St. Peter's Summer Ale
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd

St. Peter's Summer AleSt. Peter's Summer Ale
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English Pale Ale
Ranked #138
Ranked #33,106
3.68 | pDev: 14.95%
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
England, United Kingdom
St. Peter's Summer AleSt. Peter's Summer Ale
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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange amber, with a fluffy head of white bubbles. Lacing is good. No noticeable carbonation, but that's probably to be expected. Looks pretty decent.

Some honey sweetness on the nose, and a light, grassy hop aroma. It's pleasant enough, but there's not a lot on it.

Nice bitterness on the palate, well tempered with a good softly sweet malt backbone. Light honey notes, and a grassy finish. Even some surprising notes of roasted grains, which fit in rather well.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, unfortunately, but it's not too bad. A bit more fullness would have been a welcome addition.

Nice enough, and it has some pleasant characters which work together well. Drinkable - it goes down without too much trouble. (Cool bottle too).

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.01/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden colour with a thin rim of white pockmarked head, fairly good retention. Leaves nice lacing, but without symmetry. Has semblances of a good beer, but could just as easily be dreadful. I mean, it looks OK.

Fairly insipid nose with a lot of malt and an unwelcome bread yeast character. There is, however, a saving grace in the form of a sweeter, soy sauce sort of character that hits my nostrils before the rest of the aroma. It's not enough to completely save an otherwise bland smell though.

Taste is actually quite an interesting one. It tastes a lot darker than I would expect (particularly for a Summer Ale), and actually reminds me a bit of Matilda Bay's Crema. There is definitely a milk coffee kind of flavour that permeates through the mid and onto the back palate. A bit sour near the front, gives it a bit of texture, and finish is a bit gritty, could maybe use more hopping. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, but a bit thin.

This is a decent drop, interesting enough to drink, just a shame about the nose. I could drink this fairly easily.

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Photo of richdebs
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: I can't fault the St. Peters Brewery bottles or labels as both are attractive packaging but the beer itself looks quite flat and insipid on pour although with a good deep gold colour.

Smell: Sharp and pleasant

Taste: Better than the smell and refreshing

Mouthfeel: Crisp on the tongue and goes down well.

Drinkability: At 6.5% ABV This is strong for a summer beer. I would look for a beer of this genre to be one to quench your thirst on a hot afternoon leading through to a full night of drinking. Although the taste is refreshing enough with the strength you'd be in trouble after a few

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Photo of bark
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The colour is deep gold – pale amber. The smooth head is finger thick and beige. It looks like a fine bitter to me.

The smell is also smooth with fruity notes of apricot, some sweet and almost roasted malt (light syrup?) and a bitter hint.

The strong taste is bitter-sweet-fruity. Dried fruits, red apples, clean and crisp bitterness, creamy malts and some lightly roasted notes. The medium long aftertaste is sweet with some fruits and a hint of roasted nuts.

The carbonation is soft, as it should be for an ale. Lots of small bubbles.

A fine lighter-tasting ale, not a hint of all that alcohol.

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Photo of gnoff
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle at Haket in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Golden color, small white head. Fresh malty scent. Medium bitterness that lingers on the toungue for a while. A bit higher than medium body. Fresh hoppy taste. When the beer warms up more of the alcohol comes out in the flavor, but not in the scent. The bitterness feels enhanced with the warmer beer as well, now well above average.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bronze color with a nice billowy head that produces good lace. The aroma is of aromatic malts, ginger, and spicey hops. The taste is very unique to say the least. A bitter punch is immediately followed up by strong medicinal notes and a distinct smokyness, If I were told this was a Rauchbier Id believe it. While the smokyness fades, the medicinal lingers and begins to blend with piney and eucylptus hop notes. It did not taste at all like I expected. The alcohol is very well hidden behind the mass of interesting flavors. The mouthfeel is thick and oily. This is a very interesting beer and not at all light like youd expect from a 'summer beer'. Highly recommended.

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Photo of baiser
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an amber colour, with very little head, even after a hard pour. Left sticky spots of lacing.

Strong aromas of malt, somewhat roasted/burnt, little bits of honey.
However, something about the aroma just didn't sit well with me.

