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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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 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 mnrider
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. green flask type bottle. Very simple label. Pint glass

A: Pours a clear amber with a little bubbly head. No lacing at all. Alot of carbonation sticks to glass at first.

S: Sweet and bread like. Also a little skunky. Thats about it.

T/M: Hop bitterness and sweetness from malts. They blend pretty good. Bready taste also is present. The after taste is a bit dry. As this brew warms it becomes a little smoother.

D: Nothing amazing but an o.k. brew. It's a pretty good example of a EPA. Not sure i'd purchase again however.


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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 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 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 mlwarren
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - When pouring this beer into a standard pint glass you will notice an light brown opaque color. Produced a wispy half finger of head which quickly dissipated.

S - Smell of hops but not overwhelming with notes of delicate floral scents. Smells slightly of skunked beer, something like a Heineken.

T - Best drank cold, flavors became worse as it warmed up. Like the nose, slight taste of hops initially, but only slight. Tasted a bit of fruit on the mid-palette. Finish wasn't great. This beer isn't that flavorful.

M - Creamy, but not as creamy as a stout. This beer is inbetween a watery lager and something with a good mouthfeel.

D - You could drink this but it's nothing special. Just a standard, semi-refreshing beer.

For the money, I would not recommend buying this beer. At $4.50/pint for the taste it is not worth it.

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Photo of droomyster
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow gold with small white head that quickly comes and goes. Earthy aromas with a pleasant, honey-like sweetness. Its flavors are also have earthy notes with a very intriguing sourdough breadiness that I like very much. The cost of St. Peter's is a bit steep but its high quality beers are well worth revisiting every now and then. It takes a lot of confidence to bottle a beer in such a standout bottle and in the case of St Peter's this confidence is well-founded.

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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 UDbeernut
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a standard pint glass at Sergio's in Cleveland.

a: pours a amber color, slightly hazy, with slight head. Very little retention.

s: slight grain and malt sweetness. Hint of flowery hops

t: light malt sweetness balanced with decent bitterness. Flowery and slight citrus.

m&d: light to medium bodied, finishes a tad of the dry side. Drinkable ale, but not too much to make this interesting.


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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 waldoiverson
2.85/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

bottle into imperial pint

A: very carbonated but with a small white head, slightly cloudy orange blossom honey color

S: it is a little sour with almost the graininess of a heineken...not what i would expect for the style, a bit of hop bitter

T: sweet and one note. It is remarkable how the flowery sweetness pairs with the notes in the color, still it never moves and ends with a pretty average bitterness

m: very dry and not very crisp given the carbonation...a bit of a surprise

d: the abv makes it drinkable and the flavor is ok but buying this by the bottle is not really worth the time

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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 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 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 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 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 Blakaeris
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured cloudy yellow with a decent creamy white head.

Aroma is an unusual herbal fruitiness. Grassy and musty. Definite citrus character.

Taste is bready malt, with a sweet honey like aspect. Grassy and citrus. Hops are herbal in nature. Finish is dry with a yeasty, musty aspect.

Mouthfeel is Medium bodied, slightly buttery.

I found this brew to be a little different. A nice change of pace. I found the musty quality to be very interesting in an English pale ale.

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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 charlatan
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My beer comes in an interestingly shaped 500ml olive green bottle. It is a orange color with a pleasantly fluffy cream coloured head. This has a very fruity nose with hints of orange, pineapple and dried fruit.

This is a well coordinated beer which delivers an initial sweet hit, followed by a pleasantly grainy middle and a pleasantly oily hoppy finish which lingers on the tongue. Although they form part of a somewhat tedious style category in general, the finer pale ales are certainly worth sampling, and this is one of them.

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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 elricorico
3.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow orange and slightly hazy. Thin white head that doesn't last and leaves just a little lacing.

Toffee like malt and herbal hops make for a balanced aroma.

Thin body and lowish carbonation carries first a light toffee flavour then hints of mandarin orange. The finish is tea-like hops that are just a little bitter. Fairly standard in flavour, but goes down easy enough. Nothing exciting.

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