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

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St. Peter's Organic AleSt. Peter's Organic 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:
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.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 03-02-2003

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Ratings: 113 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of linearcraig
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

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 MEP
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

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 Martine
4.19/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear golden amber-copper from a bottle into a tulip glass. Off-white head is 1 finger high, frothy, and fleeting leaving minimal lacing. The bottles from this brewery always caught my eye, very elegant.

The first to arrive on the nose is biscuit malt, grain, cream, and caramel. Very fresh orange citrus lingers just below the surface, as well as a slight astringency, and earthiness.

The flavours are dominated by that gorgeous biscuit malt, giving one the feeling of drinking rich tea biscuits that lingers well into the aftertaste; I'm almost reminded of the Augustiner Helles Lagerbier from the character of the flavours. Along with malt you get barley, earthy yeast, and sweet creamy caramel on the sly. Citrus is present but only on the sip and swallow where that orange comes through like in the nose, ontop of hops, and an almost peatiness.

It feels lightly carbonated, and a bit more than just light bodied from the creaminess present. It goes down very well, malty yet refreshing.

I have to say the sunder in the reviews is quite odd from my point of view. I find this ale full of flavour, beautifully yeasty, and malty with a fresh undertone to it that makes it very drinkable. I would certainly seek out again which isn't too difficult as it's abundant in my local supermarket. St Peter's hasn't put out a bad beer as far as I'm concerned, and this organic ale is no exception.

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Photo of GreenCard
4.17/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: light brown, good clarity, low head formation and not much foam

Aroma: crusty malt and herbally hops under a skunkiness, hints of strawberry and faint orange

Flavor: bready/biscuity maltiness, faintly sweet, somewhat nutty (like a Newcastle), twinge of acidity, grassy hop flavor, dry finish with a long-lingering citrus-peel bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, fine carbonation, slightly alkaline

Other comments: This beer can be quite vapid if you get one from a supermarket shelf, but I just tried one from a closed 24-pack (unskunked) and it is pretty damn good. Really fresh tasting. Could drink gallons of this beer, but it has to be fresh!

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.17/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A nice crown of white foam rests atop a tawny whiskey-orange body, clear and bright but somehow earthy. Lemon and grapefruit dominate the aroma, with pleasant accents of honey, fennel, and proofing bread. Less impressive on the palate, but still winsome in its pronounced grapefruity bitterness and bready core. Not a lot of nuance apart from some stale lemon rind around the edges, and a soda-like minerality throughout. Fuzzy, immaculately dry mouthfeel is spot-on, and helps make this a very robust and drinkable ale.

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

This is my first review so here we go...

Poured with a huge head with medium sized bubbles. Kept it's head retention all the through to last delicious drop. Very nice citrusy/hop aroma, not much malt though. Color was pale hazy and golden, probably a little hazy since I stirred up the sediment on the bottom. Very drinkable, paid a little more than I wanted to but I think it was worth it. Cool looking bottle too which was why I picked this up in the first place. Looking at the other reviews for this beer left me wondering where and when this bottle came from.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.09/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Sigmund
4.07/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, bought at Vaaland Spesialbutikken, Bryne. ABV is 4.5%. Deep golden to brown colour, moderate carbonation, low head. Nice aroma of fruity hops. Well balanced flavour with distinct fruity hops on a sufficient malty base, and a grapefruity bitterness in the finish. Very drinkable. Good beer!

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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 Spike
4.07/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An aggressive pour produces a half finger of foamy white head. Pale amber, perfectly clear, with a little carbonation. Very pretty.

A delicate nose. Some sweet malts escape when swirled plus a faint earthiness.

Crisp, clean, English hop profile. Not dank at all. Malt comes through nicely as well.

Medium/light body with some carbonation. Lovely balance of refreshment and bitterness. Extremely drinkable.

Great example of a pale English bitter. Can be drunk in quantity without destroying either your palate or your brain. Clean, refreshing...bitter! Depending on your mood can be drunk with equal pleasure at cellar temperature or chilled. Mine was chilled.

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Photo of patra7
4.06/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very nice bottle but the beer itself does not impress with its looks. Light Amber / light copper color. Thin, whitish head that dissipates very, very quickly.

Aroma: Intense grassy, citrusy, floral flavors. I feel like I'm rolling in a field full of tall grass and flowers. Amazing! Incredibly refreshing, right from the start, before you even drink the first sip.

Taste: For someone with little experience in British ales, like me, it does have a ...British character, without being too... "weird". Floral and slightly bitter character always there, with an underlying maltiness to keep things in balance. Fairly strong alcoholic character, besides the mere 4.5% abv.

Mouthfeel: Light, "thin", but just right for its character. Little, but still detectable, carbonation. Sense of dryness in the end.

Drinkability: Yes. Just yes! Can you smell that (addictive) smell? Refreshing, light, but nowhere close to "watery". How did they do it? It must be the fresh, organic ingredients, among other things.

Nicely paired with cheddar cheese and Greek "imi-hloro" (semi-fresh / green) cheese.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Normal 500ml bottle, best before April 2008, drank in June 2007.

Poured into a Bateman's half pint sleeve glass (twice), it looked very drinkable. Light amber with a white foaming head, which sadly rushed to the side of the glass and clung there through the drink.

The aroma was of hops, malt and barley at first, but as the beer warmed up in the afternoon sun, toffee and caramel esters came into the smell.

I thought the taste was delightful, a sweet complexed flavour of toffee and molasses, which blended in with the more normal English Ale characteristic tastes.

The mouthfeel was full , but not overly, the aftertaste becomes dryer than the initial flavours would indicate.

A very drinkable beer, I would love to try this on cask, if it is available. I have visited the brewery and the hall used as the brewery tap, a lovelly place to drink their beers. I shall see if this is on tap if I ever get down to their place again.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is lightly skunky - a rare note for an ale, but given the bottle and constant barrage of fluorescent light... Moderate hop - earthy and floral with spicy notes. Moderate malt - soft roast and caramel with hints of chocolate. Smells good.

Pours clear pale-medium gold with large frothy head. Looks good.

Stiff bitterness up front speaks of hop - earthy, spicy, and slightly pungent. Nicely tart. Mild malt - caramel and soft roast following nose, with notes of deeper roast like dark chocolate and faint coffee. Herbal tea-like qualities remind me of a nice oolong tea. Highly drinkable. Finishes with a reminder of its bitterness. Tastes good. Feels good. Good drinkability.

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Photo of MisledTitan
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of plickxt
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of happysack
4/5  rDev +17%

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 stoutman
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first organic, but this brew is nothing special.
The pour was a clear golden orange. The aroma was a very enticing citrus and hops. Quickly dissippating head. Nothing bad by any means, but nothing as good as the aroma indicated. Very drinkable, as are most pale ales with me, but not exceptional.

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.91/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the better organic beers Ive drank in a while. Though not well known here in the Southwest United States yet, this brand is still very popular. The color of this beer is a light golden yellow, the aroma very hoppy, and the tase very full of hops. This is a good beer for the price and I would recommend it.

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Photo of Tim2000
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle with an unusual shape and colour. Production date is cryptic, possibly June or July 2006.

Copper orange brew with a thin white head that leaves a nice collar around the glass.

Aroma is bready with some spicy notes.

Starts off with grainy malt and some caramel but is quickly overtaken with spicy, resinous hops. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Body is medium and carbonation is low.

Pleasant, balanced English Pale Ale and the fact that it's organic gives it bonus points in my book.

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