I feel like I don’t hate this whole hard soda thing as much as everyone else seems to. Val is a big fan of them, so I get to try sips here and there. This one got highly rated in an article I read a few months ago that compared five different hard root beers. Let’s see how it was.
Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Root Sellers Row Hard Root Beer is an alcoholic root beer brewed with pure cane sugar, molasses, spices and botanicals. It is a true root beer inspired by the traditional brews first made by American colonists more than two centuries ago. It has a creamy head with notes of vanilla, molasses, sassafras and wintergreen with a sweet finish. Row Hard Root Beer brewed without grain and it is gluten free.”
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This beer poured with no head on top of a dark brown body. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose was fragrant. There was booze, vanilla and A&W root beer. The alcohol has a certain astringency to it, like hard liquor. The taste had some sugary sweetness and molasses up front. Vanilla and clove came through too. It had a lot of booziness for a hard soda. It wasn’t the best hard root beer I’ve had, but definitely not the worst. The body was on the thicker side with lots of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with booze warming and vanilla. This was $2.50 a can, which came to $.16 per ounce. I didn’t hate this hard root beer, but there are better selections out there. Still, if you’re into hard root beers, it’s worth a try.
Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0