Oh how sultry she is. This cartoon doctor, stethoscope flung wildly to the side, brazier cropping up from beneath the shirt, the steady, dispassionate look in her eye, as though she’s as likely to carve you up as she might be to…well, other things. In truth, this looks to me like a cartoon version of my friend, adult film star Mercedes Carrera, walking onto set while doing her best to discard any lingering consideration of whatever insipid banality she may have recently come across over Twitter. In either case, the buxom cartoon woman on the can is quite naturally the first thing to catch your eye.
So what am I reviewing here? Well, yet another hard soda from Wild Ginger Brewing. Previously having considered their Wild Sit Russ, which as mentioned tastes quite a bit like a mildly alcoholic grocery store brand Mountain Dew, I have now moved onto this, which describes itself simply as a “alcoholic rock and rye soda.” Now, I cannot honestly recall that last time, if ever, that I had a rye soda. However as it is as wildly popular in both beer and whiskey, I suppose giving it the benefit of the doubt is only fair.
Then thusly, we begin. Pouring dark brown to a point of almost being black, this looks at a cursory glance to be a hard cola. At a smell, this same notion refreshes itself, with what seems to be hints of cherry lingering somewhere within. As these things go, the sip which followed validated my suspicions, but in the course of such only led to further questions.
So yes this is, as far as I can tell, a hard cherry cola. In truth, spotting the rye itself is a bit difficult, outside of perhaps a background note of such which I’m half way convinced I’m only detecting because my expectations demanded such. However in regards to expectations, this sip has thus far somewhat defied them in its own right. A friend and colleague of mine, Connor – who is as biased as it gets – prefers stouts to IPAs to a degree in which he presupposes that all of the latter are to be garbage while only the former are worth drinking. This being the case, it was upon his review of this prior to my own wherein he said to me that “it tastes like piss,” that I first wondered if that was the case and then wondered how he knew what piss tasted like at all.
I’m relatively certain – without any ambition to try – that this is not what piss tastes like. However even as I write this late night review, my friend and guest samples a sip on her own, saying simply, “This is cherry coke, right?” As I ask her if she can note any rye flavors to it, she simply shakes her head. Long and short of this I suppose then is that what we have here is a 5% hard cherry cola that while claiming to possess rye flavoring, tastes instead like straight ahead cherry cola. But that being the case, I think I rather like it.
So to Wild Ginger once more, to our lovely cartoon doctor and of course to you, I say as always…
While the brewery may have provided the product mentioned above for free, I was not required to write a positive review, I did not receive any monetary compensation, and the honest opinions I have expressed are my own.
Nicholas Goroff is an actor, writer and craft beer reviewer at EveryJoe.com. Certified as a Cicerone beer server, he is working towards obtaining certification as a beer judge while employed at Bert’s Better Beers in Hooksett, NH. When not reviewing beer, wine and spirits, he is typically writing political essays, screenplays and short fiction. Follow him on Twitter @wizardofcause.
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