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 geexploitation
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
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 +13.9%
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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Photo of tapman
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

#3 on my St. Peter's tour, hooray...well, maybe.

Like their English and IPA ales a brassy golden color (swear to God they look the same) and clearer. To tell the truth, it is more golden than the others, hence the name I suppose. Give this one a 3.5 because it looks like what its called, golden.

Its like their IPA with weaker hops. While the hops may be Golding with a little Fuggle (not 100% sure on the ratio of Golding to Fuggle) it definitely has an English character.

Buttery English hops with a coarse yet subtle graininess describe this beer. Kind of like a St.Peter's English Ale Light. This tastes more like a pub ale. Hops are quite light and take a backseat in this brew.

Thin mouthfeel almost suits the style, but could be a bit bigger with some more malts.

So far all the light colored St. Peter's (English and IPA plus this one) taste very similar, like variations on a theme of brew. While not bad in their own respect none of them, including this one, stand alone in their category, though all are quite drinkable.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours about a finger and a half of white foamy head that sticks around for a bit before dissipating into about a half-inch, perched atop a deep golden/burnt orange hue. Some lacing.

S: A grainy smell comes to fore, while everything else seems quite subdued, almost lager-like.

T: Has many qualities of a pilsner, which is odd for an ale; a pale malt presence up front followed by the graininess and bittering hops fading into a rather drying finish. Aftertaste is a subtle lingering of hops that makes for a pleasant way to round out the sip.

M: The body of this beer separates it from a pilsner in the sense that it is more full, and the carbonation is just right to the point of near perfection.

D: This offering is very much in the St. Peters tradition, as it has that organic flair to it, but is still distinct from the other products in the line. Overall, a drinkable brew that has enough to keep the palate enticed without going overboard. Not bad at all.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice, classic english pale appearance, not too thin. A little bubbly. Woody aroma, prominent yeast and lightly hopped. Some alcohol noticeable, but not too much.

Taste is surprisingly complex for such an easy drinker; I had Sam Adams seasonal Pale Ale last night and there's a lot of similarities between them. Quite creamy presence, the carbonation is not too high. Sweet malts are the backbone, light in flavor. There's some light fruitiness that keeps things refreshing and a hint of wood-fire. The hops don't figure right away but blast through towards the tail end, there's a woody thickness to the citric rind flavor. Aftertaste may be a little much on the hop bitterness, but no complaints here.

Surprisingly bouncy little brew, I enjoyed the Golden Ale. St. Peter's brews some good ales and this here is another flavorful english pale - nothing too outstanding, but definitely a 'real ale'.

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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 theopholis
4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Clear, light amber that pours with a smooth, creamy head that with a fair amount of staying power. Leaves some lacing that is very thick immediately above the head, but falls fairly quickly.

Aroma- Fairly nice sweet malt with caramel nose. Some apricot in there somewhere, and as it warms, you get some hops notes. Much better than I expected.

Taste- Nice melange of rich, toasted malts with a strong buttery-caramel middle. Normally, I don't like any butter notes in my beer. It works really well in this one however. Ends with some unripe fruit and floral hop overtones. Has a noticeable mineral-like taste and mouthfeel through-out, but again, it works.

Mouthfeel- Very nice. A failry soft and smooth feel with a medium body. Velvety. Carbonation level is spot on.

Drinkability-A nice drinkable, British Ale.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The smell. Pure skunk. Well, wait a minute, that has left a bit, there's more here, an earthy , grainy smell, with a little sweetness. Ballantine made with good stuff? Appears light orange, like a "burp beer" made with better ingredients. No fizz, no lace. Washed like water, had a little American lager aftertaste, slight bitterness. Not much to like for mouth.

Well, this is a light tasting pint, with a mild hop/malt combination. I'm kind of looking for something about this to describe, but there isn't much. It's very watery, but ...nope. Malt/hop , not bad, nothing to write home about.

Out of the 5 that I've tried, this is the least to my liking. Good for what it is, simple pale ale, but I thought the presentation of thier IPA was a better rounded quaffer.

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Photo of kenito799
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pt 0.9 oz brownish-green bottle, poured into a pint glass. Bottle modeled after an 18th century New Jersey bottle, odd for an English brewery, no? Undated.

