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 CRJMellor
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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 -10.2%
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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Photo of ark57
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like the flask like bottles that the beer comes in. It is a light orange in color. The aroma is sweet with faint traces of hops. There is s light taste of anise amidst the fruity/flowery notes. It finishes with a nice bitterness and a linering taste of marmalade.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pleasant, hazy light orange color. Despite the minimal head topping this one, what remains forms a fine, tight lace. Soft, sweet malts characterize the smell. A bit of a Scotchy twang is present as well. Soft mouthfeel at the onset with a quick crush of hops that gives way to a sweet, somewhat grassy, malt base. Rather watery with something of a metallic taste that seems to fade as time goes on. This one got noticeably better as the glass emptied.

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Photo of Zorro
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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 scottum
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange amber with a small light head. Nice and smooth. Hoppy and malty all in one. A well balanced pale ale. The flavor is quite interesting and very pleasent. I'm so glad that good organic beers are starting to become available in the area. Certainly a beer that I plan on revisiting.

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Photo of Skidz
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very light yellow, finishes light amber with little head.

Smells of apple cider and hops. Tastes a little sweet and a little malty. Finishes with nice bit of bitterness. Very nice all around taste, maybe a bit on the sweet side, but good all around.

I'd like this for a session beer, but the price tag is a bit steep for that, but well worth it. Reccommend this beer, and brewery! Up next is the St. Peter's Porter...ooohh.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oh boy - here is another case of a really really unique bottle with a moderatly unique beer inside. Seriously, given the right environment, this beer could be fantastic. I'm just not sure what that environment is. It poured a nice golden yellow, with a slight brown coloring - mostly noticable in the head. The smell was pretty bold - I wasn't sure what flavors were hitting my nose. I do know that it tasted very good. It was pretty heavy and I appreciated that this beer had some body. All and all, a good beer- couldn't drink it all the time, but I'd drink it again.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle attracted me. As if by subliminal command I reached for the bottle and deposited in my shopping basket. Funny thing is this UK brewer had to come to the "Colonies" for their bottle design!

As for the beer:

Poured forth with a slightly translucent amber-gold color.

The pour produced a fluffy meringue like head composed of randomly sized bubbles supported by froth and foam. Head welled up quickly but receded back to the beer poste haste leaving behind some lacing and a few straggler bubbles desperately hanging to make themselves known..

I noticed a slightly fruity nose, but quite mild and otherwise nondescript. There might have been some hints of sweet malt, but if so, it was very faint and my imagination might have begun to fill in more of what I wanted.

Flavor was a very controlled hops bitterness, and a tart underlying sweetness. Along with that came a whimper of yeast.

Tangy finish that ended quickly. Beer had a vibrant clean mouthfeel that seemed to cleanse my palate..

This is a rather subdued, and mild mannered beer. It doesn't raise its voice, and speaks with subdued controlled gestures.

A drinkable beer but I wish there was more to the flavor profile and a bit more character.

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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 Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice golden brew with a medium head. This is another of your average english ale with nice hops and a very refreshing taste. Nothing too distincitve about this one except that the bottle is pretty cool. I would drink this again but won't necessarly be looking for it.

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Photo of Brent
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
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 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 BeerResearcher
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gotta love the flask-style muck green-colored bottle!
This Organic ale pours a deep amber/copperish color. The head is reminiscent of a cask-conditioned ale in that the bubbles are mainly large and airy. The head thins to a light rimmed coating. The lace sticks in trails and webs. The malty aroma mixes with tea and citrusy smells and fades slowly into sweet malt. The malt is lightly grainy and caramel sweet. The hops possess a tea-like and lightly citrus bitterness. The slight metallic tang can be detected toward the back of the throat. I'm so glad St.Peter's has made its way across the pond!

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Photo of TerryW
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
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 clvand0
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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 tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
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 marc77
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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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Photo of BigHead
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice clear copper amber brew. Malty nose with a hint of hop and spice. Definitely a balanced hop and malt flavor to this beer. It might be my imagination but the beer is clean tasting, due to the organic hops? A nice hop, bread like feel at the back of the mouth. A nice beer from a great looking bottle.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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 marburg
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's hard to be distinct as a pale ale; there are just too many of them out there. This one manages to stand out as a simple, well-crafted beer that's well-balanced and not excessively hopped -- something that I think is hard to find on the North American continent unless it got shipped here from another country.

A few shades darker than straw with a small head. Aromas of rubber, moss, and lagerish malt. Good malt presence followed by a brief but nice hop finish -- semi-puckering and definitely lingering. A good beer with an amazingly cool bottle.

This beer is definitely best when a little on the warmer side. As is the case with many English beers or cask-conditioned beers in the English style, this is best consumed at slightly warmer temps. The hop finish is nicely assertive when you let the flavors emerge. Unlike a lot of American pale ales, the finish doesn't get unbearable as the beer warms. Tasty.

Thanks to Putnam for the sample.

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Photo of Shiloh
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden colour with a thin head and a large bubbled glass ring. The body is full with minimun carbonation. The nose is mildly of grapefruit.
The taste is exellent, begins slowly with a mild hoppiness then esculates to an explosive bitter finish. The hops dictate, my kind of brew. Recomended!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Organically grown hops & barley" says the label. Okay, great! But how's the beer? Is it unfiltered, I wonder, as I watch the pour, cloudy, and a dark amber hue, with a small, vanishing white head. Aroma is coppery, dry, herbal, and very low in the hop department. Malt is just-right, and finish is very brief.
This seems to be in the fine, upstanding tradition of bland, forgettable English ales. The touch of sweetness reminds me more of the Irish style, though.
I thank Uglyradio for the trade.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like everyone else I really liked the bottle,I had the Saint Peter's Bitter and liked that as well.I liked the nice golden color to it,no head to it but that was fine for the style.Smelled very hoppy and fruity like I figured it might be.Nice balanced ale slightley sweet but the hop is very evident,very clean tasting.Nice drinkable ale will look for others from this small brewery.

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

I saw the cool shaped bottle in the lcbo so i decided to pick it up.

A nice dark-golden amber colour with a decent head, and strong nice aroma.

The first thing I noticed about the taste was that it is smooth, flowing, almost syrupy in that there is little carbonation in the texture. Hint of honey in the taste.

This is a great beer and I see more of these in my future. Very impressed.

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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