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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
BEER INFO

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

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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#42,695
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202
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339
pDev:
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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 jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Knapp85
2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +19%

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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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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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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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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 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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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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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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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3.7/5  rDev +10.1%

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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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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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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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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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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