Hard pour raises little head, barely any lacing. Orangey amber brew. Yeast sediment in the bottle.

I was worried about skunk in this not-so-dark bottle, and there is indeed a twinge on the nose, but I won't hold it against the beer...just beware and try to get a fresh sample. Aroma softly malty and some fruity notes that recall beers made with Belgian yeasts...a bit dusty.

"Real ale", bottle conditioned, I presume, very mild carbonation here, yet a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. A bitter grapefruity, hoppy bite in this brew from the start to a lingering bitter finish. Much hoppier on the palate than in the nose--very different than the aromatic profile of hoppy American IPAs. But the bitterness is quite strong here, and lasts forever. It's not an astringent, drying bitterness, more of a mouth-watering bitterness that will make this beer go really well with fried bar snacks, burgers, buffalo wings, and the like. The whole experience of this beer would undoubtedly be improved in a cask sample.

Not a bad beer at all, but IPA lovers will find it lacking in aroma and complexity of flavor, despite the bitter attack.

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Photo of LarryV
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Even with a hard pour I didn't get much of a head, just a thin veil of foam around the edges. Pours a light golden color with a tinge of orange. Aroma has hints of coffee, butterscotch, a tiny amount of skunkiness that dissipates after a few moments. Flavor is buttery malt with a perceivable hops presence that is more leafy in character than citrusy. Mouthfeel is pretty nice, a bit on the creamy side. Decent brew, but nothing special.

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

1pt .9oz medicine bottle into pint glass.

Slightly hazy golden color with a white frothy head that holds decently, then settles to a thin cap. Stacked sticky lacing.

Bready malts and a popcorn butter like smell. Light leafy hops are in the background.

Mostly malts are tasted, with some leafy hop flavor in the end that doesn't necessarily make it bitter. Some diacetyl flavors are mixed in. Thin bodied.

Average pale ale, still nice to drink. Don't expect any big flavors out of this one though.

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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 MillRat
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a warm golden color with just a hint of orange and a clean white head that dissipates fast, but leaves a bit of lace. The first whiff from the bottle is all hops, mostly EKG(?), but with just a little citrus. The flavor maintains the hops presence and adds light malt and biscuity notes. The mouthfeel is just a notch heavier than a macro lager. This is a very drinkable beer, and would probably be far more impressive on cask. The only thing that gets in the way of this becoming a house beer for me (other than that I'm a homebrewer) is the nearly $3 a bottle price. This is a nicely executed English Ale. It's just not a $3 a bottle ale.

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Photo of JWFokker
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

St. Peter's Golden Ale definitely has the appearance and presentation of a good pale ale. It pours a very nice orange gold color and displays decent lacing, though minimal head retention. It's got a great nose too. Notes of citrus and coffee are predominant with some hops showing through. The flavor however, is underwhelming. It's mostly coffee and musty yeast with a bit of weak citrus. Not nearly as good as the nose. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin as well. There was also a lot of yeast sediment in the bottom as well which may have contributed to the musty flavor. All in all, it's not a bad ale, just disappointing. Everything leading up to the flavor was quite good only to be finished with mediocrity. However, the bottle is pretty cool, so it's worth having at least once.

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

Lightly hazy amber develops smooth, creamy 1 finger head that subsides to a nice 1cm sheet sealing the glass. Some light lace.

Initial apricot and caramel nose released some pungent hops notes upon closer inspection. Cereal grains are present in the background.

Rich, toasted malts shows a strong buttery-caramel character which gives way to fresh stone fruits then a soft hop-bitterness. A mineral-like thread weaves into the finish pinpricked with sparse, fine carbonation.

Very soft and smooth in the mouth – quite cask-like character and very quaffable. A nice drinkable, and very British Ale.

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Photo of ruleof72
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- medium golden color with head that starts out medium and falls to small
S- Hoppy with stronger hints of clover and straw, not bad
T- Dissapointing compared to taste, kind of weak with overripe floral and musty
M- Medium with OK carbonation
D- Just OK, the taste affects this alot

Overall I was not thrilled with this. Sure, it was better than typical large brewery beer but the bottle looked like it would be better than it was. Definite "Pale Ale" components but the taste was off for me. I'll finish the bottle but probably won't be buying more, especially at the price.

