Karbach Brewing Co. Blood Orange Radler – Radler at 3.5% ABV | 12 IBU

Karbach Brewing Co. Blood Orange Radler Radler at 3.5% ABV | 12 IBU (US$2.31 at Specs Main Houston, 355 ml, packaged on 14-Feb-2018, acquired 3-Mar-2018, reviewed 9-Mar-2018)

Appearance: hazy medium gold with one finger of short, short-lived white head, no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: orange juice, burnt rubber/band-aid, grass. (5/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter. (5/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate carbonation, decently crisp finish. (3/5)

The burnt rubber/band-aid note is not overwhelming, but is unfortunate, tempering my enthusiasm for this beer despite it being a style for which I harbour a particular weakness. I’m not sure whether I’ve sampled the base beer, but their web site seems to indicate it’s a golden ale, a style which I’ve generally found to be somewhat prone to those phenolic off-notes. (Their Love Street Kölsch is similarly flawed, though there I’ve found it to be more diacetyl and sulphur.) It’s not terrible, by any means, but it’s not a patch on their Hopadillo or Rodeo Clown. (11/20)

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