St. Peter's Fruit Beer (Grapefruit) | St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd

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St. Peter's Fruit Beer (Grapefruit)St. Peter's Fruit Beer (Grapefruit)

Brewed by:
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-24-2003

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.61/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Warning: I love grapefruit. It is my favorite fruit.

Appearance: Somewhat unimpressive, with a small, weak white head that has trouble forming even after a fairly strong pour. Body is a nondescript clear golden amber; I guess I was expecting a more grapefruity appearance.

Smell: Deliciously, but not overwhelmingly, grapefruity. The whole grapefruit is represented: it's sweet, sour, and bitter, reminiscent of the very fruit itself - not its juice, not artificial grapefruit, but real grapefruit. The malts lend a nice backdrop to the expressive fruitiness, with a big caramelly character enhanced by a bit of diacetyl, plus whiffs of brown sugar, honey, and wheat. Hops are present, too, but dutifully in the background, lending just a slightly grassy, bitter edge to the grapefruit.

Taste: Wow. This is remarkable. It tastes more like an IPA than a "fruit beer" (whatever that is), with a full-bodied bitterness from the grapefruit rind and hops, which blended together create a powerful, complex, fruity-floral flavor that reminds me of a saltydog mixed with a fresh German Pilsener. The lively bitterness is anchored by a caramelly, nutty, whole-grainy malt base that supports and sweetens the grapefruit and hops but doesn't weigh them down. And something about it reminds me of black tea. Overall, it's very well-balanced, but the grapefruit is definitely front-and-center, just as I hoped.

Mouthfeel: A bit syrupy in the finish at times, but otherwise well-carbonated and well-suited to the flavor.

Drinkability: What a great beer; as interesting and robust as it is refreshing, and it's really very refreshing. A fruit beer for IPA fans - fantastic.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.51/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gravity halfpint at the Jerusalem Tavern.

A: Clear pale amber body with some wispy white head on top. Some fine lace. Ok.

S: Whoa. All these years describing IPAs as smelling like grapefruit, and I had no idea... THIS beer smells like grapefruit. Juicy, bitter, fresh, and, frankly, amazing. Puts Ruby Red Squirt to shame.

T: Sweet/sour/bitter grapefruit is right up front, and some light malt creeps in toward the end. Clean finish. So fruity, so tasty.

M: Soft, lightly carbonated light body. Good.

O: This is a beer that just has to be experienced to be believed. I never would have expected myself to enjoy a grapefruit beer so damn much.


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Photo of Punqbert
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.35/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance was nice. Dark gold with not much of a head but nice lacing when it started to dissipate. The smell was ever so hoppy with a hint of the grapefruit flavor that's contained within. The taste was interesting, up front tart grapefruit, not sweet in the least. More like grapefruit rind even. Slight hint of hops and seemingly no malt. The mouth feel was crisp, with some biting carbonation. Drinkability was easily above average due to the crispness and lack of sweetness. Not the usual taste you expect when drinking a fruit beer. In fact this is my favorite fruit beer ever.

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Photo of IPA4LIFE
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of callmemickey
4.12/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jerusalem Tavern ...

A: Orangish copper... A thin creamy head


T: Grapefruit is lovely when balanced against the traditional bitterness of the beer... a great blend that was unique for me

M: Smooth... medium bodied...

O: Drinkable, but after a while the grapefruit needs to be countered with a more hoppy beer

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Photo of fullsweep
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL green bottle in the classic St. Peter's bottle style/shape.

A: pinkish-orange in colour--transparent with a bit of head on top, but not a lot. Beautiful colour.

S: definitely picking up the grapefruit scent, a bit of mild hops and grains too.

T: very refreshing--I was expecting the grapefruit to be a bit stronger, but it's actually quite mild/moderate.

M: mild carbonation; again incredibly refreshing and drinkable.

O: I normally drink beer quite slowly, but this one was so refreshing it went down easily and quickly. This wasn't outstanding or anything particular flashy, but it's a very solid, enjoyable beer. High on the drinkability factor.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, as St. Peter's Fruit Beer Grapefruit, bought at Vaaland Spesialbutikken, Bryne. ABV is 4.7%. Deep golden colour, moderate white head. Strong and pleasant aroma of grapefruit, also moderate notes of malts and toffee. The flavour is zesty with plenty of grapefruit, also a distinct hoppy bitterness in the finish. I love notes of "grapefruit" in a beer when they are caused by American hops, but actually adding grapefruit flavouring to the beer might mean a bit too much of the good stuff. Still, this is a refreshing and very drinkable beer, which requires that you have a crush on grapefruit to be really enthusiastic about it.

