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: 242 |  Reviews: 150
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 UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky light honey orange with a 1/2 tan head that fades to nothing. Very small dots of lace randomly form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, grains, and some honey. Taste is of malt, grains, bread, and slight hop flavors. There is a slight bitterness that sticks around on the palate after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I wish the carbonation level was a bit higher.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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 BEERchitect
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's funny how many of these beers are right there in front of you, but dismissed so many times. Finally working this beer into the schedule and I couldn't be happier about it. So many times we get lured into a beer because of its handsome, quirky bottle but the beer fails to deliver. St. Peter's full line-up happens this way for me.

The beer opens with a lightly hazy, deep straw color with some golded and amber highlights. A nice initial head formation disipates soon enough to a trace but holds firm to the corners of the glass.

Sweet pilsner malt aromas provide a nice springboard for the fruity esters and floral, herbal hops. Quite a bit of variety, spiciness, and fruitiness in the nose.

Flavors fare as well with a richer-than-usual maltiness. Hops flavors are surprisingly strong and nearly cover the more subtle peach, pear, and grape notes. Light papery flavors tell me that oxidation is setting in and I may not have gotten the freshest bottle.

Textures are most surprising with a very firm and almost heavy maltiness. Not to be upset, the hop bitterness has no problem balancing. Never rough, hot, or aggressive; this beer is a smooth drinker.

Ultimately a very good golden ale and probably bolder than most on the malts and hops. Certainly worth a try.

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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 Phyl21ca
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light copper color ale with a dirty white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry English hops with a dry malt base. Taste is slightly bitter from the hops with a nondescript malt base. No flaw could be detected and overall I would have to say that the beer was really refreshing but also lacking some characteristics such as some floral notes.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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 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 russpowell
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber honey color with a fastly faliinh 1/2" white head. Minimal lacing & head retention

S: Slight corny & diathechytl smell. A a little honey as it warms

T: Nice hops bitterness (slight grapefruit)& caramel up front. Some biscuitty notes & a sligh honey sweetness follows. A hint of diathechtl follows, but not too offputting. Finishes dry with a citrus hop snap & a nice malty sweetness

MF: Medium bodied & slightly undercarbonated. pretty well balanced

Drank fairly easy. Not a bad bottled English PA at all, just lacked some astethics

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a faintly hazed, amber-hued body with a small-sized, sudsy, white head.

Smell: Minor initial waft of skunk, so, let's give that a few minutes to blow off. Alright, pale, lightly biscuity malts alongside an herbaceous, grassy hop character.

Taste: Pale malts with some mild hints of grain and dry, day-old biscuits. Faint, brief toffee sweetness. Herbal, grassy hops with a medium amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel starts to thin out as you reach the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: A nice, pleasant golden brew from St. Peter's. I'm particularly digging the softer, lighter carbonation.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange peel orange with honey colored trim. The tight-bubbled head is the color of aged parchment and sports seemingly thousands of tiny bubbles on its upper surface. Thick bands of sticky lace are plastered all over the glass, giving the cap a much more interesting appearance than the beer beneath.

The nose isn't hoppy enough for this to be considered an English pale ale. Maybe Golden Ale is a more accurate moniker after all. Goldings are the only hop variety in use. Unfortunately, I can't even identify them when I know what to sniff for. The aroma is minimally malty with a gentle, herbal muskiness that is the very definition of lackluster.

St. Peter's Golden Ale is one of the most subtly flavored beers that I've had in a while. What flavor I can appreciate is decent, I just can't appreciate much. The mouthfeel would suggest that there's no shortage of malt and a fair amount of leafy bitterness (that increases as the beer approaches room temperature) would suggest that there's no shortage of hops. The mystery is, why can't I taste them?

I keep thinking that the next mouthful... well, maybe the next... when coupled with warming, will deliver something for my taste buds to work on, but it just ain't happening. This has to be the ultimate in unchallenging ales. Sweet early, bitter late, with nothing in between. The mouthfeel is medium in heft and is peppily carbonated.

I haven't been overly thrilled with the two other St. Peter's beers that I've tried. Golden Ale is a head scratcher more than anything else. It's far from unpalatable, but if flavor is high on your list of priorities, look elsewhere.

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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 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 TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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 JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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 jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazed golden with a thin white head that soon becomes a lasting thin patch. Some broken rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of sweet grain, slightly grassy. Woody and nutty with a touch of butter.

The taste is grainy, again slightly grassy. Sweet grainy and honeyish malt with a background of crisp hops. Buttery diacetyl. Woody, nutty, slightly fruity. Quite a bit going on for the style. Fiishes with a woody dryness.

Buttery smooth, yet crisp. My first impression was that it was slightly watery thin, but letting it warm up more reveals a nice lower end of medium body with a grainy texture. Creamy enough to let flavors hang around in the mouth.

A fine "session" ale from England. Rather complex for the stlye.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +38.9%

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