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RAD - Sixpoint Brewery

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Reviews: 63
Hads: 407
Avg: 3.36
pDev: 17.86%
Wants: 16
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
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Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  3.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 04-26-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No one in their right mind would dispute it being... TOTALLY RADICAL. Sixpoint Rad is a unique blend of fruit juices with ale to create the original summer crusher. The first Sick Liquid form the MAd Scientists’ Laboratory - a refreshing take on what beer can be.
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Photo of SackBlabbath
3.19/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I do enjoy this, but its hardly beer... if you like grapefruit juice (i do) then youll like this. Its really good... for grapefruit juice. But this site is called beer advocate

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Photo of baumaxx1
2.99/5  rDev -11%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance -
Opaque, murky apricot colour, some sediment and pulp. Virtually no head and effervescence or lacing. Lively carbonation.

Smell -
Summer fruits, peaches, apricots, orange peel, and grapefruit hops. A hint of yeast.

Taste -
Hoppy up front , with apricot, orange, peach nectar body. It's pretty much juice with a hoppy grapefruit undertones. Sour candy aftertaste. No surprises there. However, there's a hint of yeast to remind you it's a juice beer. Odd - not bad, above average, but odd.

Mouthfeel -
Prickly fizz on the tongue, medium body, sticky nectar and finishes cleanly.

Overall -
This is juice - thick, hoppy, yeasty juice.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2.99/5  rDev -11%

Pours a light orange color with a fizzy head. The smell was full of sour grapefruit. The taste was heavy with the fruit juices and hops to give both a bitter and a sweet sour flavor to the beer. Interesting but I found it very heavy on off beat flavors making it hard to have more than one at a sitting.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Was given a six-pack of this for my birthday recently - yeah, this. I like Sixpoint and had a blast a Beer for Beasts last month but this was just...I dunno. Not a drain pour by any measure but there was something missing here and now that the warm weather is gone for the year, this reminded me of something that I would have had while mowing the lawn. The juice was too strong here even though this still had the feel of beer underneath all of the flavors.

The pour seemed like soda in nearly every aspect - the look, carbonation, consistency, and even the way the head looked and sounded as it dispersed. The appearance was quite cloudy as this had a grapefruit hue that was devoid of any light that made its way through. Lots of that in the taste too, as the citrus, juice, and pulp all seemed to make themselves felt here. Maybe a bit of juice or champagne too as this felt so light that it was unlike any beer that I've ever had, to the point where this hardly felt like beer at all.

That was also true when it came to the alcohol in this - I never felt it and I could have easily downed all six without getting much of a buzz. This probably felt like Orangina more than anything and not like anything that I've ever had from Sixpoint before. While not a bad beer, this barely constitutes what one should be and the sourness that was underneath the fruit flavors reminded me that this was indeed one of those. Great for the summer but otherwise, this makes a good substitute for when you're out of Tropicana in the fridge.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Pours an odd hazy neon strawberry orange color fizzy soda like carbonation that leaves no head. Smell has some yeasty aromas forward almost saison or Belgian like with some bittersweet juice aromas. Taste has a big bittersweet juice flavor forward along with a equally big yeast presence. Not much more is detectable through the pucker of the juice and yeast.

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Photo of Florida9
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Apparently this is a can of mildly alcoholic, carbonated, grapefruit juice....

Beyond cloudy, murky orange yellow in color. No head whatsoever. No lacing. Doesn't look appealing. Aroma is sweet grapefruit juice. Maybe a bit of orange juice in the mix, but it just smells like pure grapefruit juice to me. Taste is well...grapefruit juice. Mostly sweet with that tell-tale grapefruit bitter bite along with your standard citrus acidity on the back end. I'd like to say there is more to the taste than straight up grapefruit juice, but I'm not getting anything. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, appreciable bitterness and tartness.

Yep. It's mildly alcoholic grapefruit juice. What will they think of next?

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.82/5  rDev -16.1%

Can dated BB 4 Nov 14 at 40 degrees into a standard pint glass
Aroma very weak, fruity
Head fizzy, off white, disappears before I can measure it. Nothing is left behind.
No lacing.
Body orange, opaque – matches the can
Flavor is tart, mixed fruit juice – no particular fruit stands out.
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 2.5, Aroma 2.5, Flavor 3, Palate 3, Overall 2.75. Final weighted score: 2.825
This is 3.2% abv – it’s a radler, not a fruit/vegetable beer. It’s hard to compare this radler to beer/ale because it is as much a glass of fruit juice with alcohol as it is a beer with fruit flavor. You pretty much need to photograph the pour in order to judge or measure the head. The aroma is weak and generic, ie fruit, with no particular fruit moving to the front. The same with the flavor – yeah it’s fruity but I’m betting it’s mostly the innocuous white grape with some citrus added for color. As far as radlers go, in the future I’ll stick to German brands when I can or at least Leinenkugels.

