Red Racer Gary’s Chocolate Orange

Reviewed by on December 7, 2017 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Central City Brewers + Distillers

  • Origin: Surrey, BC, CA

  • Rated On: December 7, 2017

  • Best Before: packaged October 27, 2017

  • ABV: 4.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Flavoured Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Gary’s Chocolate Orange Pale Ale is part of ‘The Great White Wonder Adventure Pack’, a collaboration between Central City and Parallel 49 to provide a beer Advent (I can say that, even if they can’t) holiday experience.  Made with, well, chocolate and orange peel.

This 330ml bottle pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some scattered and sudsy island group lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of zingy orange zest, cocoa powder, gritty and grainy pale malt, and some leafy, herbal, and estery floral green hop bitters.  The taste is chalky chocolate (sorry), dried orange peel, grainy and crackery cereal malt, and more understated earthy, musty, and dead floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its palate lifting and separating frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with a wee airy creaminess skulking in under cover of night.  It finishes trending dry, the guest flavours petering out, and the hops swooping in to seal the deal.

Overall – this is an a-ok brew, however, while the chocolate orange character starts strong, it does not possess much staying power, unlike the real confection. Simple, easy to drink, and a nice attempt at an obvious Christmas novelty offering.

Brady White

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