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 Derek
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
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 -56.1%
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 -12.5%
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 -24.6%
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 +1.5%
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 -11%
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 -10.1%
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 -6.5%
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 -12.2%
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 +16.3%
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 +24.9%
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 +26.1%
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 +25.2%
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 +6.2%
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 +8.3%
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 -1.2%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly typical of many English Pale Ales. Standard fruity malts (peached and pears). These are pronounced in the aromas as well as flavors. Aromas quickly turn to grassy, pine-ey. Flavors do the same, but fade further into a sharp metalic hop flavor that is not prefered. The beer holds together nicely, lending a firm malt presence and hop balance. Finishes with a lingering metalic bite. Otherwise a nice brew.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.94/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pristine apricot. The occasional, slow-moving bubble can be seen rising to a fetching cap of alabaster foam that picks up a hint of orange from the beer on which it rests. The surface is nicely cobbled and deposits similar looking, bumpy, bubbly lace as it descends.

The nose is almost completely devoid of an hoppiness whatsoever. I wasn't expecting a hop bomb, or even a beer with the hoppiness of the typical APA, but I wasn't expecting this nose either. Frankly, the aroma isn't even acceptable for an English pale ale. Identification of the hop bill (or guesses anyway) simply isn't possible since a mild orange fruitiness is about all that I can appreciate.

Upon drinking... there's no way that this beer is an IPA; English or otherwise. If I think of it as a pale ale, I'll be much better off. Actually, there's quite a bit of bitterness that is beginning to do a number on the surface of my tongue. The problem is that all those alpha acids aren't accompanied by much hop flavor. This can't be an old bottle since I'm pretty sure this is a relatively new release.

India Pale Ale could stand to have a bigger pale malt backbone. In part because it would then more closely fit the stated style, and in part because more malt sugars are desperately needed to blunt the sharp, burr-like hoppiness. Bitterness is all well and good, as any hophead will attest, but without adequate support, the hoppier styles simply don't work.

The mouthfeel is too light. While I wouldn't mind it on... say it with me now... a pale ale, it isn't anywhere near as big as it needs to be for an IPA. I was willing to cut it a great deal of slack, but there's a limit to my generosity.

I wanted to like St. Peter's IPA, I really did. If the brewers had no intention of creating a true, honest to God and Queen English IPA, then why did they put India Pale Ale right there on the label? As far as I'm concerned, Cream Stout is still the cream of the St. Peter's crop.

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Photo of dgallina
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml light-brown gin flask. Dated 6 / 213 (presumably bottled on the 213th day of 2006).

Pours faintly cloudy pale copper. Thin wisps of foam quickly devolve into a white film and scattered thin lace. Aroma is composed of light-toasted biscuit malts and moderately strong leafy hops on metallic water. Flavor is rather poor. Sparse malt is rapidly overtaken by metallic hard water and completely unbalanced by sour leafy hops. Also full of bitter dirty copper notes. Average body is lightly carbonated and tends towards creaminess. Not very good. Expected better from other St. Peter's brews.

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Photo of xav33
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

St Peter's India Pale Ale
1/2 liter bottle
Medium pour in a tulip glass
Batch 6217, beatified 11/06

Poured a clear orange amber with a fizzy slightly off white mostly diminishing head.

Smelt of strong herbs and light dark bread.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet biscuit and bitter herb hops followed by a strong crisp bitter herb and green peppers and veggies with light dark bread on a fairly long finish. Light to medium bodied, slightly oily, fizzy and light astringency.

A clean crisp hops taste, easy to drink and enjoy. Nothing wrong with this brew, although it seems more like a pale ale or ESB than an IPA though.

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Photo of oberon
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I raise this pint glass to Glenn "BO" Schembechler,this poured a dull light light golden with a thin wispy head seems to be very lightly carbonated."Full bodied and generously hopped pale ale" per label,hmm wrong on both counts in my mind thin almost watery mouthfeel not much carbonation to give it any life the hop profile is light and more herbal than anything,a decent toasted malt base is there with a touch of sweetness.Eh pretty boring and not enjoyable,I expected more from a pretty good English brewer.

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