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

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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Reviews: 200 | Ratings: 335
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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Photo of forsport
5/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

St Peter's IPA gives a hit to our friends in the New World how this style of beer appeared in the first place, to preserve it through harsh shipping envoirments. Hops make great presevatives and while it is not as hoppy as an IPA from Oregon it will please with its assertive profile.

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Photo of erz316
3.04/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bottle into old spec pint glass

big off white creamy head, very hazy dark orange body. no real discernible nose, slight slight hops. taste is a decent bitterness, nothing exterme, but nothing really noticeable or impressive. slight malts and a straightforward mild bitterness. the feel is fine and as is the drinkability. perhaps it is a bit too thick and not carbonated enough for such a feel.

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

AN all around good beer, slightly skunked but not enough that you cannot overlook it. Damn green bottles.

Appearance had a minimal head but okay lacing. Smell was a little disguised because of skunkiness but the hops are mellow but present. Tastewise there is a little fruit taste , assumably from the hops. Malty backbone also as it should be with this style. Yeasty taste present also but maybe that is more announced because of the skunkiness.

A nice Pale Ale that is very easy to drink, skunkiness a little but still decent.

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

Well...I'm in the store and my buddy reccomends this brew, describing it as a really nice, mellow IPA. That should have been my indication not to get this beer.

I don't know exactly what they were trying to do here, but this 'mellow' IPA had a bland flatness to it. In the absense of that traditional hop/floral essence that I look for in the genre, I would have hoped for some redeming quality or some other flavorful malt--but none existed.

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Photo of TLove
2.61/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Awkwardly clean and with an almost kolsch-like crispness, this beer is is an interesting example of the English IPA long before innovative American brewers got their hands on the style.

A light amber, gold color with a nice creamy 1 1/2 finger head with a light carbonation and a strong presence in the lacing. The smell is of corn and malt acids. A bit grainy and pervasively thin. Almost punishingly so. Almost all carbonation sits at the head. This beer is crisp and clean, but the hop structure is (by American standards) remarkably weak, and by English standards, on the light end. The pungent hop oils are there, but the body is again too light to allow the malt structure to really grab and render flavors beyond the corn and grains that I taste. A bit calcic and the finish is kind of awkward. A bit more sweetness would really round this beer out better.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: light amber/ light gold color. Nice creamy head with great retention

S: skunked smell dominatesn hint of lemon and grass

T: light caramel malt spritzed with lemon and grass. Very tasty and makes up for the harse aroma.

M&d: light prickly mouthfeel, very drinkable.


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Photo of seanbhudson
2.64/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear orange/amber color with a medium off-white head. Small amount of lacing.
Moderate aroma of orange and "skunk". Also pick of hints of soy sauce which makes me think of the Chinese dish orange chicken.
Crackers, earthy and grassy hops. Malt, caramel, yeast and minerals.
Medium bodied beer. Finishes dry. Moderate carbonation.
This was a strange tasting beer for me. Lots of mineral flavors that I didn't particularly like. The "English" tasting malts were nice. Didn't seem hoppy enough to be an IPA Dry finish also detracts from the "drinkability".

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

A sample from S.K.I. Beer in Brooklyn, this will be served at about cellar temperature in an imperial pint glass. Batch number 8246 is printed on the reverse.

Appearance- Pours a light to medium gold, with the creamiest two finger head that mimicks the bubbles of a nitro pour. The crown remains substantial for several minutes, never fading away. Sheets of lacing drape the inside of the glass... it begs a first sip.

Smell- Clean and quite malty, the nose displays some toffee and wisps of faded hops. The water's own character comes forth as well, with its sharp pungency.

Taste- Gripping the mouth with its initial bitterness, the hops never let go. A malt presence arrives in the middle, bringing some balance, then the beer finishes with an eternal bittering that lays way back on the sides of the tongue.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Thin and easy, the texture compliments the relative simplicity of the beer's overall presentation. It never gets above the most gentle prickle in the mouth. For an English IPA, it quenches and would be a solid choice with most foods.

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Photo of PerroGrande
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a pint bottle of St. Peter's IPA as part of a beer run today, and it was second on my tasting list.

Appearance: Pours to a pleasing golden shade with a moderate amount of foam. The foam was not thick or lasting, but did adhere to the glass quite vigorously.

