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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
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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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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a VERY intersting bomber into a nonic. Bomber looks like a flask or whiskey glass.

Smell is of tannic acid, iced tea and slightly floral hops. Water used to brew comes huge into this aroma. Like a southern sweet tea.

Flavor is malt up front meddled with bittering hops. The malt is high here and overpowers the hops. There is a buttery, caramel swetness that seems not too close to style, although it does taste good. Mouth is creamy and smooth, not bad.

All I can think of when drink this is Samuel Smith's. It's gotta be the water. In fact after researching, it is. The middle UK water has a very distinct flavor. This is it.

Not bad, but far from a world eding IPA like I was expecting.

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Photo of Offa
4.58/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a tasty English IPA.

Hazy light amber, it has a huge off-white head slowly shrinking to a permanent rocky head and leaving some nice creamy lace.

The aroma is nice yeasty bread, bread crust, more yeast, citrus (lemon, orange, grapefruit together), and marmalade/jam.

The taste is jam, especially orange marmalade, fruit, citrus (lemon and orange), yeastiness, sweetness with a bitterness that grows towards the finish, which is dryish, lightly bitter, with citrus, fruit, and toast.

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

Appearance: green bottle, decent head, orange coloured beer.

Smell: dried fruit, a little yeasty.

Feel: low carbonation, rather oily.

Taste: First sip seems malt dominated but then the hint of yeast and a herbal hoppy edge take over and after a while i'm having trouble locating any sweetness.

Not the halfhearted watery nonsense which sometimes passes for an English IPA but a little too yeasty for me to really enjoy.

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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 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 Bitterbill
4.01/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a hazy yellow-orange with a 2 finger head of foam. Again, a lot of tiny bubbles there as in their English Pale Ale. The bottle has some info on the back of the label but the print is way too small for me to read. :^(

The smell is grassy and fruity wsith the fruit being more of an orange nose than grapefruit. It doesn't smell balanced for an English IPA to me.

The taste is more balanced than the nose. Good malt presence, noting some earthiness and some bread, with an equally good amount of hops, must be the Goldings yet again, and I'm pleased with the overall flavour. It's not an "in your face" IPA. Subtlety rules here and it works for me. Heck, that's the main reason I bought this beer. I needed a break from the big hoppys and this fits that criteria to a tee.

Good medium mouthfeel and lightish carbonation make this go down easy. As does the low abv.

Drinkability? An easy drinking brew and tasty enough to my liking. And..head retention and lacing are very good. I'm glad I revisited this IPA after many a year. Like many breweries I've tried, it has a "family" flavour, or what ever you call it, that sticks out so that you almost know what to expect and can easily identify the brewery. Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not. With St Peter's, it works for me.

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Photo of jsp2
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cool looking stubby, slightly green bottle that holds just over a pint. Pours mostly transparent copper gold with a foamy snow white head that subsides somewhat quickly. Smells of roasted malts with a caramel sweetness and spicy hops in the background. The taste is smooth and spicy followed by a moderate sweetness balanced with a strong bitterness from the hops. Well balanced and tasty. Pretty low carbonation and low alcohol would make this a good session beer.

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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 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 grub
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. sampled feb 4/09.

pours crystal clear orangey amber with a few white bubbles on top. they quickly retreat to a ring around the glass and leave only a few spots of lace.

aroma is ok. bit of burnt toast. slightly earthy. bit of musty feety character. smells more like a brown ale than an ipa, even english style.

taste isn't much more exciting. toasted wheat bread. bit of sugary sweetness. just under medium bitterness level, but with no real noticeable hop presence. bit of earthy/musty character here too, though not as much as in the aroma. touch of alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium body. medium-light carbonation.

drinkability is ok. not all that exciting, and the taste/aroma don't seem all that befitting the style, but it was decent enough. i seem to have a love/hate relationship with this brewery...

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Photo of steeler
4.02/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the two St.Peter's Ale's i tried last night. Anyway, this IPA pours out a nice orangrey, color, not dark, but light, with little to no head, and no lacing, but vigorous carbonation. The smell of this beer was just amazing, smelled of fresh fruits, kind of spicy and hoppy. Smelled very fresh, was fantastic. The taste was great too, im new to IPA's so i found this one a hop blast from usual czech pils. Goes down smooth, then finishes with a spicy and fruity, grapefruity taste, then a lingering hop bitterness, and then it just finishes after all of that bone dry. Mouthfeel was full and carbonated, no complaints. Drinkability, i deducted .5 from it, because honestly after one of these I didnt want another, not that it tasted bad, i just didn't feel like another pint...and thats rare. I enjoyed this, but i still need to get used to the blast of fruity citrusy hops, definatly hoppier than a pils, overall i enjoyed it.

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Photo of Absumaster
4.39/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An orange, copper beer with a settling English head. Little visible carbination.

Smell is just delicious, a raw hoppy smell that is backed up or almost overruled by a wort-like maltiness. Kind of sweet and bready like pale malt.

Taste is sweet and full of malt. The bready and light husky taste combines really well with the English hoppiness. This is just an amazing beer, with everything British in it. The malt is fitting the hops so well and I can't wrap my head around this beer being only 5,5%. It tastes so much stronger and has so much taste. OK, mouthfeel is just a little sweet, but this adds to the maltiness. Great UK beer!

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

Poured into a pint.

A: Light amber. Light carbonation pours into a 3 finger, frothy, craterous, white head leaving thick sticky lacing as is does. Looks a little like an ice cream float. Substantial dry sticky lacing sustains as you drink.

S: Sharp hoppy nose, malt, a little citrus and Italian spice.

