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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Photo of wl0307
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The alc. content is 5.5%abv. for this bottle. BB 29/05/2008, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: amber colour with a faint trace of haze; the off-white beer head comes tightly frothy, slowly retreating and leaving tight sheets of lacing along the way; carbonation is moderate and constant.
S: assertively orangey, pineapple-ish, and coconut fruitiness comes along with an earthy but aromatic edge of Fuggles(?), on top of syrupy and lightly-caramely maltiness; constantly aside is a touch of blue-cheese's mould and cream that adds some excitement to the main fruity theme; intensely sweet overall, and rather pleasant~~
T: a mouthful of floral and slightly metallic, orange-zesty hoppyness is underlined by a background of aromatic biscuity malts, a tad sour-sweet but not imposing in its sweet impacts; the foretaste quickly succombs to a fast-intensifying wave of utterly dry, zesty and tangy Goldings' bitter hoppiness (dry-hopping here!) that runs almost tongue-pluckingly dry towards the end of tasting.
M&D: the texture is softly fizzy and not harsh, while the body is at most medium for a 5.5%abv. pale ale, which helps take off the weight a bit. Overall, this is an extremely easy-drinking, delicious, and more-ish type of EIPA, but not as complex as one might expect from this renowned micro-brewery. I hope to taste it on cask, if it's ever available!

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Photo of jvdineen
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Samuel Adams Glass. Amber color with a white head. Pour gives a flash of the hoppiness to come. Very drinkable, very East English toned down IPA. Antithetical to a Burton or an American IPA. Chunky lacing on the way down the glass. A definite re-buy. BTW this is one of the 'new' St. Peter's bottles which are round rather than their iconic oval bottles.

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

This beer was definitely not what I was expecting. Maybe it was supposed to be more of the "watered-down" hopped beers that were given to the troops, as described in the beer style description.

A: A dark amber body with no head present and minimal lacing.

S: No significant hop smell present in this brew, which caught me off-guard. There was a nice blend of malts present, however.

T: That earthy, hop taste was missing in this beer although there was a nice, bitter hoppy aftertaste. Once again, was not expecting this from an IPA.

M: Had the solid, full-bodied mouthfeel of an IPA.

D: This beer is pretty drinkable. Smooth, nice malts, and slightly hop bitterness. No high IBU content to ward off the drinker. Despite being an unorthodox IPA, I still think it is a good brew.

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

Flask-shaped half-liter bottle. Pours up a translucent bronze with tinges of orange highlights. Soapy and pillowy cream colored head that lasts for a good while. Good stickage and lacing. Bready and biscuity malt aroma with a pleasant underlying noble hop presence to it. Light yeasty character to it as well. Certianly tastes hoppier than it smells, maybe I served it a bit too cool. Sharply bitter with some tea-like astringency upfront with some malt sweetness coming trough the middle and finishing crisp with a lingering bitterness. Quite hoppy for an English IPA, it gives some U.S.-brewed APAs a run for the money in terms of bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin which, in turn, makes the carbonation a bit more pronounced, but nothing is off. A very pleasant English IPA that I'd pick up again if it weren't so expensive.

IMHO, an IPA (or any hoppy beer) should never go into a green bottle, but I managed to grab this bottle fresh before it even hit the shelves which, I feel, made for a more enjoyable experience.

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

#2 in my St. Peter's tour.

Soapy foam constitutes the head. Like their English Ale body looks to be a brassy gold, though this ale has a slighter hint of red.

A sweet malty characteristic surprises the patron since this is an IPA. A hint of alcohol and bitter fruit esters.

Salty maltiness hits the tongue first, unusual amounts of barley for an IPA. Hops are bitter, though less compared to other IPAs. Very wet, opposed to dry hoppiness. No lip smacking here.

While thicker than the English ale I much prefer the dogfish head IPA mouthfeel. It seems to fill the mouth better, you know? Still, I'm a stout guy so whadayagonna do, eh?

I wouldn't pick this beer as the representative for all IPAs but its not bad. The extra malt differs this brew from others of its ilk. I like malt so that's good for me, but I bet a lot of IPA aficionados would not care for it so much.

