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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Photo of puboflyons
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
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 flagmantho
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
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 Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of Bitterbill
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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 WesWes
2.97/5  rDev -17.5%
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 Zorro
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
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 biegaman
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
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 beerthulhu
3.42/5  rDev -5%
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 jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice golden colored ale, not heavy, low carbonation. The after taste is only slightly hoppy and not bitter. The ABV is 4.7%.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
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 wl0307
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Photo of Suds
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love the fun flask-style bottles from this brewery.
This beer is a murky, almost muddy, earth colored brew. The head is wispy and very thin. English hop aroma with a yeasty undertone. Very earthy and rustic smell, with just a touch of sulfur. The taste is light and delicate, considering the appearance and aroma. It’s a touch grainy, with a very mild maltiness: caramel with a light doughy-ness. Yeast and hops mingle in the flavor, and the mouthfeel is soft, gentle, and creamy. Low carbonation. Drinkable and enjoyable, but not outstanding.

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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 iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of josanguapo
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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 stcules
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is not so golden. It's more something like a deep orange. Half finger of foam, quickly disappearing.
English ale smell, not so golden.
In the taste, too. Quite hoppy, and quite bitter. Pleasant, after all. Not so golden, even here, but, anyway, quite good.
A good bitterness in the aftertaste, quite long.
Good drinkability.

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Photo of Viggo
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from the LCBO.

Pours a cloudy rusty brown, thin white head forms, quickly settles to a thin collar, some decent lacing, colour is a bit strange though, very muddy. Smell is decent, sweet and malty, some caramel, bread, grassy, soft floral, bit of orange zest, refreshing. Taste is not as good, kind of dull, light maltiness, very bready, some floral, herbal bitterness, bit grassy, otherwise not much. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, pretty refreshing and easy to drink but the flavour it throwing me off.

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Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of KTCamm
2.4/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured light reddish/orange with small foam that dissipated very quickly. Minimal lacing.

Aroma was bready/fruity. Very pleasant.

Maybe I got a bad bootle, but this was the bitter-est beer I have ever tasted. It opened with a fruity hop taste blended with malt, but the hop bitter stayed and never went away. The finish was very displeasing. I couldn't shake the aftertaste.

Considered dumping this one down the drain about halfway through, but managed to go the distance. Would definitely not have another one.

I've had a few others from St. Peters and really enjoyed them - not quite sure what happened here.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

MJ's 1999 "Guide" gave this 1.5 of 4 stars calling it a "summery flagship that is softly flowery , but less memorable."

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Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of papat444
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
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 RonaldTheriot
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
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 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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St. Peter's Golden Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 245 ratings