The Halftime Pint: St. Peter’s Grapefruit Ale

20120930-211227.jpgOne of the greater things about watching football in America is that most matches, especially those of the EPL, are early in the morning American time, giving people an excuse to daydrink. This is part of our series discussing exactly what to drink when you’re at the pub, presented by our resident homebrewer, Keith.

The Beer: St. Peter’s Fruit Beer, St. Peter’s Brewing Company, Suffolk, England

The Pub: The Queen Vic, in Northeast DC

What you Need to Know: We covered the relatively short history of St. Peter’s Brewery, founded in 1996, back in April.

As is common with most fruit beers, this is a pale wheat beer, though unlike most wheat beers, the yeast does not seem to present any clove or banana esters, suggesting that St. Peter’s uses a regular ale yeast with a golden wheat malt bill. As a result, this is drier, and less “full” than most wheat beers as you would know them.

So, About this Beer: Pours a cloudy pale straw with a thin but pillowy ecru head and visible fruit sediment. Mineral and a burst of fresh grapefruit heavy in the aroma. Fruit and spice dominate the initial flavor, which fades to the rather pleasant bitterness of grapefruit rind.

The Verdict:  This was a surprising little change-up.  It’s not the violent, cloying type of fruit beer that’s more popular and common in the States, and yet it’s still a little lacking.  I think the fact that it’s a wheat beer that tastes like a pale somewhat detracts from the best parts of both styles.  I vastly prefer St. Peter’s straight-up offerings to this one. It’s definitely worth trying, but I wouldn’t recommend you make this your go-to beer.


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