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

241 Ratings
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 Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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 joshwlt
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Has an orange-hued color with a short white, slightly lacey head. Smells light-struck, grassy, grainy and maybe a bit of biscuit involved. Looks and smells more like a european lager. Tastes of minerally hard water, slightly drying grain husk, lightly smoked tea leaf, and lightly hopped. Has an earthiness to it and slightly silky lactose accompanying the other flavors. But feels rather thin. In general I feel that this beer is lacking in many aspects. Not enough malt or hop or anything to overshadow the the thin yet hard water. Seriously it's about the same quality as an imported macro lager, and has many similar qualities... sigh... sorry I can't seem to find anything exciting in this beer.

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Photo of biegaman
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
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 GodOfBeer
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange colour with little head that disappears too quickly.

Smell is malty,nice and hoppy and citrusy, some orange maybe?

Smooth refreshing taste, malty sweetness upfront finishing off with dry, fiery hops! Also a hint of grapefruit citrus detected.

Pretty drinkable beer, I wouldn't mind having another two or three!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
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 Viggo
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
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 wl0307
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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 bobsy
1.94/5  rDev -45.8%
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 tmitch75
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another birthday gift from my brother, so Cheers Adam! Cool green bottle, but it's round and I do kind of miss the old oval ones.

Beer itself pours a clear golden color with 1-finger white head of small bubbles that leaves slight lacing on the glass.

Grassy malt smell, maybe a little corn in there, with lemons and a light floral hop aroma.

Sweet grainy malt flavor, green apples, with light lemon flavor and decent bitterness.

Medium body, smooth and fluffy.

Very drinkable, quite a tasty English Pale Ale. I'm a big fan.

Tasted on 6/17/08.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very tastey pale ale, one of the hoppiest examples Ive had.

Pours tarnished brass with a foamy, shortlived head. Plenty of lace webs cling to the glass. The aroma is malty and doughy with an edge of leafy english hops. The taste surprised me with a wonderful lemony, herbal Goldings hop flavor. Malt sweetness is there, but this beer is a showcase of English hops. The finish is puckering with a medicinal bitterness. The mouthfeel is light and softly carbonated, like its bottle conditioned.

I really enjoy this beer. Its definitely not in IPA or APA territory, but for an English ale, its very hop forward. This will be great for BBQs.

Ill be sure to get some more bottles. Another great beer from St Peter's.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear copper. Mixture of creamy and loose foam. Laces very well.

S - Light toast and a nutty, fruity aroma with a hint of coffee.

T/M - Very nice. Solid ale character with a touch of toasty malt. Some nuts, fruit and lemon. Fairly dry, with an assertive bitter finish. Body is neither light nor heavy and an effervescent carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, solid EPA. Nice balanced flavours.

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Photo of zeff80
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Offa
1.77/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This to me is not very enjoyable at all, and it seems a rather bland, overly sharp and bitter beer dominated heavily by bitter lemon rind.

It is golden with a decent white head that leaves a little lace.

The aroma is light grain and lemon.

The taste is weak toasted bread with a lot of bitter lemon rind that makes it sharp and bitter but leaves little real flavour. It almost gave me a sore throat.

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all great bottle. I gave the appearance an extra half point for it. The ale poured a nice tinted golden hue with tiny bubbles throughout and a half inch bright white head. Light hop aromatics and pale malt aromas. The flavor made me think "honey hops" if that makes any sense. Warming in the mouth, very soft. Very drinkable. Solid ale. The price keeps it from being a session beer around here. If I were to get a raise or win the lotto, this would be one of my favorites to session.

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Photo of Nipitato
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Light copper. Good clarity but not brilliant. Tops with a 1/4 inch white head that dissipates slowly.

S: As appropriate a mild aroma with notes of caramel and fruity hops. Grain noticeable and well done. A good aroma.

T: A touch of hop bitterness throughout though it is stronger on the back end. Grainy malt flavor on finish as well. No fruity esters. Well balanced malt/hop profile. Quite good.

MF: Medium light body. Moderate carbonation. Not dry.

D,notes: This is a very good beer and highly sessionable. Well balanced with good grain flavor.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.29/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jerusalem Tavern in London ...

