Coney Island Hard Root Beer

Alcopops are becoming all the rage and this one came out awhile back and Val wanted to try it. I kept one for review purposes. I’m expecting this to be “meh.” Hopefully, I’m proven wrong.


ABV: 5.8%

Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Coney Island Hard Root Beer is a new twist on an old favorite. With hints of vanilla, licorice and birch, this root beer will bring you back to the boardwalk. Thrilling roller coaster rides and games on the pier. Sand under your feet and waves crashing on the shore. Cotton candy, french fries and popcorn galore. And don’t forget, the joy of an ice cold, frothy root beer on a warm summer day. The gypsy should have predicted this. The most dignified beverage of days past, reimagined for your future self. The wooden planks under your feet and a hot dog in your hand; the only difference is that now you’re tall enough to ride the ride.”

Random: I never enjoyed root beer much as a kid, but I don’t mind it now.

This beer poured with a quarter of a finger of white head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a very, dark brown. I couldn’t see any carbonation because of how dark the body was. The nose had a lot of vanilla and birch beer notes. It also had a sweetness and the obvious root beer notes as well. The taste had a lot of vanilla along with brown sugar, sassafras and root beer. There was also a sweet, caramel note. The sweetness then transitioned into an odd, chalky note that wasn’t pleasant. The body was moderate thickness with decent carbonation. It had a long and sweet finish. A single set me back $1.83 ($.15 per ounce). This beer (if you can even call it that) was one that I’m glad I tried, but I won’t be revisiting.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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