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

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St. Peter's Golden AleSt. Peter's Golden Ale
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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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Added by stirgy on 02-18-2002

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Photo of bryehn
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a St. Peter's Brewery glass. Very little head, with a lingering collar. No lacing to speak of. The beer pours a nice golden colour with a definite amber hue to it.

I find the aroma malty, with a honey or corn syrup sweetness to it. I also get a green tea-like smell, something I noticed in the brewery's Organic Ale as well. It starts to smell a bit "boozy" as it warms, despite a rather low ABV percentage.

The Golden Ale is quite dry and bitter up front, hop forward with a sort of earthy freshness and grain undertones to be had.

The beer has a thick mouthfeel and minimal carbonation. It feels almost dirty at times. This takes away any refreshing qualities the slightly crisp, dry taste affords.

It's definitely a passable, drinkable beer, however I find it weighs a bit heavy and it's not as good as some of the other varieties produced at St. Peter's Brewery.

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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 pootz
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

First off this is a good looking ale: a deep reddish amber in color with a luxurious tightly pored off with a 2 finger cap that lasts and laces well.

Another well crafted English ale from this brewer with subtle aroma...light nutty-sweet malts mingle with a musty wet hay tone.

Mild, approachable, well balanced with ample floor malt body running just below the woody, bittering hops to a light drying finish where the bittering dominates and leaves a lightly puckering after taste.

Nice fair for summer patio sipping or with Bar B Q solid offering from this brewer.

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Photo of Thiestru
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1-pint-.9-ounce glass into a pint glass.

Appearance: One-and-a-half-finger head right after pouring, but there's no retention or lacing. Color is indeed golden, and it looks rather thin. Not too impressed.

Smell: The smell doesn't fare much better than the appearance, I'm afraid. It smells lightly hoppy, but nothing more. It's not bad, really, it's just, well, average.

Taste: Aha! In the area that matters most, this beer does much better. It is indeed a very light beer, but the hoppy floralness is obvious, and it's very enjoyable. This would be a good 'any time' beer (except those times when you want something strong). I don't detect much in the way of malt here, unless it be a very, very mild sweetness that does nothing more than to balance out the easygoing hops.

Mouthfeel: Thin, a little watery, but this is a rare case where that's what's called for. Faint carbonation.

Drinkability: As I said earlier, this would be a good 'any time' beer, and likewise, it would be a good session beer for many people. It's so easy to drink, so light.

All things considered, this is not one of the better beers I've ever had, but it's really not bad. I could even see this growing on me in time. Definitely worth a taste.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.27/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I recently had a positive experience with the St. Peter's Winter Ale so I went into this tasting with enthusiasm; unfortunately, my enthusiasm was short lived. On the pour, a hazy honey gold colour with no head and the thinnest of rings. No visible carbonation, almost perfectly flat but for a few suspended bubbles on top. Slightly grassy bouquet with a lemony-lime odour. Very earthy taste, heavy tasting, unpleasant. Not much by way of a hops, could be an abundance of malt but whatever it was it didn't work; with warming a distinctly sour finish. I found it hard to finish this beer, in fact, I didn't. Not recommended.

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

a-has a nice white head and a good darker golden color to it

s-has a good enticing smell to it that doesnt overwhelm in anyone aspect with a hops or malt smell

t-the taste up front of this beer is very good but has a stronger after taste that is grainy that with time i became more of a fan of, felt as if this beer got better as i drank it and as it was at a slightly chilled temperature rather then having this really cold

m-good mouth feel that was smooth upfront but a little on the grany side going down

d-relatively good drinkablity, not my favorite beer but worth trying and drinking again everyonce and a while

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

Serving type: 500ml bottle, bought from the LCBO
As the name suggests, poured a golden yellow color. Very small foam head, maybe one finger, that disappears fairly quickly.
The first mouthful was surprising, as it was very bitter tasting. It got better with every mouthful. By the end of it, I was wanting more.

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

Bought this as a new arrival at one of my favorite better beer stores. Was a little apprehensive/concerned with the green glass bottle as the display was near the store front and may expose the beer to unwanted light. Price was reasonable so I thought I'd give it a try.

A - Nice golden color, clear, light white head that quickly dissipates.

S - biscuit malt sweetness with citrus hops in the nose, ok.

T - Hop bitterness dominates, would like more malt balance.

M - light to medium mouthfeel. Lack of adequate carbonation detracts.

Overall - Not bad. Now I can say I've had one. Don't know that I'd go out of my way to find another.

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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first half of this season's St. Peter's gift pack, didn't bother using the glass, the beer being of far more interest to me anyways.

The beer pours a deep golden amber colour with a thin white head that soon dissipates to near oblivion. An almost perfectly clear with a low showing of carbonation it does indeed live up to its name.

After my first whiff scents of caramel predominate, resinous hop aromas followed by citrus mingle with the sweet honey malt notes. The nose is very well balanced and generally very pleasant.

