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St. Peter's Ruby Red Ale | St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd

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St. Peter's Ruby Red AleSt. Peter's Ruby Red Ale

Brewed by:
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mdagnew on 04-03-2006

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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 113
Photo of Spike
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Dark red/brown with a patchy cap. Clear with some carbonation visible. Rich red hue when held to the light.

S: Toasted acorns. Spicy hit from Styrian Golding hops.

T: Cafe au lait. Smoky, roasted malts. Lovely level of bitterness that lasts.

F: Medium body. Some chewiness. Some carbonation. Has stature while remaining highly drinkable.

O: Rich, complex flavour. Great mouthfeel. A couple of pints. Perfect.

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Photo of Martine
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Into a half pint glass pours cloudy garnet - mahogany coloured, with small off-white head and little lacing.

S: One is instantly accosted with dark chocolate, fig, plum, cherry, toffee, molasses and roasted malts. It has a definate sweet earthy undertone, with woody notes.

T: Smoky malts and candied fruit on the tongue, moving through coffee, chicory, damson and earthy flavours. There's a hop bitterness throughout and a spicy, herby palate. Fruitcake/cherry tart aftertaste.

M: Nice mouthfeel, light-moderate body with medium carbonation. Crisp on the sip ending dry.

O: Very nice red ale. Perhaps a little bitter for its style but it balances well with the complex flavour profile of fruit, malt and earth. Definately nice in the Autumn and would go well with game meats. Very flavourful.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, Pours a hazy dark red amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma dried fruits caramel, biscuit. Taste caramel, biscuit and earthy. Not to bad.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint.
Pours dark ruby beer with nice tan head, good retention, some laces.
Smell - biscuit, dried fruits, caramel.
Taste - cake, chestnut, caramel, slight hop bitterness in the finish.
Round, low carbonation, light body. Tad less rich, than it could be.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4/5  rDev +6.7%

A: Very dark ruby with a small off-white head.
S: Cake ingredients. Not too strong though.
T: Dry, sharp and crisp but some nice cakey malt flavour. Just a bit spicy in the finish. A slight cucumbery thing in the finish.
O: Pretty good.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

really underwhelmed by this red ale, i expected much more, just based on how good the cream stout is. this one falls a bit flat of that mark, but my bottle may not have been stored or handled properly, so that could be a factor. no bottle date to check either. frothy brick red color, pretty clear, glowing darker amber. the nose is stale english malt, muted and dusty, not real appealing, and the yeast seems weird in it, like bread dough or something, unfinished. notes of oatmeal and sweeter red malt on the front end, and barley a bittering hop to finish. i like the mouthfeel pretty well, real frothy and sturdy, especially for a beer so low in alcohol, but there is a weird tannic thing running through it, and with the staleness of the grain, i really dont care much for it. i love their packaging, i find it distinct and alluring, but if these green bottles are responsible for light struck beer, im not a fan anymore. this bottle exhibited those properties for sure. i will revisit this again when i can guarantee its freshness.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, dark amber hue with a very little haze and a light effervescence. Head is a thin finger of frothy tan foam which leaves a nice lace on the glass as it dissipates.

Smell: lightly sweet and caramelly with a little bit of earthy hops. A bit biscuity, and reminiscent of an amber ale, but nice nonetheless.

Taste: drier than the aroma would suggest, but with plenty of caramel and biscuity character. Hops are earthy and forward, with a pleasingly balanced bitterness. I'm not a huge amber-biscuit guy, but in this application it works (it's the English talent for restraint, I think).

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a surprisingly good carbonation and a very nice creaminess. I can dig it!

Overall: a drinkable and tasty bitter. Perhaps I should go to Britain and attempt to quaff a few of these down the local pub.