A: A thicker golden with a fast departing off white head

S: Floral hops and sweet malts with a hint of pear?

T: The floral hops are the first thing that hits as the malts balance out the beer towards the middle. delicious.

M: Medium body.. smooth.. refreshing

O: Enjoyable.. would have another.. especially with peanuts at the pub..

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl, 50cl), first tasted in 2001.
Appearance : amber-coloured ale, many tiny bubbles, white foam not persistant
Smel : The nose is hoppy
Taste and mouthfeel : Bitter In the mouth. The hop character is herbal. Finish is bitter and hoppy
Drinkability : A well-balanced beer in the style pale ale.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +7%
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 ralree
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden with a decent white head of 2-fingers that shrinks down to about 1 finger and laces perfectly.

S: Flowering hops and sweet malt. Slight butterscotch.

T: Dried apricots and wonderful English hops. Malt sweetens it up nicely. Nice bitterness on the tongue, and a slight bread flavor at the end. Alcohol in the aftertaste is a little strong.

M: Medium-light bodied, barely astringent. Perfect carbonation. Clean and crisp finish.

D: This drinks very nicely. I will be drinking it again.

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Photo of brendan13
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy orange golden colour poured into a pint glass with an inch of frothy white head that slowly falls away to a thin whisp. Nice rings of lacing is left behind.
S - Some very light floral hop notes on top of the buttery, nutty character that tends to be typical of St Peters lighter ales.
T - Taste is very much like the smell. Quite sweet.
M - Medium bodied with a fairly low carbonation level.
D - A nice beer but not my first choice for St Peters.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev +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 czfreeman
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a pint bottle. Nice golden honey color, fair head retention. Smells of flowers, dandelions?, light woody aromas as well. Tastes of toffees, caramels, candys, slightly sweet, yet a great finish thats not too sweet, delicious!. Light, nice smooth pale ale moouthfeel. drinkability is quite easy, great English ale to quaff back anytime. First beer Ive tried from this brewery, very enjoyable.

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Photo of Opethsprite
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer wows the drinker with an old-school bottle that is very attractive. Itpours a hearty orange-red with no head at all. It is subtle to smell--you kind of have to get right in there to smell anything at all. Once you get the nose, though, it's very damn good. It's a subtle buttery, burnt caramel nose, but with a hint of coconut liqueur. For such a mild scent, it's surprisingly bold, though expectedly rich and buttery. Pretty good! It's very heavy and syrupy in the mouth, and with a complete lack of carbonation, letting only the hops dictate any pep. It's a pretty tasty beer--very cozy, but a bit too dense and sweet for extended drinking.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with very good clarity and a pretty, jewel like golden amber hue. No head. Aromas are predominantly grainy, with some honey-sweet malt smells and a touch of cooked/vegetal adjunctish smell. On the palate things are much more pleasant, with some sweetish, caramelized malts that are rounded into shape by a mild hop note at the mild palate. At the finish there's a nice, mellow biscuity note at the end. Mouthfeel is light and emphasizes drinkability. Overall, this is a nice, easy drinking beer that would be really sessionable at a lower ABV. Good.

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Photo of botham
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pint bottle poured into a St. Peter's stange. pours a brilliant golden brown with a slight haze in the liquid. substantial white head that sticks around for a while. beautiful lacings on this one!

smells malty, with a little bit of hops thrown in. there is a floral base to the aroma that creates a very pleasant mix. all in all, a rather simple aroma, but very well balanced and true to a good pale ale.

taste is moderately malty up front, with mild hops coming through after a bit of swishing. the floral aroma is also present, giving balance and a bit of extra depth to the flavor.

aftertaste is light hops and a bit of floral yeasty flavor.

mouthfeel is light bodied, with a smooth texture that goes down well and doesn't bite from carbonation or alcohol.

drinkability is good. this brew is light bodied and goes down smooth. a solid brew that would suffice for any beer lover. this is an honest beer that doesn't have any extra flavors present to get in the way of the core flavors of malts and hops (and a touch of yeasty goodness). cheers!

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St. Peter's Golden Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
3.58 out of 5 based on 241 ratings.
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