St. Peter's English Ale - St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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2.33/5 rDev -36%
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.
01-24-2011 23:01:43 | More by Thorpe429
3.35/5 rDev -8%
Orangish amber capped by a small, rich cream colored head that has a slight tangerine tint. The foam was never expansive--even with a high-altitude pour--but neither is it falling at anything other than a snail's pace. It's now an attractive, dense, one finger disk whose short collar of lace becomes a tall collar as the beer descends with drinking.
There isn't much to the nose. It's mildly hoppy (earthy fruit pulp), but that's about it. Thankfully, St. Peter's is a little more assertive on the palate, but this still isn't abundantly flavorful beer. I do enjoy the herbal, somewhat tart hoppiness however.
The overall package is let down by a too-thin, too-carbonated mouthfeel. The result is that the flavor, pleasant though it may be, doesn't have a chance to sink in and make itself at home. Perhaps the biggest problem (along with the fizzy carbonation) is that it's undermalted and tastes a little like the beer equivalent of a low-carb cracker. The finish is gently bitter with notes of sour apple and unripe pear.
I love the bottle, but the beer within that bottle, while not deserving of scorn, doesn't deserve much praise either. St. Peter's English Ale is a garden-variety pale that could use more body, more flavor and fewer bubbles. Most good pale ales have nothing to fear.
11-21-2004 16:29:53 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.55/5 rDev -2.5%
A pretty good beer that gets lost among the shuffle of other good English Pale Ales. Solid golden color with a slight haze and fair retention. Smells lightly hoppy, malty, and earthy. Tastes similar with a bolder than normal hop empahsis. Lightly herbal and earthy and, perhapse a bit grain-like. Quite clean and crisp other that a slight butterscotch flavor and feel in the finish.
02-19-2006 15:55:12 | More by BEERchitect
3/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
10-14-2003 16:56:51 | More by Phyl21ca
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
Like everyone else I really liked the bottle,I had the Saint Peter's Bitter and liked that as well.I liked the nice golden color to it,no head to it but that was fine for the style.Smelled very hoppy and fruity like I figured it might be.Nice balanced ale slightley sweet but the hop is very evident,very clean tasting.Nice drinkable ale will look for others from this small brewery.
03-18-2003 17:11:53 | More by oberon
3.13/5 rDev -14%
A - Poured out a cloudy reddish orange color with a soapy, off-white, two-finger head. Left some nice lace on the glass.
S - It smelled of grain, caramel malts and grasses.
T - It tasted of corn, smooth malts and had a slightly bitter kick from the hops.
M - It was smooth and soft. A light to medium-bodied beer.
D - This is an okay beer, however, I found it extremely overpriced.
08-10-2007 01:21:12 | More by zeff80
3.63/5 rDev -0.3%
Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a mug glass.
A: The beer is a pale gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of light malts, pale hops, along with some honey & caramel.
T: The taste is malty and bready up front with flavors of grain, caramel, honey and some spice. There's a mild and pale hops presence that provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer to drink for a while but not the first that I would choose within the style.
06-14-2008 02:15:48 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.15/5 rDev +14%
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.
08-19-2002 14:37:47 | More by Jason
2.53/5 rDev -30.5%
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.
07-12-2011 01:29:17 | More by MasterSki
3.5/5 rDev -3.8%
"Organically grown hops & barley" says the label. Okay, great! But how's the beer? Is it unfiltered, I wonder, as I watch the pour, cloudy, and a dark amber hue, with a small, vanishing white head. Aroma is coppery, dry, herbal, and very low in the hop department. Malt is just-right, and finish is very brief.
This seems to be in the fine, upstanding tradition of bland, forgettable English ales. The touch of sweetness reminds me more of the Irish style, though.
I thank Uglyradio for the trade.
03-30-2003 02:47:19 | More by feloniousmonk
3.23/5 rDev -11.3%
The beer pours a dark gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a slight malt feel with a bitter breadlike scent. The taste is decent, but nothing special. It tastes quite bitter and watered down. It has a breadlike finish that blends well with the hop flavor. The mouthfeel is lacking. It is a medium bodied beer with lower than average carbonation. This is a weak tasting English ale. I'm not a big fan. It's one and done for me.
