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Sunday, March 15th, 2015
10:36 pm
[yuushi]
Brownie's Caramel Cream Root Beer
Brownie's Caramel Cream Root Beer

Another odd flavor of soda I found at Home Goods. Well, since there's a butterscotch root beer, figures that there'd be a caramel root beer too. Though really, those are two flavors I never really thought would be paired with root beer. Apparently though someone thought of this some time ago since the label says "SINCE 1929."

Anyways, how's it taste? Really, really damn sweet! You taste the caramel and a bit of a cream soda flavor and just a little bit of root beer flavoring and bite. So really it's kind of a cross between a cream soda and a root beer. That being said, it's a little too sweet for my palate. If it had a bit more bite and rooty flavor, it'd be better.

Verdict: worth trying at least once

Sweetened with: pure cane sugar
Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
10:43 pm
[yuushi]
O-So Butterscotch Root Beer
O-So Butterscotch Root Beer

Turns out Home Goods is a pretty nice place to check out every few months as they tend to get some . . . pretty out there sodas there. Like this one--O-So Butterscotch Root Beer. Now . . . butterscotch? Never really thought that'd be an additional flavor to Root Beer, but here we are. Plus, label says "Since 1946" so it's apparently been around for a while.

Anyways, how's it taste? As I expected, it's a bit on the sweet side. The rooty flavor and butterscotch flavor hit you fast so for me it's a little overwhelming at first, but after a few sips, I got used to it. It's decent, if a little on the sweet side.

Sweetened With: "cane sugar"

Verdict: Worth a bottle or two
Friday, January 23rd, 2015
4:58 pm
[yuushi]
Noooooooooo!
This is sad sad news . . .

A-Treat Bottling Company closing after 97 years

So whatevers on the shelves now, is what's left. Get it while you can.

Current Mood: sad
Sunday, October 13th, 2013
12:48 am
[yuushi]
Blueberry Cream Soda Shaq
Blueberry Cream Soda Shaq

Found this at a 7-Eleven near the NJ side of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge. I wasn’t so taken aback by the goofy picture of Shaquille O’Neal, but by the large can. Looked an awful lot like an Arizona Iced Tea can, and I was right as it has a large Arizona logo on the side of it. Though, just FYI, this is not Arizona’s first foray into the fizzy biz. They tried several years ago to make some sodas with their Soho brand (also in those tall 22 oz cans.) And like Soho, this stuff claims to be “All Natural.” So that’s a plus. No corn syrup here either!

But enough about that. Blueberry Cream soda? As most of you know, I dun like cream soda all that much. Yet, I do like blueberries. And I LOVE blueberries and whipped cream! Now I wasn’t going into this soda expecting it to taste exactly like blueberries and whipped cream, but if it came anywhere near that taste, I’d be happy.

Unfortunately though, it doesn’t. I get a little bit of blueberry flavor, but mostly cream soda flavor when I drink it. Granted it’s not super crazy sweet cream soda, so I kinda like it, but I just wish it had more blueberry flavor. Maybe even a hint of citric acid for some more flavor profiles. Still, not too bad of a soda.


Sweetened With: "sugar, honey"

Verdict: Worth a can or two
Saturday, October 13th, 2012
2:12 pm
[yuushi]
7up (Sugar Sweetened)
7up (sugar sweetened)

Found this at Chuck's BBQ in Ewing, NJ (a neat little place serving up buffalo wings and soul food . . . and owned and run by Egyptians.) Didn't know that 7up had released a sugar sweetened of their lemon-lime soda. Hell, I haven't even been able to find a Mexican version of 7up, but I was happy to find this.

How is it? Well, it's 7up but without that crappy corn syrup aftertaste! Thus, if you like 7up, this will be awesome for you!

Only problem is, it doesn't seem to have wide release. So for those of you who like the clear lemon-lime sodas, keep an eye out for this one. Hope you can find it!

Sweetened With: "sugar"

Verdict: Worth a bottle or two
1:45 pm
[yuushi]
Reading Draft Grape Smoothie
Reading Draft Grape Smoothie

Stopped back at Freddy Hill Farm where I found a few of those varieties of Reading Draft sodas, hoping to find something new. Well, I did! Reading Draft Grape Smoothie. Now, why it's called a "smoothie" and not just a soda perplexes me, but I do like me some grape soda. And since Reading Draft hasn't let me down yet, I looked forward to this one!

