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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!

 
 

Pithy Little Soda Works Root Beer

August 31, 2015
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: CA, online Obtained in: mail order from company
Head: Medium Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 180 Sodium: 25mg
Carbs: 45g Sugar: 45g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.pithywine.com/Soda

I believe I was made aware of this company from a loyal reader, Brad, but I could be wrong. in any case, i contacted them and ordered a six pack for review and hopeful enjoyment. the company developed from a wine company to have something for non-wine drinkers to partake in. much appreciated! hey, it expands their audience and potential profit as well so it's win/win. they make only a couple flavors year round, but a few seasonal ones as well. the design is solid and different, a bit 50's futuristic and clean looking, which is a welcome change. the bottles i got were all black and grey, but it appears there is now brown on there as well. i like it both ways so, it's one of six, a dozen halves of another. they proclaim it "Vintage American Soda" in very small letters although i am not sure what that implies. i will soon learn i suppose. although what makes it American versus Norwegian will remain a mystery to all. for now.
the flavor is pretty solid. it has a rich sweet vanilla taste with a hint of wintergreen in there and maybe a touch of anise i would say. but the anise/licorice is very much in the background so haters of such things don't need to stay away. they don't experiment too much but it is not exactly a classic root beer taste, the carbonation is too mellow and smooth for that. i think making a float with this would be overkill of creamy, at least for me. so it is just fine but not something i'd order again at the mail order prices.
Ingredients:spring water, cane sugar, caramel color, natural flavors, citric acid, vanilla


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Rocky Mountain Soda Co Boulder Birch Beer

August 24, 2015
Filed under: birch beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Brown Birch Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: CO, online Obtained in: sent by company
Head: Large Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 135 Sodium: 0mg
Carbs: 36g Sugar: 36g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.rockymountainsoda.com

so they changed their recipe from when i first reviewed this drink. gone is the beet sugar which they seemed quite proud of, instead replaced with cane sugar. i contacted the company to confirm and also to try to get a mixed flavor case and they were kind enough to send it to me for reviewing! very cool! i kind of hope hey changed the overall recipe of this one a bit as well. i love birch beer so I was sad that the old recipe was not so good.
perhaps I am more forgiving today but i feel like this is better. it is still harsh and very sharp but it is not terrible. it isn't good necessarily either. it seems to be a combination of the chosen 'natural flavors' being very woodsy and almost bitter along with a very rough carbonation style which make it not so great. the bubbles take over and hide the real taste if you drink it soon after opening. if you let it sit a bit, the carbonation dies down, but the flavor behind it is not so wonderful. it lacks the usual wintergreen yumminess of most birch beers. i do wish it were better. i love their label and general vibe but for me it still isn't great, sadly.
Ingredients:triple filtered water, evaporated cane sugar, natural flavors, citric acid


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Central Coast Brewing Root Beer

August 17, 2015
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 1 pint glass bottle, keg
Available: CA Obtained in: trade with Eric
Head: Huge Sweetener: sugar
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.centralcoastbrewing.com

Eric comes through yet again with a new soda! I am quite surprised this has no ingredient list, I don't think that is legal. oh well, i will trust it is not poison. it is pretty exciting, mostly in a "hey, that's different!" sort of way, that this comes in a pint size bottle. in general parlance that would mean it is very small, but in this case, a pint is much larger than the usual root beer bottle size, so it means it is jumbo sized!
I really do like the label design here with orange and maroon stripes as a background and classic font choices for the words. excellent job there. at least they reveal that it is made with real sugar on there.
now, is it worth having an extra large amount of this soda? is it a drink that I cant get enough of and need to pound down? really, no. it is fine, but just doesn't have a strong taste. if you want something to drink along with food, that is great, but as the feature it falls short. the irony is that it is very carbonated so it does grab your attention in that way, tickling your mouth all up and nearly foaming over with each drink, but then it does not hold that attention with the flavor. there is a bit of a caramel flavor in there along with some creaminess but i think the sharp carbonation overpowers it and pushes it back too much for it to be very noticeable. maybe it would be better if i let it get flat.

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Rocky Mountain Soda Co Rocky Mountain Root Beer

August 10, 2015
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: CO, online Obtained in: sent by company
Head: Medium Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 135 Sodium: 0mg
Carbs: 36g Sugar: 36g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.rockymountainsoda.com

so they have also changed the recipe of their root beer to not have beet sugar anymore. it also does not specify that it is Colorado water anymore, so who knows where the water is now coming from?! Utah? Iowa? New Jersey?! it is a mystery indeed. and now it is proclaimed 'small batch' instead of 'batch brewed' which may be more alluring somehow? otherwise they have left things mainly the same, the same ram drawing on the label, the same excellent use of metallic ink for the name and company crest.
but is the taste the same? i have no idea, how could I remember every soda I drank, 5 years ago or whatever?! geez…
this one is not bad. it is high in the licorice/anise taste but it does not control it, it is more the aftertaste you are left with. before that it is subtle. the carbonation is pretty harsh in this brew as well, much like the birch, but here it works better. I think the flavor lends itself more to that mouth feel, it compliments instead of takes away. although I prefer this drink as well after the carbonation has gone down a bunch. it has a nice herbal flavor that sets it apart and a bit higher than your standard root beers. i'd say it is as good or better than the previous incarnation.
Ingredients:triple filtered water, evaporated cane sugar, natural flavors, citric acid


Anthony's Rating: 82
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