03-15-2004 20:42:14 | More by WesWes
3.98/5 rDev +9.3%
Pours hazy orange with a thin, well-retained, head.
The smell is floral and earthy with a slight citric note.
The taste is of citric orange balanced by a sweet grainy malt. It has a lemony zest. Mild, bittersweet finish.
Light to medium bodied. Smooth and refreshing.
A nice, well-balanced ale. Fairly basic, but pleasant and well-balanced. Would make for a nice "session" ale.
01-04-2007 03:52:37 | More by jwc215
4.2/5 rDev +15.4%
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.
09-16-2006 20:02:55 | More by smcolw
1.93/5 rDev -47%
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.
02-11-2009 09:00:05 | More by corby112
3.78/5 rDev +3.8%
Olde fashioned bottle, no freshness dating. Pours light a light shade of honey/almond, clear, minimal head. Does leave very light tiny bubble lacing. Seems to have low carbonation. Hop nose. Nicely balanced English ale. Subtle maltyness, balanced by a moderate amount of grainy hops. Light bodied, fairly dull english style stuff. Pleasant quaffer, but give me some boldness of the American take on the style.
09-28-2004 00:34:07 | More by Billolick
4.22/5 rDev +15.9%
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.
12-21-2008 01:01:30 | More by Georgiabeer
3.88/5 rDev +6.6%
Pours a slightly cloudy orange color.
Smell is grassy and fruity with a touch of malt.
Taste is strong and bitter. This has a smoky taste to it like Scottish ale. Also has a strong Hay/tea taste to it. Pleasant really, but probably too strong for some.
Mouthfeel is a bit light.
Nice brew, to expensive to drink all the time though.
02-29-2004 23:05:45 | More by Zorro
3.13/5 rDev -14%
16.9oz bottle from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Worth noting that the bottle is a cool flask style shape. Eye-catching on the shelf, for sure.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a smallish 1/4" white head above the golden brew. Head more or less promptly fades into a thin layer of film, although lacing is good, somehow. The (slight) aroma is of light malts, but seems more dominated by hops. Taste is dominated by bitterness, with a slight amount of malt evident to dull the edges a bit. A kind of metallic aftertaste sort of detracts from the experience, but the brew remains drinkable nonetheless.
04-13-2004 21:21:16 | More by ppoitras
3.65/5 rDev +0.3%
This ale shares its colour with the bosc pear and, thanks to the haze besmirching it, it's just about as transparent, too. I've had enough St Peter's beers by now to know that head retention doesn't seem to be one of their strong suits. Its bubbles, which already by this point are nearing extinction, float without even the tiniest bit of creamy support.
If the aroma is trying to indicate anything it'll have to speak up. Its bouquet of pollen and flower buds is most bashful; a shame really because any aroma with this kind of earthy, fragrant hoppiness has nothing to be ashamed of. Especially this one, which just so happens to be accented with clover, honey and (go figure) over-ripened pear.
The flavour is a bit of an odd duck, an observation I first made many years ago but figured it must have been my own palate that was off. Years later, I'm rethinking that position and might guess it has something to do with the organic ingredients (or perhaps it's just that all this brewery's beers are, to some extent or another, fairly distinguishable).
Or, maybe yet, it has to do with the well water they use (and have been, reportedly, for over 700 years). I've said it before and I'll say it again: this water is unique, albeit abrupt, flinty, raspy and well, frankly, almost crude. It is brisk and brutish on the tongue, far more coarse and mulish than I'm personally accustomed to with North American beers.
The water's steely, rigid nature is somewhat subdued by a more docile cast of flavours: soft, biscuity malts and again that delicate hoppiness. What begins astringent and bitter ends curiously savory and unsuspectingly agreeable. Tastes of buckwheat, wild honey, bread, pear, apple, chamomile and tea leaves form to the palate like putty.
I think I appreciate St Peter's English Ale more for its uniqueness than its quaffability, although I do enjoy drinking it too! It's definitely more charismatic than its generic title lets on. As I finish writing this, the fruity hoppiness and chamomile tastes grow more and more assured, triggering vivid thoughts of spring and budding flowers - it's a good beer that can do that!
04-17-2010 18:11:32 | More by biegaman
St. Peter's English Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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