Sioux City Sarsaparilla

I keep forgetting that Sioux City switched to cane sugar a few years back, so it was a good thing I checked all the sodas at Rocket Fizz when I went there. this Sioux City Sarsaparilla was a nice surprise of a soda to review once again. it was just over 24 years ago that I reviewed the old recipe so really about time to try it again anyway. I used to see this soda and the whole Sioux City line pretty often in grocery stores and also pizza and sub places and such but they seem to have lost some market share. or maybe I just have taken less note of it as it became more of a fixture and not a unique sight. in any case, I recall this being rather tasty which begs the question of why I really never get it those times I did see it. they proclaim themselves “the granddaddy of all root beers” which is kind of funny as they make a root beer as well, so this would be its ancestor. although this way it lets people unfamiliar with the concept of sarsaparilla know what to expect.
yup, this is rather yummy! not super yummy fantastic amazing, but it will definitely fulfill a craving. it is very sweet, I mean 42 grams of sugar, so it better be! the taste is good, not quite as “rooty” and hearty as I’d hope for in a sarsaparilla. when you proclaim yourself “the granddaddy” I would expect something more traditional and old school style, not exactly this more new taste with high sweetness and rather big carbonation. the pops that are good but not great are often the hardest to write about, they are solid and won’t really disappoint but they don’t jump out at you too much either. I would buy this again, given the usual choices at my supermarket if it was there, or if I was having a couple slices at the local pizzeria or something like that.

Anthony’s Rating: 81
User’s Rating: 80
# of ratings:6

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Type: Sarsaparilla Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: everywhere

Obtained in: Rocket Fizz
Head: Medium Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 170 Sodium: 45mg
Carbs: 42g Sugar: 42g
Caffeine: No

Ingredients: carbonated water, pure cane sugar, caramel color, sodium benozate (preservative), citric acid, sodium benzoate (a preservative), natural & artificial flavor.

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1 Comment

  1. cherryflv817 says:

    Not bad, but not really remarkable. Tastes like a standard root beer like Mug or A&W. Pretty sweet and not that rooty.

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