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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.24/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured out of the bottle a golden and hazy color. A decent amount of foam topped it off. Sweet caramel and baking bread in the aroma. There is also a bit of an edge in the aroma. Well rounded on the palate with light carbonation and also definite smoothness. The flavors are subtle in that great English Ale way. There is a raw graininess mixed in with the malt sweetness and complemented by a mineral twang. A mild layering of hops pulls it through to the end.

Definitely an enjoyable and highly drinkable brew.

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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 FleeVT
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt. 9fl.oz green bottle with a funky shape that is somewhere between flask and typical 12oz beer bottle. No dates.

A: An amber hazy brew with a nice white head that starts out huge then settles down to a medium, quarter finger layer. The haze is a deep amber in the center with a glowing yellow outside edge.

S: Slightly yeasty aroma with a mild dosing of earthy hops. Sweet malts balance out the nose.

T/M: This one builds up from the front to back. Dull hops up front with a gradual build up to a citrus bitter back mixed with a mild malty sweetness and mineral (almost metallic) finish. The hops linger a bit in the aftertaste. Moderate body and moderate carbonation make this a great feeling beer.

D: Great little session brew. A little dull on the palate but it's got nothing but fresh grown organics in it (so it must be good for you).

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Photo of Offa
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice, solid ale with a strong bready base and good balance, the bitterness just dominating the light sweetness.

It is dark gold with a decent off-white head that shrinks but leaves some decent lacing.

The aroma is toasty bread with lemon, hints of caramel, earth, and pine.

The taste is similar, with lightly toasty bready malt, lemon, a little other citrus in general (some grapefruit), and pine and hints of caramel and smokiness. It is a little juicy, and has a full, nice feel.

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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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Photo of scottg
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 FL OZ bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light gold with orange hues and a medium white head that dissipates slowly with light lacing. Sweet aroma of malt and tea with light citrus. Up front flavors of caramel & toffee then a tealike, hoppy flavor finally finishing smooth and malty. Light carbonation, easy drinking beer. Bonus for using certified organic hops and barley.

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Photo of PBBC
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a deep orange, light head.

Smells tart, of apples, and biscuit/bread. First sniff reminded of heiniken??

Tastes very tart, almost sour, very apple-like, doesn't really balance well... alot of sour flavors from the yeast, not enough malt and hop balance.

Overall, interesting, but wouldn't drink all night.

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Photo of mithrascruor
2.49/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow orange color. Dense white head with decent lacing.

Smell: Citrusy hops.. and skunk.

Taste: Has a grassy, hoppy aroma with a bit of citrus like lemon.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with quite noticable & overactive carbonation.

Drinkability: The skunk and the excessive carbonation (which covers up flavors) tend to make this not so drinkable.

Likely (hopefully?) a damanged beer, but that seems to be a recurring theme with St. Peter's beers. Not quite as bad as some others I've tried, but I really don't feel like trying one of these again.

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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 dsa7783
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint, 0.9 fl oz bottle copped from Gary's in Madison for $3.25...
Many of the St. Peter's beers I've sampled have been really good, so I was eager to give this a shot...
"Made with Organically Grown Hops and Barley" on the front logo sticker...
A hefty pour resulted in a bright-orange, medium-copper hue with no head at all and hardly any lacing to speak of...
Faint, grainy, lemon aroma barely noticeable...
Light, citrus and caramel taste detectable... Very crisp and smooth with a low 4.5% ABV make this an easily drinkable, decent stab at the style...
Mouthfeel was a little watery and not too solid, but overall, a decent selection...
Not bad...

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Photo of MerkinMan
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A nice gold color, but a bit cloudy. Head retained well.

S: Nice sharp hop aroma. Not much more than that. I could not really detect malty scents.

T: Kinda bland, really. Not bad, but not spectacular. May be a bit damaged. Might be the green bottle.

MF: Good body for the style.

D: If you are buying, I'm down. Otherwise, I am not seeking this one out. I will try their others though. So many people I know crow about St. Peter's.

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

no funky looking bottle althopugh apparently it's on it's way back. Quite hazy wiith what I call the good pale ale color. That being a bight yelolw-orange.

Not overpowering aroma's, but the earthy malt and a nice sweet citrus come through nicely.

The taste seems to take in account all the things a good english pale ale should have. Very smmoth and malty initially before the mineral water and hops do a sudden body slam to remind you that they have a say in pale ales. The flavor ride repepeats, albeit on a lesser scale beofre the brew settles into a dry finish with lots of hop aftertaste.

Given the lower ABV it was very smooth and quite full on my palate.

Very nice, but @ $5 cdn + per pint an occassional treat and not much more.

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Photo of pitweasel
2.1/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My dad's name is Peter, and he's away in England for a month, so I was very excited to find this beer and give it a try.

That pretty much ended when I opened the bottle. It was an "on sale" style at Beers of the World, which people have told me is another way of saying "it's old". Came in a green bottle - don't know if there's any truth to what they say about those or not.

Regardless - it smelled a little off when I opened it. It's hard to describe, but it just didn't smell right. Pouring it out, the thin head was topped with what looked like large clear bubbles, like you get when washing a glass. I thought it could be the glass, but the remainder of the beer in the bottle took on the same appearance.

Giving it another sniff once it was out of the bottle, it still didn't seem right. Aside from the bubbles, it looked okay - a nice, somewhat hazy orange/amber color. The first couple of sips were sweet, with very little hop presence. But suddenly, after a couple of ounces, I felt like I was getting the bitterness hammer with every sip.

Now, I'm willing to give this another shot some time - maybe this was just a bad bottle, be it from age or otherwise. After all, I was very pleased with their stout when I tried it, so I know they can make some tasty brews. But this...just a letdown. Maybe next time!

