Jul 5, 2016

Flying Dog Hibiscus Grapefruit Radler

For their latest Brewhouse Rarities release, Maryland’s Flying Dog Brewing has decided to release a 4.2% ABV radler, a German-style ale that consists of a 50:50 mix of beer and sparkling lemonade. The brewery, however, forgoes the traditional ingredients for their version. Hibiscus Grapefruit Radler doesn’t use any soda within its pale yellow depths, instead leaning heavily the hibiscus and grapefruit to provide the lemony tartness.

An effervescent, slightly sharp mouthfeel gives off the impression of soda as flowery hibiscus and earthy grapefruit rind wash briskly over the tongue. There’s a good amount of lemon tartness, but not hop bitterness to tickle the palate as the beer finishes lightly dry and refreshing.

The beer certainly is an interesting experience. It’s fun and refreshing and the perfect type of beer for the company’s limited rarities series. It’s not a beer that you would typically pick up, but if you’re in the mood for something a little different, then Hibiscus Grapefruit Radler is definitely one to check out.

This is a review of a promotional sample.