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 6stringfunk
3.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a nice amber color with a two finger head that sticks around. Has a nice hop aroma and flavor. Taste is pretty simple, but satisfying. It drinks very easy and does not have a bitter finish. One of my first IPA that I've tried. So far so good.

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Photo of Lukie
4.04/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out with a little head that dissipitated into nothing. Not even a hint of lacing on the sides of the glass. It was a pale golden colour, and slightly hazy.

Insanely fruity and strong aroma. Lots of citrus and pine notes, with some sweet malty aromas to it. Lot's of fresh pot purei (sp?).

I really sweet refreshing orange, mandarin, citrus blend hits at the start, with some buscuity tastes and a nice piney hop finish to it. Quite light in flavour, but extremely refreshing.

Perfect IPA for the Australian climate actually. Not overly powerfully hoppy like the American counterparts, but some very good fruity flavours and aroma.

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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 EatsTacos
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a cloudy copperwith a small bubbly head and very good lacing on the glass.

The aroma is pretty powerful I could smell it as I opened the bottle. Mostly hops but there is malt present too. The hops are piney, fresh, and slightly citrus.

The taste is dominated all the way through with very bitter hops. The bitterness isn't pleasant in a citrus or fruity way but astringent and biting. For a proper kind of hop profile I think there needs to be some kind of malt there to balance out the sour bitterness and that usually means an increased ABV, which this doesnt have. Really unbalanced. The mouthfeel is medium and somewhat creamy. The carbonation is light to medium.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A wonderful colour to this ale .Chestnut in winter would seem appropriate.
The head was a mixture of variably sized bubbles bubbles.
The smell is low key and for me had a hoppy fruitiness of no distinction.
This is very much a hop driven bitter beer , as would be expected , however ,there is scant hint of any maltiness.Which detracts from the overall quality of this ale.
It has a great mouthfeel seeming to roll from the tip of the tongue to whack the back of the throat with a goodly tap of bitterness.
It is an ale to startle the taste buds but a tad one dimensional due to the abscence of malt flavours.
I note that my bottle was a round 500ml version rather than the flask version and was listed as 5.5%ABV
Very enjoyable foe a pint or two but would not be a readily drunk session beer

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Photo of matt7215
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle from an LCBO gift pack

pours clear orange with a small white head. nice retention and lacing

aromas are burnt caramel malt and low AA english hops.

the flavour is nice and spot on for an IPA but not big, bold, complex or really that memorable.

the mouthfeel is a touch thin and a medicinal quality holds back the drinkability

do a bad pint but not the best from this brewer's lineup

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A dull straw. Nice thick pillowy head. Good retention. Sticky lacings.

Sort of strange aroma. A light hoppiness, kind of citrussy. Somewhat unpleasant sweetness behind.

Buttery malt up front but only lasts for a second. Astringent bitterness takes over pretty quickly. Bitter with with a lemon tinge to it. Fairly strong hoppy aftertaste.

Very strange take on an EIPA. Balance makes the English IPA one of my fave styles but this is out of wack, very difficult to nail down the malt.

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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 pootz
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 ml "medicine" bottle.

Decants a lightly hazed honey-gold ale to the glass. Has a modest tight sticky cap that lasts and laces well. Soft carbonation.

Aroma gives a bit of musty grain and honey tone, leafy hopping.

Caramely malts start the front side then a decent burst of resinous long-boil kent goldings that go very bitter in the finish. Very little citrus, some fruits (apricots), some pine tones no roast but the under pronounced caramel-doughy malt spine is obliterated by the hops by mid palate.

This is a bitter (unbalanced) IPA with no real advantage as the hops seem over boiled and too piercingly biter...not pleasantly citrus bitter or twiggy-leafy bitter but medicinal bitter...actually, it's a deintensified version of the IPA style at only 4.9% abv and subdued malt profile but the intensity comes from an annoying overcooked hop bitterness.

The pointless piercing bitterness makes this unpleasant to drink more than one and makes it unapproachable by many drinkers used to more drinkable IPAs.

There are better tasting and balanced intense IPAs around for my dollar.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.17/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says 5.5% ABV.

