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St. Peter's Organic Ale | St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
England, United Kingdom
stpetersbrewery.co.uk

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Organically grown light malted barley and hops create a refreshingly wholesome flavoured ale with a delicate character. Brewed with skill and patience in one of Britain's finest small breweries.

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Reviews:
82
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118
pDev:
16.67%
 
 
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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 82
Reviews by montageman:
Photo of montageman
2.61/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Murky pale orange color that boasts no head, but there is a bit of lacing. Plenty of tiny carbonation bubbles are there, too. There's a hint of apple on the nose, but there is not much here - it smells clean with a tinge of pine as well. Sour apple flavor up front with a bitter, dry barley finish - the aftertaste is reminiscent of the barley tea I have in my fridge right now. It's refreshing. Mouthfeel is thin almost like mineral water - actually, it's just like carbonated tea. This is a mild ale with some decent attributes, however, there is nothing here that stands out. At least it's organic... Mildly recommended.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Brad007
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a thin one-finger head into my Piraat glass.

Aroma is full of sweet, bready malt and light hop bitterness in the nose. It's skunked as well but only because of the green bottle.

Taste is full of sweet, bready malt with a light hop bitterness upfront. Not quite as skunky here. Tastes like a standard english pale ale though.

Mouthfeel's full of lingering sweet bready malt and hops. Not bad but a bit metallic.

A decent stab at the style here. Nothing to be impressed by but it's still drinkable enough for the style.

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Photo of Mumps
4.07/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was bought on a whim by the bar tender at my local spot (good call Wes). I was intrigued by the bottle, as was everyone around me.

Color was a nice gold, with a small, quickly disappearing head with decent lacing. Smell was sweet, with a citrus hint and strong English ale smell. Initial taste was interesting, and I wasn't sure about whether I would like it. After a few more tastes though, I warmed up to it. By the end of the bottle, it had become one of the best beers I've tasted. I wouldn't recommend it for any parties, but in small groups of like minded people I would say good call.

Very drinkable beer. Looking forward to trying more from the brewery (if i can find it)

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.86/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 2.5
Lovely golden orange colour, but loses marks for having very little head with almost zero retention, and being quite hazy. No date on bottle, I suspect it may be out of code.

Smell - 4.0
Increases and improves with warmth. Fruity, definite citrus, quite buttery with plenty of sweet malt to balance the hops.

Taste - 4.0
Lots of flavour here, comes close to a 4.5, but seems somewhat thin and watery initially which detracts. Biscuity malt, a little toffee, grapefruit and other citrus from the hops and a relatively high level of bitterness for the style. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Bordering on watery, low level of carbonation, but goes down easily and isn't as thin as it at first seems.

Drinkability - 4.0
I could go several more of these no problem, definitely sessionable.

OVERALL - 3.65
I really enjoyed this, and feel that I may have scored it a little lower than it deserved, especially considering that it may not have been at its best. The brandy-like bottle gives it a unique appearance, but this is far from style over substance. A very nice EPA.

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Photo of cyrenaica
4.47/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle
4.5% ABV

I tried this beer on November 25, 2007 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. The beer poured a dark translucent golden brown with a thin white head. The aroma was very strong on the hops. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, creamy, and with mild carbonation. The flavour was strongly hoppish with a pink grapefruit aftertaste.

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Photo of colts9016
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: A light amber color with string of clouds, no head
Nose: Dirty hops, orange, malt and yeast
Taste Sour malt with bitter unripe hops, oranges with a rye bread aftertaste
Body: Thin bit watery
Finish: really acidic and bitter. I was a bit disappointed I thought that it might be a bit better but it was a bit too thin for me.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

quite a balanced simple epa... somewhat pale in color. a weak mouth feel because of a mild malt backing. but nice lemon/orange sun tea floral. mild hop quality but a good balance of pepper mint finish. simple stuff but a consistent beer. very light weight.

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Photo of beertunes
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flask shaped bottle. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with just a thin cap of white head that dissipated almost instantly but managed to leave some nice lacing.