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Photo of CHickman
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a very cloudy gold brown color with a fizzy 2-3 finger beige head that was full of bubbles and faded quickly, leaving minimal spotty lacing. It looked like a glass of guava juice, literally side by side you could not tell the difference.

Smells of fruit juice, a mix of guava juice, orange juice, grapefruit juice and any other summery fruit you might find in the Caribbean, combined with musty yeast, malt and chewy fruity candy. So far the whole “Mad Scientists’ Laboratory” noted on the can seems spot on as this is just odd in every way.

Tastes like a Zima; it’s a blend of fruit juice, malt, yeast, a pixie stix sugar tube and some grains. The juice blend is like souring Juicy Juice with guava juice, orange juice, grapefruit juice, starfruit, passionfruit and apples.

Mouthfeel is slick and watery, with thick and chewy body, almost no carbonation and a slightly bitter finish that trails off grainy with the sour fruit taste lingering. I had one during the day when it was really hot out a few days ago and it seemed much better, but the second time around has lost its charm. It’s a nice experiment, but not a beer I’d have again nor seek out.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%

16oz can, poured into a pint glass

A- pours a murky pinkish-orange color with a very small fizzy white head that quickly dissipates, leaving nothing behind, looks like fruit juice 3

S- very fruity with notes of grapefruit, orange, peach & cantaloupe. A hint of toasted malt in the background, it actually smells a little bit like a gose 3.5

T- tart and fruity up front with notes of grapefruit juice, orange peel, grape juice and peach. There's maybe a hint of toasty malt near the finish, but its hard to find. More tart fruit on the finish 3.5

M- medium-light body with moderate spritzy carbonation produces a foamy mouthfeel with a dry, crisp and biting finish 3.5

O- this ones definitely fruity, but perhaps too tart for it's intended purpose of an easy to crush summer beer. It's about as sour as drinking lemonade, certainly not bad, but probably wouldn't drink more than one on a hot day 3.5

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Photo of JayQue
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

An odd but fairly tasty blend of fruit juice and alcohol. Other than a small, rapidly fading white head this drink has hardly any beer characteristics at all Pours a murky dark yellow/brownish color. Small white head that fades fast.

Aroma is grapefruit juice, some tropical fruit like mangos and perhaps a little biscuity malt.

Taste is similar. Mostly fruit juice, a little malt and sweet but not overpoweringly so.

Mouthfeel is rich, like a rich fruit juice blend. Overall not a bad summer drink, but I like a more beer-like presence.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%

Straight out of the pounder.

Very sour. Lemon and grapefruit and funky yeast. Gets a little sweeter toward the back end with some orange flavor and sugar, but stays sour overall.

Really crisp bite from the yeast and carbonation. Reminds me of a cross between a Mikes Hard Lemonade and a fruit flavored wine cooler. Sounds worse than it is.

Not really offensive, but OK at best. I wont be buying myself again though. It is easy drinking and may appeal more to a Belgian fan.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from can into a weizen glass

Appearance – The beer pours a super hazy and dense looking reddish orange color with a fizzy head. The head fades almost instantly leaving no lace whatsoever.

Smell – The nose of the beer is mostly of sour fruit smells with lemon juice and grapefruit but does show other fruit smells of a little orange as well. There is also a strong showing of a yeasty smell as well as a bit of a bready and wheaty aroma, which with combination of a light grass smell, offer some balance to the sour.

Taste – The taste begins a sweet and sour taste with lots of lemon and grapefruit matched with a sweeter orange and candied sugar taste. Upfront there is also a wheat and yeast taste which create a base flavor for the brew. As the taste advances the wheat dwindles a little bit all while the sour tastes and sweeter fruits increase a bit. Toward the end a very light hop taste of a grassy nature comes to the tongue, leaving one with a quite citrusy-sweet and sour, almost grapefruit juice-orange juice beer flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thin with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the sour and sweet tastes of the brew coupled with the low abv. the thin body is quite appropriate. While said, a bit of a higher carbonation may have been a bit more fitting, but overall it was fairly well done.

Overall – An interesting grapefruit/citrus beer. If you are looking for a sweet and sour citrus low abv beer this is a great one to go to as it has a decent citrus fruit flavor with a nice low abv. But if looking for something a little more clean and crisp fruity tasting then certainly stay away.

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Photo of BeerLovinBuckwildUnicorn
1.48/5  rDev -56%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

No. Simply put no.
Although I can appreciate an experimental beer here and there, there is an overpowering fruit juicy sweetness that just saturates the palate into oblivion. Couldn't get through a whole can.
It was suggested to me add some vodka or champagne to it... no thanks. If it cant stand alone I'm not tainting my other alchols with in.

