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

205 Reviews
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 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 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 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 Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice golden brew with a medium head. This is another of your average english ale with nice hops and a very refreshing taste. Nothing too distincitve about this one except that the bottle is pretty cool. I would drink this again but won't necessarly be looking for it.

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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 mrasskicktastic
3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Only the slightest haze obscures this golden brew. It has a decent sized head that quickly become a thin mesh on the surface. There are only little specks of lacing.

S - The dominant odor is a slightly sweet one which smells very similar to Turkey Hill's Green Iced Tea with Ginseng and Honey. I know that is kind of random, but it is there. A powerful floral aroma is the other main player (I couldn't tell you what floral aroma it is though). Aroma is very strong and almost perfume like.

T - Taste is okay. Mostly a floral / herbal with a bit of an earthy kick to it. The aftertaste is a floral bitterness that is not too pleasant, particularly a couple seconds after drinking.

M - Dry, thin, a tad harsh and a bit refreshing.

D - A pint is a bit much, I am having motivation problems finishing this one. Not due to abv (which is quite low), but the hops get to be a bit much. The weird thing is, they are not "strong" in the sense the america pale ales tend to be strong. This is just too fragrant, and that carries over to the flavor and the drinkability. I doubt that I will have this again, but it is worth a try.

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Photo of grindcore666
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Creamy white head laces out milky. Sits atop a thick coalesce of amber and dark orange. Smell is a little skunky from a distance, but ironically becomes floral and malty on a closer sniff. Instantly tastes grassy with light bark and the hops show up a little late. Creamy and bitter. Good but not great. I likes St. Peter's Porter much better than this.

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Photo of skillerified
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
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 albern
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A cloudy, yellowish-orange color, with a decent head that doesn't stick around nearly long enough. There is some lacing. The bottle is unique, it looks like an old flask of something potent. The smell is hoppy, bitter, English ale, and not overly enticing. The taste is a bit metalic in the middle, balanced, medium bodied, a little sharp, maybe a little bready. The after taste is very sharp and imbalanced compared to the rest of the beer. The mouth feel is hoppy esters. You can really feel the oils in your mouth. Not a bad beer to try, but not my favorite either. L'Chaim

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Photo of aeminter
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

preface: I'm a bit tipsy, but want to keep tasting.
Beautiful amber red in color with a head that looks like frothed egg whites. Head retention is minimal.
The aroma is deliciously hoppy with some citrus notes.
Flavor is mild with a slight bitter end. It opened up a bit as it warmed.
I can't say that I favor this beer. It's not that it's bad per say,it's just not what I'm after.

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Photo of aaronh
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can you say "Average"? Copper-tinged amber ale, topped by a thin off-white head. There’s a mild English hop note wrapped in a bit of skunky aroma. The flavor is fairly neutral, with a slight bitterness in the finish. Nothing really outstanding on the palate. The mouthfeel is decent, and the lack of real enjoyable flavor makes it technically drinkable, but nothing to savor. All around an average, inoffensive beer.

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Photo of Brent
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Could easily pass for a mild style. Rather sharp caramel malt aroma. Lackluster toasted malt flavors. Hopping? Not much to speak of. Even taking this a mild, it lacks the richness that the malt could lend. A bit thin and watery. Nothing unpleasant, but nothing to get excited about, either.

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Photo of cnally
3.07/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

beer pours a hazy, cloudy orange with brown hints. barely any head but the small amount that does stick looks like spit.

aromas are musty, malty, orchard flavors. mossy, older apples smells with a bit of an alcoholic nose on the finish, surprising for such a low alcohol beer.

flavors are caramel malt, a bit bitter in the middle and finishes acidic and appley.

low carbonation, uneven, sticky and dry.

not my favorite, very deep acidic and older fruit flavors, without many other positive aspects in its wake.

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Photo of MerkinMan
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A nice gold color, but a bit cloudy. Head retained well.

S: Nice sharp hop aroma. Not much more than that. I could not really detect malty scents.

T: Kinda bland, really. Not bad, but not spectacular. May be a bit damaged. Might be the green bottle.

MF: Good body for the style.

D: If you are buying, I'm down. Otherwise, I am not seeking this one out. I will try their others though. So many people I know crow about St. Peter's.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a golden orange color with about a half-inch white head which goes away pretty quickly. It smells like caramel malt, grassy hops and a bit of skunk. Taste is similar to the aroma, there's also an earthy and grainy taste too. Finishes nice and bitter. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it's very smooth with little carbonation. Drinkability is good, however it would be better if I had a fresher bottle. The noticable skunk in the aroma and taste (not overpowering) drops down the score a bit, but I would definitely try this again if I can find a fresher bottle. Overall, not too bad!

