St. Peter's India Pale Ale | St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd

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St. Peter's India Pale AleSt. Peter's India Pale Ale

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

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2006

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Reviews: 200 | Ratings: 335
Photo of BMMillsy
1.43/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Green bottle from a local shop in Ann Arbor. Pours light golden with big fluffy white head. Aroma of skunk and hay, no hops to be found. Flavor follows with pure skunk flavor, dry finish, and a bit of hay. Mouthfeel is light. This is honestly one of the worst beers I have ever had.

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Photo of Duster72
1.48/5  rDev -56%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a nice golden with a big rocky head. Aroma is overpowering skunk with some hops in there somewhere. Taste is skunk with some mild floral hops. This beer comes in a really cool bottle. The bottle is the best thing it has going for it. Unfortunately, they need to change the color of the bottle. Painful drinking.

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Photo of stephens101
1.75/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours redish orange with a huge frothy two finger tan head that sticks around for a long time before leaving a nice jagged lacing behind. A waft of skunk is the first thing I notice, then some malts and grain maybe. Why the heck do breweries insist on putting beers in green bottles? Skunk is so easily avoided, and there's no excuse. Anyway, I expected this to definitely be different than what I'm used to in the IPA department, but there's really not much going on here except a slight bit of citrus and some bitterness, which is not at all pleasing. With all the good IPA's around these days, there is absolutely no reason to try this one. I'll stop there, because if I said anything else it might get ugly.

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Photo of elniko
1.94/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from fat English bottle into pint glass

A: Light than I would expect from IPA, nice fluffy head. No carbonation apparent. Average looking brew.

S: I've never smelt a skunked IPA, so I guess that there is a first time for everything. Thoroughly unpleasant nose.

T & M: I'm not sure if this was a bad bottle but this just did not taste right. Balance was off, simply tasted off. What taste there was simply awful, extremely bitter finish. Ughh and blech.

D: Poured this one out, I will be having and reviewing again as I'm pretty certain I got a bad bottle.

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Photo of brentk56
1.99/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a rocky head; not particularly impressive in retention or lacing

Smell: Is that a bit of the skunk I smell? (Darn green bottles.) Smells like a Beck's.

Taste: Opens with a bready flavor that shows off the malts but by mid-palate, a medicinal bitter flavor overtakes and, after the swallow, the skunk is let loose

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Another Euro brewer that refuses to learn its lesson about green bottles - drain pour

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Photo of TechMyst
2/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yellow with (I'm pretty sure here, and it's not the olive colored bottle giving this effect) green hue. No lacing, aroma, or head. Hazy like an IPA. Ok, so I'm an American; I'm used to big hop flavor so this was like an IPA LITE for me. Slick palate, slight diacetyl undertone. Ladies and geltlemen, I present to you the Budweiser of IPA's!

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Photo of mithrascruor
2.06/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a dull hazy copper color with light, slighty off-white head which leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: Very minimal aroma; a bit grassy with a bit of lemon or other citrus.

Taste: Hops, grasses, malts, and skunk! The skunk is especially present in the aftertaste. Without that it could be decent, but doesn't really seem like an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not horrible, but that skunk really takes it down a few notches.

I don't know if this was a bad bottle or what... but it really wasn't very enjoyable. I have -never- had a skunked pilsner-type flavor in an IPA before, though, so this has me a bit worried.

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Photo of smcolw
2.25/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Good rocky head but little lace. Nice light amber color with a small amount of chill haze.

Sorry, this one is stinky--lots of skunk. (I refrain from my diatribe about glass bottles). Frankly, I can't detect any positive aromas. Damn, I was excited about this one.

Much thinner than expected. Good malt start but where's the "I" of this IPA. Mild hop, low alcohol. It would be safer to simply call this a PA. Good news is that this is not nearly as skunky as the smell might indicate. I do detect hop in the swallow and aftertaste.

I wonder what this would be fresh. However, in the US, this bottle was a clear miss.

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Photo of JimiTheBastard
2.37/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of six bottle of IPA I was given for Christmas... not familiar with it... no expectations

Nice bottle... I poured into a pint glass... hardly any head... cloudy brown gold in color... funky on the nose

First sip... reminds of the UK... very English in style... minimal hops... more malty. Yanks would not consider this to be an IPA... but that said... I enjoyed the experience... I felt like it gave me a sense no how IPA's have evolved... and how Americans have recently reinvented the style... so much so that the modern American version has no similarity to its roots

Once is enough... I think there are better traditional IPA's

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Photo of kennylopez
2.4/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Tennent's pint

Appearance: a golden yellow color with a large white head that faded rather fast and left little lacing.

