Tricycle Grapefruit Radler | Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Tricycle Grapefruit RadlerTricycle Grapefruit Radler
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Average: 3.62 | pDev: 10.5%

Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 82

Ranked #373 Fruit and Field Beer and #38,738 overall.

ABV: 3.50% | Availability: Summer

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Parallel 49 Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Tricycle Grapefruit RadlerTricycle Grapefruit Radler
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 82
Photo of superspak
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, no can dating. Pours murky golden orange color with a small foamy white head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing pretty quickly. No lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Okay appearance. Aromas of lightly tart grapefruit juice, citrus peel, cracker, white bread, and light herbal/grass. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of grapefruit juice, pale malt, and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lightly tart grapefruit juice, citrus peel, cracker, white bread, and light herbal/grass. Light herbal/grassy/citrus peel bitterness and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart grapefruit juice, citrus peel, cracker, white bread, and light herbal/grass on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of grapefruit juice, pale malt, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/tartness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp finishing. Lightly increasing dryness from fruit tang/tartness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth and moderately grainy/acidic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 3.5%. Overall this is a pretty good radler. All around good robustness and balance of grapefruit juice, pale malt, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink; with the mildly tart/bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful for the ABV. Great balance of grapefruit juice and pale lager flavors. A nicely enjoyable offering, and good style example.

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Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grapefruit radler from a 12 oz can at the Fall 2016 L.E.A.F.
Looks more like pink grapefruit juice but tastes like a 50/50 mix of grapefruit juice and light lager. Light carbonation with minimal visible effects.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is grapefruit, ripe fruit and a hint of sweetness. The flavor is grapefruit, ripe fruit, mild/medium sweetness, malts, a hint of spices and a very tart finish.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a murky deep golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy light beige head that reduces to a tiny patch of extremely thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grapefruit juice over the top of hints of grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a hint of slightly sweet grainy malts followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of grapefruit juice. Not too tart and not too sweet. No bitterness at all in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Super easy to drink and refreshing, I could easily have a few of these in a session. Solid grapefruit juice flavor and aroma.

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Photo of dar482
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a rich golden yellow, absolutely hazy.

The beer hits of straight grapefruit juice up front. Fleshy yellow grapefruit, the juice, the slight hints of tart. Then onto a light malty quality that shows itself as a malt beverage in the end. Medium carbonation to move the beer along.

A brew that one could drink for an extended amount of time, as intended, but the great grapefruit flavor really helps this beer out.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Parallel 49 'Tricycle Radler' @ 3.5% , served from a 355 ml can
A-pour is a cloudy pink from the can to a cloudy pink in the glass with almost no head
T-tart , somewhat refreshing
MF-low/mild carbonation , weak body
Ov-it was left behind for me to try , one & done
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Electros
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light amber, smells of citrus. This is a very quenchable summer beer. Very light, grapefruit comes on strong at first with beer notes after. This is a highly drinkable beer, one could easily put away quite a few on a hot day!

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

355 ml bottle served cold into a Amsterdam snifter. Purchased as part of a taster's pack for what worked out to $2.30 CDN per bottle.

Appearance - Hazy orange and grapefruit colored beer with pink highlights. minuscule head and no lacing left behind.

Smell - Lots and lots of grapefruit with a slightly offputting rotten fruit smell. It's not prevalent but detracts from the otherwise deliciousness of the grapefruit.

Taste - Lots of fresh grapefruit than increases in bitterness as you go, not only through the bottle but on each sip. Very mild graininess lurking in the background.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and refreshing with a dry finish.

Overall - As far as radlers go, you could do better and you could do a lot worse. Passable and refershing but filler as far as I'm concerned in the taster's pack.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

341 mL bottle from their "Unparalled" mixed six-pack, currently available at the LCBO. They included a new beer in this year's sampler (that's good!), but the new beer contains sodium benzoate (that's bad). OK, it's probably not inherently bad - but how else am I supposed to awkwardly shoehorn a Simpsons reference into this review? Served well-chilled.

Pours an opaque apricot colour, producing one finger of fizzy, very short-lived white head. It's gone before I've even placed the bottle down on the table - no lace or collar, with only a few foamy wisps on the surface. It pretty much looks like sparkling grapefruit juice. The aroma does little to convince me that I am drinking something that contains beer - again, it's nothing but grapefruit zest and juicy citrus pulp on the nose.

OK, now I feel like I'm just going to be repeating myself for the rest of this review - because it more or less tastes like a mixture of grapefruit soda and sanguine/blood orange. Moderately sweet and tart initially, with a touch of juicy orange flavour - however, the bitterness of the grapefruit pulp dominates much of the sip, leaving behind a pithy astringency that quickly fades in the aftertaste. Light-bodied, with lively carbonation levels - it feels fizzy and crisp on the palate, like a radler is supposed to - though the pulpiness makes this one feel a little fuller on the palate than most.

