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

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St. Peter's Golden AleSt. Peter's Golden Ale
St. Peter's Golden AleSt. Peter's Golden Ale

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

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 151 | Ratings: 247
Reviews by BeerSox:
Photo of BeerSox
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1pt .9oz medicine bottle into pint glass.

Slightly hazy golden color with a white frothy head that holds decently, then settles to a thin cap. Stacked sticky lacing.

Bready malts and a popcorn butter like smell. Light leafy hops are in the background.

Mostly malts are tasted, with some leafy hop flavor in the end that doesn't necessarily make it bitter. Some diacetyl flavors are mixed in. Thin bodied.

Average pale ale, still nice to drink. Don't expect any big flavors out of this one though.

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Photo of Spike
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
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 Drew966
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light copper color with a small head from a 16.9 ounce green bottle. Aroma is hoppy with a bit of grain. Taste has good, solid malt backbone with hops noticeable toward the finish. This is a pretty good pale ale. I'm really impressed with this brewery, I haven't had a bad beer from them yet. Recommended.

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Photo of JWFokker
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

St. Peter's Golden Ale definitely has the appearance and presentation of a good pale ale. It pours a very nice orange gold color and displays decent lacing, though minimal head retention. It's got a great nose too. Notes of citrus and coffee are predominant with some hops showing through. The flavor however, is underwhelming. It's mostly coffee and musty yeast with a bit of weak citrus. Not nearly as good as the nose. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin as well. There was also a lot of yeast sediment in the bottom as well which may have contributed to the musty flavor. All in all, it's not a bad ale, just disappointing. Everything leading up to the flavor was quite good only to be finished with mediocrity. However, the bottle is pretty cool, so it's worth having at least once.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from the coolest shaped bottle with a golden appearance, no head of which to speak. Leaves some thin and unimpressive lacing, but enough to know it's slightly sticky. Maybe a little bit of haze. Has good elements but fails to look good.

Slightly citric hops, quite grassy as well with a nasty bread yeast lingering at the back as well. Certain quantity of malt, but not enough to get past that quite insipid and sour nose.

Quite malty on the front but weak, like you can taste the water used as a solvent. Has a fuzzy kind of mouthfeel but also relatively sticky. There is a slight hoppiness at the back but mixed with a cloying yeast character. This is again a fairly insipid drop, with standard malt, standard bitterness. Not too inspired.

It's drinkable enough, but only because it's bland.

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Photo of zeff80
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a gold/orange color with a foamy, off-white, two-finger head. Small traces of lacing left behind.

S - It smelled grassy and grainy. Maybe a little corn smell.

T - It tasted grainy and of light caramel malt. Some earthy notes, too.

M - It was crisp and fairly smooth. A light-bodied and easy drinking beer.

D - This was pretty good. I liked it better than their English Ale. However, the $5 price tag is about high.

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Photo of vinicole
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of clickpush
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pour: flask shaped bottle to 16oz pint glass. Came up w/ a small, creamy, active white head and a light orange-amber color

nose: A little plain, in my opinion. Strongest hints were of lemon/citrus and apricot. Also had a faint tinge of poured off pasta water.

mouth: Sour upon entering the mouth with a delicious, lasting, extremely bitter swallow that heats up the back of the mouth and throat on the way down. This beer has just the right amount of carbonation and is very drinkable. It is extremely refreshing but manages to pack high quality AND quantity flavor. Hints of pitted fruits (peaches/apricots) which linger from the scent and a tinge of gooseberry.

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Photo of nickfl
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pour with half a finger of white foam that sits on top of a clear, golden-brown body. The head settles pretty quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Bready malt and some spicy hop aromas. Some toffee and perhaps a hint of caramel in the background with notes of red apple.

T - Dry, bready malt up front with just a hint of toasted character. More complexity appears in the middle with notes of red apple and musty hops. Things finish up with more toast and toffee as well as moderate bitterness that lingers in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Not bad, there is nothing too complex going on here but it certainly has all of the requisite components of beer. The hops and yeast are appropriately disposed to misty and fruity notes, respectively. I wouldn't turn this down if offered a glass in the future, but I can't really see any reason to spend money on it.

