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

St. Peter's Golden AleSt. Peter's Golden Ale
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English Pale Ale
Ranked #114
Ranked #41,126
3.61 | pDev: 14.13%
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
England, United Kingdom
St. Peter's Golden AleSt. Peter's Golden Ale
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Reviews: 152 | Ratings: 249
Photo of FLima
3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden color with a thin head.
Malty and fruity aroma with notes of crude malt, red apples (almost cidery) and lemon.
Likewise, flavor with notes of floral and English hops, lemon rind, pale malt and crude grains. Dry aftertaste with a decent bitterness.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Refreshing English Golden Ale that transits between the Ales and Lagers worlds.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
2.58/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Bottled in St. Peter’s trademark dark glass old fashioned style bottles
Pours a crystal clear body with better g foamy white head
Aroma is Graham’s crackers
Flavour is that too

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Photo of puck1225
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I always enjoy beers from St. Peter’s even though they are not particularly remarkable. This one is as advertised. Golden color, decent white head and lacing. Bread, slightly earthy taste and smell. Actually pretty good.

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Photo of josanguapo
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From Club del Gourmet of El Corte Ingles El Duque. In Ikea's pint glass. After dinner. Both sweet and bitter, with the typical english earthy bitterness a bit above the sweetness hiding the watery texture well. Very drinkable. Naty aspect though, without any foam

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Photo of Spike
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Golden amber, clear, no carbonation visible. Half finger white head head reduces to a solid cap with open bubbles and rings of lacing.

S: Toasted malt. Brown bread. Very understated. Would prefer more of it.

T: Caramel malts. English countryside in the Autumn.

F: Light to medium body. Prickly carbonation. Good level of bitterness. Sweet finish. Smooth.

O: The qualities of this beer improve considerably as it warms slightly. Highly drinkable. A pleasant English golden ale in the traditional style. Closer to an old-school bitter than the modern trend for summery, citrusy, golden ales.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy golden color with a few large bubbles. Aroma is malty with a bread crust note. Taste is also slightly malty at first but gets hoppy in the middle taste and continues towards the finish. Aftertaste lingers slightly bitter and dry. Body is medium with low carbonation. Overall it's quite enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

A: Copper coloured body. Strong white head.
S: An almost resinous malty smell. Almost the same as the Organic Ale only slightly less hoppy.
T: Boring. Again, very similar to the Organic Ale. Very plain malt character with a nice soft hopiness, but it's way TOO soft. A hint of lemon and white bread in the finish, and maybe bread pudding.
O: Boring. I've had plenty of 3% ABV beers with twice as much flavour as this.

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Photo of Malt_Man
2.96/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Served cold from 500ml green bottle into a straight pint glass.

A) Firstly, very cool Victorian medicine-type bottle. Secondly, it's green, so not that cool. Poors a golden colour, virtually no head despite sloshing out of the unusually shaped bottle.

S) Honey-like esters. Not promising.

T) First taste is mildly estery bland. Second taste is a short-lived fairly pleasant nutty flavour. Third and most distinctive taste is an unpleasant bitterness at the back of the throat.

M) Moderately carbonated and quite astringent. Unpleasant bitterness lingers for a quite a long time, as it does from their St Peter's Bitter.

O) Buy it to support the small brewery and make your own mind up. The bottle is cool. I won't buy it again.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml green glass bottle with a BB of March 2014, so it's just out of date. Acquired some time back from a supermarket. The label describes it as a golden ale brewed using traditional malt and hop varieties.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep golden-amber hue with faint haze and good carbonation. Yields a small head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of grainy malt with hints of biscuits, mild caramel, ale yeast, hay, subtle earthiness and faint stewed leaves. Slightly sweet. Balanced but unexciting.

Tastes of grainy malt with a dry finish. Notes of biscuits, mild caramel, grass/hay, ale yeast, stewed hops and faint earthiness. Well-attenuated, followed by a restrained, leafy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter stewed leaves and grainy malt.

Not bad - a well-judged ale that hits the right notes. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour showcase biscuity malt and delicate, grassy hops. Decent body. A good example of a traditional ale; goes down nicely. Worth sampling if you have the chance.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling right now on 3/14/14. Comes in a pretty heavy green 'flask' bottle that is '1 pint .09 Fl.ounces'. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a english pint glass.

Pours a orange/amber in color with a thin white head. Some spotty lacing is seen but settles back down the glass. The aroma is at first a mild' skunky' (as is COMMON for some reason with brews in green bottles) and is of malts with a hint of floral hops. The taste is MUCH better than the aroma with some buttery malts coming through. Lower carbonation which fit this one to a tee. Actually easy to drink as I wasn't sure.