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Photo of admiral
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An enjoyable English ale with good, strong flavours coming through

aroma: malt, toffee/caramel

taste: chocolate and roasted malt predominate with caramel/toffee, slight smoke and burnt biscuit and a pronounced peppery bitterness on the back of palate and in the aftertaste

interesting flavour combinations and beer - liked it a lot - but the bitterness from the hops seemed a little out of place or wasn't quite in balance but probably being too picky as everything else about the beer was great

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Photo of puboflyons
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the antique looking green bottle stamped 12223. Sampled on July 2, 2013.

The pour is mahogany brown more than red with a short-lived head and slightly cloudy.

The aroma is of pale malts with the unique fruitiness of a red but there is also a chocolate thing going on that I have not encountered in a red. Maybe a slight nuttiness.

The body is about medium.

The taste is of malts but the odd chocolate note I got on the nose is not as noticeable in the taste. A kind of herbal quality too. The ending is slightly bitter and lingers to a dry a finish.

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Photo of soju6
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Neat Bottle. Pours a dark ruby read color with a very small head and no lacing.

S: Aroma of malt, dark fruit and bit of caramel.

T: Taste of some malt, caramel sweetness, dark fruit and just a bit of spice.

F: Moderate body, quite smooth and flavor enhances as it warms.

O: Nice beer for the style.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic flat green 500ml St Peters bottle purchased for me by the in-laws for Christmas.

Pours a pleasant (indeed) ruby red colour, with a fine white head of tiny bubbles that settles to a pleasant film. Fine carbonation is visible when the glass is tilted. Some patchy streaks of lacing form as well. Overall, a pretty good-looking beer.

Nose is quite hoppy, with a crisp herbal bite and almost the hint of American strength to it. The suggestion of citrus, along with a poignant rosemary bite. This is underscored by a solid, slightly caramelly malt sweetness, perhaps a bit richer than the hops should really allow. Overall, though it's a pleasant aroma.

Taste is smooth but a bit timid. Light malt characters come through pleasantly, but there's no richness; hops give more of that herbal flavour, but there's no bite and little to no bitterness. Still, we get a light dance of dark citrus and a balanced low-calorie caramel to balance it somewhat. It's decent enough.

Feel is smooth and light and pleasant enough.

Overall, this is very decent stuff. Solidly, if unimaginatively made and providing a pleasant drinking experience. I think it's one of the stronger entries in the St Peters range.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here's another on the 'to do' list of beer reviews: St. Peter's Ruby Red Ale. Spying the unique bottle at an expensive but well appointed craft beer shoppe [sic], I made a mental note to one day quench my mighty thirst with this fine beverage, when I found it a cheaper price (of course!). Said day is upon us thanks to Daniel S. Murphy Esq. the bottle-shoppe [sic] that is well known to slash prices and aggressively undercut, to our collective benefits, in the quest to destroy the opposition... ahh Dan Murphy's you magnificent bastards.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: It's in the name but I'll say it anyway; deep ruby red body with a nice sticky tan head.

S: Fantastic aroma! A mixture of sloe berry, dark cherry, chicory, hint of vanilla with a heavy roast malt (almost rye-like) base. This is one brew that smells medieval in its earthiness (and I should know as I travelled back in time to the middle ages last week).

T: That chicory flavour is upfront, with a smattering of ripened fresh coffee beans, sloe berries and that chewy malt base that carries through to a mildly bitter base. Slight sourness that carries throughout and lets one know that a decent yeast was used.

M: Mid to light body, slightly chewy, with a light carbonation.

D: Impressed with this one. Doubtless to say it's a bit on the expensive side for what you get (Hook-Norton's Old Hooky is a half-decent cheaper replacement), but it pleases nonetheless, and if you want to try a dirty/earthy flavoured ale then this is a good pick. Treat it as a half-way between an English Bitter and a Stout and you get the idea of what sort of flavours to expect.

Food match: Roasted game meats like partridge, grouse, woodcock and venison. Also roasted wild pig on a spit would lend its medieval feel to the brew.

