Roadie Grapefruit Radler | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Roadie Grapefruit RadlerRoadie Grapefruit Radler
Roadie Grapefruit RadlerRoadie Grapefruit Radler

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 70
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Via Rob. Reviewed 6/26/19.
“CANNED ON 04/04/19” on bottom of can. Stored upside down at 42 degrees and served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Light yellow, hazy.
Body – Yellow, murky.
Head – Large (Maximum seven cm, aggressive center pour), off white, medium density, below average retention, diminishing to a three to five mm crown and a thin partial cap.
Lacing – poor. A couple of small islands of tiny to small bubbles
Aroma – 4.5 – Grapefruit!
Flavor – 3 – Begins slightly bitter with only a hint of grapefruit specifically but generally citrusy. No alcohol taste or aroma (4.2 % ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.5 – Just short of medium, juicy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.5 – Decent radler but a bit short in the flavor department although the aroma is excellent.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draught at Old Chicago.

Pours a hazy orange yellow with a fine layer of foam.

Plenty of grapefruit juice in the smell with some lemon, hint of tartness.

Refreshing taste of grapefruit juice, lemon, light tartness, lighter grain.

Nice assertive mouthfeel for the abv.

I dig it.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rather hazy light yellow with a 1/4 inch of foam. Smells of grapefruit juice some lemonade and a touch of gain. Taste is pretty spot on not too sour good grapefruit taste and smooth finish. Body is light to medium easy to crush. Overall not bad I would get it again.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.04/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Taste: tart yellow grapefruit juice almost bitter. Dry citrus and cracker finish. Bold sour/tart grapefruit nose. Gold, slightly unfiltered, with a white head and broken ring lattice. medium body. 16 IBUs

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 5/4/2018. Pours lightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big juicy/lightly tart ruby red grapefruit, lemon, orange, melon, citrus peel/zest, wheat, cracker, white bread, light herbal/grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance of grapefruit juice, pale/wheat malt, and light earthy hop/yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy/lightly tart ruby red grapefruit, lemon, orange, melon, citrus peel/zest, wheat, cracker, white bread, light herbal/grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/grassy/citrus peel bitterness, and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of juicy ruby red grapefruit, lemon, orange, melon, citrus peel/zest, wheat, cracker, white bread, light herbal/grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome robustness and balance of grapefruit juice, pale/wheat malt, and light earthy hop/yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitter/tartness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tartness, tangy fruit, and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/acidic/tangy, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is an outstanding radler! All around awesome robustness and balance of grapefruit juice, pale/wheat malt, and light earthy hop/yeast flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful and never watery for the ABV. Perfectly balanced grapefruit juice vibrancy and wheat beer flavors. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. This is one of the best radlers I've ever had.

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Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a cloudy golden amber with a large white head. The aroma is citrus and wheat. The taste follows the nose.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can with a canned on date of 5/4/18; into a pub glass.
Appearance- cloudy orangish gold with a plethora of bubble streams that sustains a thin white head; lacing is very shy.
Smell - straight fresh grapefruit with just a touch of earthy tones!
Taste - I’m a sucker for grapefruit centric beers and this is another example of a fruit themed beer that I tend to go out of my way to avoid that I ended up really enjoying!
Feel - light, bitter, easy drinking and not at all too sweet!
Overall- total pool and bbq beer that I could likely drink all day!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Great Divide cervoise glass.

Look: Light burnt orange body under a pristine white head that recedes to a film and white collar. Little dots of lacing remain.

Aroma: Light grains and very fresh, tangy grapefruit flesh and grapefruit rind zest.

Taste: Light wheat flavor with grapefruit zest and sweet grapefruit flesh, other citrus notes such as orange.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied.

Overall: Very nice grapefruit all around, sweeter to drink than expected, very refreshing.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.14/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

DATE: October 8, 2017... OCCASION: the (last?) humid Sunday night needs something light and refreshing... GLASSWARE: Ayinger willibecker... pours a turbulent, misty pale yellow body that swirls like river water... the head is thick, white, and significant, with large pockets of bubbles arcing up and over the glass... quite a looker for a radler... sour grapefruit, punchy and tart, arrests the sense... some flowery aroma and candied sugars too, but not much to distract from the central goal here... first sip is reminiscent of orange juice (no pulp), acidic and light-hearted... more texture to the body than expected.... grapefruit, as advertised, and a reasonably tart, tangy finish that remains long after the sip finishes... as this style goes, almost memorable... I find nothing against this beer--refreshing as it promises, and with enough flavor to take one with interest...

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.81/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Damn this beer delivered. Straw-gold hazy beer with a normal, thin head. Smells so good. Tropical grapefruit funk medley. Pungent aroma.

What else could it taste like with a smell like that? Extremely satisfying, deeply sweet grapefruit with a cacophony of tropical flavors to wash it down. Sweet hint of malt at the end but these fruits are the dominating force in this ale.

Really deserves a higher rating. End feel leaves some carbonation and a burp of funked tropics. This is a high performing, diggity dank brew. Quite easily one of the best lower alcohol beers I've tried. What a keeper. I've tried 5 beers today and this one makes me forget all of the others.

