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

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St. Peter's English AleSt. Peter's English Ale

Brewed by:
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002

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Ratings: 290 |  Reviews: 205
Reviews by cozmohollis:
Photo of cozmohollis
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Has the look of a cider with a decent lace.

S: Biscuity with light floral and fruit scents.

T: Multi flavored up front with a good balance of hops towards middle and end.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation and a semi dry finish.

O: Nothing really stands out, but it's a very balanced English Pale Ale.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like everyone else I really liked the bottle,I had the Saint Peter's Bitter and liked that as well.I liked the nice golden color to it,no head to it but that was fine for the style.Smelled very hoppy and fruity like I figured it might be.Nice balanced ale slightley sweet but the hop is very evident,very clean tasting.Nice drinkable ale will look for others from this small brewery.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured a nice, hazy, brownish-orange in color with a good, retentive head.

Smell – The light English malts are nice here. This one smells very smooth and inviting if not overly complex.

Taste – The light, smooth, toasty malts are complimented by a bit of citrus flavor (maybe from hops?). This is a subtle but tasty beer.

Mouthfeel – This light to medium-bodied English Ale in extremely smooth (did I say that already?) with a good, creamy mouthfeel. There’s just enough drying at the end to satisfy.

Drinkability – This ale is nice, easy, and even. The finish especially is long and drawn out and meant to be savored.

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Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Brown 1 pint .9 fl. oz. Old fashioned medicine style bottle, blurb about being organic … no freshness date.

Appearance: Rich hazy golden brew with an appealing white lace that froths up real nice. Haze turns out to be just a mild chill haze, when the ale warms up to cellar temp it drops quite bright.

Smell: Hints of earth and mineral, ghost like sulfur notes are noticeable. Hops are light though with a raw earthened like twang. Whole rounded grain in the nose both sweet and dry grain.

Taste: Moderate body and a smooth, rounded and crisp carbonation which forms a quick flowing mouth feel. Porridge like grain sweetness with a homemade cracker like maltiness. Slight sulfur and mineral flavour from the water, earthy hop with a mild pungent lemony bitterness. Hint of smokiness from the copper kettle brewing. Bread crust like finishes with a semi clean lingering hop bitterness to boot.

Notes: Mmm … organic real ale, this is the good stuff for sure and a session beer at that.

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Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Olde fashioned bottle, no freshness dating. Pours light a light shade of honey/almond, clear, minimal head. Does leave very light tiny bubble lacing. Seems to have low carbonation. Hop nose. Nicely balanced English ale. Subtle maltyness, balanced by a moderate amount of grainy hops. Light bodied, fairly dull english style stuff. Pleasant quaffer, but give me some boldness of the American take on the style.

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Photo of fdrich29
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

St. Peter's English Ale. 1 Pint .9 Fl. OZ. bottle purchased at Downtown Wine and Spirits, Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusetts.

"Organically Grown Hops & Barely Oil Association Organic Certification UK5" says the front of this throwback brown medicine bottle.

"Organically grown light malted barley and hops create a refreshingly wholemsome flavoured ale with a delicate character."

Let's see about that...

None of the skunky smell I got with another of the St. Pete's offerings. Very light taste, aroma. Goes down nice and easy-like. It's easy to envision men sitting around in a pub hundreds of years ago drinking one after another of this brew. Alchohol comes in at a mere 4.5% making this all the more easy to sit back and session.

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Photo of Swedes21
2.65/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - In keeping with my normal pouring strategy, the beer produces a minimal amount of head. The head does disappear fairly quick but leaves some good lacing. Beer is fairly clear, maybe a slight have and some carbonation in the centre of my glass.

Smell - hint smell of hops and barley, with no alcohol smell at all. very clean smell.

Taste - this beer packs some taste, not saying an amazing taste but the taste is there. I am back to the citrus taste with a bitter finish at the end.

Mouthfeel - there is min carbonation that activates when the beer touches your mouth. the taste is the same as the beer goes down, can slightly taste the hops.

