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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

274 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 9
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 MeisterBurger
1.75/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear golden orange with decent head. Fingers of lace cling to the sides of the glass.

Smells earthy. Fruity. Slightly grassy hops. Like the unwashed taint of a thousand skunks.

At first blush I'd say it tastes like earwax. Hops are very grassy/floral. Pale malts. Chalky. Has an oddly skunky Heineken aspect to it. Dry aftertaste. Somewhat astringent. My will to live fades with every sip.

MeisterBurger, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of longpondbeerman
1.88/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Out of its unique bottle that looks like it came out of my grandmother's medicine cabinet, this ale pours a golden honey color with just a hint of cloudiness and a thin, white head. The immediate smell is slightly skunky, like Heinikken, and on closer inspection, I admit, I think I got a bad bottle. Either that or this is just not a good brew. Metallic, bitter. I'll have to update this review later when I try another bottle. How do I kill a review?

longpondbeerman, Jun 01, 2004
Photo of corby112
1.93/5  rDev -47%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a mirky golden orange color with a thin fizzy white head that quickly fades without any lacing. Earthy aroma of grass, soil and hops with a vegetable-like quality. Crisper than their IPA but still very earthy and dirty tasting. Vegetable-like and bitter but in a rotten unpleasant kind of way.

corby112, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of TheHammer
1.95/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Dangit, my fridge is filling up too fast gotta clean it out, and since this one's bottle is wider then anything else, it's up next.

Appearance: Poured with half a finger of head that did not lace or sustain. The body is a crystal clear bronze, that possesses next to no carbonation in the body.

Smell: A clear note of skunk, which drowns out a dry, musty woodsy smell, like walking through a forrest on a cold autumn's day. I can't really say it's doing too much for me.

Taste: It starts with a slight fizzy acidic malt taste that does not sit right and turns to a brief, almost spoiled apple cider taste which promptly turns a tongue crippling dose of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is neigh completely absent, the beer transitions poorly and leaves at bit of a dry aftertaste and leaves an earthy bitterness that lingers for too long.

Drinkability: Well refreshing and low carbonation causes no bloating or gas issues. However, the bad taste poor mouthfeel and rough character leaves something to be desired.

Final Thoughts: This beer isn't for me, that is for sure. I'm not sure skunking or poor storage have a factor here because I just can't see many characteristics I can appreciate. Really, I feel that the only reason this stuff sells, is because of the odd shaped green bottle. I also have the St. Peter's cream stout in my fridge, and I must say I'm not looking forward to it.

TheHammer, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of t0rin0
2/5  rDev -45.1%

t0rin0, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of pitweasel
2.1/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My dad's name is Peter, and he's away in England for a month, so I was very excited to find this beer and give it a try.

That pretty much ended when I opened the bottle. It was an "on sale" style at Beers of the World, which people have told me is another way of saying "it's old". Came in a green bottle - don't know if there's any truth to what they say about those or not.

Regardless - it smelled a little off when I opened it. It's hard to describe, but it just didn't smell right. Pouring it out, the thin head was topped with what looked like large clear bubbles, like you get when washing a glass. I thought it could be the glass, but the remainder of the beer in the bottle took on the same appearance.

Giving it another sniff once it was out of the bottle, it still didn't seem right. Aside from the bubbles, it looked okay - a nice, somewhat hazy orange/amber color. The first couple of sips were sweet, with very little hop presence. But suddenly, after a couple of ounces, I felt like I was getting the bitterness hammer with every sip.

Now, I'm willing to give this another shot some time - maybe this was just a bad bottle, be it from age or otherwise. After all, I was very pleased with their stout when I tried it, so I know they can make some tasty brews. But this...just a letdown. Maybe next time!

pitweasel, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
2.3/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

1pt .9 fl oz bottle into a mug. Green/brown color with an old medicine bottle shape. Organically grown.

Clear golden color with a thin off white head that struggles to develop, then quickly dissapears. Spotty lacing along the glass.

Light malt smell with a little bit of honey-like diacetyl scents. Light green grape scents as well, and a bit of leafy hops aromas.

Thin-medium bodied with a light bready malt flavor, as well as some bittering hops in the finish. The low carbonation gives it a slick feel in the mouth.

Not my favorite beer from St Peter's. It doesn't taste spoiled or anything, just not very good. The beer came in a medicine bottle, and ended up tasting like medicine. This one was a little hard to finish.