T: Hops are prominent, a little malt, and again citrus.

M: Light and hoppy. Feels a little thin.

D: Good drinkability. Light with a certain refreshing quality.

Really good atmosphere, good flavor and feel. Hops not as sharp as many IPA's, which probably improves drinkability a bit, especially for those that may not be IPA fans. Good quaff.

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Photo of tittymcj
4.12/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one consumed with William Pang (Queens, NY).

St. Peters pours a deep gold, with a very strong, lasting head, and heavy lacing.
The smell is very citrusy throughout, but also carries undertones of honey, which are very subtle but also definitely present in the background.
The taste is very mellow. There is definitely some grapefruit and some other citrus present, and a bitterness, but not much else to report.
It is very thin in the mouth. It feels thick coming in, but never settles, and therefore glides down the throat quickly and cleanly.
A very good choice for drinking multiples of. Very easy going down, and not very heavy at all at any point.

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Photo of vancurly
4.16/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB 02JUN09

a) Clear amber orange. Heavy offwhite head which maintains 1cm throughout the glass. Good bubbling.
s) Marmalade, apricots & lemonade
f) Lovely dance of flavours, including spicy citrus hop notes, biscuity malt and stone fruit. Toast, pine, herbs. Firm bitterness balances the mild sweetness.
m) Starts of lightly, before developing a light creaminess, curtailed by the bitter finish. Fairly delicate, yet balanced.
d) Lovely drink, interesting notes, and easy to drink several.

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Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark orange, unlike any other IPA that I've ever seen poured out of a bottle. The nose reported some hops mixed in with more dense aromatics not noticed until now in a brew style I highly enjoy.

Pleasant bite on on the pallet on the wash down. Not too exciting on the hop factor. But, an interesting twist on the style. Much prefer the SoCal version, therefore I recommend to those trying to find a different sense of how the beer is made across the pond.

Consumed: 12/26/08

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Photo of srandycarter
3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Looking pretty good, especially after being poured from a room temperature shelf in almost clear glass.

S - Wet damp hops, not bad, but kinda funky.

T - Not terrible. Was scared at first, but really, not that bad. Astringent, but pleasant enough.

M - Medium, Medium, medium.

D - Taste kinda old. I wouldn't be drinking it hard if I had options.

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Photo of tadowdaddy
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Bella Vino when they were closing...at 25% off.

A- A bit cloudy, amber in color, very cloudy. About an inch and a half of head with no retention. Lacing was minimal.

S- Fruity.. not really hoppy or malty, just plain fruity. Different than an american IPA.

T- Lots of citrus fruits, no malt background but not too hoppy either. Tastes grapefruit, oranges, lemons, but no real complexity. Doesn't taste bad by any means, but nothing really gets me going with this beer.

M- Light, weak in the mouth. No aftertaste... Not great in the mouth but better than average.

D- Easily drinkable and easily sessionable. Sessionability leads to a high score and lack of bad taste leads to be really drinable.

Won't drink again because there are so many better beers out there, but glad I tried this English IPA.

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Photo of Bananaman
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this one in one of the local bars in Karlstad. I had never heard of this beer before so I just had to try it out.

It pours a light amber color with a large white foam. Looks really nice and the bottle is really old-school and nice.

Smells nice but weak of English hops and some lightly rosted malts. Good smell but nothing outstanding in any way.

Tastes really bitter and slightly fruity, some notes of lightly rosted malts too. A quite uncomplex beer anyway, but very refreshing.

English style IPA isn't anything I'm spoiled with so this was interesting, but I think the English IPA brewers have to work harder to keep up with the American IPA's.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.46/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

St. Peter's India Pale Ale is an amazing looking beer. It's a perfect hazy amber ale with a thick, fluffy beige head that leaves a dense layer of foam on the glass as it recedes to a frothy, clumpy, oily custard of a head. The retention is eternal. The aroma is a bit muted by the head, but stir it up and you'll uncover a sweet grassy note that's very smooth. There is orange peel and a dusty malt backdrop. It smells a bit like a cave. It's smooth, soft and medium bodied with a crisp finish. Just right. The flavor is well balanced. The malt is like crackers, maybe Ak-Mak. Dry wood and black peppercorns blend with coriander, curacao and bergamot. All of these flavors are very tightly blended. It is very reasonably bittered-- maybe 40-45 IBU. The aftertaste is pretty long. This is an excellent beer. Have it with palak paneer and naan!
(rated Dec 25, 2007)

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Photo of hopdog
2.92/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle...one of those funky looking bottles.

Poured a medium amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of grassiness - straw, toasted caramel, and a little bready. Tastes of caramel, toffee, and some citrus. There was just something about the tastes and the way the interacted that just kinda of put me off on this one.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.07/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

very cool old-styl bottle. A mild English IPA. Orange pour with sediment and an average white head. Musty aroma with some flowers and grass. Watery taste of hops, earth, and light pine. Wanted so much more. Just another "organic" beer gone awry.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 5.5%. Amber to brown colour, moderate white head. Moderate aroma of toffee and hops. The flavour is distinctly hoppy from start to finish, with a substantial bitterness. Also some notes of toffee. Very bitter and sharp aftertaste. A solid British IPA this one.

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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 Vendetta
3.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Original Rating Date:
August 10, 2008

Pours yellow, slightly hopped aroma. Good effort at an IPA here but more matly than I'd expect and not nearly as hopped. There's a strong early spring beer influence in here, moreso than IPA influence. Enjoyable, but relatively bland, nothing too special here to be honest with you.

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St. Peter's India Pale Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 339 ratings
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