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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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 +3.4%
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 metter98
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +7%
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 Phyl21ca
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
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 zeff80
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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 nickfl
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
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 -10.1%
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 russpowell
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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 Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Jason
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
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 TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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 RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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 +7.8%
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 WesWes
2.97/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a cloudy dark golden color with a lacey white head. The aroma is yeasty with a breadlike smell. There is a carapils smell here sneaking through to accompany the darker than average color. The taste is bitter and breadlike. It's watery and lacking complexity. The mouthfeel sucks. This is a light bodied ale with no carbonation; the beer is flat. The beer is a horrible drinker. This beer sucks, but I've had worse.

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Photo of biegaman
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had expected a more bright, glimmering gold coloured beer from something bearing 'Golden Ale' as its name. Instead, I'm left discontented by the fairly dark, caramel coated orange body. Considerable cloudiness is another thing I don't generally look for in my summery golden ale. No head is a third strike. How disheartening.

The smell of things is equally dissatisfying. The harsh, mineral-rich well water is left completely exposed, unchecked, conjoined by not even a hint of hops, malt, or yeast. The latter two I can excuse, but just a sprinkle of lupullin goes a long way to getting the drinker excited, and keeping them interested... two things this beer fails to ever do.

The brewer boast about their water, which is drawn from a source under the brewery and has been for (they claim) over 700 years now. Many British beers exhibit a chalky mineral rich water profile but I've found St. Peter's to be too harsh; it's a slightly impeding quality as far as texture goes (and one that makes many of their beers somewhat indistinguishable).

The mouthfeel is flat and leaves a bready aftertaste in the mouth. Carbonation is low. It badly needs just a small whip of bitterness. The beer is quenchless, but luckily the flavour profile offers some selection: white crackers, grain husks, marmalade, green tea, a touch of toffee and a light powdering of lemon and orange zest.

The beer earned a passing grade for taste, but fell horribly short of the mark in all other categories. Nearly every aspect of this beer was bland, lifeless, and uninteresting. I'm not sure I could envision any situation where I'd find this an acceptable, nevermind satisfying pint. I've found St. Peter's beers to be hit or miss - their Golden Ale was nowhere near target.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
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 Zorro
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clear golden to amber colored ale with very low carbonation and no head formation.

Smell is toasted grains and malt with a good herbal hop aroma that is something like German hops in aroma. Some aromas of strong tea and faint sweetness this isn't as fruity as most English Pale Ales. Fairly strong scent of grain husks here.

Taste is malty and very dry with a strong toasted grain husk flavor and a fairly astringent after taste at the start. Fairly bitter for the style. DRY and medicine bitter ale here that is different from the usual beers of the style.

Mouthfeel is OK.

OK drinkability here but I can think of many ales of this style that I like better. An interesting beer that you should try but I can only recommend as a novelty brew.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.57/5  rDev 0%
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 lacqueredmouse
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy gold-orange, with a filmy head of coarse bubbles. A little lacing sticks around, but not much. Minimal carbonation.

Light grassy organic notes on the nose, a bit of English style hoppiness. Also a light carbonic acidity which isn't particularly welcome. Not a huge nose, and not a really classic or particularly interesting one.

More character in the mouth, with a nice sharp bitterness, very clean and tasty ripping through the palate. Nice. There's still a slightly unfortunate tartness, which I don't particularly like. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Still, this beer suddenly raised its head a bit more once I took a sip.

It's drinkable, and the robust bitterness gives it its edge. It's just not particularly special otherwise.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a pale, slightly hazy tangerine-orange with a beautiful 3+ finger creamy dull paper white head that displayed great retention lapsing and leaving a sticky wave like lacing on the way down. Visible carbonation was hard to detect but appeared rather light in nature.

S: light sour tangerines, dry wheat and light flour notes with a soft floral hopping.

T: dried grains and flour, soft tangerines peels with some fresh bagel dough. A light tart lemon-orange citrus hopping comes through on the finish with a light muskiness. Overall the subtle muskiness and tartness gives this some extra credibility here and was decent per style.

M: light, but felt watery at times. Very smooth in texture and soft on the tongue with a light sour orange bitterness on the swallow.

D: Slightly above average drinkability with the tartness and sour citrus flowering hopping giving this a slight edge.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a very hazy honey colour with about an inch of foam and holding.

I think it has a very nice nose. Sweet malt, some hoppy notes, and an aromatic smell of fruit. This will be good if the taste matches the smell.

Mmm...very English Pale Ale flavoured. A nice balance of some sweet malt, butterscotch, bitter hops, and a light fruitiness in the background. Despite the fact that I like the taste, there's no info on the label about the age of this beer, I have to think, from previous experiences with English ales, that this isn't a superbly fresh example. Still, it is what it is now and I'm comfortable with it.

Medium bodied with a lighter than normal amount of carbonation...that's a high point in my review of St. Peter's Golden. That, and drinkability. I could put a few away for sure.

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Photo of wl0307
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled version, BB 14/04/09, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: dark golden hue, coming with a slowly retreating fluffy white pillow on top of moderate carbonation. Looking good.
S: a touch of sulphur comes with the Goldings' fruitiness, a touch of floral sourness as of a Helles, mild underlined by a sweet bed of grainy malts.
T: the initial swallow of sweet citrus fruits, floral hops, and a vegie touch of boiled lotus-root from pale malts gradually gives way to an impressive aftertaste full of grainy+gristy pale malts and medium+ level of chewy bitterness, a touch of spice and plenty of hops dancing on the tongue.
M&D: slightly more fizzy than it appears to be, but overall the experience on the palate is refreshing rather than sharp. Compared with the Organic Best Bitter that I tried yesterday, this golden ale seems to lack a "central theme" to adhere to, hence slightly losing the plot after half a bottle - luckily, the lively bitterness and hoppiness are always the timely saviour that a drinker like me can't do without~~

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