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St. Peter's English Ale - St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd

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267 Ratings

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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 9
Gots: 1 | 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.

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4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From pint bottle into pint glass

Appearance- It's a sexy copper beer with a beige head that sticks around for fun

Aroma- mild citrus and and sweet grass.

Taste- a swell beer that mocks the aroma well. Mild hint of butter and brown sugar. Real crackery bitter aftertaste that goes a little further than I'd like.

Mouthfeel- clean finish, settles nicely

Drinkability- very enjoyable. I'd be glad to have these all night but wouldn't go on a goose hunt for one.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 23:50:05 | More by Herrbrokt
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - the beer pours a slightly cloudy pale golden colour with a small white creamy head. I can't see a whole lot of carbonation, and there appears to be faint lacing. The head was gone in a flash.

Smell - The beer has a nice fresh crisp smell. Notes of barley and fresh cut grass, also hops and some citrus notes. I can also smell some malts.

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation but has a nice creamy feel. The beer starts with a nice fresh barley and malt taste, and then give way to some citrus notes and hops. The beer finishes slightly bitter.

Drink -A so-so beer that I would drink again but would not seek out. I can see how this would appeal to some, but there far better beers out there. It has a pleasant smell and taste, but lacks in the mouth feel department.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 00:08:38 | More by spinrsx
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New York

4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

St. Peter's English Ale | 500 ml. | 4.5% ABV | 2010

Brewer: St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
Style: English Pale Ale
Glass: Pint glass

The unusual, flask-like green bottle seems at first odd duck, though it's surprisingly fun to pour with.

The color of apple juice with a similarly tiny head.

I don't detect much here. I'll just say it's an "earthy twang" and leave it at that.

There's a much more robust, juicy flavor than I would have guessed. Grain sweetness and cracker-like maltiness. There's a hint of smokiness from the copper kettle brewing and a lingering hop bitterness to boot. It finishes with an alcoholic twang.

Poppy carbonation and a medium body,

Very drinkable

Would I get it again?:

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 01:24:18 | More by BeerNemesis
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish-yellow colour that starts off with a finger or 2 of head, but that dissipates without any retention or lacing. Smell has some floral hops with a bit of earthiness. Flavour has a tiny bit of bitterness from the hops, with some sweetness. Nothing off about this, just a little bit lacking in flavour compared to other pale ale's. Carbonation level was a little weak, but still a highly quaffable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 17:37:40 | More by kwjd
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 18:11:32 | More by biegaman
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy golden wheat hue with less than a finger of suddy white head after an aggressive pour, leaving a decent amount of spotty lace.

Floral hops pair with a sweet and clean orange zest over buttered bready malts and a subtle mineral character.

The taste starts out with clean and crisp biscuit and mineral notes with a bit of butterscotch. As it progresses towards the end, the clean feel is thrown out the window as pleasantly bitter floral hops with a zesty citrus character assert themselves over a light, bready malt backdrop.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a nice but unobtrusive amount of carbonation. The low ABV and refreshing hop presence make this perfectly suited for a hot summer's day.

This is my second time having this beer, and the second time is what it took to appreciate it. The first time I had this, I drank it directly from the fridge and it seemed very minerally and skunky, but now, as I let it sit as I reviewed, this beer's nuances really started to shine. It's not the best EPA I've had, but it's sure worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 20:25:18 | More by ludachris
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2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

52* snifter, bottle

A barely any head, very suddsey. old penny color, like scotch or cognac.

S malt, but lack luster

T not a lot of acid or hop, hint of creaminess, and slightly sweet. taste english, but sub par

M light even for english style

D almost a session beer. Drinkable, but the best part is the package, it come in neat glass. would not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 23:56:12 | More by cleverbeername
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3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint .09 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Cloudy Copper in color less than a fingers worth of head that disappears to nothing. No lacing to speak of.

S: A little skunky with lemons at first but as it warmed other smells are coming through... Now I'm getting caramel notes with sweet malt and finishes with a little floral hops.

T: Caramel and sweet malt right up front and fades with a nice floral bitter hops.... A little more on the sweet side than bitter side... (I'm not a big bitter hops kind of guy, so this is right up my ally).

M: Med bodied, smooth & creamy... very lightly carbonated. Gets better as it warms up.

D: Very easy to drink... I have to say at first I did not like it but as it warmed up it got better and better.... 1 was enough for me, but over all a good drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 01:24:54 | More by mralphabet
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Ontario (Canada)

1.95/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Dangit, my fridge is filling up too fast gotta clean it out, and since this one's bottle is wider then anything else, it's up next.

Appearance: Poured with half a finger of head that did not lace or sustain. The body is a crystal clear bronze, that possesses next to no carbonation in the body.

Smell: A clear note of skunk, which drowns out a dry, musty woodsy smell, like walking through a forrest on a cold autumn's day. I can't really say it's doing too much for me.

