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

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2006

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Ratings: 338 |  Reviews: 201
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 joecast
4.32/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. 5.5% abv best before 9/2011

Crystal clear light golden/amber color. Thin, just off white head. Medium carbonation. Nothing spectacular in the appearance but the important parts are yet to come.

Big honey and floral aroma. Surprisingly syrupy and malty sweet. Feel like I should drizzle this on my pancakes at breakfast. Nice but not in the way I expected.

Big malty sweet flavor with a pleasant hop hit. Probably at the limit of balance between drinkability and still having enough going on to make it interesting. Really nice spicy hop presence.

Well well well. This beer really delivers where it has to. Seriously enjoyable and well made. Reinforcing my admiration for English ales, especially the ipa.

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Photo of JRed
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber almost copper with white foamy head that stays around. Subtle aroma that's undeniably English: wood, herbal, dough reminiscent of unsweetened cookies, slight mugwort. Muggy flavors of herbs, dough, dirt and grass, soft malt sweetness makes an appearance, toffee, slight citrus note towards the finish with some welcomed hop presence. Dry and lasting bitterness. Thick body with light carbonation. This transports me to old England. I'm enjoying the trip.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Off white head, light brown color, clear and has average lacing.

S: Off putting. Not fruity like American IPAs. I assume there are mainly German hops in here.

T: Suprisingly great. Malty more than hoppy. Hop flavors are almost nonexistent. Not the norm for the IPAs I drink. Low hop bitters means this could be a easy drinker though. Crisp and clean finish. Good beer but not really IPA in flavor.

M: Very thin. Little carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink. Could be sessionable since it won't overwhelm one's palate.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent copper, with very little carbonation.

Aroma is mild, without much hoppy character. Disappointing.

Hmm. The bottle is green, with no detectable freshness date. I think this one was past it's days, as the shop I got it from couldn't verify the age, either. Anyway, on with the review...

Some bitterness in the tasting, otherwise kind of maple-like, acidic. Likely past it's prime, and barely even drinkable in this state. Beware of aged & light-struck bottles.

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Photo of Squelch
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear amber colored beer with an off white long lasting medium head.

Smell: Nice british noble hop aromas and some strong malts in here as well. very nice.

Taste: Best british IPA I've had. Very well balanced. Nice malt and hop flavors. Will be having again.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. not much to say here.

Drinkability: Will be buying again and again. very nice beer.

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Photo of cichief
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on cask at the Jerusalem Tavern in London.

A- Pours a nice copper-gold, with a nice white head, no haze.

S- Some hops presence, but sweetish for the style.

T- Well balanced, not as hoppy as some, but finishes well.

M- Smooth, almost creamy, well carbonated.

D- Very nice, a decent English IPA, could drink several of these.

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

A soap bubble off-white, two-finger head sits atop a clear copper body. The carbonation bubbles coming from the imperfections in my glass are very fine, amply supplying the dissipated 2 cm head. Lacing is incredibly sticky.

The smell is of fresh baked bread and a floral hops aroma. It's all very inviting.

Very piny hops hit the taste buds and transmute almost immediately into a citric presence that is satisfyingly strong. The toasty malt body balances out the hops profile nicely. The aftertaste lingers on forever, giving off an oily hops taste with a tannin/graininess that is particularly unforgettable.

Suspended carbonation is medium and the malt body lends a slightly chewy nature to the beer.

On-tap, this beer is a lot of fun. It's tastes extremely fresh and balanced, considering how much of a hops presence it really has. Most reviews are from the bottle and the average grade is spot on. A green bottle is no way to treat a beer as good as this.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is quite strong and, surprisingly, more fruity than hoppy, having apple, pear and a hint of banana. It pours an average clear dark amber with a fairly thick, fluffy, off-white head. Flavor is hoppy, somewhat bitter, rather fruity and just a bit syrupy, quite different from most IPAs I have sampled - this is almost like a blend of an IPA and a cider. It has a yeasty, earthy undertone, and overall is rather satisfying. Texture is fairly smooth, just a little tingly, and a teeny bit slimy.

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Photo of albertjr21
4.09/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Into a pint glass, this pours a clear amber color under a thin but nicely sustained head.

S: A moderately sweet sugared cookie malt nose with notes of caramel and roasted nuts.

M/T: A full flavored treat throughout with an opening that displays a great dance between sweet and bitter into a caramel sweet center and finish. All in all, I experience a smooth and well balanced mouthfeel and taste throughout...

D: This is a much appreciated trip in a glass across the pond for me into the history book of IPA and what it may have tasted like back in the day...

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

This is the third beer I've tried from St. Peter's. I've been meaning to pick this up and try it for a few weeks now on my friend's recommendation. There are so many American IPA's out there that are super-hopped compared to their original English counterparts. My friend told me that this St. Peter's India Pale Ale is as close as I'd probably get to a true English IPA this side of the pond.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear, deep copper brown, light, large-bubbled foam on top that dissipated quickly to a thin line on top. Very, very slight lacing that stuck for a few minutes on the side as I drank down through the bottle. Before even trying, I could see that this was not light-struck and skunked. The smell and flavor confirmed this impression.

Smell: Primarily toffee, a slight hint of fruit- mostly apple and agave nectar. Grassy hops.

Taste: When it first hit my palate, there was a malt profile of creamy toffee and a hint of apple and agave. Then on to grassy hops and a finish of herbal hops that persisted a minute after swallowing.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, nice carbonation that tingles and bubbles on the tongue. Very clean.

Drinkability: I could drink this all night. The balance of malt to hops is much more even compared to American IPA counterparts. This is definitely a beer on my list of "I wish I could try this on nitro!" beers. I drank this while eating homemade curried lentils. It was a fantastic pairing!

