Beer Review: Forbidden Fruit – Stewart Brewing

I have so many beers in the fridge at the moment it’s hard to keep track! This is one I’ve had for a little bit now that I picked up at Lidl a couple months back. Stewart Brewing is based in Scotland and I’ve had a couple of their brews in the past. This is ‘Forbidden Fruit’ a Grapefruit Pale Ale at a fairly sessionable 4.6% ABV.

The beer pours a fairly clear marmalade colour with a small white head. That grapefruit aroma is in full force on the nose giving a very pleasant, pungent citrus vibe. Naturally those grapefruit flavours come in effect in the flavour as well. A strong hoppy bitterness throughout the beer giving a citrus bitterness from start to finish. Light drinking and fairly crisp as well.

A quick note on the can art: Really like can designs like this. Simple but abstract and cleverly constructed. A very clean design.

It’s a solid brew overall. They’ve done the correct thing in my book and used grapefruit peel in the brewing process as that’s where a lot of the flavour is in a citrus fruit. There is, as a result, a rather strong bitterness overall that I think could put some people off. For my tastes it’s got a nice punchy citrus hop that I enjoy but the beer is perhaps a little one note and not overly exciting. Refreshing and I’d happily have one or two pints in a pub.

Score: 6.5/10

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Additional Information:

  • Hops: Cascade, Mosaic and Columbus
  • Malt: Not Available
  • IBU: Not Available
  • ABV: 4.6%
  • Gluten Free: No
  • Vegan: Yes!
  • Purchase Price: £1.79
  • Purchase Location: Lidl

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