Earp’s Original Sarsaparilla

July 22, 2013
Filed under: sarsaparillas — anthony @ 4:38 am
Type: Sarsaparilla Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: WA, online

Obtained in: mail order
Head: Small Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 160 Sodium: 50mg
Carbs: 42g Sugar: 41g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.earps.com

some relative of the famous US Marshall, Wyatt Earp, supposedly was handed down a book of recipes and junk. whether the famous guy ever actually had anything to do with that book or if it was just some other relative with the last name is unclear. so in that book was a recipe for “dinner sauce” which they realized was barbeque sauce really. they decided to go with it and try it out and soon started making it for sale. flash forward a few years and someone realizes that sarsaparilla conjures images of the old west so they may as well get some name recognition off the bat, sort of a celebrity endorsement. thus was born this beverage. it was not in the book or anything, just a joint venture between a beverage company and a barbeque company in the end.
it looks nice at least. Mike Earp (the current relative, making the soda and BBQ sauce) is in his full get up, guns swing’n and mustache waxed up in front of a sheriff badge in front of a wanted poster type thing with bullet holes in it. yes, it is very multi-layered. so they have that going for them. the taste is not so multi-layered but it is fine. nothing special really though. i don’t think i would even classify this as a sarsaparilla, it is more a root beer to me. a little sharp though so that makes it lean more to the sarsaparilla side and less to the usual creamy root beer side. it seems a little overcarbonated but that is not reflected in the foam as it has a pretty small head. whatever. that adds to the sharp feel and to the burping i am doing right now. so it is ok, no great shakes, not offensive. not taking risks like ole Wyatt used to, but this is a calmer time, full of law men watching our every move, best to stay under the radar.
Ingredients:carbonated water, pure cane sugar, natural and artificial flavors, phosphoric acid, caramel color, sodium benzoate (a preservative)


Anthony’s Rating: 81
User’s Rating: 73
# of ratings:2

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3 Comments for this post

 
rick b Says:

This is ok, not much flavor, kind of watery and a very faint wintergreen after taste.

I gave it 50 out of 100

 
is Says:

I too thought this one was just decent. I gave it an 82 because it did have a nice sharp flavor – yet the carbonation needs to be fixed. All in all, it is not bad.

 
Dan Says:

Not bad, I'll give it a 75. I get a strong liquorice or maybe it's Anise flavor. Could use more carbonation cause it has no bite. Smells delicious and no weird after taste. Very good overall.

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