Friday, July 25, 2014

Sixpoint Rad

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1137) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2014
I poured a 16oz can into a mason jar. It had a best before date of 11/24/14 and came as part of a 4-pack for $9.49 ($2.37 per can or $0.15 per ounce).

Appearance: Pumpkin-skin orange hue. Murky and opaque with some sediment visible. Initially pours to a large, light orange, soapy head, though it completely dissipates and leave no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Pink grapefruit and children’s cereal. A hint of authentic wheat beer esters.

Taste: So few breweries make an authentic radler anymore. Seems like everyone just takes a bunch of flavorings and mixes them with a generic lager or wheat brew and calls it a shandy. In the case of Sixpoint Rad, the goal was to create an authentic pre-packaged radler by mixing a wheat beer base with real grapefruit juice. The result is an authentic-tasting… alcopop. While the flavor here is sweet, tart and enjoyable, it really doesn’t seem like a beer to me since the grapefruit completely dominates the palette.

The taste is certainly unique. An odd combination of fruit-flavored cereal or candy, freshly-squeezed unsweetened grapefruit juice and just a hint of wheat beer somewhere underneath it all. It’s not a hefeweizen or pale wheat ale that happens to be fermented or flavored with fruit – the juice is a major component of the palette. How “good” this is depends on how much you like the grapefruit character. Personally, I find it to be tasty right off the bat, but about halfway through the serving I become a little bored of it. The sweetness is a little cloying, and the lack of genuine “beer” character leads me to see this as a flavored malt beverage. I appreciate the uniqueness of the product since there isn’t anything like it the market, but I prefer my beer to taste like beer.

Drinkability: The best reason to drink Sixpoint Rad is for its performance value. At only 3.2% ABV, it’s remarkably light and intended to be drank as a refresher and a session brew. Of course, the fact it has a decent taste doesn’t hurt, either. The mouthfeel is a little thin and flat as the carbonation dies down much too quickly. It finishes mostly clean, though there is a lingering tartness that’s washed away with another swig. The kind of alcoholic beverage beer drinkers and non-beer drinkers can both enjoy. 
Grade: 6/10

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