Final Grade: 3.5, a B. Tricycle Grapefruit Radler is only 50% beer, but that fraction still seems a bit high by my estimates. I have had a lot of radlers over the past couple of months - many were worse than this, and only a handful of them were better. For what it is, this is not bad at all. I expect that fans of grapefruit soda will probably love it - the differences between the two drinks are minimal at best - but personally I'd prefer it if there were at least some residual evidence of the base lager's presence. Refreshing, yet forgettable - not something I would have bothered putting into the sampler pack, but as a summer patio thirst-quencher, it'll do.

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Photo of Trosevear
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap

L: Musty yellow

S: Fake grapefruit with a minor beer smell. Almost smells off

T: Tart like a grapefruit. With strong grapefruit, doesn't taste like beer at all.

F: Sour but a nice taste to it.

O: A very nice Rader and well done.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(draft, Teahouse, Vancouver B.C. 7/6/15) familiar hefeweizen-like taste with a nice grapefruit essence; almost juicelike flavor. Super refreshing. Will give this one another shot down the line.

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Photo of TerryW
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Part of a mixed six sampler pack out of the LCBO.

Looks just like orange/pink grapefruit juice with a cm tall short-lived head. And the grapefruit thing follows through religiously the rest of the way. Really tough to distinguish this from a glass of sparkling grapefuit juice. There's just no beer-iness to it.

Tasty but unremarkable. Suitable for those who really don't like the taste of beer, but enjoy their grapefruit juice. Drinkable, but there are more interesting radlers out there.

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Photo of RockAZ
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First taste reminded me of alcopop or coolers, but the grapefruit flavor hung in there and overcame the sodium benzoate listed on the ingredients. This was enjoyed on a 112 degree day which might excuse the slightly high rating given, and I really like grapefruit juice. Worth a try, but a bit spendy for something so close to a wine cooler, imho.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a .5 l mug.

Look: Well to be quite focused -- it looks like grapefruit juice. The light cream fizzy head disappears completely and leaves absolutely no lacing.

Aroma: A little bit of sugary sweetness gives way to absolute pure grapefruit pulp and rind.

Taste: A nice balance of sweetness and citrus that tastes exactly like grapefruit segments topped with table sugar, just like I always eat them. A touch of tangy bitterness in the finish, but "bitter" is too harsh of a word.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing, a little fizzy and carbonated going down the throat.

Overall: I could probably drink this all day long if it weren't $10 for 4 cans. It helps if you like grapefruit, which I do.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355 ml can poured into a Red Racer pint glass. A burnished peach color with some initially bustling white soapy bubbles that quickly evaporate away.

So, yeah ... Smells like grapefruit juice and grainy pale malts. Maybe a slight whiff of grass. Tastes much the same. I am actually rather impressed by how much this tastes like beer compared to a certain better-known radler. Less sugar and more crackers, even a hint of bread crust. The grapefruit concentrate tastes rather thick and rank (think grapefruit left out in the sun for a few hours), although this does not have to be a bad thing per se. More body than expected, solidly medium with an aggressive fizz. Finishes with a lingering citric fruitiness like chewable vitamin C ... Who knows/remembers what Redoxon is? Look it up. Replace the orange with grapefruit and wet grain and one (roughly) gets this brew. There is even some noticeable hop bitterness.

If one must consume such beverages and happens to live in western Canada, track this down rather than Steigl's take, which is more of a cooler labelled as a beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355ml can. A smarmy and ultimately amusing reworking of the German meaning of the term 'radler'. I know that there is an entry already for a Parallel 49 radler, but there is no other identifying information for it, and the 8 existing 'reviews' are only detail-free ratings. Starting anew.

This beer pours a rather cloudy, dark tarnished apricot yellow colour, with three fingers of billowy, loosely foamy, and generally fizzy off-white head, which leaves pretty much nil in terms of permanent lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds away.

It smells of pleasantly nose-twitching tart grapefruit juice, a further fruity hop bitterness (c'mon, parsing it amongst the guest fruit juice is for greater people than I), and a semi-sweet, bready pale maltiness. The taste is still grapefruit juice, yes-siree, but now with that certain sugar weight dragging it down, the sort of thing you get in the HFCS-riddled versions in the States, although now it's the grainy, bready, and wet crackery malt that's at fault - with some more weird leafy, musty hop bitterness that seems at odds with the acetic acid traipsing about my various palates.

The carbonation is actually noticeable, as a lazy frothiness for a spell after a pour, the body a sturdy medium weight, due for the most part to the inherent fruitiness, and sort of smooth, the graininess toning down the most egregious tartness spikes. It finishes off-dry, the twin-sourced sweetness continuing its battle of attrition with the veritable froot joos.

I haven't seen a beer that looked so much like its guest ingredients since those Bud Light Chelada deals a few years back. This is so very, very much better than that dreck, beyond the appearance, as the grapefruit juice just does its thing, forcing the base lager to assert itself, which it does to a minor degree, I suppose. Overall, the fruitiness simply reigns supreme, which would limit me to one or two of these, preferably at breakfast time.

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Tricycle Grapefruit Radler from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 82 ratings