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%
 
 
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12
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Photo of biegaman
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This ale shares its colour with the bosc pear and, thanks to the haze besmirching it, it's just about as transparent, too. I've had enough St Peter's beers by now to know that head retention doesn't seem to be one of their strong suits. Its bubbles, which already by this point are nearing extinction, float without even the tiniest bit of creamy support.

If the aroma is trying to indicate anything it'll have to speak up. Its bouquet of pollen and flower buds is most bashful; a shame really because any aroma with this kind of earthy, fragrant hoppiness has nothing to be ashamed of. Especially this one, which just so happens to be accented with clover, honey and (go figure) over-ripened pear.

The flavour is a bit of an odd duck, an observation I first made many years ago but figured it must have been my own palate that was off. Years later, I'm rethinking that position and might guess it has something to do with the organic ingredients (or perhaps it's just that all this brewery's beers are, to some extent or another, fairly distinguishable).

Or, maybe yet, it has to do with the well water they use (and have been, reportedly, for over 700 years). I've said it before and I'll say it again: this water is unique, albeit abrupt, flinty, raspy and well, frankly, almost crude. It is brisk and brutish on the tongue, far more coarse and mulish than I'm personally accustomed to with North American beers.

The water's steely, rigid nature is somewhat subdued by a more docile cast of flavours: soft, biscuity malts and again that delicate hoppiness. What begins astringent and bitter ends curiously savory and unsuspectingly agreeable. Tastes of buckwheat, wild honey, bread, pear, apple, chamomile and tea leaves form to the palate like putty.

I think I appreciate St Peter's English Ale more for its uniqueness than its quaffability, although I do enjoy drinking it too! It's definitely more charismatic than its generic title lets on. As I finish writing this, the fruity hoppiness and chamomile tastes grow more and more assured, triggering vivid thoughts of spring and budding flowers - it's a good beer that can do that!

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Photo of Zorro
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy orange color.

Smell is grassy and fruity with a touch of malt.

Taste is strong and bitter. This has a smoky taste to it like Scottish ale. Also has a strong Hay/tea taste to it. Pleasant really, but probably too strong for some.

Mouthfeel is a bit light.

Nice brew, to expensive to drink all the time though.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - the beer pours a slightly cloudy pale golden colour with a small white creamy head. I can't see a whole lot of carbonation, and there appears to be faint lacing. The head was gone in a flash.

Smell - The beer has a nice fresh crisp smell. Notes of barley and fresh cut grass, also hops and some citrus notes. I can also smell some malts.

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation but has a nice creamy feel. The beer starts with a nice fresh barley and malt taste, and then give way to some citrus notes and hops. The beer finishes slightly bitter.

Drink -A so-so beer that I would drink again but would not seek out. I can see how this would appeal to some, but there far better beers out there. It has a pleasant smell and taste, but lacks in the mouth feel department.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a very hazy peach colour with a 1 finger head of foam...lots of tiny bubbles.

The smell is pretty big on the caramel malt and earth with very little hops noticeable but this is an English Pale Ale so no surprise there.

The taste is sweet up front with the caramel malt, then I notice the earthiness that the hops impart and a wee bit of bitterness that's grassy mostly near and through the finish. There's also a breadiness about this brew that I can taste with every sip. Pretty good Ale.

The mouthfeel is medium as is the carbonation. Head retention is turning out to be quite good and it leaves some good lacing.

Drinkablity? The abv says it should be good as long as it has a good taste and I find it does. I could easily session on this one. Too bad it's not carried in town..

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The organically grown hops clearly come through, the malts are there but this is an English Ale and what you would expect. Low carbonation but good lace. $2.95 for the 12oz oval bottle.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Packaged in green bottle.

A: Poured a clear, orange with a foamy, macro-bubbly head leaving a spotchy lacing. Visible carbonation was light.

S: There was a noticeable, light skunkiness upon first opening with a touch of sourness of citrus and oranges and not much else.

T: The initial flavor produced a light floral hopping with sour citrus and oranges. The flavor was very light, citrusy, smooth but basic and simple. The finish produced a lemony wet kiss as well some pale grains. Overall the flavor was pretty well monotone and boring.

M: light with a flat carbonation, smooth texture with a light sourness gracing the tongue after the swallow.

D: Drinkability was average at best for one, wouldn't drink in multiples. Overall a boring example per style and one that could get easily passed over without missing much

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Photo of corby112
1.94/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a mirky golden orange color with a thin fizzy white head that quickly fades without any lacing. Earthy aroma of grass, soil and hops with a vegetable-like quality. Crisper than their IPA but still very earthy and dirty tasting. Vegetable-like and bitter but in a rotten unpleasant kind of way.

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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 bylerteck
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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 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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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 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 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 Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -16.9%

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 cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Pencible
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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 trevorpost
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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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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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