Smells: has a subtle hop aroma that has hints of flowers.

Tastes: this ale is kind of strange tasting. I don't know if I am not accustomed to it but it has a pungent bitter hop note character that is sort of medicine like.

Mouthfeel: the aftertaste of this brew lingered and it wasn't the best. It has little carbonation that leads me to believe that it was expired or past best by date.

Overall: I bought this one because I have never tried it before and the bottle was quite intriguing, but I will pass up on their IPA again. I will try the other ones I saw like the cream stout from St. Peter's brewery in hopes that I like them more.

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Photo of Swim424
2.41/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into pint glass

A-pours an amberish orange nice head

S-smells like way to much caramel with maybe a hint of honey. no hops.

T-sort of a grassy hop flavor, and bitterness with a ton of malt, cant really describe.

MF-a bit creamy, medium body.

O-not that good. Don't like the hop, or malt flavor to this one.

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Photo of chocosushi
2.42/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

6oz pour->Sam Smith Mini-Nonic
A ~ Neat bottle. Pours golden orange with a soapy/sudsy looking head that is almost nonexistent.

S ~ Skunk, Grass, Stale bread & Biscuit. Does not smell that great.

T ~ Dirty rags, grainy malt, & dishwater at first sip. Yuck. Let open up for a few minutes to see if it would improve. Dry leaf, sweet dough, & a touch of peat. Hops are grassy & skunky. Not a good thing.

M ~ Mouthfeel was very dirty & gritty for a while. At near room temp more balance came into play.

D ~ This was very hard to drink until it warmed up substantially. I am a big fan of EIPAs, but Will definitely not revisit. I'm definitely thinking I got a lightstruck bottle...but why take the chance?

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Photo of HopEnthusiast
2.46/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a redish orange with a huge frothy two finger tan head that sticks around for a long time before leaving a nice jagged lacing behind. A waft of skunk is the first thing I notice, then some malts and grain maybe. Why the heck do breweries insist on putting beers in green bottles? Skunk is so easily avoided, and there's no excuse. Anyway, I expected this to definitely be different than what I'm used to in the IPA department, but there's really not much going on here except a slight bit of citrus and some bitterness, which is not at all pleasing. Has a hoppy floavor but it just seems to be missing a lot.

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Photo of lou50rp
2.46/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Medium copper color with a white head that diissiaptes slowly.
Very hoppy smell with something I can't identify.
First taste was nice and fresh hops, second taste was alcoholly, not very good.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with definite carbonation presence.
Will not purchase this again. Have enjoyed St. Peter's brews, but not this one.

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Photo of Onslow
2.51/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First impression: what the hell went wrong ... pours a clooody haze dirty brown... smells of dirty water, soggy used hops, and dusty old bones fill of green dust ... low medium..lacing is actually very good ... a kind of dirty ugly beer ... has this strange bitterness.. to queer for me..

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Photo of largadeer
2.54/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear and pale amber, exactly what you'd expect from an IPA, but with a huge cloudy head and tons of lacing.

Smell: Surprisingly malt-heavy in the nose, notes of caramel and honey. Hops are present but subdued, and there's a slight funkiness to the aroma.

Taste: Very bready, caramelly malt with a pleasant but unexceptional floral/herbal hop finish. Pretty mellow, subdued hops, but this is an English IPA, so it's to be expected.

Mouthfeel: A bit too thin and watery, but the carbonation is just right - crisp but not harsh or overpowering.

Notes: A decent IPA, but at $4 a bottle this is nothing I'd care to revisit.

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Photo of mynie
2.54/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice pour, though maybe a tad overcarbonated. Giant head, white and rocky. Light amber rust colored, almost perfectly clear.

Smells liked skunk and medium strength Brittish hops. You bottle in nearly clear green, you're gonna get skunked.

Tastes like skunk, syrpupy malt, bitterspice Brittish hops, and then another combo of skunk and syrup at the end. Way underhopped and overmalted. Not good at all.