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Photo of TH28
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. 6/13/17 can date. Appearance: Cloudy light golden with a thick white foam head and decent lacing. Aroma: Grainy wheat, with a dominant grapefruit pulp. Taste: Starts with a really sweet wheat maltiness with grapefruit pulp that becomes more tart and bitter thru the swallow. Low hop bitterness, but the grapefruit peel like bitterness comes thru. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a touch of creaminess, and a moderate carbonation. Finish: Lingering bitter grapefruit peel, dry, and a touch of tartness. Overall: Skews more in the wheaty, malt forward side of the radler style. Grapefruit hangs out in the background before showing it’s bitter and tart character in the back end. Decent radler, but the rich sweetness makes this a slow drinker

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Photo of basaywhat
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy dark yellow with a big bubbly white head that retains well and leaves little lacing. The aroma is sweet grapefruit juice with some wheat malt. The flavor is sweet wheat malt with lots of sugary grapefruit juice. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Can
Canned On: May 04 2017

Pours a pretty nice cloudy pale yellow color, really nice carbonation, with a HUGE three-finger thick/creamy white head, which leaves some pretty nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is kinda malty, kinda hoppy, kinda yeasty, with a big dose of grapefruit. The taste is malty, yeasty, hoppy, with some grapefruit. Medium body. Overall, a nice little thirst quencher.

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Photo of craigbelly
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lots and lots of grapefruit here. Very redundant to say this is to sweet being a radler, but a little more malt backbone could make this beer stand out.

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Photo of tempest
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It's a little sweet for my taste, but people that like radlers will love this. Big juicy aroma and it isn't actually that sweet, it doesn't taste like soda. And there's a mild barley background. Yeah, I'd definitely drink one on a sweaty day.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a a slightly cloudy yellow with a large head. The aroma has lots of fresh and zesty grapefruit, with just a hint of sweet and sour. The flavor leads with a mild bready malt, and then a dry and tangy sour grapefruit juice flavor, with a hint of pithy quality. The mouthfeel is quite light with good foamy carbonation. Overall I love the nose on this, but the flavor is not as refreshing as promised. Still, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is grapefruit, malts and spices. The flavor is grapefruit, mild sugar sweetness, malts, slightly grainy in the middle and a spicy/slightly bitter finish.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a turbid wheat yellow with just under two fingers of stark white head. Head retention is good, with no lacing left behind. Aroma is a blast of sweet and tangy grapefruit. Flavor profile is straight grapefruit, with a tart finish that mimics the tangy finish of eating a grapefruit. Mouth feel is juice-like, and smooth with a medium thickness. Overall, a tangy grapefruit drink. It really doesn't taste like a beer. It's a great summer crusher of a beer though.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz can.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

at first i was really excited about this one, what a perfect style for summer, the cans looks sharp, and the beer promises to be refreshing. i dig the idea of grapefruit as the fruit, and i think this will sell well. all that said, i dont love the beer. the grapefruit starts off tasting pretty natural, but winds up going way too far down the essential oil concentrate perfume thing, and by the end it tastes like a fresca soda, artificial sugar and all. not sure why the flavoring is needed and why they couldnt have just kept it to real fruit. either way, the amount of this grapefruit essence is just way too high, i burp it up for hours, and its all i can taste. i just cant have a session beer stay with me like this, it defeats the purpose entirely. this is less sweet than other radlers, but being designed to be a high volume beer, i think its way too sweet for all day drinking, more than one of these would make my stomach hurt. i like all the carbonation and the overall lightness of this, but the flavoring is just too much. tastes artificial to me. they missed an opportunity with this i think. short of the mark

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Photo of zeff80
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of grapefruit, lots of grapefruit. It almost tasted like straight grapefruit juice. Pretty tart.

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Photo of ichorNet
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good to see another grapefruit radler on the market. I've sorely missed Sixpoint's fantastic RAD for a couple years at this point, so hopefully this fills the void.

Pours a hazed-over pallid yellow color with some slight sunburst-orange highlights. Retentive head of pure white foam and some surprisingly nice lace. I'm assuming a good amount of wheat is used here, as this appearance totally bespeaks its inclusion in the recipe. Not a bad appearance but a little by-the-books for sure, and the color is meh to me.

Nose is perfectly on-point; grapefruit, wheaty heft on a clean ale base. There are some blood orange-like sweet notes balancing the tart and rindlike ruby red grapefruit juice elements here, but honestly I mostly get the grapefruit. Not really special or noteworthy compared to the whole of beer, but this is a great-smelling beer that perfectly captures that fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice aspect in the nose.

On the tongue, it's a little more indecisive, however. The wheat malt base is a bit too thick and sweet for the grapefruit to stand up to it, but it also doesn't have the characterful yeast note of a hefe (unlike the classic Schöfferhofer), so it trades blows with the grapefruit but doesn't feel tart or refreshing enough to me to really recommend as a thirst-quencher. Cereal-like graininess and a heavy body make this a bit tough to put back. Not sure this needs to be over 4%, too, honestly... radlers don't usually exceed 2 or 3% ABV, so this feels a bit awkward in that way. I think if this were dialed back and made less randomly-strong it would kick ass like RAD did a few Summers ago.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy dark yellow with a big bubbly white head that retains well and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is sweet grapefruit juice with some wheat malt.

The flavor is sweet wheat malt with lots of sugary grapefruit juice. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, lots of nice grapefruit, but a bit too sweet.

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Roadie Grapefruit Radler from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 70 ratings