St. Peter’s Ruby Red Ale Review

St. Peter's Ruby Red Ale Cask at The Jerusalem

On a recent vacation to London, a friend of mine, Allen, introduced me to The Jerusalem Tavern where we were in for a real treat: a full selection of St. Peter’s Brewery beers on tap and in bottles. One of the beers I tried was the Ruby Red Ale and although I drank it out of an acrylic pint glass, I was able to enjoy it outside with friends and it still tasted spectacular.

St. Peter’s Brewery describes Ruby Red Ale on their website as follows:

A tawny red ale with subtle malt undertones and a distinctive spicy hop aroma from Cascade. Ruby Red won a Silver Medal at the SIBA East Anglian Beer Festival in Bedford in October 2004.

Where I Found It. I had a pint of Ruby Red at The Jerusalem Tavern in London on August 11, 2009.

Serving Type. This beer was served from the cask into an acrylic pint glass.

Appearance. Thin off-white head with loose bubbles and does not last long. Clear red amber ruby mahogany color.

Smell. Ruby Red Ale has a sweet crystal malt aroma which is more sweet and roasted than biscuit-like. The fruity sweetness almost reminds me of watermelon, sweet and refreshing. The hop aroma is subtle and sweet.

Taste. This beer as a smooth sweetness with a kick of bitterness at the end. It has roasted sweetness with a flavor of vanilla. I also has a wonderfully unique flavor which is hard to describe. There is a hint of cocao which gives a slight dark chocolate flavor enhanced by the bitterness of the hops. This beer, to me, seems quite bitter, but at the time of writing, during my London trip, I have had several barely hopped English ales. So on the spectrum of English bitters, this beer is much more bitter.

Mouthfeel. Ruby Red Ale is medium bodied with low carbonation. It has just the right amount of thickness for the flavor. Not watery and not syrupy.

Drinkability. Delicious and a refreshing departure from the almost too easy to drink English ales.

St. Peter's Ruby Red Ale in an acrylic pint glass outside

Rating. My ratings below are on a five point scale with five being the best score.

  • Appearance (20%): 4.0
  • Smell (20%): 4.5
  • Taste (40%): 4.0
  • Mouthfeel (10%): 4.0
  • Drinkability (10%): 4.0
  • Overall: 4.1


  • Style: English Bitter
  • Brewery: St. Peter’s Brewery
  • Alcohol by volume: 4.3%
  • Hops: Cascade aroma hops
  • Beer Advocate rating: 3.88 (as of September 18, 2009)

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