Square Root London Root Beer

January 23, 2017
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 275ml glass bottle
Available: UK

Obtained in: mail order
Head: Small Sweetener: cane sugar, beet sugar
Caffeine: No
Website: http://squarerootlondon.co.uk

Ah, another root beer from the United Kingdom! Glory glory! I have had a full range of flavors from awful to yummy to mediocre that came from over the pond so this one could be anywhere on the spectrum. this one has promise. they put a lot of energy into the label with its textured feel and botanical background. the ingredients are also very interesting and compelling. i don't think i have seen tartaric acid in a soda let alone anywhere before. let me google that thing up. ok, so it is in grapes and makes things bitter. that is not a good sign, i don't like bitter. but having two types of sweeteners before it, perhaps it balances out.
hhhmmm, i don't know how i feel about this. they claim on the label to be traditional soda, hand made in Hackney. if i were to imagine traditional, historic root beer, this is kind of what i come up with, perhaps a bit less sweet. they also describe it as "…a medicinal mix of unusual flavours." that is quite true but not the way I would put it. it is very herbal, very "natural" tasting. the licorice taste is high and the prominent note in here. but i do taste the burdock as well. the wintergreen i wouldn't notice unless it is pointed out. vanilla adds a nice little smoothness to it. so i think i do enjoy it. they do a different take on root beer, ironic as it goes back to where root beer came from. so a British drink delving into America's past to produce a unique beverage. funny.
Ingredients:carbonated water, british beet sugar, cane sugar, sarsaparilla, burdock, liquorice, tartaric acid, acacia, natural extracts (wintergreen, vanilla), caramel


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Hy-Vee Root Beer

January 16, 2017
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12 oz can
Available: IA

Obtained in: trade
Head: Small Sweetener: high fructose corn syrup
Calories: 170 Sodium: 40mg
Carbs: 42g Sugar: 42g
Caffeine: No

just when i think i have reviewed all of the store brands, along comes another one. they are not something i seek out at all these days, but if i stumble across one or i'm making a trade and that is all the other party can get that i have not had, i'll go for it. the latter was the case here.
this has to be one of the cheesiest, lowest budget design jobs i have seen. but it is a generic store brand, so i don't expect much more. you may as well go for broke if you are going for cheap.
the taste is ok. it is very much the expected taste, pretty harsh in the carbonation, syrupy sweet. suck on a root beer barrel candy and you know what this tastes like. sometimes that is what you want. not me so much, you. well, sometimes i want candy, but actually not root beer barrels too much, surprisingly. if you have drank a store brand root beer basically ever, i am sure you have had a soda that tasted much like this. it will do but that's about it.
Ingredients:carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, sodium benzoate (preservative), natural and artificial flavors, citric acid


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Jo Snow Sass! Root Beer Syrup

January 9, 2017
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: syrup
Available: IL, online

Obtained in: mailorder from company
Head: None Sweetener: dehydrated cane juice
Caffeine: No
Website: http://jpsnowsyrups.com

I found this one day online and put it on my Amazon wish list, more as a reminder to myself to go back and maybe buy it one day. But then someone bought it for me, so that's exciting. I put it with my other syrups and extracts and have been slowly making my way through them. then I noticed this will be past its "best by" date soon so it got bumped up in the queue. on the label, they say to go to their website for recipes and they also say it is "hand crafted syrup for soda pop." but no where on their site does it have a recipe for soda. therefore, i looked at their cocktail recipes and guessed how much other liquid is needed for the syrups to work. i figured about 2 to 1, seltzer to syrup. but that is too much syrup, even for me, so i toned it down more from there.
I like their label style pretty well, two colors are used in nice combinations. it feels much more like a county fair / circus type design style than a typical soda style, which is a nice change of pace.
it is a unique take on root beer, i will give it that. very rooty and herbal. there is a strong sarsaparilla flavor in there along with a good dose of ginger and something fruity. I am guessing the fruity thing is the raisins coming through. i find it kind of weird they have "natural root beer extract" as a flavor, so that could be almost anything. so yeah, it's pretty good and different. one of the better syrups i've had. i may have to try it as a snow cone or something as well, that could be very good.
Ingredients:organic evaporated cane juice, water, ginger, raisins, natural root beer extract, natural birch extract, vanilla extract, citric acid


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Tommyknocker All Natural Root Beer

January 2, 2017
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MA, MI, MN, NE, NC, ND, OH, RI, SC, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY, online

Obtained in: trade with Eric
Head: Large Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 160 Sodium: 30mg
Carbs: 43g Sugar: 42g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.tommyknocker.com/ourSoda.html

so yet again, Tommyknocker have changed their recipe. although this time it seems to be a move towards being more 'natural' and 'organic' and all of that hippy dippy stuff. which, mind you, i fully support. i was not in love with their previous two recipes, they were fine and had potential, but did not quite deliver. any root beer with maple syrup is very intriguing to me i will admit. i feel like there has to be a good way to make it work with root beer.
this is a bit better than the last iterations to my taste buds. i believe it could be due to me focusing on the maple syrup aspect of it. if i forget about that for a moment and just take a drink, it is a little less enjoyable. also, the first sip is not as good as subsequent ones. strange. if i let the flavor fully dissipate from my palette, it is again not as yummy until i take another swig soon after. at first it is very herbal, strong tastes of clove and anise, then it is more sweet, maple syrup and smooth vanilla. i don't think i've encountered a soda that does that. it also has a very long lasting foamy head, which older versions lacked. i think this is an improvement, both as far as taste and impact on the planet.
Ingredients:carbonated water, pure cane sugar, organic root beer flavor, aged organic vanilla extract, pure maple syrup, caramel color, citric acid


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