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Photo of Cresant
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served this 1 pint .09 oz. green bottle in a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date, but coded. The body was a turbid pale butterscotch color. There was heavy sediment in the bottle. The head was varied and white.

The smell was soft apple. Light grain aroma.

The taste was also of apples. Green but sweetness too. Lightly tart and gently bitter. Highly drinkable.

The mouthfeel was medium with a mild carbonation. This is not a beer I would seek out but I do like the English Ales.

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Photo of Doctuh
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pour with a thin head from a beautifully presented bottle. Tart fruity aromatics in the lift. Carbonation moves in echelon with the earthy taste. Bitter beginnings repudiated in the conspicuously lemon hoppy finish.

- Bottle pour, cellar temperature, into a pint glass -

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Photo of Fugazme
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark gold on the pour... somewhat brown and murky.

1/8" white head with some very large bubbles... cap stays and stays as the bubbles dissipates and stick nicely to the glass.

Aroma is subtle. Not a ton going on, but some nice floral and citrus notes. Malty... smell is nice but not great.

Watery on the palate. Bitter hop flavor predominate and somewhat lager-like. Some malt and grain flavor come through, but the hops linger.

Probably wouldn't purchase again.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Worth noting that the bottle is a cool flask style shape. Eye-catching on the shelf, for sure.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a smallish 1/4" white head above the golden brew. Head more or less promptly fades into a thin layer of film, although lacing is good, somehow. The (slight) aroma is of light malts, but seems more dominated by hops. Taste is dominated by bitterness, with a slight amount of malt evident to dull the edges a bit. A kind of metallic aftertaste sort of detracts from the experience, but the brew remains drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of zeff80
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy reddish orange color with a soapy, off-white, two-finger head. Left some nice lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grain, caramel malts and grasses.

T - It tasted of corn, smooth malts and had a slightly bitter kick from the hops.

M - It was smooth and soft. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay beer, however, I found it extremely overpriced.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
3.14/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from its distinctive green-yellow medicinne bottle an orange amber, entirely devoid of head save a few large unrelated bubbles, and completely free of visible carbonation - Seems to be standard. Cap seal was not bad.

Smell is strong with tangy burnt caramel and swampy earth - My first impression was distinct wet dog odor, but soon a bit of warming brought out more favorable scents. Slight marshmallow puffs, extremely mild English hops.

You know what they say about the English.. they like their beer 'warm'... Don't drink this at fridge temp. I won't mention what I thought of it cold, but as it warms, it blossoms to a drinkable half-tangy, half-creamy butterscotch with light steamed veggie notes and a swishy noble hop bite that balances both the flavor and the feel.

Very oily - while carbonation isn't visible, it does exist, a slight creaminess that builds upon swallowing. Smooth, medium-heavy body for a mild ale.

Good, if forgettable. Worth the purchase to discover how flavors change with temperature and for the medicine bottle.

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Photo of jar2574
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very cloudy yellow brew. Thick white head with good retention. Grassy, hoppy smell. Taste comes up short, though. Smooth, buttery, and slightly hoppy, but overall it's lacking punch and disappointingly, it has a slightly metallic flavor. Decent beer, and would be an okay session beer, but not for the price.

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Photo of jmc44
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, golden-coppery color, with a thin white head but a nice lacing.

Malt aroma, followed by tart fruits with hints of earthy mustiness, a bit citrus on the end.

Sweet and malty up front, followed by some hop bitterness; a grapefruity bite in the finish. The bitterness lingers. Not very complex; straight forward malt then hops. Not much mixing of the two.

Medium in body, lightly carbonated, feels somewhat oily. I find the grapefruit bite a bit unpleasant, which hinders drinkability.

Nothing special, nothing terrible. Worth a try.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 500ml flask into a pint glass. fabrication - f047 i think this mean apr/07..

A- foggy golden/orange in color, a decent bubbly head that disappears in seconds leaving bully lace all around the glass.

S- slight malt with a nice floral hop aroma, slightly skunky.

T- malt flavors up front with some earthy tones, some grains were noticed as well, finished with a nice grassy/bitter hop profile. Nice balance. Some skunkiness.

M- smooth and medium bodied with little carbonation.

D- fairly decent, could have few with ease.

Overall this beer had decent enough flavor to keep you entertained, i would enjoy this beer from time to time but wouldn't go out of my way to obtain it, not my favorite EPA but worth a try.

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