Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

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

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
79
okay
79 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
St. Peter's Organic AleSt. Peter's Organic Ale
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 03-02-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
112
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
20.18%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 112
Photo of ordybill
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 OZ flask shaped bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a cloudy golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is slightly skunky. The taste is a little buttery with some yeast and hops. A decent beer.

 236 characters

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.

 1,400 characters

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.

 664 characters

Photo of Fredex8
1.4/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I honestly cannot think of another time when I have had a beer that was actively unpleasant to finish. Even average or bad beer is still beer and therefore great.

This tastes like sucking on a pub carpet to get a drag of the stale ale spilt there the night before. It even smells unpleasant. If this is what 'organic' ale tastes like then I'll take good old fashioned GM super hops sprayed with a liberal helping of pesticides any day.

This beer is actually better drunk straight from the bottle and not poured. That way you don't have to smell it.

 550 characters

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%

A: Pours a strong amber colour. Good firm white head which sticks to the sides of the glass.
S: Bit of an ugly malt character with soapy hops.
T: Slightly astringent. Has a delicate malt character. Tastes like a lower ABV cask ale. The malt flavour is plain and it's balanced with the soft hops. Slightly biscuity, a bit creamy, and tea leaves in the finish. A mild one.
O: The only average beer I've had from this great brewery.

 429 characters

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a dimpled handled pint pot making a vibrant yellow body it looks like a child's lemon drink with not much in the way of a wispy white head.

Now let me say this, surely an organic ale should be bottle conditioned so that the CO2 is natural?

Hoppy aroma with hints of malt not a big nose though.

The taste starts bitter and gets more intense.
Very hoppy that drives and finally tapers with a yeasty zing.

Very lively and a bit too carbonated for my liking.

Theres not much depth to this ale but what it does it does well
i.e. being a hop monster and bitter tasting beer.
Not totally my style but tasty still.

 624 characters

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml green glass bottle with a BB of Sept 2010 - so this one's well out of date. Picked up cheap from my favourite beer specialist; hopefully still in reasonable condition.

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. A hazy golden-amber hue with plentiful carbonation and visible sediment. Yields a small head of white foam that subsides rapidly. Residue in the bottle indicates the presence of live yeast. Aroma of light malt with hints of earthy yeast and pleasing notes of citrus hops.

Tastes of light grainy malt with a mild bitter finish. Notes of dry, earthy yeast, esters and citrus. A faint background hint of stewed hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, with nice body. Leaves a bitter, yeasty aftertaste.

A decent ale with a subtle hoppy character. I don't care about the organic bollocks, but the flavours are well balanced and I could sink a few of these. The only flaw seems to be an excessive flavour of yeast - I wonder if this is due to the age of the bottle. Worthy.

 969 characters

Photo of kojevergas
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into Erdinger pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Pours a half finger head of fair cream and thickness, but poor retention. Semitransparent copper colour. Somewhat appealing.

Sm: Malted barley. Other tones of light barley. A light scent all around.

T: Crisp barley with some hops, maybe crystal but no esters or nuts. It's got a very full flavour, but it tastes a bit tame. Too simple, but fairly built for what's there. It's certainly balanced. The bittering hops I'd expect for the style are toned down quite a bit. Built strangely all around. Nice cream on the finish, actually the best part of the brew.

Mf: Smooth and light, not the coarseness typical of the style. Suits the flavour.

Dr: It's not priced as low as it ought to be, and 'organic' ingredients mean fuck-all to me. A beer ought to be crafted as well as possible without cashing in on the overblown 'natural' movement.

 913 characters

Photo of katybee
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Gotta love the bottles they use! It's what attracted me. That, and the brewery is a classic old cloister in Britain which draws the water from its own springs. But, the beer itself seemed pretty standard to me...

Appearance was a bit cloudy yellow, more like a hef than a filtered ale. Little head, little carbonation actually, after just a few minutes.

Smell none to speak of.

Taste was brite, a little grapefruit citrus bite to a malty base, pungent and peppery. Perhaps a bit of hardness from the water. When the carbonation disipated the taste quickly went flatter. But none of the hops which predominate American lagers. Mostly dry citrus; very little sweetness.

Light-bodied, some texture from carbonation, crisp. Like a tangy PBR. Refreshing; not really substantial or memorable; reminded me of Sessions beer.

 821 characters

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.

 776 characters

Photo of marlinmayo27
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up yesterday while having lunch at a local specialty grocery store/deli. I thought the bottle looked interesting and not like most typical bottles, so I thought I'd give it a shot.

Pouring into a pint glass, there wasn't a whole lot of head and it basically vanishes, leaving little to none left, however there is some lacing.

The overall aroma is sweet and slightly hoppy, which is nice. It's not overbearingly hoppy like some beers can be.

This isn't a beer that just absolutely stands out to me, but I'm not disappointed with trying this at all. It is definitely a drinkable beer and I could see drinking this with a meal easily. I don't think it's something I'll regularly purchase, but I'm sure the mood will strike me to try this again.

 759 characters

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.

 765 characters

Photo of darkmartin
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours to a murky gold with a small, bubbly head. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Very earthy and floral.

Taste: Yeast and sweet bread up front, followed by the floral hops noticeable in the nose. Nothing really that special.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with little carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down pretty easily, however it is a fairly simple brew. Nothing to crave here.

 379 characters

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.

 321 characters

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.

 256 characters

Photo of decimator
3.37/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a deep gold with a slight haze. Minimal head but a lasting thin layer of bubbles. Minimal lacing.

S - Various herbal notes with some grass & flowers. Smells quite pleasing.

T - Sweet at first followed by the bitterness with tobacco notes.

M - Watery at first but goes down smooth. Also feels a bit sticky.

D - It's pretty drinkable but nothing spectacular.

 411 characters

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.

 1,103 characters

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.

 520 characters

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.

 501 characters

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.

 433 characters

Photo of ericj551
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

St. Peter's Organic Ale pours a slightly hazy gold with a thin head that fades quickly. The aroma is sulfury and not much else, I'm guessing due to the green bottle. The flavor is dominated by the skunky sulfur with some dry malt and a bitter slightly hoppy finish. I have a feeling this one would be better if it wasn't skunked.

 329 characters

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.

 668 characters

Photo of WYVYRN527
2.96/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was actually somewhat dissappointed with this beer. It pours a golden-amber hue with little head that fades out very quickly. The aroma expresses the bready malt with some caramel, but also has a "euro-skunk" note as well. Perhaps bottle color has something to do with this. The taste was slightly better, but still had that Euro character. Toffee and rising bread were the only dominant characters, with a decent dry hop finish. Mouthfeel was ok, but it still doesn't make up for the off-flavors and aromas this beer had. It wasn't a drain-pour, but I'll think twice before trying it again.

 593 characters

Photo of Buttermaker
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a review of the St. Peter's Organic English Ale, which I didn't find a specific listing for.

The appearance is pleasing with a rich golden hue and unfiltered cloudiness. The nose is refreshing and dry, more like a lager than an English Ale. The taste is refreshing and delicate, but again not very much like an English Ale. An unremarkable yet thoroughly enjoyable and quafable medium bodied ale.

Recommended Music Pairing - Feist - Let It Die

 454 characters

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.

 310 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
St. Peter's Organic Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
3.42 out of 5 based on 112 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!

    Subscribe