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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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Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +15%
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 Shiloh
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden colour with a thin head and a large bubbled glass ring. The body is full with minimun carbonation. The nose is mildly of grapefruit.
The taste is exellent, begins slowly with a mild hoppiness then esculates to an explosive bitter finish. The hops dictate, my kind of brew. Recomended!

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Photo of Offa
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice, solid ale with a strong bready base and good balance, the bitterness just dominating the light sweetness.

It is dark gold with a decent off-white head that shrinks but leaves some decent lacing.

The aroma is toasty bread with lemon, hints of caramel, earth, and pine.

The taste is similar, with lightly toasty bready malt, lemon, a little other citrus in general (some grapefruit), and pine and hints of caramel and smokiness. It is a little juicy, and has a full, nice feel.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Comes in the usual St. Peter’s 1 Pint 0.9 fluid ounce high quality, dark green glass, oval bodied, flask shaped bottle. A rather simple looking generic style cream colored small oval label with a dark green border which sits neatly below the raised-in-glass words ‘St. Peter’s Brewery’. The main label lists the English Ale as ‘Organically Grown Hops & Barley’; indeed, it has Soil Association Organic Certification UK5. Excellent, rather unique and a very distinctive presentation.

Appearance: Nice head on this one, often a problem with some of the St. Peter’s brews, in this instance it is a definitive positive. Gorgeously attractive thick white head sits and stays above a slightly hazed yet very appealing golden body. Above average carbonation and some long lasting lacing remind me of drinking Cask Ale back home!

Nose: Medium strength nose, mixture of malted barley, grain and a light toasty effervescent lemony hop ping in the back end.

Tastes: Another perfect mixture of malts and hops, supremely balanced into a really great Session. Grainy malts with a light toasted sweetness, delicate Burton-esque sulphur twist in the middle with a nice lemony hops bitterness at the end which has some bite and a nice lingering “English Bitter” feel about it.

Mouthfeel: Definitely the beers best aspect for me, lovely smooth conditioning in the body of the beer, perfectly carbonated, smooth with a biting bitterness that lingers. Has the feel of a freshly tapped Cask-Conditioned Real Ale from back home.

Drinkability: Hellacious libation, and dangerously drinkable! A really great Session-drinking beer that begs to be quaffed by the Pint.

Overall: A solid effort from St. Peter’s, whilst some of their offerings suffer from low carbonation, poor nose and/or low mouthfeel – this one excels all round. One of the better St. Peter’s brews.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid straw pale gold color, thin off-white head with some bigger bubbles against the pour out of the flask-shaped bottle; faded fast and leaves sheets of lace in small amounts at first but as consumed they break up to small spots.

Smell is mega musty at first, gradually settles with soft sweet malts of bagels and light citrus floral hops and a bit of noted honey.

Taste is delicately done and well balanced, smooth and easy of soft sweet malts and breadish character in front, followed shortly there after of light crispy, citrusy floral hops with a nice little bittering spicy drying finish.
Feel is a smooth, somewhat buttery and silky, creamy quick start with the middle smacked of excellent medium body and texture with a great mellowing dry finish. Quite a nicely done ale, drinkable in all seasons and a must try.

From what I've had, I'm impressed so far with this brewery.
Good quality brews that seem to be straight forward and balanced well. Reminds me alot of Capital brewing; just across the pond.

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Photo of BBM
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange-yellow from the flask-shaped bottle. A firm, rocky white head rest atop the beer. The aroma was an exceptional blend of slightly fruity, grassy, earth, and sugary notes.

The grassy and earth English hops are up front and dominate the initial flavor. As the beer warms, there is more of a balance between the hops and sugary malt. As a fan of English beers, this one seems to be spot on in terms of flavor and balance. The mouthfeel is medium and very smooth, with little noticeable carbonation. And at only 4.5%, it could certainly be a session beer. If you like English ales, you'll love this.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best readily available Bitters in Ontario.

This pour out of its vintage flask a pale copper color, pretty light for the style. The head is diminutive but lacing is generous. The aroma is lightly malty with an airy herbal hoppyness. The taste is A mix of citrus fruit, light cracker malts, herbal hops, black tea leaves and sea air. The finish reveals a dry, somewhat cidery yeast flavor (also found in their other ales). Its not bad at all, interesting really. The mouthfeel is thick and luxuriously carbonated. Its quite a lot like a cask ale.

