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

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82
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286 Ratings
St. Peter's English AleSt. Peter's English Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
286
Reviews:
205
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
15.51%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
13
For Trade:
0
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Photo of aj_tuna
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow color with a one-finger head. Aroma is somewhat skunked at first but I can smell the malt through it. Taste is nice and malty, somewhat biscuity towards the back of the throat. Subtle with not much hop taste/ aroma showing through. Run of the mill at best.

If they would make beer in brown glasses, it would likely not have the skunk.

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Photo of ElGallo
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of CDubbs75
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of slitherySOB
2.97/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice light orange liquid. Very little head. Less than a finger worth that quickly disipated to nothingness. What lace that is left creeps down to the bottom at a rapid rate. Bit bitter smelling. Grassy, earthy hops coinciding with a dry malt. Taste is a tad sweeter than scent. A dry, baked malt with a dominant, bitter taste. Aftertaste is grassy. Medium body, crisp mouthfeel. Causes alot of burping, I must say. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of dgallina
2.96/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml green glass gin bottle with no freshness date.

Pours clear golden copper with insignificant head and sparse lacing. Smells incredibly sugary, woody, and full of carmel for something that purports to be a pale ale. No hop aroma at all. Sweet biscuit malts dominate the flavor profile A touch of toasted grain in the center before a fairly dry and woody hop bitterness sets in. Thin and overly still in the mouth for a pale ale. The aroma is off-putting for the style, though the beer is ultimately salvaged by its reasonably palatable taste.

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Photo of surfadelic23
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
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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Photo of ellman
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: The bottle was nice, but the pour had no head and seamed a little flat. it was a nice gold orange color

Smell: had a hoppy aroma
Taste: Nothing there, a pretty boring beer
Mouthfeel: wasnt all bad had a full ritch mouthfeel
Drinkability: if i wanted to i could drink quite a few of these, but i would not want to.

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Photo of henrysunset
2.92/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pt and some change... from the k's brewing going out of business sale.

L:clear, oranginsh brown with visible bubbles, small head of white lace.

s: sweet an malty, not a lot going on

t: malty and pretty bitter. Citrusy tones are a little too sharp. sorta smooth but not all that great overall.

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Photo of 1fastz28
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a redish brown color with a mild head that laces quickly. smells of mild hops and water, unfortunately tastes the same, only a bit more hop presence is noticable. but more water is noticable than anything, can't even tell if there is any alcohol present. its drinkabitlity is pretty high since it doesn't taste like much of anything. i've heard really good things about this beer and i'm not impressed. maybe my expectations were too high.

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Photo of katdaddy210
2.86/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought a half case of 16.9oz bottles. I was impressed when I opened the case to find the medicine type bottles, quite unique. It pured an off-golden color to brown to a quickly dissipating head. It smelled a bit...off is all I can think of. Not too sweet, not too hoppy, just not so fresh of a smell. The taste was really not more than an average brew, nothing to knock your socks off with. It had a creamy mouthfeel, but still the taste and the off smell didn't relinquish to a satisfying experience. I don't think you could have more than just a few of these. Besides the price, $39.00 for 12 bottles, you can really find a better English brew. I will savor the remaining case to maybe impress my friends with the looks, but I will continue my search for the perfect beer.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle. Leaves less than a one finger white head that quickly dissappears and leaves almost no lacing. Body is an orange tinted gold.

Smell- herbal and grassy hops, apples, butterscotch, and cooked vegatables.

Taste - same as the smell, with the faint addition of biscuity malt.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, and slightly dry.

Drinkability - this is not bad, but it's also not good, and therefore not sessionable.

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Photo of cleverbeername
2.82/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

52* snifter, bottle

A barely any head, very suddsey. old penny color, like scotch or cognac.

S malt, but lack luster

T not a lot of acid or hop, hint of creaminess, and slightly sweet. taste english, but sub par

M light even for english style

D almost a session beer. Drinkable, but the best part is the package, it come in neat glass. would not buy again.

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Photo of ralree
2.81/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Nice cloudy gold, no head really.

S: Caramel, very sweet. Hops almost undetectable. A little bit of a floral smell.

T: Very sweet and flowery with the hops just barely peeking through. Barley comes through at the end and lingers in the aftertaste. Just meh.

M: Clean and crisp, like apple juice. Medium-light body. Quite a bit of astringency (from the barley?). Carbonation is lacking, and kills it. It tastes very flat. Maybe a bad bottle?

D: Drinkable, but I may have to pour some out - I'm not a big fan. Alcohol seems proportional.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
2.81/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with minimal head. Aroma is very slight, hints of sulfur and light caramel but not a lot else.

