St. Peter's English Ale - St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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3.88/5 rDev +6.6%
Murky amber hue. One fingered persistent, creamy off white head leaves sparse lace. Lightly buttered honey drizzled biscuit in aroma is accompanied by softly earthy hops and a subtle hint of caramelized almond. Mellow, toffeeish sweetness in flavor lazily gives way to stately biscuit and bread base malt notes. Judicious hop bitterness seemlessly emerges after a deliberation along with agreeably mild butterscotch, which longers sufficiently to facilitate a balanced, buttery undertone to the lately surfacing simple residual sweetness and nutty malt combination. Vaguely woody hop flavor. The low carbonation helps wring out the body from the unfermentables lending a smooth, quasi creamy mouthfeel. Finishes soft, with mild notes of whole grain biscuit enused by a light continuation of diacetyl. A mellow, simple, well balanced bitter with a firm malt backbone. St. Peter's English is highly reminscent of Belhaven's St. Andrew's Ale, but is comparatively a couple notches shy in overall character. Tasty, and a fine "light" session brew.
05-30-2003 11:27:07 | More by marc77
3.83/5 rDev +5.2%
A nice clear copper amber brew. Malty nose with a hint of hop and spice. Definitely a balanced hop and malt flavor to this beer. It might be my imagination but the beer is clean tasting, due to the organic hops? A nice hop, bread like feel at the back of the mouth. A nice beer from a great looking bottle.
05-27-2003 14:17:42 | More by BigHead
4.05/5 rDev +11.3%
Organic beer, now that would be a selling point if it wasn't already for the stylish green flask shaped bottle. By the way, we call that particular shade "Sargasso green" in the glass-blowing studio (an ugly colour for vases though).
It pours out of that bottle a nice cloudy brass hue, leaving a light small white head of foam which dissipates after a short while. The nose is somewhat intriguing, very floral, almost a bit of clover honey, along with what I can only describe as "earth tones", like a wee bit of fresh wet sod next to a stream. Still, that doesn't seem to detract from it at all. Organic indeed.
The taste again is predominantly that floral hoppiness that gives it a slight kick but isn't too overpowering. A little bit of spiciness, more herbal though than anything else, and a slight tang of citrus. The mouthfeel is not heavy as is anticipated by the aroma, but surprising light and smooth, like a velvet glove cast in iron. Please, sir, may I have another?
This is an ale that is harbouring some serious juxtapositions, very unique, it tends to catch you off guard, but in a good way. Worth trying a few times at least to pick up on all those subtle characteristics that tend to come out the closer you get to the bottom of the glass. And by the way, save those bottles, I'll use them for my own home brew, thanks.
05-19-2003 14:10:45 | More by IronDjinn
4.1/5 rDev +12.6%
It's hard to be distinct as a pale ale; there are just too many of them out there. This one manages to stand out as a simple, well-crafted beer that's well-balanced and not excessively hopped -- something that I think is hard to find on the North American continent unless it got shipped here from another country.
A few shades darker than straw with a small head. Aromas of rubber, moss, and lagerish malt. Good malt presence followed by a brief but nice hop finish -- semi-puckering and definitely lingering. A good beer with an amazingly cool bottle.
This beer is definitely best when a little on the warmer side. As is the case with many English beers or cask-conditioned beers in the English style, this is best consumed at slightly warmer temps. The hop finish is nicely assertive when you let the flavors emerge. Unlike a lot of American pale ales, the finish doesn't get unbearable as the beer warms. Tasty.
Thanks to Putnam for the sample.
04-19-2003 20:12:32 | More by marburg
4.2/5 rDev +15.4%
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!
04-04-2003 18:16:17 | More by Shiloh
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
3.9/5 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
3.78/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
01-27-2003 20:15:23 | More by SaunaKing
4.18/5 rDev +14.8%
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."
01-16-2003 17:26:35 | More by Bcant
3.95/5 rDev +8.5%
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)
01-05-2003 14:54:18 | More by the42ndtourist
British Columbia (Canada)
3.75/5 rDev +3%
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.
01-01-2003 12:47:42 | More by 49degrees
4.18/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
12-02-2002 23:06:55 | More by MJR
3.85/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
11-29-2002 14:53:01 | More by John
3.95/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
11-24-2002 11:54:48 | More by Suds
4.83/5 rDev +32.7%
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.
11-19-2002 16:33:50 | More by putnam
3.63/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
11-06-2002 18:27:48 | More by Thrasher
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
4.43/5 rDev +21.7%
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.
06-02-2002 08:32:28 | More by Viking
4.33/5 rDev +19%
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!
05-18-2002 10:17:29 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
4.43/5 rDev +21.7%
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.
03-26-2002 05:48:09 | More by inebrius
St. Peter's English Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
82 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.