The aroma was mostly grain with just a trace of gentle hopping. The flavor was also fairly gentle, nice grainieness and just enough hops for some tingle.

The body was pretty typical for a mild ale, smooth, easy tongue coating. Drinkability was very good, I can picture myself sitting in an old style British pub, chatting with the blokes, tossing a round of darts and having several pints of this nice little brew.

I've seen a couple different brews in their unique bottles at a local store and I'm glad I took a chance on it. Certainly worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of Baileyuk
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent beer, definite hop presence but it has almost a chemical tone. Head and lacing was okay but definitely not good. Hops mellowed quickly and there was a nice bready maltiness afterwards. A decent beer but thats about it, probably would not want again although I do like their regular version a lot more.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours russet gold with clinging bubbles but no head in spite of vigorous pour. Sour apple and autumn leaves on the nose, maybe some grapefruit rind. Tobacco and pear malts with light tea and bark hops. Caramel hit at the end. Bitter skunky leave. Lemon pith linger. Light, some stick.

Does much better with food, where flowery hops come out that aren't there drinking by itself.

Thin, and sour more than bitter. Wouldn't rush back.

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Photo of mikegodat
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bought this beer on a whim. I was kind of concerned when I opened the bottle to get a hint of what I thought was skunk. Turns out that I believe it was just the brewing style.

Slight head, Great color, slight yeast residue in bottom of bottle.

Crisp and sharp on the tongue, smooth on the palate. I would reccomend this beer to any one with the desire to expand their palate

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Photo of JDV
1.94/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Cloudy orangish pour, with white head that didn't last. Smelled like a damn skunk. I've had 2 beers from this brewery and both were the only truly skunky beers I've ever had in my life. Taste is skunky, but creamy, buttery, smooth, subtly malty, and light to medium carbonation which is just right. I like the mouthfeel. Slightly bitter aftertaste that doesn't last too long or hit to strongly. Overall, the smell, and skunky taste really kill this beer. I wouldn't get this brewery's beers again, at least not if they can't get them to Texas fresh, which is a shame, because aside from the terrible skunkiness, I think It might have been a fairly good beer.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
2.87/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Reagan1984
4.12/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this as an option at a Ski Lodge in Maine. Figured it was the perfect time to try this beer. Have seen the bottles many times but never felt the urge to reach out and grab one.

Even with an aggressive pour there is little to no head. Light Amber, clear, no lacing

Nice aroma, English malts. Grass and some soft fruit.

Really nice flavor, classic English malt profile. Some mineral notes. Bright and fresh. Soft but present lingering bitterness. Lots of grassiness towards the end.
Very fruity as it continues to warm.

Very mild carbonation, medium body, a little slick.

Really nice beer. Was very pleasantly surprised and enjoyed this very much.

**As I post this I see this beer is rated overall as a B-. Wow, I have to disagree with that. But we all get a vote.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours into a pint glass as a slightly hazed red-tinged gold. A thin head develops and diminishes very rapidly over gently wafting carbonation.

The smell is dominated by sweet malts with notes of biscuits, as well as a nice hop aroma.

Very crisp and clean, this beer tastes first and foremost of malty goodness. Slight sweet undertones, but the spicy hops are the next thing I notice.

The mouthfeel is medium-thin with a grainy texture and assertive carbonation. Drinkability is very good.

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Photo of BierFan
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 ounce green bottle into a pint glass. The label says "Organic English Ale" but I'm guessing it's the same beer as the Organic Ale.

Appearance: The head is pretty disappointing. Whole bottle into the glass any got me about a quarter inch of head. Hazy amber/brown body.

Smell: Little bit of hops, Nice biscuity sweetness.

Taste: Bitterness is higher than I was expecting. Nice. Nutty and biscuity.

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Photo of kvnstfrd
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of malmquna
4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber caramel colored out of the bottle, with little to no head (if poured carefully). Carbonation is perfect and adds just enough effervescence and mouthfeel. Hop aromas fight amber roasted malt for dominance.

