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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: 3.63
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 9
Gots: 2 | 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 Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden colour with a thin head and a large bubbled glass ring. The body is full with minimun carbonation. The nose is mildly of grapefruit.
The taste is exellent, begins slowly with a mild hoppiness then esculates to an explosive bitter finish. The hops dictate, my kind of brew. Recomended!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2003 18:16:17 | More by Shiloh
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2003 02:47:19 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2003 17:11:53 | More by oberon
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Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I saw the cool shaped bottle in the lcbo so i decided to pick it up.

A nice dark-golden amber colour with a decent head, and strong nice aroma.

The first thing I noticed about the taste was that it is smooth, flowing, almost syrupy in that there is little carbonation in the texture. Hint of honey in the taste.

This is a great beer and I see more of these in my future. Very impressed.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2003 20:15:23 | More by SaunaKing
Photo of Bcant


4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This organic ale from Eastern England pours with a small white head that settles quickly. It has a deep-amber color and it's bouquet sweetish with hits of toffee. The nose is sweet and fruity, with notes of apricots, but by the time it reaches the back of your mouth the flavors are smoky, almost porter-like. The finish is crisp and dry, showing that it has been hopped just enough to balance it out and prove that it is an "English Ale."

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2003 17:26:35 | More by Bcant
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a pale amber colour, with more than a tinge of straw-gold. Actually more golden than amber. Tasty, the hops are dominant throughout - not excessively strong, but they certainly outperform the malt. Drinkable, concise, it would make a decent session beer.

Clean, and clear, and under control... (oh, the horrible references we make)

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2003 14:54:18 | More by the42ndtourist
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British Columbia (Canada)

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

An interesting mid-range copper colored ale that is made from certified organic barley and hops. Available in two sizes 355ml and a 500ml bottle, this review is based on the 550ml version, which is housed in an interesting traditional “medicine styled” (flask style) bottle, which is based on a traditional bottle from the 1700s in Philadelphia, PA.

The ale pours clean and looks very similar to many traditional pilsner and lager styled beers but has a slightly cloudy appearance. Using a traditional 45/90 pour, I found on two bottles, the head to be a consistent 1” with medium sized bubbles, which quickly gave way to a minimal head and little lacing on the glass.

The ale gives off a very distinct and hoppy aroma with a certain amount of character in it that were reminiscent of an IPA or mild English-style bitter. Flavor wise, it is quite hoppy and surprisingly leaves rather long malty aftertastes, albeit in a pleasing manner.

All in all, a reasonable, left-leaning ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2003 12:47:42 | More by 49degrees
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4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Out of possibly the coolest bottle I've ever seen, this beer pours a pale, dull gold color with a touch of orange. Even with an aggressive pour, there's no head. Crystal clear.

Smell: Mix of sweet malt, English hops, an interesting organic scent, and a touch of biscuit/bread.

Taste: Laid-back hops are evident from start to finish. There's that lightly sweet malt flavor and the biscuit flavor too. This beer has a nice earthy flavor to it...which is no surprise considering it's made from organically grown hops and barley. Reminds me of Samuel Smith's India Ale actually...

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light to light/medium mouthfeel. Goes down really easy.

Drinkability: Extremely high...this beer would make a great session beer. I would love to try this from a hand-pump...it would help with it's lack of head and the already-great mouthfeel would be even better.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2002 23:06:55 | More by MJR
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New York

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

Hazy light gold. Aroma consists of lightly toasted malt, shortbread biscuits and subtle hop. Light fruits, apricot, pear and some red plum flavors float about as the delicate hops interplay with the toasty malt and yeast breadiness. A solid and well done ale...even if somewhat reserved.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2002 14:53:01 | More by John
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3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer practically explodes when un-capped. It's almost an understatement to say that it's aggressively effervescent. It does, however, produce a nice puffy, large-bubbled white head. The color of the beer itself is sort of a hazy orange. The aroma is fruity and floral...hop aromas are everywhere. Medium body and the taste is almost musty and earthy, with a decent hop finish. Very drinkable and certainly enjoyable. I'd certainly be willing to have more of these.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2002 11:54:48 | More by Suds
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4.83/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orange color. The slightest bit hazy. There is not a lot of vigor to the head. It's hard to sustain, settling immediately into a sudsy ring of large bubbles around a small-gauge, leopard-skin patterned lace.
There is a natural, supple cream-like flavor in the attack that shows off the patient work of the yeast. Hops are both delicate and dominant as they slash out the boundaries for the malt and fruit. The latter remain hushed while they reveal ripe, sweet plum, honey and butter notes. Light, crispy, resinous green bud flavors dance on top of deeply etched, concise bitterness. There is an overall impression of well-seasoned oak timbers, best green tea, and new leather.
The finish features a numbing, gripping bitterness that carves out a place for the next gulp.
I think this would be good with chicken, shallots, celery, carrots and peppercorns in a stewpot.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2002 16:33:50 | More by putnam
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3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden with wispy head that dwindles but laces the glass. Some skunk aromas eventually disappeared. Quite sharp, almost fizzy, reminiscent of an Australian sparkling ale perhaps. Grasses, grains, earth in the flavor - it tastes noticeably different, an "organic" flavor I suspect. Malts are bready but not sweet; hops come on strong and tickle the tongue, almost puckering effect. Sharpness with a metallic hint makes me wonder if bottle has been damaged by light. Bottles are neat but I am guessing they don't protect the beer as well as they should. A very earthy ale, quite raw, unusual and lacking the heartiness that the best British ales have. Would pair nicely with some crispy fresh vegetables. Bring down the cost and I'll become a regular customer, otherwise no.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2002 18:27:48 | More by Thrasher
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4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2002 14:37:47 | More by Jason
Photo of Viking


4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Really solid beer. Light copper in color, fairly clear, and a nice thick head when poured with reckless abandon. Head dissolves to clinging lace. Aroma is very well balanced. I can smell the malt, which is a bit caramel-like. Hops comes out in a spicy and almost citrusy smell. Some yeast aroma also present, but I might notice it because I'm having a cheddar cheese sandwich along with the ale. Taste is mild, sweet malt and mild hops blend incredibly well. Slight metallic tang, mostly noticable in the finish. Beer is pretty lively on the tongue, even after a hard pour to create that big head. I believe this is going to become a regular in my refrigerator - fairly low alcohol and great taste combine to make this a wonderful thirst quencher for most occasions.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2002 08:32:28 | More by Viking
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New Hampshire

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

The organically grown hops clearly come through, the malts are there but this is an English Ale and what you would expect. Low carbonation but good lace. $2.95 for the 12oz oval bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2002 18:27:02 | More by jdhilt
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4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation…12oz Green flask type bottle. Pours a nice light copper color. On the palate was a nearly perfect balance of malted barley and hops which brings out a very nice wholesome flavor, with a delicate character… Overall very enjoyable brew!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2002 10:17:29 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber with a clinging lace. Fruity hop nose. Decently hop bittered with the malt to back it up. A very good English Pale! All the swill drinkers at the bar were impressed with the bottle. One woman even took it home, apparently she has a collection of beer bottles. Maybe she'll sandwich it between the Coors light and Bud light.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2002 05:48:09 | More by inebrius
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