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

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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 Sammy
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A normal yellow body with a foaming, disapearing white head. Smells like cheese, uh oh but could still be a decent bitterness. And it is. Medium mouthfeel.Understated carbonation.A little sugary sweetness. Drinkable English IPA, but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear light copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down leaving delicate lacing covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of grassy and herbal hops in addition to fruity yeast in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has some notes of fruits from the yeast and hints of caramel malts. There is a light amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is easy to drink, but I wouldn’t consider it to be sessionable (despite the low alcohol content) because the taste doesn’t capture my interest long enough to have more than one of these in a sitting.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly typical of many English Pale Ales. Standard fruity malts (peached and pears). These are pronounced in the aromas as well as flavors. Aromas quickly turn to grassy, pine-ey. Flavors do the same, but fade further into a sharp metalic hop flavor that is not prefered. The beer holds together nicely, lending a firm malt presence and hop balance. Finishes with a lingering metalic bite. Otherwise a nice brew.

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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 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 Phyl21ca
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with an average foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of floral hops with some dry caramel malt. Taste is also a mix between some dry floral English hops and some light dry caramel malt. Average body with some good carbonation. English hops are dominant though not as extreme as an US style IPA.

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Photo of zeff80
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a light orange color with a fizzy, small, white head. Not much lace.

S - It smelled of grasses and caramel malt.

T - Interesting blend of flavors. Slightly nutty or oaky and a sherry/bourbon flavor, too.

M - It was fairly crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - One of the most unusual IPAs that I've ever had, even for an English one. Not a beer I'll regulerly stock, but I might try another because it was so different.

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Photo of oberon
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I raise this pint glass to Glenn "BO" Schembechler,this poured a dull light light golden with a thin wispy head seems to be very lightly carbonated."Full bodied and generously hopped pale ale" per label,hmm wrong on both counts in my mind thin almost watery mouthfeel not much carbonation to give it any life the hop profile is light and more herbal than anything,a decent toasted malt base is there with a touch of sweetness.Eh pretty boring and not enjoyable,I expected more from a pretty good English brewer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

So when I first started getting into beer, I wanted to try everything I could get my hands on. The local beer store had this on the shelf, and it looked pretty interesting. One of the first imported craft beers I ever had, and I think I remember it tasting like soap, but I didn't know a lot about beer then, so let's see now.

Pours a mild fizzy small head that fades semi quickly, actually quite quick, no lacing, hazy murky reddish-orange color.

Nose fruity herbal hops, a little grassy, a weird fruit mix, with herbal grassy hops, a little citrus and lime peel and lots of iced tea, into a sweet malt, a syrupy earthy malt almost sorghum like thing, a candy reddish caramel malt, sweet.

Taste brings sweet malts out front, a malt flavor of a very old ale with a touch of oxidation, and malt that seems to have broken down years ago, like a Prize Old ale style flavor of the malt, a bit sweet, with more earthy syrup sweetness, and a little caramel. But plenty of hops, fair bitterness, mostly herbal and grassy hops, a touch spicy later, some fruitiness in the middle as well, plenty of herbal tea, a touch of lemonade and iced tea, generic fruity almost like unclean tap lines. finish is a bit spicy, sticky sweet, lingering herbal grassy hops and more iced tea.

Mouth is med bod, a bit syrupy, lighter carb too.

Overall, not what I was expecting but not really good either. I could see this being some old cask beer for CAMRA or NERAX or something,but as it is it's meh.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper body with a large, frothy, white head. Gobs of sticky lace on the way down.

Smell: Toasty, lightly caramelly aroma with some herbal, floral, faintly spicy hop scents. Very minor background skunk note.

Taste: Mildly sweet biscuity maltiness with a hint of washed out caramel. Faint fruitiness. Spicy, floral English hops with a light, balancing bitterness. Finishes dry with a very light, lingering bitterness and final taste of dry caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Politely excusing the touch of skunk in the nose, it's a decent English-born brew; simple and pleasant.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.94/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pristine apricot. The occasional, slow-moving bubble can be seen rising to a fetching cap of alabaster foam that picks up a hint of orange from the beer on which it rests. The surface is nicely cobbled and deposits similar looking, bumpy, bubbly lace as it descends.

The nose is almost completely devoid of an hoppiness whatsoever. I wasn't expecting a hop bomb, or even a beer with the hoppiness of the typical APA, but I wasn't expecting this nose either. Frankly, the aroma isn't even acceptable for an English pale ale. Identification of the hop bill (or guesses anyway) simply isn't possible since a mild orange fruitiness is about all that I can appreciate.