BeerSox, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of Thorpe429
2.33/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle thanks to Amyliz4. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a moderate brownish-copper color with a really thin initial head that quickly dissipates and doesn't leave anything of note behind. The nose is an immediate travesty. That's what you get when you put a pale ale in a green bottle. This is simply gross and ridiculously-skunked. That's all that is there. The taste isn't quite as bad as the nose, but doesn't offer anything other than light-struck hops. It just has less of a skunky character. The feel is gross and astringent. Bad, bad, bad. Change the bottle color, please.

Thorpe429, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of mithrascruor
2.48/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow orange color. Dense white head with decent lacing.

Smell: Citrusy hops.. and skunk.

Taste: Has a grassy, hoppy aroma with a bit of citrus like lemon.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with quite noticable & overactive carbonation.

Drinkability: The skunk and the excessive carbonation (which covers up flavors) tend to make this not so drinkable.

Likely (hopefully?) a damanged beer, but that seems to be a recurring theme with St. Peter's beers. Not quite as bad as some others I've tried, but I really don't feel like trying one of these again.

mithrascruor, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of lwadd
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

lwadd, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
2.53/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this as a birthday gift from a family member. Served in a Surly pint glass.

A - Finger-plus of white foam that settles to a thin cap, glass-coating lace. Transparent golden body.

S - Slightly skunky, floral hops, toasty and toffee malts, buttery, fruity English ale yeast.

T - Taste has more bitterness, as well as herbs, faint skunk, fruity esters, and bread and toffee malts. The amount of bitterness that lingers is actually quite surprising.

M - Mouthfeel is surprisingly gritty, with moderate carbonation. Somewhat watery, with a fairly resinous residual feel.

D - A largely forgettable English pale ale. The combination of skunk and butter is not a winner, and the puzzlingly harsh bitterness seems out-of-place for a session ale. I got about half the bottle down before I gave up and moved on to something better.

MasterSki, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of jpagewatts
2.6/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

very interesting flask-shaped bottle. in the glass it is a murky copper. the small head disappears quickly. all citrusy hops in the nose, this a very good smelling beer. the taste has the same hop character, but the citrus turns downright lemony covering any hope of malt body. definite bubble-gum. this detracts from the mouthfeel and the drinkability for me, big time.

jpagewatts, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of Swedes21
2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - In keeping with my normal pouring strategy, the beer produces a minimal amount of head. The head does disappear fairly quick but leaves some good lacing. Beer is fairly clear, maybe a slight have and some carbonation in the centre of my glass.

Smell - hint smell of hops and barley, with no alcohol smell at all. very clean smell.

Taste - this beer packs some taste, not saying an amazing taste but the taste is there. I am back to the citrus taste with a bitter finish at the end.

Mouthfeel - there is min carbonation that activates when the beer touches your mouth. the taste is the same as the beer goes down, can slightly taste the hops.

Drinkability - It is a beer i am glad i tried, but the organic aged ended with Woodstock or maybe should have stayed at Woodstock!

Swedes21, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of ken3c
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Very clear orange. Light wispy head. Light lacing.

Smell is skunky at first but then sweet mown hay.

Taste is somewhat skunky with some orange peal bitterness. There is also a pronounced spicy hop aftertaste. At the very end of the beer I could make out some interesting fruit tastes

Mouthfeel is dry and clean with light carbonation.

Even after getting through the skunkiness, I wasn't impressed by this beer. Just the bottle.

ken3c, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of Cyberkedi
2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours into the glass a clear, pretty golden amber with a fairly thick and fluffy but not persistent head. Aroma is crisp and malty, rather like a lager instead of an ale. Flavor is malty, not complex, a bit on the thin side. Texture is smooth and has a little bit of a bite. Not exciting, but palatable.

Cyberkedi, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
2.73/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ack - got a skunked bottle. why do they stick with green glass? they go through the trouble to making it all organic, so why ruin all their own efforts? i mean, they should already know that the avg shelf time of these things is higher than your typical offering. i just don't get it...

the appearance was nice, golden copper color, good head and lacing.

but it all goes downhill from there. skunk skunk skunk

EDIT: got yet ANOTHER skunked bottle from a different store in a totally different location. dammit, st. peter - switch to brown bottles, already!

tai4ji2x, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of trevorpost
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

trevorpost, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of Morbo
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy hazy gold with a small white head and modest lacing.

The nose is simple but well integrated. Non-descript, slightly sweet malts, butterscotch, and spicy citrus hops.