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Photo of 57md
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a color much like grapefruit juice but more opaque. There is no head to speak of for this offering. The nose is both fruity and tart. The taste follows the nose.

This offering is on the edge of what I would term “beer.” At best, it would make for a fine breakfast beverage – perhaps a malt-based alternative to a mimosa.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass. Purchased in North Providence RI.

Appearance - pours a very hazy, carrot juice orange color with a lightly pink huge fizzy head that reduces quickly to leave no lacing or retention.

Smell - citrus rind, grassy, grapefruit, Belgian spices

Taste - astringently tart, grapefruit, bitter lemon rind, some spices and lemonade. Weird and unbalanced

Mouthfeel- light but not easy to drink, medium carbonation

Hmm.. Not really into this one. Id rather drink a shandy, or just get another beer and mix it with fruit juice. Not my think. Unbalanced and not tasty.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.51/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

16 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with pulp seemingly floating around. The head is about a finger high with an off-white shade. It has retention and a texture similar to soda: in other words, awful. Could be a contender for the Ugliest Beer Evah.

S: There is a strong wheat smell similar to a hefeweizen...only it doesn't work for some reason. It's overly hay-like and stale. The yeast is rubbing me the wrong way. In fact, it's drowning out the fruit juice notes I may have also liked. Man, it's not looking good for this one, is it?

T: Now I'm getting more of a fruit juice quality - to me, akin to a blend of orange, grapefruit, and cranberry juices. There seems to be a disconnect between the fruitiness and the wheat beer-y finish. In addition, it's fairly tart throughout (this is my favorite feature). It's not really bad tasting, just imbalanced.

M: This drinks exactly like fruit juice - same sweet and sugary body, same full texture, same pulpy tartness. Even if its via 'cheating' methods, it *is* rather rich for 3.2%. But here's the real problem: it's not refreshing going down.

O: Not a fan, unfortunately. This is a style I'll have to give another chance, because I think I might really enjoy a good radler. Unfortunately, this doesn't seem integrated that well. Will not be returning to this one, that's for sure.

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Photo of Trifecta1
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Super hazy orange, like orange juice. Thick, white head.

S - Tart citric juice, grapefruit, zest, pils yeast.

T - WAY more tart than I was expecting. Could be a good or a bad thing, depending how much you like tartness. Heavy, fresh grapefruit juice follows the tartness, along with all of its bitter glory, and all-malt pils in the back with flavors like banana and wheat. At first I was kinda turned off, but the more I drink, the more I enjoy it. Definitely fulfills it's purpose: a refreshing summer crusher, but lacks depth.

M - Like carbonated orange juice minus some of the clingy sugars.

O - Expected this to be a better radler than Stiegl, and it is in my book (but only slightly). However, I will buy Stiegl over this, because it is drastically cheaper. I will enjoy the rest of the 4-pack on the lawnmower or by the pool.

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.23/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Can from World of Beer. Pours cloudy grapefruit juice colored with no head at all. Uuuuugly. The aroma tells me this is a wheat beer, hefeweizen notes, hay, funky banana esters, grapefruits. Flavor is super tart grapefruit juice, thin, maybe a bit of dirty wheat flavor, bitter grapefruit lingering. Thin without much body, medium plus carb. This is really awful. I can't imagine a situation where I would want to drink this.

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Photo of metter98
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy yellow in color and has some hints of amber—with the cloudiness somewhat resembling apple cider. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving only a patch of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of bananas are present in the nose along with some notes of citrus.
T: The taste starts out with initial flavors of bananas from the yeast and quickly transitions to grapefruit-like citrus flavors along with underlying hints of wheat. Notes of bananas again begin to peek through in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with slight hints of tartness and a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but just tastes like someone mixed together a hefeweizen with some grapefruit juice.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: I wasn't sure what to expect but the radler pours out like orange-mango juice capped by a large head of foam; the foam fades quickly, however, leaving a beverage that looks like fruit juice

Smell: Mostly a range of tropical fruit juices - grapefruit, pineapple, papaya...maybe apricot, guava and papaya; a bit biscuity underneath and a bit of a tart edge, too

Taste: A blend of the fruit flavors detected in the aroma, with a subtle yeasty tartness that develops in the middle

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, like a fruit nectar, with very little carbonation

Overall: OK, so it is not a beer for the geeks, but it is a grown-up fruit juice drink with an interesting blend - what I really enjoyed was that the juice blend avoided the sweetness of many fruit juices while keeping me guessing about the blend that was used

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a very interesting color and consistency. The body looks thick and is completely opaque, like blended juice. The color of the beer is exactly like the color of grapefruit juice. An aggressive pour yields a funny, cream sickle colored head that is very airy; it dies away quickly, leaving no lacing.

