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Review of St. Peter’s India Pale Ale

28 Aug

It’s time for another craft beer review guys and for today’s tasting I’m going to be trying the St. Peter’s India Pale Ale brewed by St. Peter’s Brewery Co. Ltd. situated in St. Peter South Elmham, Bungay, Suffolk, United Kingdom.

I always enjoy trying the brews from St. Peter’s, so let’s get to the website, stpetersbrewery.co.uk, and see what kind of info we can drum up about this beer.

This ale is traditionally highly hopped and robust so it could survive the long voyage to the Indian sub-continent.The result is a full bodied Pale Ale with a zesty character.  Featured at number 1 position in Independent newspaper ‘Top 50 Beers’ in November 2007.

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This brew came in a 16.9 oz. bottle at 5.5% ABV.

It discharged a cloudy, dark orange, almost caramel type of color.  The smaller off white head was sort of creamy and smooth.  The retention time was ok and the lacing looked pretty decent too.

The aroma was nice and bready.  Scents of toasted rye bread, doughy biscuit and fresh pear intermingled with a few earthy tones.   Some floral notes and a light caramel malt hid underneath.  Overall, I thought the bouquet was balanced and harmonized very well.

The taste seemed more herbal with savors of earth and grasses.  The fruity pear was established again, but it was a bit more subdued.  Flavors of rye bread and toasted biscuits began to appear as it warmed, which helped with the complexity.  The bitterness was very mild, however suitable.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Very smooth and mostly dry with an almost creamy texture.  The carbonation was on the medium to low side, yet a solid shot of flavor was left behind on the palate for a few moments after each sip.

Yeah, I thought this to be a nice, little, enjoyable beer.  It was sturdy all around and the ease of drinkability couldn’t be denied.  Obviously, with the “IPA” label one may expect a very hoppy and bitter beer, but that was not the case with this one.  It was quite a bit more malty with just a subtle bite.  I don’t think that I would turn it down if it were offered to me that’s for sure.  You guys should give the St. Peter’s India Pale Ale a try if you see it.  You may really like it.  Be sure to leave a comment and tell me of you experience if you do.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.7 out of 5

Grade:  B

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5 Comments

Posted by on August 28, 2013 in Country: England, St. Peter's

 

5 responses to “Review of St. Peter’s India Pale Ale

  1. Matt Conlon

    August 28, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Sounds pretty nice! I will keep an eye out for it on my next package store run.

     
    • Beer Apprentice

      August 28, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      Matt,

      Thanks for commenting. Yeah, give it a try and tell me what you think.

      Cheers.

       
  2. properpour

    August 29, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Reblogged this on Proper_Pour.

     
  3. Pdubyah

    August 31, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    And…. They come in bottles that make me think of Pirates. But that might just be me.

     
    • Beer Apprentice

      September 1, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Pdubyah,

      They kind of remind me of old medicine bottles or something. I like ’em.

      Cheers.

       

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