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Photo of jrfehon33
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: nice dark brown red with a lot of carbonation collecting on the side of the glass. 

Smell: I love the mell of this beer. Nice hop and malt scents with a bit of cherry. 

Taste: Very carbonated and crisp. The malt and hop flavors are nicely balanced without much sweetness. Just a hint of cherry. 

Mouthfeel: Very bubbly in the mouth.

Overall: Not my favorite red ale but at 4.3% this beer packs in a lot of flavor. I like the hint of cherry tart but could use just a bit more. Overall I really enjoyed this red ale and would buy it again.

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

A - One finger of white head which fades to nothing within about a minute, dark ruby red body, streaky lacing.

S - Roasted malt, earthy Golding hops, chocolate, raisins.

T - Burnt caramel and toffee, slight wet hop bitterness, sweet plum.

M - Smooth medium body, low carbonation.

O - Good example of the style. Love the 18th century oval bottle too.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An aggressive pour yields a half-finger cream head over a deep red / mahogany body.

Aromas of toffee and English malts.

Palate is quite bitter from the start but in a rounded way. Quite English with the usual carmels, toffees. Earthy hops follow.

Mouthfeel is good for style, low carbonation, but not watery.

A good example of style - and more importantly has travelled well. Would be very sessionable, but not at the price. Really good example of a moderately flavoured beer well made.

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Photo of Ruds
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500ml bottle into UK pint glass

Pours a rich dark amber colour, with reddish brown hues

Smells of chocolate and toffee, slightly malty, no real overbearing aroma's, a nice subtle mix

Tastes of caramel, toffee, malt, faint hints of chocolate, bitter but not too so

Mouthfeel, slightly dry finish but this makes you want more!

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Photo of SebD
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice dark amber color to it. It has a nice dark tan head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of sweet malts, dark fruit, chocolate, piney hops and some caramel.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet malty and fruity character with some hints of chocolate, hops bringing a bitterness and some light caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and flavor.

Drinkability: It's smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a dimpled handled pint pot
producing a dark chestnut red body with a lazy off white head that dissipated to a scattered cloud froth.

The aroma is wondrous mix of dark fruits,malt,hops and even red wine.

The taste is no less complex a real sense of dark bonfire toffee and molasses whilst not becoming overly sweet with a hop kicking aftertaste.

Put together with ideal carbonation and a real warming mouth feel that is not at all heavy it produces a splendid dark bitter for the darker days

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Photo of Kartoffeln
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep ruby-mahogany with a modest, fizzy head of dense, light tan foam. Retention is alright, dissipating to a foamy ring and patches of bubbles and leaving spotty lacing.

S: Robust toffee, biscuit, and chocolate malts bursting with dark fruit - black cherries, raisins, plums, and candied figs - and notes of molasses, butterscotch, and dark chocolate. Fruity and earthy, slightly woody hop aromas throughout. Hints of licorice and ethanol. Not unlike an oloroso, altogether.

T: Toffee, biscuit, and chocolate malts with cocoa, molasses, black cherry, and plum undertones. Fruity notes from the malt and floral hops last into the woody, citric, resiny, almost lactic hop bitterness in the finish. A definite 'hard' minerality and mild yeastiness throughout.

M: Medium-bodied with mild, smooth carbonation that pricks just a bit on the sip; slightly chewy, quite hearty for a bitter. The long-lasting finish is dominated by earthy, tangy bitterness that isn't refreshing but rather cleansing, perhaps beyond the point of balancing the flavour profile. Either way, the astringency keeps it drinkable despite the surprisingly robust body.

D: I'd definitely agree with most critics that this ale is enduringly bitter even for a bitter, but I personally find that the complex flavour profile stands up to it. Besides, it's anything but a traditional bitter; it's distinctly unorthodox, rather sophisticated, and definitely worth a try. Especially in autumn or winter.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Jerusalem Tavern, London.