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Photo of botham
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured out of the distinct flask-shaped bottle into an imperial pint. the brew is a brilliant light amber with a small head that retains for a minute or so. decent lacings on the glass.

smell is sweet and hoppy. a touch of bready yeast is present, but no alcohol.

taste offers little for the front of the tounge. the hops are strong, but not overly so. rather mild as far as IPA's go, but a very tight brew nonetheless.

aftertaste is dry, with the hops residing, and a touch of sweetness lingering.

mouthfeel is rather thin for the style, but smooth and a bit creamy as well. goes down well with a slight bite of bitterness. tasty!

drinkability is good for drinkers who prefer this style. if one is not into hoppy brews, this one may not suit.

for an IPA, this brew is well crafted. the hops are strong, but do not overpower the subtle sweetness that gives it balance. a good example of a good 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 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 Raymond69
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Attractive oval bottle pours a clear golden color. Very little head or carbonation evident.

I can't smell much coming from this beer, may be my allergies.

Taste is crisp , bitter hops, balanced nicely with a light malt body. I may have enjoyed this more without the slight light struck taste.

Mouthfeel is thin, light , and maybe a little under carbonated.

Drinkability of this beer is pretty good, could be a good session beer with fresher samples.

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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 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 Stimack
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brew poured to a golden color with a very good sized off white head that has excellent retention and left a great amount of lacing. The aroma has issues, this is where the wheels start to fall off in my book. Very strong skunk scent, guess that is what you get for a bottle that is more or less clear. I am able to pick up some malt scents as well but it is difficult through the skunky smell. With this being a English IPA I was expecting to pick up some hops but I can’t. It has a good bitterness taste to it what is welcome, but to be called an IPA seems to be a stretch to me. Some malt flavor comes out to play which seem to be more on the toasted side. Overall this brew is not too bad of a tasting brew, just does not seem to fit the style and I still have a hard time getting over the scent. Not worth the 3.99 I spent on it.

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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 CharlieMopps
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Managed a little over a finger of foaming head from a fairly brisk pour. Maintained a quite transparent ambery shade of orange. Decent retention.

S: A mildly sweet and floral scent with just a dash of citrus, very mellow hop smell with a hint of spice perhaps.

T: An intriguing first impression for this IPA. Has somewhat of a lunge of hops on the palate up front, but backs off into a smooth finish, with the watery crispness St. Peter's is known for. Slight bitterness resurges in the aftertaste, but there is a noticeable malt presence in the finish that does not go unnoticed.

M: Somewhat thin, but for an IPA it's not so bad. Perhaps could have been a little silkier or fuller, but nonetheless, average to just under- carbonation level.

D: Somewhat drinkable in its composition, with just enough bite to keep you coming back, and just enough of a crisp and thin flavor to preserve your palate.

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

Overall, not a bad beer, but not very IPA-ish. Poured a caramel with moderate head. Malty with toffee overtones and not nearly enough hops to qualify as an IPA - would struggle to fit into a pale ale category, and might rank as an ESB. Overall quite mild and understated, without much depth of flavor. Still one of the coolest bottles on the market, though.

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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 dherling
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured out a murky orange brown with little to no head. The nose is orange and piney, with some malt and yeast playing backup. The taste is harsh, scuzzy with piney hoppyness. This has a slightly slick mouthfeel. I would not call this a particularly drinkable beer.

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Photo of cbl2
2.96/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2/18/2007 $3.19 1 pint 0.9 oz 4.9% No best by date.


Pours a still clear light brown with 2 fingers worth of foamy white head on top.


Has that annoying Euro lager "beer" smell to it, and nothing more. Not inviting at all.


Medium bodied mouthfeel, overly sweet for an IPA. Medicinally hoppy with flavors of metal and lawn clippings. Not bad, just not for me.

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Photo of shirfan
3.92/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool old-fashioned replica bottle.

Rich honey-orange in color with a thin layer of sticky lace.

Warm, earthy, almost loamy aroma with hints of honey, caramel malt, and a light medicinal note.

Nice and balanced flavor, very english in nature with medium-low carbonation, lightly toasty malt, and a mild leafy hop presence that only turns slightly bitter in the very finish. Fairly mild ABV makes for nice drinkability as well -- nice example of the style.