Well . . . it's definitely grapey. It doesn't seem to have the citric acid tartness that a grape soda should, as the tartness is only slight. It also seems to have a little bit of what is kind of like a "bubble gum" flavor! I guess they were trying to make it a bit lighter than a regular grape soda, hence the "smoothie" moniker. All in all, it's pretty good, but not what I'd consider a grape soda, if that's what you're looking for.

Sweetened With: "pure cane sugar"

Verdict: Worth trying at least once
Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
1:42 pm
[yuushi]
Hey Song Sarsaparilla
Hey Song Sarsaparilla

Found this at an Asian market on Rt 100 in Exton, PA. Never really thought that China would be into the whole sarsaparilla thing, but I shouldn't be too surprised as the Phillippines has a sarsaparilla soda as well (called "Sarsi"--I'll get around to that one sooner or later!) I'm kinda apprehensive about this though. Asian pallettes are a bit different from Western ones (just try a Japanese beer vs one of our American beers and you'll see what I'm talking about), so I'm not really expecting something all that close to an actual sarsaparilla.

Hmmm . . . well, that's different. It definitely has a spice to it like a sarsaparilla should, but also something along the lines of bubble gum flavoring! It's something along the same lines as say the flavoring of Vernor's Ginger Soda. It's kind of hard to really place it. Not sure if I'd really call it a sarsaparilla, but don't really know what to call it. Also not sure if I like it or not. It's best if you give it a shot and see how it stacks up to you!

Sweetened With: "sugar and/or high fructose corn syrup"

Verdict: Worth trying at least once
Monday, August 13th, 2012
1:30 pm
[yuushi]
Johnnie Ryan's Cherry Soda
Johnnie Ryan's Delicious/Delicieux Cherry/Cerise Soda

Here's another variety of Johnnie Ryan sodas that Wegman's carries. I do love me some Cherry Soda, so the prospect of another cane sugar sweetened cherry pop definitely intrigues me.

It has nice cherry flavoring, not too sweet. They gave it just the right citric acid to offset the sweetness. I like it a lot, but I would have liked just little smidgen more cherry flavor. Still, it's much better than most cherry sodas.

Sweetened With: "pure cane sugar"

Verdict: Worth a bottle or two
Friday, August 3rd, 2012
12:28 am
[yuushi]
Johnnie Ryan's Root Beer
Johnnie Ryan's Root Beer

It's always good to check in on Wegman's soda section since they like to bring in new things every now and then. For yesterday I found this line of sodas I'd never heard of before . . . Johnnie Ryan's. Which is an odd thing since the bottling says "Since/Depuis 1935." Since the bottling features English and French text (as well as being bottled out of Niagara Falls, NY) I can only assume that this is available in the US and Canada. They had several varieties, but wanted to pick this one up first, Root beer! Oh wait, my mistake . . . "Delicious Root Beer/Delicieux Racinette."

As for taste, it's really sweet. Thankfully, just shy of being sickeningly sweet for my tastebuds. Has a okay bite. Would have liked a little more from that to offset the sweetness, but it has a pretty good rooty flavor. Maybe even a little birch-like flavor (kinda like Crystal City Root Beer.) It's definitely above average.

Sweetened With: "pure cane sugar"

Verdict: Worth a bottle or two
12:24 am
[yuushi]
Johnnie Ryan's Cola
Johnnie Ryan's Cola

Another one of the varieties of Johnny Ryan that I picked up from Wegmans. It's always an adventure trying a "premium" type of cola with "cane sugar" and whatnot. Some have been surprisingly good. Others . . . not so much. So let's see where this ends up.

Like the root beer, it's really sweet! Thankfully not overpoweringly so. It's got a lighter cola taste than most and pretty smooth. I do like it! Definitely a taste I would like to have more of in the future. Maybe in an ice cream float!

