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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2006

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

I think this beer suffered a bit on the journey over. It seems to be quite musty in all phases. It pours a copper amber with a nice frothy and soapy head, good lacing, decent carbonation. The smell at first was very skunky, although it mellowed a bit and more biscuity grains came through. There are some hop aromas as well, but this isn't endearing me to the beer. The taste has a back bone of some nice biscuity and bready malts, but it is overshadowed by very acerbic, tea like hop bitterness, that just seems like its been sitting around too long. The biscuity flavors give me a hint of what this beer would be like if it were fresh. The hops are pronounced, not oily or estery, but more the traditional English Fuggles type. The beer is just a bit too musty for my tastes. The mouthfeel and consistency is a bit thin. The aftertaste is cloying hop that hangs on just too long.

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

According to the label, the bottled version is 5.5% ABV.

The colour is amber, the liquid clear; the beige head is two finger high and firm like whipped cream. Some lacing.

The smell is very hoppy and bitter. Strong notes of dried fruits. Chemical flavours of paint and detergents.

The taste is loaded with hops, too: The strong bitterness is fresh and delicious. Dried fruits, tart lemon. Some sweet notes from the discreet malt. The aftertaste is bitter in a fine way with lightly roasted flavours of wax and white loaf.

The carbonation is medium; the bubbles small and fresh. The liquid smooth.

An good English IPA with generous amounts of hops.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Purchased from Schnuck's Market in Germantown, TN.

Presented in an unusually squat and stubby bottle complete with oval label featuring the St. Peter's Crow - a bird that, apparently, has had the fortune/misfortune of ingesting a golden key.

Pours a light and dusty amber with a one-finger, bone-colored head that dissipates immediately.

Hoppy, floral aroma with hints of toasted malts, spruce and grass.

Lightly hopped with an herbal, tea-like background and notes of biscuit. Well-balanced? Yes, though its profile stradles hops and malts without any distinct character emerging. Mild-mannered to a fault. Not robust or full-bodied enough to carry the style.
Note: Taste improves significantly as it warms.

Extremely thin mouthfeel.

Drinkable, but not recommended.

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

Really cool lookig old fashioned medicine bottle.

Good, almost translucent rusty colred amber. Very few and sluggish bubbling. Only a ring of foam and some slight foamy film forms in the shape of small islands. Very sparse lacing after each sip. The aroma is medium citrus hops with some faint biscuits. The taste starts with light orange jam on a hard English biscuit. The hops come out halfway through the taste in agreat mildness. that gently blend with bready malts in the finish. Great blendig of English malt and hops. The great first IPA to baby step new craft beer fans. Very easy to drink.

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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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Photo of ojiikun
3.87/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle of IPA because, frankly, it's rather weird looking. I've enjoyed St. Pete's brews in the past, though in the recent years of extreme beers, I'd not visited their offerings. Since IPAs are a now more well-versed topic for me, I'm excited to try one by an old favourite brewery.

Bottle is the pictured odd-stubby flask sort with a simple cap that had the tiniest bit of rusting. No freshness date. Poped with a fairly hard hiss. Poured into my goblet a very clear light-orange with a very white head that fell fast to a ring of lace and some paisley islands.

Smelll is caramelized pears and unexpectedly malty for an IPA. Minerals under vaguely citrusy hopping; much less of the latter than this Northwesterner expected.

Taste is salty and bitter, like hops without any of the floral notes to which I've become accustomed. Maybe like pilsner hops were used to brew an ale? White pepper and darkly toasted white bread. Strongly reminicient of vanilla cream soda. Very light.

Mouthfeel is a bit oiley and viscous without being too sticky. Quite drinkable but oddly filling. Head and lace get beautifully chaotic by the end of the glass.

All in all, an odd beast. Very tame and totally offset from my expectations for an IPA, but good nonetheless. Very true to the brewery's style, from what I can tell. Worth a try.

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Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mildly chill hazed orange amber colored beer with a thin off-white head.

Smell is a little sweet with a trace of butter toffee and a sedate herbal hop scent. Not very strong but nice.

Taste starts out malty and grainy with an agreeably complex herbal flavor and a grassy after taste. Bitterness develops as you drink it, but it never gets that strong. Lots of English style hop flavor, but it really isn't IPA strength but this is a quite good pale ale.

Mouthfeel is good.

Exceptional drinkability but I really can't say that this is an IPA. Good pale ale though.

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Photo of PBBC
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Excited for this one...

Poured out of a very cool looking green pint-bottle.

Hazy orange-yellow, thin head, but bubbles were fun to watch.

