Row Hard Root Beer
Weston Brewing Company & O'Malley's Pub

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Style:
Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #230
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
79
Ranked #45,320
Avg:
3.47 | pDev: 25.36%
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
78
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Weston Brewing Company & O'Malley's Pub
 
Missouri, United States
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Year-round
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Reviews by jaydoc:
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jaydoc from Kansas

4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 04, 2015
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This (root) beer has a ridiculous amount of calories due to both ALCOHOL and SUGAR. I vow to not drink these very often and I'm doing this for science :-)

Appearance : Looks like root beer, maybe a shade darker at 100% opacity. Dark brown-black. Head actually forms (much to my surprise) but dissipates about 30 seconds in.

Smell : Rubbing alcohol/antiseptic notes come out immediately, letting you know this is indeed an alcoholic beer. It actually smells a bit like Vodka and A&W. Beyond that, there's vanilla extract, a bit of molasses, sassafras, and a touch of medicine. Bouquet is medium to strong.

Taste : Starts like a Root Beer Schnapps, ends like a malt liquor. Sugary sweetness with alcohol burn, fit for a shot glass...vanilla, sarsaparilla, root, clove, honey glazed carrot, root beer barrels, with caramel malts and dank grain smoothing out the finish.

Feel : As carbonated as a soda, with a slight smoothness to it thanks to alcohol and a hefty pitch of vanilla. No ending to speak of.

Overall : Not my type of beer. It was interesting to try, but overall it's too sweet to be a beer, and too heavy to satisfy the palate wanting a pop. A happy medium for some? Sure. But for me, it's just two categories that don't mix.

Oct 08, 2015
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JeepCop from Kansas

4.54/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

For what this beer is, I cannot imagine finding a better representation of the style. The alcohol is dangerously hidden. I would highly suggest trying this before the word gets out and it begins flying off the shelves! Well done Weston Brewing Company, well done indeed!

Mar 21, 2015
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LloydDobler from Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a nice alcoholic Rootbeer. Looks like a cola with a sizzling head that faded rather quickly. Smell was that of traditional Rootbeer with light scents of licorice and molasses. Tastes like alcoholic Rootbeer barrel candy. Very tasty without the the syrupy sugar-bomb that you get from NYFRB. I could actually drink multiple cans of this without the stomach ache! The feel was kinda thin, but acceptable in this case. My favorite bar just picked this up yesterday, so I will be getting back to these this weekend.

Aug 06, 2015
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Jaddict from Indiana

2.29/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.5

If you you screw up making root beer, why put alcohol in it. Worst tasting root beer ever! I'd rather drink my own urine! Don't waste your money, like I did. Thought maybe it was just me, had multiple people try it. No one likes it. Had to dump it down the drain. Stick with NYFRB

Aug 21, 2015
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I CAN hardly CANtain my surprise & excitement at finding this (admittedly hard) root beer listed on this site! I almost simply Crack!ed it open without giving it another thought. I really must be more diligent about these things, I suppose.

From the CAN: "Root Sellers (tm) Formidable Fermentables"; "Brewed with Botanicals, Molasses & Pure C[AN]e Sugar"; "Root Beer is a quintessentially Ameri[CAN] beverage first brewed by colonists using domestic roots, herbs, and spices. These historic small beers did not contain much alcohol. Root Sellers has created a BIG root beer with an alcohol [CAN]tent that pays homage to its roots ... Yes, it is great with ice cream. [undersigned] Greg & Pat"; "No Wheat, No Barley, No Gluten ... You're Welcome!"; "It's A Jolly Good Day For A Boat Flight!"

