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

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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

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Added by stirgy on 02-18-2002

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Ratings: 246 |  Reviews: 150
Reviews by bobsy:
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1.94/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a nice golden colour with a decent white head that laces fairly well. A lot of grain, but also a slight skunky note in the aroma, which I find really disappointing, but somehow predictable. Luckily its not too dominant in the flavour, so I'm glad I drank this on day of purchase and not later. Very grainy flavour with grass, earth and lemon (I'm guessing the last three are from the hopping). Overall too much grain for me to enjoy, and I even picked up on a slightly unpleasant corny undertone that reminded me of macro swill. The mouthfeel is smooth with medium-light body and carbonation. Drinkability, however, suffers greatly from the inbalance of flavours and the nagging hint of skunk. FFS, sort it out. I'm not the first one to have noticed this with this brewery. St. Peter's lighter beers seem to be skunk magnets due to the bottle colour, which is a terrible shame because their heavier, darker brews are fantastic. I would be interested to try this fresh or on tap.

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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 RoyalT
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This was really close to gold in color and kind of hazy with a smallish head.

Smell – There is some nice caramel and light biscuit in this nose. The malt here is very pleasing. I can also pick up some type of hop balance, but it’s faint.

Taste – Yes, the caramel malts are doing well here and that nice biscuity smell made it to the taste. There is a surprising lot of sharp hoppy bitterness here as well.

Mouthfeel – This one is between light and medium-bodied. It is fairly flat with some good drying on the back of the tongue. It’s almost kind of chewy.

Drinkability – This was delightfully bigger than I expected but would still make for a wonderful daytime sipper.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Dmann
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is another of the St Peter's beers out of my sampler pack and I must say I have been impressed by all of them. The Golden Ale poured a light amber color with a small head that left a good lace throughout the whole glass. The smell was very sweet and inviting. The taste was more roasty and burnt than I expected but very good indeed, and had just a touch of bitterness at the end. I noticed however that the sweet tastes came out more as the beer warmed a bit. Out of the 3 beers I've tried in my pack, which are the cream stout, old style porter and the golden ale, I've noticed that they all have a slightly roasted or burnt flavor to them, which I think is very tasty. Another great brew from England.

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Photo of Jason
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Green 12 oz. old fashioned medicine style bottle with a quick blurb about the beer on the back label as well as a “best before” date.

Appearance: Slight chill haze with some loose yeast sediment floating around in the orange hued golden colour, the head at first pouring looks of frothy soap and then subsides to a thin lace.

Smell: Sweet malt, woody herbal hop, nutty yeast, faint buttery diacetyl and light alcoholic esters make up the aroma.

Taste: Smooth and creamy with a light carbonation, fruity and smoky on the palate. Flavours of ripe pears and apples with a peat smoked malt taste on the sides and tip of the tongue. Hop stroll in lightly with a lemony and woody flavour donning a modest bitterness. Maltiness is fluffy and sweet and holds on to some residuals in the finish.

Notes: A very tasty little golden ale, such a complex brew for a smaller built ale. It also feigns as a cask ale with the lighter carbonation, this real “real ale”.

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Photo of merlin48
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint 0.9 oz bottle is quite unique in appearance, with its antique, oval shape. Pours a slightly hazy, gold color with a small ivory head that quickly fades away, with minimal, patchy lace. Aroma is restrained, with caramel maltiness and English herbal hoppiness. Mouthfeel is light bodied, to the point of feeling watery, and carbonation is low. Taste is biscuity, slight caramel, and funky, bitter English hops. This seems watered down, and lacks any substantial character. Finish is bitter and metallic. For such an expensive looking bottle, the contents are a disappointment.

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Photo of fdrich29
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

St. Peter's Golden Ale, green 1 Pint 0.9 FL. OZ. bottle purchased at Downtown Wine and Spirits, Davis Square, Somerville.

Distinctive bottle withich is a "faithful copy of one made c. 1770 for Thomas Gerrard of Gibbstown, just across the Delaware river from Philadelphia".

Admittingly I picked up several offerings from St. Peter's brewery solely on the name, as I hail from Gloucester, Massachusetts and St. Peter is the patron saint of fisherman, and I have celebrated his life every year since I was a small boy.

The brewery writes "Traditional malts and English hops create a distinctive golden ale with a delicate, fresh, grainy after-taste".

That was all well and good, but I could hardly imagine any good coming out of this bottle after I took my first smell, which reminded me of skunked Heineken. The minimal head that appeared after the pour disappeared quicker than money on a prostitutes dresser.