Upon drinking... there's no way that this beer is an IPA; English or otherwise. If I think of it as a pale ale, I'll be much better off. Actually, there's quite a bit of bitterness that is beginning to do a number on the surface of my tongue. The problem is that all those alpha acids aren't accompanied by much hop flavor. This can't be an old bottle since I'm pretty sure this is a relatively new release.

India Pale Ale could stand to have a bigger pale malt backbone. In part because it would then more closely fit the stated style, and in part because more malt sugars are desperately needed to blunt the sharp, burr-like hoppiness. Bitterness is all well and good, as any hophead will attest, but without adequate support, the hoppier styles simply don't work.

The mouthfeel is too light. While I wouldn't mind it on... say it with me now... a pale ale, it isn't anywhere near as big as it needs to be for an IPA. I was willing to cut it a great deal of slack, but there's a limit to my generosity.

I wanted to like St. Peter's IPA, I really did. If the brewers had no intention of creating a true, honest to God and Queen English IPA, then why did they put India Pale Ale right there on the label? As far as I'm concerned, Cream Stout is still the cream of the St. Peter's crop.

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Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat effervescent & hazed amber with 3+ fingers of rocky cream colored head, gushed a bit. Very good head retention & good lacing

S: Herbal & leafy hops up front. I get breadyness once warm

T: Leafy hops, some caramel, breadyness & lemony & grapefruit hops up front. Slight jammy fruittyness with more citric & leafy hops as this warms. Finishes dry, a bit fruitty, somewhat bready & lemony

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation with very good balance

Drinks very easy, not the best put together EIPA there is, but pretty damn good. A little more malt presence finesse with the hopping is what the doctor ordered. If this were an AIPA, I'd knock those down a few .5s to 1 points, people need to drink some EIPAs at the source to understand the English don't usually subscribe to the more is better philosophy, think restraint & finesse

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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 jwc215
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy golden with a thin head that soon becomes a lasting patch.

The smell is of a surprising "Euro skunk" and grass. Some vague tea-like leafiness Doesn't have typical IPA (English or otherwise) aroma.

The taste is of a grainy, honeyish sweetness. Some leafy, slightly piney, hops give it some balance. It remains more solidly in the English Pale Ale category much more than in IPA. In either case though, it;s tather bland. Some metallic acidity in the finish.

It does have a decent body (though not much more than that, IMO), and has something of a drinkability to it. The aroma leaves something to be desired. Overall, it's a rather average-ish English PA...(IPA?)

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.99/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, golden-to-amber color, big, frothy white head, leaving lace...

...but once we smell it there's a problem. Let's go in close...

soap, wet cardboard, aspirin...I'm almost tempted to call it "skunked", it is in a clear green bottle, all the way from England, and had been sitting on a dry shelf, in a well-lit aisle.

Anyway, it doesn't smell like any IPA...

Taste: wet, juicy, lightly acidic, softly hoppy...there's an oily, buttery, off-putting finish, then nothing...lacks any of the snap or bite I prefer in a good IPA, but that's never the British way, is it?

Gets better as we go...but I'll never forget how unpromising the aroma was when I first cracked it. Drinks down nice and mild, lightly hoppy, not bad overall, but nothing I'd recommend.

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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 drabmuh
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have seen St. Peter's beers around for a while but have never taken the plunge. The bottle is a unique shape and it is not brown. I typically steer rather clear of clear or green bottled beer to avoid getting a skunky light struck beer. Every place that I have seen St. Peters, the display is usually rather dusty, not a good sign. But, since I have been meaning to try them for a long time now, I thought what the hell, get the IPA and see what its all about. I poured the beer into a St. Bernadus goblet (my favorite glass). There was little carbonation, low head, mild aroma, not much like an American IPA. It was dark in color, not a brown but maybe a copper-ish brown. It was smooth and had a nice mouthfeel to it. The hop character did not show up until the aftertaste at first. My fears that the green bottle and age had caused the beer to be skunky were well founded unfortunately. Even though this beer may have been past its prime, I still recommend it to everyone out there. Years ago, I had the Bert Grant's IPA in the bar "The Cellar" in Mesa, Arizona. I was big into hops at the time and would try anything that I thought would have an overpowering hop character. The Grant's IPA was mellow and really mild. The representative from Grant's that was present said that their IPA was from the original recipes used for the British IPAs. I did not believe him and found the beer rather boring. This beer is more hopped than Grants, maybe this is what they were shooting for. Anybody that is making a study of IPAs (specifically British IPAs) needs to check this beer out. I'd try it again if I could get it on draught or knew that the bottle was relatively new.