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Photo of jdoncbus
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an English pint glass. Two-finger head, a tad hazy with an orange hue, and mild carbonation.

Overall a very mild aroma, with some grains and mild hops peaking through. Nothing really overpowers this one and the smell is pleasant nonetheless.

A very smooth beer that is a tad crisp on the palate and offers an earthy, grassy flavor with a faint hint of hops. Similar to the smell, nothing really stands out besides it being a balanced offering. Mouth is left a tad dry but nothing too overpowering.

A very easy beer to put down - no doubt. I could have used a little more hop presence but I cannot complain since it is an easy beer to drink and enjoy. The lower ABV makes it an ideal session beer.

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Photo of mualphapiper
4.63/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the usual medicine bottle:

A: Dark gold, like a dark honey. The head poured out nicely, but didn't last, possible the fault of my soapy glass. As others have noted, this is a somewhat cloudy beer. Its not chill haze, my bottle was room temperature when poured.

S: Very floral hops. A little bit of lightly toasted bread. There was also a sweetness, a lot like good clover honey. Undertones of warm earth.

T: A fantastic, well balanced English bitter. It begins with caramel and more clover honey sweetness, with some slightly bitter hops. It washes back to a bitter coffee finish.

M: This beer really coated my mouth, quite a lot, it reminded me of one time when I drank a bit of olive oil. All in all, very substantial and pleasant.

D: I'd drink as many as I could if they weren't so expensive!

Summary: A fantastic English bitter

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Photo of chinabeergeek
2.74/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ack - got a skunked bottle. why do they stick with green glass? they go through the trouble to making it all organic, so why ruin all their own efforts? i mean, they should already know that the avg shelf time of these things is higher than your typical offering. i just don't get it...

the appearance was nice, golden copper color, good head and lacing.

but it all goes downhill from there. skunk skunk skunk

EDIT: got yet ANOTHER skunked bottle from a different store in a totally different location. dammit, st. peter - switch to brown bottles, already!

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Photo of ralree
2.81/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Nice cloudy gold, no head really.

S: Caramel, very sweet. Hops almost undetectable. A little bit of a floral smell.

T: Very sweet and flowery with the hops just barely peeking through. Barley comes through at the end and lingers in the aftertaste. Just meh.

M: Clean and crisp, like apple juice. Medium-light body. Quite a bit of astringency (from the barley?). Carbonation is lacking, and kills it. It tastes very flat. Maybe a bad bottle?

D: Drinkable, but I may have to pour some out - I'm not a big fan. Alcohol seems proportional.

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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 Traquairlover
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint, 0.9 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Medium yellow with a light greenish tint, like a Japanese green tea. Forms slight off-white head which dissipates quickly leaving very light lacing. Soft carbonation with smallish bubbles.

S = Can smell hops and it is apparent there is some bitterness, nonetheless can make out scents from the malt with a doughy texture to them, overall decent smells with pretty decent balance.

T = This is a pretty light beer in taste, the hops don't seem to add a tremendous amount of flavor but there is good evidence of the bitterness in both the initial draw and in the finish. Indeed the backs of my lips and the back of my tongue both had a bitter sensation for a long finish. The main taste though was mild mannered malt in the midpalate. Decent but not incredibly distinctive.

M = Light-medium body, light carbonation, decent coating of the mouth.

D = This is definitely drinkable as a session beer. However, there are a lot of other choices and this is not high on my list. Decent beer if it is available, but I'd say middle of the road for the category.

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Photo of ablaze
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
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 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 Amalak
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Awesome bottle, nice opaque orange-ish color. Decent head with great lace.

S: Kind of bitter. Not in that good way, but almost skunked bitter.

T: Has a very bitter taste, but it is good if you are down for that kind of flavor. Despite the smell, it isn't skunked, just bitter.

M:Just like the smell and taste, bitter.

D: It truly gets better as I drink it.

I was skeptical at first, but overall it is a very good beer. Only drawback, though, is that it is expensive, considering it is good, not great.

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Photo of mpyle
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold/brown color, with excellent clarity. Moderate sized, tight-bubbled head with short retention.

Slight roasty malt aroma - aroma is clean and more malty than hoppy.

Nice malt flavor with a bit of caramel for a 4.5% beer. Nicely balanced with hops, and finishes quite dry with a bit of hop bitterness.

Medium body and med-high carbonation, no astringency or warming. A more significant mouthfeel than might expect from weak alcoholic strength.

Highly drinkable and refreshing. Would be a nice session beer, if not for the moderately hefty price (~$3.49 / 500 mL bottle).

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Photo of drinkininthewood
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 500ml flask into a pint glass. fabrication - f047 i think this mean apr/07..

A- foggy golden/orange in color, a decent bubbly head that disappears in seconds leaving bully lace all around the glass.

S- slight malt with a nice floral hop aroma, slightly skunky.

T- malt flavors up front with some earthy tones, some grains were noticed as well, finished with a nice grassy/bitter hop profile. Nice balance. Some skunkiness.

M- smooth and medium bodied with little carbonation.

D- fairly decent, could have few with ease.

Overall this beer had decent enough flavor to keep you entertained, i would enjoy this beer from time to time but wouldn't go out of my way to obtain it, not my favorite EPA but worth a try.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.58/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours glub glub due to it's medicine bottle shape. Pours a nice big head that retains very very well. The color is cloudy and golden brown with a white head. The smell is bitter hops with a slight caramel maltiness...not sharp hops or malt, but soft and nice. The taste is very good, I like the hops, they have the slightly malty background. Mouthfeel is smooth and welcoming. Overall, this is very nice and I would like more, but will have to wait until it comes back in stock.

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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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