Taste: It starts with a slight fizzy acidic malt taste that does not sit right and turns to a brief, almost spoiled apple cider taste which promptly turns a tongue crippling dose of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is neigh completely absent, the beer transitions poorly and leaves at bit of a dry aftertaste and leaves an earthy bitterness that lingers for too long.

Drinkability: Well refreshing and low carbonation causes no bloating or gas issues. However, the bad taste poor mouthfeel and rough character leaves something to be desired.

Final Thoughts: This beer isn't for me, that is for sure. I'm not sure skunking or poor storage have a factor here because I just can't see many characteristics I can appreciate. Really, I feel that the only reason this stuff sells, is because of the odd shaped green bottle. I also have the St. Peter's cream stout in my fridge, and I must say I'm not looking forward to it.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 19:59:23 | More by TheHammer
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Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very drinkable and tasty. I'd gladly have another but the beer went too flat too soon. Kudos for organic.

The colour is a golden hazy orange with a head that recedes to a thin layer and leaves some lacing.

The smell is of butterscotch malt notes and very nice fruity and floral hops. Generally clean but some faint skunkiness at first (green bottle...?).

The taste is quite good like the smell and balanced towards the hop side. The bitterness is at a medium level in the semi-dry finish and lingers for some time after the drink.

The mouthfeel is watery creamy and smooth with some diacetyl slickness. However, the carbonation fades quickly for a flat beer midway.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 01:13:28 | More by ecoastman
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's deep golden orange in colour with almost no head to speak of. What little head there is fades to a ring around the edge and splotch in the middle. It smells of caramel, ripe fruit (apple and plum?), with a faint musty character around the edges. There's an earthy base to the flavour profile. Caramel and fruit, with lemony finish. Nice lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. I think I opened this too cold, it took some time to really open up. It improves significantly as it warms. Very low carbonation and smooth-bodied, but somewhat light as well. Easy to drink and light in the stomach - it's definately a session ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 05:10:16 | More by mintjellie
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3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

beer pours a hazy, cloudy orange with brown hints. barely any head but the small amount that does stick looks like spit.

aromas are musty, malty, orchard flavors. mossy, older apples smells with a bit of an alcoholic nose on the finish, surprising for such a low alcohol beer.

flavors are caramel malt, a bit bitter in the middle and finishes acidic and appley.

low carbonation, uneven, sticky and dry.

not my favorite, very deep acidic and older fruit flavors, without many other positive aspects in its wake.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 23:42:37 | More by cnally
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3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a small amount of bubbly white head. Pretty good retention and lacing.

S: Malty and sweet, a little bit of caramel, and a bit of hops.

T: Sweet, with a decent amount of hops to finish.

M: Relatively mild carbonation, smooth. Slightly sticky on the aftertaste.

D: Drinks quite easily, and relatively low ABV.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 20:53:39 | More by seand
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3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

St. Peter's unique bottle design is what first drew me to try their beers several years ago but it is the quality of their brews that has kept me coming back. This beer pours a very hazy yellow gold with just the tiniest of white heads briefly appearing up top. The aromas are very earthy with a pleasant, honey-like sweetness. Its flavors are also have earthy notes with a very intriguing sourdough breadiness that I like very much. The cost of St. Peter's is a bit steep but its beers are well worth revisiting every now and then.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 01:43:15 | More by droomyster
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Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 500-ml bottle into a pub ale glass.

Appearance - beautiful light copper, bright and inviting. Very little head and virtually no lace save a thin edge ring. Surface bubbles definitely look complex and well-situated.

Smell - the freshness, the fruity zip and a very light malt presence tickle the nose. Definitely picking up some light spices, quite mild, but interesting.

Taste - starts out with a light sweet malty flavour that very quickly gives way to a steady hop bitterness that goes on and on and on. I wouldn't agree with the bottle's description of "delicate character". This is a no-nonsense line drive ale with a strong hop presence. Must be the organic hops or hops in quantity.

Mouthfeel - this is remisiscent of certain IPAs. Good hop concentration to keep it interesting.

Drinkability - wouldn't have more than 2 of these because of the same reason for limiting IPAs - I don't want to only associate beer with hops. It does get a little unidirectional when the malt isn't as present in the mix.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 01:49:49 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a very interesting beer this one is. Upon opening the bottle I get a whiff of that skunky hoppy smell, but upon pouring I get honey and very faint hops. Foam dissipated rapidly even after some of the yeast residue poured out into the glass. A cloudy orange-yellow color (maybe shades of brown) that is pleasant to look at and tasted quite good. You get that honey at first, followed by a bit of spiciness and a hint of hops/sour at the end. Very smooth going down and I finished this beer off pretty fast over a fried chicken and buttermilk biscuit dinner. Really very tasty - I'll have to get this one again. I was expecting something more in the hoppy pale ale department, and this is very different than any English ale I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 22:17:57 | More by damndirtyape
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4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have really been enjoying the English Pale Ale's lately and this is a great one!