Rich, er, ruby body with steady cask-looking head of white bubbles.
Bright red grapefruit and faint cookie dough nose.
Caramel orange malts with a big citrus and wood oil hop hit plus plenty of aspirin. Bready finish and lingering bitterness.
Medium, chewy and sticky.

Wow! Big hoppy chewy red, yet very English. Not surprised to read it’s Cascade in there. Red Rocket’s little sister?

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml green glass bottle with a BB of Feb 2012. The bottle has a characteristic oval shape.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass; initially quite vigorous upon opening. A deep ruby hue with strong carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for several minutes before collapsing. Aroma of sweet, biscuity malt with hints of grain and notes of leafy hop and citrus.

Flavour of robust sweet malt with a distinctive dry bitterness. Notes of grain, biscuits, stewed hops, pine and citrus. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and rather astringent. Aftertaste of sweet yet bitter malt. All in all, a nice blend.

Tasty - I was surprised by how much was going on with this ale. A strong malt flavour with more bitterness than expected, but nicely balanced by subtle aromatic hops. Good stuff - seek it out....

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Photo of NATOuk
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A transparent deep ruby red colour. Forms a thin head which leaves a white ring around the glass

Rich chocolate malt smell.

Sweet malts, slight chocolate taste, slight bitterness at the back of the mouth on the finish

Low carbonation, medium-heavy body. Very smooth.

Very smooth, easy to drink. Perhaps not a session beer as its very rich but ideally savoured in low quantity.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From my LCBO winter gift pack, along with the Golden Ale.

Poured into the branded St. Peter's glass. To truly get the "ruby red" as described in the name, one really has to hold this beer aloft in the sunlight, where the colour truly shows. Out of the light, the brew takes on a murky chestnut hue, with only a few streaks of red when the light hits it. The name is a bit inapt, I have to say. Left behind a thin layer of off-white foam, which receded into a thin ring. Some flecks of lacing near the top of the glass.

The nose is quite pleasant and full: malt, caramel, chocolate, earthy notes and cream. Not bad at all.

A bitter, almost astringent mineral taste pervades the beer, which is fine I suppose, but tends to hurt the soft, but tasty malt and hop profile lurking underneath. Still, this isn't a bad-tasting ale at any stretch, its just a bit tart, and not because of the hop content.

Thick, a bit bready, mild carbonation.

Not a bad beer, went down pretty well, but the tartness is becoming a bit over-powering. Tone that down a touch (perhaps on cask or fresher it would do better?) and this would be a great English bitter. As it stands, this is merely a good English bitter.

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Photo of bryehn
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a St. Peter's Brewery glass. Bright ruby with a cola-like brownness to it. Not much head. What is there is soapy, tan coloured and sticks around as a collar. Not a traditional ruby colour, but I like the way it looks.

There is a lot going on in the aroma and taste. The aroma is bright and hoppy, with sweet malt undertones, as well as hints of spice, dark fruit like dates and a Winter-Ale-like pine.

The taste has a thickness and flavour almost like chocolate syrup, with the dark fruit and a taste of what I can best describe as damp wood coming through, along with a nicely-balanced bitterness. There is a slight trace of green tea in the aftertaste, like other beers from this brewery.

I find the Ruby Red Ale feels thick on the tongue, almost bready. I'm surprised at the richness of this beer despite its ABV percentage.

This is a rather nice Fall / Winter beer, but I wouldn't have more than two in a sitting.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

More of a garnet red, methinks. Head is creamy, sandy, fleeting. Aroma is big on sherry, fresh pine, maple leaves, darkish honey, and herbs. A bit of pear in there as well. Tangy bitterness dominates the flavor, with citrus and wildflower notes, backed up by a roasty base of wood, coffee, oversteeped tea, and berries. Like drinking the English countryside, if you'll pardon the pretense.

Really a nice beer, nothing particularly exceptional, just good, well-articulated flavors in a balanced, deliciously drinkable ale. One for all seasons.

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