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Photo of kitschiguy
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a nice dark aamber colour with a small head which left a lot of lacing and a layer of foam.

Nose is pleasant. Malt, biscuit, grapefruit in abundance.

Palate is very good with lots of malty flavours, citrus, some grapefruit and a mild hop bitterness at the end. Very refreshing.

Mouth is very nice - quite creamy.

Overall I was impressed with this beer. I expected it to be very heavily flavoured but the grapefruit is very subtle.

Very refreshing, light citrusy ale.


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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a soft copper body with a gentle carbonation and a thin bubbly white film that is soon gone.

S- The soft grapefruit pith aroma blends with the hops note and compliment each other.

T- The soft woody green hops note is followed by a lightly toasted dry malt flavor and a wheat smoothness. There is a field corn taste and a touch of grapefruit in the finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel has no alcohol heat and a bit of a flat texture on the tongue.

O- The soft grapefruit flavor and dry lightly toasted malt are nice but as the beer opens the grapefruit becomes much more pithy and a light plastic quality to it. The field corn note is a bit odd in the finish aswell.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cool-looking half liter apothecary bottle into a standard pint glass.
Hazy gold in color, with a rather short head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Big whiff of mineral and matchhead. Surprising.
Taste-Grapefruit rind and pith,coarse wheat. Tangy, tingly and very refreshing. Unique aroma and flavor of English water adds an intriguing dimension to this brew. A nice summer quencher. Very refreshing, and very English. Nice.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.81/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Compliments of Another6Pack!

It pours a hazy to cloudy orange, has a 2 finger head of foam.

Nice bitter notes of grapefruit with some earthy malt notes.

The grapefruit is more bitter in the smell than in the taste. Kind of a light bitterness tempered by a honey like sweetness and an earthiness about it. Okay, it does get a bit more bitter with more sips. Pretty nice brew.

On the low end of medium bodied, same with the carbonation. I like the mouthfeel.

Overall, a tasty grapefruit fruit brew with low a enough abv to enjoy more than 1 if I had one. Good stuff.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the trademark St. Peter's apothecary bottle into a pint glass. Displays a clear golden hue topped by a thin layer of creamy white mousse. Looks like s typical pale wheat ale.

S: Sharp aromas of wheat, grapefruit, pineapple, and lemon are immediately noticeable, but fade quickly after the beer is poured. I would have liked it if these aromas had stuck around a little longer.

T: A crisp, fruity entry quickly reveals notes of cream, wheat, grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple. Finishes with a brief, though intriguing, mix of grapefruit and herbal hop flavors that accent one another perfectly.

M: Light-to-medium bodied with a spritzy, yet firm mouthfeel. Neither too light nor too heavy.

O: I generally either love or loathe fruit/vegetable beers, but this one hit the spot. It does not taste artificial or syrupy, allowing the citrus and hop flavors to compliment one another. Nicely done.

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Photo of steverx8
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.0 A: Lightly hazed medium orange color. Just one finger of frothy off-white head. Retention is below average and just a few whisps of lacing are left.

3.75 S: Smells like a typical English pale with notes of grapefruit. Mildly toasty with grainy neutral maltiness. Mineral, caramel, earthy hoppiness with grapefruit fruitiness.

3.5 T: Tastes pretty much like it smells. A little hoppier than I was expecting though. Toastiness, graininess, caramel, mineral, earthy hops, light nondescript citrus, and grapefruit.

4.0 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a nice creaminess. Has some weight to it, but isn't really chewy. It works well.

3.75 D: Not bad. I don't know if the grapefruit added anything to the beer, but it didn't take away either.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pale orange hue with a light haze and moderate effervescence. Head is a rather disappointingly thin layer of ivory bubbles.

Smell: light aroma with a good malt quality and a citrusy hint which I would not readily identify as grapefruit. Not bad, though.

Taste: malty with a quite good grapefruit undertone. This is not the grapefruit you'd expect to get from citrusy hops, but a much drier and subtle flavor. I like it quite a lot.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very low carbonation. I think this beer would benefit from being fizzier.

Overall: this is a very tasty beer, but it could use a lot more bubbles.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool bottle....ok beer. The beer poured a clear golden (was careful to avoid sediment) with white head. The scent was grapefruit. The taste was also mostly grapefruit. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with little carbonation. Overall is was ok....glad to have tried it but probably would go buy more of it.

