Sunday, July 5, 2015

Hosmer Mountain Sarsaparilla (#5 reviewed - Rated 9.9 of 12)

Hosmer Mountain Sarsaparilla Root Beer is produced in Easter Connecticut.  Homer Mountain Bottling Company was founded in 1912 specializing in water.  In 1958, it was purchases by Arthur J. Potvin, who tested may flavors through trial and error.  Unlike many, this is not a beer company that dabbles in soda, but all soda.  Hosmer Mountain produces over 30 flavors of soda. 

It is important to note they make more than one root beer.  They even make an energy drink called Red Lightning!  A very a diverse brand. Again, is not a root beers. This is a sarsaparilla root beer.

Ingredients: Carbonated non-chlorinated water, sugar, brown sugar, caramel color, natural and artificial flavor, citric acid, potassium benzoate and extract of sarsaparilla root.

Nutrition 12 oz. serving (from the bottle)

170 Calories
7.5 mg Sodium.
43.5 g Sugar
0 mg Caffeine

Aroma and Flavor

When you open the bottle, the aroma is not overly strong.  It has a slight caramel popcorn smell.  At first drink, I can taste the brown sugar.  It is a unique way of adding sweetness to the beverage.  While it was a little syrup like texture that was small compared to other?  Certainly not watery!  It is creamy, VERY creamy.  The unique flavor in enjoyable, although the sweetness is a little higher than I prefer. 

It scores a 2.6 out of 3 for aroma and flavor.  


This is the largest head I have seen.  Of course, this is only my fifth review, but it is very frothy.  It is not a long lasting head, which is a preference for me.  This scores the highest to date, as it is exactly the level of head I desire in a solid pour.

The score is 2.5 out of 3 for the head.


Carbonization is low to moderate.  This may be when the creamy feely is intensified.  I like moderate to high carbonization. One disappointment is how quickly the beverage started to go flat.  This is not a beverage you want to savour for an hour, but within 30 minutes, it is hard to beat.

The Score is 2.2 out of 3 for zip.  

Post Consumption Impression

Unlike many beverages, this beverage was very fulfilling and does not leave me longing for a second.  There is a hint of wintergreen and vanilla that is noted more afterward than during consumption.  I am mixed as the post consumption will cease the desire to over-consume but then again, it did not leave me longing for another.

It scores a 2.6 out of 3 for post consumption impression.  

Would I recommend this?

While this is not the first soda I would reach for, it is certainly in the top 10.  This is one that I would not enjoy regularly, but occasionally it will fill a specific void in overall quality beverage.

Overall score is a 9.9 out of 12 mugs

Other reviews:

Eric's - 4 of 5
Rob's - 9 of 10
Soda Jerks - A

1 comment:

  1. Interesting. I will give this one a try. I noticed you stated in the review this has high fructose corn syrup, but it is not listed as a n ingredient in your review.