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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Photo of lk1974
4.87/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Phenomenal English Ale that is light and hoppy in flavor and unbelievably refreshing.

Has a bright color and a slight head to it, with very light lacing around the glass. Indicative of the lighter and flavors of the beer.

Smell is strong of hops and grain, light in alcohol.

Excellent taste - hopped, with notes of grain and biscuit, very little bitterness as the oatmeal flavors tend to round out anything really strong. Has the perfect carbonation to allow all the flavor to come through, without sticking around too long.

Feel is excellent as the beer has a perfect texture, and a well rounded viscosity. Very thin like a lager, with more foam and carbonation to match the slightly more bitter flavors.

Would highly recommend as a beer for drinking on a hot summer afternoon, or a cold evening with whiskey.

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Photo of putnam
4.8/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orange color. The slightest bit hazy. There is not a lot of vigor to the head. It's hard to sustain, settling immediately into a sudsy ring of large bubbles around a small-gauge, leopard-skin patterned lace.
There is a natural, supple cream-like flavor in the attack that shows off the patient work of the yeast. Hops are both delicate and dominant as they slash out the boundaries for the malt and fruit. The latter remain hushed while they reveal ripe, sweet plum, honey and butter notes. Light, crispy, resinous green bud flavors dance on top of deeply etched, concise bitterness. There is an overall impression of well-seasoned oak timbers, best green tea, and new leather.
The finish features a numbing, gripping bitterness that carves out a place for the next gulp.
I think this would be good with chicken, shallots, celery, carrots and peppercorns in a stewpot.

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Photo of mualphapiper
4.63/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the usual medicine bottle:

A: Dark gold, like a dark honey. The head poured out nicely, but didn't last, possible the fault of my soapy glass. As others have noted, this is a somewhat cloudy beer. Its not chill haze, my bottle was room temperature when poured.

S: Very floral hops. A little bit of lightly toasted bread. There was also a sweetness, a lot like good clover honey. Undertones of warm earth.

T: A fantastic, well balanced English bitter. It begins with caramel and more clover honey sweetness, with some slightly bitter hops. It washes back to a bitter coffee finish.

M: This beer really coated my mouth, quite a lot, it reminded me of one time when I drank a bit of olive oil. All in all, very substantial and pleasant.

D: I'd drink as many as I could if they weren't so expensive!

Summary: A fantastic English bitter

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.58/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours glub glub due to it's medicine bottle shape. Pours a nice big head that retains very very well. The color is cloudy and golden brown with a white head. The smell is bitter hops with a slight caramel maltiness...not sharp hops or malt, but soft and nice. The taste is very good, I like the hops, they have the slightly malty background. Mouthfeel is smooth and welcoming. Overall, this is very nice and I would like more, but will have to wait until it comes back in stock.

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Photo of ectomorph
4.58/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great Ale.

A - Golden with a tinge of orange, this Ale has a nice thin head that sticks around and sparkles when agitated.

S - Light and unassuming. I'm still fairly new to the identifying ingredients by smell...

T - Light hops and very evenly balanced. Clean with very little aftertaste.

M - Medium body and sparkling feeling.

D - These are great when you want to have 3-4 with dinner. ;)

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.51/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

** noticed a little bit of that green bottle/skunky smell as soon as i cracked it open. that wasn't there the first time i tried st. pete's ... let's hope it goes away.

A- pours a beautiful orange/apricot hazy brew with little rising bubbles and a huge puffy cloud of off white foam with an orange-cream tint to it. awesome retention, the lace is initially swollen and 3-dimensional and as the head goes from puffy to chunky, the lace dries to columns and stringers of fine crusted webbing and the foam persists to a clump at the bottom of the glass.

S- just as i hoped, that skunky taste disappeared with significant aeration. caramel sweet, toffee, butterscotch, very fresh cereal grains, pale barley, and earthy, sharp, and softly aromatic english hops. all in all like a high quality granola bar and sweet cream sandwich. does that make sense?

T- the taste of fresh grain is rich and unmistakable, and even though it's only barley, i could call out a half dozen grain flavors that are all being produced by ONE organic malt. stunning. one of my favorite things about organic foods is that they take on characteristics of the soil they were grown in, rather than the chemical fertilizers that were used. this pale ale is an excellent example of that effect. earthy, grainy, with such a nice pale and toasted cereal flavor as well as some toasted sunflower seeds, sesame, oats, and mineral water. tangerine citrus hops are creamy and floral as they hide in the back letting the malt win out in the balance with only a slight edge. the finish is neutral and mildly tropical fruity bitter with plenty of that delicious malted grain and some tart natural banana taste. outstanding.

MF- nearly light bodied, a slight oiliness lends a fuller feeling without any sweetness. aside from the fresh grain taste, the feel of this one lets you know that you're drinking something, as if it has really pulled all the essence out of the barley. as it warms, the tight prickly carbonation abates and the full character of this ale is revealed. rich and hearty for such a pale ale.