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Photo of BierJager89
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Translucent golden with a white head.

S: If you can get past the skunkiness, which is possible, you get sweet malt in the nose.

T: Nice solid maltiness, with light hoppiness fairly typical of the english style golden ale. Not bad, but not amazing.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: The skunkiness could be dealt with better, by putting it in darker bottles, and it could be a more interesting beer, but it's tasty, and worth a try. Recommended.

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Photo of RyanRiddell
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm working my way through the St. Peters bottles available at my local watering hole.

I enjoyed this one. Slightly cloudy and lightly carbonated.

The smell isn't exactly my forte. Strong, malt, floral. Considering this is a characteristic of this type of brew, I was expecting as much and land in the middle as far as scent is concerned.

The taste was biting, bitter, and crisp. Grain, hop, skunk. Not very complex, in my mind its a straight forward concoction.

I think the mouthfeel is my savior for me. Goes down easily, while still having a unique viscosity and texture.

Not amazing, not terrible. I would like to try a fresher bottle or on-tap, then speak my opinion again.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

St. Peter’s Golden Ale has a thin, white head, some vertical lacing, and a very hazy, orange-golden appearance with lots of streaming bubbles (etched glass) and numerous, mid-sized brown chunks suspended throughout. The aroma is of an old, moldy cellar, sweet, overripe fruit, such as apple or pear, and some dank barley. Taste is of all that, with some white bread crust and only the slightest background bitterness. There is also an overriding sugar sweetness here. Mouthfeel is medium, with the well water being felt in the mouth as well. St. Peters Golden Ale finishes semi-dry, oddly sweet, and decently drinkable. Even though I’m betting this is a very old bottle, I will still rate it as very fine. It’s interesting, for sure, but I would like to have it fresh, one day.


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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.25 A: Clear medium yellow color. One finger o frothy off-white head. Retention is a touch below average and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Mineral is the foremost aroma in this. Grainy maltiness follows, then herbal and earthy hops, then a touch of butter, and finally, some breadiness.

3.0 T: Moderate bitterness sticks out immediately. Mineral and grainy malts next. Herbal and earthy hops. Minor amounts of butter and breadiness. There's also a bit of corn in there, which throws off the taste a bit. Not quite clean flavor, but good enough.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy with a heavier chewiness.

3.25 D: It's decent, but I vastly prefer the English Ale over this.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1pt, 0.9oz bottle (green glass) poured into a tulip stout glass. Date/batch stamp 12148

Appearance: Bright light copper, thin white head, some islands and few strands of lacing. About halfway through the glass all the lacing gone except for a little bit at the edges.

Smell: Faint buttery malt and some floral hops.

Taste: Quick malt sweetness with some definite buttery flavor, then moves into some very solid hop bitterness - maybe a touch of skunk in there towards the end. Much more bitter than expected for an English pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, a little sticky on the teeth from the hop oils.

Overall / Drinkability: Not bad, but not a great English pale ale either. A bit unbalanced but okay. I guess it's a rather hoppy English pale ale.

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Photo of Jetulio
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from a 500 ml. bottle into a Pint glass.

A: clour is a light golden amber with visible bubbles, white normal head not long lasting

S: biscuit malts with toasted grains, hop aromas with grass notes

T: cereal with woody notes and citric hop bitterness at the end that is lasting for a while.

M: medium bodied with low carbonation. roasty malt and hop bitterness of the end are well balanced Quite refreshing

D: A clean and refreshing English pale

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Photo of flagmantho
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a moderate haze and moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. Quite nice.

Smell: a whiff of slight skunkiness was apparent right when I opened the bottle, but this dissipated pretty quickly. There's a light malt aroma with a light graininess here; reminds me more of a pale lager than a pale ale. That said, there is a light whiff of hops which helps redeem the scent.

Taste: sweetish malt which is quite reminiscent of a Euro strong lager, strangely enough. A bit dank, and not in a good way. Hop character and bitterness are minimal. I'm not a big fan.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation and an engaging texture that, while not exactly creamy, is at least stimulating.

Overall: this beer is probably not objectively bad, but its flavor profile jibes neither with what I know of this style, nor my palate in general.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on August 23, 2012. It pours golden amber with a small head that lingers and reforms after each sip.

The aroma is strong with pale malts, English yeast, and vaguely hopped along with biscuit and dough.

