Red Arrow Root Beer
Sweetener: Cane Sugar
Bottled at: Mukilteo, Washington
Purchase Location: Galco’s Soda Pop Stop
I did not realize until after drinking my Red Arrow Root Beer and preparing to write this review, that this was yet another Orca Beverage Soda Works soda. I do not have anything else to say about Orca here other than boy do they make a lot of good root beers. Red Arrow Root Beer originated in Michigan and is “known for it’s authentic root beer flavor.” According to folklore, the brand was a tribute to the Red Arrow Brigade, the nickname for the United States Army National Guard’s 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team out of Wisconsin.
There is not much to say about the bottle or label. There is not a lot going on there, just an arrow outlined in red and the name of the soda. However despite its simplicity, perhaps due to its unique font, the label is more than adequate.
At first sip, Red Arrow Root Beer seems to have a simple, yet good, flavor. However, upon further examination, a subtle complexity manifests itself. The base of Red Arrow is a solid, caramel root beer. Red Arrow is light on carbonation, and is exceptionally smooth and creamy. Red Arrow does not have the malty flavor that many root beers of this type have. The caramel flavor is complemented by very subtle wintergreen and licorice tones. Although I could identify the wintergreen and licorice, I had to look for them. They were wrapped up quite nicely in the overall flavor of the soda. Red Arrow had a very pleasant taste. It is a root beer that would be easy to relax with and enjoy without having to think too much.
Overall Score: 8 of 10.