A classic Dad joke brought to life in form of a pale ale brewed with carrots. Yes, carrots. Thankfully not parrots, at least.
Brewed for International Women's Collaboration Brew Day 2020 in collaboration with artist Róisín Thérèse, Brass Castle have used carrot in the mash as part of the brewing process mixed in with the regular grain to take advantage of the distinct colour and favour of the root vegetable.
Róisín's can art is a wonderful, bright representation of parrots. Not so much carrots, but then again that would spoil the pun somewhat wouldn't it?
What's Orange & Sounds Like A Parrot?: Taste Test
The main aroma is the smell of freshly-peeled carrots and hops, which while not entirely unpleasant is rather unusual. The pour continues the carrot theme, pouring an amber, orangey colour that i'm not sure is a trick of suggestion or an actual colour.
The flavour is quite hoppy which comes from the three hops varieties used: Amarillo, Rakau and Ekuanot. Despite the hop flavour, which is slightly fruity, there is a definite vegetable hint. Specifically carrots, unsurprisingly.
The aftertaste is almost like after a smoothie that has carrots in, it's a little sweet and a little bitter, especially with the hops which bring bitterness and a small amount of fruitiness.
What's Orange & Sounds Like A Parrot: Can Notes
Róisín Thérèse's design features a whole host of colourful parrots sat in a yellow jungle scene. The pale yellow background and darker yellow trees helps make the parrots really contrast and stand out; it's a very interesting can design.
The layout is in the same style as most Brass Castle can designs, with the black background and sideways beer name and style. The only hint of carrot on the can is the style description, which is a very clever way of burying the lead.
The information on the back is pretty typical of most beers, with the percentage strength and ingredients. Compared to the label it's pretty bland, but it's touch to compete with a work of art.
Buy What's Orange & Sounds Like A Parrot? Carrot Pale Ale
We got this from our local bottle shop Pangolin Craft Beer, so check there first. If you can't find one locally then you can grab a can online from Craft N Berry for just £3.42.
A fan of beer since his first can of John Smiths he snook out of his Dad's fridge, Adam is now a craft beer enthusiast. To offset this 'hobby', he also cycles, runs and plays cricket when not spending time with his family.