From the first sip sweet malty goodness flits along the tongue, honey, toffee, and caramel all mingle well providing a nice malt palette. A fine hop bite cuts like a knife through the malt sweetness providing balancing bitter resinous flavours. Notes of golden raisins also manifest beside that of dark toast. The hops linger well into the aftertaste providing a slightly puckering finish, accompanied by some lingering malt sweetness.
This drinks very well with a smooth faintly viscous body help along by the subdued carbonation.

A very nice beer and a good mark of the style, I only wish we could get it here all year round.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
2.4/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear honey color with seemingly low amounts of carbonation and a thin head that retains nicely and leaves spots of lacing.

Smells mildly of sweet caramel and something slightly funky in the background and slight skunk.

It's pretty low on flavor and unbalanced, lacking any really significant malt character. What slight caramel malt there is summarily walloped over the head by a grassy bitter slightly chalky finish that I don't love, but luckily it has a quick finish. A slight graininess pervades throughout. It tastes watery.

Mouthfeel is a notch below medium, and the carbonation is low.

Drinkability...no. Not really.

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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 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 Bessie113Life
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This slightly bolder ale poured a golden orange color with slight head that hung on to the glass. It left a lacy film. The smell was a bit citrusy and fruity, not too strong, slight peppery. There was a tartness at first taste to the tongue, definite hopness, that immediately disappeared and was replaced by sharp citrus flavors. The taste lingered for a while after and left a filmy feel. The overall taste was fairly smooth. Fairly drinkable, not one in which I would particularly pick up again, but good to try.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange gold with a 1 finger head that dissolved to a light ring. Little spotty lacing.

Nice sweet malt and spiced aromas. Pleasant, but not in your face.

Sweet, firm malt hits you first, with some fruity juiciness and spice in there, but not over the top or super concentrated either. Some lightly toasted bready notes, and some buttery elements as well. Bitterness is present, but can't discern if it is masked by a slight alcohol hint.

Overall, this one is not super carbonated, and it left a rather mouth-coating finish for me. Eh - it was ok there.

This is a fairly smooth beer, but lacks punch. It went down very easy, and is quite sessionable. Extreme beer enthusiasts will scoff at this one, but it is a pretty solid beer. Worth having from time to time.

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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 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 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 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 drizzam
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Very funky looking bottle...1 Pint .9 Fl. Oz. Freshness date code on the neck of the bottle, not that I could decipher what it meant. Part of a Christmas offering that hasn't produced a loser yet.

Appearance: Poured with a creamy 1 finger white head that dissipated somewhat quickly, still leaving plenty o' lacing along the inside of the glass. Pale yellow/straw color that is somewhat cloudy.

Smell: Sweet and kinda citrousy. Smells somewhat malty too...this isn't the most volatile brew, but not underwhelming where you have to strain to smell the characteristics either.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated with a sweet malty taste and a light creamy mouthfeel. Slight hoppiness on the finish.

Drinkability: Low ABV makes this a decent session brew, but I'm thinking the import cost would prohibit that. Not a bad brew...I'm not mad at it, and I wouldn't turn down another.

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

500 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 4.7%. Deep golden colour, moderate white head. Very moderate aroma, weak notes of hops and grain, hints of toffee and biscuits. The flavour has decent hops on a slightly sweet base of moderate malts, with a hint of caramel. Distinct hoppy bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Not a bad beer, but far from the best offering from St. Peter's.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was picked up by the wife from a local store and from the look of the bottle and "no flair" label, I was a little worried.

Drinking it for the style and what it is, it's not too bad. I am not a huge fan of English beer, but this was better than I expected. The lower alcohol content was a change of pace from my usual brews.

An orange-ish appearance with a one finger head that dissolves as the beer warms. Noticable sediment on the bottom of the beer which was unexpected. The smell has a kind of skunky smell, though not overpowering. I would definitely drink this in England while visiting, but I would not drink this beer again in the States.

Not a bad beer, just not my style.

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Photo of Morbo
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dull golden with a one finger white head that doesn't stick around for too long or leave much lacing behind.

The nose is sweet and grainy, with a solid floral/citrus hops presence.

Sweet and citrusy, some pale grains and grassiness, with a slightly bitter earthy hop finish.

Light in body with moderate carbonation. Nice and smooth.

A solid brew, while not at all outstanding it is certainly quite sessionable.

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Photo of cleeze
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My recent beer of choice at the tavern. One you can drink all night. I applaude the English for this brew.

appearance had a beautiful golden hue to it. Looked like it had a litttle sediment floating about. Nice foamy head to it as well

Smell was sweet and malty. Maybe a little fruit up in there as well?

Taste is rich and creamy. Hopps are subtle but deffinatly noticable.

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

Pours a hazy light golden color with a thin fizzy white head. Aroma is a bit skunky (probably green bottle syndrome), wheat malts, buttery, and some floral and citrus hops. Taste is a little bit of grass, earthy, ends with a touch of hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is dry and fairly active on the palate. It's a very drinkable beer, perhaps sessionable. I like this beer, but not my favorite, and not worth the 'import' price for a beer in WV.

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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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St. Peter's Golden Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 241 ratings
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