple yeast and more caramel. The beer finishes with lots of musty hops and moderately strong bitterness that is complimented by burnt toast and toffee malt notes.

M - Medium body, moderately low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A very musty and earthy British beer with a decent yeast character. All of the appropriate flavor notes are present here, but they never really seem to come together in a harmonious manner. The bitterness is kind of disjointed and really tends to accentuate the dry, burnt character of the toasted malt. In the end, the best aspect of the beer is visual; it looks great and still comes in a cool bottle, but that really shouldn't be the high point of a beer. The truth is that you shouldn't have much trouble finding a better British pale ale, even in the US.

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Photo of dbrauneis
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.56/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.06/5  rDev +14%
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.


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Photo of Flounder57
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a bottle at Whole Foods for $3.99. Poured into a Bass red triangle shaped glass. Very pale orange color. Lots of carbonation, but not much head. Minimal lacing. Smell has an earthy yet skunky aroma to it, which I did not care for too much. Flavor was bready and slightly mineral-like. Mouthfeel was smooth but watery, like most English ales tend to be. I picked up the bottle because I always liked the shape, but I didn't find the beer half as interesting. Nothing too special.

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Photo of SebD
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice golden/amber colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down slowly and it has nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of grassy hops with some sweet bready and caramely malts with notes of vanilla and toffee and a slight skunkiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet bready malt flavor to it, a slight hint of vanilla and toffee and a nice grassy hop bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with an overall nice balance and a nice dry finish.

Drinkability: It's a good drinkable beer accompanied with good decent flavours and aromas.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
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: 3.90, an impressive B+.

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Photo of RickS95
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.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Sampling right now on 9/19/14. Comes in a single 500ml (16.9 ounce) pretty green bottle for about $4.50. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a weissber vase glass.

Pours a pretty honey-apricot in color with a very thin white head. Just some light lacing is seen when sipped but not much at all. The aroma is of some grass, yeast with a touch of honey sweetness. The taste is pretty much the same with a slightly dry and very light bitter finish that doesn't last at all. After a few more sips, this one actually was better. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Overall, a decent brew. After it warms up a bit, it is even better.

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Photo of DavidST
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.

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Photo of Samp01
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours clear amber with a thin, fizzy head. No lacing.

S-Bright, light pale malts, grainy sweetness.

T/M-Mildly sweet grainy malt flavors offset by dry grassy bitterness. It has that export lager cheap sweet malt flavor, in spite of being organic. The finish is dry and grainy.

O-Unmemorable, but so are a lot of beers in this style when served in the bottle. I think this would probably be great on cask.

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Photo of mjurney
4.16/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark golden color, clear. Lively carbonated. Small head.

Herbal-earthy hops, sweet malts, hint of toffee.

Sweet bread, toffee, a little nutty. Faint fruitiness. Herbal-earthy hops towards the end. Finish is sharp, semi-dry. Body is medium, very crisp and refreshing, well carbonated, easy drinking.

It's a very good beer.

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Photo of Danno48
2.87/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of fostachild
3.04/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
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.

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Photo of Arborescence
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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