Roadie Grapefruit Radler
Great Divide Brewing Company

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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #161
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
84
Ranked #31,711
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 10.34%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
79
From:
Great Divide Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  2
Gots
  16
SCORE
84
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Pegasus from Texas

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy golden-orange in color, with a robust, dense and persistent white cloudtop head. Fat bubbles cling to the glass walls beneath the surface. An occasional bubble drifts lazily to the top. Sticky, patchy lacing adorns the glass wall.

Aroma: Very strong and sharp grapefruit notes utterly dominate the aroma. There is some crackery malt as well, and some juicy grapefruit rind.

Taste: Opens, as expected, with grapefruit flavor, although not as intense as the aroma would suggest it to be. Cracker malt is also present, though subtle against the grapefruit, and there are some earthy yeast notes that add interest. Later in the taste, there is more grapefruit rind, and some grassy and herbal hops, these pleasantly offset the sweetness of the grapefruit. Finishes with mild grapefruit rind bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, pleasant, with soft carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A refreshing summer style, especially with a modest ABV of 4.2%. This would be very pleasing on a scorching Central Texas summer day.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a South American-style Pilsener glass. 1791:03212021

Mar 21, 2021
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of grapefruit juice. Taste is of slightly tart grapefruit, light grains, extremely crushable. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing summertime beer.

Nov 01, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can from Hops and Bottles. Cloudy orange golden pour. I wasn't expecting much from this and it knocked my socks off! Aroma us straight up grapefruit and you can smell it from 2 feet away. Taste is smooth , sweet grapefruit juice with a tiny malt presence. Small bitter bite. Perfect summer beer.

Jul 19, 2020
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden color. 1 finger white head. Head retention is good.
The nose is grapefruit. Real grapefruit smell to me. Not artificial smelling.
Taste nice grapefruit taste. It isn't strong. It is a bit more mellow than I was expecting from the nose.
Lighter body, but expected.
Decent Radler for a hot day.

Jul 27, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Jun 26, 2019
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Apr 05, 2019
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Oct 22, 2018
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.04/5  rDev -19.4%
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

Oct 10, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Jun 16, 2018
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ordybill from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Jun 06, 2018
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

Jun 02, 2018
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

May 19, 2018
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.14/5  rDev -16.7%
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...

Oct 09, 2017
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HotDogBikeRide from Texas

4.81/5  rDev +27.6%
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.

Aug 07, 2017
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TH28 from Florida

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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

Jul 29, 2017
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basaywhat from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Jun 29, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.62/5  rDev -4%
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.

Jun 27, 2017
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craigbelly from Iowa

3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Jun 19, 2017
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tempest from New York

3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Jun 02, 2017
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

May 23, 2017
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jzlyo from Iowa

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

May 15, 2017
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

May 06, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -5%
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

Apr 29, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.96/5  rDev +5%
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.

Apr 29, 2017
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Apr 25, 2017
Roadie Grapefruit Radler from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 79 ratings