It’s been fun reviewing English beers, and like last year we ran out of the month of April before we ran out of English Ales! No matter! I think I’ve discovered a few winners like the Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout as well as a few beers like Moorehouse’s Black Cat that I’ll likely not bother with again!
I first came to be interested in the St. Peter’s beers simply because of their unique and old-fashioned bottles. Their beer bottles are actually modeled after bottles manufactured in the 1740’s in Delaware. I don’t know, I think they look cool. After having the St. Peters Winter Ale, (and almost giving it 5-stars) I thought I should try some of their other beers as well. Well, I did try the Old-Style Porter and it really left a lot to be desired. Bob had a little better luck with their G-Free gluten-free beer and so it seems to be hit or miss with these guys (despite the cool bottles).
St. Peter’s 4.5% ABV Golden Ale poured into my glass a mostly clear golden color. The beer looked good, but the head was rather lame. It was a weak, soap-bubble looking thing that was not confidence inspiring. The head (as it was) was gone completely just moments after the picture you see was taken.
Trying to pick up on the aromatic profile of this English beer was a little tough. Golden ales as a style, are not something I have too many of, but the best I can describe this beer is bready, and buttery with a touch of malt. Doesn’t sound so bad actually, does it?
After checking out the smell a bit, the taste did not come as a shock. The beer is very mild tasting and nothing stands out as a dominant flavor. However, I did find that bready, buttery, and malty parts made up most of the flavor.
The beer is not watery, but not thick, and having a very low carbonation it turned out to be a smooth drinker. I found there to be a little bit of bitterness in the aftertaste, but otherwise not much else going on here.
Overall, I found this beer to be a little too much on the wrong side of blandness and while it isn’t bad, there are just so many more interesting beers out there to enjoy that I really doubt that I’d bother having this one again.
It might make a good pairing with a plain pork-chop and white rice and a side of Wonder Bread.