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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
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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:
A rich, red ale with subtle malt undertones and a distinctive spicy hop aroma from Styrian Goldings. Brewed with skill and patience in one of Britain's finest small breweries.

Added by mdagnew on 04-03-2006

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Reviews by doktorhops:
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4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
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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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
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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4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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 Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A mild bitter freshly brought in from the UK. A light grapefruit colour with a bit of soapy head, all that remains from initial malt foaminess. A moderate malty aroma. Its like an amber, well balanced with a bit of toastiness and hop bitterness. Smooth drinking. Average mouthfeel.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.63/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark amber. Big thick creamy white head. Spider web lacings all the way down.

Sweet toffee on the nose but with some spice from the Goldings.

What a bitter is supposed to be. A solid biscuity backbone with a touch a toffee sweetness. Spicy Goldings offer up some nice character and a subtle, lasting bitterness.

Oh wow, the body on this is heavenly. This is incredibly creamy for the style. Carbonation is right on. A full body yet an incredible drinkability.

This is lovely. I wish I could get this in singles, this one was out of a gift pack.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Ruds
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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 GRG1313
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of puboflyons
3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear light ruby color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of dry English hops with some very light caramel malt. Taste is also dominated by some subtle dry English-style hops with a subtle malt presence. I was expecting a bit more and I thought the body was too thin.

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Photo of harty83
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of Liquoric3
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is rather hazy amber brown in color. It poured with a short off white head that left faint lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of toffee are present in the nose along with notes of dark malts and hints of fruity yeast.
T: The taste follows the smell and is rather malty, except there is no associated sweetness and faint amounts of bitterness are present from the underlying hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes maltier compared to others in the style, but is very flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

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3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Normal St Peter's green bottle, best before 12 Aug 09, drank 22 Jan 09. Poured into a 'Forbidden Fruit' chalice (twice).

Surprise, surprise the colour is ruby red, well almost and the weak almost non-existant head was an off white scummy covering which fell away very swiftly.

Aroma of yeast and hops with very little else until it warmed, then some sweeter notes arrived (toffee and caramel?).

The taste is bitter and fairly hoppy, there is a tangy, spritzy feel to the brew, so it is obviously well carbonated although there were no visable bubbles rising up the beer.

I liked it, but I couldn't stay on it all night.

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Photo of BuzzCP
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of vinicole
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Dark auburn with a flat head.
Lightly toasted malt and hop aroma. Hint of caramel.
Taste follows the bouquet. Some fruit detected. Bitter finish.
Rather thin for a bitter.

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4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Globetrotter
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found in a Moscow grocery store, the green oval bottle features an oval red and silver label with the image of a key inside a strutting crow above the name. The hops are Styrian Goldings. Russian import label lists only purity law ingredients. Best before 3/1/07, I opened it on 5/20/06.

Pours a clear deep red under a pinkish head that couldn't muster more than 1/2 finger despite a very hard pour. The head fades fast back to film and thin collar, but still manages to leave some very nice lace lines. The strong floral hop and raspberry nose is very enticing. The mouth is mildly carbonated and fiarly light. Strong and distinctive taste of bready malt with a touch of peppermint and a good dose of espresso-like dry bitter hops. The hops last longest, providing an intense bitter for the back of the throat. Must drink more...

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Photo of THEMGG
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Unibroue Tulip, i love the St Peters 'Granpa's ole medicine bottle' presentation.

A - Poured a reasonable head of about 1 finger, lace is quite thin and fast. Colour of copper to red, but against the light it has an orange hue shining through.

S - Malt's coming through at first, toasted, biscuit, maybe some amber, hint's of fruit in the backround, hops giving a subtle spicy, herby aroma.

T - Same as the aroma, the malt's I can taste are toasted, biscuit, amber, carared. The malts last for a second then the bitter comes through with a spicy, herb like taste, slight medicine taste's at the last stage of the bitter, but I might be talking myself into it due to the shape of the bottle. I like the water St Peter's uses, it seems to accentuate the hops in a way that seems different to a lot of other English Breweries. Mild fruit tastes come through, tart, berrylike flavours, very subtle.

M - Smooth, a little oily, doesn't hang around for ever in the mouth.

D - I could definitely have a few of these in a row, the finish of the hop bitterness might get a bit much after a while, but right now I wish i had about 2 more bottles to go with my dinner! This beer is quite well balanced and is certainly on my list of beers to drink more of.

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