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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
United Kingdom (England)

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 DrJay
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, dark gold colour topped with a thin bit of lace. Low to moderate carbonation. Some biscuity malt and fruit character, lightly floral hops with a tiny bit of sulfur. Hop bitterness is dominant, some sulfur, particularly at the finish, with some fruity esters and a mild maltiness. Medium/light body with a very dry, slightly astringent finish.

500 mL green bottle with clearly marked production date on the back label.

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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 Suds
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer practically explodes when un-capped. It's almost an understatement to say that it's aggressively effervescent. It does, however, produce a nice puffy, large-bubbled white head. The color of the beer itself is sort of a hazy orange. The aroma is fruity and floral...hop aromas are everywhere. Medium body and the taste is almost musty and earthy, with a decent hop finish. Very drinkable and certainly enjoyable. I'd certainly be willing to have more of these.

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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 andrenaline
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at one of the few watering holes in my hometown that offers brews other than mass produced domestic brews...

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour, thin layer of head with no retention or lacing.

S - Very sweet, sweet corn, hint of caramel and some leafy green hops.

T - Much like the nose, sweet corn dominating, buttered bread and caramel come through alongside a faint musty leafy hop.

M - Comes across a tad thin and watery and could use a carbonation lift.

O - Certainly not overly impressed by this offering and was hoping for something more along the lines of a traditional english ale with some stronger musty malts and earthy hops. This failed to deliver on both fronts and was rather disappointing.

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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 RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured a nice, hazy, brownish-orange in color with a good, retentive head.

Smell – The light English malts are nice here. This one smells very smooth and inviting if not overly complex.

Taste – The light, smooth, toasty malts are complimented by a bit of citrus flavor (maybe from hops?). This is a subtle but tasty beer.

Mouthfeel – This light to medium-bodied English Ale in extremely smooth (did I say that already?) with a good, creamy mouthfeel. There’s just enough drying at the end to satisfy.

Drinkability – This ale is nice, easy, and even. The finish especially is long and drawn out and meant to be savored.

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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 Reidrover
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No longer in the great flask type bottle , but still distinctive. This one called "English Ale".
Slightly hazy golden bright beer, small bubbly head.
Typiccl English hop aromas,fruity , spicy too.
Mostly malted sweet flavours, which luckilly i like, some nice refined bittering from the hops at the end of the mouthful, then its sweet nectarines and a fast end.
mouthfeel was OK nothing special but just typical.
I kinda liked this , then i do like sweet beers, if you dont avoid.

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Photo of kwjd
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish-yellow colour that starts off with a finger or 2 of head, but that dissipates without any retention or lacing. Smell has some floral hops with a bit of earthiness. Flavour has a tiny bit of bitterness from the hops, with some sweetness. Nothing off about this, just a little bit lacking in flavour compared to other pale ale's. Carbonation level was a little weak, but still a highly quaffable 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 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 dsa7783
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint, 0.9 fl oz bottle copped from Gary's in Madison for $3.25...
Many of the St. Peter's beers I've sampled have been really good, so I was eager to give this a shot...
"Made with Organically Grown Hops and Barley" on the front logo sticker...
A hefty pour resulted in a bright-orange, medium-copper hue with no head at all and hardly any lacing to speak of...
Faint, grainy, lemon aroma barely noticeable...
Light, citrus and caramel taste detectable... Very crisp and smooth with a low 4.5% ABV make this an easily drinkable, decent stab at the style...
Mouthfeel was a little watery and not too solid, but overall, a decent selection...
Not bad...

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Photo of Pegasus
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy medium golden in color, with a small white head, scattered patchy lacing, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Consists mainly of yeast, a prounced toasted bread note, there is a slight, pleasant herbal hop note as well.

Taste: Opens with an abundance of toasted malt and a slightly smokey, earthy quality. A strong, oily herbal hop presence appears late in the taste, and lingers on well past its end.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft and quite full.

