St. Peter's Organic English Ale
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd

St. Peter's Organic English AleSt. Peter's Organic English Ale
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Style:
English Pale Ale
Ranked #158
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
81
Ranked #42,060
Avg:
3.58 | pDev: 15.08%
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
153
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St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
81
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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(olive-brown, 500 ml bottle, code 17180 ... poured at cellar temp into a proper British nonic pint)

L: pale amber liquid with a very slight haze... not much head forms on pour, nor does it lace to any notable degree

S: apricot, bold light caramel, hint of tinned peaches... near dessert-like tone as in a cookie-ish, jam-filled tart... mild hop presence: earthy, possibly old hops... great potency, overall - very British aromas, possibly some wear/age on it

T: thick bread crust, leather, dried grass against a sooty stone foundation... bit of a dried apple note in the finish; later, a honeyish grain note clings to the back teeth and builds... the middle and aftertaste is rather dry, while a grassy, mild tannic bitterness lingers mid-palate

F: soft, sedate, with a delicate, jelly-like bounce to its body... does feel like some residual hop resins smear back with each sip... would prefer perhaps a little more livelier carbonation, say via a live example

O: wasn't expecting the paler color and flavors, but it's a pleasant, rustic, quintessentially British sort of ale that would probably be spectacular dry-hopped with classic English hops, served off the pump... I'd definitely get this again - right up my alley

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Photo of Suds
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden hazy colored brew. Slim white head. The aroma is grainy and grassy. Dryer than expected, with a light earthy hop flavor. Mild and unobtrusive. Firm finish. Malt comes out over time. Firm body. Solid but not very interesting.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a small cap

S: Very grassy and floral with lots of grainy notes and barley. Apple notes in the back

T: Follows the nose. Quite mild. Starts off with the grassy hops and goes into the apple notes along with underlying grain and barley. Finishes with lingering barley

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: An easy drinking English ale that would be good for a session. Very beer-y and pub-like

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Photo of deniro
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice pour with a hazy golden color to it. Wasn't too crazy with the smell though initially. But after letting it sit a minute and taking another whiff of it definitely grew on me. Decent amount of carbonation. Didn't get much of a head at all. The taste was good. Definitely refreshing. Taste almost has a sweet suttle honey taste to it. A little bit of malt in there with it to mix some hops. Overall it's definitely pretty good and grew on me as I was drinking it and let it warm a bit the complexity of the flavors definitely came through more.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled on 11/24/2015. Pours slightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a small dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, honey, cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of bready malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, honey, cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of honey, cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and minimal lingering hop astringency after the finish. Touch of diacetyl, but otherwise quite clean and not overly yeasty. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Light carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and slightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very good English bitter style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; very smooth, easy, and pretty refreshing to drink. Very flavorful for the ABV, and very well balanced. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BourbonCountry
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

1 pint 0.9 oz green "flask" bottle poured cold into pint glass.

Look: Deep gold to pale amber. Very thin head with no lacing.

Smell: Vanilla, Euro hops, and malt.

Taste: Woodiness and malty sweetness at first with herbal hops on finish. I would consider the bitterness a bit on the high end for this style but not overpowering.

Feel: Medium with refreshing carb on finish.

Overall: An easy-drinking, classic English pale. I think its an excellent representation of the style but not something I would seek out. If I found it on draft somewhere, I would definitely give it another try.

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Photo of 60sFolks
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look is typically all of this style, golden and clear. Smells of, I swear it does, dried apricot and peach. Tastes of honey and hops, with a tingle of carbonation. It is a mouthful. Overall? I am going back for more.
Bonus: the bottle's shape is unique.

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Photo of fx20736
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bought a single bottle from Southtown Beverages. Served cold in a Sam Smith's pint glass.

Look: light honey amber, dirty white head,lots of bubbles

Smell: mild and earthy

Taste: muddled with an herbal bitterness

Feel: whatever

Overall: gets alcohol into the body

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Photo of sagely
2.89/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: very clear copper. Beautiful

S: Thin, slightly buttery but very malty

T: Malt and toffee, sweet with just a touch of herby bitterness

MF: Thin and flat

O: Very drinkable. Not my usual brew, but very enjoyable

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is honey suckle and light grains.
The taste is a mild play between honey sweet and pine bitterness. Nice.
The texture is crisp.
Really enjoyable.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 ml green medicine bottle served cold into a. Shaker pint. Purchased for about $3.65 CDN.

Appearance - clear, rich golden color, topped with a finger or so of dense white head. Good clarity and an average amount of effervescent bubbles.

