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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

273 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.66%
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 stevemcqueenjr
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first sniff this smells pretty skunky but virtually disappears (a little is left behind) when you pour it. it gives way to a more sweet barley aroma.

I had a hell of a time getting any head from this, there was very little and there was also not much lacing. It is somewhat cloudy but not as cloudy as an unfiltered. It is kind of a cloudy gold.

A decent flavor, smooth and light to medium body. Good example of english style ales. It is something i could easily drink a few of at a time and not get sick of.

stevemcqueenjr, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of grindcore666
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

grindcore666, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of radshoesbro
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this comes in a medicine bottle. when i first saw this i wasn't looking forward to trying it but a buddy told me it was actually pretty good so i decided to give it a shot.

s - when i opened the bottle it was as if a skunk had suddenly walked into my living room, however, upon pouring the skunky smell vanished leaving mild hops with a hint of barley on the nose.

a - golden with a good rocky head and excellent lacing. highly carbonated.

t - this is very smooth and malty with very little hop flavor. i think that i'm tasting something mildly citric and it's not lemon...i also want to say that it has just a very mild taste of clementines! anyone else get that?

m - light to medium bodied. smooth with a good semi-strong malty finish.

d - good example of an english ale! i would definately recommend this if you're sitting back on your couch, listening to some music (i was listening to blackalicious), and just relaxing. you could definately drink this throughout the year, but i would recommend late summer, spring, and early autumn. i wish that i could get this in a sixer.

radshoesbro, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, slightly hazy slightly darker than straw colored with lots of carbonation. A nice head of small bubbles sticks around longer than expected.

Aroma- when I opened the bottle, even through the tiny hole in the odd medicine-bottle, a sharp, strong, bitter hops nose slapped me in the face. Don't get me wrong, I like hops, but the English hops are still difficult for me when they are this sharp and strong. After a few minutes breathing in my brand new Imperial Pint glass (just brought back from my trip to England), the aroma settled considerably and was more tolerable.

Flavor is dominated by the same bitter hops, but there is a malt background. Not complex with lots of different flavors to pick out, but actually quite a nice combination.

Mouthfeel is decent, not creamy, almost chewy.Very good for a 4.5 ABV beer.

Overall this is a decent brew, and a nice version of a Pale Ale.

Dukeofearl, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

CAMRAhardliner, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of ADR
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Moderately hazed pale amber color, a little yellowish and kind of dull in overall appearance. Head struggles, then fall to a skim fairly quickly. Nice laces however, complex rings and falling tendrils. Slightly hoppy nose here, a bit of apple skins and a lesser amount of balsam. Mouthfeel is lighter, carbonation falls below average and works downward. Nice taste, actually the malt is subdued and lightly grainy, and the hops shine in a English manner. Bitter florals and black pepper characterize the impression. Clean finish with a bit of verve -- and nice balance, the dying carbonation is the only bit of a letdown in the finish.

ADR, Sep 03, 2005
Photo of kbub6f
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A tiny layer of cream-colored, oily film; an ever-so-slightly hazy, orange-amber body. The nose is sweet, caramel toffee and that's all. Same up front. Butterscotch through the middle to a tangy, butterscotch-toffee finish. Quite bitter. Body is somewhat thin. Some toasty crackers/grains in the aftertaste. Very nice, very butterscotchy, with a sharp, bitter finish. Almost puckering, but taming with temperature.

kbub6f, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of thechaacster
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light copper with a light foamy lacing. Raw, tangy hop aroma. Hops are more dominant here than in most English pale ales, with a big herbal, grassy twang to it. Dry, cracker-like malt backbone keeps the hops in check. This is an organic ale, and it certainly tastes it. Quite a departure from what I'm used to, but remarkably tasty and drinkable. Definitely worth a try.

thechaacster, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of benmiliron
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another gift from the wife. Kind of murky red pale ale color. Smell is soaking the whole room with flowery hops. Very nice smell. Taste is good - a mild english ale with a heavy dose of alphas. Lighter hops in the nose, but not much in the taste. Mouthfeel is a little too bitey, but otherwise good. This would be a good session brew.

benmiliron, Aug 12, 2005
Photo of assurbanipaul
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

assurbanipaul, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
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!

allengarvin, Jun 01, 2005
Photo of hobbes2112
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool oval bottle marked with code 5062, whatever that means. Oddly enough I can't find this beer on the Brewery site.

