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
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.