Taste was extremely sweet initially. Sweet and burnt. Almost tasted like a smoked beer. But this is brief. Hop bitterness comes towards the end. As you drink on, you notice less and less of the smoked taste and the malt character of this beer is dominant.

Overall, a very interesting beer...but would not rank up there as any of my favouriate english pale ales.

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Photo of pootz
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in a1/2 liter light olive green antique medicine bottle replete with date code.

The pour produced a clear orange-amber in the glass....soft carbonation (I like this as it allows you to get to some of the more delicate tastes this ale has to impart) which produces a small rocky off white cap....medium retention then reduces to a ring.

Wonderful layered nose on this ale... caramel malty sweetness: notes of toffee, walnuts, figs..hops give a fragrent ripe cranberry effect then a musty, earthy undertone...complex...nice.

Starts with an oily textured full body where the complex layers of flavour unfold slowly on the tongue; treacle and earthy tones, caramel and musty cranberries, dates and smokey earth, rye bread and beechwood..very nice, The finish lingers as well where the sweet mustiness gives way to a burnished oak taste and then slight metalic after taste and some warming. A very flavorful, well crafted English strong ale. Seems a little complex and full bodied for a summer ale, but hey, I can take the break with conformity. I like this ale a lot and will be back to the bottle shop to buy up what I can for my fridge and beer trading.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear amber colored ale with a medium head with average retention. Carbonation is below average, which is a bit disappointing. Aroma is mostly comprised of hops and already you can feel the bitterness associated with this beer. The taste is mostly dominated by the hops, which gives this beer quite some bitterness. This is sometimes reminiscent of an IPA but lacks some sweetness to cover the bitterness. Overall, I would say this say a good beer but short of great. It is also better then some other effort from this hit or miss brewery.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I suppose if I were strictly reviewing to style, I'd have to say that this brew was horribly mis-named, as it is not light or fruity or taste deprived. I choose to go with my gut, which was very pleasantly surprised by this utterly drinkable "summer" brew. I had it in November (Moscow November at that), but didn't regret it at all!

Pours clear copper under a very small and bubbly off-white head that has as much chance of sticking around as the Florida Marlins had of winning the World Series. Well, there were still some patches of foam at the bottom of the glass. Great lace, too, by the way. The nose was all hop - yum! The mouth was prickly and fairly heavy. The taste opens with some strong malts, followed quickly by good crisp hoppy bitterness. Very refreshing. Clean bitter marks the finish, leaving a great hoppy aftertaste begging for the next sip. I was sorry to finish it!

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Photo of rastaman
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting something really light and lame, but was pleasantly surprised. Aroma smells a bit sticky and quite hoppy, floral and citric. Rich juicy malts and hops. Some caramelly malts, a bit bready. Hops are juicy, acidic, citric and bitter, they're slightly spicy aswell, nicely hopped, IPA-ish.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Unfortunate that this brew has an ABV at 6.5 as it cuts down on its drinkability....IMHO.
Colour is a very deep golden and the head is short but full, with a very nice presence as a glass cling.
Carbonation is very light and the body is medium/full.
Aroma is grainy.
Taste is sweet and lingering but not heavy or over powering.
The high alcohol presence is not a factor....maybe in the morning.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful solid gold, some amber tones nearer the top, a nice one inch yellowish off-white lumpy sponge of a head, faded slowly to thick oily lace in strings and spots.

Smell is super thick and creamy rich of solid sweet malts, lots of lovely malts, a bit of honey noted with a waxy like fresh hop backing.

Taste is amazingly clean and heavy sweet malts, loads of em, and not overbearing at all, hops are lightly floral and waxy, a bit of honey and bread dough with a smooth lasting effect of malty sweetness into the finish.
Feel is creamy as hell, super thick for a summer type ale, a light waxyness seems to coat every sip and its a very easy medium body. This is some awesome stuff for a summer ale! The flask style/shaped bottle is classy, but once this is opened it gains a bit more. Better then any other summer brew that I've had yet this summer besides the exception of a few; which will remain unnamed, you figure it out, eh.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This beer comes in a really neat bottle. It it flat and green and looks like a small liquor bottle. Amber colored and very bubbly with a thin off-white head. Nice hops aroma. The flavor was very weird. It was a mixture of pine, medicine, and alcohol and I honestly had trouble enjoying it.

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St. Peter's Summer Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 20 ratings