D- no doubt about it, i would buy cases of this stuff if it were readily available. thirst quenching, refreshing, and substantial. low abv makes it all easier and sessionability is not even a question. even assuming this bottle was less than fresh does nothing to stand in the way of a superb organic ale.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a lovely copper with highlights of gold around the edges. Light foam and light lacing with some mild bubbling. The aroma is a light sweet bread with a touch of hoppy citrus. Smells like a great session beer. The first sip brings together a perfect balance of hops and malt. Biscuits with splashes of orange and grapefruit juice. Great mild bitter finish with hints of pine in an acre of grapfruit trees, while Grandma is baking a batch of biscuits. Very smooth ad balanced ale. Maybe even a little more bitter than I expected from an English ale. A great session beer for anytime of the year.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have really been enjoying the English Pale Ale's lately and this is a great one!

Poured into a Duvel glass this beer has a dark straw color with little clarity (bottle conditioned?). The head is light and foamy at first then dissapates to some lacing.

The aroma is of williamette hops I believe with a nice (just passed over the Atlantic) smell to them. They're not juicy but not aged. Their is a sizable amount of sweet malt in the nose.

The taste is lightly sweet malt and finishes with a lightly bitter flavor. This is one tasty beer and each mouthful begs another.

The mouthfeel is ideal for a session ale. This is much like a mild - perhaps a bit too hopppy. And too light to be a bitter. There is a decent balance and a mouthfeel is just about in line with the style.

The drinkabilty is off the charts. I could and would drink this all day all night. I love this beer and will seek it out again!

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Photo of shamus
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a beautiful pillow of head floating on an amber sea. This disapated quickly; after two sips. Left a nice lace as it went down. I really liked the aroma when I opened the bottle a nice fresh floral hop smell that promised good things to come. The taste wasn't as quite as good as that intitial whiff of hoppiness had prepared me for, but still very good. The hops seemed to come out more in the aftertaste which I like. If this were on tap at the local pub I would happily order it. Superior to most english beers I have had on tap or from the LCBO. In all one to add to my list of lifes pleasures.

Addendum: I tried this again on two different occasions and on my third try I hit a skunk. That green bottle. It's a lovely bottle but thats the trade-off of form versus function. I never liked heineken because it is either skunked out or in a can tastes tinny. Well dear St. Peter you let me down by tasting like Heinekin's older sophisticated relative. Le pew.
However I still will drink this one since two out of three ain't bad (and were magnificent).

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Photo of inebrius
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber with a clinging lace. Fruity hop nose. Decently hop bittered with the malt to back it up. A very good English Pale! All the swill drinkers at the bar were impressed with the bottle. One woman even took it home, apparently she has a collection of beer bottles. Maybe she'll sandwich it between the Coors light and Bud light.

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Photo of Viking
4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Really solid beer. Light copper in color, fairly clear, and a nice thick head when poured with reckless abandon. Head dissolves to clinging lace. Aroma is very well balanced. I can smell the malt, which is a bit caramel-like. Hops comes out in a spicy and almost citrusy smell. Some yeast aroma also present, but I might notice it because I'm having a cheddar cheese sandwich along with the ale. Taste is mild, sweet malt and mild hops blend incredibly well. Slight metallic tang, mostly noticable in the finish. Beer is pretty lively on the tongue, even after a hard pour to create that big head. I believe this is going to become a regular in my refrigerator - fairly low alcohol and great taste combine to make this a wonderful thirst quencher for most occasions.

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Photo of beerbutcher
4.37/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a- pours a pale copper, with an ivory head half-finger deep, which dissipates quickly to a fine layer.

s- beautiful nuances of nut and biscuit, and caramel to the malt, with hop accents of dried fruit, earth, and herbs, a slight citric twang, and a touch grassy.

t- the beer is very full on the palate, at one time rich, nutty and slightly doughy with a touch of sweetness. on the flip, braced with bitternes, juicy hop acids and delicate carbonation. overall, delicious, and nuanced. hops are definitely english in style.

m- the beer is full without being heavy. rich, but balanced, refreshing and light on it's feet.

d- i love this beer. if it wasn't $4 a bottle, it'd make a great session drink. tastes like an e.s.b.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gotta love the flask-style muck green-colored bottle!
This Organic ale pours a deep amber/copperish color. The head is reminiscent of a cask-conditioned ale in that the bubbles are mainly large and airy. The head thins to a light rimmed coating. The lace sticks in trails and webs. The malty aroma mixes with tea and citrusy smells and fades slowly into sweet malt. The malt is lightly grainy and caramel sweet. The hops possess a tea-like and lightly citrus bitterness. The slight metallic tang can be detected toward the back of the throat. I'm so glad St.Peter's has made its way across the pond!

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

PresentationÂ…12oz Green flask type bottle. Pours a nice light copper color. On the palate was a nearly perfect balance of malted barley and hops which brings out a very nice wholesome flavor, with a delicate characterÂ… Overall very enjoyable brew!

