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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 beerbutcher
4.37/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a- pours a pale copper, with an ivory head half-finger deep, which dissipates quickly to a fine layer.

s- beautiful nuances of nut and biscuit, and caramel to the malt, with hop accents of dried fruit, earth, and herbs, a slight citric twang, and a touch grassy.

t- the beer is very full on the palate, at one time rich, nutty and slightly doughy with a touch of sweetness. on the flip, braced with bitternes, juicy hop acids and delicate carbonation. overall, delicious, and nuanced. hops are definitely english in style.

m- the beer is full without being heavy. rich, but balanced, refreshing and light on it's feet.

d- i love this beer. if it wasn't $4 a bottle, it'd make a great session drink. tastes like an e.s.b.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is just a good English Ale that seems to me to be very sessionable. Pours a slightly cloudy orange bronze colour with a white head that dies away pretty quick. Plenty of earthy English style hops in both the smell and the taste. Just enought malt to balance thing out a bit, but plenty of hoppy bitterness. Smooth and easy drinking, this is one of my favourite old stand by's in this style.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am starting to become a fan of St. Peter's Brewery.

A: Poured a nice, light amber body with a decent sized, off-white head. Not much retention, but slows to a decent lacing that holds until the finish.

S: A very pleasant malty smell that was both a little sweet and slightly bitter. There were some floral undertones present.

T: A very nice malty taste that was a good mix of a sweet and bitter tastes that complimented each other very well. There were also additional, sweeter malt tastes in the aftertaste.

M: A nice, smooth taste that was pretty full-bodied.

D: Definitely a good, drinkable beer. Great, balanced taste with a smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel makes it another good beer from St. Peter's.

Besides, it comes in an awesome bottle.

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Photo of zeff80
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy reddish orange color with a soapy, off-white, two-finger head. Left some nice lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grain, caramel malts and grasses.

T - It tasted of corn, smooth malts and had a slightly bitter kick from the hops.

M - It was smooth and soft. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay beer, however, I found it extremely overpriced.

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Photo of bboven
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep yellow without much had retention., lots of particles floating around.

Sweet and malty, quite a bit of green apple as well.

Tastes sweet and malty, little hop presence.

Filling mouthfeel, creamy crisp at the same time.

Very drinkable. Subtle flavors make this one either easy to quaff or easy to admire.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I always had a soft spot for St. Peter's they have some good beers and I like the style of there bottles. Pours with a medium sized head that disappears slowly but still clings to the glass. Not much lacing. A hazy amber colour. Smells of some light hops and a sweet malt, this is the first one I have that does not have a slight skunky note on the nose and palate. Has a nice bitter earthy hop finish. Clean and tasty. A very nice ale and one I am glad to have in my fridge

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Photo of BBM
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange-yellow from the flask-shaped bottle. A firm, rocky white head rest atop the beer. The aroma was an exceptional blend of slightly fruity, grassy, earth, and sugary notes.

The grassy and earth English hops are up front and dominate the initial flavor. As the beer warms, there is more of a balance between the hops and sugary malt. As a fan of English beers, this one seems to be spot on in terms of flavor and balance. The mouthfeel is medium and very smooth, with little noticeable carbonation. And at only 4.5%, it could certainly be a session beer. If you like English ales, you'll love this.

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Photo of tapman
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

#1 in a tour of St. Peter's brews.

Pours a clear trombone-brass color with not much head though what head there is is very white.

Definitely smells like an English Ale so lets say Fuggle hops play a part in this brew. A skunky, marijuana nose combines with a grainy breadiness to give this beer a heavy, interesting aroma.

Sesame seeds and semolina wheat bread plus a nice English hoppy bitterness describes the taste. Yeast back produces sweet esters that help contain this beer.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the flavor seems to spread out and help fill up space.

Not a bad English Ale. Seems like they followed the recipe pretty close. Flavorful and organic, now if only I had a real British person to test it on.

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Photo of henrysunset
2.92/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pt and some change... from the k's brewing going out of business sale.

