St. Peter's Lemon & Ginger Spiced Ale | St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd

St. Peter's Lemon & Ginger Spiced AleSt. Peter's Lemon & Ginger Spiced Ale
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St. Peter's Lemon & Ginger Spiced AleSt. Peter's Lemon & Ginger Spiced Ale

Brewed by:
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 04-26-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by tavernjef:
Photo of tavernjef
4.42/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One fine wickedly orange colored cloud - appears to be straw yellow but up to the light it turns gem-like amber orange, super cool to look head or lace though, now lets take a wiff. Wow, how pleasant, light lemon spritz and mild ginger, very mellow and flowery, nice on the nose. Taste is more of the same, how excellent, nice light lemon flavor, good mild amount of ginger and crispy light floral hops. Very mellow, smooth and crisp. Reminds me alot of a mellow lemony tea. Quite nice. Feel is solid medium body and whispy lingering of spice late in the finish.
One interesting and fine solid tasting brew, I liked it, quite a nice summer quencher. Like the flask shaped bottle too. Classy.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle that looks like an old style medicine bottle. Freshness date stamped on the back label.

Appearance: Pale amber hue with a very mild chill haze, tiny bubble white lace looks appetizing.

Smell: Big fresh ginger aroma with hints of grain and lemon. Smells of tropical ginger beer.

Taste: Smooth mouth feel, moderate body and a light carbonation. Hidden grain flows under a dominant ginger flavour with a slim lemon backing. Hops are hidden also though the yeast lends an earthy buttery flavour middle to end. Semi sweet finish with a long lingering ginger flavour.

Notes: An interesting brew more than anything else, I could see drinking this as a palate cleanser between courses at a dinner party. As for drinking this any other time, perhaps with some Pan-Asian cuisine … my point is that it is not a brew that you would want to drink alone.

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Photo of Murph
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep golden/light copper with a decent white head that drops to a film and leaves a great cligning lace on the glass. Huge aromas of lemon and ginger in this beer. The crisp lemon smels are a bit mor prevalent but there is definitely a lot of ginger in there as well. Crisp lemon is the first flavor to hit the tongue but it is soon accompanied by a strong, somewhat spicy ginger presence. The two combine to make a not entirely unwelcome taste. The brew is fairly creamy and very crisp and refreshing due to the heavy lemon flavors. This is definitely a beer that I would need to be in the mood to drink but I definitely think that it would be fairly refreshing on a hot summer day. This is definitely a very interesting brew. Considering what they set out to do they did a great job but this is certainly not for everyone.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.47/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Came in St. Peter's token green flask shaped bottle, always nice to pick up one of those. Clear light amber in appearance, no real head to speak of. It has a beautiful aroma of sweet fermented ginger rounded out with lemon rind, quite sharp. The ginger is at the front of the flavour which melds into the lemon rind for the middle and finish of the ride, almost like the lemon was taking the place of hops, although I pick up notes of grassy hops on the finish. Underneath all of that is the unassuming presence of grain malt, but it is easy to overlook with the other overpowering flavours. Mouthfeel is oily, which is to be expected. An interesting experience, like ginger beer with a twist (a twist of lemon I suppose), not something I could drink on a regular basis. Yet I get the impression it'd compliment Thai food quite nicely, and will give that a shot. I raise my nearly empty glass to St. Peter's for at least keeping it interesting.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
2.87/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

now, i like my ginger, but this didn't work for me. Ginger Spiced Ale has been done much better than this, most notably by Church-Key.
it poured a quite nice coppery golden colour with a small head that dissipated to a thin lace. The smell was strongly and pleasantly ginger. So far, so good. Then I tasted it. I dunno. The ginger isn't quite right, it dominates but doesn't at the same time. I think my bottle had skunked a bit, but the taste was still kind of bitter and not appetizing.
I won't buy this again....

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Photo of mdagnew
3.87/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml Bottle bought from the Vineyard, Belfast..

Poured a golden orange colour... White head disappeared almost instantly....

Aroma - Very noticable ginger, lemony, spicey, peppery, sugary notes, light hopiness, slight grassiness, some nuttiness....

Taste – Very floral, strong lemon and ginger, cloves, slight sweetness and bitterness, honey. Had quite a strong medicinal taste - maybe too strong ?

Feel - Quite sharp. light bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Worth a try. A 500ml bottle of this is maybe a bit much in one sitting - can get a bit sickly and medicinal after a while....

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Photo of jdhilt
2.77/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The label reads "a light citric aroma and delicate ginger flavor". Well light citric is right but the brewer's idea of delicate ginger is taking editorial freedom to new heights. The ginger will knock your socks off and really buries the malt and hops that are there somewheres. Don't drink this as a beer but instead as a different lemony, ginger ale. Should be an okay summer drink. $2.95 for 12oz.