The body is light to medium with a creamy character on the palate.

The taste is full of English yeast, toffee, malts, and a decent semi-lingering hop bite on the tail end.

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Photo of janubio
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml. dicinal" bottle. Orange to gold colour, with normal head that dissappears sooon. Smell is earthy, grains, hops. Palate is maybe too light, fizzy, but smooth. Taste is rough in the beginning, earthy, caramel, citrus notes. Yes, is similar in character to Czech lager, and it's good.

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Photo of papat444
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Ruds for this one.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle, best before 13 Apr 12.

Appearance: A brown-orange body (not really golden) with a thin ring of foam that disappears fast. Disappointing.

Smell: Earthy minerals and some bitter fruit.

Taste: Fleshy orange, hint of smoke, very mineral verging on salty. That saltiness kind of lingers but gets better as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Starts strong but thins out a bit. Good carbonation.

Overall: Decent but not a highlight for me.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker shade of gold, has a real copper hue to it. Bubbly head has good retention and leaves some nice chunky lacings to the finish.

Grainy aroma, a tad too sweet for my liking.

Despite the malty aroma, hops really dominate on the tongue. Perfumey, herbal, really complex profile for an English brew. Malt profile is biscuity with pronouncedear flavors.

Nice mouthfeel, restrained carbonation doesn't get in the way of the complex flavors.

Don't usually like this style, but this is really well developed. Nice beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Got this guy from his new, round bottle. Gotta say, I almost prefer the more flask-like model... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear golden straw topped by over a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises wheat, light orange peel, and very light banana. The taste sticks to the smell's guns, altering pretty much nothing. Fair enough. The body is a hefty light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a nice little EPA, nothing amazing, but something easily taken down with moderate pleasure. And, yes, I could sound more like a humanizing robot...I just choose not to...

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Photo of SebD
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy golden/copper colour to it. It has a nice white bubbly head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of alot of grainy and bready malts, some sweet toffee and caramel and some light hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very strong malt grainy and bready feel to it, caramel sweetness and some grassy/earthy/woody notes from the hops witch give it a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice balance and feel but not enough hop complexity.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

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Photo of Kartoffeln
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright, clear, light golden amber with some visible carbonation and a sizeable white head of creamy foam with solid retention. It gradually dissipates to a ring and thin cap of bubbly foam, leaving spotty lacing.

S: Sweet caramel and loads of biscuit malts with notes of treacle, butterscotch, nuts, and fresh and toasted grains. Grassy and woody hop aromas with resiny, herbal, and spice notes lurk beneath the malt with hints of yeast, citrus, ethanol beneath the malt.

T: Robust and slightly sweet caramel and biscuit malts with a mildly earthy, peaty undertone give way to bready and grainy malt tastes mingling with floral, woody, and slightly citric (lemon zest) hops. Roasty, nutty, faintly smoky malt notes in the finish alongside earthy and citric hop bitterness.

M: Light-bodied with low, creamy smooth carbonation. Quite dry, with the lingering roasty malt and hop bitterness of the finish balancing the rich flavour profile and prodding you to take another sip. Quite refreshing altogether.

D: A clean and refreshing English pale ale that would be nothing short of sensual art on a July afternoon. Besides the drinkability, it's flavourful and has complexity to make it worth sipping as well as sessioning. Well worth a try.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a bright straw color. Foam cap quickly settles, some busy coronation continues to work its way up the glass as the here drinks.

A - Interesting array of malt, yeast and green hops. Nothing stunning, but more interesting than most beers out there. Certainly more lively than most beers of this size and outside of the hop-forward American category.

F - This isn't really an English rendition of a Lager, a la Sam Smith's Lager or Great Lakes' Dortmunder Export. Nor is it simply an English Bitter. Unfortunately it's a hybrid of both.

There's too much grain in the finish. There's some honey flavor, but otherwise the malt character is boring and thin. The hops are English and restrained. They don't do anything for the beer. Spicy noble hops would be far more fitting than these acidic fruit and forest flavors.
The yeast isn't clean enough for the style, either.

M - It's thin and dry, which a Summer beer ought to be. However, the graininess leaves it too thin. Even a Budweiser has more body.

O - This tastes more like an emaciated Bitter, than a British substitute for a Pilsner. I don't mind a good Pilsner, when fresh. But my experience with their other beers had me hoping I had found my go-to Warm Weather beer. Sadly it lacked comparable character and isn't worth the price.

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St. Peter's Golden Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 249 ratings