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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
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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 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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Photo of brendan13
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass a slightly hazy dark golden colour. A couple of centimetres of white head which falls away quite fast.
S - Floral and fruity notes, a touch of biscuity malt. Some caramel notes show up as the beer warms.
T - Like the smell but with more fruity, in particular grapefruit, notes coming through. Balanced with a sweet toffee & biscuit maltiness.
M - Light to medium bodied with a fairly high & refreshing carbonation.
D - A pretty good beer. I wish we had more beers like this locally made.

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Photo of kmacphail
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this beer after a mate constantly went on about how good St Peters beers were.

The beer poured an amber-gold colour with a thin white head that gave good retention. The other thing that I noticed was how unbelievably transparent the beer was.

A sweet, malty fragrance was followed by slight hint of fudge/caramel.

The initial taste was disappointing, a bit bland to begin with. However after a slight delay a rush of light hops came followed by a long lingering bitter aftertaste with a good deal of spices, this aftertaste lingered quite strongly.

The mouthfeel was medium, rather pleasant. I would definately try this again.

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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 pootz
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Poured a shimmering golden ale in th glass with a decent 1 finger sticky white cap...good lacing and cap retention.

Aroma is herbal-earthy almost botanical like a mild heather ale, primal bready malt tones.

On the frontside we taste some sweet bready thick malts with an almost honey-like discernment....then the earthy goldings bitter the mix to balance, finish is slow and wet with gradual bittering overtaking the primal cereal taste and the earthy undertones. Light metallic after taste.

I am really getting to like the St. Peter’s ales as some of the best bottled British ales out there...this is another Organic beer that seems to have more earthy brighter natural tastes.

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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 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 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 Stephen63
3.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Standard pale ale with weak head which did not last.

S - Nice citrus fruits and toffee. This is definitely the highlight for me for this beer.

T - Bit disappointing, felt quite thin, hoppiness on the aftertaste.

M - Decent carbonation.

D - Not at all moreish.

Bit hard to get too excited by this one, not memorable but pleasant enough brew.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a standard nonic pint

Pours with a cloudy light amber body, hazy little bubbles come floating up through the glass. Egg white patchy head about a centimetre thick, pretty solid retention. Thin strands of lacing all up and down the glass

Smell, fresh grassy hops, some noticable slightly choking musty malt. Some slightly estery fruit, slightly perfumy. Some dry musty yeast profile too along with some slight dms

Taste, crisp sweet hops initially along with a hint of pine, lingering thick bready malt in the background. Some lasting bitter lemon hop bitterness on the finish, slight hint of diacetyl also creating a strange mix between the hops and butteriness. Dry yeast profile on the finish leaving a slightly greasy residue on tjhe palette

Better than I'd been expecting, A pretty solid and refreshing pale ale which would definatly be worth seeking out on cask

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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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Photo of montageman
2.61/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Murky pale orange color that boasts no head, but there is a bit of lacing. Plenty of tiny carbonation bubbles are there, too. There's a hint of apple on the nose, but there is not much here - it smells clean with a tinge of pine as well. Sour apple flavor up front with a bitter, dry barley finish - the aftertaste is reminiscent of the barley tea I have in my fridge right now. It's refreshing. Mouthfeel is thin almost like mineral water - actually, it's just like carbonated tea. This is a mild ale with some decent attributes, however, there is nothing here that stands out. At least it's organic... Mildly recommended.

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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 seanyfo
2.45/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A Copper orange body, 2 finger rocky white head reducing to 1 finger whispy head.

S - grapefruits, citrus, perhaps watermelon, bitter hops, Even herbal tea???

T - very fruity on the sip, lots of bitter fruit however, grapefruits and citrus, no sweetness here.dry bitter hop finish,

M - low carbonation, medium body, finishes well, no watery aftertaste

D - a bit too tart and bitter for my tastes, would rather have a pint of IPA which is a bit creamier and has a hint of sweetness to it. This is just too bitter and hoppy. not for me

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.44/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Pours to a golden orange, with thin off-white head, and good lacing. Aroma of citrus fruit, mostly oranges, and clove. I actually enjoyed the flavor initially upon tasting. Unfortunatly, a very watery, metallic finish kicks in almost immediately, to leave a sour aftertaste. This was true throughout the entire bottle.

The beer I drank was called English Ale, instead of the new "Organic Ale", so I may have had an old bottle. Nontheless, not impressed.

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Photo of shertzogovina
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 500 ml. very cool old-fashioned bottle. Pours a lovely copper/deep orange color with just a little head that does not stay for long.
A sweet aroma with traces of honey and burned sugar with some apricots.
Taste is more on the bitter side with hops dominating, especially in the after taste and finish. malt sweetness is struggling to balance this hoppy brew, though some fruity esters are present which helps.
body is medium with mellow carbonation. palate is left dry.
Though not superb, this is an interesting beer. pretty drinkable and enjoyable.

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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 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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St. Peter's Organic Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 113 ratings
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