Drinkability - It is a beer i am glad i tried, but the organic aged ended with Woodstock or maybe should have stayed at Woodstock!

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Photo of Thrasher
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden with wispy head that dwindles but laces the glass. Some skunk aromas eventually disappeared. Quite sharp, almost fizzy, reminiscent of an Australian sparkling ale perhaps. Grasses, grains, earth in the flavor - it tastes noticeably different, an "organic" flavor I suspect. Malts are bready but not sweet; hops come on strong and tickle the tongue, almost puckering effect. Sharpness with a metallic hint makes me wonder if bottle has been damaged by light. Bottles are neat but I am guessing they don't protect the beer as well as they should. A very earthy ale, quite raw, unusual and lacking the heartiness that the best British ales have. Would pair nicely with some crispy fresh vegetables. Bring down the cost and I'll become a regular customer, otherwise no.

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Photo of briandaube
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of ADR
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Moderately hazed pale amber color, a little yellowish and kind of dull in overall appearance. Head struggles, then fall to a skim fairly quickly. Nice laces however, complex rings and falling tendrils. Slightly hoppy nose here, a bit of apple skins and a lesser amount of balsam. Mouthfeel is lighter, carbonation falls below average and works downward. Nice taste, actually the malt is subdued and lightly grainy, and the hops shine in a English manner. Bitter florals and black pepper characterize the impression. Clean finish with a bit of verve -- and nice balance, the dying carbonation is the only bit of a letdown in the finish.

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Photo of JIMTRK16
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of FleeVT
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt. 9fl.oz green bottle with a funky shape that is somewhere between flask and typical 12oz beer bottle. No dates.

A: An amber hazy brew with a nice white head that starts out huge then settles down to a medium, quarter finger layer. The haze is a deep amber in the center with a glowing yellow outside edge.

S: Slightly yeasty aroma with a mild dosing of earthy hops. Sweet malts balance out the nose.

T/M: This one builds up from the front to back. Dull hops up front with a gradual build up to a citrus bitter back mixed with a mild malty sweetness and mineral (almost metallic) finish. The hops linger a bit in the aftertaste. Moderate body and moderate carbonation make this a great feeling beer.

D: Great little session brew. A little dull on the palate but it's got nothing but fresh grown organics in it (so it must be good for you).

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Photo of RDW
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of skillerified
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fairly typical looking English Pale, except maybe a touch darker than most. Very hazy and cloudy. Red and gold hues, red toward the middle, gold on the edges. Can get downright yellow in certain lights. Fairly small, but fluffy and bubbly head. Faded quickly to a frothy white cap that seems to be sticking. Fairly sticky lacing both on the glass and left inside the bottle.

Also fairly typical in the scent. Strong malt up front, but a pleasant hoppy, fruity bite at the back end. Gets a touch citric with some agitation.

Very malty and breadlike on the first sip. A pretty stong bitter bite on the finish too. Not a lot of interplay of flavors. Again, just typical English Pale characteristics. The hoppy bite favors a grapefruit flavor. Definitely more bitter than most of this style though. After a few more sips the grapefruit seems to be taking over. Maybe a bit much. A little off balance. Flavor seems to be closer to an IPA. No real sense of that hard water flavor that seems so essential in this style of brew.

All in all, not a bad brew. Not a real winner for me either. I'd take a Bass over this anyday,

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Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes taken fall of 03 (evident by the red sox reference, no this was not game 7, i was certainly too depressed to review after that)
Review is verbatim, since mood effects review.
It's been a rough day watching the red sox, so i'm hoping for a pick me up. I love the flask shape bottle and the simple classic label, but other than that the appearance is fairly average. There is almost no head even with a vigorous pour, though this is not uncommon for English PAs. The color is a nice dark golden amber. Not an overly aromatic beer, but does smell faintly earthy/dusty/musty, actually kind of like an english tavern. The taste is subtly malty and not overly hoppy, again fairly traditional for EPA. Not overly complex, but tasty and enhanced by the nice light bitter finish. This was fairly light bodied and not very carbonated. I wonder how much of that is due to original craftsmanship versus shipping to Colorado. With no freshness date i have no way to know. Overall a good solid pale ale that i enjoyed but was not great enough to improve my mood very much.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a fairly transparent gold and orange color. There's very little head and no lacing to speak of.

