Grown-Up Soda Root Beer

Bottle and Label: Clear bottle with simple white label. The bottle and label look like they would be at home in health food store

Ingredients: purified sparkling water, cane sugar, birch oil and other natural flavors, caramel color (from sugar), citric acid

Smell: Strong minty smell from the bottle. Also quite medicinal. After being poured the medicinal smell becomes dominant and is quite strong

Carbonation: Medium level of carbonation provides just the right amount of bite for this brew

Color: Dark brown

Head: Very foamy and long lasting head. I couldn’t pour the whole thing into my frosty mug at once or it would have overflowed. This has perhaps the longest lasting head I’ve seen on a root beer. Even minutes after being poured it shows to sign of dissipating

Flavor: Very mild flavor. Definitely is medicinal but not terribly so. Probably the least sweet tasting root beer I have ever encountered. There is also a hint of bitterness in the flavor. It is very difficult to make out other flavors

Conclusion: Grown-Up Soda Root Beer is not for everyone. In fact, it is probably not for most. This is a brew that has less calories and sugar than other brews but not because it uses artificial sweeteners. No, this brew simply uses less and it comes through in the flavor. If you like mildly sweet beverages you might like this brew (Side note- My wife said she liked that it was not super sweet). If not, you should probably skip this one. Also, it is worth noting that the label clearly states that this is “lightly sweetened” so you know it is going to be different from the start

RBR’s grade- D-

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