so one day a reader pointed out to me that i had not reviewed this one, only the version they offer on tap, which is a totally different recipe. that is the spicy one, this is the vanilla & honey one. i had no idea. but i was glad to find it out. i believe i actually have had a bottle or two of this in my basement for a few years now, not even knowing it was new and different, well, not so new anymore really if it is a couple years old of course. =) when i originally reviewed that original Steelhead stuff long ago, it was made by the same people who made Bulldog. Bulldog was the bottled creamy vanilla one, Steelhead was the on tap only spicy one. but i suppose things have changed. i do wonder if this is the same formulation was Bulldog, but i doubt it.
oh wow this has a lot of honey! nice! i don’t think i have ever seen a soda that was added salt, curious. the sodium level is not all that high and it is the last ingredient so i suppose it is not too much really. the vanilla also figures very prominently in the flavor profile. these are all good things. a very sweet, smooth, creamy root beer with an excellent, albeit short lived head. the honey makes it unique, otherwise the taste is as expected. but with the yum yum honey it goes to a next level of yum. it starts off smooth and creamy but then the honey hits you and slowly fades off back to a creamy vanilla taste, all the while being excellent.
i am glad i tried this one and it is definitely different than their spicy version. although both are very good.
Anthony’s Rating: 93
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|12oz glass bottle
|CA, OR, online
|trade with Izreal
|cane sugar, honey, maltodextrin
Ingredients: carbonated water, cane sugar, honey, maltodextrin, natural and artificial flavors, sodium benzoate, real vanilla, phosphoric acid, salt