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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Added by stirgy on 02-18-2002

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Photo of KTCamm
2.4/5  rDev -33%
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 +6.7%
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 +3.9%
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 -5.6%
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 -15.6%
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 +9.5%
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 +4.7%
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 -18.2%
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 -4.5%
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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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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St. Peter's Golden Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
3.58 out of 5 based on 238 ratings.
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