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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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78
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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 16.42%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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: brewdlyhooked13 on 03-02-2003)
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Photo of Mumps
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%

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)

Mumps, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%

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.

BlackHaddock, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of Derek
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

Derek, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of Stephen63
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

A - Standard pale ale with weak head which did not last.

S - Nice citrus fruits and toffee. This is definitely the highlight for me for this beer.

T - Bit disappointing, felt quite thin, hoppiness on the aftertaste.

M - Decent carbonation.

D - Not at all moreish.

Bit hard to get too excited by this one, not memorable but pleasant enough brew.

Stephen63, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of cypressbob
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%

500ml bottle poured into a standard nonic pint

Pours with a cloudy light amber body, hazy little bubbles come floating up through the glass. Egg white patchy head about a centimetre thick, pretty solid retention. Thin strands of lacing all up and down the glass

Smell, fresh grassy hops, some noticable slightly choking musty malt. Some slightly estery fruit, slightly perfumy. Some dry musty yeast profile too along with some slight dms

Taste, crisp sweet hops initially along with a hint of pine, lingering thick bready malt in the background. Some lasting bitter lemon hop bitterness on the finish, slight hint of diacetyl also creating a strange mix between the hops and butteriness. Dry yeast profile on the finish leaving a slightly greasy residue on tjhe palette

Better than I'd been expecting, A pretty solid and refreshing pale ale which would definatly be worth seeking out on cask

cypressbob, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of Tim2000
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%

500 mL bottle with an unusual shape and colour. Production date is cryptic, possibly June or July 2006.

Copper orange brew with a thin white head that leaves a nice collar around the glass.

Aroma is bready with some spicy notes.

Starts off with grainy malt and some caramel but is quickly overtaken with spicy, resinous hops. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Body is medium and carbonation is low.

Pleasant, balanced English Pale Ale and the fact that it's organic gives it bonus points in my book.

Tim2000, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of montageman
2.65/5  rDev -22.3%

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.

montageman, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of stcules
1.53/5  rDev -55.1%

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.

stcules, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of seanyfo
2.4/5  rDev -29.6%

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

seanyfo, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
2.42/5  rDev -29%

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.

kimcgolf, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of shertzogovina
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

A 500 ml. very cool old-fashioned bottle. Pours a lovely copper/deep orange color with just a little head that does not stay for long.
A sweet aroma with traces of honey and burned sugar with some apricots.
Taste is more on the bitter side with hops dominating, especially in the after taste and finish. malt sweetness is struggling to balance this hoppy brew, though some fruity esters are present which helps.
body is medium with mellow carbonation. palate is left dry.
Though not superb, this is an interesting beer. pretty drinkable and enjoyable.

shertzogovina, Apr 13, 2006
Photo of bark
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

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?

bark, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of Viggo
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

Viggo, Jul 24, 2005
Photo of GreenCard
4.18/5  rDev +22.6%

Appearance: light brown, good clarity, low head formation and not much foam

Aroma: crusty malt and herbally hops under a skunkiness, hints of strawberry and faint orange

Flavor: bready/biscuity maltiness, faintly sweet, somewhat nutty (like a Newcastle), twinge of acidity, grassy hop flavor, dry finish with a long-lingering citrus-peel bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, fine carbonation, slightly alkaline

Other comments: This beer can be quite vapid if you get one from a supermarket shelf, but I just tried one from a closed 24-pack (unskunked) and it is pretty damn good. Really fresh tasting. Could drink gallons of this beer, but it has to be fresh!

GreenCard, Mar 28, 2005
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

OldFrothingSlosh, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

Sammy, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of stoutman
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%

My first organic, but this brew is nothing special.
The pour was a clear golden orange. The aroma was a very enticing citrus and hops. Quickly dissippating head. Nothing bad by any means, but nothing as good as the aroma indicated. Very drinkable, as are most pale ales with me, but not exceptional.

stoutman, Jul 22, 2004
Photo of Doiv
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

Doiv, Mar 23, 2004
Photo of Globetrotter
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

Globetrotter, Oct 25, 2003
Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -12%

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!

Gusler, Oct 19, 2003
Photo of rastaman
2.48/5  rDev -27.3%

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.

rastaman, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of Brent
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

Brent, Aug 11, 2003
Photo of shippos
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%

This is my first review so here we go...

Poured with a huge head with medium sized bubbles. Kept it's head retention all the through to last delicious drop. Very nice citrusy/hop aroma, not much malt though. Color was pale hazy and golden, probably a little hazy since I stirred up the sediment on the bottom. Very drinkable, paid a little more than I wanted to but I think it was worth it. Cool looking bottle too which was why I picked this up in the first place. Looking at the other reviews for this beer left me wondering where and when this bottle came from.

shippos, Jul 16, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

hotstuff, Jun 14, 2003
Photo of TheDM
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%

This brew pours a samll head of fine to medium sized bubbles that leaves an excellent lacing with a light amber body. It has a very mild malt hop aroma with a very nice palate. It starts off slightly fizzy then mellows. The flavor is very nice too. The flavor is a very mellow smooth hop flavor with mild spices. There is only a slight afterbite in the finish. THis is a very nice pub ale to sit around and pass the bull over in the pub.

TheDM, Jun 12, 2003
St. Peter's Organic Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
78 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.