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

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

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98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 16.72%


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: brewdlyhooked13 on 03-02-2003)
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mlwarren

North Carolina

2.83/5  rDev -17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 01:33:17 | More by mlwarren
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droomyster

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow gold with small white head that quickly comes and goes. Earthy aromas 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 high quality beers are well worth revisiting every now and then. It takes a lot of confidence to bottle a beer in such a standout bottle and in the case of St Peter's this confidence is well-founded.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 01:48:11 | More by droomyster
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is lightly skunky - a rare note for an ale, but given the bottle and constant barrage of fluorescent light... Moderate hop - earthy and floral with spicy notes. Moderate malt - soft roast and caramel with hints of chocolate. Smells good.

Pours clear pale-medium gold with large frothy head. Looks good.

Stiff bitterness up front speaks of hop - earthy, spicy, and slightly pungent. Nicely tart. Mild malt - caramel and soft roast following nose, with notes of deeper roast like dark chocolate and faint coffee. Herbal tea-like qualities remind me of a nice oolong tea. Highly drinkable. Finishes with a reminder of its bitterness. Tastes good. Feels good. Good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 01:36:04 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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UDbeernut

New York

3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a standard pint glass at Sergio's in Cleveland.

a: pours a amber color, slightly hazy, with slight head. Very little retention.

s: slight grain and malt sweetness. Hint of flowery hops

t: light malt sweetness balanced with decent bitterness. Flowery and slight citrus.

m&d: light to medium bodied, finishes a tad of the dry side. Drinkable ale, but not too much to make this interesting.

Cheers!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 19:38:47 | More by UDbeernut
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Brad007

Vermont

3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 05:19:24 | More by Brad007
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waldoiverson

Texas

2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 21:57:07 | More by waldoiverson
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KTCamm

New Jersey

2.05/5  rDev -39.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 10:48:53 | More by KTCamm
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farrago

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 19:09:28 | More by farrago
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fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 22:14:29 | More by fullsweep
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yesyouam

New York

4/5  rDev +17.3%
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)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 05:33:40 | More by yesyouam
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colts9016

Idaho

3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 22:11:29 | More by colts9016
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 02:18:24 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Blakaeris

Iowa

3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured cloudy yellow with a decent creamy white head.

Aroma is an unusual herbal fruitiness. Grassy and musty. Definite citrus character.

Taste is bready malt, with a sweet honey like aspect. Grassy and citrus. Hops are herbal in nature. Finish is dry with a yeasty, musty aspect.

Mouthfeel is Medium bodied, slightly buttery.

I found this brew to be a little different. A nice change of pace. I found the musty quality to be very interesting in an English pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 00:18:07 | More by Blakaeris
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Sigmund

Norway

4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, bought at Vaaland Spesialbutikken, Bryne. ABV is 4.5%. Deep golden to brown colour, moderate carbonation, low head. Nice aroma of fruity hops. Well balanced flavour with distinct fruity hops on a sufficient malty base, and a grapefruity bitterness in the finish. Very drinkable. Good beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 20:14:50 | More by Sigmund
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charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My beer comes in an interestingly shaped 500ml olive green bottle. It is a orange color with a pleasantly fluffy cream coloured head. This has a very fruity nose with hints of orange, pineapple and dried fruit.

This is a well coordinated beer which delivers an initial sweet hit, followed by a pleasantly grainy middle and a pleasantly oily hoppy finish which lingers on the tongue. Although they form part of a somewhat tedious style category in general, the finer pale ales are certainly worth sampling, and this is one of them.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 22:26:10 | More by charlatan
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LittleCreature

Australia

3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 2.5
Lovely golden orange colour, but loses marks for having very little head with almost zero retention, and being quite hazy. No date on bottle, I suspect it may be out of code.

Smell - 4.0
Increases and improves with warmth. Fruity, definite citrus, quite buttery with plenty of sweet malt to balance the hops.

Taste - 4.0
Lots of flavour here, comes close to a 4.5, but seems somewhat thin and watery initially which detracts. Biscuity malt, a little toffee, grapefruit and other citrus from the hops and a relatively high level of bitterness for the style. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Bordering on watery, low level of carbonation, but goes down easily and isn't as thin as it at first seems.

Drinkability - 4.0
I could go several more of these no problem, definitely sessionable.

OVERALL - 3.65
I really enjoyed this, and feel that I may have scored it a little lower than it deserved, especially considering that it may not have been at its best. The brandy-like bottle gives it a unique appearance, but this is far from style over substance. A very nice EPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 06:30:38 | More by LittleCreature
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 17:32:14 | More by elricorico
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle
4.5% ABV

I tried this beer on November 25, 2007 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. The beer poured a dark translucent golden brown with a thin white head. The aroma was very strong on the hops. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, creamy, and with mild carbonation. The flavour was strongly hoppish with a pink grapefruit aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 04:38:56 | More by cyrenaica
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JDV

Texas

1.93/5  rDev -43.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 18:51:00 | More by JDV
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brendan13

Australia

3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 11:15:09 | More by brendan13
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kmacphail

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this beer after a mate constantly went on about how good St Peters beers were.

The beer poured an amber-gold colour with a thin white head that gave good retention. The other thing that I noticed was how unbelievably transparent the beer was.

A sweet, malty fragrance was followed by slight hint of fudge/caramel.

The initial taste was disappointing, a bit bland to begin with. However after a slight delay a rush of light hops came followed by a long lingering bitter aftertaste with a good deal of spices, this aftertaste lingered quite strongly.

The mouthfeel was medium, rather pleasant. I would definately try this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 22:31:47 | More by kmacphail
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mikegodat

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bought this beer on a whim. I was kind of concerned when I opened the bottle to get a hint of what I thought was skunk. Turns out that I believe it was just the brewing style.

Slight head, Great color, slight yeast residue in bottom of bottle.

Crisp and sharp on the tongue, smooth on the palate. I would reccomend this beer to any one with the desire to expand their palate

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 22:36:51 | More by mikegodat
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle:

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 00:12:30 | More by pootz
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Mumps

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was bought on a whim by the bar tender at my local spot (good call Wes). I was intrigued by the bottle, as was everyone around me.

Color was a nice gold, with a small, quickly disappearing head with decent lacing. Smell was sweet, with a citrus hint and strong English ale smell. Initial taste was interesting, and I wasn't sure about whether I would like it. After a few more tastes though, I warmed up to it. By the end of the bottle, it had become one of the best beers I've tasted. I wouldn't recommend it for any parties, but in small groups of like minded people I would say good call.

Very drinkable beer. Looking forward to trying more from the brewery (if i can find it)

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2007 05:25:41 | More by Mumps
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 20:14:52 | More by BlackHaddock
St. Peter's Organic Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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