It took me longer than it should have to find information on this beverage. Even the website for the maker failed to load (www.cripplecreekbrewing.com). I found the name was trademarked in 2011 by Michael Lynn and then abandoned in 2012.
The root beer store has a long history, but it seems exaggerated. Other reviews claim this was an awesome beverage that changed recipes and destroyed this. One went so far as to compare ingredients on two bottles (older and new) and they were different yet the company claimed no change. Very odd history and information.
Without much history, we will dive into a review! (Click here for information on the rating criteria and a table of all the root beer tested or to be tested.)
Ingredients: Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Caramel Color, Natural And Artificial Flavors, Phosphoric Acid, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Potassium Sorbate and Molasses.
Nutrition 12 oz serving (from the bottle)
15 mg Sodium.
45g (15%) of Daily Carbohydrates
0 mg Caffeine
Aroma and Flavor – 1.25 out of 3 mugs (Docked 0.5 for HFCS)
First off, the lid almost fell off! Very little seal and it smelled sour and sappy! I was not looking forward to the first drink. When poured, the color is very light. Almost looks like cream soda.
The aroma overpowering and the taste is slight fruitiness yet sour. There was an aftertaste that was not to my liking. I could sense a cinnamon accent and the molasses as noted. Overall, the flavors are unique but do not blend well. This is more of a unique soda than a root beer. Absolutely no taste to sense I was drinking a root beer.
Head – 2.25 out of 3 mugs
This brew has an outstanding head. It was almost a downfall as it was better to drink after the head dissipated. That decreases the score slightly.
Zip – 1.25 out of 3 mugs
The carbonation is low. The blend of spices is unique yet no root beer flavor noted.
Post Consumption Impression – 1.0 out of 3 mugs
This was a unique beverage, but not a root beer. You could put root beer on a Coca Cola and iced tea blend and get the same result. It might even taste a little better!
Would I recommend this at 5.75 out of 12 mugs?
If you want a unique soda without any root beer taste, this may be for you. The very low carbonation and sour smell were to much for me and I will certainly pass on any future opportunities for the beverage.