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

St. Peter's Organic AleSt. Peter's Organic Ale
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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 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 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 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 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 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.

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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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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.

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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

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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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St. Peter's Organic Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 31.9% out of 100 with 113 ratings
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