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

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 108
Avg: 3.4
pDev: 17.06%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | 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

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 03-02-2003

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Reviews: 76 | Hads: 108
Photo of Fredex8
1.4/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I honestly cannot think of another time when I have had a beer that was actively unpleasant to finish. Even average or bad beer is still beer and therefore great.

This tastes like sucking on a pub carpet to get a drag of the stale ale spilt there the night before. It even smells unpleasant. If this is what 'organic' ale tastes like then I'll take good old fashioned GM super hops sprayed with a liberal helping of pesticides any day.

This beer is actually better drunk straight from the bottle and not poured. That way you don't have to smell it.

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Photo of stcules
1.53/5  rDev -55%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Oranged color. Quite ugly foam.
The smell is quite strange, tending to syrup of green apple. Not very inviting...
Maybe a little better in the taste, where something more near to the classic english ale, but in any case, not enough. Green apple again. Some citrusy, and some maltiness.
But, no.
It left a dry mouth, not really pleasant.

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Photo of JDV
1.94/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Cloudy orangish pour, with white head that didn't last. Smelled like a damn skunk. I've had 2 beers from this brewery and both were the only truly skunky beers I've ever had in my life. Taste is skunky, but creamy, buttery, smooth, subtly malty, and light to medium carbonation which is just right. I like the mouthfeel. Slightly bitter aftertaste that doesn't last too long or hit to strongly. Overall, the smell, and skunky taste really kill this beer. I wouldn't get this brewery's beers again, at least not if they can't get them to Texas fresh, which is a shame, because aside from the terrible skunkiness, I think It might have been a fairly good beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
2.02/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle was great, beer was not.

Poured a copper orange color, very little foam, very little lacing.

Smell was awful. Very bitter stale beer smell, like a dorm room on a Saturday morning. Did not make me want to drink this beer.

Taste was just ok. There is a sweet malt taste that is bombarded by a bitter hop. The bitter is not all that pleasing, and stick with you longer than ideal.

Not recommended. Much better pales out there, and better offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.44/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Pours to a golden orange, with thin off-white head, and good lacing. Aroma of citrus fruit, mostly oranges, and clove. I actually enjoyed the flavor initially upon tasting. Unfortunatly, a very watery, metallic finish kicks in almost immediately, to leave a sour aftertaste. This was true throughout the entire bottle.

The beer I drank was called English Ale, instead of the new "Organic Ale", so I may have had an old bottle. Nontheless, not impressed.

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Photo of seanyfo
2.45/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A Copper orange body, 2 finger rocky white head reducing to 1 finger whispy head.

S - grapefruits, citrus, perhaps watermelon, bitter hops, Even herbal tea???

T - very fruity on the sip, lots of bitter fruit however, grapefruits and citrus, no sweetness here.dry bitter hop finish,

M - low carbonation, medium body, finishes well, no watery aftertaste

D - a bit too tart and bitter for my tastes, would rather have a pint of IPA which is a bit creamier and has a hint of sweetness to it. This is just too bitter and hoppy. not for me

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Photo of rastaman
2.48/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I got this at some country pub in Berkshire. It was bottled, and the guy said he had never sold a bottle ever, which made me question the freshness of the bottle. I mean, it tasted OK freshness wise, and it had some pretty decent flavour. But the body was too sticky and thin. Some buttery/toffee malts, with some drying hops. Short finish, and preetty predictable. Drinkable though.

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Photo of bark
2.58/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The liquid is a bit cloudy; the colour is pale amber. The off white foam forms an uninspired finger thick uneven head. In fact, the whole beer looks a bit tired.

The smell is a bit dry and sweet with roasted notes of coffee (lots of coffee) and cocoa. There are lots of fruity diacetyl with notes of butterscotch and cream. Are there any hops in there?

The taste is unbalanced: A clear note of coffee and cream is replaced with a passing simple bitterness and some buttery notes. The aftertaste is watery and short with a grassy-buttery bitterness with a touch of metal.

The carbonation is sharp and thin at the same time. The bubbles are few and large.

A really strange beer, I had expected more from St Peter’s, it tastes and smells like a lager and a stout at the same time. How come “organic” beers (and coffee and tea) almost always are unbalanced with slight flavours?