This is a great bottled bitter with a great hop profile. Its very well balanced and an impeccable session ale.

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Photo of scottg
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 FL OZ bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light gold with orange hues and a medium white head that dissipates slowly with light lacing. Sweet aroma of malt and tea with light citrus. Up front flavors of caramel & toffee then a tealike, hoppy flavor finally finishing smooth and malty. Light carbonation, easy drinking beer. Bonus for using certified organic hops and barley.

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Photo of marburg
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's hard to be distinct as a pale ale; there are just too many of them out there. This one manages to stand out as a simple, well-crafted beer that's well-balanced and not excessively hopped -- something that I think is hard to find on the North American continent unless it got shipped here from another country.

A few shades darker than straw with a small head. Aromas of rubber, moss, and lagerish malt. Good malt presence followed by a brief but nice hop finish -- semi-puckering and definitely lingering. A good beer with an amazingly cool bottle.

This beer is definitely best when a little on the warmer side. As is the case with many English beers or cask-conditioned beers in the English style, this is best consumed at slightly warmer temps. The hop finish is nicely assertive when you let the flavors emerge. Unlike a lot of American pale ales, the finish doesn't get unbearable as the beer warms. Tasty.

Thanks to Putnam for the sample.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours the color of petrified tree sap.
Smells decidedly malty; lightly floral lightly sweet but a definate solid malt presence.
Tastes like... malted up Bass! Kinda sorta. Has a good amount of hop presence as well. The bitterness in this is a really nice counterpoint to the afforementioned solid malt presence. A sharp hop bite hits, followed by a malty smooth middle with a lingering lightly bitter finish.
I'd been meaning to try stuff from this brewery for quite some time now but the green bottles and low alcohol percentage have made me wary about freshness. This bottle I know was a new arrival so that hesitation wasnt there.
A pleasant surprise and a good English pale ale.

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Photo of ark57
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like the flask like bottles that the beer comes in. It is a light orange in color. The aroma is sweet with faint traces of hops. There is s light taste of anise amidst the fruity/flowery notes. It finishes with a nice bitterness and a linering taste of marmalade.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just became available in the Dallas area this week, so I assume it's fresh. Pours a reddish-amber color, fairly clear, with not much head (typical of English beers). Aroma is a bit disappointing, just a hint of malt and hops. Taste is a fine, delicate balance of cedar-like bitterness and lightly caramel, sweet malt. Finish is drying. Lightish body and carbonation a bit on the low, draught-like side.

Tastes like a good, solid English session bitter. The strength is a bit high for a the style, but perhaps that helps it keep better in the bottle. Very quaffable!

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Organic beer, now that would be a selling point if it wasn't already for the stylish green flask shaped bottle. By the way, we call that particular shade "Sargasso green" in the glass-blowing studio (an ugly colour for vases though).

It pours out of that bottle a nice cloudy brass hue, leaving a light small white head of foam which dissipates after a short while. The nose is somewhat intriguing, very floral, almost a bit of clover honey, along with what I can only describe as "earth tones", like a wee bit of fresh wet sod next to a stream. Still, that doesn't seem to detract from it at all. Organic indeed.

The taste again is predominantly that floral hoppiness that gives it a slight kick but isn't too overpowering. A little bit of spiciness, more herbal though than anything else, and a slight tang of citrus. The mouthfeel is not heavy as is anticipated by the aroma, but surprising light and smooth, like a velvet glove cast in iron. Please, sir, may I have another?

This is an ale that is harbouring some serious juxtapositions, very unique, it tends to catch you off guard, but in a good way. Worth trying a few times at least to pick up on all those subtle characteristics that tend to come out the closer you get to the bottom of the glass. And by the way, save those bottles, I'll use them for my own home brew, thanks.

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Photo of Stocean1
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a half finger head into a large wine glass - spectacular lacing with little bubbles that cascade down the side of the glass sparkling like the crest of a wave - subsided to a thin collar

S - earthy, floral hops, grainy, a bit funky

T - floral hops,mineral, barley, biscuit, sweeet bread

M - light to medium body with little carbonation - nice amount of bitterness - still relatively smooth

O - a very nice real ale that is wonderfully balanced and highly sessionable - I would get tired of drinking this all night

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Photo of damndirtyape
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a very interesting beer this one is. Upon opening the bottle I get a whiff of that skunky hoppy smell, but upon pouring I get honey and very faint hops. Foam dissipated rapidly even after some of the yeast residue poured out into the glass. A cloudy orange-yellow color (maybe shades of brown) that is pleasant to look at and tasted quite good. You get that honey at first, followed by a bit of spiciness and a hint of hops/sour at the end. Very smooth going down and I finished this beer off pretty fast over a fried chicken and buttermilk biscuit dinner. Really very tasty - I'll have to get this one again. I was expecting something more in the hoppy pale ale department, and this is very different than any English ale I've had.