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

Pours an orange-golden clear color with no bubbles evident. Head is small, quickly fading to a thin sheet with decent lacing marking the sides. Nose is interesting: powerful citrus and a scent of undeniable coffee. Honestly, this smells like sniffing a lemon-scented cup of Joe. Taste does indeed have a coffee flavor, though it’s balanced against the citrus and very quickly fades to a caramel flavor. Mouth is quite watery/wet, not very substantial. Drinkability is OK… this is a very odd duck and as such is not drinkable in the normal sense.

Overall: An odd offering that’s worth a try, but not much more.

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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 HarleyQuilter
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On a roll here in B-town. Machell picked up this bottle purely by the attraction of the bottle, but she was VERY dissapointed in the flavor. Poured smoothly but with almost NO head. Nice color, kinda lighter than expected because the bottle is NOT clear as we first thought.

Very hoppy at first sip, a nice full bodied ale flavor midway, then more hopps. Machell gave her glass up after her first drink. The rest thought it was a good ale, but not all had a clean palet, so there weren't equal reviews. This beer would be good on an ale night, but don't mix without cleaning your palet.

We've had better ales, but please, don't [you] think this is a generic, run of the mill ale.

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Photo of kkipple
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My friend Stephen meant to grab St. Peter's porter, but missed (?) and picked up their Golden Ale instead. First time trying it, since I'm usually buying St. Peter's darker offerings. Golden Ale certainly lives up to the name; it's a clear, golden beer with a half-inch head that leaves a ring around the rim of my glass.

Smells real "sharp", mostly bitter hops, but also sweet caramel and honey, also roasty, nearly stout-like twang. Herbal notes, too. I like the smell. Reminds me of a more complex English bitter.

Taste is pretty good, bitterness and dry malts are the order of the day here. A subtle floral / herbal quality. Mild sour-sweet finish. Despite the bitterness is rather smooth. Dry aftertaste.

A respectable ale, but at $3 a bottle I don't know if it's worth picking up on a regular basis. Why St. Peter's doesn't sell this cheaper I'm not sure.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The overall smoothness of this beer is what really grabbed me. Nice looking pale gold body with a creamy little head. Light wheat and citrus combo in the scent and on the tongue. Just very tasty. No a huge mouthfeel, but consistent. Absolutely an easy drinking ale. It goes down effortlessly.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a pint glass, and it overflowed a bit, being 1pint 9 ounces. It looked pretty good, not as golden as I expected. I just kept hearing the salesmans retort in my ear "they do it the old fashioned way, traditional ways of brewing."

The first taste is crisp and cool; there is, following that, imho, a not so pleasant hop bitterness that carries through to the finish spoiling an otherwise good mouthfeel and sturdiness. THe malt does not balance; itsw still complex enough to arouse interest, and by all means try this stuff; just make sure its accompanied by a nice big calzone stuffed with eggplant and sausage. Then I bet its tremendous.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.79/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pilsner glass I had to up the ante and pour this one very aggressive to get much of a head. Chill hazed, leaning towards amber in color although fairly pale.

Roasty and toasty for such a light colored brew. Hops are drying and spicy. Burnt Oak is the dominant theme here and there is some butter likeness as well. Up front there is a light fruitiness, maybe apples but it is something of the sweet variety. Quickly smashed by the toasty, burnt wood middle. A light but well placed hop drying and then finishes back to the burnt wood. Not really refreshing at all.

Notes: Overall it was below average in my book and nothing to keep on hand as a staple beer. I will definately try their other offerings though as this is a pretty complex beer for the style it just didn't come together well.

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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 clickpush
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pour: flask shaped bottle to 16oz pint glass. Came up w/ a small, creamy, active white head and a light orange-amber color

nose: A little plain, in my opinion. Strongest hints were of lemon/citrus and apricot. Also had a faint tinge of poured off pasta water.

mouth: Sour upon entering the mouth with a delicious, lasting, extremely bitter swallow that heats up the back of the mouth and throat on the way down. This beer has just the right amount of carbonation and is very drinkable. It is extremely refreshing but manages to pack high quality AND quantity flavor. Hints of pitted fruits (peaches/apricots) which linger from the scent and a tinge of gooseberry.

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St. Peter's Golden Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 243 ratings