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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!

 
 

Pure Sodaworks Root Beer #4

May 2, 2016
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: TN Obtained in: trade with Brad
Head: Medium Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 150 Sodium: 0mg
Carbs: 36g Sugar: 35g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.puresodaworks.com

this one is another result of a trade with Brad. I had heard of this company but had not tried too hard to obtain the root beer. so when it was offered to me, i figured i may as well jump on it instead of ordering a case or bothering them to try to send me samples to review.
i like natural stuff as you probably wouldn't have guessed from me reviewing pretty un-natural sodas for nearly 20 years. i love when i find a really good product that happens to be natural. i hope this falls into that catagory and not into the much larger vile product probably because it is natural.
the label is different. i get a Willy Wonka vibe from it for some reason, perhaps the swirly background reminds me of the weird videos shown during the boat scene or maybe just because Wonka bars had a background not unlike that if my memory served me right, which it often does not. the color is a bit unusual for a root beer, a much lighter brown than what is expected. that is fine by me, keep it natural, no need for artificial colors or even caramel color really. there is also stuff floating in it, which they do warn about on the label and also there is nothing wrong with, just different so i point it out.
on first sip, or if i wait a while between drinks for my tongue to reset, this tastes very cinnamon to me. it is quite spiced in a good way. and sweet, but also in a good way, not too much. but it does have a bit of a sour note in there too which i am not a huge fan of. it has a decent head and carbonation which surprised me a bit, often natural sodas do not. it does not taste like another other root beer i have had, and that is saying something. does that make it bad as a root beer? i say no. i like it. i don't love it but it is a good take on root beer and different than any other take has been so that is a tricky thing. i would get more if i could do so easily.
Ingredients:sparkling water, pure cane sugar, molasses, herbs and spices, citric acid


Anthony's Rating: 80
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Grown-Up Soda Dry Root Beer

April 25, 2016
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: online Obtained in: trade with Brad
Head: Large Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 95 Sodium: 10mg
Carbs: 24g Sugar: 24g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://drinkgus.com

strangely i have seen every other flavor of GUS soda, but never the root beer. eventually I gave up and traded for it with the resourceful Brad. I come into this a bit biased as i have seen reviews of this drink from a couple other websites and none seemed to like it at all. plus they proclaim it "not too sweet" right there on the label. if you have read this site at all before you know i like sweet stuff, often the sweeter the better. but i will keep an open mind here, but with low expectations.
the label fits in with the more natural sodas, and since this is 100% natural, that makes sense. it is mainly white with an image of birch tree branches and vanilla bean pods along with a flower, leaf and something else i don't recognize. they say it has clove also but nothing there looks like clove to me, although i have never seen a clove plant to know if it has distinctive leaves or flowers so i could be wrong. it is an ok label. not bad, not incredible, but well done for what it is.
i am very surprised at the head on this drink. it is rather large and it lasts a very long time. so it tastes… not horrible. as i said, my bar was very low but this is not the worst drink i have had. it is down there among the bad ones, for me at least. yes, it is too lightly sweetened but that could work if it were not so harsh and bitter otherwise. yes, harsh and bitter. it just is not a smooth, nice drink, it fills my taste buds with the wrong combination of stuff. the birch is there a bit and more the dominant flavor than is usual with a root beer, but it does not have the nice wintergreen smoothness of a birch beer. the vanilla is much more a way in the back flavor which i only really notice for an instant when i first sip it. it is then mauled up and overtaken by the harsh other stuff. maybe it is clove, maybe it is something else, but whatever it is, i don't approve. if this is growing up, count me out. first star to the left and straight on til morning!
Ingredients:purified sparkling water, cane sugar, birch oil and other natural flavors, caramel color (from sugar), citric acid


Anthony's Rating: 25
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Raccoon River Brewing Co Root Beer

April 18, 2016
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: On Tap
Available: IA Obtained in: trade with Vince in IA
Head: Medium Sweetener: unknown
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.raccoonbrew.com/index.html

Another huge thanks to Vince in Iowa for trading this to me! Even bigger now that he has told me they decided to close for business shortly. What great timing! Although it looks like a cool place, almost 20 years old now, so it is a real shame they are closing down. Well, in the meantime, let's see how their root beer is…
well, it is fine. pretty run of the mill which is tricky to write about. it isn't bad so I can't complain. it isn't awesome so I can't rave and point out the wonderful qualities. but i can say it is what you expect when you order a root beer at a restaurant. there is a good amount of vanilla to make it smooth and creamy along with the proper flavor of herbs and spices, either naturally or artificially generated. it has some caramel notes in there too. so it is a nice balance of sweet and sharp with the herbs to merge the two.
since they are going away, I feel like I should drink the whole growler. perhaps I shall eventually, but for now I will seal it up again and finish this review off.

Anthony's Rating: 76
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Rock Island Brewing Co Pumpkin Spice Root Beer

April 11, 2016
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: NY Obtained in: Long Island somewhere
Head: Small Sweetener: honey, sucrose, maltodextrin, dextrose, glucose syrup
Calories: 192 Sodium: 30mg
Carbs: 46g Sugar: 46g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.rockislandsoda.com

At long last! This company's sodas have always been just out of reach. well, not really I guess. they are located not that far from me, an hour and a half or so but it was too far to just go there and back for no other reason yet not so far that i could justify mail ordering some of it. but i found a couple of other breweries in the general area and made a little road trip out of it with my friend Michael. our first attempt to but this failed as the store was closed but we located another place close by and verified they were open and had the sodas!
this is the first pumpkin spiced root beer i have ever had. or heard of. i do like pumpkin spice things so this could work. maybe it will be the next flavored root beer trend, like butterscotch seems to be right now. i am amazed at how this has FIVE different sweeteners. wow. when i was a kid I was allergic to corn, so i know "dextrose" is probably just corn syrup, but no one wants to say that. they also list the serving size as 8oz, so the bottle is 1.5 servings. i have never seen that on a 12oz bottle before. it makes the calories and sugar content seem lower, which i guess is their intention.
ok, yeah, this taste works. the two parts, root beer and pumpkin spice really merge well together yet you can taste both things distinctly. it is creamy with a nice vanilla base but on top of that, the nutmeg and allspice make themselves well known. the cinnamon kicks in a little later, strongly. i was worried it would have an artificial seeming pumpkin taste but it comes off as pretty natural. this is probably not an everyday root beer at all, but for the occasional thing to add variety, it is definitely good. i hope they make more unusual flavors in the future. or someone else does.
Ingredients:carbonated water, glucose syrup, maltodextrin, raw honey, natural & artificial flavors, sodium benzoate (preservative), phosphoric acid, quillaia extract, sodium chloride, sucrose, dextrose, soy, caramel color, vanilla


Anthony's Rating: 92
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