Truth be told, I felt ripped off when I bought this and took it home two weekends ago. When I opened up the box, I was expecting 16 oz cans but lo and behold, they weren’t. Instead, they were the 12 oz cans instead. Nevertheless, the Arnold Palmer Spiked certainly does live up to its name. It tastes just like an Arnold Palmer. It’s half iced tea and half lemonade and that’s really all I taste. It’s not terribly sour nor terribly sweet for that matter. Really well balanced all around. Interestingly enough, it doesn’t even leave a sticky residue on one’s lips, which is a definite A+ in my books.
It’s also not carbonated, which is good. I’d hate to drink a carbonated Arnold Palmer. And now that I think about it, there was another brand that I vaguely recall trying out in the past, which was called Twisted Tea Lemonade. That one tasted too artificial. It had a heavy syrupy taste to the overall flavor profile. Arnold Palmer Spiked though? None of that. It’s pretty clean tasting on the whole.
It’s rated at a modest 5% ABV, which for malt beverages is definitely on the low end. Even the Smirnoff Ice Green Apple and Budlight Lime-A-Rita that I had before were at least closer to the 6%-9% range, which is the ideal range for this type of drink, in my humble opinion.
Regular price for a 6-pack of 12 oz cans was $10.99 at the Riteaid in Lincoln Heights, if I recall correctly. Pricey. At regular price, I would definitely start considering alternatives that give a higher ABV per bottle or can.
All in all, at regular price, I probably wouldn’t buy it again. At sale price, that would be a maybe for me. For novelty sake though, I’d say that you should give it a try. Otherwise, there are other options out there.