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

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

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BA SCORE
82
good

278 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 278
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 10
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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: BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002)
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Photo of RedAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this bottle at Green's, and it fits nicely into my English pint glass. Pours with the slightest chill haze, an orange amber with a fairly slight head, but one that is creamy and settles to athin cap and leaves some lacing. I lie the design of the bottle, but this one is is still in that light green glass that I hate since it skunks the beer. This one seems okay, however. Nicely balanced aromas of lightly sweet grain, earthy hops, and some floral top notes. A bit of clean hay is there as well. Smells rustic and delicious. Pretty similar in the taste, just beatifully balanced with some nice but slight lingering earthy bitterness and a pleasant, slightly metallic undernote. Tastes fairly fresh with some light sweetness and some more hay. Very nice. Medium bodied with just enough graininess and bitterness to keep it interesting. A pleasure. I'd love to try this on cask.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured out of the bottle a golden and hazy color. A decent amount of foam topped it off. Sweet caramel and baking bread in the aroma. There is also a bit of an edge in the aroma. Well rounded on the palate with light carbonation and also definite smoothness. The flavors are subtle in that great English Ale way. There is a raw graininess mixed in with the malt sweetness and complemented by a mineral twang. A mild layering of hops pulls it through to the end.

Definitely an enjoyable and highly drinkable brew.

Photo of celfan
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I loved this beer. Spicy hop taste with sweet smell of butterscotch.
Hazy appearance with a small amount of head. I was afraid this would be a gimmick beer based on the unusual bottle. Happily it was a great example of english style ale, although true hopheads will be disappointed. I agree with those who say don't chill it too much, there are a lot of great subtle flavors, both sweet and slightly bitter. I'll definitely be getting this again and I'm looking forward to trying the other
St. Peter's ales.

Photo of Shiloh
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden colour with a thin head and a large bubbled glass ring. The body is full with minimun carbonation. The nose is mildly of grapefruit.
The taste is exellent, begins slowly with a mild hoppiness then esculates to an explosive bitter finish. The hops dictate, my kind of brew. Recomended!

Photo of xare
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at a haute cuisine French restaurant (very short beer list, huge wine cellar... yet the beers were just as outstanding).

Tableside beer service, poured into a tulip glass, appearance was of hazy orange (almost appears like a hefeweizen), slightly cloudy but a thin head that stays around. Very appealing to be sure!

Smell was of light hops mixed with organic malts and you could actually smell the earthiness of the brew.

Taste was of malts and hops but it was quite distinct and not blended, somewhat unique in my view. You'd taste the malts and as that disappeared the hops would come upon you, wallop you, and then disappear.

Mouthfeel was excellent. A bit of soapiness and hoppiness with the finish but crisp and clean otherwise. A joy to drink.

Drinkability was a delight. Happily finished the beer and seriously considered ordering more just to take home at inflated markup prices.

Overall - if I can find this beer again, I'm definitely buying some to take home.

Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber, clear. Only detriment is the lack of head. What little there is provides great ring lace on each sip

Creamy, round malty aroma--a touch of alcohol

Surprising bitterness up front. Good malt base. The aftertaste is all hop. Good body with appropriate carbonation.

This is one of the superior English Bitters I've had in the US. This has the body and flavor to stand up to a typical IPA without becoming an IPA itself.

Photo of Bcant
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This organic ale from Eastern England pours with a small white head that settles quickly. It has a deep-amber color and it's bouquet sweetish with hits of toffee. The nose is sweet and fruity, with notes of apricots, but by the time it reaches the back of your mouth the flavors are smoky, almost porter-like. The finish is crisp and dry, showing that it has been hopped just enough to balance it out and prove that it is an "English Ale."

Photo of MJR
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Out of possibly the coolest bottle I've ever seen, this beer pours a pale, dull gold color with a touch of orange. Even with an aggressive pour, there's no head. Crystal clear.

Smell: Mix of sweet malt, English hops, an interesting organic scent, and a touch of biscuit/bread.