Pours a light bronze, with little to no head. Small amounts of lacing. I smell mainly sweet grain and mild hops. Nothing really stands out aromawise, but nothing is off either. Taste really surprised me, I was expecting a pretty low key beer following the nose. Very bready and sweet with a nice lemon bite. The finish is like a dry tea, very english.

This goes down really smooth, this is one of the best EPAs I have had.

hobbes2112, May 28, 2005
Photo of Shultzerdugen
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazed light amber with a small white head.

Floral hops and a fruity vibe in the nose. A touch of buttery diacetyl, herbal notes, and copper.

Smooth, creamy malts fade into bitter, spicy hops. Lively carbonation. Finish reminded me of some English Bitters I've had. Only the faintest hint of the copper carried over from the smell.

Must be the water in England, I usually smell and taste some metallic notes; this beer wasn't an exception, but it wasn't overtly metallic in either category. A nice session beer, for sure.

Shultzerdugen, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of BDTyre
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy amber colour, with moderate light, white head. Smell is typical ale: malts and hops, but a bit heavy on the hop spicyness. Taste is simillar, but the malts are a bit more detectable on the palate.

Personally, I don't think this is one of their best. A bit above average compared to, say, Bass, but not the quality of others I've had. Nothing exceptional, but easy to drink. A decent session ale, but a bit on the pricey side.

BDTyre, Apr 13, 2005
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 fdrich29
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

St. Peter's English Ale. 1 Pint .9 Fl. OZ. bottle purchased at Downtown Wine and Spirits, Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusetts.

"Organically Grown Hops & Barely Oil Association Organic Certification UK5" says the front of this throwback brown medicine bottle.

"Organically grown light malted barley and hops create a refreshingly wholemsome flavoured ale with a delicate character."

Let's see about that...

None of the skunky smell I got with another of the St. Pete's offerings. Very light taste, aroma. Goes down nice and easy-like. It's easy to envision men sitting around in a pub hundreds of years ago drinking one after another of this brew. Alchohol comes in at a mere 4.5% making this all the more easy to sit back and session.

fdrich29, Mar 20, 2005
Photo of aaronh
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

aaronh, Feb 26, 2005
Photo of Luigi
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange-red color with a hazy glow. The head is white and sticky. Smells of dry grains, light fruity hops, and mineral water. The mineral water is the first thing I noticed along with a lemony light hops followed by a dry bread like grain. Has medium-light body with a great drinkability. Organic or not, this is a very worthy English Pale ale!

Luigi, Feb 22, 2005
Photo of baiser
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather dull, amber/orange colour, minimal head after a hard pour. Seems characteristic of st. peter's brews. Just not too appetizing. Aroma of malt, slight diacetyl, and some grain and hops. Taste was average for an english ale. A mix of the traditional malts, a bit toasty, slight caramel, ok hop twang in the back. Low carbonation, medium bodied, smooth and quite drinkable. Finish is dry and slightly bitter. Not one of their best.

baiser, Feb 05, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 12, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured a nice, hazy, brownish-orange in color with a good, retentive head.

Smell – The light English malts are nice here. This one smells very smooth and inviting if not overly complex.

Taste – The light, smooth, toasty malts are complimented by a bit of citrus flavor (maybe from hops?). This is a subtle but tasty beer.

Mouthfeel – This light to medium-bodied English Ale in extremely smooth (did I say that already?) with a good, creamy mouthfeel. There’s just enough drying at the end to satisfy.

Drinkability – This ale is nice, easy, and even. The finish especially is long and drawn out and meant to be savored.

RoyalT, Oct 13, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Billolick, Sep 28, 2004
Photo of kelticblood
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not impressed with the pour at all.Had little or no head and a flat look to it.Had a bit of lacing but nothing much.The color is a dark gold that is real hazy and cloudy.A sweet malty aroma with a touch of hops.A long lingering bitterness is left on the finish.This is my first organic ale and I'm not really impressed.It's ok,not great but not horrible.The mouthfeel is a bit watery.It has a good hop character.A sweet malt taste.

kelticblood, Sep 17, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a fairly transparent gold and orange color. There's very little head and no lacing to speak of.

The taste is of good malts and subdued hops. The mouthfeel comes out in whole and is somewhat slippery. Drinkability is very high thanks to pure smoothness. There's nothing spectacular here, but there aren't any sore sports either.

Overall, this is what Bass wishes it was.

watermelonman, Sep 05, 2004
St. Peter's English Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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