St. Peter's Lemon & Ginger
Review Date 5/14/2004
beginning, it was clearly apparent that St. Peter’s Lemon and Ginger
Spiced Ale was far from your normal beer. I had seen ads for it in
All About Beer Magazine and had mentally added it to my look-for list
months ago, but today while beer-hunting at a newly-discovered liquor store
in Marietta, Georgia, I was happy to see three of St. Peter’s many brews: a
Golden Ale, a Wheat Beer, and the Lemon and Ginger Spiced
The bottles are quite unique and very beautiful. They are flask shaped and very elegant. They possess a mysterious attraction to them; once you hold a bottle in your hands you simply must buy it. According to the label, the bottles are a reproduction of a design dating back to 1770.
The bottles are also green, and that worried me. Green bottles are not good for beer, an axiom all the more distressing when one sees how many beers are packaged in it. Green Bottles allow harmful ultraviolet radiation to penetrate beer, where it reacts with alpha acids from hops to produce the same chemical skunks release. Hence, a skunky aroma and bad beer.
With this in mind, I decided to buy only one bottle and see how it was. I chose the spiced brew, since it probably had less hops (hence less chance of skunking). I chose well. No trace of skunk here, and I will certainly be back to try the other beers from this Suffolk, England brewery.
The label describes St. Peter’s Lemon and Ginger Spiced Ale as a traditional English ale with a light citrus aroma and a delicate ginger taste. Delicate ginger taste? I hardly think so. The ginger is potent in the nose, in the palate, in the finish. It dominates the brew. And it is delicious. Place a pinch of freshly ground ginger on your tongue and you’ll have a taste of what you’ll get from this wonderful brew.
St. Peter’s Lemon and Ginger Spiced Ale pours to a deep golden color with a very light head formation and a strong lemon-ginger nose. The light malty palate is smooth and satisfying, it’s also quickly overpowered by tart lemon notes and pungent ginger flavors. The ginger dominates the finish where it merges with a dry, balancing bitterness to leave a lasting impression, mostly of the potent spice.
This beer may not be for everyone. The flavors may seem overpowering to some. But enthusiasts will likely find it an absolutely delicious and unique ale. It would be a natural with a ginger-laden Asian dish like Thai lemon grass noodles.
And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.
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