Sweetened With: "pure cane sugar"

Verdict: Worth a case or two
Thursday, May 10th, 2012
1:06 pm
[yuushi]
Maine Root Root Beer
Maine Root Root Beer

I've seen this root beer at Whole Foods for some time now, just never got around to buying any because it's kinda pricey. Well, I finally decided to plunk down the cash for this one so we can see if it's worth the price!

Well, it's pretty good. The sweetness is just about right. I like the bite and the slightly earthy flavor. Just not all that sure if it's worth the extra cost. I might buy some more if I find it on sale!

Sweetened With: "Organic Cane Juice"

Verdict: Worth a bottle or two
Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
2:49 pm
[yuushi]
Appalachian Brewing White Birch Beer
Appalachian Brewing White Birch Beer

Yet another variety from Appalachian Brewing. This time, one of my favorites, white birch beer. Yet, I am kinda worried as, like their other varieties, they have that "Brewed with a Delightful Blend of Honey." I'm not so sure honey goes right with white birch beer though. Well, I guess I'll find out.

Well . . . that's different. It's sweet. In fact, I can taste the hint of honey there. It has good bite, buuuuuuuuut . . . I can barely taste the wintergreen (the main flavor of white birch beer.) I mean, it's there, but only ever so slight. It's odd because I like how it tastes, but I just don't consider it a white birch beer because of the lack of proper flavoring.

Sweetened With: "Pure Cane Sugar, Honey"

Verdict: Worth trying at least once
Friday, May 4th, 2012
2:19 pm
[yuushi]
Appalachian Brewing Ginger Beer
Appalachian Brewing Ginger Beer

Appalachian Brewing seems to be turning out a few more varieties apart from their Root Beer. That or they just started to carry their other varieties at the supermarkets near me. In any case, here's their Ginger Beer. I did have some apprehension as the ingredients list "honey" just like their root beer does. Can't say that I've ever come across a ginger beer with honey as an ingredient! Well, let's see how it turns out . . .

Hmmmm . . . spicy but not too much. A bit earthier than most ginger beers I've come across. Nice bite and sweetness. Can't really make out the honey though. All in all, this is pretty good. Might pick up another 6 pack when I see it again!

Sweetened With: "Pure Cane Sugar, Honey"

Verdict: Worth a case or two
1:36 pm
[yuushi]
A&P Premium Root Beer
A&P Premium Root Beer

I got this one at an A&P Supermarket off of I-78 in NJ. Don't have too many A&P supermarkets down in South Jersey or the Philly area these days. Think they've all been replaced with Super Fresh markets. That and I didn't know that the Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company has been around for 150 years. Well, glad they decided to celebrate that anniversary by making a "premium" root beer. One wonders why they went with a non-twist off cap though! I guess that helps keep in the freshness (I did have this in storage for a while now and it still has fizz!) Luckily I do keep a bottle opener on me for just such emergencies.

As for taste, this is a decent root beer. I wasn't really expecting much being a store brand and all, but this is pretty smooth and tasty. Nice rooty flavor and bite. Just wish they used sugar rather than HFCS, but oh well. Still pretty good, and worth it since it's not as pricey as most "premium" root beers!

Sweetened With: "High Fructose Corn Syrup"

Verdict: Worth a bottle or two
Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
2:04 pm
[yuushi]
Dominion Root Beer
Dominion Root Beer

Can't remember where I found this. Might have been the Fresh Market in Hatboro, PA. Hard to keep track of this since anytime I run across a new root beer, I have to grab it. The "Made With PURE HONEY" on the label kinda stuck out, so I had to grab it.

And I'm glad I did! This is darn good. Nice rooty flavor with nice sweetness. Could have used a little more bite, but that's not a deal breaker. "Sugar" and "Honey" are the 2nd and 3rd ingredients so I was kind of expecting it to be overpoweringly sweet, but thankfully that's not the case. Though I've never come across a root beer with "Root Beer Extract #214" or "#79-400." Have no idea what that all is, but hey, if it helps make this brew taste this good, it's fine by me!

Sweetened With: "Sugar, Honey"

Verdict: Worth a case or two
Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
1:32 pm
[yuushi]
Boylan's Orange Creme
Boylan's Orange Creme

Here's another variety of Boylan Bottleworks. They are unique in the fact that they are one of these "premium" soda companies and made both an orange soda and an orange cream soda like this one. Now, to be honest, I haven't tried too many orange cream sodas. Mostly because I don't really like cream soda, so I figured I wouldn't like vanilla cream flavoring in my orange soda (despite my love for creamsicles and orange-vanilla twist cones from Kohr Bros.)

