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

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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:
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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
113
Reviews:
80
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
16.96%
 
 
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Ratings: 113 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light easy drink but mostly full flavor ale, with grapefruit floral aroma from the hops. Orange, thin white cap. Light on tongue. Bitter-sour as British could do. I could take a bit of this above-average brew. Balance hops and malt, short fizzy-watery finish.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of metter98
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that left lacing on the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pale malts and toffee are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of pale malts, caramel malts, and toffee along with notes of fruity yeast.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Faint bits of chewiness are noticeable.
O: While being malty, this beer has enough in the way of underlying hops so that there is no apparent sweetness. It goes down very easily.

Serving type: bottle

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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.

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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper body with a full, frothy, white head.

Smell: Grassy, flowery hop aroma upfront with some meager malt hints smelling lightly of caramel and day old Cuban bread in back.

Taste: Pale maltiness with light tastes of grainy bread and caramel. Faint fruitiness. Grassy, floral hops with a medium, cleansing bitterness. Hops dominate the finish and leave you with a slight lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Paired well with the 1925 film version of The Phantom of the Opera. A fine, flavorful English ale.

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

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Derek
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another "Organic" shipped over the pond. Production date AO87, whatever that means (maybe 3.5 months old?)

Canadian label says "St. Peter's English Ale Organic/Biologique".

A: Pale orange, very little off-white head, no retention, but it initially leaves some lace.

S: Very little aroma... only a bit of earthy citrus.

T: Plenty of citrus tang, some grainy malt flavour, moderate bitterness. I could see this being better fresh (perhaps on cask).

M: Light body & carbonation, slight acidity.

D: Not engaging.

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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 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 bylerteck
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of bark
2.58/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The liquid is a bit cloudy; the colour is pale amber. The off white foam forms an uninspired finger thick uneven head. In fact, the whole beer looks a bit tired.

The smell is a bit dry and sweet with roasted notes of coffee (lots of coffee) and cocoa. There are lots of fruity diacetyl with notes of butterscotch and cream. Are there any hops in there?

The taste is unbalanced: A clear note of coffee and cream is replaced with a passing simple bitterness and some buttery notes. The aftertaste is watery and short with a grassy-buttery bitterness with a touch of metal.

The carbonation is sharp and thin at the same time. The bubbles are few and large.

A really strange beer, I had expected more from St Peter’s, it tastes and smells like a lager and a stout at the same time. How come “organic” beers (and coffee and tea) almost always are unbalanced with slight flavours?

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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 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 Viggo
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear orange brown, fluffy small white head, some lace. Smell is very malty, sweet, some barely discernible hops in the background. Taste is malty, sweet, dry finish, bitter in the middle, some metallic flavour. Medium bodied, low carbonation, smooth, although lacklustre, but pretty decent.

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Photo of stcules
1.53/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Oranged color. Quite ugly foam.
The smell is quite strange, tending to syrup of green apple. Not very inviting...
Maybe a little better in the taste, where something more near to the classic english ale, but in any case, not enough. Green apple again. Some citrusy, and some maltiness.
But, no.
It left a dry mouth, not really pleasant.

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

St. Peter's Organic Ale 4.5° – 3.00
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd in Bungay, Suffolk, United Kingdom (England)

I have developed a liking to these organic beers and hunt them out wherever possible, this one being from England.

It pours cloudy and hazy with the color a light lemon yellow with a middling head, frothy and off white in color, the lace a satisfactory sheet to cover the glass. Citrus like aroma at the front, followed by a sweet malt almost nutlike aroma, hints of “bread dough”, pleasant as the go, start was somewhat sweet with a nice malt profile, top a bit thin. Finish was adequately carbonated, the hops pleasant and mild in their bite, a beer that surprised me as I was not expecting a lot, just goes to show you that you can’t judge a beer by its bottle!

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Photo of shelby415
3.25/5  rDev -5%

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.

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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 leitmotif
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 Brent
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Whenever I need a beer as an example of "breadyness" I'll turn to this beer. The impression that hit me at first sip was that this is liquid whole wheat "wheatberry" bread. Strikingly malty, with reserved hops bittering that showed up at the very end to lend a rather sour bitterness. An interesting beer, but not something I think I'd want to drink a great deal of.

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