Drinkability/notes: A well-crafted example of the style, very pleasant and drinkable.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom half-liter green glass bottle in the style of the late 18th century. Served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a relatively clear hazy gold & amber with white frothy lace and some pockets of lace. (one of the coolest bottles I've seen)
Aroma is earthy with some grass and herbal tea with some mineral water added. Dry grainy bread aroma also noted
Flavor has some malt and grain sweetness. Mineral flavors from the water, some floral and herbal hops andsome mild light citrus fruits seem to stand out. Just a subtle hint of a smoke or roasted malt note.
Mouthfeel is moderate smooth. Nice crisp carbonation which which moves from sweet malt to meoderately bitter hops very nicely.
Drinkability is pretty high. First real experience with organic and would really like to try on draught to get full experience.

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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 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 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 BretSikkink
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale hazy golden yellow ale, a finger of off white head that reduces to a few large bubbles floating around before settling to a very thin ring around the glass. The light color is what brings down the appearance rating.

The aromas are peppery English hops and some sweet grain. These translate to the flavor, the malt is biscuity, some hard water flavors, and a little citric peel in the hops round it off. The mouthfeel is moderately full, bitterness well contained.

This is a very easy drinking English ale, and a great organic beer. Recommended for spicy cuisine, sessionably light but tasty.

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Photo of clvand0
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours an orange/amber color with little head and almost no lacing on the glass. The aroma is very fresh and slightly malty. The flavor is very smooth and enjoyable. The malts are apparent and there is a hint of bitter in the aftertaste. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of Amalak
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Awesome bottle, nice opaque orange-ish color. Decent head with great lace.

S: Kind of bitter. Not in that good way, but almost skunked bitter.

T: Has a very bitter taste, but it is good if you are down for that kind of flavor. Despite the smell, it isn't skunked, just bitter.

M:Just like the smell and taste, bitter.

D: It truly gets better as I drink it.

I was skeptical at first, but overall it is a very good beer. Only drawback, though, is that it is expensive, considering it is good, not great.

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Photo of TerryW
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours up with absolutely no head (!) and doesn't give up any lace. Colour is orange/gold looking a lot like a glass of apple juice.

Smell is interesting. Hops and fruit (green apples?) turning to malt and honey as the beer begins to warm.

Nice to drink, feels good on the mouth. The whole thing comes across as quite mild. Bitter dry finish. You can taste hops and malt both, but neither dominates.

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Photo of BeerSox
2.35/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

1pt .9 fl oz bottle into a mug. Green/brown color with an old medicine bottle shape. Organically grown.

Clear golden color with a thin off white head that struggles to develop, then quickly dissapears. Spotty lacing along the glass.

Light malt smell with a little bit of honey-like diacetyl scents. Light green grape scents as well, and a bit of leafy hops aromas.

Thin-medium bodied with a light bready malt flavor, as well as some bittering hops in the finish. The low carbonation gives it a slick feel in the mouth.

Not my favorite beer from St Peter's. It doesn't taste spoiled or anything, just not very good. The beer came in a medicine bottle, and ended up tasting like medicine. This one was a little hard to finish.

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Photo of Drew966
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a copper color, a vigorous pour only resulted in a one finger head. The smell at first was malty, then some floral notes. I can taste the malt at first, with some hop in the finish. Pretty well balanced. This is an organic ale, and I would have to say I like it. Well worth a try.

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Photo of marc77
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky amber hue. One fingered persistent, creamy off white head leaves sparse lace. Lightly buttered honey drizzled biscuit in aroma is accompanied by softly earthy hops and a subtle hint of caramelized almond. Mellow, toffeeish sweetness in flavor lazily gives way to stately biscuit and bread base malt notes. Judicious hop bitterness seemlessly emerges after a deliberation along with agreeably mild butterscotch, which longers sufficiently to facilitate a balanced, buttery undertone to the lately surfacing simple residual sweetness and nutty malt combination. Vaguely woody hop flavor. The low carbonation helps wring out the body from the unfermentables lending a smooth, quasi creamy mouthfeel. Finishes soft, with mild notes of whole grain biscuit enused by a light continuation of diacetyl. A mellow, simple, well balanced bitter with a firm malt backbone. St. Peter's English is highly reminscent of Belhaven's St. Andrew's Ale, but is comparatively a couple notches shy in overall character. Tasty, and a fine "light" session brew.

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