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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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267 Ratings

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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 9
Gots: 1 | 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.

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2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 23:56:12 | More by cleverbeername
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2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought a half case of 16.9oz bottles. I was impressed when I opened the case to find the medicine type bottles, quite unique. It pured an off-golden color to brown to a quickly dissipating head. It smelled a bit...off is all I can think of. Not too sweet, not too hoppy, just not so fresh of a smell. The taste was really not more than an average brew, nothing to knock your socks off with. It had a creamy mouthfeel, but still the taste and the off smell didn't relinquish to a satisfying experience. I don't think you could have more than just a few of these. Besides the price, $39.00 for 12 bottles, you can really find a better English brew. I will savor the remaining case to maybe impress my friends with the looks, but I will continue my search for the perfect beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 22:06:56 | More by katdaddy210
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2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pt and some change... from the k's brewing going out of business sale.

L:clear, oranginsh brown with visible bubbles, small head of white lace.

s: sweet an malty, not a lot going on

t: malty and pretty bitter. Citrusy tones are a little too sharp. sorta smooth but not all that great overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 04:16:15 | More by henrysunset
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2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with minimal head. Aroma is very slight, hints of sulfur and light caramel but not a lot else.

Taste is pale malt and mild bitter hops. More than a touch of sourness, musty, faint yeast flavor. Slightly sweet caramel up front, an element of lemon somewhere but a dry, bitter, tangy finish.

Mouthfeel is watery, clean. Not much to brag about here, though my opinion does improve as I drain the glass. Organic is as organic does, but it really does nothing for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2005 01:32:21 | More by assurbanipaul
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2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Like other folks, the bottle intrigued especially since it (the bottle) had a weird tie-in to Delaware or so the label said...
A very pretty ale though no real carbonation to speak of. When I popped the cap, it didn't even make a sound.
It poured with nohead whatsoever even with an aggressive tipping.
Not a lot going on here smellwise.
Taste is nice. That's about it. This one was a little underwhelming to me. Farily easy to drink as there is little carbonation or overpowering flavors to burn one out. Would one want to make this a sessioner? You could but I think you'd getr bored after the second one.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2006 17:38:35 | More by surfadelic23
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2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: The bottle was nice, but the pour had no head and seamed a little flat. it was a nice gold orange color

Smell: had a hoppy aroma
Taste: Nothing there, a pretty boring beer
Mouthfeel: wasnt all bad had a full ritch mouthfeel
Drinkability: if i wanted to i could drink quite a few of these, but i would not want to.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 00:47:30 | More by ellman
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Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice light orange liquid. Very little head. Less than a finger worth that quickly disipated to nothingness. What lace that is left creeps down to the bottom at a rapid rate. Bit bitter smelling. Grassy, earthy hops coinciding with a dry malt. Taste is a tad sweeter than scent. A dry, baked malt with a dominant, bitter taste. Aftertaste is grassy. Medium body, crisp mouthfeel. Causes alot of burping, I must say. Not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2004 22:59:54 | More by slitherySOB
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2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

preface: I'm a bit tipsy, but want to keep tasting.
Beautiful amber red in color with a head that looks like frothed egg whites. Head retention is minimal.
The aroma is deliciously hoppy with some citrus notes.
Flavor is mild with a slight bitter end. It opened up a bit as it warmed.
I can't say that I favor this beer. It's not that it's bad per say,it's just not what I'm after.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 06:24:37 | More by aeminter
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New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Only the slightest haze obscures this golden brew. It has a decent sized head that quickly become a thin mesh on the surface. There are only little specks of lacing.

S - The dominant odor is a slightly sweet one which smells very similar to Turkey Hill's Green Iced Tea with Ginseng and Honey. I know that is kind of random, but it is there. A powerful floral aroma is the other main player (I couldn't tell you what floral aroma it is though). Aroma is very strong and almost perfume like.

T - Taste is okay. Mostly a floral / herbal with a bit of an earthy kick to it. The aftertaste is a floral bitterness that is not too pleasant, particularly a couple seconds after drinking.

M - Dry, thin, a tad harsh and a bit refreshing.

D - A pint is a bit much, I am having motivation problems finishing this one. Not due to abv (which is quite low), but the hops get to be a bit much. The weird thing is, they are not "strong" in the sense the america pale ales tend to be strong. This is just too fragrant, and that carries over to the flavor and the drinkability. I doubt that I will have this again, but it is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2006 01:59:58 | More by mrasskicktastic
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3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fairly typical looking English Pale, except maybe a touch darker than most. Very hazy and cloudy. Red and gold hues, red toward the middle, gold on the edges. Can get downright yellow in certain lights. Fairly small, but fluffy and bubbly head. Faded quickly to a frothy white cap that seems to be sticking. Fairly sticky lacing both on the glass and left inside the bottle.

Also fairly typical in the scent. Strong malt up front, but a pleasant hoppy, fruity bite at the back end. Gets a touch citric with some agitation.

Very malty and breadlike on the first sip. A pretty stong bitter bite on the finish too. Not a lot of interplay of flavors. Again, just typical English Pale characteristics. The hoppy bite favors a grapefruit flavor. Definitely more bitter than most of this style though. After a few more sips the grapefruit seems to be taking over. Maybe a bit much. A little off balance. Flavor seems to be closer to an IPA. No real sense of that hard water flavor that seems so essential in this style of brew.

