Today’s drop is a classic English pub bitter, which we sampled sometime around October 2010. Our guest reviewer for this particular session was Tom Stockdale, a very good friend of mine and a true beer aficionado.
St Peter’s Organic Best Bitter
Brewery: St Peter’s
Origin: Suffolk, England
Style: English Bitter (Best Bitter)
Format: 500ml (crown seal)
Guest reviewer: Thomas Stockdale
St Peter’s Organic Best Bitter is a somewhat cloudy, classically light-amber coloured beer with a weak and short-lived head. As with most St Peter’s brews, the Organic Best Bitter is brewery conditioned, cold filtered and produced with a reasonably low level of carbonation. A very typical English bitter aroma is immediately apparent, with Hallertau hops and a slight malty sweetness at the forefront. The first sip shows St Peter’s offering to be light bodied, with reasonably simple flavours that are hop-driven as expected, with a clear vegetal note. There’s a little nutty caramel in there too. It finished crisply and refreshingly with a strong hoppy flavour. This is definitely a pub bitter, and could make a good session beer. In fact, at 4.1%, it is right on the borderline of the ‘session bitter’ and ‘best bitter’ categories, as they are generally acknowledged.
Nic: This is a classic pub bitter, best drunk locally without the cost of export/import. It’s refreshing and quite easy to drink, but certainly not memorable.
Simon: A reasonably refreshing and simple brew. Not a stand-out, but not terrible either.
Tom: A beer lacking in character; the memory fades from the mind as quickly as the taste from the palate.
Packaging: Classic, but uninspired; a little rust under crown.
Serve with: Crisps, pub food.
Drink this if you like: Wells Bombardier