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

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BA SCORE
83
good

277 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 10
Gots: 5 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

RedAleMan, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Stocean1
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a half finger head into a large wine glass - spectacular lacing with little bubbles that cascade down the side of the glass sparkling like the crest of a wave - subsided to a thin collar

S - earthy, floral hops, grainy, a bit funky

T - floral hops,mineral, barley, biscuit, sweeet bread

M - light to medium body with little carbonation - nice amount of bitterness - still relatively smooth

O - a very nice real ale that is wonderfully balanced and highly sessionable - I would get tired of drinking this all night

Stocean1, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
2.53/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this as a birthday gift from a family member. Served in a Surly pint glass.

A - Finger-plus of white foam that settles to a thin cap, glass-coating lace. Transparent golden body.

S - Slightly skunky, floral hops, toasty and toffee malts, buttery, fruity English ale yeast.

T - Taste has more bitterness, as well as herbs, faint skunk, fruity esters, and bread and toffee malts. The amount of bitterness that lingers is actually quite surprising.

M - Mouthfeel is surprisingly gritty, with moderate carbonation. Somewhat watery, with a fairly resinous residual feel.

D - A largely forgettable English pale ale. The combination of skunk and butter is not a winner, and the puzzlingly harsh bitterness seems out-of-place for a session ale. I got about half the bottle down before I gave up and moved on to something better.

MasterSki, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of Kartoffeln
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, reddish amber with a slightly rocky white head, average in size. Decent retention, with the head gradually diminishing to a bubbly cap of foam. Reasonable amount of lacing.

S: Toffee and biscuit malts with a whiff of grain, plus lots of hop aromas: fresh fruit, citrus, and an earthy, floral character. Faint mineral and yeast notes.

T: Sweet toffee malts mingle and quickly give way to biscuit malts with a particularly roasty character. Similarly, hops start lightly floral before woody earthiness and bitter citrus come through. Hints of slightly chalky minerality and yeastiness round out the roasty, citric swallow.

M: Light-to-medium body with low, creamy carbonation. The bitter finish is an enduring mix of roasted malts, hints of coffee, and fresh citrus - a bit lemony. Simply begs for another sip, in about the best way possible.

D: A good English pale ale on the bitter side thanks to an excellent distinctive finish, but still fairly balanced and exceptionally sessionable.

Kartoffeln, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of MeisterBurger
1.75/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear golden orange with decent head. Fingers of lace cling to the sides of the glass.

Smells earthy. Fruity. Slightly grassy hops. Like the unwashed taint of a thousand skunks.

At first blush I'd say it tastes like earwax. Hops are very grassy/floral. Pale malts. Chalky. Has an oddly skunky Heineken aspect to it. Dry aftertaste. Somewhat astringent. My will to live fades with every sip.

MeisterBurger, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of Cresant
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served this 1 pint .09 oz. green bottle in a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date, but coded. The body was a turbid pale butterscotch color. There was heavy sediment in the bottle. The head was varied and white.

The smell was soft apple. Light grain aroma.

The taste was also of apples. Green but sweetness too. Lightly tart and gently bitter. Highly drinkable.

The mouthfeel was medium with a mild carbonation. This is not a beer I would seek out but I do like the English Ales.

Cresant, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of TangTKE402
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy light straw color. Little head and minimal lacing. From bottle* to Imperial Pint glass.

S: Malted barley and sweet with corn aromas and a nice English smell to it.

T: This has a nice sort of herbal taste to it with barley malt finish. A touch of celery and marjoram. Tastes almost exactly like English Ale wort smells. Clean taste with a sedimentary finish.

M: Clean, a touch creamy, with a slightly gritty finish.

D: Sessionable in feel and abv, but the flavor is not enough to make you want too much more. You know what you've had once you've had it, and you're ready to move on.

*It should be noted that my bottle read "Organic English Ale" but no such beer exists on BA. This could have had a major effect on the tasting.

TangTKE402, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of bryehn
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into my trusty St. Peter's Brewery glass. I became a fan of this brewery in large part because of this beer. Time to give it a real analytic go after trying some of their others.

Pours an ever-so slightly cloudy, amber-golden colour with a faint soapy head that leaves a very small amount of lace and settles as a soapy collar.

Almost every bottle of this I've had (15-20 over the last year) has smelled a bit of skunk when I first pop them. Definitely a beer to let breathe a few miniutes.

The aroma for me is dominated by a brewed tea-like smell, with a fresh cut grain and earthly backing. There are subtle hints of a sweet malt and citrus as well.

There is very little carbonation, making for a rather creamy mouthfeel. Despite a thick, "dirty" (like soil) sort of aftertaste, I find the beer goes down smoothly and begs for another sip.

The taste is mild, yet robust, smooth with a kick. A toasty, malty start gives way to a nice citrus-like bite and a somewhat bitter finish.

I prefer the brewery's golden ale to this organic variety, it has all the same positive qualities without the "dirtiness".

However it's easy to remember why I became a fan of the brewery after returning to this beer more than a year after I first discovered it. It's an easy-going, crisp and for the most part fresh-tasting ale I could drink anytime.

bryehn, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
2.33/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle thanks to Amyliz4. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a moderate brownish-copper color with a really thin initial head that quickly dissipates and doesn't leave anything of note behind. The nose is an immediate travesty. That's what you get when you put a pale ale in a green bottle. This is simply gross and ridiculously-skunked. That's all that is there. The taste isn't quite as bad as the nose, but doesn't offer anything other than light-struck hops. It just has less of a skunky character. The feel is gross and astringent. Bad, bad, bad. Change the bottle color, please.

Thorpe429, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of Swedes21
2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - In keeping with my normal pouring strategy, the beer produces a minimal amount of head. The head does disappear fairly quick but leaves some good lacing. Beer is fairly clear, maybe a slight have and some carbonation in the centre of my glass.

Smell - hint smell of hops and barley, with no alcohol smell at all. very clean smell.

Taste - this beer packs some taste, not saying an amazing taste but the taste is there. I am back to the citrus taste with a bitter finish at the end.

Mouthfeel - there is min carbonation that activates when the beer touches your mouth. the taste is the same as the beer goes down, can slightly taste the hops.

Drinkability - It is a beer i am glad i tried, but the organic aged ended with Woodstock or maybe should have stayed at Woodstock!

Swedes21, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of Herrbrokt
4.03/5  rDev +11%
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.

Herrbrokt, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

spinrsx, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of BeerNemesis
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
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

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

Appearance:
The color of apple juice with a similarly tiny head.

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

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
Poppy carbonation and a medium body,

Harmony:
Very drinkable

Would I get it again?:
Yes.

BeerNemesis, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of kwjd
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

kwjd, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of biegaman
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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!

biegaman, Apr 17, 2010
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3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

ludachris, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of cleverbeername
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

cleverbeername, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of mralphabet
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

mralphabet, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of TheHammer
1.95/5  rDev -46.3%
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.

TheHammer, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of ecoastman
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

ecoastman, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of mintjellie
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

mintjellie, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of cnally
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

cnally, Sep 07, 2009
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3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

seand, Jul 31, 2009
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3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

droomyster, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

DoctorStrangiato, Jun 13, 2009
St. Peter's English Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
83 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.