Well, I might be coming around as this is pretty good. The balance between the sour of the orange and mandarin and the sweet vanilla cream flavorings is done well in this one. Neither one overpowers the other. That's a good thing as it's that overpowering sweetness in cream sodas that turns me off from them. Thankfully that isn't the case here. So yeah, I kind of like this stuff now!

Sweetened With: "Cane Sugar"

Verdict: Worth a bottle or two
Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
12:54 pm
[yuushi]
Jarritos Mexican Cola
Jarritos Mexican Cola

Found this at a Latin American store in Frazer, PA. I've seen plenty of Jarritos' fruit flavored sodas (I should get around to reviewing those sooner or later), but was surprised when I found they had their own cola. Now you know me and generic colas--I dun like 'em! But since this is sweetened with sugar, I'm willing to give it a try.

And it's actually not bad at all! It has a bit of a fruitier flavor than most colas, and it doesn't have that nasty generic cola aftertaste. So I do kinda like it. Only thing is, most of the times you'll find this one, you'll also more than likely find Mexican Coke or Mexican Pepsi. Not really sure I'd choose this over either of those if all three were available.

Though I am sort of leaning more towards this one . . .

Sweetened With: "Natural Sugar"

Verdict: Worth a bottle or two
Monday, April 16th, 2012
12:57 pm
[yuushi]
Fresh Ginger Ginger Ale
Fresh Ginger Ginger Ale by Bruce Cost

I forgot where I found this one, but I kinda scratched my head when I look at it. Why call it a ginger ale, when there are little bits of ginger at the bottom of the bottle? I knew this would really fall into the ginger beer area with that little detail. Also, this has to be the one of the shortest ingredients list I've ever come across for a soda: "Carbonated Water, Pure Cane Sugar, 100% Fresh Ginger and Citric Acid." That's it!

Well, I guess less is more as this is really darn good. Yeah, it is definitely a ginger beer rather than a ginger ale so it's got a lot of bite, but it is very sweet. Not overpoweringly sweet, but nicely sweetened. Yeah, this is definitely one of the best ginger ale/beers I've ever had. Do try it if you find it!

Sweetened With: "Pure Cane Sugar"

Verdict: Worth a case or two
10:31 am
[yuushi]
Maine Root Sarsaparilla
Maine Root Sarsaparilla

I've seen Maine Root sodas in quite a few places (mainly their flagship root beer), but the high price usually keeps me away. That is until I found this one, their sarsaparilla at a natural food and vitamin shop in Willow Grove, PA. I've never seen this variety of theirs and since sarsaparillas are hard to come by anyway, I splurged on the high priced beverage ($1.99 per bottle!) so I could get in a review here.

As for taste, it's really good! Nice bite. Nice earthy flavors. But it is on the sweet side. Not too sweet that it makes me not like it, but more on the sweet side than I expected. Even so, I do like it a lot. So if you can find it, do try it--that is, if it doesn't break your bank to do so!

Sweetened With: "organic cane juice"

Verdict: Worth a case or two
10:24 am
[yuushi]
Chai Cola
Chai Cola

Found this along with that other Taylor's Tonics beverage, Cola Azteca, at the Wegman's near where I work. Yes, it has been a while since I reviewed that Cola Azteca, but you must understand; that Cola Azteca was some really horrible stuff. Coming from the same bottler, I had next to no hope that this Chai cola would be any better.

Well, it is a little better than that other Taylor's Tonic. It's not as bitter. Slightly sweeter. And the tea flavor actually does mix in pretty well. They use black tea, which is one of my favorite teas, so that's probably why I kinda like this. Also helps that one of the flavorings in the ingredients is vanilla. There is a little bit of a bitter aftertaste that might turn off some, but it's not quite as bad to me. Kind of like the aftertaste from Moxie. So this definitely isn't for everyone.


Sweetened With: "evaporated cane juice"

Verdict: Worth trying at least once
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