Americana Microcrafted Cream Style Root Beer

September 30, 2000
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:10 pm
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: discontinued

Obtained in: mail from popsoda.com
Head: Medium Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 160 Sodium: 75mg
Carbs: 43g Sugar: 38g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://orcabeverage.com

they only brew 600 gallons at a time, they say. which seems like a lot. but hey, i am no brewer so i dunno how big a batch of regular soda would be. also contains a bunch of wacky things like Extracts of Vanilla, Licorice, Sassafras Root Bark (does a root have a bark?!), and Aracia Extract. the licorice is very subtle, but there if you really pay attention i suppose. overall the root beer is pretty good though. one of those "sippin root beers" really, where the flavor does not hit you until you put the bottle down. creamy. pretty smooth. i approve. carry on.
Ingredients:carbonated water, cane sugar, caramel color, extracts of vanilla, licorice, sassafras root bark, citric acid, natural flavors, acacia extract, sodium benzoate (preserves freshness)


Anthony's Rating: 85
User's Rating: 79
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Anchor Ginger Root Beer

December 16, 2013
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: WA, online

Obtained in: trade with Eric
Head: Small Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 170 Sodium: 40mg
Carbs: 43g Sugar: 43g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://orcabeverages.com

woo hoo! review #600!!! 17 years later. =) i wonder if 17 years from now i will be at 1200. if i keep up my current pace of one a week then i will reach 1000 in early 2022 and 1200 in 2026, so somewhat quicker, 12.5 years or so. i have my doubts that i will reach that total but i sure hope so. very good, on with the show!
at the moment i have about 10 sodas in queue to review, i keep 4 or so in the fridge at most times and when i am ready for a review i grab whichever one appeals most to me at that moment. i try to take into account if i have done a lot of one kind of review lately or not. if i have done lots of birch beers lately i will try to mix in a root beer or whatever. you get the idea. so today i went running at lunch time. but before that there was free pizza and i, being the hungry fellow i am, had 2 slices of pretty good bruschetta pizza. i usually follow the rules about not eating before exercise but i thought i had waited long enough. so the upshot of this is that my belly started to feel a bit weird after my 4th half mile sprint so i packed it in shortly after that. when it came time to chose a brew, the ginger one jumped out at me. ginger of course helps with tummy issues.
i have been looking forward to this soda. i have mentioned before that if i did not review root beers and the like i would chose ginger sodas to put under my microscope. i like them. i enjoy ginger. heck, i married a ginger and have two ginger children even. i am quite curious how the worlds of ginger and root beer will meet in this case.
i like it. quite a bit. but i am not sure i would say it is a root beer. but then again, ginger is a root and here it is made into a soft drink beer, so i will go with it. it is definitely very ginger. not as spicy as a strong ginger beer but more so than a ginger ale. heavier than a ginger ale too. there is a bit of a traditional root beer taste that comes in at the end, a kind of creamy mellow-ness that works very well. of the many root beer combos out there, caramel, butterscotch, cherry, etc, i think this one works the best. the carbonation level is perfect, it is there but not overwhelming or controlling the mouth feel too much. this deserves to be in the upper levels of root beers and i will have to get more if i ever see it myself.
Ingredients:carbonated water, cane sugar, natural & artificial flavors, caramel color, phosphoric acid, sodium benzoate (a preservative)


Anthony's Rating: 97
User's Rating: 94
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Angus O’Neil’s Root Beer

June 6, 2016
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 375 ml glass bottle
Available: Australia

