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 Shultzerdugen
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazed light amber with a small white head.

Floral hops and a fruity vibe in the nose. A touch of buttery diacetyl, herbal notes, and copper.

Smooth, creamy malts fade into bitter, spicy hops. Lively carbonation. Finish reminded me of some English Bitters I've had. Only the faintest hint of the copper carried over from the smell.

Must be the water in England, I usually smell and taste some metallic notes; this beer wasn't an exception, but it wasn't overtly metallic in either category. A nice session beer, for sure.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy amber colour, with moderate light, white head. Smell is typical ale: malts and hops, but a bit heavy on the hop spicyness. Taste is simillar, but the malts are a bit more detectable on the palate.

Personally, I don't think this is one of their best. A bit above average compared to, say, Bass, but not the quality of others I've had. Nothing exceptional, but easy to drink. A decent session ale, but a bit on the pricey side.

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Photo of ScottS
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with the smallest amount of head possible for it to still be called a head. The aroma is mostly skunk with some maltiness and a bit of hop spice. The flavor is the same with a hint of metal, possibly from the cap. The carbonation is on the mild side. This really seems like it would be a good beer if not skunked. However, with a green bottle I don't forsee ever finding an unskunked bottle around here.

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Photo of fdrich29
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

St. Peter's English Ale. 1 Pint .9 Fl. OZ. bottle purchased at Downtown Wine and Spirits, Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusetts.

"Organically Grown Hops & Barely Oil Association Organic Certification UK5" says the front of this throwback brown medicine bottle.

"Organically grown light malted barley and hops create a refreshingly wholemsome flavoured ale with a delicate character."

Let's see about that...

None of the skunky smell I got with another of the St. Pete's offerings. Very light taste, aroma. Goes down nice and easy-like. It's easy to envision men sitting around in a pub hundreds of years ago drinking one after another of this brew. Alchohol comes in at a mere 4.5% making this all the more easy to sit back and session.

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Photo of aaronh
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can you say "Average"? Copper-tinged amber ale, topped by a thin off-white head. There’s a mild English hop note wrapped in a bit of skunky aroma. The flavor is fairly neutral, with a slight bitterness in the finish. Nothing really outstanding on the palate. The mouthfeel is decent, and the lack of real enjoyable flavor makes it technically drinkable, but nothing to savor. All around an average, inoffensive beer.

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Photo of Luigi
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange-red color with a hazy glow. The head is white and sticky. Smells of dry grains, light fruity hops, and mineral water. The mineral water is the first thing I noticed along with a lemony light hops followed by a dry bread like grain. Has medium-light body with a great drinkability. Organic or not, this is a very worthy English Pale ale!

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Photo of baiser
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather dull, amber/orange colour, minimal head after a hard pour. Seems characteristic of st. peter's brews. Just not too appetizing. Aroma of malt, slight diacetyl, and some grain and hops. Taste was average for an english ale. A mix of the traditional malts, a bit toasty, slight caramel, ok hop twang in the back. Low carbonation, medium bodied, smooth and quite drinkable. Finish is dry and slightly bitter. Not one of their best.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orangish amber capped by a small, rich cream colored head that has a slight tangerine tint. The foam was never expansive--even with a high-altitude pour--but neither is it falling at anything other than a snail's pace. It's now an attractive, dense, one finger disk whose short collar of lace becomes a tall collar as the beer descends with drinking.

There isn't much to the nose. It's mildly hoppy (earthy fruit pulp), but that's about it. Thankfully, St. Peter's is a little more assertive on the palate, but this still isn't abundantly flavorful beer. I do enjoy the herbal, somewhat tart hoppiness however.

The overall package is let down by a too-thin, too-carbonated mouthfeel. The result is that the flavor, pleasant though it may be, doesn't have a chance to sink in and make itself at home. Perhaps the biggest problem (along with the fizzy carbonation) is that it's undermalted and tastes a little like the beer equivalent of a low-carb cracker. The finish is gently bitter with notes of sour apple and unripe pear.

I love the bottle, but the beer within that bottle, while not deserving of scorn, doesn't deserve much praise either. St. Peter's English Ale is a garden-variety pale that could use more body, more flavor and fewer bubbles. Most good pale ales have nothing to fear.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Olde fashioned bottle, no freshness dating. Pours light a light shade of honey/almond, clear, minimal head. Does leave very light tiny bubble lacing. Seems to have low carbonation. Hop nose. Nicely balanced English ale. Subtle maltyness, balanced by a moderate amount of grainy hops. Light bodied, fairly dull english style stuff. Pleasant quaffer, but give me some boldness of the American take on the style.

