Mar 022016

Growler of Sonoran Root BeerSeal of Approval Another growler review! It’s been so long I bet you thought I didn’t do those anymore. Well I do. I just haven’t had anyone get me brews from in a growler. Draft is more fun if you can get it. Sonoran has been on my radar for a long while, but then they stopped bottling for some reason. Some root beer friends of mine had promised to send me some with a trade but held off for a long time, hoping that it would return to its bottled glory. Over a year passed, and it never returned. So they filled this growler for me and sent it my way. I was worried, because they waited a week to send it. I’d never had a growler older than four days before. Would it would be flat and ruined? Would it taste stale? What’s the fresh life on a growler anyhow?

The Body is sweet and spicy and caramely with some vanilla. There’s something a little off about it though. It’s got a good Bite as well, nice and spicy and even some carbonation despite being from a growler. I don’t rate the Head from a growler, but my first glass still had a decent one. I’m impressed. The Aftertaste is more caramel and vanilla, with a hint of wintergreen. There’s a little something funny that pops up, it may just be that it’s old brew, but it disappears quickly.

Wow, yum, yummy and not ruined at all by being so old. Two weeks may not be that long after all. It even had the best Head of any growler brew I’ve ever had, even though I don’t give points for that. Silly me for worrying, they knew what they were doing all along. Finally a growler review that I can give a Seal of Approval. I can only imagine how this would be fresh out of the tap. Definitely get it if you can.

4 kegs

Feb 032016

Point Premium Root Beer BottleSeal of ApprovalMy sister first bought this for me when I was at BYU. I had a four pack and put it in the back of the fridge on the top shelf until I was ready to review it a few days later. When I dug it out I noticed that the bottles had frozen, burst their seals, and had leaked root beer below. It was a total loss. I went back to the store she bought them from and they weren’t there. It would be months before I finally found this again. Their big gimmick is that their founder, Nicholas C. Point, had some sort of pointy head or hair or something. Though, they only talk about that on the back of the label. Going by the photo, he also has a pure white chin so I don’t know why they didn’t go with White Chin Premium Root Beer. Ol’ Nic was probably sensitive about the whole albino chin and poked people who mentioned it with his pointy noggin. After while they got the “point” and focused on what he was proud of. They talk up their using the “finest sugars” but the ingredients lists that as “cane sugar and/or fructose corn sweetener”. More importantly though, is the use of honey. As an aside, this brew is made near where my great grandparents settled when they first emigrated to the US. Now, back to the point of this review.

The point of this root beer is a delicious, sweet Body with all the right stuff, a medium frothy Head that sticks around for awhile, a nice but not very spicy Bite, and a pleasant Aftertaste of vanilla and honey.

Yup, I love this stuff. They have earned the right to call it Premium Root Beer. The label boasts the Beverage Tasting Institute’s Gold Medal Winner, but I’ll one up that with Eric’s Seal of Approval. It is clear that when the standards for good root beer were laid down, they didn’t miss the point. See how it rates against other root beers.

4 kegs

Dec 232015

Harpoon Root Beer BottleSeal of ApprovalOne day as I’m checking my special, root beer email account, I get a message out of nowhere from a fellow named Jake, asking me if I wanted to try Harpoon Root Beer from the Harpoon Brewery and he could send me a sample if I did. Now this is what I need more of in my inbox, every single day. It’s pretty much the litmus test on whether or not it’s a great day. “Have you received an unsolicited offer to sample gourmet root beer today?” “Yes? Then today is a GREAT day!” Sadly, when I got said root beer, the seals on the bottles had broken. That put me in the awkward position of having to send them an email saying that while their root beer smelled really good I couldn’t actually drink it because it broke in transit and could they please send me some more. Luckily, they were good natured sorts so they sent me some more. This time the brews were intact.

The Body is rich and creamy, full of all the essential flavors. It has got so much of them that it is a little syrupy, but I like that. You can taste the lack of preservatives. The body is accompanied by a mild Bite that just tingles the tongue a bit. The Head is weak, sadly, but frothy and doesn’t just fizz away. The Aftertaste is creamy and rich as well but doesn’t linger too long.

This is one of the best root beers I have ever tasted, but the lack of an amazing head kept this one out of the highest echelon. Sadly, they’ve since stopped making it for reasons unknown which is a real shame. A brew like this will be sorely missed. See how it rates against other root beers.

4 kegs