Taste: Laid-back hops are evident from start to finish. There's that lightly sweet malt flavor and the biscuit flavor too. This beer has a nice earthy flavor to it...which is no surprise considering it's made from organically grown hops and barley. Reminds me of Samuel Smith's India Ale actually...

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light to light/medium mouthfeel. Goes down really easy.

Drinkability: Extremely high...this beer would make a great session beer. I would love to try this from a hand-pump...it would help with it's lack of head and the already-great mouthfeel would be even better.

Photo of geexploitation
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright marmalade hue, with fluffy eggshell head that dissipates to dusting. Sticky lace is left behind. Rather faint aroma, with some slight mineral notes alongside honey and yeasty, rising dough. On the palate, orangey yeast up front and biscuity malts at the mid-palate. Mildly doughy flavor throughout, with a tingly, sweet-and-sulphur finish. Minimal hop content -- just some subdued, earthy, balancing hops. Smooth, unassuming mouthfeel with a dextrine character. Easy to drink, great session beer.

Photo of ojiikun
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great looking bottle, organic origins, this one had me excited.

Totally flat, but ever so slightly cloudy upon pour, the latter of which is exciting.

Smells nice, though I imagine a warmer bottle would do better. Bready and maybe even meaty.

Taste is exceptionally understated but great. Hoppier than I expected. Not too full bodied. Would almost call this a cream ale.

Quite possibly the most drinkable, smooth thing I've ever had. They could sell this one by the gallon.

Stay away if you want something really complex or hard-hitting, or if you're afraid of fruitier undertones.

Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Brown 1 pint .9 fl. oz. Old fashioned medicine style bottle, blurb about being organic … no freshness date.

Appearance: Rich hazy golden brew with an appealing white lace that froths up real nice. Haze turns out to be just a mild chill haze, when the ale warms up to cellar temp it drops quite bright.

Smell: Hints of earth and mineral, ghost like sulfur notes are noticeable. Hops are light though with a raw earthened like twang. Whole rounded grain in the nose both sweet and dry grain.

Taste: Moderate body and a smooth, rounded and crisp carbonation which forms a quick flowing mouth feel. Porridge like grain sweetness with a homemade cracker like maltiness. Slight sulfur and mineral flavour from the water, earthy hop with a mild pungent lemony bitterness. Hint of smokiness from the copper kettle brewing. Bread crust like finishes with a semi clean lingering hop bitterness to boot.

Notes: Mmm … organic real ale, this is the good stuff for sure and a session beer at that.

Photo of Offa
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice, solid ale with a strong bready base and good balance, the bitterness just dominating the light sweetness.

It is dark gold with a decent off-white head that shrinks but leaves some decent lacing.

The aroma is toasty bread with lemon, hints of caramel, earth, and pine.

The taste is similar, with lightly toasty bready malt, lemon, a little other citrus in general (some grapefruit), and pine and hints of caramel and smokiness. It is a little juicy, and has a full, nice feel.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Comes in the usual St. Peter’s 1 Pint 0.9 fluid ounce high quality, dark green glass, oval bodied, flask shaped bottle. A rather simple looking generic style cream colored small oval label with a dark green border which sits neatly below the raised-in-glass words ‘St. Peter’s Brewery’. The main label lists the English Ale as ‘Organically Grown Hops & Barley’; indeed, it has Soil Association Organic Certification UK5. Excellent, rather unique and a very distinctive presentation.

Appearance: Nice head on this one, often a problem with some of the St. Peter’s brews, in this instance it is a definitive positive. Gorgeously attractive thick white head sits and stays above a slightly hazed yet very appealing golden body. Above average carbonation and some long lasting lacing remind me of drinking Cask Ale back home!

Nose: Medium strength nose, mixture of malted barley, grain and a light toasty effervescent lemony hop ping in the back end.

Tastes: Another perfect mixture of malts and hops, supremely balanced into a really great Session. Grainy malts with a light toasted sweetness, delicate Burton-esque sulphur twist in the middle with a nice lemony hops bitterness at the end which has some bite and a nice lingering “English Bitter” feel about it.

Mouthfeel: Definitely the beers best aspect for me, lovely smooth conditioning in the body of the beer, perfectly carbonated, smooth with a biting bitterness that lingers. Has the feel of a freshly tapped Cask-Conditioned Real Ale from back home.