The taste is of good malts and subdued hops. The mouthfeel comes out in whole and is somewhat slippery. Drinkability is very high thanks to pure smoothness. There's nothing spectacular here, but there aren't any sore sports either.

Overall, this is what Bass wishes it was.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's deep golden orange in colour with almost no head to speak of. What little head there is fades to a ring around the edge and splotch in the middle. It smells of caramel, ripe fruit (apple and plum?), with a faint musty character around the edges. There's an earthy base to the flavour profile. Caramel and fruit, with lemony finish. Nice lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. I think I opened this too cold, it took some time to really open up. It improves significantly as it warms. Very low carbonation and smooth-bodied, but somewhat light as well. Easy to drink and light in the stomach - it's definately a session ale.

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Photo of stevemcqueenjr
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first sniff this smells pretty skunky but virtually disappears (a little is left behind) when you pour it. it gives way to a more sweet barley aroma.

I had a hell of a time getting any head from this, there was very little and there was also not much lacing. It is somewhat cloudy but not as cloudy as an unfiltered. It is kind of a cloudy gold.

A decent flavor, smooth and light to medium body. Good example of english style ales. It is something i could easily drink a few of at a time and not get sick of.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

AP: A semi-cloudy, very active and bubbly pale-golden color with a thin but lively scattered head that dissipated very quick to a minimal cap. There is a minor amount of lacing left behind.

Nose: A very herbacious and biscuity, hearty malted scent with grains and wheat and some earthy hop notes underneath.

Taste/MF : This light bodied brew feels thin but clean and fresh featuring a pure herbal, doughy and wheatie malted flavor and an equally as hearty, earthy and herbal hop finish.

DA: I found this very easy to drink and enjoyed the fact that it is made up of mostly organic ingredients.

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Photo of Bcant
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This organic ale from Eastern England pours with a small white head that settles quickly. It has a deep-amber color and it's bouquet sweetish with hits of toffee. The nose is sweet and fruity, with notes of apricots, but by the time it reaches the back of your mouth the flavors are smoky, almost porter-like. The finish is crisp and dry, showing that it has been hopped just enough to balance it out and prove that it is an "English Ale."

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Photo of augustgarage
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured the second half of a bottle into a collins glass.

Clear amber body with jonquil and gold highlights and a thin white surface slick.

Medium hop aroma in the nose, suggesting English noble varieties with hints of pepper and hay. Crackery malt base is to the front as well. I think I lucked out and got a bottle free of light-stricken-skunk.

Soft, faintly sulfur-y palate entry with dry biscuity malt cleansing the palate and offsetting the clean moderate bitterness from hops which adds a zesty quality, though not a lot of additional flavors (this isn't an APA after all). Very dry, earthy, mineral-laden suggests river stones.

Light-bodied, but not thin - low but sufficient carbonation.

A distinguished yet simple English pale ale - not as good as a proper cask offering, I'm pleased to pick this up when I'm in the mood for the style.

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Photo of traumaqueen
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of bryanzk
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rymish
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of surfadelic23
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Like other folks, the bottle intrigued especially since it (the bottle) had a weird tie-in to Delaware or so the label said...
A very pretty ale though no real carbonation to speak of. When I popped the cap, it didn't even make a sound.
It poured with nohead whatsoever even with an aggressive tipping.
Not a lot going on here smellwise.
Taste is nice. That's about it. This one was a little underwhelming to me. Farily easy to drink as there is little carbonation or overpowering flavors to burn one out. Would one want to make this a sessioner? You could but I think you'd getr bored after the second one.

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