L:clear, oranginsh brown with visible bubbles, small head of white lace.

s: sweet an malty, not a lot going on

t: malty and pretty bitter. Citrusy tones are a little too sharp. sorta smooth but not all that great overall.

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Photo of albern
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A cloudy, yellowish-orange color, with a decent head that doesn't stick around nearly long enough. There is some lacing. The bottle is unique, it looks like an old flask of something potent. The smell is hoppy, bitter, English ale, and not overly enticing. The taste is a bit metalic in the middle, balanced, medium bodied, a little sharp, maybe a little bready. The after taste is very sharp and imbalanced compared to the rest of the beer. The mouth feel is hoppy esters. You can really feel the oils in your mouth. Not a bad beer to try, but not my favorite either. L'Chaim

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Photo of ultralarry2006
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle. Leaves less than a one finger white head that quickly dissappears and leaves almost no lacing. Body is an orange tinted gold.

Smell- herbal and grassy hops, apples, butterscotch, and cooked vegatables.

Taste - same as the smell, with the faint addition of biscuity malt.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, and slightly dry.

Drinkability - this is not bad, but it's also not good, and therefore not sessionable.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in color with a quickly disapating head. Smell is honey sweet with malts. Taste of honey, malt grain and a good balance of hops and carbonation, having a light to medium mouthfeel. It was actually better than what was expected in this english ale.

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Photo of jmc44
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, golden-coppery color, with a thin white head but a nice lacing.

Malt aroma, followed by tart fruits with hints of earthy mustiness, a bit citrus on the end.

Sweet and malty up front, followed by some hop bitterness; a grapefruity bite in the finish. The bitterness lingers. Not very complex; straight forward malt then hops. Not much mixing of the two.

Medium in body, lightly carbonated, feels somewhat oily. I find the grapefruit bite a bit unpleasant, which hinders drinkability.

Nothing special, nothing terrible. Worth a try.

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Photo of Doctuh
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pour with a thin head from a beautifully presented bottle. Tart fruity aromatics in the lift. Carbonation moves in echelon with the earthy taste. Bitter beginnings repudiated in the conspicuously lemon hoppy finish.

- Bottle pour, cellar temperature, into a pint glass -

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Photo of skillerified
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fairly typical looking English Pale, except maybe a touch darker than most. Very hazy and cloudy. Red and gold hues, red toward the middle, gold on the edges. Can get downright yellow in certain lights. Fairly small, but fluffy and bubbly head. Faded quickly to a frothy white cap that seems to be sticking. Fairly sticky lacing both on the glass and left inside the bottle.

Also fairly typical in the scent. Strong malt up front, but a pleasant hoppy, fruity bite at the back end. Gets a touch citric with some agitation.

Very malty and breadlike on the first sip. A pretty stong bitter bite on the finish too. Not a lot of interplay of flavors. Again, just typical English Pale characteristics. The hoppy bite favors a grapefruit flavor. Definitely more bitter than most of this style though. After a few more sips the grapefruit seems to be taking over. Maybe a bit much. A little off balance. Flavor seems to be closer to an IPA. No real sense of that hard water flavor that seems so essential in this style of brew.

All in all, not a bad brew. Not a real winner for me either. I'd take a Bass over this anyday,

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale hazy golden yellow ale, a finger of off white head that reduces to a few large bubbles floating around before settling to a very thin ring around the glass. The light color is what brings down the appearance rating.

The aromas are peppery English hops and some sweet grain. These translate to the flavor, the malt is biscuity, some hard water flavors, and a little citric peel in the hops round it off. The mouthfeel is moderately full, bitterness well contained.

This is a very easy drinking English ale, and a great organic beer. Recommended for spicy cuisine, sessionably light but tasty.

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Photo of 1fastz28
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a redish brown color with a mild head that laces quickly. smells of mild hops and water, unfortunately tastes the same, only a bit more hop presence is noticable. but more water is noticable than anything, can't even tell if there is any alcohol present. its drinkabitlity is pretty high since it doesn't taste like much of anything. i've heard really good things about this beer and i'm not impressed. maybe my expectations were too high.