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Photo of kelticblood
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not impressed with the pour at all.Had little or no head and a flat look to it.Had a bit of lacing but nothing much.The color is a dark gold that is real hazy and cloudy.A sweet malty aroma with a touch of hops.A long lingering bitterness is left on the finish.This is my first organic ale and I'm not really impressed.It's ok,not great but not horrible.The mouthfeel is a bit watery.It has a good hop character.A sweet malt taste.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a fairly transparent gold and orange color. There's very little head and no lacing to speak of.

The taste is of good malts and subdued hops. The mouthfeel comes out in whole and is somewhat slippery. Drinkability is very high thanks to pure smoothness. There's nothing spectacular here, but there aren't any sore sports either.

Overall, this is what Bass wishes it was.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold color with almost no head and no lacing. The smell is faint. There's some grassy and hoppy aromas. The taste is fairly grassy, with a decent hop and malt balance. The mouthfeel is just a little light and oily. The drinkability isn't too bad at 4.5% abv. Just an average pale.

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Photo of DrJay
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
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 Frozensoul327
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very good English Ale. Unique bottle, expensive price. Pours out to an orange colour, short head, not much of a presentation, but the flavor is really quite good, with overtones of burnt hops and barley, but goes down very smooth. This is a good brew for those interested in trying something new. Recommended.

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.97/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice light orange liquid. Very little head. Less than a finger worth that quickly disipated to nothingness. What lace that is left creeps down to the bottom at a rapid rate. Bit bitter smelling. Grassy, earthy hops coinciding with a dry malt. Taste is a tad sweeter than scent. A dry, baked malt with a dominant, bitter taste. Aftertaste is grassy. Medium body, crisp mouthfeel. Causes alot of burping, I must say. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
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 longpondbeerman
1.89/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Out of its unique bottle that looks like it came out of my grandmother's medicine cabinet, this ale pours a golden honey color with just a hint of cloudiness and a thin, white head. The immediate smell is slightly skunky, like Heinikken, and on closer inspection, I admit, I think I got a bad bottle. Either that or this is just not a good brew. Metallic, bitter. I'll have to update this review later when I try another bottle. How do I kill a review?

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Photo of necoadam
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Soil Association Organic Certification. These boys mean business with their organic grown items. Poured out a golden/copper color with some carbonation that was visible. I've noticed that they don't have that much carbonation in their beers that is visible, but it is in the taste. Smell was very raw like. Hops hit the nose as well as earth tones and caramel blended in together. Perhaps a few nuts in there for good measure. Taste was to the point which I liked. Starts out to be very smooth and drinkable. Hops, grain and barley all hit the palate with some sweet malts finishing the job towards the end. Next time I'll know what to pick for an English ale. Bass or St. Peter's, Bass or St. Peter's? Should be an easy answer.

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Photo of maxpower
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep cloudy- amber color, nice off-white head that quickly disappears, malty, bready aroma. Sweet caramel malty flavor, the mild hop flavor stands out in the end with a nice clean finish, light to medium body with a kind of watery mouthfeel, pretty tasty and easy drinking.

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Photo of IceAce
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A full finger+ of foam when agressively poured into a beer-clean .5 liter pilsner glass. Collar dissapates within two minutes leaving behind one of the finest lace patterns I have ever witnessed. Brew has a slight chill haze but becomes clear as the beer aproaches the 48° mark.

Smell: The aroma is very expectation since the label trumpets the fact that the beer boasts "Organically Grown Hops & Barley". The nose reminds me of all things that are good about Samuel Smith's offerings as the aroma simply envelops the olfactory and invites the taster toward...

Taste: The aromatic barley steals the show with a very delicate (yet assertive) earthy flavor profile. The CO² level and hops (oh, I wish there were a wee bit more!) both compliment this ale nicely in a supporting role.

Mouthfeel: Brilliant fullness and well-rounded. This beer leaves ashort-lived pleasant coating of malty goodness on the palate that invites the taster back for more...

Drinkability: Yes sir...all day, any day.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
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 CRJMellor
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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 WesWes
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a slight malt feel with a bitter breadlike scent. The taste is decent, but nothing special. It tastes quite bitter and watered down. It has a breadlike finish that blends well with the hop flavor. The mouthfeel is lacking. It is a medium bodied beer with lower than average carbonation. This is a weak tasting English ale. I'm not a big fan. It's one and done for me.

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