That's right folks it's LIDL beer festival time again and Edinburgh based Stewart Brewing have offered up Forbidden Fruit, a grapefruit pale ale. The beer comes in a colourful, but not overly attractive 440ml can and contains a very average 4.6% alcohol. I don't know how many grapefruit beers there were before Brewdog launched Punk IPA but it certainly feels like a lot more have sprung up since. Forbidden Fruit pours a pale orange/amber with a white head that vanishes so quickly it really shouldn't have bothered forming in the first place. The aroma very much matches the grapefruit promise, with a few leafy, hoppy smells thrown in too.
As you'd expect from a pale ale Forbidden Fruit is pretty light in texture and pretty refreshing as a result. The taste is very much a mixture of citrus and grapefruit, but neither really comes through particularly strongly. If I'm going to be brutally honest this is about as distinctly average a beer as you can get, sure there's some grapefruit, but that's nothing new anymore, and it's not very strongly flavoured. Forbidden Fruit from Stewart Brewing is a not unpleasant, uninspiringly bland pale ale which you'll enjoy on a sunny day but forget about pretty quickly afterwards, it's refreshing enough though so I'll give it 5.5 out of 10.