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Photo of JasonCoop
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

weird bottle. pours a slightly hazy gold color. tiny white cap.

smells light and flowery with a strong maltiness. fruity like peach perhaps, maybe some grapeyness. interesting.

taste is grainy and dry. well balanced. nice and light and easily drinkable. nice bitter aftertaste. i like this a lot.

mouthfeel is crisp and dry. odd in every way but good drinkable pale ale. gotta love english brewing.

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Photo of celfan
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I loved this beer. Spicy hop taste with sweet smell of butterscotch.
Hazy appearance with a small amount of head. I was afraid this would be a gimmick beer based on the unusual bottle. Happily it was a great example of english style ale, although true hopheads will be disappointed. I agree with those who say don't chill it too much, there are a lot of great subtle flavors, both sweet and slightly bitter. I'll definitely be getting this again and I'm looking forward to trying the other
St. Peter's ales.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.24/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured out of the bottle a golden and hazy color. A decent amount of foam topped it off. Sweet caramel and baking bread in the aroma. There is also a bit of an edge in the aroma. Well rounded on the palate with light carbonation and also definite smoothness. The flavors are subtle in that great English Ale way. There is a raw graininess mixed in with the malt sweetness and complemented by a mineral twang. A mild layering of hops pulls it through to the end.

Definitely an enjoyable and highly drinkable brew.

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Photo of ADR
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
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 xare
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at a haute cuisine French restaurant (very short beer list, huge wine cellar... yet the beers were just as outstanding).

Tableside beer service, poured into a tulip glass, appearance was of hazy orange (almost appears like a hefeweizen), slightly cloudy but a thin head that stays around. Very appealing to be sure!

Smell was of light hops mixed with organic malts and you could actually smell the earthiness of the brew.

Taste was of malts and hops but it was quite distinct and not blended, somewhat unique in my view. You'd taste the malts and as that disappeared the hops would come upon you, wallop you, and then disappear.

Mouthfeel was excellent. A bit of soapiness and hoppiness with the finish but crisp and clean otherwise. A joy to drink.

Drinkability was a delight. Happily finished the beer and seriously considered ordering more just to take home at inflated markup prices.

Overall - if I can find this beer again, I'm definitely buying some to take home.

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Photo of ojiikun
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great looking bottle, organic origins, this one had me excited.

Totally flat, but ever so slightly cloudy upon pour, the latter of which is exciting.

Smells nice, though I imagine a warmer bottle would do better. Bready and maybe even meaty.

Taste is exceptionally understated but great. Hoppier than I expected. Not too full bodied. Would almost call this a cream ale.

Quite possibly the most drinkable, smooth thing I've ever had. They could sell this one by the gallon.

Stay away if you want something really complex or hard-hitting, or if you're afraid of fruitier undertones.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this bottle at Green's, and it fits nicely into my English pint glass. Pours with the slightest chill haze, an orange amber with a fairly slight head, but one that is creamy and settles to athin cap and leaves some lacing. I lie the design of the bottle, but this one is is still in that light green glass that I hate since it skunks the beer. This one seems okay, however. Nicely balanced aromas of lightly sweet grain, earthy hops, and some floral top notes. A bit of clean hay is there as well. Smells rustic and delicious. Pretty similar in the taste, just beatifully balanced with some nice but slight lingering earthy bitterness and a pleasant, slightly metallic undernote. Tastes fairly fresh with some light sweetness and some more hay. Very nice. Medium bodied with just enough graininess and bitterness to keep it interesting. A pleasure. I'd love to try this on cask.

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Photo of Bcant
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
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 MJR
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Out of possibly the coolest bottle I've ever seen, this beer pours a pale, dull gold color with a touch of orange. Even with an aggressive pour, there's no head. Crystal clear.

Smell: Mix of sweet malt, English hops, an interesting organic scent, and a touch of biscuit/bread.

Taste: Laid-back hops are evident from start to finish. There's that lightly sweet malt flavor and the biscuit flavor too. This beer has a nice earthy flavor to it...which is no surprise considering it's made from organically grown hops and barley. Reminds me of Samuel Smith's India Ale actually...

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light to light/medium mouthfeel. Goes down really easy.

Drinkability: Extremely high...this beer would make a great session beer. I would love to try this from a would help with it's lack of head and the already-great mouthfeel would be even better.

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Photo of smcolw
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber, clear. Only detriment is the lack of head. What little there is provides great ring lace on each sip

Creamy, round malty aroma--a touch of alcohol

Surprising bitterness up front. Good malt base. The aftertaste is all hop. Good body with appropriate carbonation.

This is one of the superior English Bitters I've had in the US. This has the body and flavor to stand up to a typical IPA without becoming an IPA itself.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.16/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright marmalade hue, with fluffy eggshell head that dissipates to dusting. Sticky lace is left behind. Rather faint aroma, with some slight mineral notes alongside honey and yeasty, rising dough. On the palate, orangey yeast up front and biscuity malts at the mid-palate. Mildly doughy flavor throughout, with a tingly, sweet-and-sulphur finish. Minimal hop content -- just some subdued, earthy, balancing hops. Smooth, unassuming mouthfeel with a dextrine character. Easy to drink, great session beer.

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