Dirty Tackle Ale | St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd

Dirty Tackle AleDirty Tackle Ale
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3.59/5
8 Ratings
Dirty Tackle AleDirty Tackle Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by woodychandler on 10-13-2016

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Reviews:
4
Ratings:
8
pDev:
20.06%
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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of jkn09
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Happy 4-20 Day 2017, part deux! I have to cop to really having an affinity for the St. Peter's Brewery line of beers. It may have something to do with their flask-shaped bottles, but if the contents were no bueno, I would have eschewed their beers long before this. Face it, aesthetics will only get you so far. No, these are good, well-executed beers that are stylistically adherent.

From the (cask-shaped) bottle: "This smooth, moreish, full-bodied, malty ale is red chestnut in colour with a complex fruity and roasted aroma. Medium bitterness."; "Historical Notes [-] St. Peter's Brewery is located in a medieval hall in a remote and beautiful corner of Suffolk. There our beers begin their lives deep below the brewery with water drawn from a pure source - as it has been for over 700 years, essential for the full flavour and pure character of all St. Peter's ales."; "Our beautiful flask-shaped oval bottle is a faithful copy of one produced c. 1770 for Thomas Gerrard of Gibbstown, just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. The original is now kept at St. Peter's Hall and is a rare example of an oval Eighteenth Century beer bottle."; [depicted -] St. Peter's Hall, circa 1280 AD".

I have gone away from aggro pours, choosing to be much more gentle with my bottled beers. It is of little consequence since once decanted, I like to perform a vigorous in-glass swirl. This time, I raised two fingers of soapy, foamy, light-tan head with modest retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with mahogany highlights. Nose had a malty sweetness, but more towards biscuity with notes of roasted chestnuts and dried, dark fruits. Once more, I found myself wishing that I had drank this seasonally, like during the winter. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach & big for the style. The taste was fruity & nutty as the nose had suggested, but there was also an earthy, grassy bitterness. Fuggles? East Kent Goldings? Other? I liked the way that the hops kept the sweetness in check and lent an edge to the biscuity malts. Finish was semi-dry & very pleasant to drink. At a mere 4%, it definitely qualifies as a "Session/Sessionable Beer" so if you see it available, I suggest tackling one for yourself.

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Photo of puck1225
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Pleasant reddish brown, thin head but decent lacing. Toasted malt smell and taste. Caramel, toast and a hint of bitterness. Pleasant beer.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
3.02/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of EdmundBlackadder
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ordybill
1.92/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Poured from a 500 ML bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Columbia, SC. The appearance was a murky puddle of light brown with a small head. The aroma literally smelled like a drying peat bog. For those who have never experienced one, that is not a complement. The taste was the worst aspect of this hot mess. This beer was straight up terrible.

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Photo of superspak
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled on 11/4/2015. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a thin lace cap for a head, and light spotty lacing clinging on the glass. Good appearance. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, herbal, and pepper; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toffee, nuttiness, fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, herbal, and pepper; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toffee, nuttiness, fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Moderate herbal/spicy hop and roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance; and a bit of lingering hop/roast astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Light carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy/sticky, and lightly chalky/resinous mouthfeel that is good. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is a nice Brown ale/ESB style. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink, despite the rough bitterness on the finish. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Dirty Tackle Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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