Yet another Jungle Jim's acquisition is a Red Arrow Root Beer from Orca Beverage Bottling Company in Mulkiteo, WA. I rather like the simple labeling for the bottle, it's understated and somewhat old fashioned. Orca specialises in Retro Soda's and Red Arrow certainly has a Retro look to it. The ingredients list looks promising, too. I like the stated addition of licorice and wintergreen. It gives you something to anticipate.
Natural And Artificial Flavours
Extract Of Wintergreen And Licorice
Aroma: An upfront whiff of wintergreen and sugar with a hint of licorice.
Head: Nice initial head while pouring, but it dissipates quickly.
Carbonation: Soft carbonation with a bit of an initial bite.
Root Beer Flavour:
Red Arrow has a light licorice flavour with understated wintergreen and
sugar flavours. Not the usual mass production flavouring you'd get from
many Root Beers. The Cane Sugar is a nice addition to the mix and lends
itself well to the overall flavour.
Sweetness: Not overly sweet and it's well balanced between flavour and sweetness. Orca got this balance just right.
Aftertaste: A nice aftertaste that lingers on the tongue. Cane sugar and the licorice/wintergreen flavours dominate.
Red Arrow is a good Root Beer. Well worth buying. It gets a 7.5 out of 10.