It is Joe’s Root Beer! This brew is from Joseph James Brewery in Henderson, Nevada (suburb of Las Vegas). Joseph James is a beer specialist who like many, dabble in root beer. They originated in 2008, so there is less than a decade of history. There’s very little information on them on the Internet.
So we will get right into the root beer 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, Cane Sugar, Color and natural flavors, Honey and Vanilla.
Nutrition 12 oz serving (from the bottle)
35 mg Sodium.
57g (19%) of Daily Carbohydrates
0 mg Caffeine
Aroma and Flavor – 1.5 out of 3 mugs
Upon opening the bottle, I was not thinking this would be a solid root beer. The aroma as a little more beer like as opposed to root beer. Upon the first taste it is easy to tell there is carbonated water, vanilla and honey with little else. Since these are two of the five total ingredients, that should be expected.
While pleasing, the overall flavor blend I love in a root beer is missing. While I love vanilla, not without the root flavor of a good sarsaparilla. The beverage packs a higher sodium content and is the second highest of the root beer I reviewed, albeit natural
Head – 2.5 out of 3 mugs
The head was thinks and wonderful, but was short lived. Within 30 seconds there was only a small remnant of what was near perfect.
Zip – 1.25 out of 3 mugs
This is pretty simple in ingredients. For zip, it is minimal. If they increased the carbonation, I would think I was drinking vanilla and honey favored seltzer water.
Post Consumption Impression – 1.5 out of 3 mugs
This was not terrible, but not worth another try for me.
Would I recommend this at 6.75 out of 12 mugs?
If you prefer a bland root beer, low carbonation with honey and vanilla, give it a try.