Smell: I fear this beer suffered from a long journey by sea... the nose comes off with a strong scent of eggs at first, mellowed by a nice smooth English hops (fuggles? goldings?), a little bit of fruiti, then finishing with the nice St. Peter's tart yeast-smell... but the skunky-smell tinges the nostrils... the beer suffers here.

The taste is tart and slightly bitter, not a very strong hop presence, but noticeable... not in floral aspects though. The beer feels slightly thin overall, disapointing after the rest of my St. Peter's experiences.

Overall, Drinkable, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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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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Photo of rebel1771
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden hue with a thick foamy head that sticks around a good long while.

Aroma of oily hops dominate the nose with floral hints noted as well.

Flavor was a little underwhelming. Doesn't seem to have quite the hop presence I was expecting. That being said nice malt flavor with a bit hop bite along with it.

Good brew, not great, good session beer.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

1 pint 0.9 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear amber, one finger off white head with good retention, made up of various sized bubbles and foam, heavy lacing left on glass.

S = Good balance of hops and malt. Hops give mostly floral and citrus notes. Malt is of fresh grain and fresh baked muffins.

T = There is a good malt backbone, but there is also a soapy, almost antisceptic taste both at the front of the tongue and again in the finish. The soap tastes diminished as the beer warmed but did not disappear entirely.

M = Light-medium body, foamy full mouthfeel, good coating.

D = I liked this beers appearance, smell and mouthfeel but the taste could not be overcome. Only average drinkability for me.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
2.84/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice orangish amber. Nice sticky white head, leaves some nice lacing around the glass, great retention. Aroma is slightly skunky, a bit of toasted malt, apple, and maybe a touch of citrus. Not much hops here, not what you would hope for from an IPA. Taste isnt much better than the aroma. A little fruit with a lingering, somewhat unpleasant bitterness. Not a good IPA.

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Photo of mithrascruor
2.06/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a dull hazy copper color with light, slighty off-white head which leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: Very minimal aroma; a bit grassy with a bit of lemon or other citrus.

Taste: Hops, grasses, malts, and skunk! The skunk is especially present in the aftertaste. Without that it could be decent, but doesn't really seem like an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not horrible, but that skunk really takes it down a few notches.

I don't know if this was a bad bottle or what... but it really wasn't very enjoyable. I have -never- had a skunked pilsner-type flavor in an IPA before, though, so this has me a bit worried.

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

A - Poured a copper color with a light tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is fairly balanced between hops and roasted malt

T - Is well balanced with a malt backbone that finishes with some bitter hops

M - A medium bodied beer with medium carbonation

D - I think that this is a good example of an English IPA good taste with a malt start and finishes bitter this one is worth trying sometime

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Photo of ybnorml
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A golden yellow beer with a slight haze. Has a foamy off white head and some nice sticky lace. The aroma starts with a light sweet malt note and quickly gives way to a nice hoppy profile, with tea like and piney characters. The taste starts with the piney hops running all over your tongue. Followed by a light caramel malt character and a finish of the tea like hops and piney hops coating the back of your throat. An English style IPA all the way.

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Photo of sstackho
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle purchased from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a nice cloudy dark gold. It has a light English hop aroma along with some maltiness. The flavour has decent bitterness and well-balanced maltiness. Nice aftertaste. A typical, good English bitter. Not so much different than St. Peter's Best Bitter though.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jerusalem Tavern in London...

A: Rich golden with a lovely thick off white head.. lasting

S: Floral hops, roasted malts.. rather balanced in my book

T: The hops and the malts blend well like in the aroma profile... nothing too bold or note worthy... just a good british IPA

M - Medium bodied... smooth...

O - Good for a few...

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Photo of shabbtastic
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a green medicine bottle (which I found awesome)

A - Poured a Dark gold color, semi cloudy with a huge two finger head. Lacing was excellent, as well as head retention.

S - I couldn't tell if it was grassy herbs or the fact that the green bottle let in a little too much light and produced a faint skunk aroma. Never the less it was some what appetizing. Not you typical Pale Ale by American standards but very nice indeed.

T - Again, you must realize this is not an American IPA; the hop presence is there but balanced off with toasted malt and notes of grassy herbs.

M - Medium / full bodied. Dry finishes with a balanced feel all the way around.

D - I would definitely recommend this. Very drinkable and besides, the bottle is way cool.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shiney copper body is bright and has fine carbonation. Khaki head leaves behind ring lace and some webbing. A good looking brew.

Pretty well hopped for an English version of an IPA. Nice drying touch to the snappy hops keeps this beer very drinkable. There is a vinous edge to it throughout and plenty of lighter fruit varieties including pineapple and applejuice.

Notes: This one tasted very fresh and that made all the difference. The first one I tried tasted dumbed down. This version was hoppy and alive.

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Photo of russpowell
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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St. Peter's India Pale Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 343 ratings