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Photo of tmitch75
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another birthday gift from my brother, so Cheers Adam! Cool green bottle, but it's round and I do kind of miss the old oval ones.

Beer itself pours a clear golden color with 1-finger white head of small bubbles that leaves slight lacing on the glass.

Grassy malt smell, maybe a little corn in there, with lemons and a light floral hop aroma.

Sweet grainy malt flavor, green apples, with light lemon flavor and decent bitterness.

Medium body, smooth and fluffy.

Very drinkable, quite a tasty English Pale Ale. I'm a big fan.

Tasted on 6/17/08.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The overall smoothness of this beer is what really grabbed me. Nice looking pale gold body with a creamy little head. Light wheat and citrus combo in the scent and on the tongue. Just very tasty. No a huge mouthfeel, but consistent. Absolutely an easy drinking ale. It goes down effortlessly.

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Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served this 1 pint .09 oz. green bottle in a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date. The body was a foggy apricot color and the head was soapy/foamy and off white.

The smell was simply apples and light grain.

The taste was cider-like. Tart apples and delicate sweetness. Hints of buttered crackers.

The mouthfeel was soft and under-carbonated.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice, classic english pale appearance, not too thin. A little bubbly. Woody aroma, prominent yeast and lightly hopped. Some alcohol noticeable, but not too much.

Taste is surprisingly complex for such an easy drinker; I had Sam Adams seasonal Pale Ale last night and there's a lot of similarities between them. Quite creamy presence, the carbonation is not too high. Sweet malts are the backbone, light in flavor. There's some light fruitiness that keeps things refreshing and a hint of wood-fire. The hops don't figure right away but blast through towards the tail end, there's a woody thickness to the citric rind flavor. Aftertaste may be a little much on the hop bitterness, but no complaints here.

Surprisingly bouncy little brew, I enjoyed the Golden Ale. St. Peter's brews some good ales and this here is another flavorful english pale - nothing too outstanding, but definitely a 'real ale'.

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Photo of Nipitato
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Light copper. Good clarity but not brilliant. Tops with a 1/4 inch white head that dissipates slowly.

S: As appropriate a mild aroma with notes of caramel and fruity hops. Grain noticeable and well done. A good aroma.

T: A touch of hop bitterness throughout though it is stronger on the back end. Grainy malt flavor on finish as well. No fruity esters. Well balanced malt/hop profile. Quite good.

MF: Medium light body. Moderate carbonation. Not dry.

D,notes: This is a very good beer and highly sessionable. Well balanced with good grain flavor.

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all great bottle. I gave the appearance an extra half point for it. The ale poured a nice tinted golden hue with tiny bubbles throughout and a half inch bright white head. Light hop aromatics and pale malt aromas. The flavor made me think "honey hops" if that makes any sense. Warming in the mouth, very soft. Very drinkable. Solid ale. The price keeps it from being a session beer around here. If I were to get a raise or win the lotto, this would be one of my favorites to session.

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Photo of MillRat
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a warm golden color with just a hint of orange and a clean white head that dissipates fast, but leaves a bit of lace. The first whiff from the bottle is all hops, mostly EKG(?), but with just a little citrus. The flavor maintains the hops presence and adds light malt and biscuity notes. The mouthfeel is just a notch heavier than a macro lager. This is a very drinkable beer, and would probably be far more impressive on cask. The only thing that gets in the way of this becoming a house beer for me (other than that I'm a homebrewer) is the nearly $3 a bottle price. This is a nicely executed English Ale. It's just not a $3 a bottle ale.

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Photo of kenito799
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pt 0.9 oz brownish-green bottle, poured into a pint glass. Bottle modeled after an 18th century New Jersey bottle, odd for an English brewery, no? Undated.

Hard pour raises little head, barely any lacing. Orangey amber brew. Yeast sediment in the bottle.

I was worried about skunk in this not-so-dark bottle, and there is indeed a twinge on the nose, but I won't hold it against the beer...just beware and try to get a fresh sample. Aroma softly malty and some fruity notes that recall beers made with Belgian yeasts...a bit dusty.

