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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
83
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 BuckeyeNation
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of kelticblood
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of watermelonman
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of SheepNutz
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold color with almost no head and no lacing. The smell is faint. There's some grassy and hoppy aromas. The taste is fairly grassy, with a decent hop and malt balance. The mouthfeel is just a little light and oily. The drinkability isn't too bad at 4.5% abv. Just an average pale.

Photo of DrJay
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, dark gold colour topped with a thin bit of lace. Low to moderate carbonation. Some biscuity malt and fruit character, lightly floral hops with a tiny bit of sulfur. Hop bitterness is dominant, some sulfur, particularly at the finish, with some fruity esters and a mild maltiness. Medium/light body with a very dry, slightly astringent finish.

500 mL green bottle with clearly marked production date on the back label.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very good English Ale. Unique bottle, expensive price. Pours out to an orange colour, short head, not much of a presentation, but the flavor is really quite good, with overtones of burnt hops and barley, but goes down very smooth. This is a good brew for those interested in trying something new. Recommended.

Photo of slitherySOB
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes taken fall of 03 (evident by the red sox reference, no this was not game 7, i was certainly too depressed to review after that)
Review is verbatim, since mood effects review.
It's been a rough day watching the red sox, so i'm hoping for a pick me up. I love the flask shape bottle and the simple classic label, but other than that the appearance is fairly average. There is almost no head even with a vigorous pour, though this is not uncommon for English PAs. The color is a nice dark golden amber. Not an overly aromatic beer, but does smell faintly earthy/dusty/musty, actually kind of like an english tavern. The taste is subtly malty and not overly hoppy, again fairly traditional for EPA. Not overly complex, but tasty and enhanced by the nice light bitter finish. This was fairly light bodied and not very carbonated. I wonder how much of that is due to original craftsmanship versus shipping to Colorado. With no freshness date i have no way to know. Overall a good solid pale ale that i enjoyed but was not great enough to improve my mood very much.

Photo of longpondbeerman
1.88/5  rDev -48.2%
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?

Photo of necoadam
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Soil Association Organic Certification. These boys mean business with their organic grown items. Poured out a golden/copper color with some carbonation that was visible. I've noticed that they don't have that much carbonation in their beers that is visible, but it is in the taste. Smell was very raw like. Hops hit the nose as well as earth tones and caramel blended in together. Perhaps a few nuts in there for good measure. Taste was to the point which I liked. Starts out to be very smooth and drinkable. Hops, grain and barley all hit the palate with some sweet malts finishing the job towards the end. Next time I'll know what to pick for an English ale. Bass or St. Peter's, Bass or St. Peter's? Should be an easy answer.

Photo of maxpower
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep cloudy- amber color, nice off-white head that quickly disappears, malty, bready aroma. Sweet caramel malty flavor, the mild hop flavor stands out in the end with a nice clean finish, light to medium body with a kind of watery mouthfeel, pretty tasty and easy drinking.

Photo of IceAce
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A full finger+ of foam when agressively poured into a beer-clean .5 liter pilsner glass. Collar dissapates within two minutes leaving behind one of the finest lace patterns I have ever witnessed. Brew has a slight chill haze but becomes clear as the beer aproaches the 48° mark.

Smell: The aroma is very earthy...an expectation since the label trumpets the fact that the beer boasts "Organically Grown Hops & Barley". The nose reminds me of all things that are good about Samuel Smith's offerings as the aroma simply envelops the olfactory and invites the taster toward...

Taste: The aromatic barley steals the show with a very delicate (yet assertive) earthy flavor profile. The CO² level and hops (oh, I wish there were a wee bit more!) both compliment this ale nicely in a supporting role.

Mouthfeel: Brilliant fullness and well-rounded. This beer leaves ashort-lived pleasant coating of malty goodness on the palate that invites the taster back for more...

Drinkability: Yes sir...all day, any day.