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Photo of Ricochet
4.21/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good pour with head that stayed and foamy lace, clear amber with minimum carbonation. Didn't really detect a scent, maybe some of the malt that made this a little fruitiness, but nothing to attract. This is the second St Peters variety I've tried and mouth feel is up there with the best. The hops explode with a bitterness with a creaminess in the body and wash with the right amount of aftertaste. Taste was, very good. I'd imagine this is kind of an authentic flavor rather than an Americanized flavor, so for that, I'd say outstanding. There was a slight hint of licorice, hop bitterness rounded and alcohol had it's punch at the end. Slight grapefruit note.

Wow. This was an impressive IPA. It's not a hop bomb like some of the better American IPAs, but this seems to be a pub IPA, and if I was across the water, this would be a good pint to drink for the night.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours slighly hazy, and is pretty clear when compared to other IPAs that I've tried. It produces a brillliant white thin head, and lacing sticks well to the side of the glass all the way through.

This smells rich in hops, but is well balanced with the malt. I can detect the slight floral aromas consistant with a brew in the IPA category.

Very tasty. Full of bonus hop presence that I couldn't quite detect through aroma.

This finishes a little warm and is quite clean.

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Photo of Braudog
4.22/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I love the unique St Peter’s bottles; I feel like I’m medicating myself. Anyway, this poured a nicely active bright orange brew with just a thin veil of white bubbles. The lightly hoppy aroma is nice ... summer-time flowers. The first swallow is sharply bitter, much starker than an American IPA. This is woody and tangy more than the citric fruitiness we Yanks have come to expect from a beer labeled IPA, unfairly. With a solid malt undertow and a nicely balanced bitterness, I feel this is a very under-rated offering. Quite good in my book. (#2688, 2/6/2007)

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Photo of Atlas1
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unrelated to my actual review here, I first need to say that I love the St. Peter's bottle. Just a wonderful bottle that fills up a proper half-liter mug. And the design on the bottle cap is also very cool. Okay, that's out of the way.

The St. Peter' IPA pours a nice golden orange color into a .5 liter glass mug. A casual, whispy head bubbles up top and thins out rather quickly. The aroma is light and hoppy, but not as citrusy or as floral as a lot of the American counterparts are doing these days. But a nice, mild hoppy aroma nonetheless. Very pleasant. The taste here is delicious. A smooth hoppy brew with a nice malt balance. Nothing too fancy here, just a solid example of how the Brits do a good IPA. I lived in England for 6 months back in college, and it was this kind of beer that really turned me on to hops. A proper classic IPA here. Very nice. Sturdy mouthfeel, though a bit thinner than I would have thought. Overall, I think this is a fine beer. Like the other St. Peter's that I've had, this one is an extremely well-crafted beer.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark honey gold with a slim cap of off-white that doesn't last and holds a thin collar while placing a few long strings of lace across the glass.

Aroma is dark and toasty with malts and toned with grassy herbs and tainted with a bit of pine laquer, butter, and dried wild flowers. Sort of forward with some alcoholic fumes as well.

Taste is thinned in a burnt buttered toast and pale pine bitterness. Big lengthy finish of piney dry hops and a dash of off-cardboard dust thrown in the middle and sliding in after some areas of the finish. Toastified in the backing for the malts with some notes of grasses, herbs, husks, and pine oil all making a bold lasting tone.

Feel is nearing medium in body with a long, piney, drying, semi oily finish of hops that really helps captavate the overall character of what this beer is all about. Quick in the front, long in the back, making you take your time and wanting more.

Possibly a little more balance would've helped me enjoy the actual taste and smell of this one, otherwise, I thought this was a pretty solid English IPA. Definately has the piney hops to it. The cardboard notes were also a bit unnerving.

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Photo of Drew966
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

St. Peter's India Pale Ale pours a light copper color with a thin white head from a green 500 ml bottle. Lightly hoppy aroma that doesn't do much to excite. There is a nice hop bite, but this is not an American IPA by any means. This is a more subtle beer than the American versions and I find it's nicely balanced. Enjoyable, but don't expect a hop bomb.

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