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Photo of Suds
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From one of St. Peter's distinctive oval bottles, this beer pours with a somewhat dark straw color and a clingy white head. The aroma is a mix of grapefruit, wheat, and pale malt. There's a little hop in the background, but it isn't a serious component of the smell. The combination of grapefruit in beer had me skeptical at first, but it's actually pretty good. The taste is of wheat and citrus. The grapefruit comes out more in the finish and on the back of the tongue, giving a nice bitter balance. Semi-dry, with considerable wheat flavor and twang. The mouthfeel is nice with this combination...medium in body and quite smooth. Nice beer.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle from Utobeer, London (£2.70):
Amber with a large, foamy white head that is foamy, dome shaped and very thick.

Floral with grapefruit, citrus & honey. Bitterness towards the end & an earthy aroma with some lighter hops too.

Orange & citrus notes upfront with a lot of bitterness and to a lesser extent some grapefruit too. Floral & mellow with some earthy flavours making an appearance too.

Light medium bodied and quite bitter from the outset with subtle carbonation and a touch of dryness.

A grapefruit and citrus mix with earthy tones & strong bitterness. A nice offering and definitely something a bit different from the usual, overly sweet taste of a regular fruit beer.

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Photo of Brenden
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A just barely off-white head rises to one finger in height and settles quickly down to a thick foam atop a cloudy, burnt copper-colored beer. It leaves a solid ring where it settled and steady craggy spotting the rest of the way down.
Herbal notes and floral, earthy bitterness up up front with some tobacco leaf, all a bit stronger than the grapefruit sneaking out underneath.
The flavor offers surprising bitterness, mostly pithy and herbal, with the tobacco leaf making as strong an appearance as on the nose. Citrus rind and grapefruit flesh meld together, with a dry biscuit effect from malts.
The mouthfeel offers a good balance of crisp and smooth with an underlying chalky feel to the dryness I get from some English beers. Herbal and leafy bitterness lingers into the finish.

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Photo of SimonTHGolfer
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Flying_Moose
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With all the hop descriptors that bring the fruity character of grapefruit to the foreground, it's dumbfounding that this is the first beer that I've seen to actually use the grapefruit as an actual fruit addition to beer. Raspberry, apricot, strawberry, banana, and even kiwi has seen more action than this obvious fruit addition.

St. Peter's Grapefruit infused ale pours with a nearly brilliant amber-copper glow that's very appealing in color and clarity. Foam character is terse as an intermittent white sheet of foam coats the surface but breaks apart quickly and struggles to retain or lace, making the beer look a little lifeless.

Aromas showcase grapefruit for sure, but what's not expected is the raw scent of tobacco and marijuana that's pungent, bright, and vividly portrayed. The background support of thin caramel, cola nut, part-barley and part-wheat all bridge the dank aromas to the fully malted and biscuit-sweet taste.

The malt support seems nearly honey-like with elements of nuttiness, raw tobacco, and sorghum which seems slightly disjointed from the fruity and/or hoppy additions. Not knowing where hop flavor starts and fruit flavor ends, there's the transition that happens as the sharply acidic fruit flavor of grapefruit is paramount throughout, but also with complementary flavors of fresh cut grasses, mulled herbs, and a lightly resin compound that might be of grapefruit pulp, hop resin, or pungent marijuana.

Where the flavors are strong, the body is somewhat malty sweet and without the aid of hop, alcohol, or fleeting malt dryness. The beer lingers with a long developing earthy sweet-bitter interplay that lacks closure to the taste and after texture.

Where the sharp citrus overtones are expected, it was the herbal and grassy tones that are much more expected from American hopped beer instead of those from England, especially in such vivid detail.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed on the "1001" list, I will review it the next time I buy it.

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Photo of EnJeiBee
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - After a vigorous pour it held a 1-finger white head with a transparent golden amber color

S - The grapefruit is present in the scent, but it almost has the skunked scent of a bad lager alongside it

T - Strangely enough, the bitterness from the grapefruit is definitely present above all else in the taste. Citrusy hops compliment the grapefruit profile and alongside a very faint caramel flavor

M - Very light with a bit of a tang on the tongue

O - It's not quite what I expected, but I'm pretty happy about that. The grapefruit makes it's presence known in the bitterness of the beer, not in some sickly sweet way like I expected

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