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Photo of montageman
2.61/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Murky pale orange color that boasts no head, but there is a bit of lacing. Plenty of tiny carbonation bubbles are there, too. There's a hint of apple on the nose, but there is not much here - it smells clean with a tinge of pine as well. Sour apple flavor up front with a bitter, dry barley finish - the aftertaste is reminiscent of the barley tea I have in my fridge right now. It's refreshing. Mouthfeel is thin almost like mineral water - actually, it's just like carbonated tea. This is a mild ale with some decent attributes, however, there is nothing here that stands out. At least it's organic... Mildly recommended.

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Photo of fullsweep
2.7/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 mL poured into a glass.

Pours okay, minimal head, only a few mm actually. Dissipates quickly with no lacing.

Smells nice, like a beer ought smell. Slightly resembles a lager in aroma though.

Taste is a bit too bitter for my liking. Someone below mentioned grapefruit and that isn't too far off, especially if you include a bit of the peel. This was another I wanted to like more than I actually did enjoy. I like the complexity, but this is too bitter for my taste.

Would drink again, but not my first choice.

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Photo of katybee
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Gotta love the bottles they use! It's what attracted me. That, and the brewery is a classic old cloister in Britain which draws the water from its own springs. But, the beer itself seemed pretty standard to me...

Appearance was a bit cloudy yellow, more like a hef than a filtered ale. Little head, little carbonation actually, after just a few minutes.

Smell none to speak of.

Taste was brite, a little grapefruit citrus bite to a malty base, pungent and peppery. Perhaps a bit of hardness from the water. When the carbonation disipated the taste quickly went flatter. But none of the hops which predominate American lagers. Mostly dry citrus; very little sweetness.

Light-bodied, some texture from carbonation, crisp. Like a tangy PBR. Refreshing; not really substantial or memorable; reminded me of Sessions beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.78/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into Erdinger pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Pours a half finger head of fair cream and thickness, but poor retention. Semitransparent copper colour. Somewhat appealing.

Sm: Malted barley. Other tones of light barley. A light scent all around.

T: Crisp barley with some hops, maybe crystal but no esters or nuts. It's got a very full flavour, but it tastes a bit tame. Too simple, but fairly built for what's there. It's certainly balanced. The bittering hops I'd expect for the style are toned down quite a bit. Built strangely all around. Nice cream on the finish, actually the best part of the brew.

Mf: Smooth and light, not the coarseness typical of the style. Suits the flavour.

Dr: It's not priced as low as it ought to be, and 'organic' ingredients mean fuck-all to me. A beer ought to be crafted as well as possible without cashing in on the overblown 'natural' movement.

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Photo of mlwarren
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - When pouring this beer into a standard pint glass you will notice an light brown opaque color. Produced a wispy half finger of head which quickly dissipated.

S - Smell of hops but not overwhelming with notes of delicate floral scents. Smells slightly of skunked beer, something like a Heineken.

T - Best drank cold, flavors became worse as it warmed up. Like the nose, slight taste of hops initially, but only slight. Tasted a bit of fruit on the mid-palette. Finish wasn't great. This beer isn't that flavorful.

M - Creamy, but not as creamy as a stout. This beer is inbetween a watery lager and something with a good mouthfeel.

D - You could drink this but it's nothing special. Just a standard, semi-refreshing beer.

For the money, I would not recommend buying this beer. At $4.50/pint for the taste it is not worth it.

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Photo of waldoiverson
2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

bottle into imperial pint

A: very carbonated but with a small white head, slightly cloudy orange blossom honey color

S: it is a little sour with almost the graininess of a heineken...not what i would expect for the style, a bit of hop bitter

T: sweet and one note. It is remarkable how the flowery sweetness pairs with the notes in the color, still it never moves and ends with a pretty average bitterness

m: very dry and not very crisp given the carbonation...a bit of a surprise

d: the abv makes it drinkable and the flavor is ok but buying this by the bottle is not really worth the time

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Photo of WYVYRN527
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was actually somewhat dissappointed with this beer. It pours a golden-amber hue with little head that fades out very quickly. The aroma expresses the bready malt with some caramel, but also has a "euro-skunk" note as well. Perhaps bottle color has something to do with this. The taste was slightly better, but still had that Euro character. Toffee and rising bread were the only dominant characters, with a decent dry hop finish. Mouthfeel was ok, but it still doesn't make up for the off-flavors and aromas this beer had. It wasn't a drain-pour, but I'll think twice before trying it again.