My first sip almost erradicated the smell from my memory. It was light, floral and quite tasty. I found myself liking this brew more and more with each sip. The character of this brew has the confindence to know you will grow to respect it, even after any initial hesitations.

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Photo of henryclay_
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of two brews in my St. Peters gift pack, which includes a branded glass. Kept in the cellar for a couple of months before savoring. BBD: July 5/2011.

Poured into said glass. A wonderful colour for a pale ale, a tawny-golden hue worthy of the beer's name, with about a half-inch of foamy head. Receded nicely into a thick ring, and has left behind some lovely icicles of lacing up and down the glass. Looks great.

Nose is soft malts, butter, tea, caramel and a bit of fruit, perhaps apple or pear. Certainly opens up after warming.

A sturdy, slightly sweet, but damned drinkable English pale. Malty and bready, with a nice sweet, buttery palate. Notes of caramel and fruit. Finishes with a hopped bitterness and a touch of smoke. Very flavorful, easy to quaff. Smoky bitterness lingers long after the finish.

Carbonation is predictably low, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel and a medium body.

The English pale ale is a style of beer with which I'm sort of going through a bit of a rough spell. This little brew will certainly go far towards rekindling our once powerful romance. An easy-drinking pub ale, full of flavor and brilliant-looking in the accompanying glass. Great stuff.

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Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
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 briandaube
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear body of aged copper with a bubbly white head that fades to a thin film and a raging carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The strong aroma of pale malt and grain even during the pour is followed by a green slightly pungent hops aroma. The finish has a hops and hair perm chemical quality with a stale cigarette ash note coming through as it warms up. The hops still cover a bit of that up.

T- The soft pale malt taste is dry with a soft woody hop finish with a hop pungent flavor lingering with some carbonic acid taste mixed in.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a dry finish that becomes really dry as it goes on and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The soft malt flavor is very dry with the hops becoming mostly bitey with the carbonic acid but they do hold a bit of their flavor. The hops were very nice in the nose but the off aromas were hard to get past.

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Photo of RDW
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of javlin624
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not a bad session ale, pours a golden colour with a bit of white head. Grainy, grassy and easy mouthfeel. Medium body. Drying maltish, not a bad finish, a little hops, drinkable for sure. Not staple, but slightly above average brew.Understated carbonation is good.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Reverand
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off love the bottle, great idea to use a flask style bottle. I bought this yeasterday and had 2 right away. As I poured the first the color was just great and the aroma made my mouth water. I noticed that the beer had a thin head that vanished quickly. Very easy to drink, this is a beer you can have several of and not feel the effects of gravity. If you see this beer do yourself a favor and buy it.

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Photo of mick_cooper
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A bit dull and bitter. .drinkable but not impressive

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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 RomaniIteDomum
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I can't wuite think of another beer that actually looks like its name. The beer poured a very nice golden yellow color. Not too dark, not too light. The head was a little disappointing, but left a nice lace.

There is a nice, sweet, smell coming from my glass.

There are some sweet and slightly tart elements to this beer that balance quite nicely. Nice refreshing qualities. I can honestly say I'm pleasantly surprised. On the other side, the beer is a little unremarkable. It is a solid beer, don't get me wrong, I just don't think I could do more than a pint at a time.

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Photo of surfadelic23
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this one up when I bought their english ale at world of beer/
It pours a deep golden color with creamy white head that fades quickly but manages to leave a thick film/lace.
There's a hint of hops in the nose but much more malt in there.
Tasty/toasty malt flavors abound and the hop backing doesn't really add much bitterness.
It's got a somewhat nice mouthfeel but again, kind of underwhelming.
I like sublteness in ales as much as hop bombs but this is so sublte as to be non-existant. Kind of a bummer as it was a bit expensive...

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Photo of Joshuafzylatra
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andjusticeforale
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a pint glass, and it overflowed a bit, being 1pint 9 ounces. It looked pretty good, not as golden as I expected. I just kept hearing the salesmans retort in my ear "they do it the old fashioned way, traditional ways of brewing."

The first taste is crisp and cool; there is, following that, imho, a not so pleasant hop bitterness that carries through to the finish spoiling an otherwise good mouthfeel and sturdiness. THe malt does not balance; itsw still complex enough to arouse interest, and by all means try this stuff; just make sure its accompanied by a nice big calzone stuffed with eggplant and sausage. Then I bet its tremendous.

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