The first time I had root beer, I said, “Yuck!” It tasted like toothpaste despite not be minty at all. I don’t know when it happened, but eventually I started enjoying the taste. I flip-flop between creamy beers like A&W and beers with more ‘bite’ like Barq’s.
Red Ribbon Root Beer is more of a sharp root beer with bite. It has a refreshing amount of carbonation — a must with rootbeer; no one wants flat, room temperature root beer. It also has a clean, sweet aftertaste that doesn’t make your teeth feel sticky.
Despite its great taste, I can’t help but feel a little disappointed in Red Ribbon Root Beer. The label says it’s a ‘home brewed style’, which I expected to taste less generic. As it stands, it just tastes like good root beer sweetened with sugar instead of corn syrup. This may be fine for most, but for a ‘home brewed style’ root beer, I expected it to have some stand-out flavor.
3 out of 5 SAMs