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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch and a half of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A lot of malt in the aroma, along with some hops and grain.

T: Tasted mainly of malt, with mild English hops, a grainy quality, and a slightly harsh herbal component. An interesting and generally likable flavor. Very focused.

M: A solid amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is an easy to drink, well made English Pale Ale. It's not something that will wow you, but it is a good, solid brew.

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Photo of micmillon18
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a pint bottle. I don't see any born on date.

A - Pours a clear gold with a small bubbly head that fizzles away quickly. Looks like your standard English pale.

S - Scents of sweet malts, like that of toffee,, with a small spicy hop aroma at the end. Nice and clean on the nose.

T - Starts sweet with green apple flavors mixed together with a slight, somewhat smoky maltiness. Lemon flavors, probably from the hops, show up in the middle. Finishes with some grassy flavors.

M - clean and smooth with good carbonation though and a semi dry finish. Typical to the style.

O - A pretty solid brew overall though I'm not sure I'd buy it again. I prefer much maltier English ales but that being, it still has some unique qualities that certainly make it worth a try.

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Photo of nickfl
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pour with half a finger of white foam that sits on top of a clear, golden-brown body. The head settles pretty quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Bready malt and some spicy hop aromas. Some toffee and perhaps a hint of caramel in the background with notes of red apple.

T - Dry, bready malt up front with just a hint of toasted character. More complexity appears in the middle with notes of red apple and musty hops. Things finish up with more toast and toffee as well as moderate bitterness that lingers in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Not bad, there is nothing too complex going on here but it certainly has all of the requisite components of beer. The hops and yeast are appropriately disposed to misty and fruity notes, respectively. I wouldn't turn this down if offered a glass in the future, but I can't really see any reason to spend money on it.

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Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served this 1 pint .09 oz. green bottle in a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date. The body was a foggy apricot color and the head was soapy/foamy and off white.

The smell was simply apples and light grain.

The taste was cider-like. Tart apples and delicate sweetness. Hints of buttered crackers.

The mouthfeel was soft and under-carbonated.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A clear, dark yellow/gold color. A bright white somewhat soapy head with fine bubbles. Nice size. Only average retetnion. Left some good lacing however.

Smell - The nose was a fresh grainy/grassy bouquet. Some cracker and butter notes. Nicely balanced.

Taste - The taste provided the grain again. Not an astringent grain as some can be. A butter flavor with a light splash of lemon. Again some dry cracker type tastes. Well balanced in flavor. Some touches of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Crisp and snappy. Refreshing and dry. Doesn't over do it with flavor on the palate, but does leave a nice bit of flavor.

Drinkability - I didn't know what to expect of this brew when I opened it, however I was pleasantly surprised. A very nice well rounded beer. A great brew for Spring and Summer. Worth a try. Very sessionable and easy to drink. A great beer to sit back and relax with. It was rather filling for a low ABV beer also.

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear deep golden yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin head that quickly dissipated leaving delicate lacing on the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of bready malts in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite malty and has some hints of sweetness in the initial taste and some hints of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink. I would definitely consider having another one of these because it is very flavorful.

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Photo of Neecee513
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into pint glass.

A: Straw colored, slight head

S: Sweet floral notes

T: Malty, biscuit backbone; minimal hop character

M: Low carbonation, light body, somewhat dry finish

D: Light session beer, easily can drink a few of these in one sitting, nothing special

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of two brews in my St. Peters gift pack, which includes a branded glass. Kept in the cellar for a couple of months before savoring. BBD: July 5/2011.

Poured into said glass. A wonderful colour for a pale ale, a tawny-golden hue worthy of the beer's name, with about a half-inch of foamy head. Receded nicely into a thick ring, and has left behind some lovely icicles of lacing up and down the glass. Looks great.

Nose is soft malts, butter, tea, caramel and a bit of fruit, perhaps apple or pear. Certainly opens up after warming.

A sturdy, slightly sweet, but damned drinkable English pale. Malty and bready, with a nice sweet, buttery palate. Notes of caramel and fruit. Finishes with a hopped bitterness and a touch of smoke. Very flavorful, easy to quaff. Smoky bitterness lingers long after the finish.

Carbonation is predictably low, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel and a medium body.

The English pale ale is a style of beer with which I'm sort of going through a bit of a rough spell. This little brew will certainly go far towards rekindling our once powerful romance. An easy-drinking pub ale, full of flavor and brilliant-looking in the accompanying glass. Great stuff.

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Photo of Wattsox
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, consumed Jan 2011, BBE Sept 2011

A - Orange-hued golden body with a decent white head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a light lacing.

S - Hoppy aroma leads, with a sweet malt and citrus compliment.

T - Slightly sweet, malty and fruity with a nice balanced hop bitterness, which leaves a pleasantly bitter aftertaste. More bitter than I expected actually, but by no means unwelcome.

M - Smooth feel with mild carbonation, very light.

D - A very drinkable beer, would definitely work as a session drink.

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Photo of bryehn
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
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 +10.6%
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 +3.1%
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 +0.6%
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 -36.4%
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 -5.3%
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 +7.8%
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 -1.1%
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 +12%
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 -32.8%
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. Not really.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
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 +1.4%
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%
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%
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 -20.2%
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 -29.1%
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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St. Peter's Golden Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
3.57 out of 5 based on 237 ratings.
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