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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Ratings: 245 |  Reviews: 150
Photo of maxpower
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden-yellow in color, small white head that doesn't last long, light floral aromas. Light grainy flavors with some sweet honey flavors in the finish, light bodied, crisp and clean, not much going on with this one, may be a decent session beer.

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Photo of ark57
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a dark golden color with a thin head. It has a woody, fruity, and nutty aroma. The body is malty with some fruit and nut character as well as a tinge of anise. It has a hoppy and grainy finish. A very nice ale. It is easy drinking and tasty.

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Photo of merlin48
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint 0.9 oz bottle is quite unique in appearance, with its antique, oval shape. Pours a slightly hazy, gold color with a small ivory head that quickly fades away, with minimal, patchy lace. Aroma is restrained, with caramel maltiness and English herbal hoppiness. Mouthfeel is light bodied, to the point of feeling watery, and carbonation is low. Taste is biscuity, slight caramel, and funky, bitter English hops. This seems watered down, and lacks any substantial character. Finish is bitter and metallic. For such an expensive looking bottle, the contents are a disappointment.

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Photo of Imbiber
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looked great before you open the distinctive oval green medicine-style bottle (I didn't inspect it that closely), but in the glass it was a hazy, dirty amber with a fast-collapsing head and no carbonation to the eye (not necessarily bad, though). I was almost expecting it to be infected, judging by the appearance, but was then pleasantly surprised by a gentle flowery aroma enticing my nose.

A bad start, but all was not lost. Quite fresh-tasting, gentle, moderately hoppy to about the right level. Slightly 'chewy' too, as if there was caramel present. Moderate bitter aftertaste which lingers; in general, a nice beer - very easy to 'quaff', especially dueto the very low carbonation level (well, I said that was not necessarily bad).

A classic case of 'don't judge a book by its cover'.

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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 Globetrotter
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from tha trademark St.Peter's oval flask as clear gold under a one finger white head with bubbles that leave next to no lace. The nose is mild but flowery, with more malt coming out as it warms. The mouth is prickly and medium-bodied. The taste experience opens with a great hoppy bite reminiscent of the best pale ales. A good malty backbone provides excellent context for the hops. The finish is bitter and flowery, leaving a crisp aftertaste. This is a great drinkin' brew!

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

St. Peter's is a must for bottle collectors. Their olive green flask-style shape is one of a kind. This one pours a bright golden color with mostly medium to large sized bubbles and thin wisps of lace. The mild aroma is of sweet malt and hops. The malt body is more substantial than it appears providing a nice biscuity and lightly herbal quality. The hops are somewhat grapefruity, with a mild lemon and faint metallic after bite. Hints of fruity flavors linger in the background.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish amber, with only a light misting of head.
Aroma is distinctly english, with that goldings smell. Bright maltiness, perhaps a touch skunky, but it's hard to tell with goldings, since they smell kind of skunky anyways.
Flavor is very golden ale-like. Semi lagery tasting, with perhaps a little bit of ale like esteriness. Maybe a hint of grape. Very smooth, mild carbonation. I'd like to say more about this beer, but it's just kind of dull. I really don't like goldings hops.

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Photo of clvand0
2.46/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a light orange/yellow color with a small white head that dies off quickly. There is not really any lacing left on the glass. The aroma was a little skunky and yeasty. The flavor was not very smooth and had a "green" taste. I do not particularly like this flavor as it is a little too tart.

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Photo of putnam
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now with a piece of breaded, fried salmon on a plate in front of me and a dollop each of ketchup and mustard, the fragrance of the beer dances up to my nose with a message of pale fruits and fresh cheeses. Wonderfully pure, watery sweet fruit like melon, bartlett pears and white plums. It tastes like it smells. What luck to have a plate of this kind of food with this kind of beer. Neither are my usual, but they go together seemlessly. It's not that the fish is very good either...careless, powdery breading, plus I burned one side. But it loves the beer. It seems like a brilliant compromise between the many robust Pale Ales you get in bottle from Britain and the need for lighter alcohol, more refreshing beer. Faint gas pressure makes it just creamy, nearly like a Nitro package, but there are alive, unpasteurized flavors alight on my tongue too: a permanent delicate bitterness from boiled hops forms the base for moss, lychens, birch bark, driftwood, romaine hearts, whipped cream and lemon leaf.