Pours a yellow gold color with a bit of haze and a filmy, persistent head. Not much lace sticks to the glass. The aroma is doughy and a bit spicey. Tartness shows in the background. The first thing I pick up in the taste is lemony Goldings bitterness. Grainy malt is abundantly present and provides a good balance. Grassyness and some diacetyl show as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is light and minimally carbonated. Citrusy, earthy hops linger in the finish.

This beer is an homage to English hops. Its not a hop bomb, much more subtle, but pretty bold nonetheless by English standards.

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

500 ml bottle from LCBO Christmas pack.

Pours a hazy light golden orange, amber highlights, decently thick white head forms, drops down to a thin layer, some nice lacing on the glass, good retention. Smell is weird, a bit skunky, caramel, grains, dough, some apricot and light fruitiness, herbal hops, light bit of sourness, not so great. Taste isn't much better, same caramel and grain malt profile, minerals, light fruit, sour and medicinal finish, lots of herbal bitterness, but not much else to balance, almost a grapefruity character, but definitely not pleasant. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation, almost a minerally/salty feel to it which makes it a bit hard to drink. Not a fan of this one.

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Photo of danny013
3.93/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml. bottle poured into a 20 oz. imperial pint glass. Body pours a deep hazy orange body topped with a pale tan 2 finger fluffy head. Head falls out to a nice clumpy covering and leaves some thick lace. Bottle conditioned.

Aroma is light, but quite put together. Plenty of hop aromas coming out on the forefront with some fresh toasted grains and a faint malt sweetness/diacetyl aroma. Hops are mostly earthy with some healthy citrusy notes jumping out.

Taste is initially of some big bread notes, balanced nicely with a good toasted maltiness. Hops charge in with a thick earthy bitterness and sit firmly with some faint caramel and a rich butterscotch flavor wading around in the back. Hops grow in intensity as the beer is swallowed, leaving a thick, earthy bitterness that sits on the tongue forever and puckers the mouth along with a dry finish. Faint citrusy flavors come out eventually, but are overall shadowed by the thick earthiness.

Mouthfeel is great, a medium bodied brew with a slight carbonation to smooth the beer out and make it easily quaffable.

Overall, I think this is a very well put together English IPA - and that is the important distinction: it is not an American IPA. Smooth, faintly carbonated with a rich hop character layered on top of a fine pale ale. Easily drinkable but fairly complex at the same time; something that can be had in a session or a quiet reflection. Serve warm for it's true character to shine. This is definitely something to check out, but don't go in expecting your standard American IPA.

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

Pours a clear orange color with minimal head, aroma is of funky, herbal hops and a tinge of malt.
Taste is subdued - the hops are there but not abundant. There's an herbal/medicinal quality to the ale that is difficult to place. Mouthfeel is light and carbonated. A mediocre ale through and through. I won't get this one again.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonik glass, this beer is a rather hazy amber-tan color with a small head. I hardly get any aromas from the nose except a slight scent of wet grain. The bitterness is moderately high but there's not a trace of hop flavor, just a caramelly maltiness. Dry but mostly uninteresting. Slightly astringent mouthfeel.

Basically: A good example of how not to make an IPA.

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Photo of elniko
1.94/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from fat English bottle into pint glass

A: Light than I would expect from IPA, nice fluffy head. No carbonation apparent. Average looking brew.

S: I've never smelt a skunked IPA, so I guess that there is a first time for everything. Thoroughly unpleasant nose.

T & M: I'm not sure if this was a bad bottle but this just did not taste right. Balance was off, simply tasted off. What taste there was simply awful, extremely bitter finish. Ughh and blech.

D: Poured this one out, I will be having and reviewing again as I'm pretty certain I got a bad bottle.

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Photo of ralree
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Fairly cloudy, dark gold, nice head that recedes fast, but good lacing.

S: Smells like cheap beer - Coors. Some hops detectable, but the overbearing rice malt smell is annoying.