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

St. Peter's Organic Ale 4.5° – 3.00
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd in Bungay, Suffolk, United Kingdom (England)

I have developed a liking to these organic beers and hunt them out wherever possible, this one being from England.

It pours cloudy and hazy with the color a light lemon yellow with a middling head, frothy and off white in color, the lace a satisfactory sheet to cover the glass. Citrus like aroma at the front, followed by a sweet malt almost nutlike aroma, hints of “bread dough”, pleasant as the go, start was somewhat sweet with a nice malt profile, top a bit thin. Finish was adequately carbonated, the hops pleasant and mild in their bite, a beer that surprised me as I was not expecting a lot, just goes to show you that you can’t judge a beer by its bottle!

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Photo of ericj551
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

St. Peter's Organic Ale pours a slightly hazy gold with a thin head that fades quickly. The aroma is sulfury and not much else, I'm guessing due to the green bottle. The flavor is dominated by the skunky sulfur with some dry malt and a bitter slightly hoppy finish. I have a feeling this one would be better if it wasn't skunked.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.02/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is only my second blonde ale to rate so I am not completely sure how a Blonde Ale should taste and smell, etc. This particular Blonde Ale poured a small white head of fine-small bubbles that quickly dissipated. There was no lacing on the sides of my glass. The body was gold and there was carbonation observed. I noticed a lingering bitterness with this Blonde Ale.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cool-looking bottle!

Poured a hazy golden color with a bright white head. Some lacing of the glass and moderate retention. Aromas have a macro note to them mixed with some peppery zip. Flavor is...blah. Not much going on here. There's a bit of bready character, mixed with a bit of hoppy bitterness near the end and finishes with a dash of sweetness. On the thin side and nothing in the glass made me reach for another.

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Photo of cretemixer
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer comes in a great looking flask shaped bottle. It pours a light honey golden in color with a slight haze to it. Very little head, even after a pourposeful pour. A slight white collar rings the glass.
Aroma has a breadiness to it along with a very mild citrus note. The first taste is smooth but pretty bland. There is a slight vegetal quality here too. The most offensive thing about this beer is its lack of taste. The concept is great, but for the price I expect a little something more than just a concept and a cool bottle. Give me something that I'll enjoy drinking.
The beer drinks crisp and clean and the carbonation is good, but overall I'd have to say this is just an average beer at best.

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Photo of Baileyuk
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent beer, definite hop presence but it has almost a chemical tone. Head and lacing was okay but definitely not good. Hops mellowed quickly and there was a nice bready maltiness afterwards. A decent beer but thats about it, probably would not want again although I do like their regular version a lot more.

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Photo of elricorico
3.17/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow orange and slightly hazy. Thin white head that doesn't last and leaves just a little lacing.

Toffee like malt and herbal hops make for a balanced aroma.

Thin body and lowish carbonation carries first a light toffee flavour then hints of mandarin orange. The finish is tea-like hops that are just a little bitter. Fairly standard in flavour, but goes down easy enough. Nothing exciting.

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Photo of Doiv
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This emphasises the trend in organic beers being nothing special. It has a golden colour with a poor head. The nose is pretty bland, with a vague malty, hoppy whiff. The taste is little better, with perhaps the odd adjunct or contaminant detectable.
This was an average beer, but I would run out to grab a case-full.

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Photo of colts9016
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: A light amber color with string of clouds, no head
Nose: Dirty hops, orange, malt and yeast
Taste Sour malt with bitter unripe hops, oranges with a rye bread aftertaste
Body: Thin bit watery
Finish: really acidic and bitter. I was a bit disappointed I thought that it might be a bit better but it was a bit too thin for me.

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Photo of Viggo
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear orange brown, fluffy small white head, some lace. Smell is very malty, sweet, some barely discernible hops in the background. Taste is malty, sweet, dry finish, bitter in the middle, some metallic flavour. Medium bodied, low carbonation, smooth, although lacklustre, but pretty decent.

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St. Peter's Organic Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
78 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.