Smell - quite clean, with some metallic notes and a coarse light grain aroma lingering in behind. Perhaps a suggestion of fruit like cherries.

Taste - clean with mild bitterness, plenty of grains and some flowery and fruity flavours lingering in the background. Well put together and quite drinkable.

Mouthfeel- good carbonation, light yet satisfying mouthfeel and drier than average to finish. Good feel for and EPA.

Overall - while not mind blowing, St. Peter's English ale is a good example of the style, easily accessible with just a few surprises like the unexpected fruitiness to keep you interested. A well crafted beer that's worth a shot.

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Photo of mjurney
4.16/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Dark golden color, clear. Lively carbonated. Small head.

Aroma:
Herbal-earthy hops, sweet malts, hint of toffee.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Sweet bread, toffee, a little nutty. Faint fruitiness. Herbal-earthy hops towards the end. Finish is sharp, semi-dry. Body is medium, very crisp and refreshing, well carbonated, easy drinking.


Overall:
It's a very good beer.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Crisp clear golden light amber. Streaming CO2 with decent lager like head lace left from this is sticky and again lager like.

S - Loads of funky weed like hop aroma and some sweet malt.

T - Plenty of that funky weed hop in here too but here it does not taste so weed like anymore. Crisp and fresh malt tones and something that almost tastes burnt.

MF - Light body but crisp and fresh. Prob one for the Pilsner drinkers out there.

Overall - WEll balanced and tasty enough but not overly strong in any category.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, tea, fruit, and slight skunk aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, fruit, tea, and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid flavors, but the smell has some skunk aroma that dissipate somewhat as the beer warms up.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Sampling right now on 9/19/14. Comes in a single 500ml (16.9 ounce) pretty green bottle for about $4.50. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a weissber vase glass.

Pours a pretty honey-apricot in color with a very thin white head. Just some light lacing is seen when sipped but not much at all. The aroma is of some grass, yeast with a touch of honey sweetness. The taste is pretty much the same with a slightly dry and very light bitter finish that doesn't last at all. After a few more sips, this one actually was better. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Overall, a decent brew. After it warms up a bit, it is even better.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This review was originally submitted in summer 2012 under the 'St. Peter's English Ale' entry, a mistake on my part that has been deleted and moved here.

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; production code A1612 (guessing that means January 16th of this year, but I'm really not sure). Nice bottle, but does it really need to be green?

Pours a translucent pale amber-blonde colour, topped with roughly one finger of frothy, creamy off-white head. Retention isn't great, but there is some very nice lacing left behind. The aroma is skunky at first, but this problem is mostly solved with a few minutes of airing out. Doing so helps reveal the true aroma of biscuity malts, honey, and some fruity esters reminiscent of apples and pears, all of which is supported with a background of leafy English hop aromas.

This is a pretty tasty EPA, and its flavour covers most of the major traits I like in the style. The flavour is dominated by malts at first, reminding me of lightly-toasted buttered biscuits with a hint of honey and toffee. This is balanced nicely with some potent floral, earthy English hop bitterness, adding a slightly tea-leafy feel to the brew that lingers into the dry finish. Slick, buttery mouthfeel, with a body on the light side of medium. Relatively light carbonation that gently prickles the tongue as you sip, and very drinkable.

St. Peter's Organic English Ale could easily be improved by just switching to a brown bottle, but it's still a solid quaff even with the skunkiness. Fairly well-balanced, very smooth mouthfeel with lots of English-style hoppiness, which is 90% of what I want from an EPA.

I picked up another bottle on Dec. 19 2013, this time comparing it side-by-side with Spitfire, Fuller's London Pride and Pedigree. The toasted malts allow this one to stand out from the pack - this is a superbly well-balanced, sessionable English ale with no serious weaknesses. It's a little too pricy to be something I'd drink regularly, but that has nothing to do with the beer itself. All English ale fans should give this one a shot.

Final Grade: 3.90, an impressive B+.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint hints of apricot highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy off-white head that reduces to a large patch of thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of biscuit malts with some light aromas of fruity yeast (hints of white grape). There is a light aroma of floral and grassy hops as well.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of biscuit and bready malts with some light flavors of fruity yeast (white grape) - which contributes a very light amount of sweetness which builds as the beer warms. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish but it does not linger for long.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Clean and crisp with just a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: With the nice flavors/aromas and low ABV, this is a very nice sessionable brew and one I could easily see myself enjoying - reminds me of sitting in a pub in London.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the antique looking green 25 oz. bottle labeled Organic English Ale with the number 10035 on the back label. Sampled on June 30, 2013.