T: Tastes of lots of brown sugar and sweet malt, with some citrus (orange), apricot, and banana in the background. The hops are present, and are very flowery. Not much piney flavor in this one. No detectable grapefruit. If you like the dried apricot IPAs, this one isn't bad.

M: Non-astringent, good carbonation, nice medium-light body.

D: Drinks alright, but is not as refreshing as some other IPAs. It's really sugary. I may buy again, but I would opt for quite a few others before doing so.

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Photo of ectomorph
4.35/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great old style green medicine bottle into a pint glass.

A - Hazy orange and gold in color with a sticky white head that caught me by surprise. Frothy.

S - Not what I was expecting. Spicy hop scent is followed by a sweetness. Not a mega hopped IPA.

T - Again, the spicy hop, not bitter but a sweet spice. A different malt backbone as well. An 'English' take on the India Pale Ale and I like it.

M - More head and body than most IPA's, this a plus.

D - Very high, I'm a big fan of this brew and St. Peter's in general.

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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 Ben4881
2.63/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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

This IPA pours out a nice golden amber color on the lighter end of the amber spectrum. A billowing white head emerges and has great retention. The lacing left from the head is nice and heavy, but becomes more intermittent down the glass.

Sour citrus hops hit the nose first. Then, there is a healthy grain malt aroma and a hint of yeast that follows. Smells a little "off" to me, not exactly what I have come to expect from IPA's.

Yikes, this one is intrusive. A sharp, spiky bitterness hits the palette right away. Then, there is a brief reprieve from the bitterness, in the form of a smoother malt flavor, which is followed by a sour grapefruit hop flavor. A watery, wet, smooth finish ensues. However, the aftertaste brings a heavy onslaught of dry bitterness. It feels as if it penetrates the tongue and hangs around like an unwanted guest. Unfortunately, I am turned off at this point.

St. Pete's has a light body with a noticeable amount of carbonation. Nothing special, it's a little lighter than I would have expected, but not horrible.

The hard bitterness in the beginning and the end is not at all appealing. On the bright side, as one continues to drink, the malt flavor becomes a little more apparent and brings some balance to the flavor. However, the aftertaste is a real bummer. Hate to say it, but I couldn't bring myself to finish the entire pint.

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Photo of froghop
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-cloudy orange-yellow with a small foamy egg-shell head, really good lacing.

smell of malt, earth, yeast, touch of citrus.

taste is grainy up front, malt, roasted nuts, some caramel, becomes more bitter as you drink, a slight dry finish.

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Photo of stephens101
1.75/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours 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. With all the good IPA's around these days, there is absolutely no reason to try this one. I'll stop there, because if I said anything else it might get ugly.

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Photo of Onslow
2.51/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First impression: what the hell went wrong ... pours a clooody haze dirty brown... smells of dirty water, soggy used hops, and dusty old bones fill of green dust ... low medium..lacing is actually very good ... a kind of dirty ugly beer ... has this strange bitterness.. to queer for me..

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Photo of dhd1491
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly cloudy, light gold with foamy white head that dies down rather quickly. Aroma of toasted grain. Flavor is medium-full with bitter hops and yeasty maltiness supporting notes of flint and copper. Sour hops taste much like a Heineken. Overall, an interesting brew. Not what I expected in an IPA, certainly different than an American fruity, citrusy hops here. Goes down easy enough.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy golden yellow, virtually no head.

S- Quite cidery with a noticeable but mellow hop aroma

T- Sweet malt on the take. This is balanced to near perfection through the finish. Not as strong of a hop finish as I expected.

M- Riddiculously smooth, low carbonation.

D- Too bad I haven't seen six packs of this yet.

Forget everything you know about american IPA's. This is a damn tasty beer.

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Photo of tronester
3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber brown with a medium tan head. Smells of sour beer, really skunky, not good at all. Taste is much better. Tastes of earthy hops, a nice malt flavor with just a touch of sourness. The hops leave a nice bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation levels are medium as well. Drinkability is pretty good, this is a decent English Ale, I suspect if I had it on cask, fresh, I would like it MUCH more. I think the green bottle combined with the long trip may have degraded the quality a bit, but even so, its still worth a try.

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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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