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Photo of Darkale
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light bronze color, with a thin and hesitant white head. Light lacing.

Slightly yeasty aroma. Too faint for my tastes.

Fruity slice in the flavor, just a hair of sour bitterness, round and slightly chewy mouthfeel. Very nice malty deepness, which feels thick in the mouth. A very drinkable ale -- very drinkable.

Lingering aftertaste is just a bit bitter, but is a great way to end the beer.

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Photo of jeffboo
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A golden/orange color with normal cream colored foam and a slightly hoppy aroma mixed in with a light skunkyness. The flavor is fruity malt and green hops finishing with a light caramel malt and earthy hop dryness. The body is medium and has a slightly cookie/grainy flavor making for an average summery ale.

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Photo of Dmann
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is another of the St Peter's beers out of my sampler pack and I must say I have been impressed by all of them. The Golden Ale poured a light amber color with a small head that left a good lace throughout the whole glass. The smell was very sweet and inviting. The taste was more roasty and burnt than I expected but very good indeed, and had just a touch of bitterness at the end. I noticed however that the sweet tastes came out more as the beer warmed a bit. Out of the 3 beers I've tried in my pack, which are the cream stout, old style porter and the golden ale, I've noticed that they all have a slightly roasted or burnt flavor to them, which I think is very tasty. Another great brew from England.

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Photo of ElGuapo
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

pours to a copper color with an almost non-existant head out of the odd-shaped imperial pint bottle. smells of nice sweet malts with some hops mixed in.

at first, this beer tasted like charcoal, and nothing else. it was very very strange. as i went through it, i got some nice sweet malts and hops that were balanced very well, but i could not shake that terrible charcoal taste. i don't know if something was wrong with this beer, but it was just not good at all. body was smooth with very light carbonation, which would have made it very drinkable if the taste was not so horrible.

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Photo of Jason
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
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 Murph
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden color with adecent creamy white head that fades to a lasting, thick film. The smell is of earthy hops and some slight toasted malt. Smooth toasty malts are evident with some very subtle earthy hop tones in the background that don't really do much to add bitterness to the brew. The brew is smooth and not at all crisp as it should be for the style and this detracts from the drinkability of this brew. This is a nice brew but not a good golden ale. It lacks the hoppy bitterness and crispness that is typical for the style, if you know that going in though, it is a good tasting brew.

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Photo of BillyBrew
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The novelty of this beer's bottle sold me. This brew is sensative to chill as it started very hazey, but got fairly clear by the time I was done with it. Regardless, light coppery with no head or lace. The nose was heavy grainy, slighty malty and had a shade of hop citrus. Nice, hearty english malt and mild hop bitterness, with a grainy finish and aftertaste. Smooth, medium-heavy body with little bite.

This beer tastes solid, a traditional english ale. It is worth tasting if you can find this, and you get a flask-shaped bottle ta boot. Cheers!

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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 inebrius
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is more of a Best Bitter IMO. Deep gold (of course) with decent head retention. Malty grainy nose and a hint of floral hop. Definite ale like fruity-ester character and a partially dry finish with a lasting bitterness. Quite smooth and drinkable. With the exception of the ginger-lemon spiced ale, St. Petes puts out some good brews. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Reverand
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off love the bottle, great idea to use a flask style bottle. I bought this yeasterday and had 2 right away. As I poured the first the color was just great and the aroma made my mouth water. I noticed that the beer had a thin head that vanished quickly. Very easy to drink, this is a beer you can have several of and not feel the effects of gravity. If you see this beer do yourself a favor and buy it.

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