S-It's obviously loaded with juice, specifically grapefruit but I was surprised to find a lot of Belgian yeast-spice character. Cloves and spice and phenols. The juice aroma, which is supremely pronounced, is very natural smelling.

T-Tropicana fruit juice medley along with Belgian spices. A bit of bandaid. Some bananas. Tart, natural grapefruit, oranges, lemons and mango. Like a store-bought fruit juice blend. Finishes tart and lightly spicy.

M-At such a low ABV, I'm surprised by the fullness of body. Lingering, citrus tartness. Relatively high carbonation.

O-My first sip and sniff, I was not much of a fan. I was a bit thrown off by the beer's base components. However, once I became accustomed to the flavor, the more it grew on me. It's pretty neat, and absolutely begs to be imbibed before noon!

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Photo of Kbyfield
1.5/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Open a can of RAD and never again will you be forced to wonder 'what would it taste like if I mixed a can of Keystone with a heaping tablespoon of TANG". I can only assume that somewhere right now at Inbev development HQ, there's a group of scientists reverse engineering a can of RAD in hopes of using it to create Bud Light Orange-A-Rita.

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Photo of Gmann
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dirty grapefruit color with no significant head to speak of. Looks like old grapefruit juice.

The aroma has a German wheat smell, clove and some bubblegum. There is a general citrus note but nothing specific.

The taste has a bunch of things going on. There is the clove and bubblegum then comes the fruit juice. Tart lemon, perhaps lemonade, and grapefruit juice. Quite big on the grapefruit juice. Some apple. Nicely bitter.

Moderate to full bodied with prickly carbonation. Good balance of sweet and fruity bitterness. It's refreshing and a good palate cleanser.

It's a nice beer. Need to like grapefruit juice to enjoy this. Looks ugly but it's a good change up brew.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Looks like carbonated grapefruit juice. Short lived fizzy head but I am enamored by the cloudy, murky grapefruit pulp color.

The nose is a natural pulpy fresh squeezed grapefruit scent with a bitter clove and yeasty back.

The flavor is like grapefruit juice. Bitter with little Radler like quality. Not a lot of other things going on. Maybe some orange juice late on?

The feel is bitter but very juice like. It's kind of thick with a bit of carbonation bite.

This didn't really hit the Radler style I was looking for and had little beer like quality. If it's a slightly alcoholic grapefruit juice your looking for this is it.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

It is the Fourth of July, early in the morning and I am declaring my independence from bottled beer for the time being. Welcome to The CANQuest (TM), boys and girls! Buckle your seat belts and hold onto your hats, 'cause this is one wild ride!

From the CAN: "Beer Is Culture"; "No one in their right mind woulld dispute it being ... TOTALLY RADICAL."; "Sixpoint RAD is a unique blend of fruit juices with ale to create the original summer crusher. The first Sick Liquid from the Mad Scientists' laboratory - a refreshing take on what beer [CAN] be."; "Must be kept refrigerated. Always crush responsibly."; "beer for Beasts".

The Crack! revealed another brimful craft CAN and I found out that the reason for this is that it reduces head space before the lid is applied and seamed. Good to know! I celebrated with an inverted Glug that resulted in a pseudo-cascade which formed a finger of fizzy orangish head that quickly fell to wisps. I have to cop to mild amusement at seeing what was in my glass. This beer was a murky pinkish-orange (SRM = > 7, < 9) and looked a whole lot like fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. Nose had an odd vegetal aroma to go with the intense grapefruit tartness and a malty sweetness. I CAN dig the latter two, but I don't get where that green vegetable matter came from. It was like one of those homemade V-8 drinks where you put everything into a food processor and liquefy them. Mouthfeel was thin, but very effervescent, kind of like soda pop. The taste left no doubt that this employed actual grapefruit juice, but the tartness was overpowering. Phew! I found myself smacking my lips after every draught and I came to the CANclusion that these were going to be a tough sixteen ounces. I would have been happier with just eight or twelve ounces, instead. Finish gave off banana esters, leading me to wonder what kind of "ale" had been used. Hefeweizen? The more I drank of it, the more I was coming to think of it as grapefruit juice, which I do like, actually, and how I usually take it. With eggs and coffee, natch! I broke out some eggs and coffee and when paired with them, it became much more palatable. Still, I would not need more than a couple, at the most. It was definitely a "Sick Liquid" and I will be interested to see what the "Mad Scientists" come up with next.

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RAD from Sixpoint Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.