Bottle and Label: Bottle is clear and very plain with no raised lettering. The label is unique and attests to the Hawaiian origins of this brew
Ingredients: Carbonated water, cane sugar, maui natural white cane sugar, natural flavor, caramel color, sodium benzoate (for freshness), citric acid, Hawaiian vanilla extract
Smell: Strong, traditional root beer smell with a hint of vanilla
Carbonation: moderate level of carbonation (gives the drink a little bit of bite)
Color: When poured in a glass the root beer has a very dark color
Head: Very little foam when poured into a frosted glass
Flavor: Taste is not artificial but does leave a slightly bitter aftertaste, perhaps due to the vanilla extract. The flavor is not as smooth as some other root beers. It also has a bit more bite than most because of the carbonation. It is certainly full flavored with out a hint of being watered down, but it avoids being so strong as to make it unpleasant.
Conclusion: Overall this is a solid brew, but it gets a few dings on its record. I prefer a root beer with a foamier head, slightly smoother, and without the bitter aftertaste. Still, if you like a drink that has a little bit of a kick on the end of it, this might be the one for you.
RBR’s Grade- B-