Why oh why would you go through crafting a beer and putting up with all the red tape of shipping it overseas only to ruin it by putting it into a crappy bottle? Avoid, unless you find it on tap or in a can.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 2/10/2009 (bottle):

Pours a pale yellow colored body with a creamy white head, diminishing. Has a somewhat skunky English hoppiness in the aroma. A lot of maltiness. Watery taste, malty. Not much flavor. Somewhat dusty. Not much flavor, weak.

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Photo of pallagust
2.59/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- copper colored and a loose but white foam. Foam doesn't stay for long and it has little as no bubbles...

S- Hoppy and really mild that doesn't make a interesting IPA

T- Bitter and has a little sweetness

M- Nothing interesting...

D- Sweet and bitter at the same time, nothing special.

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Photo of depechemode1983
2.6/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark amber with a thin white head

Smell - Citrisy grainy smell. Has some earthiness to it.

Taste - More maltiness then hoppiness. sorta sweet. good hoppy finish though.

Mouthfeel - Seems very carbonated and lite and seems a little thin

Drinkablitly - Not too bad not too good.

Notes - This beer is slightly below average. Its not horrible. Then again its just not where it should be.

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Photo of TLove
2.61/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Awkwardly clean and with an almost kolsch-like crispness, this beer is is an interesting example of the English IPA long before innovative American brewers got their hands on the style.

A light amber, gold color with a nice creamy 1 1/2 finger head with a light carbonation and a strong presence in the lacing. The smell is of corn and malt acids. A bit grainy and pervasively thin. Almost punishingly so. Almost all carbonation sits at the head. This beer is crisp and clean, but the hop structure is (by American standards) remarkably weak, and by English standards, on the light end. The pungent hop oils are there, but the body is again too light to allow the malt structure to really grab and render flavors beyond the corn and grains that I taste. A bit calcic and the finish is kind of awkward. A bit more sweetness would really round this beer out better.

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Photo of corby112
2.61/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a ligght, hazy golden-orange color with a very thin head that quickly dissapears with no lacing. Earthy aroma of hops and soil. Very malty tasting with an earthy flavor that is not to bitter. Dry hoppy aftertaste. Kind of bland like most British IPAs that arent' cask-conditioned.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.62/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

09/09/07- Purchased at Healthy Spirit's in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 16.9oz nice looking antique-like bottle. No freshness dating. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Golden amber in color pour. Full 3/4 inch frothy and creamy looking head...leaves slight traces of lace.

Smell- Is this Bud? Smells of grain and rice-corn mixture. Maybe a touch of caramel malt with no hops at all.

Taste- Damn, this is Bud! Tastes so much like Budweiser. Really light malty background with corn extract and a limited floral hop taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level and fairly crisp.

Drinkability- Actually was a bit refreshing on this 1st week of football. Crisp and clean, but also very Bud like. Lawnmower acceptable.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.62/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

St. Peter's India Pale Ale pours an golden color, body with a nice creamy head of medium thickness which turns lacy after a few minutes. A faint scent of citrus is detected in the nose and the hops is well...missing. Honestly, it tasted more like a malt liquor than an IPA. Terribly disasatisfied in this beer.

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Photo of Ben4881
2.63/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

St. Peter's India Pale Ale
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd

This IPA pours out a nice golden amber color on the lighter end of the amber spectrum. A billowing white head emerges and has great retention. The lacing left from the head is nice and heavy, but becomes more intermittent down the glass.

Sour citrus hops hit the nose first. Then, there is a healthy grain malt aroma and a hint of yeast that follows. Smells a little "off" to me, not exactly what I have come to expect from IPA's.

Yikes, this one is intrusive. A sharp, spiky bitterness hits the palette right away. Then, there is a brief reprieve from the bitterness, in the form of a smoother malt flavor, which is followed by a sour grapefruit hop flavor. A watery, wet, smooth finish ensues. However, the aftertaste brings a heavy onslaught of dry bitterness. It feels as if it penetrates the tongue and hangs around like an unwanted guest. Unfortunately, I am turned off at this point.

St. Pete's has a light body with a noticeable amount of carbonation. Nothing special, it's a little lighter than I would have expected, but not horrible.

The hard bitterness in the beginning and the end is not at all appealing. On the bright side, as one continues to drink, the malt flavor becomes a little more apparent and brings some balance to the flavor. However, the aftertaste is a real bummer. Hate to say it, but I couldn't bring myself to finish the entire pint.

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