BREWER: St Peter’s Brewery, Suffolk, England
STYLE: Golden Ale
VESSEL: 500ml brown bottle
DATE OF POST: 2nd May 2022
So after last week’s ‘write about the packaging before you sip the brew’ angle I’ve decided to go again, for three reasons…
Firstly, once more I have some time on my hands to write but not to test at the same time.
Secondly, I quite enjoyed last week and the point still stands, the outside and inside of a beer should be judged separately but of course still influence each other. Or sometimes not.
Thirdly, I have seen St Peter’s bottles lurking on beer shelves since Sammy and I started this nonsense back in 2017 and have had something to say about them in my mind ever since. Let’s see if I can I get my thoughts down accurately and eloquently after all these years…
THEY LOOK SHIT
THEY LOOK LIKE FU*KING BOTTLES OF MEDICINE
Yep, fairly happy with that.
Anyway, it’s a few days later and on to the actual beer itself. Well thank gawd it is not as bad as the housing that it has just been released from. However, this does not mean that this a good beer, because it’s not. After a smidgen of early promise in the taste as potential orange citrus and toffee try and do something, it all just fades very fast into a practically non-existent aftertaste.
Quaffable and smooth makes this brew drinkable yes, but I would still not put it into the good bracket. However, it’s not necessarily bad either. Which clearly leads us to the pretty obvious conclusion of… average at best.
Jymi’s Rating: 49%
I love the style of the bottle on this golden ale (which is named Golden Ale (not the most inspirational of names, I know)). Anyway, the bottle is like an old-style medicine bottle. And at times, beer can have the effect of a medicine (please drink responsibly). So, I’m digging the bottle, if not the name.
And in the glass Golden Ale is, well, golden. In fact, it’s as golden as they come. So that’s a tick. And there’s definitely caramel notes on the nose, if not too pungent.
However, in the drinking, there’s quite a bite upfront, which is followed by a metallic finish. Although this finish passes quickly, it’s there none the less. The more you drink GA the less you notice it. But it’s not the most accomplished of golden ales in the brew. Having said that, it’s not terrible.
In colloquial terms, I’m on what’s known as the fence with this one.
Sammy’s Rating: 68%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 58.5%
MOB review next weekend: DAVE SAYS IT WILL BE FINE by ARUNDEL BREWERY
Sammy & Jymi – Musing on Booze weekly since 2017