Obtained in: trade with Eric
Head: Medium Sweetener: sugar
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.slades.com.au/

now here is a soda I have been after for years! as has the good doctor and he finally gave in and ordered some, then, very very kindly traded a bottle of it to me. you have to love the camaraderie in the root beer reviewing world! we help each other out. well, mostly. getting any of the many Australian or New Zealand sodas that are out there is always a huge triumph. in part because most companies are unwilling to even try to ship them and also because it is so crazy expensive to ship filled glass bottles across oceans and giant landmasses. this is actually made by Slade Beverages currently from an over 100 year old recipe and named after the son of Frederick O'Neil who founded a table ale bottler from North Fitzroy. my experiences with Australian sodas has mostly been good so I am always excited to try more. they seem to go for a much more licorice and generally herbal taste than their US counterparts.
i like their bottle, all short and stout, it is unusual and set it apart very well. again though, i think this size is more common in Australia, from my very limited knowledge of such things.
let's pop the top and see how this one is… yes indeed, very licorice heavy! whoa! very nice! the sarsaparilla taste is also very prominent. those two tastes take over and the caramel and vanilla notes are really only noticeable on the aftertaste. this is not a soda one should just pound down. at least I hope not. one should take their time with this one, enjoying the flavors as they develop on your pallet. I really enjoy the more complex and herbal sodas when they are pulled off well. and this one does it excellently. something like Bundaberg goes a little too far, but they taste is pretty similar to this, if I were to reference a more readily available soda. this is reasonably sweet as well, and that balances the more herbal, heartiness of the brew well. i definitely enjoyed it greatly.
Ingredients:carbonated water, sugar, sarsaparilla flavor, licorice extract, ginger extract, vanilla, caramel (150), citric acid (330), preservative (211)


Anthony's Rating: 95
User's Rating: 0
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Antiqology Root Beer

November 21, 2016
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: IN

Obtained in: bought from store
Head: Large Sweetener: cane sugar
Caffeine: No
Website: http://antiqology.com/

So Antiqology is a store in Indiana that carries lots of fun stuff, old things, new things that appear old, new things that are obviously new, unusual things of all eras, and ice cream and many bottled sodas. they had a special celebration in the summer of 2015 called 'Heritage Days' for which they had this special edition of soda made. when i head about it, i immediately contacted the store. they were kind enough to sell me some of it and ship it off to me as well! what good people. i really enjoy the design here, it has some of a 50s sort of feel to it with the old microphone (although I have no idea why that is on there), the fonts used and the general style and feel of it, with the faded colors and so on. yet it bothers me a bit that there is no 'u' after the 'q.' i felt it should be 'Antiquology' not 'Antiqology' but that is just me maybe.
after drinking this a bit, my first comment is that this has the longest lasting head of any soda in recent memory. it just stays there, all foamy and junk. it is not a good or bad thing, just a thing to note. also, as i drink more of this, the flavor seems to have completely changed. at first it was kind of harsh and pretty herbal. now, about halfway through, it is quite creamy and smooth, the harshness gone entirely. that is quite weird. the later taste is a bit more pleasant, yetit becomes sort of generic with that switcheroo. it was more unique at first. a little less pleasant but sometimes i prefer unique to pleasant.
Ingredients:carbonated water, pure cane sugar, caramel color, natural & artificial flavors, sodium benzoate (preservative)


Anthony's Rating: 81
User's Rating: 0
# of ratings:0

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Appalachian Brewing Co Rootbeer

July 21, 2008
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 7:42 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle, On Tap
Available: PA

Obtained in: mailed from reader
Head: Small Sweetener: cane sugar, honey
Calories: 180 Sodium: 40mg
Carbs: 44g Sugar: 44g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://abcbrew.com

a very kind fellow sent this to me after seeing i had not reviewed it. actually i did not even know they bottled it, so it was a very thrilling day when the offer was made. and even better when it actually arrived in one piece on my doorstep.
i don't quite get why a small brewery would not have settled on a sweetener so they have to put "corn syrup AND/OR sugar" or whatever. is it one or the other or both? i know there are a good amount of people who avoid corn syrup, so it would behoove them to not have that stuff in there.
but besides that, this is one excellent brew! the flavor is a refreshing herbal mix that i just can't drink down quickly. i must take small tastes and try to figure out just what i am having. well, i don't have to do that, i could just drink it and know it is great each time i take a swallow. yet i want to savor it. i cannot really make out the honey though i must admit. the sweetness level is a bit lower than the sodas i usually like a lot which surprises me. it is still sweet but rather subdued in that aspect. that herbal flavor mentioned above is unusual. other sodas seem to try to achieve this taste but most do not do so as well as this one. i will definitely have to go out to PA to get more of this stuff sometime!

