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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Photo of JasonCoop
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
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 Tupperwolf
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
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 3Vandoo
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice orangish beer, with about no head retention and very shy carbonation.

Smell is very hoppy, very floral. followed by malt and butterscotch flavours, ends with some fruity esters.

Taste is very buttery, butter esters come in and play with your senses they are very present. Shy hops presence aswell with a mellow bitterness folowed by a malty presence. Ends in smoothness with a watery touch.

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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 Drew966
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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 shamus
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
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 BEERchitect
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good beer that gets lost among the shuffle of other good English Pale Ales. Solid golden color with a slight haze and fair retention. Smells lightly hoppy, malty, and earthy. Tastes similar with a bolder than normal hop empahsis. Lightly herbal and earthy and, perhapse a bit grain-like. Quite clean and crisp other that a slight butterscotch flavor and feel in the finish.

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Photo of Fugazme
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
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 Mindsquall
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a slight orange/cloudy urine color with no head, smell is of skunk, rather nasty

Taste is pretty good, smooth going down, a subtle sweetness exists with a slightly bitter finish. Specific to this style of beer, quite nice.

Mouthfeel is unoffensive, clean, the lack of carbonation is evident here and makes this really easy to drink.

This overall isn't too bad, if you can get past the smell.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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 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 allergictomacros
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice bottle - interesting shape and colour. The beer itself pours a clear copper with minimal head.

S: Some herbal hops and honey-like notes and nuttiness, but overall smell level is pretty low.

T: Bitterness makes a strong foreground appearance. Some citrus comes through as well. Not a lot of complex flavours.

M: Medium feel - not too light, a bit syrupy and full.

D: No problem drinking this beer. Not jaw-dropping spectacular, but certainly wouldn't mind downing a few of these on occasion.

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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 jaluria
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A soft amber color with a bit of off-white head that quickly fizzled out and left behind just a bit of lacing. Aromas of apricots, peaches, and bread come to mind. The taste is very much like a mild American IPA or an American Pale Ale with just a touch of hop bitterness with a fruity finish that starts off subtle and mild, but quickly becomes all-consuming. In my mouth this beer was a bit too fruity without the alcohol or malt to balance it out and add richness to the flavor. Instead, this beer seems a bit one-dimensional with a hop bitterness that leads into a fruity finish. Moderate drinkability due to the flavors, but the ABV is low and the flavors make this beer somewhat distinct, even for its style.

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Photo of Morris729
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange peach color with a short white head that soon fades into a thin lace. Nose is earthy grains along with fruity and floral hops. Taste begins with sweet malt and a light fruitiness followed by dry cracker-like grains. Next up are some herbal and earthy hops along with some lemon peel and a hint of a metallic twang. Nothing special, but certainly worth a try.

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Photo of stevemcqueenjr
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first sniff this smells pretty skunky but virtually disappears (a little is left behind) when you pour it. it gives way to a more sweet barley aroma.

I had a hell of a time getting any head from this, there was very little and there was also not much lacing. It is somewhat cloudy but not as cloudy as an unfiltered. It is kind of a cloudy gold.

A decent flavor, smooth and light to medium body. Good example of english style ales. It is something i could easily drink a few of at a time and not get sick of.

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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 radshoesbro
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this comes in a medicine bottle. when i first saw this i wasn't looking forward to trying it but a buddy told me it was actually pretty good so i decided to give it a shot.

s - when i opened the bottle it was as if a skunk had suddenly walked into my living room, however, upon pouring the skunky smell vanished leaving mild hops with a hint of barley on the nose.

a - golden with a good rocky head and excellent lacing. highly carbonated.

t - this is very smooth and malty with very little hop flavor. i think that i'm tasting something mildly citric and it's not lemon...i also want to say that it has just a very mild taste of clementines! anyone else get that?

m - light to medium bodied. smooth with a good semi-strong malty finish.

d - good example of an english ale! i would definately recommend this if you're sitting back on your couch, listening to some music (i was listening to blackalicious), and just relaxing. you could definately drink this throughout the year, but i would recommend late summer, spring, and early autumn. i wish that i could get this in a sixer.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, slightly hazy slightly darker than straw colored with lots of carbonation. A nice head of small bubbles sticks around longer than expected.

Aroma- when I opened the bottle, even through the tiny hole in the odd medicine-bottle, a sharp, strong, bitter hops nose slapped me in the face. Don't get me wrong, I like hops, but the English hops are still difficult for me when they are this sharp and strong. After a few minutes breathing in my brand new Imperial Pint glass (just brought back from my trip to England), the aroma settled considerably and was more tolerable.

Flavor is dominated by the same bitter hops, but there is a malt background. Not complex with lots of different flavors to pick out, but actually quite a nice combination.

Mouthfeel is decent, not creamy, almost chewy.Very good for a 4.5 ABV beer.

Overall this is a decent brew, and a nice version of a Pale Ale.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best readily available Bitters in Ontario.

This pour out of its vintage flask a pale copper color, pretty light for the style. The head is diminutive but lacing is generous. The aroma is lightly malty with an airy herbal hoppyness. The taste is A mix of citrus fruit, light cracker malts, herbal hops, black tea leaves and sea air. The finish reveals a dry, somewhat cidery yeast flavor (also found in their other ales). Its not bad at all, interesting really. The mouthfeel is thick and luxuriously carbonated. Its quite a lot like a cask ale.

This is a great bottled bitter with a great hop profile. Its very well balanced and an impeccable session ale.

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Photo of ADR
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
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 kbub6f
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A tiny layer of cream-colored, oily film; an ever-so-slightly hazy, orange-amber body. The nose is sweet, caramel toffee and that's all. Same up front. Butterscotch through the middle to a tangy, butterscotch-toffee finish. Quite bitter. Body is somewhat thin. Some toasty crackers/grains in the aftertaste. Very nice, very butterscotchy, with a sharp, bitter finish. Almost puckering, but taming with temperature.

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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 benmiliron
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another gift from the wife. Kind of murky red pale ale color. Smell is soaking the whole room with flowery hops. Very nice smell. Taste is good - a mild english ale with a heavy dose of alphas. Lighter hops in the nose, but not much in the taste. Mouthfeel is a little too bitey, but otherwise good. This would be a good session brew.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
2.81/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with minimal head. Aroma is very slight, hints of sulfur and light caramel but not a lot else.

Taste is pale malt and mild bitter hops. More than a touch of sourness, musty, faint yeast flavor. Slightly sweet caramel up front, an element of lemon somewhere but a dry, bitter, tangy finish.

Mouthfeel is watery, clean. Not much to brag about here, though my opinion does improve as I drain the glass. Organic is as organic does, but it really does nothing for me.

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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