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November 14, 2011
Filed under: random junk — anthony @ 12:56 pm

Hello and welcome to the oldest, largest and frankly the best root beer reviewing site in the world! over 625 brands reviewed so far! i also throw in birch beer and sarsaparilla reviews occasionally while i am at it since to me, they are the same genre. once in a while i even detour into other branches of the root beer tree, such as spruce beer, dandelion & burdock and the like. a new review publishes every week on Monday with the random post or review of root beer related stuff every once in a while. feel free to submit your own ratings, check out the rankings from me and other visitors, see what sodas are available near you and more. make a float, tap a keg or mix some extract up and enjoy!

anthony (me) started reviewing root beer related drinks in '96 but has always loved the delicious joy of root beer and birch beer and just kept it going ever since. if you have any suggestions of features you'd like to see or sodas you want reviewed, let me know!

 
 

Jason’s Deli Root Beer

July 27, 2015
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: AL, AZ, AR, CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MS, MO, NV, NM, NC, OH, OK, SC, TX, UT, VA Obtained in: trade with Eric
Head: Large Sweetener: cane sugar
Caffeine: No
Website: http://jasonsdeli.com

so i traded for this one with the good doctor, then totally forgot about it and went on my root beer quest to Maryland and Virginia. in the middle of said trip I passed by a Jason's Deli. my brain recognized it and debating pulling a u turn but it was getting a bit late in the day already and if i had any hope of making it to my other destinations, i might have to skip it. but it was right there! but the next stop was only about 2 miles down the road so i figured i would check out my phone for other locations closer to where i was staying overnight as i had more time the next time for side jaunts. i found there were two locations close by and went on my merry way. so the next day i go to the first one. no root beer. well, Barq's on fountain. what?! ok, try the other one, same deal, ug! maybe i was wrong about them having a root beer at all. flash forward two weeks and i am trying to catch up on the sodas i traded for. i pull this one out of the fridge and laugh to myself, i had it all along! but it made for something to do i suppose. perhaps they only sell it at some locations. and not the Virginia ones at that. anyway, on with the show.
this is actually a unique tasting soda. it is very creamy and smooth. wow. the creaminess really hits later, as an aftertaste, leaving this mellow taste on your pallet after about 6 seconds. interesting indeed. before that it is pretty smooth as well, just less so. there is a huge head on this thing but the carbonation level remains fine and doesn't kill the taste otherwise. the flavor beyond that is a little bit herbal, in a tea-like way. it is a fine drink. it isn't incredible but i would have it again, if i could find it that is.
Ingredients:carbonated water, cane sugar, natural extracts and flavors, caramel color, citric acid


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Gordon Biersch Root Beer

July 20, 2015
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: On Tap
Available: AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, HI, IL, LA, MD, MS, NV, OH, SC, TX, VA, WA Obtained in: brewery in VA
Head: Small Sweetener: unknown
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.gordonbiersch.com

This was probably my worst brewery experience of my Maryland/Virginia journey. which is not to say it was terrible or whatever, but it just did not work out too well. this location is in a mall, which is fine. the restaurant was not too hard to find really although parking was a huge hassle, especially for a not so great mall. oh well. so i sat down at the bar and ordered a mug of root beer, no ice. i got a lame glass of root beer with ice. i asked for a mug, no ice but the waiter/barkeep guy said that was how it comes. i think he was just lazy, but so be it, i will review it how i got it.
the taste is mostly typical and fine. it is sweet and crisp. there was a bit of a sharp edge to it, a result of excess carbonation. but they did not overdo it as many on tap root beers seem to. getting beyond the sharp feel it had a bit of an herbal feel that made it a little different than the standard taste. overall though, it was fine, nothing crazy, nothing amazing, nothing bad. just a decent root beer as you would expect.

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Mad Fox Root Beer

July 13, 2015
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: On Tap
Available: VA Obtained in: at Brewery
Head: Medium Sweetener: unknown
Caffeine: No
Website: http://madfoxbrewing.com

wow, now that is a growler! serious stuff. i did not expect it to be this absurd. i think this one actually cost more than most of the rest of the sodas i bought on this trip combined as well, so there is that. but for a new soda, it was under my max budget. granted that budget could get me a case of many sodas through mailorder. at this location I chatted with a random dude about root beer for quite a while. he was very nice and seemed to be drinking at the bar alone so it was not a bad thing. i suppose that is what happens at bars, it is just so out of my usual realm of experience that i don't know.
the amazing growler actually preserved the soda very well too. it is now 4 days after filling and it is very carbonated and frothy. this is definitely the most unique tasting root beer from this trip as well. they ventured more off the usual path than a brewery usually does, so that is a pleasant surprise. i have been trying to place just what is the unique flavor in the taste for a while and can't come up with it. it starts off pretty sharp, a big bubble feel that fades to a sweet caramel but then an aftertaste about 10 seconds later where it gets unusual, it is almost a burnt milk taste. it is not creamy so not a sustained milky taste but for a few seconds you get this interesting mouth feel and flavor, well after the soda is down your throat. I would not say I love the flavor but I do like that they tried something a little different so I give a little bonus credit for that. also the rad growler get some bonus too.

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BJ’s Brewhouse Root Beer

July 6, 2015
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: On Tap
Available: AZ, CA, CO, FL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, NV, NM, OH, OK, OR, TX, VA, WA Obtained in: at restaurant
Head: Tiny Sweetener: unknown
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.bjsrestaurants.com

My third stop on the whirlwind root beer tour of March 2014! this restaurant was in the bottom of a strange vertical mall type deal it seemed to me. I stepped up to the bar and ordered a growler to go, the bartender lady misheard me and poured a mug for me. I then said a growler and she got a little surly and was all "well, i already poured this, you may as well have it too!" which was very kind in the end. i think she felt bad as she was very nice after that. i left a big tip as i felt bad as well although the mistake was hers, but i doubt many people get growlers of root beer in general. so for this one soda i did experience it both ways.
this is one creamy caramel-y soda! whoa! very very sweet and almost heavy. but i like that. it is one of the better brewery root beers from this trip for sure. yes, it does not go too wild in its flavor profile, no one will be shocked that this is what they call 'root beer' but they do expand it a tad by upping the caramel flavor and the creaminess. i did not expect this one to be that great but it worked out to be quite tasty. not top shelf good, but for a pretty standard root beer, it works.

Anthony's Rating: 71
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