Taste is pale malt and mild bitter hops. More than a touch of sourness, musty, faint yeast flavor. Slightly sweet caramel up front, an element of lemon somewhere but a dry, bitter, tangy finish.

Mouthfeel is watery, clean. Not much to brag about here, though my opinion does improve as I drain the glass. Organic is as organic does, but it really does nothing for me.

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Photo of ncbeermonger
2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

As a home brewer I was attracted by the bottle, and beer style. The bottle will be great for later use bottling home brew.
This beer is 100% organic a huge selling point for me!

I have not been a home brewer for many years by any means; however if i ever produced something like this I would scratch the recipe!

The ale appears cloudy and little head stayed on top of the pour.

There is a pleasant aroma, English style Hops are some of the first notes to hit your nose.

The taste is refreshing, and slightly sour on the outsides of my tongue. It is not overly hoppy, and leaves much to be desired in the taste category

The beer is somewhat slimy when first put into the mouth. Its feel is as unwanted as any beer I have consumed in recent memory.

This beer is more refreshing than most, making it not completely undrinkable, but the slimy heavy mouth feel, and lack of any solid category other than the fact it is 100% organic, and comes in one of the most unique bottles found in NC grocery stores leaves me wanting much much more from an ale.

This beer is not one I would buy again, though if I were to pick between this and any American mass produced Lager or Pilsner I would still chose the St Peters English Ale

-NC Beer Monger

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Photo of Morbo
2.79/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy hazy gold with a small white head and modest lacing.

The nose is simple but well integrated. Non-descript, slightly sweet malts, butterscotch, and spicy citrus hops.

Caramel sweetness and raw graininess are the immediate flavors. There is a slight sourness mid palate that quickly gives way to earthy hop bitterness and a hint of lemon. The bitterness lingers and the dreaded skunk sets in. As it warms the skunkiness becomes more prominent and lingers longer.

Medium-light bodied with quite a bit of carbonation.

Smooth and refreshing, modestly complex but well meshed. This would be an extremely enjoyable beer if not for the skunkiness. What's with the green bottles? The first time I tried this I knew the bottle was old so I didn't rate it, but I've been told that this is a fresh bottle and the skunk is still there.

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Photo of theopholis
2.78/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Clear golden/amber color with a thin off-white head with little staying power. Some lacing, but not a lot..

Aroma- Combo of a sour-mash, light malt aroma with some aroma hops thrown in. Smells like rising sour-dough bread.

Taste- The taste is a bit thin. Basically- sour-mash and some flavoring hops; neither particularly strong.

Mouthfeel- Body is a bit thin. Carbonation level is good, but overall, it has a light-oily feel. Not bad, just weird.

Drinkability- Not a great representative of an English pale ale, but interesting enough to give it a whirl.

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Photo of trevorpost
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of ScottS
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with the smallest amount of head possible for it to still be called a head. The aroma is mostly skunk with some maltiness and a bit of hop spice. The flavor is the same with a hint of metal, possibly from the cap. The carbonation is on the mild side. This really seems like it would be a good beer if not skunked. However, with a green bottle I don't forsee ever finding an unskunked bottle around here.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
2.74/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ack - got a skunked bottle. why do they stick with green glass? they go through the trouble to making it all organic, so why ruin all their own efforts? i mean, they should already know that the avg shelf time of these things is higher than your typical offering. i just don't get it...

the appearance was nice, golden copper color, good head and lacing.

but it all goes downhill from there. skunk skunk skunk

EDIT: got yet ANOTHER skunked bottle from a different store in a totally different location. dammit, st. peter - switch to brown bottles, already!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.71/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours into the glass a clear, pretty golden amber with a fairly thick and fluffy but not persistent head. Aroma is crisp and malty, rather like a lager instead of an ale. Flavor is malty, not complex, a bit on the thin side. Texture is smooth and has a little bit of a bite. Not exciting, but palatable.

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Photo of jpagewatts
2.69/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

very interesting flask-shaped bottle. in the glass it is a murky copper. the small head disappears quickly. all citrusy hops in the nose, this a very good smelling beer. the taste has the same hop character, but the citrus turns downright lemony covering any hope of malt body. definite bubble-gum. this detracts from the mouthfeel and the drinkability for me, big time.

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Photo of ken3c
2.68/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Very clear orange. Light wispy head. Light lacing.

Smell is skunky at first but then sweet mown hay.

Taste is somewhat skunky with some orange peal bitterness. There is also a pronounced spicy hop aftertaste. At the very end of the beer I could make out some interesting fruit tastes

Mouthfeel is dry and clean with light carbonation.

Even after getting through the skunkiness, I wasn't impressed by this beer. Just the bottle.

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Photo of Swedes21
2.65/5  rDev -26.6%
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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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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