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
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002

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Ratings: 288 |  Reviews: 205
Photo of ablaze
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange with good clarity, a tiny off-white head and thin lacing.

Scent is honey, hops and barley. Very clean with some light malt creeping in the background.

Crisp carbonation, astringent, medium body and quite dry. Sharp, bitter hops dominate and bring a coarse grassy flavour, somewhat grainy...a bit flowery and tart. Malt is there but plays second fiddle.

Quite tasty, easy to drink and refreshing with an accentuated hop profile. Pricy, too...I can think of better choices, but this is decent. Put it in four packs at a reasonable cost and you've got something.

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Photo of yarnanimal
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of thechaacster
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light copper with a light foamy lacing. Raw, tangy hop aroma. Hops are more dominant here than in most English pale ales, with a big herbal, grassy twang to it. Dry, cracker-like malt backbone keeps the hops in check. This is an organic ale, and it certainly tastes it. Quite a departure from what I'm used to, but remarkably tasty and drinkable. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes taken fall of 03 (evident by the red sox reference, no this was not game 7, i was certainly too depressed to review after that)
Review is verbatim, since mood effects review.
It's been a rough day watching the red sox, so i'm hoping for a pick me up. I love the flask shape bottle and the simple classic label, but other than that the appearance is fairly average. There is almost no head even with a vigorous pour, though this is not uncommon for English PAs. The color is a nice dark golden amber. Not an overly aromatic beer, but does smell faintly earthy/dusty/musty, actually kind of like an english tavern. The taste is subtly malty and not overly hoppy, again fairly traditional for EPA. Not overly complex, but tasty and enhanced by the nice light bitter finish. This was fairly light bodied and not very carbonated. I wonder how much of that is due to original craftsmanship versus shipping to Colorado. With no freshness date i have no way to know. Overall a good solid pale ale that i enjoyed but was not great enough to improve my mood very much.

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Photo of MLegendre
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy gold color with a white head that disapeared very quickly. A few scattered bubbles can be seen slowly going towards the top. Looks like honey.

S: This has obviously been sitting around for a bit as it is very skunky at first smell. A little stiring up and delicious sweet caramel malt and nuts come forward but are still overpowered by the unfortunate skunkiness.

T: First taste the sweet carmel flavors (plus some heinekenesque skunkiness) are present before being taken over by some lightly bitter hops midtaste. In the finish bitter and sweet collide while the aftertaste is very bitter. Not bad, but all flavors are very light.

M: Pretty average, medium body, high carbonation, pretty smooth.

D: Not bad but there are definatly better English Pale Ale's out there. I would get this again, but it is WAY overpriced for something so mediocre.

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Photo of Herrbrokt
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From pint bottle into pint glass

Appearance- It's a sexy copper beer with a beige head that sticks around for fun

Aroma- mild citrus and and sweet grass.

Taste- a swell beer that mocks the aroma well. Mild hint of butter and brown sugar. Real crackery bitter aftertaste that goes a little further than I'd like.

Mouthfeel- clean finish, settles nicely

Drinkability- very enjoyable. I'd be glad to have these all night but wouldn't go on a goose hunt for one.

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Photo of grindcore666
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
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 eb003
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I agree that the "packaging" is eye-catching...that's what drew me to it. It poured well with a nice amber/ almost copper color. I thought the smell of hops came through very distinct. I found it to be a bit bitter for the first couple of sips. The mouthfeel is good. It has a nice light, crisp feeling. I didn't rate this quite as high on drinkability just because I don't think I would personally drink many of these...and for the fact that neer the end I was "forcing" it down. I don't mind having a pint of it, but it's not my favorite ale.

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Photo of CNeilP09
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is another solid beer, in my opinion. Flavor is the key reason. Robust and creamy at the same time. Oily start to a crisp finish.

Serving Type: Bottle to a goblet. Repeat as necessary.

Appearance: Dark, classic ale look. Rich brown and stylized.

Smell: Faint, but apparent. Cloves, vanilla and coconut.

Taste: Well balanced in the hop and malt department. The first time i tried this was great. Every other time hasn't been as wonderful. But still completely worthy of a shot. Slight vanilla, clove and licorice tones with a fond hoppy backbone.

Mouthfeel: Clean. Crisp. The oiliness fades quickly to a rejuvenating middle culminating in a wondrous follow-through.

Drinkability: Find a half barrel of this if possible. Slap an IV on me. One could drink this for days on end. Great beer. Bottom Line.

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Photo of surfadelic23
2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
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 SandS
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of tomis850
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of admh1972
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Buundy
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of lwadd
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of JZ57
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of cleverbeername
2.82/5  rDev -22.5%
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 tomdavistoronto
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of au1sec
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very distinctive bottle...sort of dark olive green and reminds me of an old medicine bottle with its rounded flask shape. A sticker on the front about the shape and size of an egg. Very little head formed, even less lacing. Nice aroma, fairly typical for the style, as is the taste. Think Bass Ale with a bit less malty sweetness and a bit more hop bitterness. I noticed that this increased slightly as it warmed. It is a solid beer and I'll gladly try others from this brewery if I can find them, as well as have this one again at the next opportunity.

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Photo of deciding39
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, pale gold color with a fizzy, one-finger white head. The head quickly recedes to a small ring around the glass, which does not lace very well.

S: Very grassy, skunky hops, with some sweet malt notes in the background. I am not impressed by the aroma of this brew at all, especially that of the hops - does it have anything to do with the fact that they're organic?

T: Sweet caramel malt, mild citrus, and some earthy, slightly spicy hop flavor.

M & D: A light/medium-bodied brew that is very smooth and drinkable. It could definately make a fine session beer. However, the lifeless appearance and disagreeable aroma of this brew pull the score down a bit. I'll have a St. Peter's Golden instead.

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Photo of Threske
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Morbo
2.79/5  rDev -23.4%
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 ellman
2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
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 jpagewatts
2.69/5  rDev -26.1%
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 cozmohollis
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Has the look of a cider with a decent lace.

S: Biscuity with light floral and fruit scents.

T: Multi flavored up front with a good balance of hops towards middle and end.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation and a semi dry finish.

O: Nothing really stands out, but it's a very balanced English Pale Ale.

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St. Peter's English Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 288 ratings