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Photo of bikegeek
3.44/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light almost-copper. Very thin head. No lacing.

Smells like ginger, and not so much lemon... Smells like ginger.

This beer is like a less carbonated, more bitter version of it's non-alcoholic cousin. It tastes of ginger and some hops. I'm not getting the lemon at all. Wait there it is, just after swallowing, zesty even. The aftertaste is quite bitter with some hoppiness and lemon zest as well and lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel is watery. Refreshing.

Definitely a summertime sipper. Probably better colder. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of ndekke39
2.91/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Honey golden color. Very little head when poured, of a yellowish, off-white color.

S: As expected, strong aromas of lemon and ginger, especially the ginger.

T: Mix of hoppiness and ginger. Middle tones of the hops, gingery finish. Barely any taste of the lemon.

M: A little thick for an ale. Light carbonation.

D: Overall good, but the ginger is almost too strong. The lack of carbonation and other flavors don't help.

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Photo of putnam
3.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It looks fine. Expiration date sometime in 2004. There is a big Canadian (I assume, because it's in English and French) sticker on the pack announcing the ingredients, the last of which is "artificial flavoring"
Pure, raw, hot ginger is the first impression, though it seems authentic enough. I'm having trouble valuing the smell because, although it does not smell like something I want to be drinking right now, I can imagine coming off of an herbal tea kick and finding it perfectly appropriate. The ginger dominates the palate too, though something bitter, like lemon peel, defines the mid-palate. Seems to be good, honey, malty, perhaps hoppy stock underneath the flavorings. It reminds me of a home batch of spruce beer I made once. Clean, natural and purely bitter. Don't get me wrong, this is very entertaining beer. With Indian, or Myanmarese food it might be brilliant. I will use the rest of this bottle to brine a local Amish organic chicken before roasting tomorrow morning.

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Photo of Cwrw
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ginger ale, anyone? I like the concept of this, adding two healthy foods to a good ale; a very ancient variety--this type beer was probably extremely common thousands of years ago in ancient cultures such as Mesopotamia or Egypt.

Sparkling honey brown, light orange and extremely clear. Nice hue. The head was an average 4 centimetres, creamy and quite a bright white; very consistent, staying as a complete cover on the beer the entire time. The lacing is noteworthy, leaving thick screens. One side of the head is fine small bubbles, and the other is large soapy bubbles. The aroma is intensely ginger, much like a true ginger ale pop. The lemon citrus is also there, with a barely detectable hint of malt behind. All this makes it a unique and therefore intriguing aroma--I have not smelt too many beers such as this. Points, definitely, for singularity. There is also a soapy freshness in the smell. Herbal and definitely medicinal. The taste is strong, earthy, with definite ginger. On the front it is balanced with some lemon and the slightest of malt, but on the middle and finish the spiciness is everpresent. Strongly bitter and dank in the aftertaste. Besides mentioning citrus and ginger, perhaps cinnamon, however, there is little else in the taste, but this does not detract from the beer's character. It would make a great winter warmer, because of the spiciness. The mouthfeel is a little to reminiscent of earth, or dirt: too herbal on the palate, but still interesting. The drinkability is decent for a spiced ale, refreshing and versatile with food, but the consistent ginger-and-little-else might cause some to save this as an occasional purchase.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love ginger beer, and this is an ideal ginger beer for me.

Boring pale gold colour with little head. Smells kind of like ginger ale, but not to strong on the ginger. Very faint malt and hops.

Tastes like a well made proper, old-school ginger ale with a lemon twist. Excellent taste. A little bit fizzy on the tongue, but the taste keeps me wanting more.

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Photo of stcules
1.59/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Lightly amber color, beautiful to see. Scarce head, english.
In the smell: lemon, almost citron, and, overall, a lot (a lot!) of ginger.
At the taste the ginger dominates again over the lemon. Bitterness in the end.
In the aftertaste ginger and some final bitterness.
Obviously, you have to be predispost to this kind of "beer". It seems we are not.

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Photo of inebrius
2.68/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very low carbonation, pours like a bottle of sparkling mineral water. Huge lemon ginger nose. Would taste like a malternative if not for the much subdued malt and hop flavor. Actually tastes like an alcoholic version of Reed's ginger beer. Quite odd and I don't know if I like it much, for a beer.

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Photo of TerryW
2.95/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting yellow-orange hue, moderate head and some lace. Good enough looking beer.

Aroma is interesting a properly dominated by ginger, but is still quite gentle. Nice ginger bite when drinking, but finished a bit too rough with lemon citrus and hops. Too much of a clash front and back. I do like my ginger though, so points for a reasonably good treatment.

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St. Peter's Lemon & Ginger Spiced Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 33.3% out of 100 with 15 ratings
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