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Photo of mpyle
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold/brown color, with excellent clarity. Moderate sized, tight-bubbled head with short retention.

Slight roasty malt aroma - aroma is clean and more malty than hoppy.

Nice malt flavor with a bit of caramel for a 4.5% beer. Nicely balanced with hops, and finishes quite dry with a bit of hop bitterness.

Medium body and med-high carbonation, no astringency or warming. A more significant mouthfeel than might expect from weak alcoholic strength.

Highly drinkable and refreshing. Would be a nice session beer, if not for the moderately hefty price (~$3.49 / 500 mL bottle).

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

St. Peter's English Ale | 500 ml. | 4.5% ABV | 2010

Brewer: St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
Style: English Pale Ale
Glass: Pint glass

The unusual, flask-like green bottle seems at first odd duck, though it's surprisingly fun to pour with.

The color of apple juice with a similarly tiny head.

I don't detect much here. I'll just say it's an "earthy twang" and leave it at that.

There's a much more robust, juicy flavor than I would have guessed. Grain sweetness and cracker-like maltiness. There's a hint of smokiness from the copper kettle brewing and a lingering hop bitterness to boot. It finishes with an alcoholic twang.

Poppy carbonation and a medium body,

Very drinkable

Would I get it again?:

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Photo of Luigi
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange-red color with a hazy glow. The head is white and sticky. Smells of dry grains, light fruity hops, and mineral water. The mineral water is the first thing I noticed along with a lemony light hops followed by a dry bread like grain. Has medium-light body with a great drinkability. Organic or not, this is a very worthy English Pale ale!

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Photo of thechaacster
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light copper with a light foamy lacing. Raw, tangy hop aroma. Hops are more dominant here than in most English pale ales, with a big herbal, grassy twang to it. Dry, cracker-like malt backbone keeps the hops in check. This is an organic ale, and it certainly tastes it. Quite a departure from what I'm used to, but remarkably tasty and drinkable. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of necoadam
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Soil Association Organic Certification. These boys mean business with their organic grown items. Poured out a golden/copper color with some carbonation that was visible. I've noticed that they don't have that much carbonation in their beers that is visible, but it is in the taste. Smell was very raw like. Hops hit the nose as well as earth tones and caramel blended in together. Perhaps a few nuts in there for good measure. Taste was to the point which I liked. Starts out to be very smooth and drinkable. Hops, grain and barley all hit the palate with some sweet malts finishing the job towards the end. Next time I'll know what to pick for an English ale. Bass or St. Peter's, Bass or St. Peter's? Should be an easy answer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with a thin, well-retained, head.

The smell is floral and earthy with a slight citric note.

The taste is of citric orange balanced by a sweet grainy malt. It has a lemony zest. Mild, bittersweet finish.

Light to medium bodied. Smooth and refreshing.

A nice, well-balanced ale. Fairly basic, but pleasant and well-balanced. Would make for a nice "session" ale.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is just a good English Ale that seems to me to be very sessionable. Pours a slightly cloudy orange bronze colour with a white head that dies away pretty quick. Plenty of earthy English style hops in both the smell and the taste. Just enought malt to balance thing out a bit, but plenty of hoppy bitterness. Smooth and easy drinking, this is one of my favourite old stand by's in this style.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in color with a quickly disapating head. Smell is honey sweet with malts. Taste of honey, malt grain and a good balance of hops and carbonation, having a light to medium mouthfeel. It was actually better than what was expected in this english ale.

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Photo of benmiliron
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another gift from the wife. Kind of murky red pale ale color. Smell is soaking the whole room with flowery hops. Very nice smell. Taste is good - a mild english ale with a heavy dose of alphas. Lighter hops in the nose, but not much in the taste. Mouthfeel is a little too bitey, but otherwise good. This would be a good session brew.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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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St. Peter's English Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
3.61 out of 5 based on 286 ratings.
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