In the realm of experimental brews, Flying Dog Brewery’s Hibiscus Grapefruit Radler from the Brewhouse Rarities Series takes a bold leap into uncharted territory. With a promising combination of hibiscus flower’s lemon-tarty notes and the citrus punch of grapefruit, this summer release at 4.2% abv aims to be a refreshing treat for the warmer months.

Aesthetic Fizz and Fizzle

Poured into a lambic tumbler, the initial visual appeal of this Radler is reminiscent of hazy white grape juice. However, the excitement from the lively carbonation is short-lived, as the bubbles erupt and then quickly vanish, leaving the brew looking somewhat flat after a few minutes.

Aroma: A Burst of Summer

The beer’s assertive aroma fills the senses with the zesty scent of grapefruit and hints of peach juice and lemonade, undoubtedly fitting the bill for a summer quencher. Yet, the promise of this olfactory delight does not entirely translate into the taste.

Flavor: A Mixed Bag of Fruits

The initial sip reveals an artificial sweetness akin to diet peach lemonade, and while not overwhelmingly cloying, the presence of Stevia or aspartame characters introduces a slightly off-putting note. Fortunately, the mid-palate and finish salvage the experience, leaving behind minimal stickiness. Lingering traces of lemonade flavor wrap up the tasting experience.

Beyond Beer Boundaries

Overall, Flying Dog’s Hibiscus Grapefruit Radler ventures far beyond the conventional beer landscape, entering the territory of fruit cocktails. Positioned as a refreshing and fruit-forward option, it caters to a broader audience, particularly those who find fault with the elusive “beer taste” – a critique that remains ambiguous. However, a critical observation suggests room for improvement; a touch more grapefruit acidity and a reduction in artificial sweetener flavors could elevate the drinking experience. Additionally, higher carbonation and opting for cans might enhance its appeal, especially for those indulging by the pool.