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

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St. Peter's Organic AleSt. Peter's Organic Ale

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76 Reviews
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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 03-02-2003

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Reviews: 76 | Hads: 108
Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light easy drink but mostly full flavor ale, with grapefruit floral aroma from the hops. Orange, thin white cap. Light on tongue. Bitter-sour as British could do. I could take a bit of this above-average brew. Balance hops and malt, short fizzy-watery finish.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper body with a full, frothy, white head.

Smell: Grassy, flowery hop aroma upfront with some meager malt hints smelling lightly of caramel and day old Cuban bread in back.

Taste: Pale maltiness with light tastes of grainy bread and caramel. Faint fruitiness. Grassy, floral hops with a medium, cleansing bitterness. Hops dominate the finish and leave you with a slight lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Paired well with the 1925 film version of The Phantom of the Opera. A fine, flavorful English ale.

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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 BlackHaddock
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Normal 500ml bottle, best before April 2008, drank in June 2007.

Poured into a Bateman's half pint sleeve glass (twice), it looked very drinkable. Light amber with a white foaming head, which sadly rushed to the side of the glass and clung there through the drink.

The aroma was of hops, malt and barley at first, but as the beer warmed up in the afternoon sun, toffee and caramel esters came into the smell.

I thought the taste was delightful, a sweet complexed flavour of toffee and molasses, which blended in with the more normal English Ale characteristic tastes.

The mouthfeel was full , but not overly, the aftertaste becomes dryer than the initial flavours would indicate.

A very drinkable beer, I would love to try this on cask, if it is available. I have visited the brewery and the hall used as the brewery tap, a lovelly place to drink their beers. I shall see if this is on tap if I ever get down to their place again.

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Photo of beertunes
3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flask shaped bottle. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with just a thin cap of white head that dissipated almost instantly but managed to leave some nice lacing.

The aroma was mostly grain with just a trace of gentle hopping. The flavor was also fairly gentle, nice grainieness and just enough hops for some tingle.

The body was pretty typical for a mild ale, smooth, easy tongue coating. Drinkability was very good, I can picture myself sitting in an old style British pub, chatting with the blokes, tossing a round of darts and having several pints of this nice little brew.

I've seen a couple different brews in their unique bottles at a local store and I'm glad I took a chance on it. Certainly worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of Derek
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another "Organic" shipped over the pond. Production date AO87, whatever that means (maybe 3.5 months old?)

Canadian label says "St. Peter's English Ale Organic/Biologique".

A: Pale orange, very little off-white head, no retention, but it initially leaves some lace.

S: Very little aroma... only a bit of earthy citrus.

T: Plenty of citrus tang, some grainy malt flavour, moderate bitterness. I could see this being better fresh (perhaps on cask).

M: Light body & carbonation, slight acidity.

D: Not engaging.

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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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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 Brad007
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a thin one-finger head into my Piraat glass.

Aroma is full of sweet, bready malt and light hop bitterness in the nose. It's skunked as well but only because of the green bottle.

Taste is full of sweet, bready malt with a light hop bitterness upfront. Not quite as skunky here. Tastes like a standard english pale ale though.

Mouthfeel's full of lingering sweet bready malt and hops. Not bad but a bit metallic.

A decent stab at the style here. Nothing to be impressed by but it's still drinkable enough for the style.

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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 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 StJamesGate
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours russet gold with clinging bubbles but no head in spite of vigorous pour. Sour apple and autumn leaves on the nose, maybe some grapefruit rind. Tobacco and pear malts with light tea and bark hops. Caramel hit at the end. Bitter skunky leave. Lemon pith linger. Light, some stick.

Does much better with food, where flowery hops come out that aren't there drinking by itself.

Thin, and sour more than bitter. Wouldn't rush back.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this as an option at a Ski Lodge in Maine. Figured it was the perfect time to try this beer. Have seen the bottles many times but never felt the urge to reach out and grab one.

Even with an aggressive pour there is little to no head. Light Amber, clear, no lacing

Nice aroma, English malts. Grass and some soft fruit.

Really nice flavor, classic English malt profile. Some mineral notes. Bright and fresh. Soft but present lingering bitterness. Lots of grassiness towards the end.
Very fruity as it continues to warm.

Very mild carbonation, medium body, a little slick.

Really nice beer. Was very pleasantly surprised and enjoyed this very much.

**As I post this I see this beer is rated overall as a B-. Wow, I have to disagree with that. But we all get a vote.

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Photo of Brent
3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Whenever I need a beer as an example of "breadyness" I'll turn to this beer. The impression that hit me at first sip was that this is liquid whole wheat "wheatberry" bread. Strikingly malty, with reserved hops bittering that showed up at the very end to lend a rather sour bitterness. An interesting beer, but not something I think I'd want to drink a great deal of.