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Photo of theopholis
2.78/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Clear golden/amber color with a thin off-white head with little staying power. Some lacing, but not a lot..

Aroma- Combo of a sour-mash, light malt aroma with some aroma hops thrown in. Smells like rising sour-dough bread.

Taste- The taste is a bit thin. Basically- sour-mash and some flavoring hops; neither particularly strong.

Mouthfeel- Body is a bit thin. Carbonation level is good, but overall, it has a light-oily feel. Not bad, just weird.

Drinkability- Not a great representative of an English pale ale, but interesting enough to give it a whirl.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have been meaning to try these, it seems a little odd to spend 3.50 for a pint of the stuff from my local but STOOPID, what do I pay for a pint at a microbrew? So, I picked up four beers. Here's the first.

Poured with no head, little lace on top, no carbonation, but a golden orange with a slight cloudiness. At first scent, smelled a little skunk, almost like a Heineken but there was a fruitiness in there, and a full malt. Upon first swallow, it exploded with bitter, creaminess, and ..well, the bitter..it's just right. The flavor is mostly of the malt, but this tastes really fresh with a hop balance, there was a just a hint of cardboard staleness but I had to try real hard to find that.

Well, this one is decent, but I don't think I'd get it again. I'm a silly American with silly tastes for really strong hoppy beers or cheap swill. Try these just to keep the bottles!

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

AP: A semi-cloudy, very active and bubbly pale-golden color with a thin but lively scattered head that dissipated very quick to a minimal cap. There is a minor amount of lacing left behind.

Nose: A very herbacious and biscuity, hearty malted scent with grains and wheat and some earthy hop notes underneath.

Taste/MF : This light bodied brew feels thin but clean and fresh featuring a pure herbal, doughy and wheatie malted flavor and an equally as hearty, earthy and herbal hop finish.

DA: I found this very easy to drink and enjoyed the fact that it is made up of mostly organic ingredients.

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Photo of jpagewatts
2.69/5  rDev -25.5%
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 trevorwideman
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Holy crap, is this a different beer? I reviewed this one back in 2004, and this time it's an unfiltered pinkish colour, looks almost exactly like grapefruit juice with a minimal head that leaves a nice lace. Smell is subtly floral and hoppy, a touch of honey and clover. Very subtle and appealing.

Taste is a little sour, lemonlike, light spiciness, almost a farmyard funkiness. Clover, hay, grapefruit. Like a sour fruit punch I'd say, and the carbonation is similar. The body is less thin than my last sample as well. This is a little lighter and less malty than I usually prefer, but it's not bad. Much better than I remember last time I had it.

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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with a thin, well-retained, head.

The smell is floral and earthy with a slight citric note.

The taste is of citric orange balanced by a sweet grainy malt. It has a lemony zest. Mild, bittersweet finish.

Light to medium bodied. Smooth and refreshing.

A nice, well-balanced ale. Fairly basic, but pleasant and well-balanced. Would make for a nice "session" ale.

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Photo of medic25
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First beer of the New Year; kicking back after 12 hours in the ER. Pours a yellowish-brown color with a frothy white head. Aroma is mild, some hops with a touch of diacetyl. Flavor is well balanced; the hops do not overpower the malt, and there is definitely a diacetyl component. Fairly drinkable beer, if a little thin.

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Photo of BeerSox
2.35/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

1pt .9 fl oz bottle into a mug. Green/brown color with an old medicine bottle shape. Organically grown.

Clear golden color with a thin off white head that struggles to develop, then quickly dissapears. Spotty lacing along the glass.

Light malt smell with a little bit of honey-like diacetyl scents. Light green grape scents as well, and a bit of leafy hops aromas.

Thin-medium bodied with a light bready malt flavor, as well as some bittering hops in the finish. The low carbonation gives it a slick feel in the mouth.

Not my favorite beer from St Peter's. It doesn't taste spoiled or anything, just not very good. The beer came in a medicine bottle, and ended up tasting like medicine. This one was a little hard to finish.

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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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