"Real ale", bottle conditioned, I presume, very mild carbonation here, yet a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. A bitter grapefruity, hoppy bite in this brew from the start to a lingering bitter finish. Much hoppier on the palate than in the nose--very different than the aromatic profile of hoppy American IPAs. But the bitterness is quite strong here, and lasts forever. It's not an astringent, drying bitterness, more of a mouth-watering bitterness that will make this beer go really well with fried bar snacks, burgers, buffalo wings, and the like. The whole experience of this beer would undoubtedly be improved in a cask sample.

Not a bad beer at all, but IPA lovers will find it lacking in aroma and complexity of flavor, despite the bitter attack.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy gold with a decent off white head that leaves a lot of lace on the way down. Hoppy, grainy nose with an apparent earthy tone. Flavor is earthy with mild hops in there. Very earthen and a bit almost dirty it seems. Standard feel. Overall this is decent. I can't say it is the greatest or one I would ever go back to really.

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear deep golden yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin head that quickly dissipated leaving delicate lacing on the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of bready malts in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite malty and has some hints of sweetness in the initial taste and some hints of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink. I would definitely consider having another one of these because it is very flavorful.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl, 50cl), first tasted in 2001.
Appearance : amber-coloured ale, many tiny bubbles, white foam not persistant
Smel : The nose is hoppy
Taste and mouthfeel : Bitter In the mouth. The hop character is herbal. Finish is bitter and hoppy
Drinkability : A well-balanced beer in the style pale ale.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours about a finger and a half of white foamy head that sticks around for a bit before dissipating into about a half-inch, perched atop a deep golden/burnt orange hue. Some lacing.

S: A grainy smell comes to fore, while everything else seems quite subdued, almost lager-like.

T: Has many qualities of a pilsner, which is odd for an ale; a pale malt presence up front followed by the graininess and bittering hops fading into a rather drying finish. Aftertaste is a subtle lingering of hops that makes for a pleasant way to round out the sip.

M: The body of this beer separates it from a pilsner in the sense that it is more full, and the carbonation is just right to the point of near perfection.

D: This offering is very much in the St. Peters tradition, as it has that organic flair to it, but is still distinct from the other products in the line. Overall, a drinkable brew that has enough to keep the palate enticed without going overboard. Not bad at all.

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Photo of ruleof72
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- medium golden color with head that starts out medium and falls to small
S- Hoppy with stronger hints of clover and straw, not bad
T- Dissapointing compared to taste, kind of weak with overripe floral and musty
M- Medium with OK carbonation
D- Just OK, the taste affects this alot

Overall I was not thrilled with this. Sure, it was better than typical large brewery beer but the bottle looked like it would be better than it was. Definite "Pale Ale" components but the taste was off for me. I'll finish the bottle but probably won't be buying more, especially at the price.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer to celebrate repeal day 2007, an English ale - go figure.
Poured cool into a Boddington's pint from the flask shaped bottle.
A - A shade of golden similar to apple juice w/ a thin cream colored head of about 1/4 inch high and a nice band of lace forms.

S - An herbal and fruity aroma w/ crisp lemony citrus notes.

M - Light bodied w/ crisp dry yeast notes w/ low carbonation and gentle spice in the feel.

T - A nice golden ale taste w/ a nutty flavor that blends well w/ light mineral notes and gentle citrus flavors. The hops add a minimal spice and herbal nuance w/ fruity tinges.

D - A nice light bodied ale, would be perfect for a summer quaff as a lawnmower beer. It went well w/ my tilapia - very crisp w/ flavor that makes you want more.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brendan13
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy orange golden colour poured into a pint glass with an inch of frothy white head that slowly falls away to a thin whisp. Nice rings of lacing is left behind.
S - Some very light floral hop notes on top of the buttery, nutty character that tends to be typical of St Peters lighter ales.
T - Taste is very much like the smell. Quite sweet.
M - Medium bodied with a fairly low carbonation level.
D - A nice beer but not my first choice for St Peters.

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St. Peter's Golden Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 247 ratings