Huzzah! It’s time to review another Canadian cider. At bat this week is Vancouver, B.C.’s Fat Chance Cider Co.’s Fat Chance Cider by Fat Chance Cider Co. of Vancouver, B.C. I can’t seem to find who makes it or where it’s from, but rest assured I’ll let you know when I find out. *double guns*
The Colour: A little syrupy/filmy. A deep golden yellow with a slight greenish tinge.
The Nose: Sweet, definitely an old-apple/fermentation sort of smell. It’s rather lovely in an unusual way. It smells like raking leaves in the fall. You know, when they’re just starting to decompose and there’s like, some dew or rain or something, and the leaves give off a light, sweet scent along with the heavy, earthy smell of fermentation and decomposition… Is that a thing? Is this just me? I don’t mean that I’m the one who gives off that smell. I’m just wondering if I’m the only one who’s smelled it and interpreted it thusly.
The Packaging: I kind of like it. I’m not really sure what’s going on… but I like it. I like the colour scheme (black, antique gold, and white). I like the stylized mountains around the top near the rim. Everything about it is well-balanced and appealing. It looks good. I’m just a little confused by the hodgepodge (or hog-podge?) of the simple, elegant colour-scheme paired with antique-y, elegant fonts and then the addition of bold, edgy fonts with a biker pig in the middle.
The Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation off the top, but it almost immediately falls away. Luckily the cider isn’t as heavy as it looks, so the lack of carbonation isn’t a huge issue. It does leave my tongue feeling a little coated though.
The Taste: Sweet. It isn’t particularly apple-y (although I’m about half-way through at this point, and my taste buds might be compromised due to aforementioned coating.) The flavour tapers off quickly. I can’t really detect any nuances.
The Verdict: I don’t not like it. It’s nice. It’s good. It’s easy-drinking. It’s a little heavy but, that being said, it’s still innocuous enough to have multiples. I feel like the can is more nuanced than the cider itself, though. It looks like they’re trying to marry tradition with like, contemporary edge… but they didn’t do anything edgy with the cider. I digress. Unlike others, I’m happy to have some left in my fridge: 6/10.
Have you tried it? What’d you think? Let me know in the comments below.