Amber malt and very slight sweetness show up first in the mouth, followed by some mild hop bitterness that finishes stronger than it begins. Overall, the flavors are well balanced, if not a little watered down. Perhaps I expected more flavor all around. However, the mouthfeel is very well done, and I almost detect some adjunct grains contributing.

This is a fine offering from St. Peter's...quite drinkable.

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Photo of erz316
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottle int old spec pint glass

not really much going on in this beer. there is little to no head or foam formed during the pour, the colour is solid, a good medium orange. the taste is pretty lame, just a light bitterness of hops and a slightly sweet maltiness. slight malts for the nose. feel is medium light.

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Photo of t3hcho53non3
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gold with a white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Organic notes of malts; with some floral notes and limited hops

T: Sight taste of hops initially but changes to the floral tones that were evident in the smell. Very smooth. As it warmed up the beer became more complex

M: Light bodied with almost no carbonation

D: Very drinkable and evolves from drink to drink

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Photo of fullsweep
2.7/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 mL poured into a glass.

Pours okay, minimal head, only a few mm actually. Dissipates quickly with no lacing.

Smells nice, like a beer ought smell. Slightly resembles a lager in aroma though.

Taste is a bit too bitter for my liking. Someone below mentioned grapefruit and that isn't too far off, especially if you include a bit of the peel. This was another I wanted to like more than I actually did enjoy. I like the complexity, but this is too bitter for my taste.

Would drink again, but not my first choice.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

St. Peter's English Ale is a clear light amber ale with a white head that fades to a thin, broken film with some oily bubbles. It leaves dense lacing. The aroma is of light, sweet malt and grassy, floral hops. There is something funky and dank under all that. Coriander seed is detected. It's a very balanced aroma. Wow. It's light, but... thick and foamy! It has a very soft and thick texture but it's not weighty at all. A pleasure to the whole mouth. It's well balanced, smooth and even in flavor. The hops are juicy. The aftertaste is long and bitter like cilantro. The flavor of the malt keeps a low profile and kindly does the needful. It almost tastes a touch wheatish. A great session ale! I love the pocket-filling flat bottles these guys use.
(rated Feb 5, 2008)

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Photo of farrago
4.24/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gauzy filminess to the pale zinc orange color, just about as jaundice yellow in hue as the former. Minimal, if any, head, thus no real lacing. Invigorating nose of sourdough bread, white grapefruit pith, bitters, uncooked hops, earth and mineral water, uncompromisingly direct, swiftly bursts through your nostrils and then gone. Light to medium-bodied, with what heft it has it's bottom heavy. More of that sourdough, rye bread, pretzel dough aspect, accompanied by grapefruit, dried tea leaves, tar, wet mineral chunks and well water. The carbonation level is average, if not less, and contributes to an "anchored" feel. In many respects comes across as a pilsner. Dry malts add more tactile smoothness than flavor passing the mid-palate, tempers the bitterness. Good drinkability, while at the same time not chuggable.

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Photo of KTCamm
2.02/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle was great, beer was not.

Poured a copper orange color, very little foam, very little lacing.

Smell was awful. Very bitter stale beer smell, like a dorm room on a Saturday morning. Did not make me want to drink this beer.

Taste was just ok. There is a sweet malt taste that is bombarded by a bitter hop. The bitter is not all that pleasing, and stick with you longer than ideal.

Not recommended. Much better pales out there, and better offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of NeutroMan
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Labeled as "St. Peter's Organic English Ale;" I'm going to assume I'm posting under the correct BA listing.

A: 500mL green oval bottle, poured into an imperial pint glass. Mostly clear light orange/amber with a low white head that was gone rather quickly.

S: Sweet malts with some moderate fruitiness (mostly orange). Minimal hops.

T: Starts with a fairly high bitter bite then transitions to the smoother sweet malts that were more evident in the aroma. Although the bitterness is rather high, it does not completely overwhelm the malt flavor.

M: Light bodied with minimal carbonation.

D: Goes down easy enough, but it's hampered slightly by the high bitterness.

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St. Peter's Organic Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 118 ratings