Caramel sweetness and raw graininess are the immediate flavors. There is a slight sourness mid palate that quickly gives way to earthy hop bitterness and a hint of lemon. The bitterness lingers and the dreaded skunk sets in. As it warms the skunkiness becomes more prominent and lingers longer.

Medium-light bodied with quite a bit of carbonation.

Smooth and refreshing, modestly complex but well meshed. This would be an extremely enjoyable beer if not for the skunkiness. What's with the green bottles? The first time I tried this I knew the bottle was old so I didn't rate it, but I've been told that this is a fresh bottle and the skunk is still there.

Morbo, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of ScottS
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with the smallest amount of head possible for it to still be called a head. The aroma is mostly skunk with some maltiness and a bit of hop spice. The flavor is the same with a hint of metal, possibly from the cap. The carbonation is on the mild side. This really seems like it would be a good beer if not skunked. However, with a green bottle I don't forsee ever finding an unskunked bottle around here.

ScottS, Mar 26, 2005
Photo of theopholis
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Clear golden/amber color with a thin off-white head with little staying power. Some lacing, but not a lot..

Aroma- Combo of a sour-mash, light malt aroma with some aroma hops thrown in. Smells like rising sour-dough bread.

Taste- The taste is a bit thin. Basically- sour-mash and some flavoring hops; neither particularly strong.

Mouthfeel- Body is a bit thin. Carbonation level is good, but overall, it has a light-oily feel. Not bad, just weird.

Drinkability- Not a great representative of an English pale ale, but interesting enough to give it a whirl.

theopholis, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of ncbeermonger
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

As a home brewer I was attracted by the bottle, and beer style. The bottle will be great for later use bottling home brew.
This beer is 100% organic a huge selling point for me!

I have not been a home brewer for many years by any means; however if i ever produced something like this I would scratch the recipe!

The ale appears cloudy and little head stayed on top of the pour.

There is a pleasant aroma, English style Hops are some of the first notes to hit your nose.

The taste is refreshing, and slightly sour on the outsides of my tongue. It is not overly hoppy, and leaves much to be desired in the taste category

The beer is somewhat slimy when first put into the mouth. Its feel is as unwanted as any beer I have consumed in recent memory.

This beer is more refreshing than most, making it not completely undrinkable, but the slimy heavy mouth feel, and lack of any solid category other than the fact it is 100% organic, and comes in one of the most unique bottles found in NC grocery stores leaves me wanting much much more from an ale.

This beer is not one I would buy again, though if I were to pick between this and any American mass produced Lager or Pilsner I would still chose the St Peters English Ale

-NC Beer Monger

ncbeermonger, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of 1fastz28
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a redish brown color with a mild head that laces quickly. smells of mild hops and water, unfortunately tastes the same, only a bit more hop presence is noticable. but more water is noticable than anything, can't even tell if there is any alcohol present. its drinkabitlity is pretty high since it doesn't taste like much of anything. i've heard really good things about this beer and i'm not impressed. maybe my expectations were too high.

1fastz28, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of ultralarry2006
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle. Leaves less than a one finger white head that quickly dissappears and leaves almost no lacing. Body is an orange tinted gold.

Smell- herbal and grassy hops, apples, butterscotch, and cooked vegatables.

Taste - same as the smell, with the faint addition of biscuity malt.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, and slightly dry.

Drinkability - this is not bad, but it's also not good, and therefore not sessionable.

ultralarry2006, May 20, 2007
Photo of ralree
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Nice cloudy gold, no head really.

S: Caramel, very sweet. Hops almost undetectable. A little bit of a floral smell.

T: Very sweet and flowery with the hops just barely peeking through. Barley comes through at the end and lingers in the aftertaste. Just meh.

M: Clean and crisp, like apple juice. Medium-light body. Quite a bit of astringency (from the barley?). Carbonation is lacking, and kills it. It tastes very flat. Maybe a bad bottle?

D: Drinkable, but I may have to pour some out - I'm not a big fan. Alcohol seems proportional.

ralree, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of cleverbeername
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

52* snifter, bottle

A barely any head, very suddsey. old penny color, like scotch or cognac.

S malt, but lack luster

T not a lot of acid or hop, hint of creaminess, and slightly sweet. taste english, but sub par

M light even for english style

D almost a session beer. Drinkable, but the best part is the package, it come in neat glass. would not buy again.

cleverbeername, Feb 16, 2010
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St. Peter's English Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
82 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.