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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 jazzyjeff13
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml green glass bottle with a BB of Sept 2010 - so this one's well out of date. Picked up cheap from my favourite beer specialist; hopefully still in reasonable condition.

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. A hazy golden-amber hue with plentiful carbonation and visible sediment. Yields a small head of white foam that subsides rapidly. Residue in the bottle indicates the presence of live yeast. Aroma of light malt with hints of earthy yeast and pleasing notes of citrus hops.

Tastes of light grainy malt with a mild bitter finish. Notes of dry, earthy yeast, esters and citrus. A faint background hint of stewed hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, with nice body. Leaves a bitter, yeasty aftertaste.

A decent ale with a subtle hoppy character. I don't care about the organic bollocks, but the flavours are well balanced and I could sink a few of these. The only flaw seems to be an excessive flavour of yeast - I wonder if this is due to the age of the bottle. Worthy.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a dimpled handled pint pot making a vibrant yellow body it looks like a child's lemon drink with not much in the way of a wispy white head.

Now let me say this, surely an organic ale should be bottle conditioned so that the CO2 is natural?

Hoppy aroma with hints of malt not a big nose though.

The taste starts bitter and gets more intense.
Very hoppy that drives and finally tapers with a yeasty zing.

Very lively and a bit too carbonated for my liking.

Theres not much depth to this ale but what it does it does well
i.e. being a hop monster and bitter tasting beer.
Not totally my style but tasty still.

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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 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 Globetrotter
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice oval shaped brown half-liter bottle with a very plain lettering only label. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 3/19/04, I opened it on 10/25/03.

Poured a pretty standard clear gold under a very thin head with big bubbles. Next to no head retention, and no lace. The nose is mild, with hints of barley, while the mouth is a bit too prickly, with a medium-body. The taste opens thin and grainy with a touch of sourness, but that is followed by nice flowery hops that provide a good crisp bitter impression. The finish is all hops, leading to a pleasantly bitter aftertaste. This is certainly not a big, complex beer, but it's very drinkable.

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Photo of pootz
3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Poured a shimmering golden ale in th glass with a decent 1 finger sticky white cap...good lacing and cap retention.

Aroma is herbal-earthy almost botanical like a mild heather ale, primal bready malt tones.

On the frontside we taste some sweet bready thick malts with an almost honey-like discernment....then the earthy goldings bitter the mix to balance, finish is slow and wet with gradual bittering overtaking the primal cereal taste and the earthy undertones. Light metallic after taste.

I am really getting to like the St. Peter’s ales as some of the best bottled British ales out there...this is another Organic beer that seems to have more earthy brighter natural tastes.

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Photo of farrago
4.24/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gauzy filminess to the pale zinc orange color, just about as jaundice yellow in hue as the former. Minimal, if any, head, thus no real lacing. Invigorating nose of sourdough bread, white grapefruit pith, bitters, uncooked hops, earth and mineral water, uncompromisingly direct, swiftly bursts through your nostrils and then gone. Light to medium-bodied, with what heft it has it's bottom heavy. More of that sourdough, rye bread, pretzel dough aspect, accompanied by grapefruit, dried tea leaves, tar, wet mineral chunks and well water. The carbonation level is average, if not less, and contributes to an "anchored" feel. In many respects comes across as a pilsner. Dry malts add more tactile smoothness than flavor passing the mid-palate, tempers the bitterness. Good drinkability, while at the same time not chuggable.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

St. Peter's English Ale is a clear light amber ale with a white head that fades to a thin, broken film with some oily bubbles. It leaves dense lacing. The aroma is of light, sweet malt and grassy, floral hops. There is something funky and dank under all that. Coriander seed is detected. It's a very balanced aroma. Wow. It's light, but... thick and foamy! It has a very soft and thick texture but it's not weighty at all. A pleasure to the whole mouth. It's well balanced, smooth and even in flavor. The hops are juicy. The aftertaste is long and bitter like cilantro. The flavor of the malt keeps a low profile and kindly does the needful. It almost tastes a touch wheatish. A great session ale! I love the pocket-filling flat bottles these guys use.
(rated Feb 5, 2008)

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Photo of rtepiak
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

quite a balanced simple epa... somewhat pale in color. a weak mouth feel because of a mild malt backing. but nice lemon/orange sun tea floral. mild hop quality but a good balance of pepper mint finish. simple stuff but a consistent beer. very light weight.

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Photo of brendan13
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass a slightly hazy dark golden colour. A couple of centimetres of white head which falls away quite fast.
S - Floral and fruity notes, a touch of biscuity malt. Some caramel notes show up as the beer warms.
T - Like the smell but with more fruity, in particular grapefruit, notes coming through. Balanced with a sweet toffee & biscuit maltiness.
M - Light to medium bodied with a fairly high & refreshing carbonation.
D - A pretty good beer. I wish we had more beers like this locally made.

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