Drinkability: Hellacious libation, and dangerously drinkable! A really great Session-drinking beer that begs to be quaffed by the Pint.

Overall: A solid effort from St. Peter’s, whilst some of their offerings suffer from low carbonation, poor nose and/or low mouthfeel – this one excels all round. One of the better St. Peter’s brews.

Photo of allengarvin
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just became available in the Dallas area this week, so I assume it's fresh. Pours a reddish-amber color, fairly clear, with not much head (typical of English beers). Aroma is a bit disappointing, just a hint of malt and hops. Taste is a fine, delicate balance of cedar-like bitterness and lightly caramel, sweet malt. Finish is drying. Lightish body and carbonation a bit on the low, draught-like side.

Tastes like a good, solid English session bitter. The strength is a bit high for a the style, but perhaps that helps it keep better in the bottle. Very quaffable!

Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid straw pale gold color, thin off-white head with some bigger bubbles against the pour out of the flask-shaped bottle; faded fast and leaves sheets of lace in small amounts at first but as consumed they break up to small spots.

Smell is mega musty at first, gradually settles with soft sweet malts of bagels and light citrus floral hops and a bit of noted honey.

Taste is delicately done and well balanced, smooth and easy of soft sweet malts and breadish character in front, followed shortly there after of light crispy, citrusy floral hops with a nice little bittering spicy drying finish.
Feel is a smooth, somewhat buttery and silky, creamy quick start with the middle smacked of excellent medium body and texture with a great mellowing dry finish. Quite a nicely done ale, drinkable in all seasons and a must try.

From what I've had, I'm impressed so far with this brewery.
Good quality brews that seem to be straight forward and balanced well. Reminds me alot of Capital brewing; just across the pond.

Photo of scottg
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 FL OZ bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light gold with orange hues and a medium white head that dissipates slowly with light lacing. Sweet aroma of malt and tea with light citrus. Up front flavors of caramel & toffee then a tealike, hoppy flavor finally finishing smooth and malty. Light carbonation, easy drinking beer. Bonus for using certified organic hops and barley.

Photo of BBM
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange-yellow from the flask-shaped bottle. A firm, rocky white head rest atop the beer. The aroma was an exceptional blend of slightly fruity, grassy, earth, and sugary notes.

The grassy and earth English hops are up front and dominate the initial flavor. As the beer warms, there is more of a balance between the hops and sugary malt. As a fan of English beers, this one seems to be spot on in terms of flavor and balance. The mouthfeel is medium and very smooth, with little noticeable carbonation. And at only 4.5%, it could certainly be a session beer. If you like English ales, you'll love this.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best readily available Bitters in Ontario.

This pour out of its vintage flask a pale copper color, pretty light for the style. The head is diminutive but lacing is generous. The aroma is lightly malty with an airy herbal hoppyness. The taste is A mix of citrus fruit, light cracker malts, herbal hops, black tea leaves and sea air. The finish reveals a dry, somewhat cidery yeast flavor (also found in their other ales). Its not bad at all, interesting really. The mouthfeel is thick and luxuriously carbonated. Its quite a lot like a cask ale.

This is a great bottled bitter with a great hop profile. Its very well balanced and an impeccable session ale.

Photo of marburg
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's hard to be distinct as a pale ale; there are just too many of them out there. This one manages to stand out as a simple, well-crafted beer that's well-balanced and not excessively hopped -- something that I think is hard to find on the North American continent unless it got shipped here from another country.

A few shades darker than straw with a small head. Aromas of rubber, moss, and lagerish malt. Good malt presence followed by a brief but nice hop finish -- semi-puckering and definitely lingering. A good beer with an amazingly cool bottle.

This beer is definitely best when a little on the warmer side. As is the case with many English beers or cask-conditioned beers in the English style, this is best consumed at slightly warmer temps. The hop finish is nicely assertive when you let the flavors emerge. Unlike a lot of American pale ales, the finish doesn't get unbearable as the beer warms. Tasty.

Thanks to Putnam for the sample.

St. Peter's English Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
82 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.