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

BA SCORE
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:
12
For Trade:
0
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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 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 Hacksaw99
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of RedAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of Mumps
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of trebbates
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of FLBEERGUY25
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of Wobbly
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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 admh1972
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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 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 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 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 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 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 briandaube
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Steinberger
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of tbeer40
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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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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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