Not Your Father's Root Beer (5.9%) - Small Town Brewery

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Not Your Father's Root Beer (5.9%)Not Your Father's Root Beer (5.9%)

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Ratings: 1,030
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 131
Gots: 394 | FT: 42
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-29-2012

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Ratings: 1,030 | Reviews: 244
Photo of dpgoblejr
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark cola color with a mocha foam head. Smells like root beer. Tastes like root beer with the sweetness coating the palate; almost too much but makes it with drinkability ease. Glad this brew made it to NH!

Photo of Slack
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Brown with almost no head and no lacing.

Smell is strongly vanilla, saparilla, caramel, and general sweetness.

Taste is cloying sweet with dominate root beer note, vanilla and caramel undertones, and a mild bite at the end. Alcohol is there but not really noticeable.

Mouthful is light and creamy with high carbonation.

Overall a great root beer which was made even better when incorporated into a float.

Photo of steveshain
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing, amazing, amazing beer. It's a must try.

Photo of MattyG85
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber with a lot of fizzy bubbles. Not really any head to speak of.

Smell: Smells just like an old school root beer with a hint of booze. Sweet scent of caramel, vanilla, and sugar with some spices. Pretty interesting.

Taste: Like it smells, a sweet and boozy taste of classic root beer spiked with booze. Sweet notes of caramel, vanilla, and burnt sugar. Mix of spices. Alcohol is quite noticeable. Good but pretty sweet.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied with a lot of carbonation. Goes down easy.

Overall: An interesting and nice tasting twist on a classic style root beer. Sweet and boozy but still easy to drink.

Photo of HobbNobber
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is awesome sauce

Photo of astrocreep2000
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its a beer that tastes like soda

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this one tastes like - wait for it - root beer. I guess I should have expected it - but thought it would be more beer like. a flavorful root beer none the less.

Photo of W_Des
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

This is supposed to be alcoholic root beer and it does the job fantastically. It smells like root beer and tastes like root beer and if you drink it cold it is very satisfying. The alcohol comes out a little bit when it warms up. Also every time I've tried to make floats, the ice cream seems to bring out the alcohol more so than just drinking it on its own. I'd love more carbonation to make it even more soda like but this spot on in name and taste.

Photo of glass_house
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like root beer. Smells like root beer. Tastes like root beer with a slightly medicinal alcohol tang in the finish. Unsurprisingly, it's a bit sweet, and I couldn't see myself drinking more than two. It takes on a slightly cloying syrupy feel when it warms, but its crisp and delicious when cold. For what it's suposed to be, this is a winner.

Photo of RhinoBrew
3.34/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Great Marketing, but not a Great Beer. One is more than enough at a sit down, way too sweet.

Photo of mjc3151
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes just like root beer...

Photo of SebastianOwl
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer really surprised me in a positive way, as the brewer needs to be commended on nailing the root beer taste and aroma. What I found to be lacking though was the carbonation and head that makes a root beer.

Photo of jooler
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. I love root beer in general. Initial smell is just like root beer. Initial taste is very crisp and tastes exactly like a root beer. Everything is great except the finish. The finish has a weird tangy licorice taste that I dislike but other than that, this is a great novelty beer

Photo of smb
3.62/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks and sounds great from the instant it's poured. Fizzles just like any classic root beer and the aroma is right up there with A&W, IBC, Barq's, etc... the taste is pretty impressive initially but quickly shifts to an unpleasant metallic flavor that lingers on the palate a bit. Overall it's a nice change of pace and a good experience, I just don't see it as one I would ever really come back to.

Photo of hornsup
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

God bless this "beer". They nailed it

Photo of Caskaway
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Impossible to rate as a beer. Depending on your perspective, it's either a triumph of alchemy or a bastardization of the craft. It sure is good, though.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Root beer. Can't believe it's not root beer. Quite delicious.

Photo of Steban
3.08/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

way too sweet for me

Photo of illpass78
3.2/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Looks exactly like a root beer. Less head than some good root beers I've had; very carbonated.

Aroma: Smells like a root beer. Maybe a little cough syrup, too.

Taste: Tastes like root beer up front; the finish is slightly medicinal and syrupy. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Kind of tastes like an average root beer - not a Maine Root, Sprecher, Captain Eli's or one of the others I'm a big fan of.

Mouthfeel: Root beer-like. Consistency of soda.

Overall: I'm a huge root beer fan and was curious to try this. It's OK; basically just a fun, funny one-time treat. Doesn't taste like a beer at all. I'd rather just have a really good straight-up root beer, like one of the few mentioned above.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is most delicious IF you like root beer, which I do.

Ale pours a dark mudded brown wit a quickly dissipating light tan head. Nose of root beer. Dad's brand comes to mind over A & W. Flavors resemble the nose....root beer. o detectable hops, just sarsaparilla and vanilla. Moderate carbonation makes for a flavor beer, and the finish is long and sweet just like.....
you get it. Very nice, very solid. Would try again.


Photo of AnalogErik
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its rootbeer clone - and its amazing. Dangerously amazing.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.66/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Why would this site allow for such a simple minded soda pop to grace its reviewing pages. There's nothing about the flavor in the ale that resembles anything other than the root beer that with which we all grew up... except that there's malt, and hops (a wee bit perhaps), water and yeast. At least enough to garner near six percent in strength of alcohol.

Much like root beer, the Not Your Father's... pours the hearty deep burnt brown shade. But the "Oh shit" moment really hits as the nose hovers and picks up on the molasses, sassafras, vanilla, licorice and spice really captures the authentic scent of root beer! As the flavors ensue, the "Oh shit" stuff just keeps happening with the sweetness of molasses, brown sugar, honey and vanilla sing their sweet, sweet praises.

While the middle palate retains is smooth sweetness, the earthen spices begin to seep into the mouth. Sassafras tea, wintergreen, cherry cola, nutmeg, aniseed and a hint of cinnamon all have a say in the balance of the sweet ale.

Its peppery character projects slightly more in finish while the sweet but medium bodied ale never shows any bitterness; but instead shows a long sugary taste that's marvelously compelling despot loosing so much of its beery roots. Anyone looking into this selection should think much more about it being the genuine root beer taste with sneaky alcohol rather than a beer with root beer influences.

Photo of timontheroad
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a very deep brown, almost red color, no head, but little carbonation bubbles floating to the surface constantly. All I could smell was vanilla - smelled just like good old A&W Root Beer on draft from when I was 10. Tasted a lot like A&W as well, but with a bit of an alcohol flavor, kinda medicinal flavor, but very sweet. Mouthfeel was pretty thin, but nicely carbonated. Overall, this reminded me exactly of A&W on draft from the drive-in. The only thing missing was the tray hanging on the car window!

Photo of Reedbrew
3.3/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes a lot like root beer at the first moment it touches your tongue then a bit of unpleasant bitterness then a flush of sweet overly-sugary distinctive root beer flavor. Four of us tasted it, one who likes beer said it tasted too sweet and too much like soda. One who likes soda but hates beer said it tasted like "medicine and not like root beer at all". It's ok as a one time novelty but I don't think I'd buy it again.Not carbonated enough.

Photo of cw1973
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A great beer that taste nothing like beer. If you want root beer with a kick this is it.

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Not Your Father's Root Beer (5.9%) from Small Town Brewery
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