All in all, not a bad brew. Not a real winner for me either. I'd take a Bass over this anyday,

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2007 01:35:20 | More by skillerified
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -17.1%

02-14-2013 22:01:58 | More by dvmin98
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Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice golden brew with a medium head. This is another of your average english ale with nice hops and a very refreshing taste. Nothing too distincitve about this one except that the bottle is pretty cool. I would drink this again but won't necessarly be looking for it.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2003 16:56:51 | More by Phyl21ca
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Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -17.1%

03-15-2012 14:38:09 | More by oldp0rt
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3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow color with a one-finger head. Aroma is somewhat skunked at first but I can smell the malt through it. Taste is nice and malty, somewhat biscuity towards the back of the throat. Subtle with not much hop taste/ aroma showing through. Run of the mill at best.

If they would make beer in brown glasses, it would likely not have the skunk.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 04:37:04 | More by Brad007
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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -17.1%

04-14-2012 22:29:34 | More by ElGallo
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

09-07-2013 01:14:47 | More by CDubbs75
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3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml green glass gin bottle with no freshness date.

Pours clear golden copper with insignificant head and sparse lacing. Smells incredibly sugary, woody, and full of carmel for something that purports to be a pale ale. No hop aroma at all. Sweet biscuit malts dominate the flavor profile A touch of toasted grain in the center before a fairly dry and woody hop bitterness sets in. Thin and overly still in the mouth for a pale ale. The aroma is off-putting for the style, though the beer is ultimately salvaged by its reasonably palatable taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 03:14:15 | More by dgallina
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3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Creamy white head laces out milky. Sits atop a thick coalesce of amber and dark orange. Smell is a little skunky from a distance, but ironically becomes floral and malty on a closer sniff. Instantly tastes grassy with light bark and the hops show up a little late. Creamy and bitter. Good but not great. I likes St. Peter's Porter much better than this.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2005 01:06:25 | More by grindcore666
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3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Could easily pass for a mild style. Rather sharp caramel malt aroma. Lackluster toasted malt flavors. Hopping? Not much to speak of. Even taking this a mild, it lacks the richness that the malt could lend. A bit thin and watery. Nothing unpleasant, but nothing to get excited about, either.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2003 02:08:34 | More by Brent
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3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A cloudy, yellowish-orange color, with a decent head that doesn't stick around nearly long enough. There is some lacing. The bottle is unique, it looks like an old flask of something potent. The smell is hoppy, bitter, English ale, and not overly enticing. The taste is a bit metalic in the middle, balanced, medium bodied, a little sharp, maybe a little bready. The after taste is very sharp and imbalanced compared to the rest of the beer. The mouth feel is hoppy esters. You can really feel the oils in your mouth. Not a bad beer to try, but not my favorite either. L'Chaim

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 20:07:16 | More by albern
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3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can you say "Average"? Copper-tinged amber ale, topped by a thin off-white head. There’s a mild English hop note wrapped in a bit of skunky aroma. The flavor is fairly neutral, with a slight bitterness in the finish. Nothing really outstanding on the palate. The mouthfeel is decent, and the lack of real enjoyable flavor makes it technically drinkable, but nothing to savor. All around an average, inoffensive beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2005 00:10:11 | More by aaronh
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3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A nice gold color, but a bit cloudy. Head retained well.

S: Nice sharp hop aroma. Not much more than that. I could not really detect malty scents.

T: Kinda bland, really. Not bad, but not spectacular. May be a bit damaged. Might be the green bottle.

MF: Good body for the style.

D: If you are buying, I'm down. Otherwise, I am not seeking this one out. I will try their others though. So many people I know crow about St. Peter's.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 01:16:54 | More by MerkinMan
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3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark gold on the pour... somewhat brown and murky.

1/8" white head with some very large bubbles... cap stays and stays as the bubbles dissipates and stick nicely to the glass.

Aroma is subtle. Not a ton going on, but some nice floral and citrus notes. Malty... smell is nice but not great.

Watery on the palate. Bitter hop flavor predominate and somewhat lager-like. Some malt and grain flavor come through, but the hops linger.

Probably wouldn't purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2006 01:28:31 | More by Fugazme
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3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a golden orange color with about a half-inch white head which goes away pretty quickly. It smells like caramel malt, grassy hops and a bit of skunk. Taste is similar to the aroma, there's also an earthy and grainy taste too. Finishes nice and bitter. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it's very smooth with little carbonation. Drinkability is good, however it would be better if I had a fresher bottle. The noticable skunk in the aroma and taste (not overpowering) drops down the score a bit, but I would definitely try this again if I can find a fresher bottle. Overall, not too bad!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 00:19:28 | More by bluejacket74
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3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served this 1 pint .09 oz. green bottle in a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date, but coded. The body was a turbid pale butterscotch color. There was heavy sediment in the bottle. The head was varied and white.

The smell was soft apple. Light grain aroma.

The taste was also of apples. Green but sweetness too. Lightly tart and gently bitter. Highly drinkable.

The mouthfeel was medium with a mild carbonation. This is not a beer I would seek out but I do like the English Ales.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 17:15:36 | More by Cresant
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