Poured into a Duvel glass this beer has a dark straw color with little clarity (bottle conditioned?). The head is light and foamy at first then dissapates to some lacing.

The aroma is of williamette hops I believe with a nice (just passed over the Atlantic) smell to them. They're not juicy but not aged. Their is a sizable amount of sweet malt in the nose.

The taste is lightly sweet malt and finishes with a lightly bitter flavor. This is one tasty beer and each mouthful begs another.

The mouthfeel is ideal for a session ale. This is much like a mild - perhaps a bit too hopppy. And too light to be a bitter. There is a decent balance and a mouthfeel is just about in line with the style.

The drinkabilty is off the charts. I could and would drink this all day all night. I love this beer and will seek it out again!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 01:40:00 | More by PerzentRizen
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3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a light amber, orangish color that was cloudy with very little to no head. The smell was hops, plums, roasted barley and floral scents. Initial taste was roasted malt with some bitterness and flowery tea flavors in the end. It is a good beer with decent drinkability, but not great and not horrible, very average.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 22:57:08 | More by Kromes
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North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly opaque golden color with a white head. Scattered lacing.

S - Earthy toasted malt aroma with a touch of flowery hops. Some buttery, caramel sweetness is present as well.

T - Grainy and bready malt up front, but this one is suprisingly bitter. Some citrus hops hit you first, and then fade into nice, floral notes with some fruitiness at the finish. Very earthy, balanced flavor.

M - Body is fairly light with an oily slickness on the tongue. Carbonation is moderate but goes away quickly as the beer sits.

D - Very drinkable and refreshing. This is one that I could put away several pints of.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 00:28:01 | More by gabe23
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3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a very hazy peach colour with a 1 finger head of foam...lots of tiny bubbles.

The smell is pretty big on the caramel malt and earth with very little hops noticeable but this is an English Pale Ale so no surprise there.

The taste is sweet up front with the caramel malt, then I notice the earthiness that the hops impart and a wee bit of bitterness that's grassy mostly near and through the finish. There's also a breadiness about this brew that I can taste with every sip. Pretty good Ale.

The mouthfeel is medium as is the carbonation. Head retention is turning out to be quite good and it leaves some good lacing.

Drinkablity? The abv says it should be good as long as it has a good taste and I find it does. I could easily session on this one. Too bad it's not carried in town..

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 01:03:25 | More by Bitterbill
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1.93/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 09:00:05 | More by corby112
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Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden bordering on amber, low carbonation, thin head which dissipates quickly, leaving the faintest wisps of lace.

Smell: Biscuity nose, alternating with just a hint of caramel on closer inspection.

Flavour: Earthy with a general bitterness. Just the slightest tones of harsh citrus fruit (i.e. lemons) overshadowed by grassy and, to a lesser extent, piney tones.

Mouthfeel: Cask-like in nature; low carbonation. Taste (especially bitterness) lingers long after and especially stimulates the left and right extremities of the tongue (purportedly where the tongue experiences sour tastes) which could be considered consistent with the hidden citrusy tastes. Thicker than expected, and coats the mouth. It is kind of harsh, but perhaps I am a pseudo-masochist, because it I enjoy it in spite of the attack on the regular sensibilities of the palate.

Drinkability: definitely not a session beer, but great to sip and enjoy. I believe that (at least here in Ontario) that what is labeled as St. Peter's English Ale is indeed the same as the Organic Ale that I believe they serve in the UK. Not my favourite St. Peter's offering, but still a pleasant brew, as was expected given their range of other fantastic brews.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 22:14:17 | More by barleywort
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4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 01:01:30 | More by Georgiabeer
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2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

preface: I'm a bit tipsy, but want to keep tasting.
Beautiful amber red in color with a head that looks like frothed egg whites. Head retention is minimal.
The aroma is deliciously hoppy with some citrus notes.
Flavor is mild with a slight bitter end. It opened up a bit as it warmed.
I can't say that I favor this beer. It's not that it's bad per say,it's just not what I'm after.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 06:24:37 | More by aeminter
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2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy hazy gold with a small white head and modest lacing.

The nose is simple but well integrated. Non-descript, slightly sweet malts, butterscotch, and spicy citrus hops.

Caramel sweetness and raw graininess are the immediate flavors. There is a slight sourness mid palate that quickly gives way to earthy hop bitterness and a hint of lemon. The bitterness lingers and the dreaded skunk sets in. As it warms the skunkiness becomes more prominent and lingers longer.

Medium-light bodied with quite a bit of carbonation.

Smooth and refreshing, modestly complex but well meshed. This would be an extremely enjoyable beer if not for the skunkiness. What's with the green bottles? The first time I tried this I knew the bottle was old so I didn't rate it, but I've been told that this is a fresh bottle and the skunk is still there.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 07:03:55 | More by Morbo
St. Peter's English Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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