Smell: I did not pick up the "skunk" that other reviewers commented on. Hops was a strong component of the smell for certain. I picked up what might be a light honey overtone in the smell.

Taste: This beer was very enjoyable to drink. Initially, it offered up a tantalizing hint of honey sweetness that quickly gave way to a classic English Ale tone. The finish was a typical English Hop build up that exited dry and clean. Hops was clearly the predominant character of the beer's aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: During the consumption of this beer, I found the mouthfeel to be thin and watery. But interestingly, after finishing the beer, my mouth felt almost sticky -- like one might feel when eating some honey. This stickiness also appeared on the glass -- the foam adhered solidly, stuck there quite well by whatever caused the sticky sensation.

Drinkability: Good. Curiously, I could not find the ABV on the bottle, but I'm guessing that it is around 6-7%. The dry, clean finish would work nicely in a session situation. The only drawback in this category is that "honey sensation", which was easily chased with a drink of water.

Overall -- I enjoyed this beer. Not an overpowering IPA by any sense of the imagination, but very interesting and enjoyable.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a chilled 500ml bottle into a traditional pint glass.

A - Dark gold colour, good head from pour but feeble retention and lacing. Little carbonation.

S - Quite gentle aromas. Zesty citrus. Full hops.

T - Hops are clear right from the outset, with a blast of bitterness. Slightly sweet toffee-like flavours in the middle before a very bitter finish from the hops.

M - Medium bodied, quite lively.

D - Fairly drinkable and easy going. Could see myself drinking this as a session beer. There are better English IPAs out there, for example Worthington White Shield and Greene King IPA but this is still an decent beer in its own right.

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance> This poured hazy and golden, with a big head that immediately disappeared. Not too lively. Having just got back from England and drank a lot of there IPAs last week, I can say this is pretty much par for the course for what an English IPA looks like.

Smell> Honey, grain. Pretty nice.

Taste>A little sweeter than expected. Nice complexity. Really on all it's a pretty run of the mill English, where as us Cali kids are used to American IPAs. All in all. I thought it was not shabby.

Mouf> Easy like sunday morning

Drinkability> Sure. I'll have another.

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Photo of Macca
3.07/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have to start off with a gripe about the packaging on the bottle. The pink to purple spectrum they have used on the label makes the tint type impossible to read. Did anybody actually look at the labels when they came back from the printer?

Ok, got that out of my system, now for the beer,

It pours a clear copper colour with a generous beige head with reasonable retention.

As for aroma...I just had to check the label and yes even I can read the part where it says "India Pale Ale" so where are the hops? Not even a slight hint of them on the nose. All I am getting is a bit of skunkiness and sweetness. Adjunct lager anyone?

Right well the hops do show up a bit on the palate but not enough for my liking. Sweetness is still there. The hops are becoming more dominant as the beer warms. Perhaps that was the issue? Maybe there is an optimal serving temp on the back label but that will always be a mystery.

Mouthfeel is ok. Medium bodied.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have seen St. Peter's beers around for a while but have never taken the plunge. The bottle is a unique shape and it is not brown. I typically steer rather clear of clear or green bottled beer to avoid getting a skunky light struck beer. Every place that I have seen St. Peters, the display is usually rather dusty, not a good sign. But, since I have been meaning to try them for a long time now, I thought what the hell, get the IPA and see what its all about. I poured the beer into a St. Bernadus goblet (my favorite glass). There was little carbonation, low head, mild aroma, not much like an American IPA. It was dark in color, not a brown but maybe a copper-ish brown. It was smooth and had a nice mouthfeel to it. The hop character did not show up until the aftertaste at first. My fears that the green bottle and age had caused the beer to be skunky were well founded unfortunately. Even though this beer may have been past its prime, I still recommend it to everyone out there. Years ago, I had the Bert Grant's IPA in the bar "The Cellar" in Mesa, Arizona. I was big into hops at the time and would try anything that I thought would have an overpowering hop character. The Grant's IPA was mellow and really mild. The representative from Grant's that was present said that their IPA was from the original recipes used for the British IPAs. I did not believe him and found the beer rather boring. This beer is more hopped than Grants, maybe this is what they were shooting for. Anybody that is making a study of IPAs (specifically British IPAs) needs to check this beer out. I'd try it again if I could get it on draught or knew that the bottle was relatively new.

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St. Peter's India Pale Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
3.36 out of 5 based on 335 ratings.
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