UPDATE: they DON'T use corn syrup in any form anymore!! hooray!! the labels have been updated and all is well in the world. or at least better than it was. carry on. good work ABC!
good work Appalachian Brewing Co!
Ingredients:filtered and carbonated brewery water, high fructose corn syrup and/or pure granulated sugar, honey, natural and artificial flavorings, citric acid and sodium benzoate (a preservative)


Anthony's Rating: 97
User's Rating: 93
# of ratings:38

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Arizona Root Beer Float

December 2, 1996
Filed under: other reviews,root beers — anthony @ 8:28 pm
Type: Other Comes In: 20oz glass bottle
Available: discontinued

Obtained in: convience store, South Bound Brook, NJ
Head: Tiny Sweetener: high fructose corn syrup
Caffeine: No

i dunno what they are trying to pull here really but this kinda totally sucks. i had it once a while ago and recalled it as being ok, but now that i have found it again (not an easy feat, mind you!!), i remember that it stunk and that i threw it out. yeh, so this is not very good at all. it has this terrible second taste to it that is awful. kinda bitter, kinda just harsh. try it maybe or get some of their good flavors.

Anthony's Rating: 18
User's Rating: 44
# of ratings:66

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Avery’s Root Beer

January 18, 2008
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:52 pm
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: CT, online

Obtained in: trade with Jon
Head: Small Sweetener: corn sweetener, sugar
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.averysoda.com

i found out about this company probably a year or two ago. as i drive through Connecticut a couple times a year i figured i would make a side trip at some point and go to their bottling works. but i have not yet done so. thus when this root beer was offered up as part of my big trade with Jon, i picked it. nonetheless i will still go up with to get the rest of their soda line as they have a birch beer and sarsaparilla as well as a diet root and diet birch. so for four new sodas to try, it is definitely worthwhile!
i like the style of this brand too, very old-timey and cool. all of the labels are the same and flavors are distinguished by the bottle caps which also have the ingredient list.
the beverage as a whole though is good. but it does not do a ton for me. yeah, it is tasty and superior to your big market, mass produced soda, but it does not really set itself apart. this could be one of about 10 sodas in a blind taste test. that is not really a bad thing mind you, yet i am trying to distinguish sodas from each other a bit more. there is a very distinct lack of any head or foam although the carbonation level is good. the sweetness level is good, not overly done. flavor-wise, like i have been saying, it is good but i can't get any more descriptive than shrugging and saying "yup, it is a very yummy root beer." i would definitely get more as i do like it. i think this review came off as bad but there is no reason not to drink this instead of 95% of the root beers out there.
Ingredients:carbonated water, sugar or corn syrup sweetener, caramel color, artificial and natural flavors, citric acid, gum acacia, preserved with sodium benzoate


Anthony's Rating: 90
User's Rating: 85
# of ratings:9

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B&S Soda Pop Chili Rootz #45

December 1, 2010
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 1:54 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 16oz glass bottle
Available: MO

Obtained in: special mail order from company
Head: Large Sweetener: sugar
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.getrealfoodcompany.com/