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Photo of tempest
3.64/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It took me a minute, but now I see this as a legitimate IPA. The hops are mellow and will slowly grow on you as you drink this one.

The appearance is a clear golden amber with thick lacing and head retention. It's smells of sweet, creamy English yeast character. The malt is a very subtle caramel and then grassy and herbal hops kick with with a touch of citrus and then the candy-like yeast flavors. Very smooth drinking and a fine session beer. My only knocks are that there's no hops in the aroma and that the flavor is a little mild.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 500mL green bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: murky, seductive orange hue. Good look, but head is a minimal layer of ivory foam.

Smell: malty with a light fruitiness, a light breadiness and a light yeastiness. The fruity character may be attributable to the hops, but it's hard to say. Not too bad for the style.

Taste: malt is fruity up front, but then exhibits some toasty character and drier maltiness. Bittermess is moderate, but hop flavor is minimal. Not terrible, but I don't love it.

Mouthfeel: light body with a very low carbonation. Nothing interesting here.

Overall: kind of a plain beer, with not much to recommend it. It's not bad, but it's just kind of boring and uninspired.

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Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mildly chill hazed orange amber colored beer with a thin off-white head.

Smell is a little sweet with a trace of butter toffee and a sedate herbal hop scent. Not very strong but nice.

Taste starts out malty and grainy with an agreeably complex herbal flavor and a grassy after taste. Bitterness develops as you drink it, but it never gets that strong. Lots of English style hop flavor, but it really isn't IPA strength but this is a quite good pale ale.

Mouthfeel is good.

Exceptional drinkability but I really can't say that this is an IPA. Good pale ale though.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My 500ml green bottle claims an ABV of 5.5%, same stuff and everyone else has reviewed?

Poured into a Albanian Stela vase shapped glass twice. Pale orange/amber, very little head, more of a wisp and collar, off white in colour. I like a beer to have a good foaming head if possible, this failed big time.

No big aroma, even as the beer warmed in the glass, some hops and malts but nothing much at all.

The taste is very hoppy (for a UK style IPA) and that flavour overides anything and everything else. Although not 'in your face' it does overpower whatever other hints the brewer has tried to blend in.

Medium body for a UK beer, watery/thin for a 5.5% IPA and lacks a bit of texture or complexability.

Nothing wrong with it, just not as exciting as I'd hoped for. I prefered the old bottle style too.

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Photo of Derek
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bronze with an off-white head; very little retention, initial lacing.

S: Mild aroma of earthy orange & bread.

T: Earthy orange hop flavour, modest bitterness, quality pale malt flavour (biscuity bread), slight cotton-candy fruity ester. This is a stellar pale ale... just not really an IPA.

M: Light to moderate body is silky smooth; modest carbonation; slight acidity in the finish.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnished amber-gold with excellent clarity. A good thick head of white foam, it disippates a little to a loose filmed head of English foam. Lacing is excellent, as you'd expect, and overall, it looks a pretty decent English Ale.

Pleasant organic crushed vegetation on the nose, a little skunky funk, but certainly a meaty yeast aroma. Even something weirdly fishy. Strong aromas no doubt, and the hops are evident. I'm just not convinced their entirely desirable.

Light sweet palate, with a crescendoing English hop bitterness, that ultimately gives way to a rather unpleasant meaty character - like what was promised on the back of the nose. There's certainly some of those gritty and raw British hop notes, but they are rather subdued, and the sweet, sweaty meat characters start to dominate just a little too muh. Mouthfeel is reasonable, but a bit thin.

I'm afraid it's just a little too similar to every other English Ale. While there's things to like about the generic English Ale, this is unfortunately not much more than the generic example. Drinkable enough, but not anything other than a solid and predictable English hopped ale.

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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 beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a pale golden color with a firm, cushy, dull white head that was moderately lasting and sticky around the rim.

S: The hopping was smooth with some dry floral, lemons and pale british grains.

T: The initial flavor was lightly hopped with some floral notes, dry grains, biscuit and caramel. A light dried citrus and fine hopping finishes things out.

M: slightly grainy with a nice medium carbonation.

D: A decent british ipa, light in body and hopping warranting a decent session ipa.

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