Phantom Ales Root Beer

July 9, 2018
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 7:35 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: On Tap
Available: CA

Obtained in: trade with Sagi
Head: Medium Sweetener: unknown
Caffeine: No
Website: https://phantomales.com/

I do not know how some people find so many new root beers. I mean, I think I am pretty dedicated and always on the hunt at least somewhat. but some people out there, such as the root beer tracker himself, Sagi. i had no idea this existed until it showed up on my doorstep direct from the man himself.
i am a fan of this place already, bottling in these smaller size bottles instead of a giant growler or even half growler is the best thing i have seen in years. kudos to you for that Phantom Ale people. in addition to the giant kudos for making a root beer at all.
i am enjoying this soda as well. it is different. and by that i mean it tastes almost like molasses soda. and i like that. yeah, it still has root beer flavors along with the molasses but it is very much dominated by the molasses. the carbonation is reasonably low but there and actually pleasant, adding to the experience, not taking away by being harsh or distracting. they have done a very fine job on this one. it is exactly what i would hope every brewery would so when offering a root beer, make something distinct and not just a root beer extract mixed up and carbonated, offered in a great package.

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Lift Bridge Brewery Root Beer

July 2, 2018
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: On Tap, 16oz can
Available: MN, online

Obtained in: mailorder from amazon
Head: Sweetener: cane sugar, honey
Calories: 182 Sodium: 30mg
Carbs: 45g Sugar: 42g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://liftbridgebrewery.com/

so this might be the best valentine's day gift ever. it is definitely up there in the rankings, i will tell you that. yes, my awesome girlfriend got me a case of this brew for valentine's day! be jealous, be very jealous! i was super duper excited to find out that they started canning this and even more exciting when i was presented with it in present form. i am curious why they decided to go for cans over bottles, but either way, i do not care too much. the heft and feel of glass is nice, but a can is better than nothing. and a 16 oz can is unusual indeed. i think i have only seen one other root beer in such a package, but for the life of me i cannot recall what it was.
they are very much going for the 50s/60s drive in style feel in the art. i approve, it is different and fun, well done as well. i especially like the areas where the silver of the can shines through. plus you get three different kinds of acid in the ingredients! how exciting is that?!
the real thing that matters though is if the soda is any good. this is. i mean, it really really really tastes just like root beer barrel candies with a sharp carbonation. it is kind of licorice tasting but very much a pretty standard root beer flavor going on here. it is sharp, not really too smooth, so depending on your preference, that may not strike your fancy right.
Ingredients:carbonated water, pure cane sugar, caramel color, natural & artificial flavors, honey, phosphoric acid, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, citric acid, and ascorbic acid


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Hansen’s Natural Creamy Root Beer

June 25, 2018
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12 oz can
Available: everywhere

Obtained in: Bound Brook, NJ
Head: Large Sweetener: sugar
Calories: 170 Sodium: 0mg
Carbs: 45g Sugar: 45g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.hansens.com

hhhmmm, the ingredients are the same as those of their soda of the same name that i reviewed 17 years ago. yet the nutritional info is different so it kind of has to be a different drink. i am thinking they re-formulated but liked the old stuff, just in different proportions. well, i think it is different, hence this new review. in any case, i have not had any of the old one since i initially reviewed it so i am coming at this pretty new anyhow.
huh, this actually isn't terrible. for a natural root beer it is in fact rather tasty. for a soda in general it is even alright. huh indeed. the wintergreen is noticeable as are the birch and sassafras. the vanilla is in the back but you know it is there if you pay attention. the anise though i don't really detect. there is a strong sharp ending / after taste which sort of morphs from a harsh carbonation issue to a lingering tongue tingle. i will admit i like that end result although the initial sharpness is not the best thing. so yeah, if you want a natural soda, this could be the one for you. i wish it did not have caramel color personally but can't win em all i suppose.
Ingredients:pure triple filtered carbonated water, sugar, caramel color, natural spices of wintergreen, birch, anise, sassafras, Tahitian vanilla extract, citric acid


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Chowning’s Tavern Root Beer

June 18, 2018
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: VA

Obtained in: Delray, FL
Head: Medium Sweetener: sugar, honey
Calories: 170 Sodium: 35mg
Carbs: 42g Sugar: 42g
Caffeine: No

this may very well be the current version of Dominion Root Beer but i haven't purchased that one in quite a long time so i will just assume it is not. it is probably the same thing as Hard Times Root Beer as the ingredients are the same yet i was told this is a unique recipe for them so i will go with that. most likely they lied to me though. but hey, i need some more new sodas so i will just trust the colonial people. anyway, this soda is made for the restaurant in Colonial Williamsburg by Dominion. If you have never been to Colonial Williamsburg, it is pretty much the Disney World of colonial recreation places. it is a pretty large town with people performing all of the jobs and pretending to live life as it was in colonial times. granted i have not been there in a good 30 years or so myself, but it is rather fun. blacksmiths, farmers, coopers all operate alongside kids rolling hoops, ladies dipping candles and churning butter and other such things. i will have to bring my kids one day.
so the soda you ask? well, the label is fun and sort of old time, with a pen and ink illustration of a fellow trying to uncork a bottle of what i assume to be root beer. he seems to only have two fingers and some rocking fingerless gloves on as well as a fine hat and tunic of sorts. he is very engrossed in the task at hand. very nice.
oh, how does it taste? smooth, sweet and pretty solid. the honey is there and makes itself known but doesn't take over, which is a nice thing, although i do love honey so i don't mind when it is stronger. the balance between honey tasting and overly syrupy sweet though is a tough line to tread so it is best to just avoid such matters. there is a little bit of spice in the mix that adds to the yum and the vanilla keeps it creamy and makes it go down cleanly. it is a good root beer, verging on great, but it really does come across similar to many others, even besides the two mentioned above that probably are it.
Ingredients:carbonated water, sugar, honey, root beer extract #214, root beer extract #79-400, citric acid, sodium benzoate – a preservative, yucca, vanilla


Anthony's Rating: 87
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