ok, so since the first B&S Soda Pop i had was seeming to lack in flavor, i thought i would turn this bottle over a couple times gently to get the flavor mixed in better. bad idea. i am lucky this is a thick glass bottle as there is some serious carbonation going on inside of this bad boy. every minute or so i open the top a little and let some of it out but it has been a while now and it still is ready to overflow with foam. so i have yet to taste it. i am a bit apprehensive anyway i suppose. i like a little bit of heat in food, occasionally, but not serious spiciness. and a chili pepper infused root beer promises to have some real kick to it. i have been told by the makers that this does not have the heat of the chili though, just the flavor. this is not on purpose mind you, they do want the spice in there too. so if you get anything other than batch 20101001 you may get spiciness. there is also a large chili floating near the top now. it may have been there before the near explosion, but i just couldn't see it. now i can since it leaked all over my desk when i first opened it unknowingly and couldn't close the stopper quickly enough. that pepper makes me think the makers may be joshing me and it will indeed be packing some heat.
ok, this is getting crazy, it has been at least 10 minutes and i still can't open it long enough to get a drink. it is slowing down a lot though so perhaps soon i can try it. this one was also in the fridge for an extra week, so maybe that resulted in more carbonation even though it should not have. ok, i am going in.
they lied, this has a serious kick! whoa. holy guacamole! if you ever wanted to try a chili flavored soda, here you go. really i don't taste much of anything else here, just chili pepper. you know, i like spicy ginger beers, but this brings it to another level. it is a weird experience, a drink this spicy. usually i drink things to quell the spice. there is no way i could chug this. which is fine. a sippin' soda is good too. but to have to wait a couple minutes between sips because my mouth is still rockin is a bit much. i am not saying it is bad at all or that i don't like it, as i do, but it is not awesome. it is different for sure. interesting indeed. really tasty, not so much. would i get it again? probably not. but i am very glad i got it this once. i gace some to a couple of my co-workers who love chili and put them in many things and they said it was not spicy at all. hhhmm, i still think it is. it burns me. well, at least i can't say that this soda is lacking in flavor…
Ingredients:filtered water, sugar. natural flavors…


Anthony's Rating: 72
User's Rating: 0
# of ratings:0

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B&S Soda Pop Rootz #45

November 14, 2010
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 4:27 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 16oz glass bottle
Available: MO

Obtained in: special mail order from company
Head: Small Sweetener: sugar
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.getrealfoodcompany.com/

wow, this is a very eagerly anticipated soda for me. i had found out about it the people behind it and immediately knew i had to try some of their drinks. they make this, their basic root beer, as well as several variations on it. i was able to get the chili root beer also so expect a review of that soon. hopefully i can get some of their coffee and chocolate root beers also soon. we shall see. the tricky part is that they yeast carbonate. as you may or may not know, yeast carbonated when the drink is at room temperature. and you allow it to do its work for about 2 or 3 days or so, then refrigerate it to stop the process. thus they basically have to send it immediately after bottling so that the time in transit allows for carbonation. i would think there must be a way to stop it otherwise, as Fentiman's does it as well as other home brewers. also, being straight edge myself, i was hesitant to try it as the yeast does produce a slight amount of alcohol. after talking to the brewers some, they showed me that 7-Up actually has more alcohol from the ethanol in the flavoring than their soda. ok, so i am onboard with this.
the yeast carbonation definitely adds a unique type of bubble, smoother, smaller, not as sharp and harsh for sure. the taste though, i am not too excited about. it is rather subtle, not too upfront, perhaps weak? i did get two bottles of this one so hopefully the other one will be stronger. what is there i like. it is different. i am trying to put my finger on it but it is tough. i would say it is "hearty" and "hardy" both. i suppose it is a little yeasty but not very much. it comes across as more "root"-y than most other root beers. i feel more like i am drinking something authentic and natural. i enjoyed it for the change of pace but it is not as wonderful as i had hoped it might be.
Ingredients:filtered water, sugar, natural flavors…


Anthony's Rating: 80
User's Rating: 0
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B-K Root Beer

July 24, 2005
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 2:33 pm
Type: Root Beer Comes In: On Tap
Available: IN

Obtained in: Wabash, IN
Head: Small Sweetener: unknown
Caffeine: No

I was driving between destinations in Indiana when I passed by this sign. for a moment i considered whether i had time to stop for some soda and if i would even be BK Root Beer or the sign was just old. of course i realized i had to stop so i turned around and went back, pulled in. it looks like they should have car hop service but they don't anymore, which is fine by me. so i go inside and try to order some soda and food. after waiting for a good 15 minutes and someone in the back looking at me at least 10 times, they come out and take my order and i get some root beer. the brew was pretty decent. the carbonation level was very low as was the foamy head, barely any of either to speak of. the flavor had a slightly bitter taste while being a bit too sweet also. i know, a weird combo. it actually tasted somewhat unusual, so they get points for that. try it out.

Anthony's Rating: 80
User's Rating: 76
# of ratings:10

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