Photo of ppoitras
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a relatively clear hazy gold & amber with white frothy lace and some pockets of lace. (one of the coolest bottles I've seen)
Aroma is earthy with some grass and herbal tea with some mineral water added. Dry grainy bread aroma also noted
Flavor has some malt and grain sweetness. Mineral flavors from the water, some floral and herbal hops andsome mild light citrus fruits seem to stand out. Just a subtle hint of a smoke or roasted malt note.
Mouthfeel is moderate smooth. Nice crisp carbonation which which moves from sweet malt to meoderately bitter hops very nicely.
Drinkability is pretty high. First real experience with organic and would really like to try on draught to get full experience.

Photo of WesWes
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of ark57
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like the flask like bottles that the beer comes in. It is a light orange in color. The aroma is sweet with faint traces of hops. There is s light taste of anise amidst the fruity/flowery notes. It finishes with a nice bitterness and a linering taste of marmalade.

Photo of BitteBier
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pleasant, hazy light orange color. Despite the minimal head topping this one, what remains forms a fine, tight lace. Soft, sweet malts characterize the smell. A bit of a Scotchy twang is present as well. Soft mouthfeel at the onset with a quick crush of hops that gives way to a sweet, somewhat grassy, malt base. Rather watery with something of a metallic taste that seems to fade as time goes on. This one got noticeably better as the glass emptied.

Photo of Zorro
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of scottum
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange amber with a small light head. Nice and smooth. Hoppy and malty all in one. A well balanced pale ale. The flavor is quite interesting and very pleasent. I'm so glad that good organic beers are starting to become available in the area. Certainly a beer that I plan on revisiting.

Photo of Skidz
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very light yellow, finishes light amber with little head.

Smells of apple cider and hops. Tastes a little sweet and a little malty. Finishes with nice bit of bitterness. Very nice all around taste, maybe a bit on the sweet side, but good all around.

I'd like this for a session beer, but the price tag is a bit steep for that, but well worth it. Reccommend this beer, and brewery! Up next is the St. Peter's Porter...ooohh.

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oh boy - here is another case of a really really unique bottle with a moderatly unique beer inside. Seriously, given the right environment, this beer could be fantastic. I'm just not sure what that environment is. It poured a nice golden yellow, with a slight brown coloring - mostly noticable in the head. The smell was pretty bold - I wasn't sure what flavors were hitting my nose. I do know that it tasted very good. It was pretty heavy and I appreciated that this beer had some body. All and all, a good beer- couldn't drink it all the time, but I'd drink it again.

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle attracted me. As if by subliminal command I reached for the bottle and deposited in my shopping basket. Funny thing is this UK brewer had to come to the "Colonies" for their bottle design!

As for the beer:

Poured forth with a slightly translucent amber-gold color.

The pour produced a fluffy meringue like head composed of randomly sized bubbles supported by froth and foam. Head welled up quickly but receded back to the beer poste haste leaving behind some lacing and a few straggler bubbles desperately hanging to make themselves known..

I noticed a slightly fruity nose, but quite mild and otherwise nondescript. There might have been some hints of sweet malt, but if so, it was very faint and my imagination might have begun to fill in more of what I wanted.

Flavor was a very controlled hops bitterness, and a tart underlying sweetness. Along with that came a whimper of yeast.

Tangy finish that ended quickly. Beer had a vibrant clean mouthfeel that seemed to cleanse my palate..

This is a rather subdued, and mild mannered beer. It doesn't raise its voice, and speaks with subdued controlled gestures.

A drinkable beer but I wish there was more to the flavor profile and a bit more character.

Photo of au1sec
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very distinctive bottle...sort of dark olive green and reminds me of an old medicine bottle with its rounded flask shape. A sticker on the front about the shape and size of an egg. Very little head formed, even less remained...no lacing. Nice aroma, fairly typical for the style, as is the taste. Think Bass Ale with a bit less malty sweetness and a bit more hop bitterness. I noticed that this increased slightly as it warmed. It is a solid beer and I'll gladly try others from this brewery if I can find them, as well as have this one again at the next opportunity.

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