RAD | Sixpoint Brewery

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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Jason on 04-26-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Appearance: minimal head, orange-yellow in color, cloudy, high carbonation

Smell: orange, lemon, sour mix--grapefruit

Taste: wheat, banana, lime, and a huge dose of grapefruit

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet start, slightly sour middle with a bitter dry end

Overall: I love the fact that I can experience distinct sweet, sour, and bitter in this beer. It is interesting and seems like three beers all at once. The base beer appears to be similar to their Apollo ale, which I really enjoy. However, this appears to be mixed with a large dose of pink grapefruit juice and a pinch of lime. Not bad if you are really into pure pink grapefruit juice, but I do not think the combination works. I would sooner get Apollo and pass on this. Definitely a one time only buy.

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I usually hate these things. But this. This wasn't bad. Just don't think of it as beer.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, so the radler isn't the most popular style among the geeks. Let's see what happens here.

This thing looks like grapefruit juice, an extremely thick red-orange with no hint of transparency, just lots of juicy heaviness in the body. It does develop a little head, which I'm not even sure if I expect or not. It clings to the edges for most of the session and drops down some spotty lace.
This beer (hybrid) is all about the juice without giving up what makes it a beer. It is hard to distinguish the bitterness between hops, grapefruit juice/pulp, and orange or whatever other pithy citrus qualities are all over this one. There's a sweetness that only seems naturally derived, very much from juice and possibly malts (again, the particularities of the beer make it hard to distinguish). There's some orange juice as well as a light sweetness from grapefruit against its sourness. Wheat does hold up its own to form a strong backbone, though, not surrendering to a simplicity or complacency against the juice. There do seem to be other juices, possibly tropical, adding to the sweetness to cut through the otherwise refreshing bitterness, sourness and tanginess to add more depth, flavor and somehow even more of a refreshing nature.
The mouthfeel offers up a heaviness that remains palatable, enough crispness to cut the naturally thick body. It rolls smoothly and offers enough citric acidity to further cut this beer so that it's not cloying. It really does work, obviously more for some than for others. I, for one, am a fan.

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16oz cans

A- Like a grapefruit/OJ mimosa. Orangy/red
S- Citrus- Obviously grapefruit juice and a lot of it. Slight wheat hints revealing beer is actually in there.
T- First few sips take getting used to, then it is a refreshing tart beer. Since it is a mix of beer and grapefruit juice, you get the taste of store bought (but not frozen) juice at both the front and the back. Acidy tartness. You maybe taste the malt and very, very minimal hops in the middle.
M- Like drinking a mimosa. Think juice with carbination.
O- Fun beer. Great to have on a warm day or drink without getting drunk (just over 3% abv). Not one that I am going to savor each sip and think about it, but rather just gulp as a refreshment.

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Juice-like brew on the pour, resulting in a short-lived fizzy head. The brew is downright murky; it looks like thick grapefruit or orange juice.

Very acidic and tart on the aroma, with an odd mustiness I can't quite place. Wheat and grass aromas are evident, as well as aspirin. If you didn't know what this was going in, all you'd likely get from the aroma is an overall impression of a slightly sour, slightly citric concoction.

Flavor is far more citric, with grapefruit juice, lemon, and orange peel all quite evident. Powdery wheat chaff and hay provide a backbone.

Body is bright and light, but it still has a milky wheat base tying it all together. Extremely sharp and acidic in the mouth, coming across harshly; this isn't a beer you can really savor for long before swallowing.

That said, it isn't unpleasant to do so. This beer is supposed to be a thirst quencher. No single sip really screams out that this is something amazing, but as soon as it's down the hatch, and you feel the residue kicking around your tongue, palate, and gums, you immediately want another sip.

This is truly a beer for pounding. Is it legitimately thirst-quenching? It's so acidic that perhaps not; it's closer to juice than a light wheat beer. RAD is a very interesting beer, with the light, almost creamy body of a Hefe, the puckering effect of a true sour, and the real citrus presence of...well, of juice, really, and nothing else like it.

RAD is far more sour and juice-forward than any other Radler I've had - and far, far more addicting. Don't let the low ratings for appearance and smell unduly rate this beer low; drink it from the can, and enjoy it. It's quite good!

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RAD from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 409 ratings