Hippo Size brand soda was originally created in 1927 by Alamo Bottling Works of San Antonio, TX. There are many stories about the history and Alamo Bottling works. Two articles from the San Antonio Newspaper has some background. One headline was ”Soda bottle held lots, cost only a nickel” and a second named “Family business behind Hippo sodas”. Yet the bottle reads “Bottled by and under the authority of Orca Beverage Soda Works”.
Orca bottles many vintage brands including Americana, Earp’s, Dad’s, Spiffie, Brownie, Bulldog, Red Arrow, Sioux City, O-So, Anchor, and Frostie. A few of these I have reviewed or waiting for a review. I have linked those already reviewed.
So it is time for the 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, natural and artificial flavors, caramel color, extract of wintergreen and sodium benzoate.
Nutrition 12 oz. serving (from the bottle)
65 mg Sodium.
43 g (9%) of Daily Carbohydrates
0 mg Caffeine
Aroma and Flavor – 2.6 out of 3 mugs
At first opening there is a wonderful aroma which increases the anticipation. At first drink, I was not disappointed. While it was not the greatest, the higher carbonation and definite wintergreen tended to overtake the outstanding flavor mix that is creamy and soothing.
Head –1.5 out of 3 mugs
The head was very small and within 15 seconds, there was minimal indication there was ever any head at all.
Zip – 2.7 out of 3 mugs
I really like the blend of flavors. The carbonation provides an added sensation, yet not overpowering. The wintergreen is noted although there is a subtle touch of vanilla.
Post Consumption Impression – 2.4 out of 3 mugs
I really like the root beer. Although, this is higher in sodium and the higher side of sugar. Both of which generally make food (or beverage) more addicting. For that reason, I scored this 2.4 as opposed to the original 2.7.
Would I recommend this at 9.2 out of 12 mugs?
I would highly suggest you try the beverage, unless wintergreen is not to your liking.