the second of the Hippo Size beverages i have sampled. hopefully it stacks up well against the birch beer which was reasonably solid.
again, proclaiming it “Since 1927” is quite misleading in my mind as it was not made for a good quarter century or so between when it started and when it was revived by Orca. oh well, just my personal grippe i suppose. otherwise i like the label. it talks of its huge flavor/taste a lot, called it ‘BIG’, ‘GARGANTUAN’ and ‘Texas size.’ that is all well and good, but is it so?
it is pretty flavorful actually. on the occasions when i have made root beer from extracts and accidentally used too little water and thus too much ‘flavor’ it did taste similar to this. i was thinking the wintergreen extract in here might be the big, main flavor as it is listed separately but it is not, it just hides in the background, giving the taste a little extra kick and oomph. otherwise it may have come off as more of a birch beer. which is a fine thing, but as they already have a birch beer, it is unnecessary. the flavor besides the wintergreen is very sweet and smooth. there is a real lack of head or carbonation in general. i am actually surprised there is not more sugar content in here. getting beyond the sweetness is a touch of vanilla and a few herbs with the wintergreen on top. i enjoy it but it is actually a little too sweet for me. my thirst is not quite gargantuan enough for this one i suppose. maybe i am more yak size than hippo size or something. buffalo maybe?
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|Type:||Root Beer||Comes In:||12oz glass bottle|
|Available:||WA, online||Obtained in:||mailorder|
Ingredients: carbonated water, cane sugar, natural and artificial flavors, caramel color, extract of wintergreen, sodium benzoate (a preservative)