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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 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 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 CrazyDavros
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with an off-white lasting head.
Nose shows some caramel malt but seems somewhat dirty. Nice earthy and resinous hops though.
Same problem with the malt as a flavour. The hops are once again quite noticeable, but the bitterness they provide is dull. Some nutty notes.
Good moderately high carbonation.

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Photo of NStLincoln
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

St. Peter's comes in the coolest bottle in the store, how does the beer stack up?

Light green bottles always make me nervous. You run the risk of getting a skunky smell. Orange hazy pour with a very thin white head.

Skunky smell until you get way down in there. Floral hops with lots of cereal aroma. Smell like biscuits and dandelions. The bitterness lasts and lasts, very pleasing during a hot day.

Big mouthfeel. Light carbonation makes it feel thicker than it really is.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : amber colour, with moderate white foamy head.
Smell : hops aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : traditionally highly hopped (to survive the long voyage to India !), full bodied with a strong bitterness.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style English Indian Pale Ale.

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Photo of udubdawg
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a light copper color, topped with a disappointingly small, fizzy cream colored head. No lacing is left, but surprisingly an uneven ring lasts to the bottom.
Nose is light though not unexpected. I actually get more DMS than anything at first; weird. As it warms I get a gentle toasty, fruity, mild biscuit aroma, and very light floral hops.
Flavor is pretty decent, mild biscuit, more vague fruitiness, quite a bit of hop flavor. Bitterness builds to a substantial level, but it (or something else) has a metallic note and there is an astringency in the finish here.
Mouth is on the light side of medium, carb low, drinkability is high for a mediocre beverage and probably the strong suit.

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Photo of velkyal
4.32/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sight - amber with a definite orange, small white head

Smell - bitter orange peel, faint caramel

Taste - sweet maltiness, spicy hops, mellow citrus

Sweet - 3/5
Bitter - 3.5/5

What a nice beer this is! Seriously, it is delicious, an excellent balance between the hops and malt, both kind of up and in your face, but neither dominating so much as to make it either sickly or like sucking lemons, there is a noticeably bitter aftertaste which I really enjoyed. A beautiful beer.

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Photo of malloyca
3.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured a very tall, thick and foamy head. There was also a lot of visible bubbles in the glass. Clear, vibrant light amber color. Slightly skunky on the nose, then aromas of citrus and some faint toasted malt. Tasted of caramel, toasted malt, subtle dry hops and a faint and unpleasant bit of soapyness that did not linger. A very easy drinking beer that had a smooth, somewhat light mouthfeel.

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Photo of gordavidson
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- An absolutely clear golden, copper colored liquid and a loose but thick white head.

S- Slightly buttery and hoppy. Extremely mild and not all that interesting.

T- Caramel, butter, pepper, and a slight aspect of steamed vegetables. Sweet with a bitter end.

M- Buttery with not much of a carbonation aspect.

D- Sweet, buttery, and forgettable. More bitter and rich than the ABV lead me to expect.

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Photo of RiverCityBrews
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16.9 oz bottle

Appearance: Half finger light colored head. Quick retention Light golden amber with very faint off pink hues.

Smell: Not a strong smelling beer. Gives off an aromatic and slightly citric crisp smell.

Taste: Lightly malted with a well balanced and mellow hops profile. Almost crisp with a clean and fast finish. After taste doesn't last long.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and a little creamy for an IPA. goes down very easy.

Drinkability: I'd guess this one's probably not too high in abv. Easy to drink.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Toasted malt dominates the aroma, and maybe the faintest hint of grassy hops. There was a hint of skunk when I cracked the cap, but I don't smell it in the glass. Light amber colored beer is still, and the short white head doesn't last very long. Malt dominated flavor is a mix of biscuit malt and caramel. Finishes quite bitter. Low carbonation and moderately full body make for an easy drinking beer. A flavorful malty beer, but the hops are no where to be seen :(

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Photo of Jeffo
3.96/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this at Bert's in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a half finger off-white medium looking head with decent retention. Tawny or burnt orange in color, perfectly clear with medium carbonation evident. Very slim ring remains to the end and only leaves touches of lacing down glass. Becomes slightly flat looking by the end of the pint.

SMELL: Bold aromas of pale malt and flowery hops. Some hints of wet wood as well. Nose jumps out of the bottle and glass.

TASTE: Nice smooth flavors of pale malts, flowery hops and grassy notes. A touch of caramel sweetness up front gives way to a satisfying bitter hop and floral finish. Aftertaste is mild but very persistent, with bitter hops and notes of wet wood and grass.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Not overly creamy, but unbelievably smooth on the palate and going down. Finishes slightly dry on the palate as well. One of the smoothest beers I've had. Nice.

OVERALL: A very good job here. A bold and bitter English IPA, showcasing the English version of this style well. If it wasn't for the sub-par looks, this one would have gotten a much better overall score. Very drinkable and enjoyable; one I'll have again.

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Photo of FreeTibet
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have always had an affinity for St. Peters beers, and have just come to a review of a few of them. I have always been and always will be a true lover of IPA's, be it the big boys of America or the more subtle issues from across the pond.

As for St. Peters IPA, I find it a very nice, mild IPA that really does showcase what we might have seen in the earlier days of the "style", but I would love a larger sense of oak and a bit more aroma. It has such a bold flavor, that I would think that the aroma would have splintered my nose, but no such luck. I do love the beers flavor profiles as well as its mouthfeel. It has a nice resonance, and it provides a decent lace about the glass that I love to see with a beer. Price is a bit much for a pint, but such is the way of the world!

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St. Peter's India Pale Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 26.9% out of 100 with 338 ratings
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