Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Earp’s Sarsaparilla - #77, 8.75 out of 12

This is a Washington State brew from orca Beverages.  The bottle depicts the representation of the gunfighter with a smoking gun drawn. He looks slight over his left shoulder with a villain like stare.  Sets the tone for a serious brew?  The bottle reads “After a hard day of gun fight’n, noting beats a real sarsaparilla”. 

The company website states:

“The ultimate retro-soda and right out of the “Old West”. If you listen just close enough to the fizz of an open Earp’s Sarsaparilla, you might be able to hear the clanking of spurs, hissing of a rattlesnake and perhaps even the sound of a stagecoach; all from a time lost to legend and folklore.  One thing that has not been lost is the Original Earp’s Sarsaparilla. Full of bite and brass, just like in the days of the Wild West, nothing quenches a dry mouth like the rich velvety taste of this true American Classic. To this day, Earp’s Sarsaparilla had no equal. And, you can get some for your own saddle bag, shipped direct to your front door.”

Ingredients:

Carbonated water, pure cane sugar, natural and artificial flavors, phosphoric acid, caramel color, sodium benzoate (a preservative).



Nutrition 12 oz. serving (from the bottle)

160 Calories
50 mg Sodium.
42 g (15%) of Daily Carbohydrates
0 mg Caffeine

Aroma and Flavor – 2.25 out of 3 mugs

Immediately upon opening, there was a real earthy aroma with a hint of licorice and mint.  At first it was odd then pleasing.  The first sip found a smooth creamy beverage that had a slight mint aftertaste that lingers.  Not unpleasant, but nice taste that almost has a touch of smoke, if that makes sense.

Head –1 out of 3 mugs  

This is a very limited head. 

Zip – 2.75 out of 3 mugs  

This has great zip with a unique blend of spices and a strong earthy taste.  Near perfect yet the sodium is high and notable.

Post Consumption Impression – 2.5 out of 3 mugs  

I liked the brew, yet a little heavy on the sodium.  May be why I felt thirsty after enjoying the brew?

Would I recommend this at 8.75 out of 12 mugs?

The score is deceiving.  The head brings this down.  It is in ranked 7th out of 77 brews based on taste only.  I would suggest you give it a try, unless you do not like the earthy tones in your beverage.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Natural Brew - #76 reviewed, 7 out of 12

Born in the summer of 1994, the brew was specially formulated to meet the consumer's need for a quality-crafted carbonated beverage. Through the use of old-fashioned micro-brewing techniques to bring out the robust flavor of all key ingredients.  It is brewed in small batches allowing the ingredients to blend together forming a full, rich flavor, free from any artificial additives or preservatives.  The root beer supposedly is made from a rich mix vanilla, anise, sarsaparilla, licorice root, birch and other flavors.


Ingredients:

Sparkling filtered water, evaporated cane juice, natural flavors, bourbon vanilla extract, anise, sarsaparilla, licorice root, birch oil, wintergreen oil, caramel color, and phosphoric acid.



Nutrition 12 oz. serving (from the bottle)

170 Calories
10 mg Sodium.
43 g (14%) of Daily Carbohydrates
0 mg Caffeine

Aroma and Flavor – 2 out of 3 mugs

The aroma is minimal and the first sip I was impressed.  That slowly evolved into confusion.  There was vanilla, yet licorice, wintergreen, possible birch with a little honey.  Hard to place this beverage into a root beer as it was not lime a flavored coke.  There is an earthy aftertaste.

Head – 1.25 out of 3 mugs  

Average head that was slow to dissipate. 

Zip – 2 out of 3 mugs  

This is a rich and full beverage.  The flavors are a little muted with the higher carbonation. 

Post Consumption Impression – 1.75 out of 3 mugs  

I liked it, but did not love it.  The more I consumed the less intrigued I became.  It really has wonderful flavors with what appears to be a Coke base.

Would I recommend this at 7 out of 12 mugs?

If you desire a full body cola, this is very good.  If you want a root beer, you may not like the brew.  I would certainly purchase this again, but very selective when I consume the brew.

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