The pour is golden amber with a foamy off-white head and a slight cloudy appearance. I think it looks quite good.

The aroma is very malt forward with butter and cream, yeast, and a slight herbal quality. Hops are soft.

The body is light to medium but quite creamy.

The taste has a malty beginning but a slightly lingering hop finish that becomes rather dry. It reminds more of German malts than English but it is refreshing enough.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Peter’s Organic English Ale has an extraordinarily thick, spongy, off-white head, with little brown specks sprinkled about and thick, heavy lacing left behind on the glass. The appearance is murky golden, with suspended brown flecks and lots of bubble streams. Aroma is sharp, with a moldy, cellared smell and some bready sweetness. Taste is of sweet, bready malt, sharp, grassy hops bitterness, nut shell, sugar, and cellar. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and St. Peter’s Organic English Ale finishes dry, decently refreshing, and nicely drinkable, yet not particularly quaff-able. Overall, this is an interesting and flavorful ale, and I suggest giving it a go.

RJT

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Photo of Flounder57
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer and left some lacing on the glass. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: caramel malts, fruity, and bready.

Taste: grassy hops, bready and pale malts, and some lingering bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, medium carbonation, and light to medium bodied.

Overall: Pretty nice EPA here folks. Not crazy about beer that comes in strange green shaped bottles, but this one was alright.

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Photo of Top_Jimmy
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

St. Peter's Organic English Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd pours well from a round green 500ml bottle leaving a small head with some initial lacing. It has a nice golden color with a bitter taste. It has a mild carbonation with a mild bitter hoppy taste. Mild fruit aroma with a hint of malt in the background. Average mouth feel, nothing great.

I was recommended this beer as the best beer around, I found that it was not much to write home about. While I wouldn't turn a free one away, I probably would not purchase it for myself anytime soon.

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Photo of Danno48
2.87/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought this beer after it had been on the shelf for like a day but it is in a terrible green bottle so I was expecting some light abuse.
Looks great, nice bright pale ale colors and the head sticks to the glass like glue.
I couldn't smell much of anything with this beer, maybe because it isn't very bubbly but I couldn't smell much of anything.
I guess the taste is better than most of the cheap beers around town but it tasted a little stale and mildly hoppy. Also I found a hint of skunkyness due to the green bottle. I hate light abused beer.
Felt good in the mouth but nothing special...
It is a very ok beer that I didn't mind drinking but I couldn't say anything special about.

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Photo of carlborch
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliantly clear, golden pour with modest carbonation and a beautiful cream-off-white 1-inch head. Modest head retention. Fresh, noticeable, malty nose with some grassy after-notes. Medium body. Excellent lacing. Restrained hop-bitterness; suggestions of fresh cracked pepper on the palate. Crisp and dry finish. Nice bite . Almost pilsnerish. Certainly moreish. I would definitely purchase this ale again. Delicious.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My brother in law brought this over before my Oktoberfest party the first weekend in October. While this was an unusual offering since I had a keg of Weihenstephaner, I still drank it anyways. It's still beer. I had my reservations though, being a genuine English beer (which I find too subdued compared to American styles) and in a green bottle, which is a death knell for many beers to me. Anyways, poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a pale golden piss yellow color; very little head and retention, with no real lacing to speak of. And did I mention it was in green bottle?

Aroma - Grassy, with some toasty and cracker notes in there as well. A little bit of yeast, but pretty low-key.

Taste - Hoppiness is detectable, as well as the toast and cracker notes. Palate is much like the nose on this one, which isn't a bad thing.

Mouthfeel - Well-rounded, medium bodied and carbonated.

Overall - Nothing spectacular, nothing to write home about. It is a decent beer, but I wouldn't buy it again. In fact, I probably never would have bought it in the first place, given the Green Bottle Curse. But it was okay. Recommended to try once.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint. Cool old-timey medicine bottle that is unfortunately green.

3.0 A: Lightly hazed light orange color. Not quite one finger of frothy white head. Retention is about average and a very short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Earthy and minerally with a dry crackery and grainy maltiness. Little bit of toastiness. Grassy and earthy hops. Mild yeastiness. Pretty standard for the style, which is good enough for me.

3.5 T: Taste is like the nose. Earth and mineral. Dry, light toastiness, cracker and grainy malts. Mild yeast, mild-moderate bitterness, grassy hoppiness.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Crisp and dry and smooth.

3.5 D: Decent beer that has no faults.

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St. Peter's Organic English Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 153 ratings