My first Crack! & Glug of a CAN in a while & I was anxious. My Glug, while not inverted, was pretty aggro & briefly raised two fingers of fizzy, foamy, light-tan head that quickly reduced to wisps. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque(SRM = > 34, < 44) with garnet highlights. Mouthfeel was on the thin side, not precisely watery, but pretty close. Nose smelled like Pennsylvania Dutch Birch Beer, a local pop that I drank as a kid and had some again in the summer of 2015. Commercial Root Beer pop tends to be more sweet while Birch Beer pop is more spicy. This had a light spiciness, like cinnamon and ginger and the molasses (treacle) gave it a slight bitterness while I would guess that vanilla was also present. I could have easily identified it as a type of root beer if it had been blindly served to me, but I would probably identified it as one of the "off" brands, like Dad's or PA Dutch as opposed to the national brands like Hire's and A&W, which tend to be cloyingly sweet. This was nicely spicy, giving it a semi-dry finish. That said, it was still a bit sweet for my taste. I am not a big fan of ice cream, either, so no float in my future, but if anyone tries that experiment, I would like to hear/read their thoughts afterwards.

Dec 24, 2016
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a narrow pint glass: dark brown, quick effervescent head that dissipates immediately - the quick dissipation reminds of soda, not beer; no head, no lacing.

Smell is spicy, with prominent root/sarsparilla like notes and birch beer like sharpness; vanilla, ginger, maybe touch of cinnamon.

Taste is similar with big spice component, flavors of vanilla, ginger, mint, roots, sarsparilla, then thin sticky sweetness with no malt character.

Mouthfeel is spicy, dry, then stickingly sweet in the lingering presence.

Overall - this beverage has potential as the spice profile is excellent, but the the lack of barley hurts its depth and presence. i poured some brown ale into to thin out the sweetness.

Jun 16, 2017
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Hellpop65 from Kansas

3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 26, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16oz can.Poured out a semi-opaque, light brown color with a fizzy, white head. Smelled like a good root beer. Tasted like a root beer with hints of spiciness. Sweet and refreshing.

Jul 13, 2015
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morimech from Minnesota

2.83/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Not really a beer but alcopop. Lacks any head or lacing despite the dark color. Acts like any other one of those malt beverages. A weak smelling and tasting root beer is what we have here. NYFRB has much better flavor. Maybe Row Hard is not as sweet. Body and carbonation is done well enough.

Sep 05, 2015
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dar482 from New York

3.19/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The beer comes in a dark brown, familiar soda color.

The aroma with root beer spices, vanilla, but also an alcohol and rubbing alcohol note.

The flavor hits of similarities to root beer with vodka. The root beer flavor hits upfront, but lacks sweetness. Instead, vodka and liquor like alcohol notes take over the beverage with the finish offering lingering spice.

Nov 22, 2015
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leroybrown10 from Missouri

3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 30, 2015
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

1.71/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Row Hard has a thick, frothy, beige, quickly-dissipating head, a bubbly, dark-brown appearance, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of an initial burst of root beer, and then, nothing, really. Taste is of sweet, sugary, flavorings, cane syrup, and cheap wine (Wild Irish Rose?). Mouthfeel is medium and semi-syrupy. The finish is thirst-inducing, making the drinker crave water.

RJT

Jan 26, 2016
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everyhumanist from Oregon

1.9/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Very sweet root beer taste at first, but overwhelmed by horrible aftertaste of cheap alcohol, reminiscent of Four Loko. Purchased a four pack of 16 ounce cans for $2 on clearance, and even at that price, I don't know if I would buy this again.

Apr 11, 2016
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atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 31, 2015
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AGoodStout from Kansas

4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Aug 09, 2015
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InspectorBob from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nov 29, 2015
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deonreds from New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jan 01, 2016
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XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Mar 21, 2016
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TheSouthpaw from Iowa

1.85/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Aug 30, 2015
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Elicoleman from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 30, 2015
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cbcrunch from Wyoming

3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aug 25, 2015
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Whiskeydeez from Kansas

3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 09, 2015
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sgttibbs from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 25, 2015
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meanmutt from Ohio

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 26, 2015
Row Hard Root Beer from Weston Brewing Company & O'Malley's Pub
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 78 ratings